Origin Workshop

Origin Workshop is a creative film workshop based in London, founded by filmmakers Alexander Dunn and Matthew Jarman having worked together on a wide range of projects, including the feature documentary ‘808’ - the first film to premiere exclusively on Apple Music.

We love great stories and they are at the heart of everything we do. We are not your run of the mill production company, we are a workshop. A creative home for crafting the best storytelling.

Our work has been seen around the world and screened at prestigious venues such as the BFI Southbank and at SXSW Film Festival.

Clients and agencies we have worked with include Cadent (National Grid), Canonical, Mirum, Brand Union, Nokia, Rolls Royce, You Know Films, Atlantic Records, Sony Music, Jagermeister, MSCI and many more. 


808 (Feature Documentary)

A You Know Films Production in association with Atlantic Films.

Alexander Dunn: Director, Producer & Editor

Matthew Jarman: Co-producer, Music Supervisor & Editor

808 is the definitive story of the iconic Roland TR-808 Drum Machine and how it changed the world of music forever, by accident. 

The 808 was a driving force in the development of hip hop, pop, electro, house, drum and bass and so many more genres... and, despite only 12,000 units being made between it's introduction in 1980 and it's untimely demise just three years later, it continues to influence music today, heard in chart topping beats across the world.

Featuring appearances from the likes of Pharell Williams, Phil Collins, Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Goldie, New Order, Rick Rubin, Questlove, Armand Van Helden and many more, 808 delves into the experiences of the artists and producers who stumbled upon it  used it, experimented with it and created iconic music with its unique sounds.

The 808 has headed many musical movements, and the film reveals the stories and experiences of the artists at the forefront of those movements whilst plotting the story of the 808's influence. And, of course, the music plays a huge part in the film offering a fantastic soundtrack to the contributors experiences.

Filmed on location in London, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Hamamatsu, Belgium and Finland.





Matthew is a producer who has worked across both music and film production for over ten years and was one of the producers on Apple Music’s first feature film, ‘808’. He is passionate about storytelling and uncovering unique stories as well as finding new ways to present them and to bring them to audiences.


Alexander’s debut feature length film as a director, ‘808’, was released in December 2016 as the first ever exclusive feature documentary on Apple Music. As a creative he has worked in film, television and advertising for almost 15 years and as co-founder of Origin Workshop takes a hands on approach to every project. He is a skilled storyteller and has a knack for searching out a human story no matter what the subject may be.



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