Signed: Dorian & Daniel

January 19, 2017 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

The most hyped young directors in the advertising consciousness have found a home.

You’ve probably seen Dorian & Daniel’s spec ad for Johnnie Walker. Half of the internet seemed to when it went viral back in December 2015. Dear Brother, their moving story about two brothers touched enough people with its $9,000 budget to spark conversation amongst the normies, not just advertising geeks. Most proper ads can’t manage that.

Dorian Lebherz and Daniel Titz grew up on opposite ends of Germany. Daniel is from a small town in the north and Dorian from a small town in the south, but when the pair met at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg they discovered that their talents complemented one another.

Now they’ve signed to Academy and A+. We’re surprised they weren’t snapped up quicker to be honest, but they’ve done well to land themselves a spot on one of the most talent-packed rosters in London. The company has a pedigree when it comes to developing directors, so we’ll watch their development with interest.

Watch some of their work here:

Signed: Tobias Perse

November 20, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

Once Hunter S. Thompson's editor, now a commercials director.

Growing up, Tobias Perse was always moving around America, ever the new kid at school. With a travelling newspaper journalist for a mother, he was also always wordy. His nose was constantly in a book – training that paid off when he beat his Grandma at Scrabble for the first time aged 11. Quite a feat considering she was ranked Third Place Amateur Regional Scrabble Champion in the women’s over-60 category.

After a few brushes with authorities, a few more moves and a lot more reading, sort-of grown-up Tobias landed in New York City, where he felt truly at home for the first time. A few unglamorous jobs later he ended up writing for Rolling Stone alongside some of the most notable wordsmiths in the world, including Hunter S. Thompson, who he ended up editing for – not as enviable a position as it may look on paper.

But while his career as a journalist was burgeoning, he couldn’t shake the grip of his love for movies, and always wondered what it would be like to make one. So he took a step towards that world, first going freelance and writing for TV, then dabbling in editing, corporate films, screenplays. Eventually he tried directing, first on a documentary which failed and then on one which went to Sundance and won awards.

Since then he’s been making TVCs and online films, and not badly either. Now he’s got himself onto Nice Shirt Films’ roster. We think what he does there will be worth your attention.

Watch some of his work here:

Unsigned: The Porsche Award 2016

November 18, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By Alex Reeves

The best student-made spec ads of the year.

Last night London celebrated some of the brightest directing talents about to enter our industry. Brought to you by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, the National Film and Television School and Porsche AG, the 2016 Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award showcased the best in emerging advertising directors from around the world. The winning films were selected from hundreds of entries by this year’s jury, Oscar-winning British director Sir Alan Parker CBE, Katie Keith (Rattling Stick), Patrick Cahill (adam&eveDDB), Lyndy Stout (1.4) and Olivia Atkins (shots).

Established in 2004 by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg with Porsche AG as the main sponsor, this is the first time the award has come to London, where NFTS is based. The timing is interesting for NFTS, as this year they launched their new Diploma in Directing Commercials and Promos.

Entries were divided into two categories – Automobile (because Porsche is the main sponsor) and the Classical category for everything else. They were all speculative commercials made purely for practice and to demonstrate talent, but the quality on display was impressive.

First, second and third prizes were awarded to winners in each category last night.

Here are all the winning and shortlisted films:

CLASSICAL CATEGORY

First Prize

Title: Kill The Noise
Brand: Ohropax
Director: Christian Schilling
School: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Country: Germany

 

Second Prize

Title: Dear Brother
Brand: Johnnie Walker
Directors: Dorian Lebherz, Daniel Titz
School: Filmakademie Baden Wuerttemberg
Country: Germany

 

Third Prize

Title: How New York Eats
Brand: Seamless
Director: Germain Gulick
School: New York University
Country: USA

 

Shortlisted

Title: Moonjourney
Brand: Prospects for Young Refugees
Director: Chiara Grabmayr
School: University of Television and Film Munich
Country: Germany

 

Shortlisted

Title: Limits Like Fears
Brand: Jordan
Director: John Ryan Johnson
School: New York University
Country: USA

 

 

AUTOMOBILE CATEGORY

First Prize

Title: Hungry for History
Brand: Mercedes-Benz
Director: Florian Greth
School: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Country: Germany

 

Second Prize

Title: The Light
Brand: BMW
Director: Minh Doung
School: University of Television and Film Munich
Country: Germany

 

Third Prize

Title: Integration
Brand: Opel
Director: David Helmut
School: Macromedia University Munich
Country: Germany

 

Shortlisted

Title: Cardboard Dreams
Brand: Ferrari
Director: Spencer Young
School: National Film and Television School
Country: United Kingdom

 

Shortlisted

Title: The Mission
Brand: Volkswagen
Director: Alexander Blome
School: University of Applied Science Karlsruhe
Country: Germany

Signed: Jodeb

October 27, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

Prettybird have just signed an effortless storyteller with an eye for the exotic.

Jonathan Desbiens, better known by the pseudonym Jodeb, is a Canadian filmmaker hailing from the small town of Shawinigan, Quebec. He started doing his own VFX at 12 years old, while making skateboard films with his friends. This natural passion for filmmaking saw him continuing to helm short films and music videos through his teens. Jodeb later opted to tackle fine arts at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières to enrich his style rather than go to film school. It is within this parallel—the balance of simultaneously studying classical art history, literature, painting, sculpture, and glasswork while continuing to hone his self-taught skill for directing, editing, colours and visual effects—that Jodeb developed his creative voice.

Jodeb has spearheaded music videos for the likes of award-winning artists Skrillex, Imagine Dragons, Swedish House Mafia, the Weeknd, Cypress Hill, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Deftones, Tinashe, Halsey and A$AP Rocky. A self-proclaimed “dreamer,” he often channels a love for exotic locations and cultures in his works.

Jodeb displays his flare for cinematography and character development in his long-form music videos for Point Point’s Life In Grey and the 21-minute promo for Skrillex titled Still in the Cage.

Since garnering the attention of studio executives (in particular for his Skrillex and Point Point productions), Jodeb has begun developing his first feature film.

Watch some of his work here:

Unsigned: Christopher Arcella

October 11, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

A fiercely ambitious ex-designer from Steel City who likes to experiment.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Christopher Arcella made some of his early forays into film under the watchful eye of esteemed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, while he worked part time at his office.

With a background in product and furniture design and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Virginia Tech College of Architecture, his interests have gradually shifted away from design and towards writing and directing. His first jobs saw him designing all sorts of things for a wide range of clients, from furniture to digital experiences. He even ran his own interaction design studio, RUNROBOTS, for a while.

To date he’s directed over 40 short films and music videos as well as one feature. Due to financial constraints he's shot it all himself. He recently started a feature film production company with his high school friend Mike Uy called Film Club 13 (or FC13). Their first project is a science fiction film titled Deviations, about a society that has waived its right to privacy. He’s gone deep into research and development, even writing a novel to supplement the script and help the actors develop their characters.

Keen to apply his filmmaking talents to more commercial ends, Christopher is seeking representation. It’ll be worth watching where he heads next.

Watch some of his work here:

Unsigned: Daniel Ryan

October 2, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

A college dropout with roots in bedroom videotape tinkering.

Daniel Ryan was a film obsessive from a young age. In fact, when he was a child he had two VCRs in his bedroom. He would make movies with friends on a miniDV camcorder and edit them together in real time from one VCR to the other, doing all of the edits, music and title sequences from his bedroom floor.

He went to university to study film, but eventually realised he was paying a lot of money and not really making anything, just studying the "right way" and "wrong way" to do things. After two years he dropped out, bought a camera and never looked back.

The risk of leaving school and forcing himself to make a living with a camera was the starting point on his journey to becoming a director. Meeting the right people has helped too, from DPs to producers, musicians or other artists to inspire him.

Having worked on numerous music video and art projects, he’s in the early stages of a couple of narrative projects and looking forward to seeing where those take him.

He lives in Chicago and has a fondness for hot sauce.

Watch some of his work here:

Signed: Georgi Banks-Davies

September 8, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

A director since the age of five, Skunk’s newest recruit has had a lot of practice.

Georgi was born in the middle of England, to a Dad who made cars (the ‘bond’ car no less) and a Mum with a very Irish accent and love of getting your ‘whites white’.

When she was five she went to the cinema for the first time. She left declaring to her mother that she wanted to make movies.

A Super 8 camera, reluctant ‘actor’ sister, and some very random ideas later – the young Georgi was on her way to making realising the dream. (Home movies took on a whole new meaning!)

At 14 she started training under the mentorship of the very talented director Helen Miller. Spending every weekend in her London studios, with a 16mm wind-up camera and a Steinbeck – learning the true craft of filmmaking and story telling.

This invaluable training sent her on her way into Newport film school, where she graduated with her graduation film being chosen to represent the class at the Cardiff Film Festival.

Georgi’s career as a director started shortly after in the BBC creative department, creating promos. Her deep passion for directing short form showed, and shortly after she was approached CNN international and asked to join the creative team as lead director. Here she created short advertorial films, idents, sponsorship bumpers and commercials for the Network, and its clients, including South African Airways, InterContinental Hotels, Orange, Fortis and Shell.

This role saw Georgi travelling the world, creating captivating short films which shared the stories of remarkable people such as noble prize winning Muhammed Yunus, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Architect, Daniel Liebskind, politicians, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Gorbatov, and HERO Martin Scorsese (a career highlight).

It was here that Georgi learnt the art of telling people’s stories. Connecting with amazing tales, however big or small, on a personal and intimate level.
Georgi also continued her passion for filmmaking, making short films, one of which, ‘Theo’ was supported by CNN, and played out on the network, as well as at film festivals globally. She also began development on a feature project with esteemed writer Ariel Dorfman, and his son Joaquin.

Four years ago Georgi left CNN (with a fully stamped passport!) to continue to pursue her passion for advertising and filmmaking. She combined the two and successfully began a career as a commercials director. In a relatively short time she has shot campaigns for Coca Cola, Nike, O2, AT&T and Chivas Regal.

She is now repped for commercials by Skunk in the UK... and her sister (and now nephew) are still reluctant stars in her films.

Watch some of her work here:

Signed: Cartwright Gantz

July 12, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

Kindred spirits from opposite sides of the North Sea unite at Blinkink.

Simon Cartwright and Nina Gantz grew up in Leeds and the Netherlands, respectively, but both spent their childhoods drawing incessantly. They also both decided they wanted to animate when they discovered the dark humour of European animators like Jan Švankmajer, Yuriy Norshteyn and Michaela Pavlátová.

Nina’s graduation film from art school did well for her and gave her some work in the Netherlands. Next to her job as an assistant illustrator on a children’s book series she worked freelance and did 2D animation for a feature film called Devastated by Love by Ari Deelder. Meanwhile Simon was learning the craft of stop-motion animation on a Channel 4 commissioned film.

The pair met at the National Film and Television School, where they realised that apart from their differing tastes in music (Simon loves it loud and Nina plays mostly French Chansons), they were kindred artistic spirits. There they developed a bond of trust that continues to this day.

Both of their NFTS graduation films made waves. Nina’s Edmond and Simon’s MANOMAN picked up accolade after accolade, from Sundance to BAFTA, SXSW, BIFA and Cannes.

Their success turned the right heads and now they’re represented by Blinkink and already working for commercial clients like Maynards Bassetts.

Watch some of their work here: