2020

Jedediah Thunell

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 

My first professional job was for Audi in the winter of 2019

2) How did you get into directing? 

I think I started the way a lot of filmmakers do, making skate films. That led to short comedies with my friends, and then music videos for high school competitions. Eventually I learned about the opportunities for filmmaking in advertising and have been looking for ways to tell stories through film ever since.

Stephen Steelman

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it?

I was creating tour visuals for System Of A Down in 2017. Shavo and I came up with a bunch of different ideas for 12 of their songs, and then we did a proper video shoot to create a bunch of different vignettes to use for visuals. It was the first time I was actually hired to be a director.

Diane Russo

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 

I first started directing branded content for teenVOGUE with both Nike and Adidas around 2017/2018. It was definitely a stepping stone, because after that I worked with Nike direct on several projects, and in 2019 a spot with one of their top athletes, Sir Mo Farah.

2) How did you get into directing?

My career started in photography but when social media pivoted to video I began creating short shareable fashion films.

Cody Mathieson Packer

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 

My first professionally directed work was for FCB Chicago in 2017. It was a Jack Daniels Honey spot done using a lot of influence from Edgar Wright and his hyper fast montages. It was a great opportunity to work with a large creative and account team, as well as learning the intricacies around working with alcohol.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Robert Nyerges

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 

In the summer of 2018 I was commissioned by the music artist THEY. through Warner Bros Records. This was my first real, paid job as a director and to this day I’m still proud of the work we were able to accomplish.

Jing Ai Ng

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 

My first professionally directed work was a 30 second fashion spot in Malaysia.

2) How did you get into directing? 

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