2020

Rich Millard

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

I directed a few self-funded spec commercials for Skechers and Skittles in June of 2019. This wasn’t my directorial debut but it was the first time I was able to surround myself with a talented group of professional filmmakers. I’m so proud of the work we created and am grateful to my team for helping me bring out my best.

Samantha Michelle

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

Spring 2018 I was commissioned to direct/ produce a docu-style promotional film for “The Lost Warhols” exhibition here in NYC benefiting God’s Love We Deliver.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Graham Mason

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

In 2017, I produced and directed a web series called Words With Ike, which was rolled out on Instagram, and then licensed for broadcast by both IFC and Vice.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Michael Leary

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

I am actually in the hunt for that first opportunity! I have been a DP for years and decided to direct my own spots in the hopes of putting the camera and lights down to pick up the monitor which I must say is MUCH lighter.

Brandon Lavoie

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

In 2018 I directed a short documentary for Project Home Again, a non-profit organization that provides household furnishings, goods and appliances to low income families in need in the Boston area. The film is an intimate portrait of a family that faced daunting issues and benefited directly from Project Home Again’s mission of assisting people to live with comfort and dignity no matter their circumstances.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Rachel Knoll

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

My first professionally directed work was a branded content piece for Hyundai with artists at the LACMA. 

2) How did you get into directing? 

I’ve been initiating my own projects for as long as I can remember. 

I studied interaction design initially and honed in on learning technical skills at a young age. Some of my first projects were interactive installations/immersive experiences and I used video as a way to document the project. 

Andrew Madsen Jasperson

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

I did a Wieden + Kennedy/Old Spice Campaign for the 2019 NFL Season that featured NFL players Montez Sweat and Von Miller. The concept was wonderfully dumb, which is my wheelhouse--it was Old Spice running negative political style ads against Montez Sweat because as the NFL’s official deodorant/antiperspirant they didn’t want any Sweat in the NFL. We shot all five ads in one day on one sound stage. The schedule was nuts but the creative team on it were wonderful to work with.

Foley Ellis Ibidapo

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

My first professionally directed work was this year with my film Lucy.

2) How did you get into directing? 

I’ve been in the advertising and marketing industry for several years on the producing side of things, and I’ve always wanted to get into the creative side. After observing other experienced professionals, I got a sense of what to do and what not to do. I finally made the leap this year.

3) What is your most recent project? 

Blythe Haaga

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

The first time I professionally directed was in 2017, a short pilot presentation for TruTV called Happy Hour. It was an unscripted woman-on-the-street style comedy show that I co-created with Shelly Gossman, who hosted. We shot a bunch on the Venice Beach boardwalk which was a wild experience.

2) How did you get into directing? 

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