2020

Victoria Granof

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

Drop the Beet, November 2019

2) How did you get into directing? 

In my work as a food stylist and creative director, I’ve typically come into the creative process earlier than most other stylists. I’ve always loved being involved holistically in a project, from set design to copywriting to styling. Directing was a natural extension of that. It was Becky (Donahue) and Thomas (Schauer) of TASTE who took a chance on me.

Jazeel Gayle

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

My first professionally directed work was a Nissan commercial entitled “Nissan GTR Dream.” It was shot in January of 2019.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Quinn Else

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

My first professional job was a short horror film I made with 20th Digital Studio called Jane. It was recently released on Hulu. It explores the strange, mystical and very human science of forensic sculpting.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Jess Dunn

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

My first paid directing gig was June 2017 on a webseries for GO Magazine called @datingZoe. The cast and production team happened to be all women identifying, most of whom were in the LGBTQ+ community. It was the most fun I’ve had on set to date.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Rae Ceretto

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

My first time directing was in 2019, when I directed a short film titled We Do Not Live Here at the migrant camps in Tijuana. The piece won the audience choice award at its world premier at Matador Film Festival and received a culture feature in Rolling Stone Magazine.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Merlin Camozzi

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

I did a really cool spot called “Endangered” back in January for an organization called Protect the Joy, which was a PSA about protecting kids from gun violence. The agency was Vitro and the spot won Best in Show at One Show San Diego.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Emma Bell

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

My first directing project was a short film entitled Scratch. It is a horror/thriller about a repressed 1950’s housewife driven crazy by scratching sounds coming from her walls only she can hear. We shot it in the spring of 2017 and it’s since gone on to have a pretty successful festival run winning many awards including "Best Thriller Short" at the Women in Horror Film Festival.

2) How did you get into directing? 

Tayo Amos

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

My first directing opportunity professionally was for an app called Inklo in 2017. My friends from college had an app that needed a video promo and it was my first time putting something together for a product and getting paid for it. It was a fun storytelling app so it was great to think of the script (which involved a lot of stunts) and bring the team together. Unfortunately, the app no longer exists but it was a lot of fun to make (and actually get paid for it!).

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