Montana Mann

1) How did you get into directing?
Directing has always been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I have a passion for photography, storytelling and music - what other career is there where you can merge all these components together so powerfully?

2) What is your most recent project?
I just finished wrapping a presentation pilot and a branded content video for a new apparel company.

3) What is the best part of being a director?
The best part about being a director is the ability to mold together an impactful story. Whether it is in the form of a 30 second spot or a two hour feature, you can create a universe that is new and unique and explore the realms of reality and fantasy.

4) What is the worst part of being a director?
Time is a killer.

5) What is your current career focus: commercials & branded content, TV, movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.?
My current career focus is commercials, specifically in the visual and comedic arena.

6) Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons) and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates most with you?
My mentor has always been my father who is also a director. He is a lover of graphic frames, nurturing to actors, and a constant reminder that dedication and focus to ones goals and dreams is the driving force behind a powerful figure.

7) Who is your favorite director and why?
This is a horribly tough question! I have fallen in love with the work of many directors, but if I was forced to pick one it would have to be Ridley Scott. Mr. Scott’s complete command over his compositions and design in his commercials and feature films has greatly influenced the way I look through a lens.

8) What is your favorite movie? Your favorite commercial or branded content?
My favorite feature film is The Public Enemy with James Cagney directed by William A. Wellman in 1932. On the comedic flip side I also adore A Fish Called Wanda. My favorite commercial would have to be split between Macintosh’s “1984” and the recent 2011 VW Darth Vader spot.

9) Tell use about your background (i.e. Where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
Movies, nature, jazz and Reese’s cups are my sanctuary. I am one of the youngest female directors to be accepted into the DGA (as a director). My short films and commercials have won numerous international awards including a couple ADDYs and an EMMY finalist nod.