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Olivier Agostini

How did you get into directing?
I fell in love with a girl.  She was in love with photography, I was in love with writing.  I’ve since lost the girl and found directing.

What is your most recent project?
I just finished shooting a music video that was commissioned by an artist in Paris who stumbled upon my work one night drunk in a bar and decided I was the man for the job.  Must have been some strong wine.

What is the best part of being a director?
This is clearly a trick question, I ain’t biting.

What is the worst part of being a director?
Seeing the rough cut for the first time.

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.?
I’m currently focused on telling stories about interesting people in extraordinary situations – no matter the genre or medium.

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?

I used to assist a director named Martin Weisz who’s since become a close friend.  The best early-on lesson I got from him was “stop talking about it and just shoot it”  So I did.  Thanks Martin.

Who is your favorite director and why?
One of my favorites are the Coen brothers because they’re brilliant writers as well as filmmakers—and somehow they’ve been able to establish a voice that isn’t tied to a specific genre and effortlessly lives between independent obscurity and Hollywood blockbusters.

What is your favorite movie? Your favorite commercial or branded content?
I’m not sure I have a favorite anything.

Tell use about your background (i.e. Where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
French/Corsican parents, born and raised in Los Angeles.  When I was 6, my parents took me to a psychiatrist because I thought I was a dog.  My first idol was Michael Jordan, my second was Kelly Slater and my third is yet to be determined.  I have a horrible time saving money but a really effortless time spending it on traveling.  It’s so easy!