Ari Merkin

1) How did you get into directing?
I’ve been a CW, AD, ACD, ECD, CCO and agency founder. Over the years, I’ve worked with some of the very best directors in our business. Guys like Tony Kaye, Spike Jonze, Noam Murro, Tom Kuntz, Rupert Sanders, Gerard de Thame. My first spot was one of the last shot by Henry Sandbank. These guys were my film school. They taught me the value of having your own point of view, and I’d never want to let an education like that go to waste.

Arnaud Uyttenhove

1) How did you get into directing?
I’m a big fan of photo books. The work of Alec Soth and his books are stories like a real film.

A friend and I decided to take a camera and follow him to make a film.

That was my first project.

Advertising arrived after that. And it’s now, for me, an interesting place for trying stuff as a young director.

2) What is your most recent project?
Super Bowl campaigns for both Chrysler and Jeep.

Ben Tedesco

1) How did you get into directing?
I became fascinated by film at a very early age. I loved going to the movies, I loved renting movies, but as a kid I never got the chance to experiment with a camera and make my own. I had the thought in my head that so many people in my family are doctors and that I had to go that route in life as well.

Tank + Bunker

1) How did you get into directing?
Tank + Bunker is the directing partnership of Judah-Lev Dickstein and Justin Liberman. We met at Columbia University Film School and bonded over daily morning coffee and the ability of an image to send shivers down our spines. From a young age we were both mesmerized by film’s ability to present new worlds other than the ones we saw around us, and we both were drawn to that alone, the ability to step into a new world.

Romina Schwedler

1) How did you get into directing?
I’ve been an actress for several years. One day, a story kind of barged into my mind so I started to develop it. The writing process and eventual screenwriting classes began to awaken more ideas that I just couldn’t wait to bring to life.

I realized that I wanted to ensure my vision would survive from first draft to final cut, so this lead me into wanting to direct and edit my own work.

Bryan Reisberg

1) How did you get into directing?
I studied Film and TV Production at NYU’s Tisch School. There I started directing music videos, and worked at Smuggler for two summers. In 2008, I formed Uncorked Productions with producer and fellow Tisch alum Andrew Corkin.


1) How did you get into directing?
We both made short films in high school but didn’t join forces until college.

We met in a dorm elevator our freshman year at San Francisco State University. Martin (the Strauss) had a projector in his room so we watched films on his wall. Justin (the Plummer) later forced Martin to join the campus cinema club with him.

From these events, and our mutual love of mac and cheese, our friendship evolved into the directing partnership we have now.