2014

J + J (Jess Zou and Jing Shao)

1) How did you get into directing?
We’re into a lot of things. Literature, philosophy, movies, music and photography all had their impact on us. Directing is our expression of these interests and influences. It’s terrific.

2) What is your most recent project?
We are shooting a web viral for Chinese telecom Huawei. The story takes place in a North American city but we’ll be shooting in Guangzhou, China. It ain’t easy.

Logan Hall

1) How did you get into directing?
Growing up, my parents used to take my sister and me to the movies all the time. I fell in love with films and started shooting videos with friends in high school. We made music videos and weird short films.

Em Cooper

1) How did you get into directing?
I fell completely in love with the film as a medium and tried to soak up everything I could about shooting and editing on film before the whole industry converted to digital. I am a big believer in ‘the medium is the message’ and I became fascinated by film language - and thinking about what sort of feeling could be evoked by film and what sort of things could be said in animation.

Conor Byrne

1) How did you get into directing?
I have always been religious about movies. When I was a tiny tyke, I staged a live adaptation/re-imagining of Hook in my living room – I starred as Pan and forced my older brother Tyler (now my filmmaking partner/producer) to play every other part and work the camcorder. I guess that was my directorial debut; not much has changed since.

Jonathan Bregel

1) How did you get into directing?
I believe that I got into directing as a result of my passion for life and for people.

2) What is your most recent project?
I’ve been really excited learning how to draw so I’d have to say that my most recent project would be the drawing I did in my notebook last night. After I drew this “thing” (I don’t even know what ‘it’ is), I wrote a concept for a short film about “freeing yourself from the void of comparison”- so I guess that is my most recent project?

Jason Berger

1) How did you get into directing?
Becoming a director was a natural progression for me. I wanted to flex my creative muscles, and put more of my stamp on the work I was producing. I thought it would differentiate our company’s content.

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