2014

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.

Bess Kargman

1) How did you get into directing?
I thought my interest in shooting was something that developed in my early 20s but just recently I found a photo of myself holding a camera at the age of five (so it turns out I’ve wanted to do this for a lot longer than I ever realized).

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.

David Kestin

1) How did you get into directing?
I’ve always taken photographs, made music, and written stories. I inevitably began combining these mediums which led me down the path to filmmaking, where I landed as a director, and couldn’t feel more at home.

2) What is your most recent project?
My last two short films, The Air Mattress and Open House, recently premiered at the New York Film Festival.

I’m currently writing a television show, a couple feature films, and directing music videos and branded content.

The Kloons

1) How did you get into directing?
The three of us have been making each other laugh since we were 18, but after college we found ourselves continually coming up with ideas for scenes and sketches. We were tired of waiting for something cool to happen to us, and had the right amount of courage and naiveté to buy a camera and think that we could make it happen.

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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