Rachel Han Xu & Joshua Reis

1) How did you get into directing? 
Xu: I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to do when in film school so I took classes on almost everything (producing, special VFX, sound, etc.) and eventually graduated with a cinematography emphasis. It wasn’t until I entered the “real world” for a bit that I realized directing is what I liked and wanted to do the most.

Alexander Thompson

1) How did you get into directing? 
It all began with writing. I consider myself a storyteller first and foremost and prose was my gateway drug. I quickly learned that directing allowed me to foster my love for more than just the written page, since it entails image-making, music, design, drama and beguiling narrative all at once. I saw the opportunity for interdisciplinary storytelling and took to it like a duck on water. I now balance my directorial aspirations with my writing projects, since the latter only costs my time and creativity.

Erik Shirai

1) How did you get into directing? 
Storytelling has always come naturally to me. In school, I would always daydream about different life situations and would find a way to create a compelling narrative around it. I’ve always enjoyed coming up with visual and audio techniques to tell simple stories that people can relate to.

2) What is your most recent project?
I am shooting with Superseed on a project with Barkley agency. I’m also in the process of creating a film that is tribute to women.


1) How did you get into directing? 
In August of 2013, we had the opportunity to collaborate on writing an image campaign for the Disney XD Network. We had been working on a few original scripts to direct in our spare time, but it was really then that we realized how well we gelled as a creative team.  A few months later that “Walking With Dinosaurs” promo came into Cause + Effect.  We jumped at the chance to prove ourselves. Luckily for us, Jamie and Jason, the principals at C+E, took a chance and really let us run with it...and here we are.