So you’ve had your budgets signed off and your advertising campaigns approved - now how do you go about finding the best commercial directors for the job?
Michael J Ferns
On the lookout for truly cinematic quality? If you haven’t heard of BAFTA-winning director Michael J Ferns, now is the time to discover him. Shooting and directing a 90-minute lottery funded feature at just fifteen, he won a whole heap of film festival awards. Now at the tender age of 27, he outperforms commercial directors twice his age, working with huge brands such as Nespresso, Virgin and Cow & Gate.
Want to inject some movement and dance into your project? London-based director and choreographer Alexandra Green works with top UK artists on music promos and movement coaching, including Paloma Faith, Emelie Sande and Jess Glynne! Body language and human emotion are always at the forefront of her practice, which uses physicality as a universal medium of storytelling.
In our minds, only the very best commercial directors can take on iconic branding and make it their own. Reintroducing the Honey Monster to our screens is no small feat, but vivacious director Bethan Seller took it all in her stride. Capturing colour, fun and soul in everything she directs, Bethan has worked across sectors from homeware to fashion.
California-born, Amsterdam-based director Emma Westenberg studied at the renowned Rietveld Academy and the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC, and has since won accolades at the Dutch Film Festival and the Fashion Film Festival in Milan. Her unique pop aesthetic appeals to musical artists, fashion labels & globally recognised brands alike. Previous work include a commercial for VPRO Dorst in conjunction with the Dutch Design Week, a brand video for Models at Work and a music video for ‘Regal Degal’. Next stop, world domination!
Are you seeking some adventure? One of our most talented and loved directors Simon Mulvaney recently wandered around the world for 15 months to capture stunning content of amazing cultures. Since his return, we’ve taken him across Europe shooting a multi content campaign in partnership with Squad agency for Eurocamp.
Some commercial directors really do have talent flowing through their veins. At just 26 years old, Emma D’hoeraene could well be considered a prodigy. Immersed in cinema by her director father from adolescence, she gained early experience on shoots, in production and post production. Today, her work ranges from a video series for haircare brand Redken to a fashion film selected at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.
Kyle Jon Shephard
Looking for a good laugh? Kyle Jon Shephard is an award-winning comedy director, writer and performer. One of the best commercial directors when it comes to branded comedy, and a pro at working collaboratively, he has proven himself to be the perfect asset for various agencies. Kyle has also created a binge-worthy portfolio of short films, and recently presented a spin-off show for Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour on LadBible, which gained more than 4 million views.
Cousins consists of LA-based filmmakers Jordan Sharon and Keith Hamm. Collectively, they have worked almost every production and post-production job going, learning plenty from working alongside some of the most talented people in advertising for a decade combined. Their unique brand of humor is visible in the infamous Skittles ‘Newlyweds’ ad, which was a huge viral hit and at one point in time became the most watched online spot in the world.
Director-extraordinaire Gomez is one of the newest commercial to grace the Gate Films roster. Collaborating with luxury fashion brands such as Noose & Monkey, Truthful Lies and Twisted Tailor, he creates art that presents the story, meaning and message of their latest collections. Give him a clean canvas and believe in his creative processes – you won’t be disappointed.
The Gate Films works with an incredibly talented and diverse selection of the best commercial directors in the business. Whatever sector your brand is in, and whatever vision you have for your project, we can match make you with the ideal talent.