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David Knight

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28th Jan 2022 Talent
Nathan James Tettey's road to success

Nathan James Tettey's road to success

Nathan James Tettey is steeped in music videos; David Knight talks to the talented Tettey about his journey from teenage shoots with a promo-directing cousin and various jobs in production companies and record labels, to directing videos for some of the UK's biggest acts, including Dave and Ghetts, and now a multi-faceted role at Untold Studios.

28th Jan 2022 Insight
Music videos with a message

Music videos with a message

From Black Lives Matter to Brexit England, debating issues of the day via sound and vision can lead to potent pieces of work. David Knight explores how artists, their labels and video directors are approaching mixing politics with promos.

27th Feb 2020 Talent
Charlie Stebbings; Not just any food director...

Charlie Stebbings; Not just any food director...

As the director of Mark's & Spencer's famous 'food porn' campaign, Rogue's Charlie Stebbings is no stranger to making things look simply too good to eat. Here, David Knight discusses the ingredients that go into making truly tasty commercials.

29th Jan 2020 Talent
Romain Chassaing: Fusing music videos and movies

Romain Chassaing: Fusing music videos and movies

With his ability to create fantastic, narrative-led music videos that feel like short films, Romain Chassaing has already taken the promo world by storm. David Knight talks to a director who is now repeating that feat in the commercials arena.

6th Jan 2020 Talent
Crown Jewell: How IPJ became commercial and music video king

Crown Jewell: How IPJ became commercial and music video king

After a staggering fourteen ad shoots in 2019, it's safe to say that Ian Pons Jewell has 'broken through'. David Knight talks to the director about how his music video roots, as well as the his ongoing flirtation with the form, has created such relentless creativity.

7th Oct 2019 Talent
Changing the face of automotive advertising

Changing the face of automotive advertising

Spindle's Aldona Kwiatkowski has fused automotive commercials with a fashionable flare, notably with her work for Mercedes. David Knight talks to the Polish-born director about her 'melancholic mindset' and the necessity of the female gaze.

22nd Aug 2019 Insight
Commission control; how promo commissioners see the music video world

Commission control; how promo commissioners see the music video world

Last year our contributing editor (and sometime commissioner), David Knight, spoke to some of his contemporaries about the state of the promo business and the role of the commissioner. This month, during our Music Video focus, we thought it a perfect time to revisit the insightful piece.

20th Aug 2019 Talent
Emmanuel Adjei on the Dark Ballet of music videos

Emmanuel Adjei on the Dark Ballet of music videos

Off the back off two showstopping promos for Madonna, David Knight speaks to the Amsterdam-based director about his ability to craft films with depth and imagery that burns in the memory.

18th Jul 2019 Insight
COPA90: Giving the Beautiful Game a media makeover

COPA90: Giving the Beautiful Game a media makeover

Since its inception in 2012 COPA90 has put itself at the heart of football, creating a new way for fans to interact with teams and players, and championing inclusivity over animosity. David Knight examines the company's impact on the sport's coverage and why brands are so keen to be on their team.

19th Jun 2019 Talent
Kim Gehrig: Cutting edge creativity

Kim Gehrig: Cutting edge creativity

It might surprise the online trolls but the director of Gillette’s controversial We Believe ad started her career bigging up the boys, helming music videos for the likes of Primal Scream & Gomez. But from the moment she shot her first ad she’s been making work that challenges, questions and empowers. Though she still knows how to have fun doing it.

25th Apr 2019 Talent
The agent provocateur of animation

The agent provocateur of animation

Smashing out animated promos for the likes of Radiohead, Run The Jewels, The Killers and many more, Chris Hopewell's punk rock approach has shaken up the world of stop-motion and given it a Mohican to boot. David Knight meets the Black Dog Films director.

27th Mar 2019 Talent
Mike Maguire takes a bite out of comedy

Mike Maguire takes a bite out of comedy

Former creative and previously one half of a successful directing duo, Mike Maguire is now a high-flying directorial king of comedy in his own right. Here he talks about his work, inspirations and why he owes everything in his life to advertising.

David Knight

David Knight
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