Who are the most notable newbies in ad land? Which directors, producers and creatives are making waves, where do they come from, what do they have to say and how can the industry attract and nurture them?
Directorial duo Meeks & Frost bring a dual perspective to their work, and have the breadth of vision to take it into unexplored areas. Here they talk to Tim Cumming about their diverse perspectives, their achievements to date, and their ambitions to come.
Jordana Freydberg, Executive Producer at Biscuit Filmworks, gives advice on how companies, brands and agencies need to be brave if they want the next generation to flourish.
Having started out agency side before becoming a director, Kate McMullen, a winner at this year's Young Director Award, reveals to Tim Cumming how her award-winning short film work informs her branded stories, and how, as an advertiser, her goal is to capture an audience.
Four bright young talents share their dreams, doubts and career pathways: Strike Anywhere's Erica Eng, a Chinese American director in LA; Toronto-based director and VFX wizard Lucas Hrubizna of Blink Productions; journalist-turned-director Brian Broeckelman of Dictionary Films in Chicago and Serena Rossi, recently promoted to editor at UK-based post production company Nomad.
Repped by Jelly, Iranian animation director Mahboobeh Kalaee's intriguing, mixed-media animations combine live-action, 2D animation and stop-motion to create mesmerising films that blur the line between reality and the imaginary. Here, she compares films to potions, explains why water is an inspiring element, and offers up some advice for young creatives.
From being Mexico's ambassador for Free The Work, to co-founding female cooperative Dear Sisters, Mexican director and writer Faride Schroeder is a visionary creative who entwines her beautifully diverse filmmaking with advocacy and activism. Here, she talks about honing her gaze, filming home births, and how parallel careers in advertising and cinema can nourish each other.
Following a stint at Soho's top sound design studios, where she worked on projects from dubbing for Nickelodeon Animations to content for Red Bull, Hannah Webster returned to UNIT - where she started as a runner in 2013 - as a fully fledged Sound Designer. Here, she discusses her love of timeless gaming SFX, adapting to changing technology, and her experience of the industry so far.
Three years on from VCCP's project to nurture new local talent in the UK's midland region, Jim Thornton, ECD of VCCP London & VCCP Stoke-on-Trent Academy, reveals the project's success and how more needs to be done to battle social immobility and elitist pathways in the creative industries.
Jelly animation director Kaho Yoshida's work combines stop-motion with 2D drawings to create light-hearted, yet thought-provoking animations that explore often untold stories. Here, she talks about her experience of entering the industry, representation of WOC directors, and her career journey so far.
From editing reality TV shows to making and starring in hit BBC sitcom, Dreaming Whilst Black, Adjani Salmon’s star is on the rise. As he plots his next move into commercials, he tells Selena Schleh how ‘telling jokes about terrible things’ is in his DNA – and why brands need to take risks on new voices.
Award-winner Martin Holzman may have started off his filmmaking career hiding from the Argentinian heat, but his smooth comedic style and ear for a gag display an inherent coolness. Here, the argentinacine director speaks to Jamie Madge about his influences, his ethos and how a sense of restlessness has built his creativity.
With toons on-trend during lockdown, now that live-action is back what is the state of the animation nation today? This focus draws on opinions and profiles of animation directors, producers and studios and looks at new trends and technologies in the medium.
This month we lobby the opinions of industry experts on advertising’s intersection with political and ethical debate. Are young creatives pushing a more purpose-led culture? Should campaigns be campaigning on the issues of the day? When does promotion become propaganda?
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