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From Junior Creatives to ECDs, delve into career highlights (and lowlights) in our in-depth profiles.

Production

The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.

1st Aug Production
Directing quartet 4 THE COOL on striking YDA Gold through father/son bonding

Directing quartet 4 THE COOL on striking YDA Gold through father/son bonding

When directing brothers Michel & Nico decided to spend lockdown collaborating with their ten-year-old boys, Sacha and Robinson, on a filmmaking educational project, little did they realise it would lead them to viral success and awards aplenty. We sat down with both fathers and sons to find the secret to staying Forever Young.

21st Jul Production
shots Unsigned: Solmund MacPherson

shots Unsigned: Solmund MacPherson

For our latest chat with an unsigned directing talent we hear from Solmund MacPherson, as he talks us through his short film Wolf in Dude’s Clothing, being raised in the wings of the theatre, and delegating while directing.

21st Jun Production
Patrick Milling-Smith: Setting the stage for Lion-worthy film craft

Patrick Milling-Smith: Setting the stage for Lion-worthy film craft

The SMUGGLER co-founder, film and theatre producer, and 2022 Cannes Lion Film Craft Jury President speaks to Jamie Madge about his big breaks, stage smashes, and how the moving image remains relevant in increasingly virtual times.

26th May Production
shots Unsigned: Sascha Taylor Larsen

shots Unsigned: Sascha Taylor Larsen

For our latest chat with an unsigned directing talent we hear from Sascha Taylor Larsen, as he talks us through his 80's influenced music video Donnie Dix, making films with the family camcorder and filmmaking challenges.

18th May Production
Weird Seance summons… stevexoh

Weird Seance summons… stevexoh

As Amy Kean continues her search for some of creativity's weirdest inhabitants, she talks to artist and writer stevexoh about unusual names, unexpected journeys and uncovering the secret of living.

25th Apr Production
The Way I See It: Tim Godsall

The Way I See It: Tim Godsall

Internationally renowned for his comedic, character-driven commercials, Anonymous Content director Tim Godsall has produced high-profile, awards-laden spots for brands including Axe, Old Spice, Southern Comfort, Xbox and many others. Here he shares stories of breakfast chocolate, a David Kolbusz T-shirt mix-up and a surprising celebrity-in-the-bathroom situation.

Creative Correspondence

Celebrating shots' 30th anniversary, industry luminaries pair up with up-and-comers in the field to talk shop and interview each other.

19th Apr Production
Ruganzu ‘Riggs' Howard: On the comedy frontline

Ruganzu ‘Riggs' Howard: On the comedy frontline

Ruganzu ‘Rigg’s Howard is busy honing his comedy chops after teaming up with Epoch Films and fellow director Matthew Swanson, both of whom talk to Tim Cumming about the practice and politics of comedy.

13th Apr Production
Creative Correspondence: Traktor and Rick Russell

Creative Correspondence: Traktor and Rick Russell

From belligerent bellies to cheesed-off chickens, from Super Bowl chart-toppers to promo perfection, editor Rick Russell and directing supremos Traktor have had a long and fruitful working relationship, one which often tickles our collective funny bone. Here they talk about their methods, how they stay on top, and why their partnership works.

17th Mar Production
shots Unsigned: Eli Powers

shots Unsigned: Eli Powers

For this months interview with unsigned directing talent, we talk with Eli Powers about his short film Fish, the mundane realities of day-to-day life and big inspirations that have guided him on his journey.

2nd Mar Production
Angelo Cerisara takes a leap forward

Angelo Cerisara takes a leap forward

The winner of the shots Awards EMEA New Director of the Year 2021, Angelo Cerisara talks to Tim Cumming about how a teen obsession with parkour led to a career behind the camera as a fast-rising star.

28th Feb Production
The Way I See It: Erik Wilson

The Way I See It: Erik Wilson

Cinematographer Erik Wilson's impressive CV includes Paddington, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, smaller gems like Submarine and the BAFTA-winning Tyrannosaur, music videos for the likes of Elton John and Ed Sheeran, and ads for BT, Sky, Tesco, McDonald's and more. He tells Carol Cooper about hiding from the limelight, avoiding chasms with Ben Stiller and letting the music lead the shoot.

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17th Feb Production
shots Unsigned: Andrew Telling

shots Unsigned: Andrew Telling

For this months interview with unsigned directing talent, we talk with Andrew Telling about his short film Dolgoch, his DIY mentality, shooting in 16mm, and finding his documentary aesthetic.

28th Jan Production
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.

19th Jan Production
The Way I See It: Phil Lee

The Way I See It: Phil Lee

Now creative director at BAFTA and Emmy-nominated creative community, Untold Studios, Phil was previously video commissioner at XL Recordings, where he spent 21 years helping to create award-winning visuals for stars including Adele, Radiohead, M.I.A and FKA Twigs. Here he shares his thoughts on litter, long service and living in the moment.

19th Jan Production
YDA winner Vincent Gibaud on his animated award winner

YDA winner Vincent Gibaud on his animated award winner

In the last of our focusses on 2021's YDA winners, Vincent Gibaud discusses his Gold Screen win in the Animation category for his haunting short, Two Nightmares in My Story, for Face à l’Inceste.

7th Jan Production
YDA-winner Christian Schilling on visualising the power of friendship

YDA-winner Christian Schilling on visualising the power of friendship

Christian Schilling's spec spot for Duracell picked up a gold trophy at the YDA 2021. Here he discusses how his mother's music box, a dip in a white-water river and – possibly – Forrest Gump all contributed to the making of his epic film.

23rd Dec Production
How David Dearlove made the YDA laugh

How David Dearlove made the YDA laugh

David Dearlove is a creative and an award-winning director who won a Gold Screen in Best Use of Humour at this year's Young Director Award for his brilliant parody of short film tropes. Here, he talks about why he made his film and why a farmer's field isn't as cheap to use as you might think.

17th Dec Production
YDA-winner Kelsey Larkin on creating a dancing virus

YDA-winner Kelsey Larkin on creating a dancing virus

Winner of the YDA's additional contest, Born To Create Drama, Larkin explains her Covid-themed film.

10th Dec Production
How Svend Colding's film charmed the YDA to win gold

How Svend Colding's film charmed the YDA to win gold

Svend Colding picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (6 minutes and over) category for It's So Charming at this year's Young Director Award. Here, he talks about his desire to direct, figuring out his story and wanting to 'smash the patriarchy'.