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

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

4th Jan Production
Gregory Ohrel: Provocateur with purpose

Gregory Ohrel: Provocateur with purpose

Kicking off January's Music Video Focus, Selena Schleh speaks to Gregory Ohrel, whose brutal, incendiary and stimulative promo for Puerto Rican rapper Residente’s protest track, This Is Not America, provoked deeper thought on the nature of nationalism.

14th Dec Production
Naturalism with an edge: the expert eye of Rodrigo Prieto

Naturalism with an edge: the expert eye of Rodrigo Prieto

With a 25-year career lensing films for the likes of Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Ang Lee, Mexican DP Rodrigo Prieto is turning his attention towards direction, with an upcoming Netflix adaptation in the works. Here, he talks to Selena Schleh about his past projects in both roles, building on his reputation for being the master of emotional naturalism.

2nd Dec Production
Creature feature: the fantastical world of John Nolan

Creature feature: the fantastical world of John Nolan

From a bench-pressing rodent to filling Jurassic World with dinos, John Nolan has been flying the physical effects flag for over a decade. David Knight talks to the animatronic master about the importance of capturing magic in-camera.

30th Nov Production
The Way I See It: Rankin

The Way I See It: Rankin

Fashion and portrait photographer John Rankin Waddell, aka Rankin, has photographed a host of legends, from the Stones to the Spice Girls, and Madonna queen of pop, to Queen Elizabeth II. He also founded magazines Dazed & Confused and Hunger, and set up an agency, Rankin Creative. He talks to Carol Cooper about protests, periods and his passion for making – not taking – pictures.

27th Oct Production
shots Unsigned: Mayukh Goswami

shots Unsigned: Mayukh Goswami

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Mayukh Goswami. Here he talks us through his music video No Hoodie co-directed with Sean Wehrli. We also discuss people watching on the subway, six months of cel animation, and his animation bibles.

7th Oct Production
YDA winner Arthur Studholme on making a name in comedy

YDA winner Arthur Studholme on making a name in comedy

With his awkward, surreal and utterly hilarious short, What's My Name?, Pulse Films director Studholme picked up a Gold at 2022's YDA. Here he discusses the origins of the unfortunate encounter, how a chance job with a prosthetics expert can make a micro-budget into a masterpiece, and why losing your lead actor the night before the shoot can sometimes work in your favour.

Creative Correspondence

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

29th Sep Production
People-watching with Michelle Savill

People-watching with Michelle Savill

Award-winning New Zealand director Michelle Savill is an astute observer of human behaviour. Her first feature film Millie Lies Low premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW earlier this year, following which she was signed to Arts & Sciences. She spoke to shots about the challenges of shooting on a shoestring and how a missed flight disaster proved inspirational.

21st Sep Production
Ani Acopian's adventures in aviation

Ani Acopian's adventures in aviation

Los Angeles-based filmmaker, social media maestro and tireless innovator Ani Acopian joined Park Pictures in June. She’s garnered attention for her witty short-form content, such as A World Artists Love for AWAL, and her spoof dating website for Amazon. She told shots about playing with boundaries, altering perceptions and her love of drones.

15th Sep Production
Cinematic visuals with a disruptive edge? Better call Sau

Cinematic visuals with a disruptive edge? Better call Sau

Greatcoat Films' Newham-born director Sau Ali has built a solid portfolio within six short months in the business, including music videos for artists including Henny Knightz and Raptum, as well as branded content for Samsung, New Balance and Vice. Here he tells shots how short-form filmmaking can nurture a blockbuster spirit.

15th Sep Production
shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Sean Wehrli. Here he talks us through his music video for Clans, his big music promo inspirations, and pivoting to take advantage of circumstances.

13th Sep Production
Lessons to be learned

Lessons to be learned

Known for his soulful films exploring pressing social issues, New Orleans-based filmmaker Abraham Felix was signed by Curfew earlier this year. Here, he tells shots about his inspirations and passion for filmmaking and about the creation of his award-winning campaign The Unspoken Curriculum, produced by Windy Films for the Boris L. Henson Foundation.

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9th Sep Production
YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

Directing duo Nono+Rodrigo's epic short, Terra Cene, won a Gold Screen in this year's YDA category Changing the World Frame by Frame. Here, they tell shots about time capsules, terrifying countdowns and how shooting in Ukraine made it a dream project.

6th Sep Production
Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's powerful and affecting short film highlights the impact of period poverty on a young girl's life. Here, Branderhorst explains her journey from in front of to behind the camera, how she put her faith in a brilliant but untested actress, and why winning YDA gold means the world.

2nd Sep Production
Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand picked up a Gold Screen at this year's YDA for Family, his powerful charity film for the BC Centre on Substance Use. Here, he discusses his start in skateboard films, the difficulties in casting and the impact of imposter syndrome.

1st Sep Production
Poetry in motion

Poetry in motion

Fuelled by an immense imagination, multi-faceted creative Caleb Femi unites words and visuals to magical effect, effortlessly moving from page to screen and back again with a body of work that spans poetry, short films, commercials, TV and even a live catwalk show. Whatever the field, he tells Selena Schleh, the story remains his north star.

26th Aug Production
YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

SMUGGLER director Ebeneza Blanche picked up a Gold Screen in the Music Video category for Little Simz's Point & Kill at this year's YDA. Here, they talk about college studies, Nigerian culture and having their work recognised.

25th Aug Production
YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

Director Eugen Merher won two silvers and a gold at this year's YDA for his compelling film The Boy Who Couldn't Feel Pain. Here he shares his created inspiration, from computer games to Wim Wenders, and reveals his fascination with capturing a particularly American brand of desolation.

24th Aug Production
Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Director Joost Biesheuvel picked up a Gold Screen (Video Art) for his short film Cats and Dogs, produced by Vigics, at this year’s YDA. Here, the composer-turned-filmmaker talks about troubled relationships, the joys of collaboration and the magic of metaphors.

22nd Aug Production
Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

We speak to the established YouTuber and fledgling commercial director Jack Howard about how to make the transition, as well as finding out how OB Management's Jez Murrell is guiding him through the funny business of brands.