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

27th May Production
How Nick Cinelli's Bird With No Legs got him up and running

How Nick Cinelli's Bird With No Legs got him up and running

Studio Linguini director Nick Cinelli picked up a coveted Young Director Award last year for his animated short, A Bird With No Legs. He discusses the beauty of animation, the pros and cons of working within the school system, and how the YDA gave him a 'gust of confidence'.

22nd May Production
Tiny Inventions on smart animation

Tiny Inventions on smart animation

1stAveMachine's Oscar-nominated directing duo of Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata speak to Carol Cooper about finding the new in existing forms, expressing the clarity of the craft and how animation is a contrast to, not substitute for, live-action shooting.

31st Mar Production
Maker by name, maker by nature

Maker by name, maker by nature

Melody Maker began her career in the world of fashion, before turning her talents to helming ambitious promos. Now, the Mill director is bringing her blend of reality, fantasy, live-action and VFX to commercials and creative tech. Selena Schleh meets a rising talent who exemplifies the new breed of creative ‘slashies.’

25th Mar Production
David Dearlove hits the target with award-winning film

David Dearlove hits the target with award-winning film

Last year David Dearlove picked up the coveted shots Awards Europe New Director of the Year trophy for his brilliant film for Women's Aid. We spoke to him after his win and, below, you can read again his explanation of what it's like to hit the directing bullseye with his first dart.

23rd Mar Production
What keeps Calmatic pushing the edge of greatness?

What keeps Calmatic pushing the edge of greatness?

In 2019, director Calmatic skyrocketed onto the commercial scene, first with a promo for Lil Nas X and then landing a set of Super Bowl adverts for TurboTax. Here, he talks about his route into the business, his inspirations and what's next.

19th Mar Production
King of the Hill

King of the Hill

As part of our New Talent Focus, we took the chance to speak with SMUGGLER director and Hollywood icon Jonah Hill about his music video and advertising work.

shots Europe Award Winners' Spotlight

The latest interviews from the talent highlighted at the shots Awards Europe.

17th Mar Production
Em Cole: Senses working overtime

Em Cole: Senses working overtime

Creating witty, stylised, social-ready morsels of moving image, inspired by weird and wonderful corners of the internet, Em Cole is very much the post-digital director. She’s also an impressive auto-didact, who’s achieved much in her 26 years. She tells Carol Cooper about Swindon, splosh and synaesthesia

16th Mar Production
The Coyle-Larner Brothers keep it in the family

The Coyle-Larner Brothers keep it in the family

Ben Coyle-Larner, aka rapper Loyle Carner, and his brother Ryan have teamed up to create a potentially formidable directing force. With a slew of great promos for his own tracks providing a perfect training ground, and a desire to "take the plunge" as directors, these multi-skilled siblings are making all the right noises.

13th Mar Production
Ali Kurr's naked ambition

Ali Kurr's naked ambition

After a dazzling start to her career, making award-winning promos, director Ali Kurr had a spell in the wilderness. Now she's back with an impressive reel of spots and a comedy porno to boot. Fascinated by all things female, the creative polymath tells Selena Schleh why she refuses to make “stereotypical female work”.

6th Mar Production
Jesse Lewis-Reece takes on collaboration, learning, and creativity

Jesse Lewis-Reece takes on collaboration, learning, and creativity

The young director sat down with us to talk about his time spent working on his award winning project, BLEACH, how working so closely with the trans community impacted his work, and what he plans to do next.

3rd Mar Production
Jess Kohl: The Prettybird breakthrough capturing the fringes of society

Jess Kohl: The Prettybird breakthrough capturing the fringes of society

With her latest music video and a brand-new spot for Nike providing a hefty industry one-two punch, we speak to the filmmaker and photographer about what documenting marginalised communities has brought to her subsequent work.

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27th Feb Production
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.

24th Feb Production
A Michelin-starred master of flavour

A Michelin-starred master of flavour

Cooking up culinary TV triumphs with Jamie and Nigella alongside a commercials reel sizzling with scrumptious spots for Lipton’s, Knorr, Asda and Laphraoig, Mike Matthews is no flash-in-the-pan success story. Selena Schleh meets a food and drink director who finds ‘delicious moments’ in everything from a stock cube to a boiled egg.

7th Feb Agency
How young agency producers see the world of advertising

How young agency producers see the world of advertising

Biscuit Filmworks & Electric Theatre Collective's annual Young Producers Dinner took place last night. We caught up with some of the attendees to ask them about the challenges they face in their roles, what inspired them to get into the industry and why it's important not to feel alone.

31st Jan Production
Cut the tempo: How to edit for music video

Cut the tempo: How to edit for music video

As part of our Music Video focus Daniel Huntley spoke to Stitch/Homespun editor Max Windows about the art of editing for music videos.

29th Jan Production
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.

24th Jan Production
Paul  Harrison:  Making the grade

Paul Harrison: Making the grade

As part of this months music video focus Daniel Huntley asked Freefolk colourist Paul Harrison to 'shed some light' on the world of colour grading for music videos.

22nd Jan Production
Karena Evans: Force of nature

Karena Evans: Force of nature

The 24-year-old director has promos for Drake, Coldplay and SZA behind her, as well as a string of inventive commercials. Here, Tim Cumming finds out how tenacity, hard work and natural talent has combined to bring Evans to the fore.

22nd Jan Production
Director of the Year: Georgia Hudson

Director of the Year: Georgia Hudson

With a slew of great work behind her and last year's shots Awards Europe Director of the Year award sitting on her mantlepiece, Park Pictures' Georgia Hudson reveals why choosing faith over fear has paid dividends.