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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.

14th Jun
Geoff Edwards' nebulous art of entertainment

Geoff Edwards' nebulous art of entertainment

Previously holding ECD roles at Media Arts Lab, R/GA, CAA and TAG McCann, plus co-founding Spike DDB with Spike Lee, Geoff Edwards is at home at the intersection of entertainment and advertising. Now MD of Creative at Gale Partners, he talks to Tim Cumming about his role as president of Cannes Branded Entertainment jury, and explains how this shape-shifting, culture-following category excites him.

15th May Production
Opening the Closet: David Wilson bares all

Opening the Closet: David Wilson bares all

Known for his radical, playful, and sex-positive work, David Wilson's first retrospective, Closet, blends live performance, music and film into a spectacularly queer cabaret show. Amy Hey caught up with the Riff Raff director after his appearance at OFFF Festival, Barcelona, to find out more.

13th May Production
Tal Zagreba’s curious case of creativity

Tal Zagreba’s curious case of creativity

Having channelled his passion for ‘playing with cool stuff’ into an award-winning filmmaking career and a flourishing sideline in AI art, the UNIT9/USA director explains to Selena Schleh how he's looking for new ways to tell stories.

9th May Production
shots Unsigned: Drew Vaughan

shots Unsigned: Drew Vaughan

This month in our unsigned directing talent interview we speak with New York based director Drew Vaughan. Here we talk about his Climb Higher series of films, telling stories of regular people doing extraordinary things, and film programs with Werner Herzog.

3rd May Production
Kyra Bartley: Making magic

Kyra Bartley: Making magic

The last - but by no means least - look at at our shots Awards APAC winners from last year sees Director of the Year winner, FINCH's Kyra Bartley, talk about her move to live-action, the first steps of production, and how a reluctant shanty will stay with her forever.

1st May Production
Zika Liu: Fashioning the future

Zika Liu: Fashioning the future

Concluding our look at shots Awards APAC, joint winner of shots Asia Pacific New Director of the Year award, Zika Liu talks about how working in the fashion world informs his creativity as a director, helping mold his artistic expression.

Creative Correspondence

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

24th Apr Production
Yuriko Minami: The drive to connect

Yuriko Minami: The drive to connect

Continuing our look at shots Awards APAC, last year's joint New Director of the Year winner, Yuriko Minami, talks about the power of connection and communication in her work, and what inspires and drives her.

11th Apr Production
shots Unsigned: Chris Tenzis

shots Unsigned: Chris Tenzis

For shots Unsigned this month we speak with director, editor, and actor Chris Tenzis about his micro short Big Touch. He also talks hanging out at The Scala, film school tales, and mentions a Withnail & I cookbook...

9th Apr Production
Finch: Learning to fly

Finch: Learning to fly

With 2024's shots Awards APAC now open for entries, founder and CEO of Finch, Rob Galluzzo, talks Tim Cumming through his rise from dispatch boy to heading up shots’ Production Company of the Year in 2023, and asks some hard questions of the industry in the face of some radical changes.

9th Apr Production
Andrew Holmes: Life is suite

Andrew Holmes: Life is suite

Continuing our look at shots Awards APAC, now open for entries, we speak to last year's Editor of the Year about the pleasures, pitfalls and latent powers to be found in the editing suite - at the heart of every film project.

28th Mar Production
B. Monét's mandate to be seen

B. Monét's mandate to be seen

With a plethora of awards and industry experience under her belt, director B. Monét's work explores diverse themes, underpinned by a dedication to uplifting marginalised voices. She discusses her career journey and inspirations, from participating in Queen Latifah's Queen Collective program to creating authentic content for brands from Disney to Cadillac.

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28th Mar Production
Jamie Jones' road to reality

Jamie Jones' road to reality

Odelay Films director Jamie Jones's varied career has taken in poetic shorts, ads and reality TV, along with BAFTA-winning long-form drama and documentaries. Here, he chats to Carol Cooper about finding lightness in dark tales of toxic masculinity, how sound can lead into the heart of character and his restless quest to portray the truth of the matter.

22nd Mar Production
shots Unsigned: Matthieu Livingston

shots Unsigned: Matthieu Livingston

For our next unsigned directing talent interview we speak with director Matthieu Livingston. Here we talk about his charming short documentary Wet Paint, getting annoyed with bystanders, and finding the film in the edit.

22nd Mar Production
The Way I See It: Henry-Alex Rubin

The Way I See It: Henry-Alex Rubin

From early gonzo hits like Whopper Freakout to politically charged work for Sandy Hook Promise, SMUGGLER director Henry-Alex Rubin has parlayed his documentarian’s eye into authentic spots that don’t just win gongs (Emmys, Oscar nominations and more) but seek to bring about real change. He tells Selena Schleh about why he makes ads for people who hate ads.

20th Mar Production
Christina Xing: from Gen Z to GenXing

Christina Xing: from Gen Z to GenXing

Much like the 16mm film she typically uses, Asian American director Christina Xing’s work is defined by whimsical, nostalgic visuals infused with her distinctive, contemporary edge, and at just 25, her unique ability to tell authentic, youth-centric stories has already caught the attention of brands including Disney, Vaseline, Snapchat and VANS.

18th Mar Production
Irene Baqué: stories of sisterhood

Irene Baqué: stories of sisterhood

After spending six years travelling the world as a video journalist for The Guardian, Darling Films director Irene Baqué moved into commercial filmmaking, where she has created socially-impactful, female-focussed films for brands from Pandora to Doc Martens. Weaving threads of womanhood, alchemy and community into a rich cinematic tapestry, her branded content and personal projects aim to unite women from all walks of life.

15th Mar Production
Mickey Duzyj and his animated athletes

Mickey Duzyj and his animated athletes

As part of our Short Film & Documentary Focus, we showcase the sports-obsessed filmmaker and animator Mickey Duzyj, whose work is a perfect marriage of style and substance, humour and heart, delivered through his eye-catching bold illustrations and info-graphics animations.

14th Mar Production
shots Unsigned: Bruno Persico

shots Unsigned: Bruno Persico

For our next unsigned directing talent interview of 2024 we speak with director/animator Bruno Persico. Here we talk about his co-directed micro short AIRE. We also hear about storyboarding and pre-production, how essential a producer can be, and Franco-Belgian comics.

8th Mar Production
The real Thelma and Louise

The real Thelma and Louise

Olivia Summers (right) and Dee Bryant (left) are, respectively, Founder and Partner at the Association of Women Drivers (AWD), the first and only all-female stunt and performance driving team. To mark International Women’s Day, they shared with shots how they’ve navigated the various 'stunts' the industry uses to keep females out of the driving seat.

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