Renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is an award-winning director of international music videos, commercials, documentaries, stage shows and feature films.
Jonas has directed music videos for the likes of Madonna, U2, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5 to name but a few. His music video work has earned him several Grammy Awards, MTV Awards (including Best Director) and the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award.
As recently as late 2009 he won a coveted MVPA for the music video for Lady Gaga’s 'Paparazzi'. Jonas has also directed the award winning video 'Telephone' for Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé.
Jonas received the highest regarded award in the UK’s 2011 Music Video Awards. The Icon Award was presented to him by Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran.
His recent music videos include 'Doom And Gloom' for The Rolling Stones, and 'The Daylight Project' for Maroon 5. 'Girl Panic' for Duran Duran got a lot of publicity and attention for having Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford and Yasmin Le Bon representing the iconic band members in their latest work. The video was in cooperation with Harper’s Bazaar, who did a cover story about the models and the video.
His first feature film, 'Spun', starring Jason Schwartzmann, Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari and Mickey Rourke premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Jonas’ third film, 'Horsemen', starring Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi was financed by Mandate Pictures and produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Horsemen premiered in 2009.
Additionally, Jonas has released his fourth feature film 'Small Apartments', which premiered in 2012 – starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, and James Caan, amongst other prominent actors. Jonas recently made a documentary for Sir Paul McCartney, called 'Live Kisses', featuring Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. The documentary captures the live performance from Sir Paul McCartney’s acclaimed album 'Kisses on the Bottom', where Paul is accompanied by Diana Krall and her band on a collection of songs that he grew up listening to.
Jonas has directed television commercials for the likes of Dior, Hugo Boss, Sony, JC Penney, Avon, Dell, Volkswagen, Virgin, Coca Cola, Smirnoff, Ikea, Panasonic and Adidas, amongst others. In 2008 he directed the inaugural William Rast commercials, featuring Justin Timberlake. His series of colourful commercials for Swiftcover, featuring Iggy Pop, created a big stir in 2009 and continued to do so into 2010. His commercial work has earned Addy, Cannes Gold Lion and Cannes Grand Prix awards.
His art projects include creating and directing a circus in Stockholm during the Stockholm Cultural Year of 1998. Jonas has had exhibitions in Frankfurt and Seoul and in 2006 the exhibition: 'A Jonas Åkerlund Experience' was shown in Stockholm. In 2009 alone Jonas directed 'Place' – Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna for television, made an introduction film “Abba World” dedicated to the famous Swedish pop group Abba that is now showcased in their Abba World Tour, and ended the year collaborating with well-known artist Francesco Vezzoli by directing 'Moca', a film about the musical held at the Los Angeles Moca museum’s 30th anniversary – Featuring Lady Gaga and the Ballet Russo.
Jonas has great experience in still photography. He has shot numerous portraits, album covers and fashion stories for magazines such as The Face, Elle, Flair, and V magazine to name a few. Jonas has directed several documentaries and short films ranging on subjects of anti-racism ('Behind Enemy Lines') and anti-drugs ('Try') to the award winning documentary about Madonna ('I Am Going To Tell You A Secret'). Jonas also received critical acclaim and another Grammy for directing Madonna’s NBC Special 'The Confessions Tour' in 2007.
In 2013, Jonas has so far already filled the year with several commercial shoots, two of which were with Beyoncé for O2 and H&M adverts. Many more are currently in post production.
Jonas is now represented by "RSA Photographic" for all photography work
Born and raised in The Netherlands; Juriaan Booij has been working as a filmmaker in London for the past five years.
After graduating in Graphic and Typographic Design from the Royal Academy of Art, he completed his first documentary, King Tide, depicting the remote Pacific island of Tuvalu, destined to be devoured by water. The following year he honed his craft as a filmmaker at the Royal College of Art, developing a strong and distinctive aesthetic.
His educational background served as a valuable launching pad into his fledgling career as a director today. His interest in the arts combined with the craftsmanship of design has produced an inspiring body of work.
Recently, Juriaan has been conceptualizing, writing and directing commercials, content, music videos, mini-docs and short films for clients such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, Burberry, Industrial Facility, Shao Yen and the Design Museum.
Juriaan has just completed films for both Onitsuka Tiger and Ronan & Erwan Design (in collaboration with BMW). The films are slated for release in Spring and Summer 2013, respectively.
Barney grew up in London and before he left school was shooting record covers and book jackets as a photographer.
He studied English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford and spent a year at Princeton as a Visiting Fellow in the Film and Creative Writing departments before winning a place on the prestigious BBC television training scheme.
His directing career began with 'Tea', a short commissioned by MTV Europe which went on to be the shortest film selected at Sundance. Barney then wrote and directed 'Queen's Park Story' for BBC 2's 10x10 strand. The Observer called it "the best British drama on television this year", it was in the official selection at the Venice Film Festival and won Best Director at Toronto.
Barney’s commercial work is known for its cinematic style, visual storytelling and great performances.
He is represented by RSA Films in London, New York and LA. He has made commercials for clients such as Volkswagen, Lexus, Typhoo, Toyota, and Deutsche Bahn.
His films for the National Health Service have won advertising awards year on year and his safe-sex film 'Spoiled' was voted Scotland's Favourite Ad. His long-running, 36-spot campaign for CIC Bank was recently voted number 4 in the top 10 of all French commercials.
Barney has made two recent short films - 'Be Good' for Hill Holiday in New York, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, and 'The Foundling' - a 3D short as part of the Philips Parallel Lines series. 'The Foundling' won the 2012 Lumiere Award for outstanding achievement in 3D short film making.
The other 2012 Lumiere winners were Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Wim Wenders. Barney has two features in development, including one based on a cult short-story by the celebrated British author J.G. Ballard.
Greg joined RSA Films in 2008 after an award winning stint, working for clients as varied as British Airways, Oasis, Reebok, Orange and Lilly Allen.
Since joining he has produced a plethora of work for commercial clients including Nike, Toyota, Blackberry, and HSBC, winning a British Arrow in 2011 for his work on the Philips ‘Parallel Lines’ project.
Equally known for his short-form documentary based work as his narrative, his background was originally in stills fashion photography.
Throughout the 1990’s he simultaneously held associate fashion director positions at both The Face magazine and i.D. magazine, working with such luminaries as David LaChapelle, Wolfgang Tillmans, Elaine Constantine and Ellen Von Unwerth, as well as celebrities that included David Bowie, The Streets, Robbie Williams, Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore and countless others.
He is married with two children and lives in East London.
Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated TV and film director, writer and producer, based in London but working in the UK and USA.
His commercials for RSA include the “Jack” films for Heinz, and most recently the acclaimed, multi award-winning “Supergroup” campaign for Cow & Gate.
Field Smith is currently producing and directing “THE WRONG MANS”, a new comedy thriller for the BBC and Hulu, written by and starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton. It also stars Emilia Fox, Benedict Wong, Nick Moran, Dawn French and Dougray Scott. It is due to premiere later in 2013.
His directing career kicked off in 2006, when his short “GOODBYE TO THE NORMALS” became a viral sensation that picked up several awards on the festival circuit. It attracted the attention of advertising agencies, as well as putting him on Hollywood’s radar. Soon after, Field Smith was directing high-profile commercial projects including Mini’s Silver-Lion winning interactive campaign “‘Ave A Word,” and Burger King’s critically-acclaimed “Dark Testimonial” campaign for the Whopper & Spider-Man franchise via Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
It was Field Smith’s next short, “WHERE HAVE I BEEN ALL YOUR LIFE?” starring BAFTA-winning James Corden and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton, that convinced DreamWorks to hire him for his first feature, “SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE”, a romantic comedy starring Jay Baruchel which was released worldwide in Spring 2010. In 2011, he completed his second feature, “BUTTER”, a satirical comedy starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde, released by the Weinstein Company in October 2012. Subsequently Jim directed the entire second season of “EPISODES” for BBC / Showtime, receiving both BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
While Field Smith is firmly ensconced in the director’s chair today, his breadth of experience in the arts serves him well. He is an established film and television writer, and is currently writing three major features, in the UK and USA, all of which he is set to direct.
Among other past highlights, he was a member of the popular British sketch comedy group Dutch Elm Conservatoire who performed to great acclaim on the Edinburgh Fringe, sell-out West End shows and across the UK, and were nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award. And he wrote and starred with Ben Willbond in “Deep Trouble,” a radio show sit-com that ran for two series on BBC Radio 4.
Brett Foraker began his career as a painter and photographer before turning to filmmaking. His early career was spent developing the brand identities of channels such as TCM, Film4 and E4. He has worked with such luminaries as Ellen Von Unwerth, David Lachapelle, and Jim Fiscus as both copywriter and art director. ??In 2004 he was appointed the youngest-ever Creative Director of Channel 4 (UK) where he directed the multi-award winning C4 Idents and Faces of 4 campaigns.
Since then, he has been directing commercials through Ridley Scott Associates where he has directed award-winning campaigns for Toyota, Sony, British Heart Foundation, and Syfy to name but a few. Among his many accolades are awards from Cannes Lion, Creative Circle, BTAA and the coveted Black Pencil from D&AD.
He has been on Campaign’s A-List several times and in Saatchi’s Young Director’s Showcase in Cannes. His work has appeared frequently in Creative Review, Boards, Shots and David’s Reviews. Drifter Pictures, a book of his photography, is due to be published in 2012.
He currently splits his time between London and Los Angeles where he is developing several feature film projects.
Johnny Hardstaff is a director, designer and modern storyteller. Hardstaff has directed and designed innovative moving image work across a broad spectrum of both commercial and non-commercial strands of the visual arts. Mass media clients include Twentieth Century Fox, Sony, Radiohead, Philips and the BBC.
Hardstaff's work has been broadcast worldwide and exhibited at major museums of modern art and cultural institutes including Tate Modern / NFT / ICA / Laforet Museum (Tokyo) / Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) / ACMI (Melbourne) / MOMA (San Francisco) and the V&A Museum (London). His first retrospective was held at the Zero One Design Center (Seoul) in 2004.
Johnny Hardstaff initially studied Graphic Design at St. Martins School of Art, his distinctive approach to visual media nurtured within a maverick and progressive left-field climate unique to the school at that time. A consummate late developer, upon graduation Hardstaff worked exclusively outside of the creative industries, finally making his first short film in 1999.
Amongst his most notable works to date remain 'History of Gaming' and 'Future of Gaming' (two early short films now inducted into the National Film Archive), the Radiohead film 'Like Spinning Plates' (long format two track experimental music video), a contemporary raft of innovative design based commercials (Sony / Philips / Orange / MTV etc) and more recently his short film works. Hardstaff's 'DarkRoom' and in particular his short format promo works and film sequences for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' feature film ('DAVID' featuring Michael Fassbender, 'Transmission' featuring Idris Elba and 'Quiet Eye' featuring Noomi Rapace) have received considerable global attention.
As displayed within his widely documented oeuvre, Johnny Hardstaff remains firmly committed to pushing boundaries and the pursuit of post-contemporary storytelling. Johnny Hardstaff lives and works in London. AP.
'Man of steel’, ‘Conqueror of Worlds’ and ‘Mr Lover Lover’ are all terms never used to describe Mat Kirkby.
Having joined RSA in 2004 he was immediately forced to wear lycra cycling shorts by Ridley Scott’s sons, which no doubt lead to him directing spots for Nike, Playstation and the french (banned in the UK) dog biscuit Frolic. His music video canon include award-winning clips for Basement Jaxx, Jamiroquai and Muse (none of whom recognise him in Waitrose).
His short film Hard To Swallow was officially selected at Sundance, Edinburgh and Melbourne Film Festivals.
Mat Kirkby is currently working on his first feature film Wingman, although if he can’t get the swear-count down he will continue to be available for all commercials, music videos and corporate safety videos in the UK, Europe and the Rest of The World.
David started off as a freelance animator and then became a storyboard artist and animator whilst at Snapper Films which led to him directing a few TV title sequences from 1988-1990. He started shooting commercials in 1991.
David also shot an ultra low budget short film called HORSESHOE based on a Charles Bukowski poem about a dentist appointment, which was awarded the PRIX DU JURY at Cannes in 1998.
The following year David made another short film called "La Comtesse De Castiglione"which was awarded on the PRIX SPECIAL - LYCEENS CINNESSONNE, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - ODENSE, BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT - MELBOURNE, BEST SHORT FILM - PIFAN/KOREA, CANAL+PRIZE - CLERMONT FERRRAND, PRIZ DE RECHERCHE - CLERMONT FERRAND.
David Joined RSA Films in June 2007 and has worked with clients such as McDonalds, Sharwoods, BT, Vodafone, Radio 5 Live, Mr. Kiplings, Total, Ikea and The Telegraph.
Two skiers stand poised on a cliff face, staring into white expanse. On a signal, they launch down the mountain, threading the needle between treacherous rocks and half-buried trees before plummeting over the edge – followed by a four-wheel vehicle. They hang in blue-sky free-fall for 21 seconds before parachutes deploy, guiding them to a soft landing.
This never-before-seen triple ski base jump, shot by Adrian Moat for Pirelli Tires over 14 days just inside the Arctic Circle, won a Gold for Best Stunts at the 2013 British Arrow Awards. It was just the latest in Moat's long career of boundary-pushing work.
Born in northeast England, Moat discovered the liberating conveyance of photography in his early teens. After completing a college degree in graphic design (where he spent most of his time in the darkroom developing photos for the other students), he relocated to London. Within six months, his short film, Pase Adelante (“come forward”), a visual essay celebrating the indigenous culture and natural beauty of Guatemala, screened as part of the BBC’s 10x10. Moat’s first commercial directing assignment, Polaroid’s Mafia, won a Silver Lion at Cannes, where he was also recognized as Most Promising Young Talent.
Since then, Moat has done groundbreaking work for scores of international clients, including BMW, Rolex, Lee Jeans, Sony, Speedo, Mazda, UBS, BBC World, San Miguel, Guinness, Nokia, Nissan, and Buick. He has been nominated three times for D&AD Awards, twice at the British Television Advertising Awards, and won Silver at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.
In addition, he has directed music videos for Bob Marley, Jamiroquai, Beverly Knight, and the Sundays; a short documentary for UNICEF; and the 2010 narrative short Two Broad Arrows.
In 2011, Moat directed Gettysburg for the History Channel, a nonfiction feature that meshed performances with documentary elements, expert commentary, and graphic inserts to deconstruct the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The film won four Emmys. Killing Lincoln, made for the National Geographic Channel, followed in 2013, setting viewing records and earning an ASC Award for Best Cinematography.
From 1978 to 1981 Mehdi Norowzian studied at Hornsey School of Art, he graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Art. In 1982 he went on to complete an MA in Film Studies at the Royal College of Art in London.
On completion of his studies, he gained experience as a First Assistant Director. During this time he was able to continue working on his own short films funded by the BFI, which he wrote, produced, choreographed, lit and of course directed.
In June 1992 he decided to start directing commercials and was instantly signed up by The Redwing Film Company off the back of his short films. His debut commercials for Stella Artois were later to receive two nominations out of five for D&AD Best Direction. He was also recognised in "Faces to Watch in 1993" in Campaign magazine.
In November 1994, he joined forces with his former Redwing Producer, Desley Gregory, to start up their own company - Joy Films. Mehdi continued to direct high-profile award-winning work, including spots for Mercedes, Audi and Sony, and work with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Harvey Keitel. He has also worked extensively with sports brands, including Adidas and Reebok and was included in the 1998 D&AD publication of the world’s 32 Best Commercial Directors.
Mehdi directed a 40-minute film called “Killing Joe” which received various awards at international film festivals, including an Oscar nomination in the short film category in March 2000.
In 2002, he finished his first feature “Leo” starring Joseph Fiennes, Elisabeth Shue, Dennis Hopper and Sam Shepard. “Leo” was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival and the London Film Festival and was distributed in 2004.
Joy Films joined with RSA in November 2003 to become JOY@rsa, which gave Mehdi worldwide representation within their network. He continues to work on projects with international clients, including award-winning work for AOL.
Mark's training at London's St Martins School of Art provided the foundation for his distinctive and quirky style - always realistic but with a gentle humour, an eye for the surreal and a knack for capturing beauty in the mundane.
His work encompasses short films such as the acclaimed "Sad?" (Sundance 1997), festival hit "yOOrinal", and music videos which include collaborations with influential British bands such as the Stereophonics, Feeder, The Super Furry Animals and Orbital.
Mark was BAFTA nominated for his direction of the critically lauded BBC comedy series 15 Storeys High, starring Sean Lock and Bennie Wong, and has won a clutch of awards for his commercials work. Clients include Canon, The Guardian, British Telecom and Cathay Pacific.
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“I’m attracted to images that evoke emotions in people.”
-- Stuart Rideout
“At least I’m in control,” says the protagonist of Stuart Rideout’s Arachnid as something eight-legged and hairy slips out of his mouth and creeps around his skull. The short film, completed while at Art College in Cardiff, Wales, won first prize at the Portobello Film Festival. While earning his degree, Rideout also won a Fuji Award for Best Student Animation and a D&AD Award for Graphic Design.
This understanding of the unusual lurking inside the everyday was a talent Rideout came by the old-fashioned way – as a nine-year-old making Super-8 horror films (while enjoying an otherwise idyllic Welsh childhood). It can be seen in his commercial spots like Rise, Stand, Resist for Sony PS3’s Resistance 2, with its blend of desert prophets, child monks, Biblical apocalypse, and an alien invasion.
It also informs his widely praised, ongoing series for Canon, The Shot, in which he asked photographers to recreate a particular image or body of work. English fashion photographer Rankin’s disturbing self-portraiture reimagines him with a pig’s head in a business suit. Erik Refner’s highly emotive Afghan refugee camp photo (which won the World Press Photo of the Year in 2001) documents the death of child by capturing black hands against a white shroud.
Rideout began his career at Lambie-Nairn & Co., designing logos and branding identity for broadcast clients such as BBC, TV3, and Channel 4. After launching his own design-based production company, Mighty, his work received International Monitor, D&AD, and Promax gold, silver and bronze awards. In addition, his work for the Children’s Channel earned him a BAFTA and Royal Television Award.
Moving to commercials, Rideout created spots with some of London’s top agencies for clients such as Waitrose, COI, Muller, Canon, and the Bahamas Tourist Board. He was also named in Shots Magazine’s list of Up and Coming Directors and Campaign’s Ones to Watch. His music video for Planet Funk’s Chase the Sun won Best Dance Video at the MTV Awards.
Jake Scott has been directing commercials and music videos for over 15 years, during which time he has accumulated a vast number of awards recognizing his work on behalf of many of the world’s most distinguished corporate brands and musical entertainers.
Scott’s directorial mark has been applied to the world’s most prestigious brands including Adidas, Amazon, AOL, American Express, Boots, BMW, Coca-Cola, Citibank, Columbia Sportswear, Mastercard, ESPN, Gateway, Honda, Hummer, JP Morgan, Kodak, HP, Nike, Barclays, Philips, Smirnoff, Sprite, Subaru, Toyota and UPS.
Scott gained early directorial prominence with REM’s “Everybody Hurts”. It won multiple MTV awards, a Grammy Nomination and was inducted in the MVPA Hall of Fame in 2005. Scott has also directed highly acclaimed videos for U2, No Doubt, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and George Michael. Scott has two videos in the MTV 100 best videos of all time.
In 2003, Scott won an Emmy for Best Commercial, in addition to receiving three AICP awards and an Andy for his work on Nike’s “Move.” In 2005, Scott won a Silver Lion award in Cannes for his work with Adidas in addition to receiving two CLiO’s for the same brand spot.
Also in that same year, Scott was nominated for a Grammy for direction of George Michaels’ “Flawless” for Best Music Video and received three AICP awards for his work with Nike’s “Magnet.” In 2008, his work on HBO’s “Voyeur” won him a Grand Prix and a Cyber Lion at Cannes and most recently his spot Nike “Throwdown” took home the Bronze Lion at Cannes this year. His work on Subaru “Baby Driver” was also nominated for an Emmy in 2011. Jake directed two spots which aired during the 2012 Super Bowl. Hyundai’s “All for One” and Budweiser’s “Return of the King” with the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. Jake will have further work showcased in the upcoming 2013 Super Bowl as well.
Jake’s most recent film, "Welcome to the Rileys," starred James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. The film played in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and in the Panorama section of the Berlinale that same year as well as The Los Angeles Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival and Boston Film Festival in which Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress for her role. Kristen Stewart also received the award for Best Actress at The Milan Film Festival for her portrayal of Mallory. The film was released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony.
Following a family tradition Luke Scott has found his place behind the camera calling the shots and directing the scenes.
After attending USC, Scott began to work in production design quickly moving on into art direction and art design. It was in the field of art direction that he worked for over four years on various projects including the feature film "1492: Conquest of Paradise". 1n 1992, Scott began his career at RSA in art direction working on campaigns for British Airways, BP and Euro Tunnel.
Moving into the mode of director in 1993, brought Scott together with corporations like PGA, Marlboro, Nike, Drug Free America, Royal London Insurance, Burger King and Coca-Cola directing major campaigns in Europe and the United States.
With a body of work that includes campaigns for Pringles, Coca-Cola, a highly acclaimed campaign for the California Board of Tourism featuring Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson, anti-smoking PSAs for TheTruth.com, spots for the PGA, Southwest Airlines and Gateway Computers, Scott’s style is clearly varied.
Upon moving back to the UK in 2003, Scott directed successful campaigns for KFC and Ariel. Ariel “Ice Fishing”, shot on location in Iceland, went on to win a Eurobest Award and was nominated for a BTAA.
He has since directed a Global launch commercial for Suzuki Grand Vitara, a spot for InterContinental Hotels, shot on location in Sydney Harbour on America’s Cup Yacht “Spirit 2” a successful campaign for Sainsbury’s, starring celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
His latest work consist of campaigns for Special K and Specsavers, ENI, Mazda, Signal, Co-Op, Ponds, Trentinalatte, ENI, Specsavers and the GB Paralympics Team (part of which stars Sir Paul McCartney.
Additionally, in 2009, Luke was a second unit director of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kinglsey.
In early 2012 Luke wrote and directed the short film Loom. It was commissioned by RED to showcase their brand new 3D camera, the Red Epic. The near future sci-fi story features Giovanni Ribisi and Jellybean Howie and was met with critical acclaim – being awarded and welcomed onto the festival circuit.
Later in 2012, Luke directed a huge profile viral, TED Conference, as part of the ground-breaking marketing campaign for the feature film Prometheus (directed by Ridley Scott). The viral film, featuring a stunning monologue performance from Guy Pearce, was seeded on the TED website – garnering record hits.
It also won a silver arrow Best Over 90 Second Web Based Film in the 2013 BTAA Awards.
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Originating from Hong Kong, Vernie studied in both Manchester and then finally London which along with Hong Kong he calls his home.During his MA in Communications and Design at London’s St Martin’s College of Art and Design, he created two short films; an animation entitled Chicken Bomb and an abstract film, Skyscape, the latter being shot in Hong Kong. Both films where featured in the UK band Radiohead’s internet site, Radiohead.TV. It was through this project that he was introduced to RSA Films and its music video company Black Dog Films.
Soon after being offered representation in both TVC and MV, Vernie was awarded his first project. A music video for Faultline’s single release, ‘Biting Tongues’. It should be pointed out that Vernie had yet to complete his studies at the time of producing this video! This was quickly followed up with a short film for Diesel. Further video work include such artists as Kylie along with Hong Kong’s own Edison, Eason and Josie Ho.
Back in Hong Kong, the much-revered creative director and founder of the independent agency Communion W spotted the same talent that RSA saw and awarded Vernie his first commercial work. A series of 5 Citibank I.T. Visa card, ads. The films went on to win an unprecedented 10 awards at HK4As Creative Awards including a gold for best campaign and direction. With this relationship firmly established, further work swiftly followed, shooting campaigns for NOW TV, Netvigator, MOOV and Canon in HK, Motorola for China and more recently work for McDonalds and Cathay Pacific, again Hong Kong.
Back in the UK he has created work for Sega, Mother of Pearl and his crowning glory to date. The first global commercial for Sony Bravia through Fallon London. A company he worked together with some five years ago producing a series of films to mark the launch of the Bravia!
Running along side his directing work, Vernie has helped spear head RSA’s move into Asia with offices opening up in Hong Kong in 2007.