Michael Downing

Michael Downing

Director at Wanda Paris

La Plaine Saint Denis, France
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Summary

Michael Downing started directing as a small child, when he used to tell his friends what game they were going to play and how it would end. He later studied acting and started his own small theatre company. He graduated from the American Film Institute and won a student Academy Award for his graduating short film, entitled Fine. His first American commercial was a Bud Light Super Bowl spot entitled Skydiver, which is still one of the most popular Super Bowl spots ever. 
Awards:
Pencil
Bronze Lion
AICP award
Student Academy Award
Bessie - Canadian advertising award
Porsche racing - first place in Southern California event
My hot wife
A second place soccer trophy for some league in Los Angeles when I was a kid and no-one else really played soccer in North America
Junior basketball champs when in high school 

People I worked with

Tim Piper
Copywriter
Sons & Daughters
Matt Heath
Copywriter
72andSunny
Robert Sweetman
Art Director
Rethink Communications Inc.
Sam Baerwald
Agency Producer
Park Pictures
Barton Corley
Copywriter
TBWA\Media Arts Lab

Positions

Director

Wanda Paris
La Plaine Saint Denis, France
Michael Downing began his career as a director and performer in the theatre, before developing an interest in film directing. In 2001, he began his studies at the American Film Institute, earning his diploma in 2003 and taking home the Student Film Academy Award for his short film Fine. He continued directing short films – among them, Clean-Rite Cowboy and Why Don't You Dance, which won several awards at the Toronto, Clermont-Ferrand and Palm Springs festivals.His fine attention to actor's performances and staging naturally led him to commercial direction, which he has been doing since 2005, and has garnered him attention for his humor and the dramatic emphasis of his narration. He has directed commercials for numerous companies and organizations – among them, Comcast, Staples, the Canadian Ministry of Health and Science World.Cutting humor and situation comedy make Michael's works stand out. 

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DDB Chicago
Chicago, United States

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