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PO Box 47017 Herne Bay
Auckland
New Zealand
Phone: (+64) 09 360 15 42
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Basic Info

Awards: 68

Creative Work: 40

Awards: 68

Creative Work: 40

Flying Fish

PO Box 47017 Herne Bay
Auckland
New Zealand
Phone: (+64) 09 360 15 42
Email:

Flying Fish Directors

Stacey & Anthony

Anthony and Stacey are a filmmaking duo whose work is characterized by a raw, visceral documentary style, with a strong focus on humanity, culture, music and movement. Together they have created award winning branded content and commercials for Spotify, Visa, Samsung, Smirnoff, Absolut and Bacardi. In 2014 they picked up a pair of CLIO awards for Inside the Beat – a series about sound created for VICE and Beats by Dre. Their short film, Live Fast Draw Yung premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and went on to play globally and pick up two Best in Show awards in Atlanta and Tacoma. They bring a very diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to their duo. Anthony was raised in Illinois, and originally set out to be a musician and sound designer. But after a chance phone call from The Rolling Stones team, he ended up on tour as a band videographer & documentarian for six years. As well as the Stones, he toured with David Bowie, Sting, Phil Collins – basically a whole plethora of aging rock stars. After picking up numerous awards, including a platinum disc from EMI, he moved to New York and turned his hand to commercial directing. Hailing from New Zealand, Stacey began her career as an advertising creative at Saatchi New Zealand, 180 Amsterdam and Mother New York. She has picked up awards at all the major shows, including Cannes, One Show, D&AD, AWARD and ranked 9th in the world at the Young Guns Advertising Awards. After directing her first independent documentary in 2010 One Fire Ignites Another, she moved to the production side in 2012 first as a Creative Director and Producer developing branded content and show formats at VICE. She went out on her own in 2013 as a full- time director and his since created campaigns and content for brands including Absolut, Smirnoff, The New Yorker, Spotify, Tanqueray, and Beats by Dre. She was recently shortlisted at the Cannes Young Directors Award, and was one of five new female directors selected as part of the DGA/ AICP Diversity showcase in 2017. They split their time between NY, LA and New Zealand, and have just completed their biggest project to date, a little boy called Otis.

Jason Bock

Jason likes to dabble within a lot of creative disciplines, so he thinks of himself more as a Creator rather than a Director. With a background in art and design his work has a strong emphasis on aesthetics…

Niki Caro

Flying Fish represents Niki for commercial work. Her magnificent work on films such as Whale Rider and North Country show examples of her skills in capturing moving and emotive performance. Her casting is extraordinary and ability in story telling make her a natural choice. Her outstanding work on HBF for Meerkats over the last two years has won numerous awards and a raft of accolades at Cannes, PADC and AWARD.

Ryan Heron

Ryan’s career emerged from the world of documentary filmmaking. Realising early on that cameramen were rather expensive, he decided to pick up a camera and do it himself instead. Not only did he save on budget, he also gained the technical skills that enrich his style and perspective today. Four years after completing his first feature length documentary, Ryan returned to New Zealand to take up a position directing MTV News while concurrently building a strong resume as a commercial director in the advertising industry. Ryan’s natural talent as a cinematographer is paired with an ability to generate high impact imagery with even the smallest of crews. He cultivates relaxed, comfortable environments on set and in turn gets the most out of people in front of the camera, opening the gateway to intimate moments and an insight into the human experience. His technical understanding is also the foundation to creating visually compelling work on a larger scale within the advertising industry. With the selection of his short film Return into a number of A-list international film festivals, the New Zealand Film Commission realised that he was a talent to get behind. Last year Ryan balanced his commercial work with the production of two documentaries, including a one hour film for Red Bull TV shot on four different continents. He continues to make smaller, more intimate and personal documentaries too – Bludgeon, which follows modern day medieval knights from the Taranaki on their journey to the world champs in Denmark. Always leading with a personable approach, Ryan has made it his mission to get people talking and relaxed on camera, regardless of whether it’s a nervous bride-to-be or a man on trial for murder. He’s quick to adapt, to be flexible, to think on his feet and get results instantly within what can typically be an unpredictable and high pressure environment.

Christine Jeffs

Christine brings with her a wealth of knowledge when it comes to emotive and cinematic film making, long and short form. Her most notable work, directing eloquent and charming ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ staring Emily Blunt, Amy Adams and Alan Arkin, ‘Sylvia’ with Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig and Christine’s first feature “Rain” was selected for “Directors Fortnight” at the Cannes International Film Festival. No NZ film has been selected in this prestigious category since. “Rain” was sold internationally and screened theatrically around the world, including a US domestic release. It was selected for many international film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, and was hailed by critics worldwide.

Gregor Nicholas

Gregor is one of New Zealand's most highly awarded commercial directors. Among his accolades have been Gold Axis awards, Cannes Lions, the Croisette d'Or Grand Prix at the Cannes Music Film Awards, as well as numerous honours at prestigious film festivals like Venice, Berlin and Chicago. His internationally acclaimed semi-autobiographical short film "Avondale Dogs" is on the Guardian's list of the ten best short films of all time. Whether orchestrating large-scale visceral action set pieces or crafting emotionally authentic performances, Gregor always brings great character, detail and atmosphere to his work. His ability to capture moments of intimate drama or subtle humour with his actors is the trademark of his work, which has enriched the creative ideas of clients like Heineken, Nike, Toyota, Gatorade, Volkswagen, BMW and adidas.

Greg Page

Trademarked by his boundless energy and charisma, Greg Page is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished television commercial directors. Over a career spanning almost two decades, Greg’s artistry has been revered in everything from live-action filmmaking through to stop-motion animation – and with 92 music videos for the likes of Six60 and The Datsuns under his belt, he’s nothing short of a legend in the music video scene. Following the release of his short film Decaff in 1994, a rambunctious claymation, Greg became a local cult sensation and earned his reputation as a visionary storyteller. Along with his achievements in short filmmaking came support from the New Zealand Film Commission to fund production of his first feature film The Locals (2003). The rural horror went on to garner an international distribution deal, television screenings in the US, festival recognition and an even broader cult audience. Greg’s flair for directing innovative and original work attracted the advertising industry early on, and his resulting catalogue boasts countless local and international commercials. His hands on approach is anchored by empathy and enthusiasm for people, making him a naturally astute talent director with a deep respect for the role of collaboration in bringing stories to life on screen. From the very get go of a project you’ll find him putting together the building blocks of a unified atmosphere – one that he’ll helm on and off set, where everyone from the stylist to the editor is on board with a collective goal and cinematic vision. A creative at heart and in essence Greg is always creating, whether it’s with a camera, a drum kit or a paintbrush. A prominent fine artist in his own right, when he’s not on set he’s in his home studio converting life experience into paintings expressive of black humour and surreal caricature – and holding firm to his “sleep when you’re dead” attitude, Greg still has his sights set on reaching that 100 music video milestone.

Paolo Rotondo

Paolo has been working in the film Industry for nearly twenty years. In 2016, he released his debut feature film ‘Orphans & Kingdoms’ collecting superb accolades and winning numerous awards in every department from Cinematography to Music to Editing and ‘Best Film’ at International Festivals . Paolo’s substantial experience as an actor gives him a great understanding and ability to work with both actors and non-actors. Equally enjoying both the challenges of comedy and drama he prides himself in providing absolutely outstanding performances. Paolo’s creative and visual sensibilities have gained attention for photographic elegance, authenticity and emotive power. He continues to write for both film and Theatre with various long-form projects in development.
James Solomon's meticulous eye for detail was honed by his background in the art department and these skills made for an impressive music video career. His portfolio of work beautifully demonstrates his abilities at a wide range of filmmaking techniques – always at the service of visual story telling. He constantly strives to push his productions further.

Lee Tamahori

Lee Tamahori is an award winning commercials and feature film director. Over the years he has directed some of New Zealand's most famous and favourite campaigns. Lee's latest feature film – The Devils Double is currently premiering around the world to celebrated reviews. His other Feature's include cult classic; Once Were Warriors, Mulholland Falls, The Edge, Along Came A Spider, James Bond "Die Another Day", XXX "State Of The Nation" and Next.