Directors

Mario Battistoni

Mario BattistoniMario Battistoni is a Director and DoP of commercials. He lives and works in Milan with his company, Ardaco srl. Mario Battistoni’s reputation allows him to work on direction and photography of important Italian and international commercials for such companies as Campari, Barilla, IP, Swatch and Fiat. As Dirctor of Photography, he has worked in the cinema alongside the Director Maurizio Nichetti in such films as “Ratataplan”, “Ho fatto splash”, Domani si balla”, “Volere volare” and “Ladri di saponette”, for which he won the coveted Italian Golden Globe award for best photography.

Mario Battistoni has more than twenty years experience in the field of advertising production. He is a serious and dependable professional, always able to find the best solution and to obtain the maximum result.

Mario Battistoni is specialized in the Direction and Photography of : Table-Top shots for commercials, liquid, food, watch, high speed 120/300/600/1200 fps and motion control.

Clients

Campari, Barilla, IP, Swatch, Fiat, Schwartauer Werke. Personal Site

Axel Baur

Axel BaurBorn 15.04.1967 in NRW, Germany 1991 – 1998: Producer | Advertising, Music Videos since 1995: Producer / Director | Advertising, Music Videos since 1998: Director only | Advertising

Clients / Brands

Beiersdorf, Arcor, AWD, Bepanthol, Blendax, Premiere, Braun Silk Epil, Schwartau, Deichmann, Demanovka, Desperados Beer/Carlsberg, Schwarzkopf, Emmi, Escada, Head&Shoulders, Intertop, Lanza, Rosal Deo Lux, MoneyGram, Morgan Roadster, Olaz, Sony, Reckitt Benckiser, Procter&Gamble, Kotex, Pantene, Pireaus Bank, Ravensburger, Rosal Crème, Sat1, Studena, Subaru Forester, BRD Bank, Svitoch chocolate, Tchibo, Diamant, Veet, Vodafone, BayWa.

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Chloé de Carvalho

Chloé de Carvalho Brazilian/Scots Chloé grew up in Rio de Janeiro but has lived in the UK for the past 8 years. In 2006 her graduation short for the London Film School’s Masters played the festivals circuit, winning a best actress award. Straight after graduating, she was commissioned by Deutsche Bank to produce an animation film for their international recruitment campaign. She loves the high impact of short form storytelling and is especially interested in working on highly visual scripts. Her spec Music Video for Psapp was short listed at the 2006 Radar Festival and is touring festivals with the Radar programme. She also collaborates with fashion designers Basso & Brooke with films and photography based on their collections. The ident she made for Shots magazine was featured in their January reel (Shots 105). Personal Site

Horst Czenkowski

Horst CzenkowskiHorst Czenkowski lebt als freier Regisseur in der Medienmetropole München, arbeitet seit über 15 Jahren erfolgreich für die Film- und Fernsehbranche und hat sich auf Werbefilme, Commercials und TV-Trailer spezialisiert. Sein Portfolio ist äußerst vielfältig und reicht von originellen Spots mit viel Witz und Humor über wirkungsvolle Trailer bis hin zur überzeugenden Inszenierung von Food- und Life-Style-Produkten. Neben namhaften Firmen wie Sony und Nintendo, vodafone und Allianz, Mövenpick und McCafé zählen zu seinen Kunden auch die Deutsche Filmakademie sowie der renommierte TV Sender ProSieben. Personal Site

Christoph Dammast

Christoph DammastGeboren n Wilhelmshaven, aufgewachsen, Schulzeit und Zivildienst in Mannheim. Dann Umzug nach München und erste Praktikas bei Fotografen, die folgenden Jahre Arbeit als freier Fotograf und Reisen durch Indien, Südostasien und Nord-und Südamerika.

Ab 1994 vermehrt auch Zusammenarbeit mit dem Designbüro “diverse” in München. Zusammen mit dem Gründer Jens Stephan Entwicklung zahlreicher On-Airdesigns und Print -wie auch TV-kampagnen.

1996 ADC Preis für das Magazin “motion“.

Im gleichen Jahr folgt der Umzug nach Milano, von dort aus entstehen Projekte für Magazine sowie zahlreiche kommerzielle Kunden, als Kreativer, Fotograf und zunehmend auch als Regisseur / DoP.

Zwischen 1999 auch Arbeiten als Filmkameramann für zahlreiche internationale und nationale Kino und TV- Produktionen.

2004 folgt wieder der komplette Wechsel auf die Creation/ Regie Seite und seitdem, neben der Realisation von Imagefilmen für bekannte internationale Marken, wieder zunehmend freie Arbeiten.

Preise und Auszeichnungen für die eigenen Arbeiten u.a. Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, Cannes, Frankreich, 2011 US International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2011 25. Int. Wirtschaftsfilmtage, Wien, Österreich, 2012

Christoph Dammast, Reel Mix

Jesper Emborg

Jesper EmborgHaving worked as a director for ten years, I have the experience to communicate and conceptualize. Working from storyboards and briefs. During my career I´ve directed commercials, music videos, promos, TV-programs, corporate films and fiction. I´ve worked with almost every kind of format you can possibly imagine. From DV to 35 mm and HD. I´ve also in the past written drama for Danish television.

Director 96-07 Various credits (50+) in commercials, music videos, promos and corporate films, as a freelance director. I also directed 10 sports programs for TV-S and have written fiction for Danish television (DR).

Ass. Director 95-96 First AD to various Danish, Swedish and Norwegian directors, on commercials, music videos and a feature film. 94-95 Producer/Director at Big TV, with responsibility for producing and directing a weekly show about movies. 90-94 First as a runner, then as a production assistant, ending up as first AD and post-production producer to Christian Lyngbye. Fluent in Danish and English. Conversational Swedish. Very basic in Norwegian and German. Personal Site

Bill Fertik

Bill FertikAcademy Award winner Bill Fertik is a leading filmmaker in several areas. He has served as Writer, Director and/or Producer for projects as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland in Concert at Lincoln Center, The IX International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, several International Tchaikovsky Competitions, Fun Fit (a children’s television series), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater television specials, the 13-hour Bernstein/Beethoven series and The Conspiracy of Hope concert (which won the MTV Best Live Broadcast Award).

Emmy Awards: In addition to the Oscar Bill won for The Bolero (a film featuring Zubin Mehta), the largest selling music film ever produced, he has also been the recipient of three Emmy Awards, most recently for Itzhak Perlman in Russia. Other awards given to Bill include The New York Film Festival Gold Medal, The Jack London Award, The Golden Eagle Award, and The Chris Award along with many more prizes and nominations.

In television commercials, Bill Fertik has become one of the world’s top dialogue directors. He has directed major advertising campaigns in both the US and Italy, working in both English and Italian. He has received all major awards in the commercial field, and pioneered what has become known as the “Cinema Verité” style of shooting. Some of his major campaigns include: Barilla, Nescafe, Findus, Ferrarelle, Knorr, VIP, Blue Cross, Gatorade, First Union Bank, AT&T, ITT, Fiat, Pontiac, Mutual of Omaha, Zuppa del Casale, Angelini, Amnesty International Celebrity PSAs (featuring Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, John Huston, Sam Waterston, Carly Simon, Stockard Channing, Paul Simon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael York, Steve Guttenberg, Marlo Thomas and others), United Way, The Israel Board of Tourism, Kelloggs, Perugina, Oil of Olay, Dove, The Grumman Corp. and Merck Pharmaceuticals. Personal Site

Gunnar Fuss

Gunnar FussRegisseur, Kameramann und Fotograf

Awards

  • 2004 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Bester Film “Stauffenberg”
  • 2003 Akademie der Künste Baden-Baden Kameraspezialpreis “Familienkreise”
  • 2000 ADC-Young Talents Award für Samsonite “Kofferbombe”
  • 1999 ADC-Young Talents Award für Audi “Car-Spotter”
  • 1998 Kodak-Kamera Preis für “Freiwild”
  • 1998 Academy of Motion Picture and Science, Bester ausländischer Film für “Rochade” (Studenten Oscar)
  • 1997 Hennessy-Award – Beste Fotografie für “Bresso”
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Jean-Paul Harlan

Harlan Jean Paul When Jean-Paul Harlan finished his studies in IDHEC (High School of Cinematography), he started his career as photographer and director.

After several exhibitions, fashion stills and advertising campaigns, his passage to film direction came naturally with success. With his knowledge of photography and lighting he has an inborn sense of what is contemporary and a nautural hability to seek for authenticity and emotion.

His work shows a youth and «french touch» very aestetical that allows him to play with the elements and to create a unique and refined tone. Several foreign producers noticed his work. They enjoyed his French touch and they asked him to shoot advertisements in the USA, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Russia, Eastern & European countries, Middle East and Asia. Personal Site

Karsten

KarstenBorn in Germany to a struggling, hardworking mother and a perhaps Italian father, Karsten was exposed to visual arts, theatre, literature, music and acting while growing up in Europe. After moving to New York, escaping the German Bundeswehr, he pursued his goal to succeed in the entertainment industry by experimenting with films and stills cameras. Eventually Karsten moved to Los Angeles and satisfied his hunger for some involvement in the production business by taking a job as a P.A. on various commercials and music videos. After working in every possible position and department, he bought an old Arri2c and started putting a reel together. When he first worked with his mentor Brent Thomas he realised directing commercials was like coming home. After stints at Green Dot Films and Play he landed at Vamp Films for North America and Ferry Films for Germany. Karsten’s directing style is hard to pinpoint. In fact he “hates to be pigeon holed”. He is proud of the fact that he has a flexible style and his archive of work reflects this versatility. His knowledge and experience in all aspects of production give him respect for the process as whole and humility as a director. Karsten has shot for international stars in fashion and sports and rock & roll including Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jan Ullrich and Verona Feldbusch. Some of his clients include Ford, Nintendo, Porsche, Suzuki.

Clients

Suzuki, Porsche, Ford, Vanderbilt, Nintendo, American Lung Assc., Schwartauer Werke, Universal, Auburn, Fidelity Investments, Carl Kühne KG. Personal Site

Jim Manera

Jim ManeraWriter / Director / Producer Manera has penned a screenplay entitled, “Lombardi”, based on the life of the former NFL Green Bay Packer coach, Vince Lombardi and his relationship with his team, his family, his bouts with discrimination and his faith. The story covers the years; 1958 – 1968 through Lombardi’s final days. This project is slated for production 3rd quarter/2011 premiering 4th quarter/2012. Manera is attached to Direct. The film will star, John Travolta and Joan Allen.

Manera has been appointed to the PSPN Advisory board (Robert Schmidt Chairman) PSPN – the newest Sports Network System in America is set to launch on October 14, 2011 in Washington DC.

PSPN – Professional Sports Players Network Foundation will reach out to the global community, by providing support for the charitable causes of their member athletes. The philosophy of the Professional Sports Players Network is to give back and support the community at large. Manera was awarded the position based on his career as a USA Eagle Rugby Player, as well as his participating in an effort to bring medical funding to the Retired NFL Players, through the Vincent T. Lombardi Foundation and the National Football League. “On Record” – The Soundtrack of our lives A 10-part Documentary Series about the history of recorded music (PBS with Sony Distribution) Worldwide release in 2013. (2009, 2010 – Project Director & Co-Executive Producer) Personal Site

Des Mullan

Des MullanDes Mullan is one of Irelands leading commercials directors. The breath of his work is wide and varied where he demonstrates a keen eye for dynamic visuals and subtle performance. His reel moves effortlessly from landscapes to lifestyle, through comic performance to some stunning food, drink and product work. Des is the epitome of versatility and flexibility, well used to achieving great shots in tricky situations to tight deadlines with the minimum of fuss.

Des has a deep understanding of the craft and disciplines of commercials from cinematography, performance, storytelling through all aspects of post production including combining 3d, bluescreen and animation with live action. All of this ensures Des’s work has a distinctive style and feel without ever being repetitive. As a former creative himself he thrives on collaborating with creatives to ensure their vision is his and vice versa. Des’s work takes him around the world for both Irish and international agencies and clients. Des was awarded Best Director in 2002 at the ICADS Irelands premier awards show and just recently his Kerrymaid spot was awarded a Silver bell at ICAD 2005. Des worked originally worked as an art director and creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi between Dublin, London and Warsaw and switched to directing full time in 1997 when his demo spots featured on Shots 45.

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Francesco Nencini

Francesce NeciniBorn tuscan in ’65 from two journalists, he started traveling very young: from Florence to Venice and New York before he landed in Milan as a teenager. At the beginning of the 80s he attended a workshop on reportage held by Leonard Freed, a Magnum photographer. From then on he never stopped observing life without some sort of camera.

In 1986 Francesco started working as a Location Scout for Politecne, an italian Film Production company. In the following decade, as Massimo Magri’s Assistant Director, he’s been in charge of a number of documentary, commercial and industrial film sets around the world. After graduating from the Intensive Filmmaking Program at New York University, Nencio directed commercials for Coca Cola, Kodak, Martini, Mc Donald’s, Swatch, Tuborg, Volkswagen.

Private Eye, his first monographic exhibition as a photographer, opened at L’Affiche Gallery in Milan on February 17, 2005. I Non Luoghi, a documentary project on modern metropolises inspired by the essay of anthropologist’s Marc Augé on NonPlaces, was published by Silvana Editoriale and awarded the First Absolute Prize at Orvieto Foto Festival in 2006. Be Someone, Nencini’s colourful reportage behind the scenes of Show Biz, won a Prize at Toscana Foto Festival and his work was also nominated in the Abstract Category at The International Colour Awards in the United States. Francesco’s work has been published by: Black & White Photography U.K., Il Fotografo, Digital Camera Magazine, Cult Frame, Fotopratica, Nikon’s Sguardi, Virgilio and Vision China. His last collective exhibitions include Voies Off, Descubrimientos PHE08, CliCiak, Occhi di Scena, Arte Laguna, Prima Visione (Galleria Belvedere, Milan), Kaibakh Festival, Foiano Fotografia. Personal Site

Marcus Nispel

As a result of the longterm cooperation (Opel/GM commercials) between FERRY FILM and ENVISION MEDIA ARTS (former XOVR) we are pleased to promote the work of Marcus Nispel. Marcus can be booked for Europe through FERRY and ENVISION MEDIA ARTS c/o. Lee Nelson. Please see below Bio Lee Nelson and Bio Marcus Nispel.

Bio Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson is the President and CEO of EMA, the award winning Production Company he launched in 2002 producing Film, TV and Television Commercials. Since its inception EMA has shot all over the world including Belgium, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa and throughout the US. Leading TV commercial directors represented by EMA include: Martha Fiennes, Marcus Nispel, Rupert Wainwright, Dave Ramser and Mark Toia. Over his career Nelson has Executive Produced and produced award winning spots for Coca-Cola, Sony, Ford, Toyota, and T-Com among hundreds of other prestigious accounts. Notably, his commercials have aired during both the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl. Nelson has an extensive career in the motion picture industry and is currently in pre-production on the feature film THE FREEZER which will be directed by Mikael Salomon (HARD RAIN, BAND OF BROTHERS). Most recently, Nelson financed and produced the feature film CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Woods and Emma Roberts, which sold at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. In 2011, Nelson financed and produced the psychological thriller CHAINED directed by Jennifer Lynch (SURVEILLANCE). It stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber and Gina Phillips. In will be released in 2012 by Anchor Bay Films. Myriad Pictures is handling international sales. Nelson also provided finishing financing and Executive Produced the feature film JANIE JONES, which received a standing ovation after its Gala World Premiere as an Official Selection in the prestigious 2010 Toronto Film Festival. The film stars Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Allessandro Nivola (FACE/OFF) and Elisabeth Shue (LEAVING LAS VEGAS). On the telvision side, Nelson is developing a half-hour comedy pilot for Nickelodeon called UNDERCOVER MILLIONAIRE being written by Rich Amberg (BEST PLAYER). In 2007 Nelson Executive Produced the TV Pilot FAIR GAME WITH BLOODY BILL for the History Channel and A&E Television Network. Also in 2007, Nelson produced the feature film PATHFINDER for 20th Century Fox. The film starred Karl Urban (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), and was directed by Marcus Nispel (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE). In 2004, EMA filmed the ‘Legends Sequence’ for the blockbuster feature film, NATIONAL TREASURE starring Nicolas Cage (WORLD TRADE CENTER, LORD OF WAR, 8MM) and Diane Kruger (THE HUNTING PARTY, TROY). In 2003, under a five-picture deal with Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures, Nelson co-produced the feature film BASIC, starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, which was directed by John McTiernan, (DIEHARD, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR). The first feature film Nelson Produced was the award winning THE SEVENTH COIN in 1993, starring Peter O’Toole. In 2004, Nelson launched Canvas Advertising, Inc., as Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer. Canvas created award-winning campaigns for Marshall Fields, the Minneapolis based retailer with annual sales in excess of two and a half billion dollars. From 2004 to 2007 Canvas generated 100% of the broadcast TV commercials for this retail powerhouse. Other clients include: The Russian Federation, Macy’s, Express, Maribelle Chocolates and Sol Moscot Opticians. Nelson moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1986 as a screenwriter and independent film producer. Among his early credits as producer are SPUD, an award-winning film funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and NORMALITY, a film produced for Italian television. Nelson graduated from Bard College with a degree in history and received a certificate in French civilization from the Sorbonne in Paris.

Bio Marcus Nispel

Marcus NispelGerman born Marcus Nispel started his career in advertising as an art director for Young & Rubicam in Frankfurt, Germany. He came to America on a Fulbright scholarship in 1984 at the age of 20 and made his directing debut in 1989 with a series of music videos for C&C Music Factory. While living in New York, Nispel co-founded and operated his own production company, Portfolio Artists Network, before merging with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s RSA-USA to form Portfolio/Black Dog. He joined MJZ in 2000. To date, Nispel has directed over one thousand commercials and music videos. His commercial clients include: AT&T, Audi, Canon, Chase, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Fidelity, Kodak, Levi’s, L’Oreal, Marlboro, Mercedes, Motorola, Nike, Panasonic, Pepsi, RCA, Showtime, Sprint, Sprite, Unisys, UPS, US Postal Service, VISA Gold as well as MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC. His music videos include over fifteen #1 songs and several breakthrough videos for artists such as Puff Daddy, Bush, No Doubt, the Fugees, George Michael, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, k.d. Lang, EnVogue, Tony Bennett, C&C Music Factory, Bette Midler, LL Cool J, Bryan Adams, and Gloria Estefan. Nispel has been awarded numerous international advertising accolades for his commercial work, including several Clio Awards, the Moebius Award, the Grand Prix at the BDA Awards, honors from the New York, Houston, and Chicago Film Festivals, and the Art Director Club. His work has garnered 12 MTV Music Video Award nominations resulting in four MTV Music Video Awards, including 1993 MTV Best European Video Award for “Killer/Papa was a Rolling Stone” by George Michael. Nispel has won two Billboard awards and Music Video Filmmaker Association Awards as well as the MVPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Marcus Nispel has been the subject of two documentaries and was featured in Time Magazine’s year-end issue “Best of 1996” for his Fidelity Investments campaign, “A Time Has Come Today.” In 1997, Nispel was featured as a speaker at the AICP MOMA Show. The AICP has honored him with several awards and his work is now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. His work has been highlighted and screened at the New York Film Festival, the Art Director’s Club and at the Film and Broadcast Museum in Frankfurt. In 1996 he was honored with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Cross Cultural Dreams” retrospective of his music videos. He was featured in a chapter of Armond White’s book on the pop revolution and was the recipient of the Black Achievement Award for the positive portrayal of African Americans in the mass media. Nispel has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Details, They New York Times, The LA Times, AdWeek, AdAge, and Creativity. In 2003 his feature film debut “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” for New Line Cinema gross over 100,000,000 dollars, making it the most profitable movie of the year. His first venue in directing and producing for television: a modern retelling of “Frankenstein” written by Dean Koontz and co-produced by Nispel and Martic Scorsese. Presently, Marcus is about to begin pre production on his next feature film, “Pathfinder”, which he developed and is co-producing with producer Mike Medavoy at Phoenix Pictures. In tandem, Marcus will publish the three-part Graphic Novel of “Pathfinder”. Personal Site

Catharina Roland

Catharina RolandCatharina Roland, geboren 1969 in Wien, absolvierte eine Regieausbildung und studierte Schauspiel, Theaterwissenschaft, Publizistik und Psychologie. Mehrfach ausgezeichnet für ihre internationalen Werbefilmproduktionen, arbeitete sie außerdem als Theaterregisseurin sowie Off- und Synchronsprecherin für Film, Werbung und Fernsehen.

Als ihr Sohn Moritz 2003 das Licht der Welt erblickt, die Beziehung zum Vater und Werbefilmproduzenten scheitert und die scheinbar so perfekte Welt von Sophia zusammenbricht, gewinnt ihre spirituelle Reise an Fahrt. Seitdem reist die Regisseurin mit ihrem Sohn für ihr Herzensprojekt, dem Dokumentarfilm „Awake”, um die Welt, um die Puzzlesteine neuester wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse und mystischen Wissens zusammenzusetzen und einen Beitrag zu dem erwachenden Bewusstsein auf diesem Planeten zu leisten. Für die Gesellschaft und vor allem für sich selbst, denn ihrer Meinung nach sind die Lösungen nicht im Außen zu finden, sondern immer im menschlichen Geist.

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Anno Saul

Anno Saul„Die Tür“ 2009, 105 min, col, 35mm, Regie Produktion: Wüstefilm, Hamburg, Senator Film, Berlin, Wüstefilm Ost, Berlin Buch: Jan Berger nach dem Roman „Die Damalstür“ von Akif Pirincci Verleih: Senator

„Wo ist Fred?“ 2006, 105 min, col, 35mm, Regie Produktion: Hofmann & Voges Filmproduktion, München Buch: Bora Dagtekin nach einem Buch von Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul Verleih: Senator Preise: Teilnahme am Shanghai Film Festival „Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis 2007“ für Jürgen Vogel

„Kebap Connection“ 2004, 93 min, col, 35mm, Regie Produktion: Wüstefilm, Hamburg Buch: Fatih Akin, Ruth Thoma, Jan Berger, Anno Saul nach einer Idee von Ralph Schwingel Verleih: timebandits Preise: „Best Actress“ für Nora Tschirner beim dt.-türk. Festival 2005, Nürnberg div. Publikumspreise u.a. Madrid, Tromsö, Nürnberg (dt.-türk. Festival)

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