7 Emerging Auckland Directors
“There’s no mistaking it; the city of sails sure does produce some talented directors thriving in the best kind of creative currents,” suggests global creative advertising site The Little Black Book in their Auckland survey.
The seven favourites are listed below.
1) Damien Shatford – The Sweet Shop
Damien Shatford’s work “is bold in both scope and vision.” He “transforms often chaotic and dark views of the modern world with his ability to inject idiosyncratic humour and light-halfheartedness to any situation.” Awards include Bronze Lion, Gold Axis and the highly coveted D&AD In Book Award for Be The Artist for Steinlager.
2) James Solomon – Flying Fish
James Solomon is an award winning director, with expertise in art directing, music videos, film and television commercials. He is working on K Road Stories, a NZOA funded portmanteaux feature film set on Auckland’s (in)famous Karangahape Road.
3) Daniel Max – Curious Film
Daniel Max “unwavering passion turns everything he touches into gold.” His vision is “to capture the beauty of people, their culture, or their lifestyle within their natural environment.” Ice Breaker, Vodafone NZ, Draft FCB, V Energy Drink and Colenso BBDO Draft FCB, V Energy Drink and Colenso BBDO are some of his clients.
4) Thunderlips – Thick As Thieves
“THUNDERLIPS lives in Auckland, New Zealand – but aspires for world domination” with the method “to prepare meticulously, and then introduce chaos on-set.”
5) Daniel Borgman – Robbers Dog
New Zealand native Daniel Borgman graduated from Danish film school Super16 and has worked with DDB Auckland, Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, FCB Auckland, AJF Sydney & Sugar & Partners Auckland on brands such as Steinlager, Wild Turkey, Air New Zealand, Toyota and TAB. His feature film The Weight of Elephants was selected for the Forum at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
6) Hugh Mitton – Film Construction
Hugh Mitton’s work is internationally recognised with screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. His “naturalistic storytelling, subtle humour and creative awareness have positioned him as one of New Zealand’s most promising young directors.”
7) Dylan Pharazyn – The Sweet Shop
His first short film Vostok Station, a piece of “authoritative filmmaking” was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival. Pharazyn’s work “is a display of beautiful cinematic visions and rich graphic style.”
Article Source: Little Black Book, June 17, 2015.
Image Source: Silopark.co.nz