YDA 2011: Jelmar Hufen

Today we catch up with the talent behind the jaw-droppingly audacious test spot Femme-o-matic, which took the top prize in the European Test Commercial category. Director Jelmar Hufen describes this cheeky spot as a definitive moment in his career, and the decision to take some creative risks has proven a good one – as well […]

YDA 2011: Hanna Maria Heidrich

Today we’re catching up with the break-out star of this year’s Young Director Award. Hanna Maria Heidrich’s breathtaking film We Miss You is as bold as it is unexpected and deservedly took the Special Jury Prize, and joint first prize in the European Film School and Branded Short categories. We talk to the ambitious director […]

YDA 2011: Charles De Meyer

Dark, suspenseful and heart-meltingly soppy, Charles De Meyer impressed at this year’s YDA with his music video for Amon Tobin’s ‘Esther’s’. The robotic romance blends Hitchcock-esque live action performance with slick CG work and earned De Meyer 2nd prize in the European Music video category. We caught up with De Meyer to pick his brains […]

YDA 2011: Michael Lockshin

Just call him the wolf whisperer – Michael Lockshin’s spot The Wolf Is Back sees the director coax his lupine actors to perform chilling howls for camera and prevent his clashing canine cast from tearing chunks from one another. And the result is an eery, impressive campaign for Eristoff vodka that saw Lockshin win 2nd […]

YDA 2011: AlexandLiane

In our first interview with this year’s crop of YDA champions, we catch up with AlexandLiane, who scooped 2nd prize in the European Broadcast category with their arty Footlocker spot I Am the Rules. We talk lighting, working with footballers and feeling like ghosts at Cannes… Your “I Am The Rules” film plays with light, […]

YDA Catch Up: Henk Loorbach and André Maat

We first came across Henk Loorbach (aka Supereletric) when his jubilant, colourful animations scorched themselves our retinas. Now he’s teamed up with fellow director André Maat for a smart and inventive one-shot-spot for Red Cross Germany. The spot sees footage of a lifetime projected onto a woman’s face to demonstrate the importance of blood donation […]

Catch up: Bare Bones

Matt Lambert wears many hats: editor, director, writer, maker of intriguing fashion films and curator of Bare Bones, the low-brow, lo-fi video zine with regular events and screenings – mainly in New York, London and Berlin. We super love platforms for young filmmakers to have creative freedom to do whatever they like so following our […]

Catch up: Josef Wladyka

We first featured Tisch film student Josef Wladyka in a December post for his soccer spec spot played out and about in Wall Street and now here is his follow-up work called One Shot Stories. Good to know a newbie director can be consistently inventive. How did the stories come about? Did someone commission you […]

Catch up: Tom Geraedts

We love to keep tabs on new directors who we’ve discovered and way back in November 2009 we first posted an interview with Dutch-born Tom Geraedts. Based in London, Geraedts has been working with M-I-E, which is now repped by Hungryman, and has managed to complete this 3D video for dancescene artist Armin van Buuren […]

Catch Up: John Nolan

Think animatronics, and there’s a good chance that the image that comes to mind is whimsical 1980s sword-and-sorcery. A bit of Never Ending Story, maybe Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and perhaps the conaisseur will recall the fantastic Aslan from the original BBC Narnia series. But then along came John Nolan, whose rather brutal sense of […]