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Meanwhile, after having fun with Jacob's, director Brian Williams moved further into working with edible props, while telling an emotional story. Brian's summer spot for ALDI supermarkets: quintessential summer in forty seconds.Click to play
Juraj Janis puts a comic spin on life's truths for Kooperativa in a series of three spotsClick to play
Legendary Joe Torre delivers a powerful message in the PSA Prostate Cancer spot directed by Steve Fuller.
Fuller worked with Leviathan to bring a mirrored touch to drama series intro
Leviathan, a design company in Chicago, approached El Colony's Stephen Fuller to help them pitch on a title sequence for the show. The client, impressed, picked one of his ideas. After two days in a studio on a tiny budget the title sequence for 50 Cent's drama series POWER emerged.
The main character in Power leads a double life. He is the wealthy owner of a night club which is a front for a massive cocaine business. Steve decided to use a simple mirror effect as a metaphor for this double/split life.
Steve really liked staying simple and just mirroring the image for the most part, but occasionally broke that rule and had different objects across the split.
Martin Schmidt (aka Martines) is a performance and table top director, with a background in documentary, based in Hamburg.
Over the past few years we have worked with Martines, he directed numerous spots for Knorr in a variety of languages, quite a few car films, played with kids and humorous sets and has never failed to deliver exactly what he promised.
With a background as a documentary filmmaker, Martin knows a thing or two about natural performance and observational style, with a keen eye for beautiful framing and particular lighting he creates beautiful natural settings for each film.
Here we would like to share Martines's latest: Bimoli and Knorr.
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El Colony team has welcomed Rene Nuijens to its ranks.
El Colony team welcomes Rene Nuijens to it's ranks: An award winning Dutch director and photographer, Rene is known for his casting, subtle storytelling and dry humour.
Rene learned lifes' most important lessons while helping at his father's pet shop as a kid. For example, that humour is very much like kitty litter: its best to keep it dry, very dry… His ability to talk and bond with animals laid the groundwork in his devolpment into a true actors director. Rene loves to uncover the absurditity of contemporary situations who are recognisable for everybody. And while he never liked dog shows, they did give him a taste for winning prizes. In short Rene always shoots towards the stars like his heroes Dennis Bergkamp, space dog Laika and her wonderfully human counterpart Yuri Gagarin.
You can have a look at some of Rene's work here.
Here is what we have been up to lately: our Buenos Aires based director Fernando Livschitz and partner production house STEFI.
Produced by STEFI and shot in Athens, this is the latest spot for OPAP lottery in Greece.
Juraj Janis, our Bratislava based Director has been busy lately:
Watch new spot for Teta cosmetics directed by Juraj
Agency: Leagas Delaney Prague
DoP: Alexander Šurkala
Editor: Marek Kráľovský
Recently, Juraj's film "Drive" got the Golden Hammer award http://goldenhammer.eu/winners_list/
"Drive" (You drink, we drive) is now in the finalsts of CRESTA Awards, the winner will be announced in October.
Watch "Drive" here.
A new father watches his daughter's life unfold in front of his eyes . Director Wouter Stoter for ING Bank. The film was shot in one day and on one location in Holland, with a wonderful cast of redheads.Click to play
El Colony's Director/DOP Camille Marotte captures the spirit of Diptyque Figuier in his new dreamy film for the exquisite candle-makers. Camille set off on a road trip, waiting for the perfect golden hour light with only a lightweight 4K camera and his model.Shot around Greek mountain village East of Thessaly, home of fig trees that form the base of the fragrance, the film has a very intimate feel of travel memories. Perfume of Memories.
Editing/Grading: After Effects // Camera/Lenses: Canon 1DC / Canon 24,50,100 // Model: Petra Silander // Music: Agnes Obel - Fuel to Fire // Version: Director's cut
Latest spot by Wouter Stoter for ING Bank, shot in Istanbul.Click to play
Steve is an Emmy award-winning Director, who joins El Colony for Eastern Europe and Aisa regions. As a design-based director Steve brings expertise in the integration of design and live-action to the production process, coupled with an ability to lead projects from conception to completion. Comfortable in a variety of mediums and genres, Steve's creative through-line is visual storytelling.
Steve is widely known for iconic projects such as his Emmy winning main titles for AMC's Mad Men serving as Creative Director and Designer. His creative efforts for Showtime's Nurse Jackie and the HBO miniseries The Pacific earned Steve two Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Main Title Design category in 2010.
Steve has recently been busy as an independent director helping major brands create memorable impressions with customers via commercials. His directing credits including major campaigns for McDonalds, CB2, and Anthem Healthcare. Steve has also worked with an impressive group of clients including Google, Ford, Spike, MTV, CBS Sports, Fox, Reebok, NFL, Citibank, NBC, Covergirl, ESPN, Ubisoft, USA, Sears, BBC, Olympus, and BMW.
Previously, Steve helped start and grow the East Coast offices of Imaginary Forces. Over his eight years with the firm, the Director/Designer forged a reputation for inspired, original projects for networks, agencies and feature films.
His work has also been recognized by the BDA and The One Club.
Watch the reel / Steve FullerClick to play
Juraj Janis, a fast-rising star of the Eastern European scene has joined London, Moscow and Athens-based El Colony for representation.
Juraj’s work is wonderfully observational, poignant and humane. A special talent in capturing the essence of feelings that each and every one of us has had at some point in our lives, Juraj extracts a deeply real performance from his actors, so it is no wonder that in a very short period of time he scored numerous national awards in Slovakia and a Silver Epica in 2013.
Juraj’s directing career might be short, but he brings a wealth of experience into his work from all sides, having run a successful production company and having worked as a creative for McCann Erickson Prague. If this doesn’t sound enough – there were numerous music videos, charity work, writing and directing for TV and also running his own small ad agency.
We are very pleased to welcome Juraj at El Colony and hope you will appreciate his work as much as we do.
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Please welcome Vangelis, a new member of El Colony camp.
Son of a journalist, raised in an extrovert, bohemian-spirited family, Vangelis knew from a very young age he would pursue a career with a creative edge.
His introduction to the world of cinema began when a ten-year-old boy watched films from the terrace of the family summer home in Myconos, which faced the local open-air cinema. Fellini, Antonioni, Godard and Kubrick triggered a real passion for films.
Soon after high school, Vangelis’s impulsive desire to explore the world took him to New York, where he was first engaged in Communication and Journalism studies.
While in New York, Vangelis was introduced to the glamorous world of fashion. He dropped out of College and grabbed the rear opportunity to travel the world, while working in Fashion for a few years.
A passion for film brought him back to the US.
After studying Film and working in the US, Vangelis returned to his native Greece, intent on building up his reel. Whilst still working as a Fashion Photographer, Vangelis was offered the opportunity to direct commercials and quickly developed a reputation as one of the Country’s most interesting and prolific directors.
For more than a decade, working with some of the top agencies in the Region Vangelis has produced an original and distinctive body of work, directing award-winning campaigns for some of Greece’s leading brands including “ALPHA BANK”, “CRAFT”, “COCA COLA”, “COSMOTE”, “FORD”, “SEAT”, “VODAFONE”, “GREEK TELECOM”, “OLYMPIC GAMES 2004”, to name a few.
Across his career directing commercials, Vangelis has always strived for perfection; his treatment of images has evolved from the sophisticated world of post-production to a closer, special and very human perception of reality. His work is defined by its beautiful composition and a cinematic quality that captures real emotion. It’s the telling of good stories with his specific touch of sentiment that makes Vangelis’s work so engaging and enjoyable to watch.Click to play
Ben has been a Saatchi & Saatchi creative, a footballer and a messenger, amongst other things. It seems what he does best is finding a great human connection with his subjects, be they professional stars of today or retired athletes. Known for comedy and funky music promos, Ben is far more diverse than that.
The art of shooting any celebrity who has had no acting training, and in particular footballers and sportsmen is to research and understand what and who they are.
"When I worked with Wayne Rooney for Coke I realised straight away that he would not be able to act and therefore as the script demanded that he did some acting I tried to minimise what he did at script stage and try to capture him being natural when we shot. This in turn led to me insisting on using two cameras and capturing him without his knowing by turning over and calling false cuts whilst the camera kept rolling. This then gave me shots I could use in the finished film that looked very natural. http://www.elcolony.tv/talent/moscow/ben_jones/#reel/12/ The ultimate goal is to make them feel comfortable and they will work harder and better for you. But most importantly you will get a better more natural performance."
Here, we would like to share a story of the latest film Ben shot for PUMA Rangers:
"When it came to shooting my latest film for Puma, this was a slightly trickier job as all three players ranged in age between 94 and 72 years of age. I wasn’t even born when they were playing! They came from a completely different time and this was what I was trying to capture in the film, but not in an old fashioned way.
Not the glory old days of football, but the love and commitment these players had to their club and playing the game itself. Something that a lot of fans feel is missing from modern day football. Puma wanted to connect with the fans of Glasgow Rangers and through these three football legends I was able to capture some of the beauty of Football played by players who loved the game.
For the shoot I spent a long time researching and looking back at the history of all three players and what they achieved and some of the stories surrounding their playing days. I wanted to be able to connect with them when I sat down and talked to them. The more you can do that the better they are going to be on camera and the more likely you are to be able to pull out great stories.
I wanted to give the overall look and feel of the film a quite dark but rich texture, given that I thought that what we would get from the three older players in terms of stories would be quite passionate.
Rangers have a unique and rich history and are an old fashioned club that believe in old-fashioned values. The locations we had to shoot in allowed me to convey that feeling and the use of slow tracking shots was always going to be important. But with limited time, lots of different locations to shoot in and small spaces I opted not to use a track and dolly but instead went for a super long slider and did my tracking shots that way. I’ve done it before, but it’s always a risk as 8ft long sliders are not built to take the size and weight of an Alexa and lens. We had some wobbles, literally, at times, but it worked out really well."
Puma's launch of Glasgow Rangers home kit. http://www.elcolony.tv/talent/moscow/ben_jones/#reel/1/
We hope you liked our little behind the scenes. If you have any questions, please drop us a line.Click to play
Pepsi and the NFL come together to celebrate the epic journey both players and fans embark on throughout the entire football season, in hopes of reaching Super Bowl 48 with their new film “March to 48.” The first of two films, this one builds anticipation as fans prepare for the first kick-off, along with giving us a glimpse of NFL greats like San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford as they head into the season. A second film debuting in November will focus on the march to the playoffs.
Reebok directed by Omri with Mattias Rudh DoP. This 40 second agency version debuted in Russia in September. The idea developed by NYC agency McGarry Bowen for the Russian market and shot in Poland, the story focuses on young professional athletes.
Camille Marotte is a young French director and motion designer with a delicate, cinematic style and a penchant for beauty, fashion, cars and luxury. With an obsession for light, color, and photography, Camille’s work for Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein gained notoriety in fashion circles, which further fanned his popularity with beauty industry giants Maybelline, Garnier, and Nivea.
Latest photo and film series photographed and directed by Thortsen Rother for GQ. Porsche in all it's glory.Click to play
Row and Jack, an award winning directing dup join El Colony.
Row and Jack have worked with the likes of LMFAO, Michael Kiwanuka and Bacardi to mention a few.
LMFAO Campaign Live article:
"beat thousands of entrants to direct the Universal Music artists' pop promo after taking part in challenges, which included turning around a music video in just 24-hours."
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We would like to introduce a new addition to El Colony roster: Cannes 2012 YDA winner Fernando Livschitz.
This is only a sneak peek at Fernando's reel, and there is a lot more to be seen later: Fernando recently completed 6 spectacular spots for Mercedes, Coke and Toyota, amongst others. We can, of course, give some impatient friends a private preview or share with you some music videos.
Fernando directed his first short film at the age of 17 and by now won several national and international awards. A viral video Buenos Aires Inception Park won Fernando a Young Director´s Award 2012 in Cannes and quickly exceeded one millions viewers on Vimeo...
Fernando studied communication and cinema, and thanks to his passion for post-production, developed a natural look associated with an elaborated aesthetic.
Immersed in design and architecture, Fernando adds what can be described as dreamlike atmosphere, while keeping stunning realism. Aware that beauty is in the details, he displays these effects with meticulous care and incredible control while working delicately on the arrangement of colors.
It is impossible for him to separate image from music, which led to several music videos for South American Rock Bands. If you would like to see or know more - please drop us a line.Click to play
Watch the latest spot directed by Steve Fuller and photographed by Igor Martinovic for McDonalds. One of three of the series, in a signature style. Since completing this job, the pair has been booked on a number of new projects, and just finished another one, which will share with you shortly…Click to play