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63 minutes | 3 days ago
Cinematographer Barry Berona.
Cinematographer Barry Berona and I reunited after decades and we had a blast chatting all things commercials. His versatile, award winning commercial work extends to many sub-genres including automotive, tabletop, and beauty for such recent clients as, Google, PGA & GolfTV, Nike, Subaru, Toyota, GM, Ford, Renault, Mitsubishi, Harley Davidson, Sony, US Navy, Snickers, Honda, Coors, Priceline and Pure Michigan Tourism. He…
76 minutes | 11 days ago
Writer/Director/Star of Slamdance Hit “The Sleeping Negro” Filmmaker Skinner Myers.
Writer/Director Skinner Myers is an award-winning filmmaker and film professor at Loyola Marymount University. Skinner wrote and directed four short films: Chimera, The Last Supper, Obscured, and Nigger, while studying film at USC School of Cinematic Arts. I reached out to Skinner after seeing “The Sleeping Negro” at Slamdance 2021. “Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young black man must overcome rage,…
64 minutes | 17 days ago
From L’Oréal To Goats On A Boat with Associate Creative Director Julia Nicholas.
Associate Creative Director Julia Nicholas has risen up the agency ladder quickly, working on everything from beauty to weight loss to cars and more. An Art Director by trade, she craves variety in her many assignments, diving into each project with passion. We talk about her journey, the many mentors she’s had, the great spots we’ve made together and more. Catch Julia…
56 minutes | 23 days ago
Filming Commercials Remotely With Agency Creative Directors Dan Councilor and Tom Topolewski.
Leo Burnett Detroit Creative Directors Dan Councilor and Tom Topolewski discuss shooting remotely from the agency perspective. I’d shot Buick with the team (Dan is an Art Director and Tom a copywriter) in February again for the NCAA March Madness, but this time Tom watched the camera feed via zoom and facetimed with us. Dan had his boots on the ground. Now, I love having the…
54 minutes | a month ago
Director, Writer, Choreographer Jessica Redish.
Filmmaker Jessica Redish brings her passion to the podcast and I promise you’ll find her positive energy infectious. She’s lighting up the film festival scene with her short comedy “Airway” and still getting accolades for “The Last Croissant”. Jessica talks steadicam, her roots in theater, working with actors and how nothing, not even a pandemic, can keep her from creating. I’ll post…
12 minutes | a month ago
Why I Shoot Tests & Require Tests For My Commercials.
Just your ol’ pal Jordan Brady talking about shooting lo-fi tests with my camcorder to prove my attacks will work. My online Commercial Directing Masterclass has helped almost 800 filmmakers globally and has received 100% 5 star reviews. Did I mention the free filmmaker consultation call upon completion? Shout out again to Caio Shindo so we pronounced his name correctly, Craig Melville, Kevin Slack, Zack Hosseini and Scotty Shuckies – Jake’s newest…
78 minutes | a month ago
Commercial, Music Video & Film Director Nicholas Lam.
Filmmaker Nicholas Lam directs award-winning spots, music videos and films. He’s helmed international campaigns for Google, Samsung, Disney, P&G and Nestle, working with BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather and Iris Worldwide and more. In the music world, Nicholas is an MTV VMA nominated director having shot videos for Nick Jonas, Blink-182, Sara Bareilles, Monsta X (see below) and more. This is one…
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Winston Wolfe’s Nancy Jacobs.
Nancy Jacobs runs Winston Wolfe, a creative resource representing directors for work within the internal production divisions of ad agencies and brands, globally. We talk about how this can be a great source of work for filmmakers wanting to tell stories for brands, and how this model is growing and thriving within agencies. You’ll love the chat! Here’s a spot from…
61 minutes | 2 months ago
Spears & Arrows Founder, Managing Director Jason Wolk.
Jason Wolk is Founder and Managing Director of Spears & Arrows, a top production company with a stellar roster of commercial directors. We talk covid protocols, relationships, his fine roster, director career management and how it all starts with tending to the story. Hey Patreon patrons – join Jake and I for our patrons-only “Ask Us Anything” on zoom April 6th…
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Director Nick Peterson Makes Music Videos, Commercials & Animation.
Filmmaker Nick Peterson has amassed over 500 million views between his music videos, spots and animation. After graduating from the Experimental Animation program at CALARTS, Nick spent years producing visual effects (vfx) before he transitioned into full time directing, and there he found his calling. Nick’s films have been screened in festivals such as SUNDANCE, and SXSW. His Chrysler Commercial played during the Super…
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Commercial Casting Session Runner Ezrah Lockwood.
Ezrah Lockwood runs the casting sessions for most of my commercials via Danielle Eskinazi Casting. (Danielle’s RTP interview from 2014 is still a fan favorite.) He shares tips and tricks for auditions that actors and directors alike will glean knowledge from. He’s also quite the musician, so check out his music here. It’s dark electronic music with a human element that evokes…
70 minutes | 3 months ago
Commercial Director Stewart Maclennan.
Director Stewart Maclennan expresses emotion and attitude through his wonderful use of color, movement and design. No wonder he’s busy shooting for top fashion and beauty brands. We talk for a bit about how he shot this Snapchat AR spot below and I was surprised. Click here to see more of his work. I remember reading this interview in SHOOTonline a few moons…
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Co-Chief Creative Officer Chuck Meehan, McCann Detroit, Unpacks Their GM Will Ferrell Super Bowl Spot.
My friend Chuck Meehan, Co-Chief Creative Officer, McCann Detroit, returns with his hit Super Bowl commercial in-hand. “No Way, Norway” stars Will Ferrell, Kenan Thompson, Awkwafina and the GM Electric vehicle. Chuck breaks down how it all came to be, how it was shot and what he looks for hiring a director. This ad was deftly directed by Jake Szymanski, who has previously…
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Actor, Comedian, Pro Wrestler Cory Kastle.
Pro wrestler turned comedian Cory Kastle stars in a Batman “fan film” called “Bruce” and tells us all about it. Cory’s positive attitude is infectious and his stories of being an extra in movies are entertaining. Check out “Bruce” on YouTube or here. Love this podcast? Consider supporting our editor Jake Brady and his new Patreon! Click to support him and get 75% discounts on Masterclass, free merch and…
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Super Bowl LV Commercials For Dummies.
Just me rambling & raving about the Super Bowl LV commercials, celebrating all the great work and the folks behind them, even that Cheetos spot. Kudos to every client, agency team, and of course, the directors and crew that made it to the Big Game. No links folks, that stuff is posted everywhere already. My son and podcast editor Jake…
77 minutes | 4 months ago
Director, Writer, Producer Fred Goss.
Fred Goss has made a name for himself as an actor, director, writer, and producer. His initial foray into directing was on the critically acclaimed ABC series ‘Sons and Daughters.’ He also served as co-creator, writer, producer and star of the series. Fred’s first commercial project was directing a series of award winning spots for Coke Zero and within a year,…
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Music Video and Commercial Director June Bae.
Music Video Director June Bae and I sat outside, socially distanced, and chatted about helming hip hop videos and launching a commercial directing career. His latest video for Ameer Vann, for the rapper’s new ditty IDFIATOK, literally dropped today and has tens of thousands of views already. (PS it has bad words.) June is a talented filmmaker on the rise, his passion, journey and…
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Creative Directors Rich Terry And Matt Mowat Reveal How They Hire Directors.
Why do advertising creatives hire their director? Is it that first call or zoom? How important is the treatment? Well, as we wrapped two fantastic, safe days on set, I asked SVP/Creative Directors Rich Terry and Matt Mowat those exact questions. They gave me an impromptu interview in the back of my Cadillac. When Cinematographer Shane Kelly (“Boyhood”) walked by,…
71 minutes | 5 months ago
ACD/Copywriter Nick Micale and ACD/Art Director Bennett Austin.
We’re closing out 2020 strong with my two distinguished guests, creatives: ACD/Copywriter Nick Micale and ACD/Art Director Bennett Austin, of David & Goliath. You’ll recognize their work in the emotional Super Bowl spot for Kia called “Tough Never Quits” with Josh Jacobs (directed by Serial Pictures’ director John Hillcoat.) I urge y’all to check out Nick and Bennett’s personal sites as well, click…
98 minutes | 5 months ago
Filmmaker Norry Niven.
Filmmaker Norry Niven does it all. He directs tons of national spots (Kia) and major network promos for shows like “Homeland” which offer him such creative control and produces via his Thousand Foot Squid production company. His latest documentary, “Get Back Up”, follows Blue October and chronicles the band’s struggles with substance abuse, mental health, subsequent treatment and recovery. Talking with Norry was a real treat, because…
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