Former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski and FanDuel are back on the road to redemption. After famously missing a live 25-yard field goal attempt during last year’s Super Bowl, Gronk and the sportsbook giant have reunited for a second shot at glory in “Kick of Destiny 2.” Directed by Mike Warzin and developed with Wieden+Kennedy New York, the campaign expands on the format of its predecessor, with a series of trailers designed to generate media buzz in the run-up to Super Bowl LVIII on Feb 11. Featuring celebrity appearances from Carl Weathers and John Cena, the epic saga culminates in a second live kick set to air before the game, with an outcome-specific spot to follow around halftime. Here’s to second chances!
Award-winning comedy writer and director Natalie Prisco has signed with Arts & Sciences for commercial representation. Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based, and Brooklyn-spiritually speaking, Nat brings to Arts & Sciences her sharp sense of humour and a propensity for crafting comedy from the awkward, uncomfortable, in-between moments her characters inhabit. The resulting work is a deft mix of the absurd and surreal, featuring deadpan humour and flawed, offbeat characters that pop off the screen.
Nat’s director origin story begins with dropping out of NYU to pursue a career in advertising as a copywriter at McCann. She soon fell in love with filmmaking and set her sights on directing, taking a job at MTV with the hope of directing everything she wrote. It was a smart bet; within the year, she had directed award-winning campaigns for The VMAs and The MTV Movie Awards. Her other accolades include several Grand Clios and Webby Awards for her commercial work and being named Female Director of the Year by someone in Chicago (fact check this).
In the latest from Little Black Book’s “Into the Library,” Arts & Sciences founder and director Matt Aselton delves into his most memorable career highlights, including his Cannes Lions Grand Prix-winning Derek Jeter spot, playful fisticuffs with Evander Holyfield, and capturing the perfect high five with Andre Iguodala.
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In a new campaign from SeatGeek directed by the ever-funny Matt Aselton, the “least insulted ticketing app in history” unveils its greatest innovation yet: an app that works. In an exposé in the style of "The Daily Show," SeatGeek calls out the notoriously frustrating ticketing industry by promising simple solutions to simple problems. A ticketing experience fans can trust for their live events? Groundbreaking!
Featured on AdAge as a Creativity editor's pick.
“As filmmakers, the most memorable holiday campaigns we can create will reflect a shared awareness, and even humility, between brands and the people we’re trying to reach.”
Acclaimed director Sean Meehan discusses leveraging cultural zeitgeist during the holiday season, creating evocative narratives that reflect audience values, and how to think less like product-pushers and more like brand storytellers. Read the full essay on shots.
The oven mitts were hung in the kitchen with care, in the hopes that an eighties synth singalong they soon would share: UK grocer Morrisons ensured their gloves were in good hands in this festive spot directed by The Bobbsey Twins from Homicide. Set to Starship's iconic track “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” a gaggle of animated oven mitts brings seasonal cheer to Christmas dinner prep.
Director Mike Warzin and leading customer service platform HubSpot promise "Q4 Will Never Be The Same Again" in a snappy new campaign celebrating the final quarter. Q4 might traditionally signal the end of the calendar year, but in this fun film, HubSpot underscores what a massive, tremendous, epic, colossal deal it can be.
Emile Rafael has partnered with Nowness to deliver a film moving through Jonathan Anderson’s exhibition currently on display at Offer Waterman. “On Foot” is JW Anderson’s homage to the city of London as a hub of creative inspiration. Rafael’s film weaves through Anderson’s many pieces, including a pigeon clutch and a room that simulates the feeling of watching people in a pub - yourself included.
Watch on Nowness.
Director Quentin Deronzier and freelance job marketplace Fiverr are revolutionizing how the world works together in their latest campaign that takes an optimistic stance on the rise of AI technology. Aptly titled “Power of Humanity,” the dynamic 60-second spot uses real freelancers from Fiverr’s network to reassure creatives that while AI is a powerful tool, it takes a human touch to make truly inspired work.
Director Mike Warzin, retired running back Marshawn Lynch, and network analysts Charissa Thompson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Andrew Whitworth crank up the energy for “Thursday Night Football” in Amazon’s latest campaign. As the exclusive broadcast partner for the NFL, Prime literally and figuratively turns on the action from the kickoff control room in this energetic spot teasing the upcoming season.
Home security brand Ring brings customers much-needed peace of mind in their aptly titled campaign, “Inner Peace,” directed by the ever-funny Adam & Dave. Whether tied up at work or confronted with a surprise insurance salesman at your doorstep, the wry spots prove Ring has you covered when you can’t be there (or don’t want to be).
Was that the doorbell?! In a hilariously relatable Ritz campaign, comedic directorial duo The Bobbsey Twins capture the familiar chaos many hosts face when entertaining: the dreaded early guest. Luckily, Ritz crackers are "Ready When You Aren’t," making them the ultimate hassle-free snack choice.
"Female directors get work on proof, whereas male directors get work based on prospect. And if that 'showreel' is what gets you your next job, then female directors are always going to be the underdogs."
As a woman in advertising comedy, director Fiona McGee is no stranger to funny, but the question of representation and expression in an industry still fighting for equity is no laughing matter. Find out what's changed, and what still needs to change on shots.
Choosing the right restaurant can be daunting, but booking app TheFork makes online reservations a breeze in their latest campaign, 'You're All Set,' which stresses the dangers of not planning ahead. The risks are amusingly illustrated by director Frank Atlantic, who compares the prospect of a subpar dinner to life's other avoidable foibles. You wouldn't book a ski trip in summer or take out a mortgage on a haunted house - why leave your dining experience up to chance?
Cartier celebrates the revival of their iconic Grain de Café collection in an elegant campaign directed by Alex Prager. Starring Elle Fanning, the trailer captures the glamorous spirit of the 1950s French Riviera and pays homage to the legacy of icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly who immortalized the timeless collection.
Anthony Mandler directs the latest for Stella Artois: Matt Damon, Zoe Saldaña, Jeremy Allen White, and Ludacris are having dinner - and you're invited! 15 lucky fans will have the chance to break bread with these A-listers as part of the brew's "Let's Do Dinner" campaign.
At the heart of Stella's messaging is a simple aim: inspiring authentic connection and conversation (and beer always helps). Celebrities and drinks aside, "it's not so much about the meal as the human experience." Let's make dinner an occasion to look forward to again.
We’ve all been there: while obsessively scrolling real-estate listings, you find “the one,” but your rocket ship is launching any minute and the timing couldn’t be worse. Houston, do we have a problem? Not according to digital real estate company Opendoor - this playful spot directed by Fiona McGee shows prospective homeowners you can “buy your dream homes from anywhere, even space.”
Alex Prager directs Melissa McCarthy in Booking.com’s colorful, musical Super Bowl LVII campaign, “Somewhere, Anywhere.” McCarthy sings her heart out as she traverses the globe, showing how Booking.com helps bring travelers' dreams to life.
“Somewhere, Anywhere” was one of the most viewed SB spots on Youtube (Variety), listed on shot’s Top Ten Spots and Adforum’s Best Ads, and featured in Adweek, Ad Age, Muse by Clio, Forbes, Popsugar, and Media Post.
Sean Meehan directs Posten’s impactful and moving holiday film, which tackles the issue of climate change. The film follows a love affair between Father Christmas and Mother Earth — showing their inner struggles as they navigate their fractured relationship, while highlighting the climate impact of the holidays and the contradictions around it.
Alex Prager’s latest film, “Run,” opens at Lehmann Maupin Palm Beach Friday, November 18, as part of Part Two: Run, an exhibition of new photographs, film, and sculptures by the artist. Featuring musical compositions by Ellen Reid and Philip Glass and starring Katherine Waterston, “Run” deploys cinematic archetypes and absurdist humor as it examines human resilience in the face of catastrophe. An otherwise ordinary day in an uncannily generic setting erupts into chaos when a massive, mirrored sphere propels itself through a community. Here, forward motion is countered by retrospection, and figures collide into their own reflections on the sphere’s surface, and Prager suggests a curative, collective reckoning with those forces outside of our control.
Director Mike Warzin partners with Broken Heart Love Affair on the deliciously dark and whimsical “Imagination Included” for Toys R Us Canada. When a boy loses interest in his imaginary friend “Mr. Ferguson,” a dramatic intervention unfolds as he tries to bring him back to life with the help of Toys “R” Us “Playmedics.” Equal parts weird and wonderful, the spot is a perfect example of what Muse by Clio calls the “Warzin Effect.”
Director Mike Warzin and Arts & Sciences London collaborated with & Co in Copenhagen to show you that once you have seen it, it can’t be unseen. The power of VELUX roof windows and how they can transform a space.
Shot by Laust Trier Mørk, produced by Ewen Brown, cut by Tim Hardy at Stitch, and VFX by Black Kite Studios.
“Award-winning New Zealand director Michelle Savill is an astute observer of human behaviour.”
So nice to see Michelle Savill featured in shots’ New Talent Focus, where she speaks about the challenges of shooting on a shoestring and how a missed flight disaster proved inspirational for her first feature film "Millie Lies Low.” Read the full interview in shots.
Casey Storm directs 'Crocodile' for Ladder, an amusing return to the life insurance brand's melee-and-murder-themed 'So Good' brand campaign. “I love this campaign,” says Casey, “For me as a director, the scripts and the campaign are a home run. I’ve heard how effective the last campaign was, and I’m sure this next devilish round will be equally successful at raising brand awareness and making people smile.” Featured in LBB, Shoot, Adweek, and David Reviews.
The Bobbsey Twins direct a humorous new spot for electric train operator Lumo that outlines the benefit of people choosing to take all-electric trains rather than giving up some other lifestyle choices (such as trading a car for a donkey or joining a cult). The campaign is the first work for the brand from Mother London. Featured in Campaign and AdWeek, a recipient of five stars from David Reviews, an Editor's Pick from Ad Age and Ad of the Day from The Drum.
“Arts & Sciences had a finger on the pulse of topical themes from crypto trading to vaccines. The shop is No. 6 on Ad Age’s 2022 Production Company A-List”
Adam Brodie directs actor and athlete Isaiah Mustafa (instantly recognizable from his award-winning Old Spice campaigns), in a comedic film promoting entries in the 2022 AICP Awards. Showing off his linguistic talents, Mustafa reminds us that the AICP Awards have been fully inclusive for the past three years, open to entries from around the world. Created by the San Francisco agency Erich and Kallman, produced by Arts & Sciences and edited by Cosmo Street’s Justin Trovato. Featured in Adforum, Adweek/Agency Spy, Little Black Book,shots, and Shoot!
Alex Prager's fantastic new Super Bowl spot for TurboTax created by Wieden + Kennedy Portland is a topsy turvy Rube Goldberg journey to find the perfect tax advisor match. Created primarily in camera by Alex and her team of amazing production designers- Roberto Bonelli and KK Barrett, with VFX collaboration from the wonderful people at Framestore. Shot by Matthew Libatique / Edited by Geoff Hounsell @ Arcade / Color by Beau Leon / Produced by Kristin Porter. Starring Jason Sudeikis!
Matt Aselton directs a high-stakes Super Bowl spot for Rakuten created by their in-house agency, starring Emmy Award-winning performer Hannah Waddingham of Ted Lasso. Shot by Seamus McGarvey / Production Design by Olly Williams / Edited by Pete Koob @ Cut & Run / Color by Tim Masick @ Co3 / VFX by Method Studios / Music,SFX, & Mix by Walker.
All I do is WIN WIN WIN NO MATTER WHAT in QuickBooks surreal Super Bowl spot, created by TBWA/Chiat Day/LA & directed by Matt Aselton.
Shot by Peter Donahue / Edited by Geoff Hounsell @ Arcade / Production Design by Haley Goosey & ANOTHER ONE starring DJ KHALED.
Arts & Sciences managing director Mal Ward will serve as Chairperson of the 2022 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial. The deadline to enter the AICP Show, along with its companion awards competitions – the AICP Post Awards and the AICP Next Awards – is March 28th, 2022.
Matt Miller, president and CEO of AICP, says “We’re delighted to have Mal serve as this year’s Chairperson for the AICP Show,” said Matt. “From its start, he and his company, Arts & Sciences, have been actively involved with AICP and its programs and initiatives, and their history of producing award-winning work speaks to their commitment to creativity and excellence. The AICP Show is in good hands under his leadership.”
“I was thrilled and honored to be selected as the 2022 AICP Show Chair,” said Mal. “I’ve always had such reverence for the Show – what it stands for, the level of excellence in production that’s recognized year in and year out, and then just the electricity of those late Spring nights at MoMA always feel special. Knowing that I was chosen by the AICP Show Board of Governors makes it all the more remarkable for me. It is such an amazing group of people that I’ve long admired and respected.”
The AICP Show is one of the industry’s leading creative and executional benchmarks and serves as more than a mere awards show. Each year, The AICP Show and The AICP Next Awards are preserved in The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film’s state of the art archives for future generations to study and are available for use or exhibition by the museum’s curators. All individual works and each year’s shows in their entirety can be viewed exclusively here, the AICP Awards Archive website. The AICP Post Awards can viewed here.
Sean Meehan shot and directed the short film “Birders,” a heart-warming rendering of a cantankerous grandad and his precocious granddaughter’s shared love of birding. Made with Publicis Conseil and AXA, the film asks viewers to “Stay focused on what matters.” An Ad Age Creativity Editor's Pick. Featured in LBB, The Drum, shots, Ads of the World, and CB News.
Director Casey Storm collaborated with Fred & Farid LA on this darkly funny brand spot for Ladder, a “life insurance so good, they’re gonna want you dead.” Edited by Matt Murphy @ Exile / Shot by Jake Polonsky / VFX by Parliament / Color by Sean Coleman @ Co 3 / Sound by Lime Studios. Ad of the Day in Adweek, Ad of the Week in Campaign.
Dave Bautista has streamed every stream you can stream in "The Streamer"- this just launched campaign for The Disney Bundle that was created by the very smart and funny people at Erich & Kallman. Directed by Mike Warzin / Shot by Adam Richards / Edited by Geoff Hounsell @ Arcade Edit.
Arts & Sciences welcomes renowned talent, Adam Hashemi, to its UK directors roster. A creative polymath, Hashemi has worked across film, television, music, and is in the top echelon of commercial directors worldwide. Danish-born and Los Angeles-based, Hashemi started his career directing children’s shows about trolls and space aliens for Danish national television, which later segued quite nicely into a career in advertising. His spot for The Danish Road Safety Council, The Party, was banned in his home country of Denmark, yet earned him attention abroad and kickstarted his international directing career. Hashemi has since collaborated with David Fincher on a television series and is currently in development on his first feature film with Mark Ronson.
Known for cinematic visuals, impeccable timing, and nuanced performances, Hashemi has helmed global campaigns for major brands including Super Bowl ads for Coca-Cola and Audi, Nike, Beats, Samsung, Volkswagen, Nissan, Dodge, Land Rover, Carlsberg, and Budweiser. Among his many international awards and nominations, he has earned a D&AD Yellow Pencil for Best Director. In this year’s 90-second Super Bowl spot for Anheuser-Busch, Let’s Grab A Beer, Hashemi and executive producer David Fincher worked on a series of touching and humorous vignettes that show people meeting up over a beer. In a message that resonates now more than ever, as people reunite after a long period of isolation, the viewer is reminded that it is less about the beer itself and more about being together.
Hashemi is represented by Reset in the US; Bacon in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway; Henry in France; and Czar in Germany.
You can view selected work here.
To commemorate the 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, Maestra commissioned directors Shaniqwa & Raj to direct a short documentary piece on the Greenwood’s Black Wall Street and Oklahoma’s history of black towns. Produced by Thunderbird Films.
Director Mike Warzin spoke to Shots about how sports influenced his directing style and his approach to filmmaking.
Shot by Matty Libatique / Edited by Geoff Hounsell @ Arcade Edit / Production Design by Maxwell Orgell / Costume Design by Callan Stokes /Color by Beau Leon / Music by Ali Helnwein / Finish by The Mill /Produced by Vincent Landay.
Director Matt Aselton collaborated with Media Arts Lab to create Apple’s new iPad brand spot that gives a fresh take on The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” song. The just launched spot shows the whole new world that can be found on the new iPad. Shot by Robert Elswit / Edited by Kirk Baxter at Exile / Production Design by Joe Cooney / Produced by Zoe Odlum.
London, England, 14 June 2021 -- International production company Arts & Sciences welcomes the notorious Ali Ali to its UK directors roster. Ali’s work is not just funny, but culturally aware, simultaneously striking a balance between attentiveness to local realities while maintaining a global sense for storytelling.
Born in Cairo and raised all over the world, Ali studied computer engineering at the American University in Cairo before deciding he preferred storyboards to motherboards. He abruptly abandoned programming to study art direction at the Miami Ad School. From his role as Junior Art Director with D’Arcy Bucharest to Art Director with Leagas Delaney, to creative director at JWT, and Leo Burnett to Executive Creative Director at DDB Berlin, Ali has built an impressive international career in advertising. He co-founded Elephant, Cairo with his lifetime creative partner and friend, Maged Nassar. Their humble two-man shop quickly became the region’s most awarded agency, picking up five Dubai Lynx Grand Prix, and a Gold Lion in under two years. A year after its inception, Elephant was named by the Cannes Lions Independent Showcase as one of the three most exciting new agencies in the world.
Ali’s directorial debut, Never Say No To Panda, won him a Cannes Gold Lion, and with over 100 million YouTube views, was named by The Guardian as “one of the most-watched viral campaigns of all time.” He has worked for top brands including Amazon, Google, Coca-Cola, Tesla, and Budweiser in collaboration with the best advertising agencies in the world. Among numerous other awards, he garnered the D&AD Yellow Pencil for Best Direction on Du Telecom, and just recently a Gold Lions at Cannes and The One Show for his Diesel “Be a Follower” spots. Ali has been named by The Gunn Report as one of the Top Ten Most Awarded Film Directors in the World and made Adweek’s Top 10 Most Exciting Directors in the World in 2020. He recently served as Jury President for Direction at the 2021 D&AD Awards. You can view his UK reel here.
Director Sean Meehan has written a graphic novel with illustrations by Peter Pound. "Thousand Year Night Vol. One: Book One", was released yesterday and is available for immediate download at ComiXology. "When an indentured servant becomes a vampire during the plague of Seville, the affliction costs him everyone he loves. Unmoored, he slowly loses himself - until he is captured by Nazis three hundred years later. Imprisoned and tortured, he must reclaim his humanity in a world torn apart by the horrors of World War 2. A war that dramatically changes course due to his capture."
Director Anthony Mandler collaborated with Saatchi & Saatchi London & LA, and Team One, to create Expedia's new brand campaign “Companions” that premiered this past Sunday during the Oscars. Rashida Jones stars in the launch film that shows us that it matters who you travel with. Shot by Autumn Durald / Production Design by Brian Branstetter / Edited by Sam Gunn at the Whitehose, & VFX by Framestore. Pick of the Day in David Reviews. And featured in Shots,Campaign, AdWeek, and AdAge.
Director Anthony Mandler’s latest feature film “Monster", will premiere on Netflix May 7th. “Monster" tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Starring Jeffrey Wright, John David Washington, Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Nasir “Nas”Jones, Rakim “A$AP Rocky” Mayers, and Paul Ben-Victor.
Directors Adam & Dave talked to Shots about cancel culture in the world of stand-up comedy. And how it plays out in their new episodic series for the CBC, Humour Resources, starring and written byJon Dore, and featuring Sarah Silverman, Eric Andre, Reggie Watts, Nikki Glaser, Ronnie Cheung, the Lucas Brothers and Rory Scoval.
Arts & Sciences (A&S) has signed director Quentin Deronzier to our UK roster. Creating otherworldly theatrical visuals, the French cross-disciplinary artist has developed a sharp eye and unique sense for electric color palettes informed by his years in advertising and art.
Deronzier got his start as an agency creative, then transitioned into animation and CGI before ultimately becoming a director in 2019. Self-taught, his surreal concepts explore mind-twisting ideas and sit at the crossroads of real and impossible. Deronzier has worked with countless artists, personalities, and brands around the world from Nike, Apple, Paris Saint Germain Football Club, XBOX, Adidas, and Campari. His creations for musical artists such as PartyNextDoor, his ongoing collaboration with DJ Petit Biscuit, and his arena tour visuals for French rapper Orelsan have won awards and blown minds. Deronzier has also worked closely with actor Will Smith on numerous short films and animated pieces.
His collaborations with Canadian artist Drake began when Deronzier posted a CGI video of the rapper’s Tootsie Slide and posted it on his Instagram. The piece quickly racked up views and went viral with reposts. This caught the attention of Drake himself, who dropped Deronzier a DM requesting his phone number. Since then, they have collaborated on both personal projects for Drake and for his record label OVO.
His brand new video for English rock duo Royal Blood’s “Typhoons” just released, featuring a rooftop performance as a typhoon forms above them. They are soon surrounded by a throng of fans, sprinting through the city and thronging around them in a maelstrom that echoes the descending storm.
“Bending the rules of space and time is always great fun,” says Deronzier. “When you look at my work, I want you to be unsure whether you’re looking at a real image or something from a fully constructed, imaginary world.” He continues, “James and the team at A&S understand my aesthetic and my goals. I’m confident that they will bring exciting opportunities to me, expanding the possibilities for the work I’m making. I’m very happy to be joining them.”
To say 2020 brought us some lemons would be an understatement. Bud Light’s Super Bowl spot for their new hard seltzer lemonade takes a light handed look back at a lemon of a year. Created by Wieden + Kennedy NY, Directed by Mike Warzin, Shot by Sean Porter, Production Design by Jeffrey Higinbotham, VFX by The Mill, Color by Tom Poole, Sound Design by Brian Emrich. 🍋 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋
You purposely kick the seat in front of you on the plane? You do some mansplaining? You a Karen? Or maybe you told the Priest more than even he could bear. Apologizing with some M&M’s may help in the brand’s Super Bowl spot starring Dan Levy, created by BBDO and directed by Matt Aselton. Cut by Ian Mackenzie at MackCut, Shot my Malik Sayeed, Production Design by Haley Gosey, Animation by House Special. Rated #4 in USA Today's Super Bowl Ad Meter. Featured in Muse by Clio, AdAge, AdWeek & etc.
Your Cousin From Boston brings the Masshole pain to the Clydesdale’s game in Sam Adams Super Bowl spot created by Goodby Silverstein and directed by one of Massachusetts' finest sons, Matt Aselton. Shot by Toby Irwin, Production Design by Haley Goosey, Cut by Geoff Hounsell @ Arcade Edit, VFX by Framestore. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Drum, & AdAge.
We’re proud to welcome director and photographer Michael Lawrence to Arts & Sciences for our US and UK roster. Lawrence’s multi-platform work consistently transcends ordinary advertising with his hand-crafted images and personal, empathetic approach.After close to a decade of nonstop commercial work, the move to A&S marks a new chapter in a vibrant and variegated career. Always continuing to transform himself creatively, Lawrence’s experience within the industry has enabled him to be selective, choosing campaigns about topics that speak to him, and that he can creatively invest in. His illustrious client list includes global work for Oakley, Wrangler, Nike, Samsung, Google, Ancestry, Uber, Coca-Cola, ESPN, amongst many more; and agencies such as Wieden + Kennedy, Venables Bell & Partners, Anomaly, Mother, Sid Lee, BBH, AKQA, Fred & Farid, 72&Sunny, and Ogilvy. He has been awarded at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Epica, Clio, Ciclope, LIA, New York Festivals, and more. His images have been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Creativity, Communication Arts, Adweek, Fader, Pitchfork, WRPD, and Indie Magazine.
Inspired and humbled by the extraordinary events of the past year, Lawrence has found his interest shifting into doing more artistic and soulful projects, where he can find a true connection. Joining A&S as they grow into an international company, Lawrence intends to expand on his visual style with an interest in exploring the depths of human performance and movement. Adept at storytelling in both still and moving image, Lawrence is particularly fond of 360 campaigns and creative where he can collaborate in its incubation and ideation.
With multiple artistic projects in the works, Lawrence is exploring the “in-between moments of life” in his first monograph of photographs, Lost Along the Way, releasing later this spring. Additionally, his forthcoming human study, Contact, features poignant video portraits about what it means to be “human beyond the headlines.” The first installment of 15 episodes includes a bank robbery, escaping a cult, and entering America on foot from El Salvador at age 11. The series focuses on giving a voice to those on the fringes of society, exploring their experience with compassion rather than judgment, each retelling told in visceral and vivid first-person detail.
As 2020 comes to a close we would like to thank all of our clients, crews, friends and family for supporting us in our 10 years of business. As we’ve done since the beginning, we give to a charity of our client’s choice on every project we produce, as well as foundations and organizations that we feel are making a difference in people’s lives. In 2020 we were happy to help support these fine organizations and the amazing work they do. Which now more than ever has been desperately needed. May brighter times shine for all of us in the new year.
Americares, Doctors Without Borders, Los Angeles Food Bank, The Rape Foundation, Covenant House, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Manifest Works COVID Relief Fund, I Run With Maud Fund, ALS Lou Gehrig Foundation, Youth Justice Coalition, National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, Wires NSW Wildlife Fund, and Earth Justice.
Director Mike Warzin worked with DDB Chicago and Coors Light to create what just may be the snowman, aka, Beerman, we all need to say goodbye to 2020. Shot by Sean Porter, Production Design by Jeffrey Higinbotham, Cut by Neil Smith at Work Editorial. Much gratitude to the talented people at Walker Music, and Legacy Effects who helped us to execute most of this in-camera, colorist Daniel de Vue @52, and Parliament for adding some extra magic. Featured in Shoot, Shots, Adweek, Editor's Pick in Creativity, and as featured in AdAge's The Top 5 Creative Brand Ideas You Need to Know About Right Now.
“Farewell, Work Holiday Parties” bids adieu to that particular Christmastime ritual in DDB’s latest holiday campaign for Miller Lite. Featuring 15 hyper-realistic statues created by our director and fine artist Alex Prager, the LACMA installation (which is open now through January 3rd) and accompanying film is a party to remember, complete with drunken dancing, photocopier hijinks, and a weeping receptionist in the midst of a breakup. In an extensive Los Angeles Times profile of the installation Alex said- “I really wanted people to be able to find what they love about humans in these cringy moments. We’ve all shared these moments to one degree or another, moments of connection. And universal connection is found in the details…..humor is a way to shine light on something that’s not necessarily an easy thing to experience—we can’t have these parties right now, we can’t have any parties—and this allows us to laugh at ourselves.”
Massive thanks to all our team on this- Lisa Ziven, Christa Skotland, Casey Byron, and Alex Waite. Sculpture fabrication by Vincent Van Dyke VFX, DOP Hoyt Van Hoytema, Production Design K.K. Barrett, Costume Design Jennifer Johnson, Editor Paul Martinez at Arcade Edit, VFX & Colour from Framestore & Beau Leon Music by Ali Helnwein.
Arts & Sciences has opened in London. James Bland will lead our office there, launching with nine directors / directing teams: Adam & Dave, Mike Warzin, Sean Meehan, Fiona McGee, Anthony Mandler, Shaniqwa & Raj, Alex Prager, Matt Lenski, and co-founder Matt Aselton. We couldn’t be more excited to establish our brand and directors in one of the best markets in the world. 🇬🇧🇪🇺
Director Mike Warzin collaborated with BBH NY to bring to life FanDuel’s NFL 2020 season campaign. In “Tackle” James Harrison shows a fan that there’s no easier way to get closer to the game. Shot by Max Goldman & Edited by Ian McKenzie. The campaign is featured in Clio's Muse.
We’re thrilled to welcome Emmy nominated director Anthony Mandler to Arts & Sciences.
Anthony Mandler began his career as a photographer before transitioning into directing music videos for the industry’s superstars. He quickly made his mark directing for Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, The Killers, and Drake. It was his long collaboration with Rihanna, spanning 16 music videos, that shaped her visual style; and his trilogy of short films - National Anthem, Ride, and Tropico - for Lana del Rey are credited as some of the artist’s most profound and cinematic work.
Mandler’s singular approach to storytelling and his cinematic perspective has garnered almost 4 billion views of his work worldwide and makes him one of the most coveted directors working today. He has worked with top international brands including Nike, Apple, P&G, Adidas, The NFL, and David Beckham. His Apple Music campaign Taylor vs Treadmill took the ad world by storm, becoming the most viral spot ever created. Mandler’s groundbreaking spot for the world’s largest advertiser Procter & Gamble, The Look, deeply impacted the advertising industry and audiences alike with a socially conscious message that highlighted the issue of racial bias in America. He was awarded Best Direction at the 2019 Clio Awards for the spot, and The Look was recently nominated for an Emmy. Mandler’s feature film debut, Monster, was in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The dramatic film stars Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, ASAP Rocky, John David Washington, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. and will be releasing this fall. Here's a recent profile of Anthony in Shots. Anthony is currently in production on the feature film "Surrounded".
We're excited to welcome directing duo Shaniqwa Jarvis and Rajendra Debah, aka Shaniqwa & Raj, to Arts & Sciences. At once introspective and expansive, their artistic partnership creates work that explores identity and place in the modern world. Featured above are 2 pieces from their suite of short films that comprise the Rituals installation, which serves as a visceral exploration of blood family, chosen relationships, and the rituals that preserve and highlight the importance of our humanity, all while portraying a harmonious and positive image of real black family life.
Shaniqwa Jarvis hails from Manhattan and attended Parsons School of Design for photography. As a photographer and director, Jarvis is known for combining a contemporary fashion aesthetic with sensitive, emotional portraiture. Rajendra Debah is a New York-born and Jersey City-based artist and filmmaker whose work explores Caribbean culture and how he bridges his own relationship to America and Europe as a first-generation West Indian. Jarvis has executed large scale portrait projects and exhibits in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York and has contributed to publications and brands like The New York Times, AWAY, Riposte, Nike, and PacSun. She is a frequent fashion, photography, and lifestyle commentator, participating in public speaking engagements to inspire youth, women, people of colour, and anyone who aspires to create. She co-created Social Studies, a multi-day experience that brings artists and brands together for community driven programming with the goal of empowering and educating the youth. Debah has created imagery for Lee Fields, Pharaoh Sanders, and Barrington Levy and has worked on commercial projects for brands such as The James Hotel Group, Converse, and Timberland. His short film 'Ballers Eve' is an account of the long-running East Village Southern rap radio show that many credit as the catalyst for online radio.
We are beyond thrilled and proud to announce Azazel Jacobs latest film, “French Exit” will close the 2020 New York Film Festival. Arts & Sciences, Matt Aselton, Marc Marrie and Mal Ward are producers on the film which is an adaptation of writer Patrick DeWitt’s novel of the same name. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges & Tracy Letts, the film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. More in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, and IndieWire.
We couldn’t be more proud of our just-launched documentary series about essential businesses and their employees that we created and collaborated with for Mailchimp and Vice+ over the past 3 months. Directed by Todd Krolczyk, produced by Rob Hatch-Miller, and Executive Produced by John Benson; so much hard work and dedication went into the making of this original series and the telling of these compelling stories. "Essentials" launched on July 14th on Mailchimp Presents. You can view all the episodes there.