The Reopening

Director Alex Prager collaborated with Wieden + Kennedy NY for Anheuser-Busch’s all-brand film, “Welcome Back”, to celebrate the reconnecting with friends, family, and life as the country re-opens. 

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.

Not Meat

Can a plant taste like meat? Alpha Foods answers this and more in their just breaking campaign created by Mischief and directed by one vegan & one former vegan- Adam & Dave. 

Produced in collaboration with Animals. Shot by Bobby Shore, Edited by Mike Rizzo @ MackCut. 🌱 🥩

Not A Computer

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. 

Featured in CreativityShotsLittle Black Book.

Ali Two Times

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.

Thousand Year Night

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."

Companions

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.

Monster

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.

Not Cancelled

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.

Quentin Deronzier

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.”

Bud Light Super Bowl 2021

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. 🍋 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋

Runner up for The 2021 Super ClioRanked 10th in the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter. Featured in Muse by ClioAdWeekPick of the Day in David Reviews, etc.

M&Ms Super Bowl 2021

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.

Sam Adams Super Bowl 2021

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.

Michael Lawrence

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.

Tis Always the Season

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.

More Than a Feeling

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

“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

Featured in the LA TimesCreativityMuse by ClioShotsLBBOnlineArtNowLA, &  AdWeek.

ARTS & SCIENCES LONDON

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. 🇬🇧🇪🇺

Some lovely words and press on our launch- ShotsLBBOnlineDavid Reviews.

CLOSER TO THE GAME

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.

ANTHONY MANDLER

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".

SHANIQWA & RAJ

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.

NYFF 2020 Closing Night Film

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.

Essential Series

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.