Jake Sherry is in the Backyard

BACKYARD is pleased to welcome NY-based director Jake Sherry to its roster.

Recognized for his ability to tease out natural performances in both actors and real people, especially kids, Jake manages to capture the subject’s most unique mannerisms and characteristics. These nuances of detail, and his relentless pursuit of authenticity, result in distinctively human on-camera moments that make his work stand out from the crowd.


PGA – Sketched on a Napkin

Backyard CMO Roy Skillicorn sums it up this way: “Jake knows that the simplest concepts can be the most powerful, if you tell it right. The richness of his aesthetically beautiful film blends perfectly with genuine performances, engaging the viewer, drawing them deeper into the message or storyline. He is on his way to being a superstar”


Lincoln – Rylie’s Wish

A college professor once told Jake, “Filmmaking is the most fun you can have with your clothes on…” Jake agreed and his work has since been featured in AdWeek, Splice Magazine, Billboard and the New York Times. His directing has taken him across Europe, Africa, and Asia — most recently to Vietnam to direct Nick Jonas for Malibu Rum. Recent clients include Lincoln Motors, the Human Impacts Institute, L’Oreal and Verizon.


Vice – Think Again

About joining Backyard, Jake relates, “The industry is constantly evolving, so one of the things that drew me to Backyard is that Roy and the team are forever reinventing themselves and the company. Backyard is a creative, collaborative, forward thinking entity that brings decades of experience to the table. They’re also a hell of a lot of fun to work with. I can’t wait to see what we build together.”

Welcome to Backyard Ashley Avis

Esteemed client Backyard proudly welcomes writer/director Ashley Avis to the fold. Get to know Ashley, she’s on her way to the moon.

Commercially she has directed projects for clients like Coca Cola, Red Bull, Footlocker, Pfizer, CaliBurger, and recently won the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Award for her work on a spot called BESPOKE, at the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in Cape Town.

Her feature directorial debut, the artistic psychological film DESERTED, starring Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, Jake Busey and Sebastian Bach recently was released in the Winter of 2016.

Her second feature, the coming of age story ADOLESCENCE, will be released in 2017. The project stars Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan, American Hustle’s Elisabeth Rohm, India Eisley and Jere Burns. The project was edited by Oscar nominated Douglas Crise (Birdman, Babel), and mixed by Oscar winning Post Sound Supervisor Ben Wilkins (Whiplash).

She recently produced the television pilot THE PICTURE for Winterstone Pictures / Winkler Films, and was brought on by producer Todd Labarowski / Dreambridge Films (The Kids Are All Right, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Manglehorn) to write the screenplay based on the novel THE CYBIL RAVEN CHRONICLES.

Her work has been called “timelessly romantic” (White Lies Magazine), “innocent, blending innocence with seduction” (Red Hot Society), and “elegantly sensual” (Elite Daily).

 


Mercedes Benz – “A Beautiful Life”


Envya Swim – “Lionne Blanche”


Mercedes Benz – “Bespoke”


Caliburger

DESERTED
Premiered October, 2016

Written & Directed by: Ashley Avis
Producers: Edward Winters, Ashley Avis, Larry Hummel, Keith A. Fox
Editor: Douglas Crise
Cast: Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, Trent Ford, Dana Rosendorff, Michael Milford, Kelly Brannigan + Tyler Sellers with supporting cast including Jake Busey, Sebastian Bach, Gerry Bednob + Lance Henriksen

 

ADOLESCENCE
Premieres Fall, 2017

Directed by Ashley Avis
Producers: Edward Winters, Larry Hummel
Editor: Douglas Crise
Cast: Mickey River, India Eisley, Romeo Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Elisabeth Rohm, Michael Milford, Jere Burns, Ever Carradine

 

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Schrom’s Jennifer Davick delivers “Pure Pie-Fection” for Edwards Desserts

Humor. Appetite appeal. Social engagement.

SCHROM Director/Photographer Jennifer Davick delivers all that and more in a new campaign for Edwards Desserts.

From Jennifer: It’s kind of amazing how many incredibly laudatory quotes have been made about Edwards! I was thrilled to help turn this phenomenon into a bold, funny and let’s not forget delicious Social campaign. We focused our attention on style and texture; delivering the message that an Edwards pie at a party will elicit lots of “Oohs!” My goal in crafting visuals for this campaign was to capture the passionate voice of the consumer, to make the viewer feel good, and to feel energized while ultimately associating those good vibes with Edwards pies.

Jennifer “Brings the Sweet” below.  Enjoy her delectable Pumpkin + Turtle Pies !

 

 

 

Director: Jennifer Davick; Food Stylist: Diana Scanlon; Prop Stylist: Jan Maple; Production: SCHROM

Director/Choreographer Hans Emmanuel joins SEED Media Arts

We’re excited to welcome director/choreographer Hans Emmanuel to the roster at SEED Media Arts

Hans began his career shooting beauty commercials in Paris where he was able to hone his directorial style allowing him to explore opportunities in automotive, sports, and lifestyle. His sexy, energetic, often edgy but always stylish directorial aesthetic integrates fluid movement, dance + rhythm with contemporary, youthful narrative storytelling.

Hans’ client list includes Audi, Mazda, Cutty Sark, P&G, Nivea, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s & OPI.

Here are some of our favorites…

 

Mazda – Red

Benzina

Levite

Cutty Sark – Spirit of the Times

Diana – #fuckyourstandards

SHINE drops new “Bag Man” campaign for Rachel Maddow + MSNBC + McKinney

SHINE  recently delivered a fantastic new graphics campaign package from McKinney for Rachel Maddow + MSNBC’s Bag Man, the #1 podcast on iTunes.

Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day. There’s intrigue. Corruption. Envelopes of cash delivered to the White House. It’s a story that’s not well known, but it probably should be. Especially today.

Congratulations to the teams at McKinney + Shine !

SHINE
CD:    Michael Riley
EP:     Bob Swensen

MCKINNEY
GCD:   Will Chambliss
AD:      Jamie Steentofte
CCO:   Jonathan Cude
Prod:   Naomi Newman, Beau Scheier
BPM:  Miriam Hughes
EP:      Josh Eggelston
HP:     Regina Brizzolara




SEED welcomes director George Mays

        

 

Los Angeles Writer / Director George Mays, best known for his work with Red Bull, has signed with Seed Media Arts  George also continues to direct freelance for Red Bull’s Media House where he has worked for over ten years, helping to establish the brand with his compelling films. As a director who is known as an acclaimed specialist in brand strategy, market dynamics, and creative event integration, Mays’ work for Red Bull has been shared by millions.

Roy Skillicorn, Founder/Managing Director at Seed Media Arts, welcomes George, saying “Always the storyteller, both scripted and from the hip, George loves to explore narratives from both the sports and music genres. From his work that empowers women in sports, to his in-depth interviewing acumen of musicians like Skrillex, George manages to capture a person’s authenticity, passions and purpose, always produced with rich cinematic visuals. He embodies what today’s new media seeks.”

Mays’s own passion remains to keep the audience in their seats, totally engaged, and asking themselves, “How will this turn out?” George and his team also create custom content based on data analysis allowing clients to grow their audience and engage them longer.