Director Hans Emanuel Rejoins SEED

Director / choreographer Hans Emanuel has returned to the roster at SEED

Having lived in Europe, Mexico and in the USA, Emanuel wields a cultural polish that few can claim. At the start of his career, he developed a sexy edge shooting beauty commercials in Paris. Currently splitting his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles, he has carried that signature style into broadly acclaimed work for automotive, sports, and lifestyle clients.

 

 

SEED Founder/EP Roy Skillicorn began promoting Emanuel in 2014, after meeting him in Venice Beach. Skillicorn was especially motivated by the director’s award-winning commercial for O.P.I. in Paris, featuring a dancing horse that won at Cannes, the Clios and the Cristal Festival.

 

 

In 2015, realizing Emanuel’s talent, Skillicorn suggested that he seek work in European marketplace and encouraged him to establish himself there. Taking Skillicorn’s advice, Emanuel spent more time in Barcelona where he found, to his delight, a very accepting market for his stunning, energetic, visually hip imagery. Emanuel developed a narrative directorial flair that incorporates contemporary, youthful lifestyles and often involves body movement, dance and “rhythm,” a major theme in his aesthetic.

 

 

His most recent work for Cutty Sark, Nivea, Coca Cola, McDonalds and Audi are examples of this sophisticated style. With this mature reel, Skillicorn felt it was time to welcome him back to Seed and he recently shot a Metamucil project for Publicis NY. The spot, currently airing, was shot in Vancouver and features a lovely young woman dancing in her home, so light on her feet that she actually “floats” in the air.

 

 

“I believe Hans’ unique and urbane visions originate from his participation in the various and diverse world cultures that he has both experienced and embraced. Those influences are what makes his work so distinctive, so bewitching and memorable.” Says Skillicorn. “What’s more, Hans’ genteel manner, critical artistic eye and a collaborative attitude toward delivering a client’s message makes him particularly attractive to this market.”

SCHROM Adds Tabletop / Lifestyle Director Jennifer Davick to the Roster

Chef Maya Erickson’s Black Sesame Dessert

We’re excited to welcome Jennifer Davick to the roster at SCHROM. Jennifer is a food director + photographer whose work explores the intersection of Tabletop and Lifestyle. She frequently shoots in NYC, CHI and LA, and her clients include Starbucks, Food Network, KIND Snacks, Hillshire Farm, Hellman’s and Publix Supermarkets among others.

Speaking of supermarkets, Jennifer is a master at creating digital content for SUPERMARKETS and APPLIANCES


Urban Plates Restaurant – “Choose Good”

“What attracted us to Jennifer’s work is the fact that it’s graphic, clean, contemporary and simply beautiful,” says Schrom founder Michael Schrom. “She has her finger on the pulse of how food is becoming more approachable. Jennifer’s work showcases food’s personality which makes her the perfect complement to our roster.”

Jennifer’s Philosophy on Her Work and Food:
“I believe food can be artful, inclusive and accessible at the same time,” says Jennifer. “My work makes the viewer feel something. It showcases lifestyle as an extension of food. It focuses on our emotional engagement with brands and how we make them part of our own story.”

Roy is Home ! Founder Roy Skillicorn Returns to Backyard

 

Roy Skillicorn is back leading Backyard Productions, the company he founded and guided for 20+ years, recently partnering with Kevin Allodi, President & CEO of Philo Media, which acquired Backyard in 2017. Allodi reached out to Skillicorn knowing that he ran Backyard during its most successful years, and also realized success as founder of the award winning Seed Media Arts, a non-DGA production model company.

“Roy is internationally known for his innovative, focused marketing strategies and unprecedented trendsetting business models, and has had an uncanny ability to remain highly relevant throughout a long and prosperous career. His track record for nurturing the development and growth of directors’ careers is unsurpassed; as Managing Director overseeing sales & marketing I see him as the perfect ‘Sherpa’ to lead Backyard and its directors to new heights,” says Kevin.

Skillicorn founded Backyard with Chicago photographer Tony D’Orio in 1988 while still a rep for PIXAR, Colossal Pictures and HKM Productions — all start-ups he recognized as future superstar companies. He found, promoted and secured for each of them their very first commercials, representing each company for over a decade. He also brought London-based Passion Pictures into the limelight in the US.

Under Skillicorn’s leadership and marketing savvy, Backyard became a $50M+/yr entity that was not only considered one of the top international production companies by the trades, but the only one to ever spring forth from a secondary market like Chicago. After relocating production headquarters to L.A in the mid-90’s, Roy continued to lead sales and marketing from Chicago, keeping the brand’s uniqueness guarded while maintaining its notable Midwestern, honest and diligent work ethic. Loyal clients refer to Backyard as “a Shangri-La of production”, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable experience, infused with engaging and dependable people with caring attitudes, while offering innovation and craftsmanship at the highest levels.

“I’m happily surprised to find myself back in the ‘Yard’ and I’m excited to work along side several more A list directors and incredibly strong EPs, like my long time friend, Kris Mathur, and Emily Malito.  When I shared my vision of next steps for Backyard, I told Kevin, this “new Backyard won’t be fenced…it’s time to unleash the dogs”. No doubt the iconic hand puppet dog logo that Roy’s graphic designer wife crafted back in 1989 will soon return to Backyard as well.

BACKYARD Giving Back Through the Commercial Director Diversity Program

We’re proud to report that our fab clients at Backyard, took part in this year’s Commercial Directors Diversity Program as a sponsor + mentor for a young director, Kryzz Gautier.  On July 31, 2018 a showcase of this year’s graduating class was held at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The CDDP is a program created by the AICP and the DGA as part of its contract negotiations. CDDP reflects the commitment of both organizations to effect change and increase the representation of women and other historically underrepresented groups of people in commercial directing.

Each director participant was tasked with writing and pitching their own :60 script and producing that script on a very limited budget.  Backyard took them through a typical commercial pitch process and production, acting as a sounding board and mentor for their creative ideas and overall helping them to accomplish their ultimate goal of a solid :60.

BY EP Emily Malito affirms that, “Kryzz is a talented director whose own personal experiences as a woman of color and a member of the LGBTQ community influence her content and motivate her desire to be a strong voice in the film community.  She’s an impressive creative force.”

This is her spot:

ABOUT KRYZZ GAUTIER

Kryzz was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2009 she immigrated to Boston to attend Emerson College where she focused her studies in Directing Narrative Fiction, Photography, and Music Appreciation. Kryzz quickly became an award winning writer/director receiving multiple international accolades. To name a few: “Marasma” (2011) was in the running for the Region 2 Student Academy Awards finalists. “A Foolish Companion” (2012) was nominated for “Outstanding Cinematic Achievement” at the EVW Awards and went on to win, amongst other things, “Best Screenplay” and “Best Short Film” at the Women In Shorts Festival, the “Audience Award” at the National Broadcasting Society Festival, and was invited to screen at the Ibero-American Festival. ”All Lit Up” (2011) won an EVW Award for “Best Single Camera Direction”. “Not A Love Story” (2015) won “Best Short Film”, “Best Screenplay”, and “Best Editing” at across the festival circuit. In 2014 Kryzz was selected as one of NBC’s Top 100 for their Directing Fellowship. In 2015 Kryzz wrote and directed a pilot for Lifetime/A&E Studios. In 2017 Kryzz became one of the founders of Violeta, a production and distribution platform focused  on  creating  better representation for LGBT women  and being talked about as “the Netflix  for queer women”.

SEED’s Ashley Avis set to write + direct new “BLACK BEAUTY” movie

Congrats to our own Ashley Avis, director at SEED, for being tapped to write + direct a modern version of the classic novel + film, BLACK BEAUTY !

 

EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Avis has been set to write and direct a modern reimagining of BLACK BEAUTY, the classic Anna Sewell novel. Bolt Pictures and Constantin are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light.

 The plot will center on Jo Green, a teenager who recently lost her parents, who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the wild Black Beauty, who was similarly taken away from her family when her mustang herd was captured in the West.Constantin’s Robert Kulzer will produce with Jeremy Bolt. Martin Moszkowicz and Jon Brown are executive producers.

Avis’ feature film credits include 2016’s Deserted starring Mischa Barton and this year’s Adolescence. The writer-director-editor is also a long-form commercials helmer.

SHINE Designs a Masterpiece for Nat Geo’s “Genius: Picasso”

Genius: Picasso main title sequence for Imagine, Fox21 and NatGeo

LA-based SHINE designed, filmed, edited and animated the main title sequence for Genius: Picasso, a biopic event series about Pablo Picasso. Shine developed a concept that employed original photographed and filmed paint textures that make up images of Picasso’s life, relationships and work.

Genius: Picasso stars Antonio Banderas in the titular role – as one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, who interpreted the world in new and unorthodox ways, and reinvented our perception of creativity in the process. The second season of National Geographic’s 10-part, Emmy-nominated global event series, Genuis, explores how the Spanish-born artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs, and constantly shifting and personal alliances. Genius is executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and created by Ken Biller.

Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 to April 8, 1973) was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the co-creator, along with Georges Braque, of Cubism. Considered radical in his work, Picasso continues to garner reverence for his technical mastery, visionary creativity and profound empathy. Together, these qualities have distinguished the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombrepiercing” eyes as a revolutionary artist. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that he superstitiously believed would keep him alive, contributing significantly to — and paralleling the entire development of — modern art in the 20th century.

Pablo Picasso remains renowned for endlessly reinventing himself, switching between styles so radically different that his life’s work seems to be the product of five or six great artists rather than just one. Of his penchant for style diversity, Picasso insisted that his varied work was not indicative of radical shifts throughout his career, but, rather, of his dedication to objectively evaluating for each piece the form and technique best suited to achieve his desired effect. “Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should,” he explained. “Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”

Art critics and historians typically break Pablo Picasso’s adult career into distinct periods, the first of which lasted from 1901 to 1904 and is called his “Blue Period,” after the color that dominated nearly all of his paintings over these years. At the turn of the 20th century, Picasso moved to Paris, France — the cultural center of European art — to open his own studio. Lonely and deeply depressed over the death of his close friend, Carlos Casagemas, he painted scenes of poverty, isolation and anguish, almost exclusively in shades of blue and green. Picasso’s most famous paintings from the Blue Period include “Blue Nude,” “La Vie” and “The Old Guitarist,” all three of which were completed in 1903.

Art critics and historians typically break Pablo Picasso’s adult career into distinct periods, the first of which lasted from 1901 to 1904 and is called his “Blue Period,” after the color that dominated nearly all of his paintings over these years. At the turn of the 20th century, Picasso moved to Paris, France — the cultural center of European art — to open his own studio. Lonely and deeply depressed over the death of his close friend, Carlos Casagemas, he painted scenes of poverty, isolation and anguish, almost exclusively in shades of blue and green. Picasso’s most famous paintings from the Blue Period include “Blue Nude,” “La Vie” and “The Old Guitarist,” all three of which were completed in 1903. In 1899, Picasso moved back to Barcelona and fell in with a crowd of artists and intellectuals who made their headquarters at a café called El Quatre Gats (“The Four Cats”). Inspired by the anarchists and radicals he met there, Picasso made his decisive break from the classical methods in which he had been trained, and began what would become a lifelong process of experimentation and innovation.