Seed Media Arts Signs Director Jeffrey DeChausse

Emmy-winning filmmaker Jeffrey DeChausse has signed on to work with his long time friend, Roy Skillicorn, owner / EP of Seed Media Arts.

Jeffrey was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and in the Loire valley in France, where he worked and lived with his family in the French carnival. He is a strategic thinker and idea cultivator who has worked for some of the biggest brands in the world, from Fortune 500 companies to several startups. He is passionate about storytelling and that is evident throughout his work.

“Jeffrey is a true ‘interdisciplinary artist,’” says Skillicorn. “As a seasoned commercial director, he draws from several roles within his aesthetic career. Being a creative director, designer, writer and fine artist allows his craftsmanship and artistic sense to shape beautiful cinematic imagery within thought provoking messaging.”

“We are very excited about his strong docu-style and performance work and elated with his recently developed, visually engaging automotive work,” he adds.

Having the knowledge from both sides of the business, as an agency creative director, and on the production side as a director and producer, Jeffrey comes to the table with a broad knowledge and understanding of production. His broad experience in international media production, even through post, contributes to a full understanding of bidding and securing offshore opportunities.

His likable disposition fosters genuine and sincere human performances from talent and makes him easy to work with. All this, and Jeffrey’s successful track record of streamlining production while leading and motivating teams across diverse genres and work environments, is what attracted Skillicorn.

“As an adroit storyteller, he not only establishes authenticity and emotion but adeptly brings about a cinematic film quality to each project. I know his work will resonate with our most passionate and inspired clients,” adds Kris Mathur, Seed’s EP.

DeChausee’s Clients include Apple, Lexus, Toyota, Maven, Jeep, New Balance, Fidelity, ADT, Intel, ancestry.com, Waterwipes, UBS, First Citizens Bank, Blue Cross, Pabst Blue Ribbon, BofA, Northern Trust, Budweiser, Laugh Lounge and Samsung.

SEED’s Hans Emanuel Drops a Thrilling New Spot for BMW

Director/choreographer Hans Emanuel at SEED MEDIA ARTS just out with this phenomenally stylish and very cool new spot for BMW – The Thrill of Luxury

Agency: Interone BBDO

SEED’s Hans Emanuel Revs His Engines for Benzina Verva Fuel

Director Hans Emanuel at SEED drops another tour-de-force piece of brand artistry, this time a very cool kick-ass spot for Benzina Verva Fuel.

Director Erin Sacks joins SEED

We’re happy to welcome director Erin Sacks to the SEED family !

Budweiser – America is in Your Hands
Stella Artois – Art of Living w Catherine Eaton

Seed Media Arts has added director Erin Sax to its roster for commercials and branded content.

Roy Skillicorn, owner and EP of Seed, described Sax as “‘a rock star’ in more ways than one.” She not only directs documentary-style spots, branded content, and features but also continues as a singer/songwriter. Sax has toured nationally and internationally with her band, Hands Off My Sister. She has also written and performed songs for motion pictures (Altered Minds, Wanderland and the upcoming documentary series, Resisterhood).

Sax’s directorial exploits span such clients as Stella Artois, Budweiser, Lionsgate, the Nicaraguan Tourist Board, as well as networks including A&E for whom she has painted nuanced portraits of battle rappers, gay ex-convicts, and the Italian mafia among many others. She has worked with Jerusalem Capital Studios, BTRN Belgian Television, and the BBC.

Sax also made a short documentary about American attitudes towards death and dying. She spent six months filming the embalming, dressing and casketing of corpses in a mortuary in San Francisco. “The film ended up being literally a documentation of that because everything else about death in our culture is hidden,” she said. The film is now part of the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Skillicorn said of Sax, who’s been directing independently the last three years, “Her versatile ability to authentically portray the complexities of her subjects in either instantly impactful shorter or longer drawn out formats is amazing, She is able to quickly put people at ease, delve deep into personal narratives and capture their essence. Each of her stories, from corporation leaders to bank robbers and fishmongers are always compelling and I see her unique talents soon coveted in our ad world.

Sax got her start as a documentarian for Middle East news and has earned an international reputation for her visually captivating and contextual, uncompromising portraits. A L.A. native, she grew up just down the street from George Harrison, next door to the drug dealer for the Rolling Stones, and was baby-sat by Allan Zavod, the pianist for Jean-Luc Ponty. Sax developed her photographer‘s eye and aesthetic early for she was raised in a home with an active darkroom. Her mother, an actress, also supported herself shooting portraits for artists like Kris Kristofferson, Charo, Arthur Rubinstein and John Rubinstein. There was always a parade of actors, wannabes, and artists, and all were larger than life. It was a colorful upbringing that set the tone for the way she sees the world.

According to Sax, “I’ve long considered myself a closet anthropologist of my own species. Moving through this life, observing, grasping at vignettes, at characters, trying to take it all in and then reflect back to the world what I see – the beauty, the insanity, and the glory of it all. Meeting with Roy, I felt an instant simpatico with the mission of Seed to grab reality and put it in a heightened, elevated frame…they seem to have a real knack for getting people to see differently, to notice details, beauty, complexity in things they might have seen before, but without really seeing them.”

Our “Big Guys” at BACKYARD and SEED

You know BACKYARD and SEED are sister companies – SEED is non-union, BACKYARD is DGA so together, we can offer loads of options.

At BACKYARD, Greg Popp Da Man.

Here’s his new Head & Shoulders

and this – for RBC

Over at SEED, check this spot for Jockey from director Hans Emanuel, featuring his signature stylish visuals & hip dance + movement choreography

And this stylish new spot for BMW – The Thrill of Luxury

So much more where this came from…..

Hans’ page here

Greg’s page here

SEED Adds Director Anthony Pietromonaco to the Roster

Award winning visual and narrative director Anthony Pietromonaco has found a home at SEED.

With the belief that an effective director required practical experience, he worked his way up from PA and grip to camera operator, cinematographer, editor, VFX artist and producer before combining these successful pursuits toward his current path as a writer / director. With a practical sense of production, a penchant for storytelling, and a style that merges the latest in technology & visual effects with breathtaking photography, Anthony is one of the busiest working directors today. As a director he has worked with numerous clients including Porsche, Peroni, Nordstrom, Verizon, Samsung MasterCard, Droid, and Motorola.

Cappasity

“I believe in leading from the front, always with an efficient and clear communication of purpose,” states Anthony. “I feel honored to be joining the other elite group of artists on SEED’s roster”.

Peroni – La Dolce Vita

His visual effects experience helps him create surreal visions of the future like his recent work for Cappasity, the 3D shopping technology developer. The work is regarded as one of the most inspiring depictions for the future of augmented reality. Remarkably, besides his interests in science fiction, futuristic and fantasy work, Anthony has vast expertise in real-life documentaries and a knack for dealing with non-actors. “I’ve shot hundreds of mini-docs for small business owners when I started my career. Some say I’ve built a reputation for making heroes out of ordinary persons,” says Pietromonaco. 

Porsche – Panamera

SEED owner/EP, Roy Skillicorn, asserts, “He is a true Renaissance man. He is a totally unique thinker maybe because of his diverse background. He seems to have an answer for every visual or logistical problem. His storytelling and messaging are consistently central but striking visuals are always introduced to enhance. He is both collaborative and communicative, artistic and eager to problem solve. Thus, I believe, he is the perfect fit for today’s marketplace and its highly complex directorial demands”.