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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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

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.

 

 

ReelChicago chats with SEED director Kristina Perreault

What’s up with SEED director Kristina Perrault ?

Chicago director Kristina Perreault is not afraid of things going wrong on the set, especially if they happen overseas.

“When traveling, sometimes stuff happens and you have to make it work,” she explains. “I like that challenge of constantly being on your toes.”

Besides being an accomplished travel documentarian, the latest addition to SEED’s roster also wields bona fide credentials as a show host and chef instructor. The experiences help her bring calm to non-actors dealing with on-camera jitters.

“I’m good at training people on location and getting them comfortable,” she explains. “A lot of time, it’s just their mental focus. We clear the room. We do breathing and we do voice exercises. Or I’ll just talk to them. I shift their focus to be more motivated and confident with the camera.”

Perreault says that her unique skillset began with an intense singular focus when she was in grade school.

Perreault (center) and crew in Dubai

Perreault (center) and crew in Dubai

“My parents were throwing away a video camera and I just started filming my friends and making films” she remembers. “I became obsessed with it.”

Although she grew up to become a world-savvy director, recently completed a project in Dubai and lists the Cyclades among her favorite locations, she says that SEED founder and executive producer Roy Skillicorn offers something that she has not found anywhere else.

“I feel that he genuinely has my back and my well being in my professional career,” she explains. “He’s a good guide. I’ve done business with other people. He goes that extra mile. That alone was kind of a big thing for me, to be able to have that kind of a relationship.”

Perreault also notes that she “gets along with Roy’s family well.” This hints at another driving force in her career. Born and raised in Minnesota, she chose to settle in Chicago partly because “it’s a little closer to home.”

So far, there’s at least one celebrity who’s happy she’s here.

“I was asked to come on to a set because a rapper was having a breakdown,” she explains. “Apparently he partied too hard the day before and didn’t want to be on camera.”

Director Tim Abshire reunites with Roy Skillicorn at SEED

 

Award winning humor, celebrity and storytelling director, Tim Abshire has teamed up with long-time friend, former EP, marketing trendsetter, and owner of SEED, Roy Skillicorn.

Roy Skillicorn is elated that Tim Abshire has come aboard. “Tim’s ability to generate stories that give rise to everything from a smile to riotous laugh-out-loud humor, combined with his jovial, collaborative disposition, and his commitment to excellence is exactly what I was seeking for SEED. What’s more, his work now expands us into the humor genre, which has always been an integral part of my personal brand, ” says Skillicorn.

Tim adds “The first time I met Roy I was blown away. Roy’s superpower is the ability to effortlessly light up a room, but his real talent is sharing that light and making everyone else shine.”

Roy and Tim developed a strong personal bond while working together at Backyard Productions, a company Skillicorn founded. It was there that they developed a successful business relationship that proved highly prosperous and congenial.

Tim is known as the quintessential actors’ director. The innocence and honesty he captures from an actor’s performance, combined with his exquisite timing, allows the resulting humor to be globally relatable, yet specifically fine-tuned and tailored to the client’s demographic needs.

“His strength as a writer enables him to fully articulate his vision in treatments, maintaining an instinctive understanding of the essential goals of a project” adds Seed’s Head of Sales, Jessica Rae Connell. “He’s quick and decisive on set, providing an environment, rich in spontaneity and passion. His timing often relies on hanging on to an engaging awkward pause in the action to catch the viewing audience off guard fostering a hilarious response.”

Traveling the world to hone his craft, Tim has created and directed content for numerous blue chip brands, including Google, Jeep, ESPN, Walmart, PlayStation, Febreze, Volkswagen, Coca Cola and jetBlue, with top agencies domestically and internationally, such as Grey Worldwide, Wieden & Kennedy, Ogilvy & Mather, David&Goliath, and Leo Burnett.

Tim has worked with celebrities as diverse as Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Derek Jeter, Ben Stiller, Jeff Goldblum, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Alice Cooper, Triple H and Sheryl Crow. Tim is a highly decorated director with over 30 top industry awards, including 3 Gold Lions, an MTV Moonman Award, Gold Pencils, and numerous Gold winners from Promax, and the Clios.

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.”