Kodz began his career on a cinematography trajectory and quickly found himself in the director’s chair after his debut piece, “Reach” for the Van Cliburn Foundation, earned acclaim, landing him a slot in the 2014 SHOOT New Directors Showcase, three Telly Awards and a shortlist for the Young Director Awards at Cannes Lions. Kodz’s passion for exploring the human condition and challenging prevalent ideals and notions is evidenced in his life-affirming social impact work for brands such as New York Yankees, Peace Corps, Acadia National Park and Green Box Machine.
Acadia National Park – Celebration
Over the years, Kodz has developed a highly collaborative creative process, informed by his instinctive ability to distill a creative vision to align with brand goals, taking broad concepts and refining them into dynamic, poignant narratives. He has directed campaigns for such clients as Mountain Dew, Goody, Montblanc, Get Out the Vote, Reebok, Foot Locker, and Payless Shoes. Kodz also has work on the horizon for LA Urban Farms.
Peace Corps – Unexpected
“Not only does Aaron’s work stand out because of the stunning visual language, but his ability to articulate his creative vision is unmatched,” said Raphael Leopold, exec producer at the Venice Beach-based Rodeo Show. “His viewpoint on transforming production constraints into enhancements is entirely in line with what we’re doing at Rodeo Show.”
Van Cliburn Foundation – Reach
Kodz added, “It’s been impressive to see what Raphael has done with Rodeo Show over the past few years. His ‘get it done’ attitude has led to a noticeable surge in quality of work, while still maintaining a boutique approach and highly curated roster.”
NYC-based Kodz attended the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied cinematography and film/video production. He has road-tripped to over 40 states, consistently gathering new perspectives and inspiration for his work.