SEED Director Hans Emanuel Drops a Volcanic New Spot for Nissan

Working with agency Téran TBWA Mexico City, SEED Media Arts director Hans Emanuel created this beautiful new spot for the Nissan Frontier featuring award-winning photographer Sergio Tapiro’s chase for the perfect shot of an erupting volcano.  


Client: Nissan
Product: Frontier Pro4X
Agency: Terán TBWA – Mexico City
Group Creative Director: Pablo Cárdenas
Creative Director: Jaime Gonzalez Díaz de Cossio
Head of Production: Jano Lemus
Producer: Christian Martínez

Casa Productora: Madrefoca
Director: Hans Emanuel
Dirección de Producción Ejecutiva: Ale Saevich
Executive Producer: Adrián Guillermo
DOP: Román De Bujo
Editor: Giacomo Prestinari
Animación 3D, VFX,Compositing & Post-producción: Universal Production Partners (UPP) Praga, República Checa
Post-producción y animación adicional: Juan B Justo, CDMX


Ideas aren’t quarantined ! BACKYARD & SEED are open + ready to shoot – remotely of course

Sister companies BACKYARD & SEED remain open for business, able to adapt to these ever-changing circumstances. They encourage you to distance yourself from the ordinary and think big but small.

Several of our directors own their own equipment providing a number of options across a range of genres, producing content remotely including full access via virtual video village.

Backyard director Greg Popp shot this film with his father-in-law at his own home. Greg wrote, directed, edited, and scored everything from his home studio.

SEED director Sam Ciurdar shot this film just last week using the Paul Harvey speech. He shot it in one day and edited it that evening, all with no crew

Backyard director Chace Strickland just produced this spot for PSEG/Long Island, which he shot in one home with a very small crew and only three talent. He has crew, equipment and a large varied residential location ready to go.

Backyard director Paul Stone shot this Instagram piece entirely on an iPhone and cut on a laptop while traveling through Europe. Paul can direct, shoot, edit, score and color !

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,, 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.”