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From Junior Creatives to ECDs, delve into career highlights (and lowlights) in our in-depth profiles.

Production

The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.

18th Jun Production
Icons + Innovators: Francois Chilot

Icons + Innovators: Francois Chilot

The President of the Young Director Award talks about why, after 27 years, the YDA still matters, and how he's more emotionally minded than business minded.

18th Jun Production
Prasoon Pandey’s crusade for concealed craft

Prasoon Pandey’s crusade for concealed craft

As the president of the Film Craft jury at Cannes Lions this year, director and founder of Corcoise Films, Prasoon Pandey, is looking forward to playing detective with his jury. He talks to Selena Schleh about discovering examples of great craft hidden inside “deviously demented” ideas.

17th Jun Production
Icons + Innovators: Kerstin Emhoff and Ali Brown

Icons + Innovators: Kerstin Emhoff and Ali Brown

In the first of our new series, which highlights some of the industry's most iconic and innovative people, we speak to PRETTYBIRD's Kerstin Emhoff and Ali Brown about Cannes, commercials and being ahead of the curve.

14th Jun Agency
Geoff Edwards' nebulous art of entertainment

Geoff Edwards' nebulous art of entertainment

Previously holding ECD roles at Media Arts Lab, R/GA, CAA and TAG McCann, plus co-founding Spike DDB with Spike Lee, Geoff Edwards is at home at the intersection of entertainment and advertising. Now MD of Creative at Gale Partners, he talks to Tim Cumming about his role as president of Cannes Branded Entertainment jury, and explains how this shape-shifting, culture-following category excites him.

6th Jun Production
shots Unsigned: Vanessa Stachel

shots Unsigned: Vanessa Stachel

In our unsigned directing talent interview this month we hear from the wickedly talented director Vanessa Stachel. Here she talks about her brilliant Delivery for Mr. Frogula film, the trials and tribulations of putting together a stop motion project, and bringing these amazing characters to life.

30th May Production
Thuan Tran: Keeping it real

Thuan Tran: Keeping it real

m ss ng p eces director Thuan Tran has become a go-to for brands and artists seeking honest, culturally-relevant storytelling, while his creative community OnLunchBreak supports a new generation of talent. Here, he talks authentic human narratives, adapting to trends, and navigating the changing expectations of audiences.

Creative Correspondence

Celebrating shots' 30th anniversary, industry luminaries pair up with up-and-comers in the field to talk shop and interview each other.

20th May Production
Ben Tallon: Cultivating creative optimism

Ben Tallon: Cultivating creative optimism

Through his writing and interviews as host of The Creative Condition Podcast, multi-disciplinary artist Ben Tallon champions human creative expression and its power to make positive change. We caught up with him at OFFF Festival to talk craftsmanship, collaboration, and 'circles of competency'.

15th May Production
Opening the Closet: David Wilson bares all

Opening the Closet: David Wilson bares all

Known for his radical, playful, and sex-positive work, David Wilson's first retrospective, Closet, blends live performance, music and film into a spectacularly queer cabaret show. Amy Hey caught up with the Riff Raff director after his appearance at OFFF Festival, Barcelona, to find out more.

13th May Production
Tal Zagreba’s curious case of creativity

Tal Zagreba’s curious case of creativity

Having channelled his passion for ‘playing with cool stuff’ into an award-winning filmmaking career and a flourishing sideline in AI art, the UNIT9/USA director explains to Selena Schleh how he's looking for new ways to tell stories.

9th May Production
shots Unsigned: Drew Vaughan

shots Unsigned: Drew Vaughan

This month in our unsigned directing talent interview we speak with New York based director Drew Vaughan. Here we talk about his Climb Higher series of films, telling stories of regular people doing extraordinary things, and film programs with Werner Herzog.

3rd May Production
Kyra Bartley: Making magic

Kyra Bartley: Making magic

The last - but by no means least - look at at our shots Awards APAC winners from last year sees Director of the Year winner, FINCH's Kyra Bartley, talk about her move to live-action, the first steps of production, and how a reluctant shanty will stay with her forever.

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1st May Production
Zika Liu: Fashioning the future

Zika Liu: Fashioning the future

Concluding our look at shots Awards APAC, joint winner of shots Asia Pacific New Director of the Year award, Zika Liu talks about how working in the fashion world informs his creativity as a director, helping mold his artistic expression.

25th Apr Agency
The Way I See It: Dede Laurentino

The Way I See It: Dede Laurentino

The multi-award-winning, Brazilian born Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy UK, André 'Dede' Laurentino, tells us about a difficult adolescence, life-changing trips to Europe, the feelings of inadequacy he has often struggled with, and why every creative person is punching back at the world.

24th Apr Production
Yuriko Minami: The drive to connect

Yuriko Minami: The drive to connect

Continuing our look at shots Awards APAC, last year's joint New Director of the Year winner, Yuriko Minami, talks about the power of connection and communication in her work, and what inspires and drives her.

11th Apr Production
shots Unsigned: Chris Tenzis

shots Unsigned: Chris Tenzis

For shots Unsigned this month we speak with director, editor, and actor Chris Tenzis about his micro short Big Touch. He also talks hanging out at The Scala, film school tales, and mentions a Withnail & I cookbook...

9th Apr Production
Finch: Learning to fly

Finch: Learning to fly

With 2024's shots Awards APAC now open for entries, founder and CEO of Finch, Rob Galluzzo, talks Tim Cumming through his rise from dispatch boy to heading up shots’ Production Company of the Year in 2023, and asks some hard questions of the industry in the face of some radical changes.

9th Apr Production
Andrew Holmes: Life is suite

Andrew Holmes: Life is suite

Continuing our look at shots Awards APAC, now open for entries, we speak to last year's Editor of the Year about the pleasures, pitfalls and latent powers to be found in the editing suite - at the heart of every film project.

28th Mar Production
B. Monét's mandate to be seen

B. Monét's mandate to be seen

With a plethora of awards and industry experience under her belt, director B. Monét's work explores diverse themes, underpinned by a dedication to uplifting marginalised voices. She discusses her career journey and inspirations, from participating in Queen Latifah's Queen Collective program to creating authentic content for brands from Disney to Cadillac.

28th Mar Production
Jamie Jones' road to reality

Jamie Jones' road to reality

Odelay Films director Jamie Jones's varied career has taken in poetic shorts, ads and reality TV, along with BAFTA-winning long-form drama and documentaries. Here, he chats to Carol Cooper about finding lightness in dark tales of toxic masculinity, how sound can lead into the heart of character and his restless quest to portray the truth of the matter.

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