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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.

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.

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.

Creative Correspondence

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

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.

22nd Mar Production
shots Unsigned: Matthieu Livingston

shots Unsigned: Matthieu Livingston

For our next unsigned directing talent interview we speak with director Matthieu Livingston. Here we talk about his charming short documentary Wet Paint, getting annoyed with bystanders, and finding the film in the edit.

22nd Mar Production
The Way I See It: Henry-Alex Rubin

The Way I See It: Henry-Alex Rubin

From early gonzo hits like Whopper Freakout to politically charged work for Sandy Hook Promise, SMUGGLER director Henry-Alex Rubin has parlayed his documentarian’s eye into authentic spots that don’t just win gongs (Emmys, Oscar nominations and more) but seek to bring about real change. He tells Selena Schleh about why he makes ads for people who hate ads.

20th Mar Production
Christina Xing: from Gen Z to GenXing

Christina Xing: from Gen Z to GenXing

Much like the 16mm film she typically uses, Asian American director Christina Xing’s work is defined by whimsical, nostalgic visuals infused with her distinctive, contemporary edge, and at just 25, her unique ability to tell authentic, youth-centric stories has already caught the attention of brands including Disney, Vaseline, Snapchat and VANS.

18th Mar Production
Irene Baqué: stories of sisterhood

Irene Baqué: stories of sisterhood

After spending six years travelling the world as a video journalist for The Guardian, Darling Films director Irene Baqué moved into commercial filmmaking, where she has created socially-impactful, female-focussed films for brands from Pandora to Doc Martens. Weaving threads of womanhood, alchemy and community into a rich cinematic tapestry, her branded content and personal projects aim to unite women from all walks of life.

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15th Mar Production
Mickey Duzyj and his animated athletes

Mickey Duzyj and his animated athletes

As part of our Short Film & Documentary Focus, we showcase the sports-obsessed filmmaker and animator Mickey Duzyj, whose work is a perfect marriage of style and substance, humour and heart, delivered through his eye-catching bold illustrations and info-graphics animations.

14th Mar Production
shots Unsigned: Bruno Persico

shots Unsigned: Bruno Persico

For our next unsigned directing talent interview of 2024 we speak with director/animator Bruno Persico. Here we talk about his co-directed micro short AIRE. We also hear about storyboarding and pre-production, how essential a producer can be, and Franco-Belgian comics.

8th Mar Production
The real Thelma and Louise

The real Thelma and Louise

Olivia Summers (right) and Dee Bryant (left) are, respectively, Founder and Partner at the Association of Women Drivers (AWD), the first and only all-female stunt and performance driving team. To mark International Women’s Day, they shared with shots how they’ve navigated the various 'stunts' the industry uses to keep females out of the driving seat.

23rd Feb Production
UNCANNY by name…

UNCANNY by name…

With their experimental, process-driven approach, director duo George Muncey and Elliott Elder – aka UNCANNY – are pushing the boundaries of traditional practices in film, design and photography to breaking point – and reshaping them into something strange and utterly compelling.

16th Feb Production
Making the cut: Nomad editors on entering the industry

Making the cut: Nomad editors on entering the industry

From DJing to dance school, new talents Serena Rossi and Elyse Raphael's obsessions with editing were inspired by their rhythmical roots. Now repped by NOMAD, they've cut work for big brands from Puma and Adidas to Nike and FIFA respectively. shots caught up with the pair to discuss entering the industry and advice for young creatives.

15th Feb Production
Abdi Ibrahim: the full picture

Abdi Ibrahim: the full picture

Drawing inspiration from the stories of people around him, the self-taught Somali-American filmmaker/photographer brings human narratives to life through sublime vignettes spanning music videos, commercials, and branded content. From shooting on the streets of Seattle to directing for Apple, he tells us how he carved his own path in the industry.

15th Feb Production
shots Unsigned: Joshua Armstrong

shots Unsigned: Joshua Armstrong

In our latest chat with unsigned directing talent we hear from Last Dog Films founder and director Joshua Armstrong. Here we talk about his latest short horror film inspired by the internet hoax MOMO. We also hear about his passion behind his projects, DIY VFX endeavours, and 20 years of filmmaking.

12th Feb Production
Jesse Lewis-Reece's new tricks

Jesse Lewis-Reece's new tricks

From obsessive-compulsive disorder to sight loss and trans identity, former skater boi turned filmmaker Jesse Lewis-Reece explores complex issues and marginalised communities with a maturity that’s rare for a young director. And, as Selena Schleh finds out, adland is starting to take note.