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Q&As and behind-the-scenes info on the latest and greatest
commercials, shorts and music videos.

How to cast an eyebrow-raising commercial
24th Jan

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Edgar Wright and Leo Burnett's latest McDonalds spot is the talk of the ad-break at the moment, but how did they fill the screen with so many forehead flickers? We caught up with casting directors Emily Tilelli and Zita Zutic Konak and casting associate Bex Reynolds, from ET Casting, to find out how they assembled the ensemble.

How ASICS played mind games in a new documentary
19th Jan

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ASICS's new documentary, Mind Games - The Experiment, explores the impact of exercise on cognitive function. Charting the progress of four sedentary mind gamers, the film is a captivating and ground-breaking study that explores the power of exercise to sharpen the mind. Here, Neil Dawson, Co-Founder of the agency that created the campaign, discusses its genesis, how it grew and why branded content takes courage.

6th Dec
How Samuel Bayer travelled through time

How Samuel Bayer travelled through time

In an emotional and enchanting labour of love, the prolific director delves into his archives to create a powerful montage that examines the darkness, chaos, beauty, and fragility of life. shots caught up with Bayer to find out more.

16th Nov
Nez shines a light on The Boy and the Moon

Nez shines a light on The Boy and the Moon

Ruffian director Nez has just released a beautiful short film which puts an imagined version of legendary Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry centre stage, alongside the moon. Here, Nez, talks intuition, inspiration and lunar lighting.

9th Nov
How the WWF and NOMINT's sang a stop-motion song of ice and fire

How the WWF and NOMINT's sang a stop-motion song of ice and fire

After tackling a frozen stop-motion model for the WWF last year, directors Yannis Konstantinidis and Christos Lefakis went to the other end of the temperature scale for 2022's film, A Flammable Planet. We spoke to Konstantinidis about taming the elements, one frame at a time.

7th Nov CHRISTMAS 2022
How Si&Ad gave us two wildly different smiles this Christmas

How Si&Ad gave us two wildly different smiles this Christmas

With Academy's directing duo helming a pair of the season's biggest hitters - Shelter and Boots - we asked them how gifting cheers and tears brought on different challenges.

4th Nov
How Save The Children's film found true heroes of war

How Save The Children's film found true heroes of war

B-Reel Films' director Tomas Jonsgården gives an impassioned account of the making of Save The Survivors, which drew on tragic real-life stories of women and children fleeing conflict.

4th Nov
How BLINKINK animated two centuries of hop history with a light bulb in a beer can

How BLINKINK animated two centuries of hop history with a light bulb in a beer can

BLINKINK director Balazs Simon talks to us about the highlights, and painstaking technical difficulties, of shooting a stop motion animation that combines 200 years of Greene King heritage, woodcut illustrations, and 355 laser cut beer cans.

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Some recent interviews in our "How To" series.

2nd Nov straight 8
How to give your straight 8 a commercial break

How to give your straight 8 a commercial break

Longtime straight 8 contributors, Iris, picked up Silver in the Cannes 2022 Shootout. Here, Global ECD Grant Hunter tells shots how they created a witty, vibrant industry spoof from a single can of film.

28th Oct
How a Beautiful makeover exposed a self-harm epidemic

How a Beautiful makeover exposed a self-harm epidemic

SMUGGLER director Fiona Jane Burgess explains to shots how her powerful new video for Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit tackles the unattractive elephant in the room – how the beauty industry, social media and the online world has contributed to a potentially toxic environment for children and young adults.

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27th Oct
How Preymaker used Unreal to form a fully-fledged short

How Preymaker used Unreal to form a fully-fledged short

With BLUE, creative and technology studio Preymaker set about creating a real-time animated short film entirely in the cloud, achieving startling levels of detail without the use of compositing. shots speaks to executive producer and founder/chief creative Angus Kneale and director Robert Petrie about how the tech might change the future of content creation.

26th Oct HALLOWEEN 2022
How Dan Trachtenberg delivered retro scares for Uber Eats

How Dan Trachtenberg delivered retro scares for Uber Eats

Spooky season is upon us and brands are dusting off their monster costumes to attempt to mix sales with scares. However, with their Halloween effort Don't Run Out, Uber Eats managed to not only tie in genuine consumer benefits, but also give audiences a proper short-form haunted house thrill ride. We chatted to Great Guns USA director Dan Trachtenberg to find out how he did it.

24th Oct
How Golden Wolf sent Craig David on an ethereal ecological adventure

How Golden Wolf sent Craig David on an ethereal ecological adventure

In a moving branded music video for Trainline, animators Ingi Erlingsson and Ewen Stenhouse were tasked with not only bringing David's music to life but also designing Mother Earth herself. shots caught up with the pair to find out how to address a topic as ominous as the climate crisis in a thoughtful, beautiful way.