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

15th Sep Production
shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Sean Wehrli. Here he talks us through his music video for Clans, his big music promo inspirations, and pivoting to take advantage of circumstances.

13th Sep Production
Lessons to be learned

Lessons to be learned

Known for his soulful films exploring pressing social issues, New Orleans-based filmmaker Abraham Felix was signed by Curfew earlier this year. Here, he tells shots about his inspirations and passion for filmmaking and about the creation of his award-winning campaign The Unspoken Curriculum, produced by Windy Films for the Boris L. Henson Foundation.

9th Sep Production
YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

Directing duo Nono+Rodrigo's epic short, Terra Cene, won a Gold Screen in this year's YDA category Changing the World Frame by Frame. Here, they tell shots about time capsules, terrifying countdowns and how shooting in Ukraine made it a dream project.

6th Sep Production
Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's powerful and affecting short film highlights the impact of period poverty on a young girl's life. Here, Branderhorst explains her journey from in front of to behind the camera, how she put her faith in a brilliant but untested actress, and why winning YDA gold means the world.

2nd Sep Production
Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand picked up a Gold Screen at this year's YDA for Family, his powerful charity film for the BC Centre on Substance Use. Here, he discusses his start in skateboard films, the difficulties in casting and the impact of imposter syndrome.

1st Sep Production
Poetry in motion

Poetry in motion

Fuelled by an immense imagination, multi-faceted creative Caleb Femi unites words and visuals to magical effect, effortlessly moving from page to screen and back again with a body of work that spans poetry, short films, commercials, TV and even a live catwalk show. Whatever the field, he tells Selena Schleh, the story remains his north star.

Creative Correspondence

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

26th Aug Production
YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

SMUGGLER director Ebeneza Blanche picked up a Gold Screen in the Music Video category for Little Simz's Point & Kill at this year's YDA. Here, they talk about college studies, Nigerian culture and having their work recognised.

25th Aug Production
YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

Director Eugen Merher won two silvers and a gold at this year's YDA for his compelling film The Boy Who Couldn't Feel Pain. Here he shares his created inspiration, from computer games to Wim Wenders, and reveals his fascination with capturing a particularly American brand of desolation.

24th Aug Production
Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Director Joost Biesheuvel picked up a Gold Screen (Video Art) for his short film Cats and Dogs, produced by Vigics, at this year’s YDA. Here, the composer-turned-filmmaker talks about troubled relationships, the joys of collaboration and the magic of metaphors.

22nd Aug Production
Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

We speak to the established YouTuber and fledgling commercial director Jack Howard about how to make the transition, as well as finding out how OB Management's Jez Murrell is guiding him through the funny business of brands.

19th Aug Production
Sindha Agha on how to make a YDA-winning how to series

Sindha Agha on how to make a YDA-winning how to series

The Corner Shop director, Sindha Agha, won Gold at the Young Director Award for her funny, honest and touching film How to Get an Abortion. Here, she discusses casting, colour and faking it till you make it.

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18th Aug Production
shots Unsigned: Corry Wiens

shots Unsigned: Corry Wiens

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Corry Wiens. Here he talks us through his short film Defy the Odds, a producers nightmare of a shoot, Camaro breakdowns and a desire for more commercial directing.

17th Aug Production
YDA-winner CARAZ on the memories of butterflies

YDA-winner CARAZ on the memories of butterflies

Montreal-based director CARAZ won two Gold Screens for Video Art and Short Film (Up To 6 Mins) in this year's YDA. Here she shares how, through her observation of tiny details in the development of the dance, the concept for the piece gradually unfurled and took wing.

16th Aug Production
YDA-winner Steve Bache talks Fatjona

YDA-winner Steve Bache talks Fatjona

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg director Steve Bache picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (6 mins and over) category for their short film, Fatjona at this year's YDA. Here, they discuss being inspired by real events, moral dilemmas and learning to trust your inner voice.

10th Aug Production
YDA-winner Thomas Deknop gives us the lowdown on Binge Loving

YDA-winner Thomas Deknop gives us the lowdown on Binge Loving

Director Thomas Deknop picked up a Special Jury Prize in the Short Film (6 to 30 mins) category for his short film, Binge Loving at this year's YDA. Here, he talks about being obsessed with movies and stories, working with first-time actors and playing with genre conventions.

9th Aug Production
Bradford Young's superhuman story

Bradford Young's superhuman story

Bradford Young is a DoP with an amazing pedigree of work behind him and, more recently, a director who this year picked up both two YDA Golds and a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for his stunning Paralympic spot. He talks to David Knight about artistic filmmaking, liberation and leaps of faith.

3rd Aug Production
YDA-winner Katariina Aule takes us to see Heiki On The Other Side

YDA-winner Katariina Aule takes us to see Heiki On The Other Side

Director Katariina Aule picked up a Special Jury Prize in the Short Film (6 to 30 mins) category for her short film, Heiki On The Other Side at this year's YDA. Here, she discusses the film produced by Nafta Films, talks about the best decisions of her life, trusting the process and future plans for the industry.

1st Aug Production
Directing quartet 4 THE COOL on striking YDA Gold through father/son bonding

Directing quartet 4 THE COOL on striking YDA Gold through father/son bonding

When directing brothers Michel & Nico decided to spend lockdown collaborating with their ten-year-old boys, Sacha and Robinson, on a filmmaking educational project, little did they realise it would lead them to viral success and awards aplenty. We sat down with both fathers and sons to find the secret to staying Forever Young.

21st Jul Production
shots Unsigned: Solmund MacPherson

shots Unsigned: Solmund MacPherson

For our latest chat with an unsigned directing talent we hear from Solmund MacPherson, as he talks us through his short film Wolf in Dude’s Clothing, being raised in the wings of the theatre, and delegating while directing.