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Production

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

7th Jan
YDA-winner Christian Schilling on visualising the power of friendship

YDA-winner Christian Schilling on visualising the power of friendship

Christian Schilling's spec spot for Duracell picked up a gold trophy at the YDA 2021. Here he discusses how his mother's music box, a dip in a white-water river and – possibly – Forrest Gump all contributed to the making of his epic film.

3rd Dec Production
YDA-winner Kevin Wilson Jr. unpacks his winning work

YDA-winner Kevin Wilson Jr. unpacks his winning work

Chelsea director Kevin Wilson Jr. picked up a Gold Screen in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category for his film Unboxing, and Gold Screen in the Commercial category for his film Widen the Screen at this year's YDA. Here, he discusses YouTube unboxing channels, authenticity and vulnerability, and using filmmaking to talk about bigger issues.

26th Nov Production
Vincent René-Lortie on his YDA win and what the future holds

Vincent René-Lortie on his YDA win and what the future holds

Director Vincent René-Lortie picked up at Gold trophy at this year's Young Director Award for his quietly mesmeric short Sit Still, starring a seven-year-old krump dancer. Here he talks to Joel Meadows about the making of the film and his plans for the future.

22nd Nov Production
Lena Beug; levelling up

Lena Beug; levelling up

Director Lena Beug talks to Richard Linnett about levelling the advertising playing field, the inspiration she gets from the city of New York and about her own career goals and ambitions.

19th Nov Production
Zornitsa Dimitrova's YDA winning streak

Zornitsa Dimitrova's YDA winning streak

With three YDA golds, in Film School (6 mins and over), Charity and Short Film, plus a Special Jury Prize, Zornitsa Dimitrova's A Dark Moment of Faith took this year's competition by storm. Here she explains the genesis of the project and her plans for the future.

18th Nov Production
shots Unsigned: Ragini Bhasin

shots Unsigned: Ragini Bhasin

For this months interview with unsigned directing talent, we talk with Ragini Bhasin about her short film Ghazaal, the origins of the story, script improvisation and building a refugee camp.

Creative Correspondence

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

12th Nov Production
YDA-winner Oliver Bernotat on capturing The Catch

YDA-winner Oliver Bernotat on capturing The Catch

Winner of the YDA's additional contest, Born To Create Drama, director Oliver Bernotat discusses delving into the fertile forest that is a child's imagination.

5th Nov Production
Sinan Sevinç's YDA gold rush

Sinan Sevinç's YDA gold rush

After a successful year in which he picked up three gold Screen Awards, plus an additional silver, at this year's Young Director Award, Sinan Sevinç discusses how his two brilliant - if very different - entries came about, his move from journalism to filmmaking, and how someone mistaking powdered sugar for real cocaine threw a spanner in the works.

29th Oct Production
YDA-winner Will Dohrn conveys handfuls of emotion

YDA-winner Will Dohrn conveys handfuls of emotion

Ground Work director Will Dohrn won a Gold Screen for his music video for the Idles' track War at this year's YDA. Here, he discusses how hands can express emotions in a way that faces can't...

27th Oct Production
Mohammad Gorjestani; evening up the odds

Mohammad Gorjestani; evening up the odds

Working out of his own Even/Odd creative studio and production company, Iranian-American director Mohammad Gorjestani uses politics as a fuel for his work and vision, but, Tim Cumming finds out, he doubts if all the present talk of diversity across the industry runs more than skin deep.

22nd Oct Production
YDA-winner Georgy Tarasov talks us through Yamakasi

YDA-winner Georgy Tarasov talks us through Yamakasi

FMT.Jetlag director Georgy Tarasov picked up a Gold Screen in the Music Video category for his film Yamakasi, at this year's YDA. Here, he discusses accidental miracles, planning shoots and the inspiration of the YDA.

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21st Oct Production
shots Unsigned: Max Kane

shots Unsigned: Max Kane

For this months interview with unsigned directing talent, we talk with Max Kane about his short road-trip film Duck, the difficulties of shooting into a windshield and his early movie watching experiences with family.

8th Oct Production
YDA-winner Olivia Hang Zhou discusses Apart, Together

YDA-winner Olivia Hang Zhou discusses Apart, Together

Director Olivia Hang Zhou picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (up to 6 mins) category for her short film, Apart, Together at this year's YDA. Here, she discusses her deeply personal story, her filmmaking origins and her future aspirations.

5th Oct Production
The Way I See It: Jess Coulter

The Way I See It: Jess Coulter

From wannabe child actress to professional burlesque dancer, the career path of comedy director (and one-time Britney Spears lookalike) Jess Coulter has taken some hairpin bends. Having begun directing while a CD at BBDO New York, she’s found her spiritual home at O Positive, bringing a humorous touch to spots for IKEA, the Red Cross and Snickers. She tells Selena Schleh about healthy feminist rage and why she’s laughing in the face of her own mortality.

1st Oct Production
YDA-winner Marleen Valien delivers with Made For Hoomans

YDA-winner Marleen Valien delivers with Made For Hoomans

Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg director Marleen Valien picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (up to 6 mins) and Animation category for her short film, Made For Hoomans at this year's YDA. Here, she discusses the inspiration behind the film, the complexity of stop-motion animation and an advertising future perhaps?

24th Sep Production
YDA-winner Luca Homolka takes us to Cold Blow Lane

YDA-winner Luca Homolka takes us to Cold Blow Lane

Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg director Luca Homolka picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (up to 6 mins) category for his short film, Cold Blow Lane at this year's YDA. Here, he discusses his football background, casual culture and the start of his filmmaking journey.

23rd Sep Production
shots Unsigned: Videodrome

shots Unsigned: Videodrome

In the latest of our monthly interviews with unsigned directing talent, we talk with Videodrome about their music video for Muller & Roedelius, high-school-film-school and how they came together as a duo.

22nd Sep Production
Studio Birthplace: Delivering us from a plastic planet

Studio Birthplace: Delivering us from a plastic planet

Mixing high-end digital and arresting live-action into their cauldron of creativity, Sil van der Woerd and Jorik Dozy, aka Studio Birthplace, tell Tim Cumming about working on behalf of Mother Earth, and burying Boris Johnson in plastic.

8th Sep Production
Maceo Frost: Dancing, dynamism and identifying the goosebumps

Maceo Frost: Dancing, dynamism and identifying the goosebumps

When he's not on top of a surfboard Maceo Frost can be found behind a camera. The Swedish director nurtured his love of film by playing with Lego and experimenting with dance and, here, tells Tim Cumming about finding his rhythm and how to conjure goosebumps.