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Sophia Banks
Sophia Banks defined herself as a director with a spot she shot for Christian Siriano featuring gorgeous young women wearing couture gowns skateboarding through the moody streets and industrial back alleys of downtown Los Angeles. With richly saturated colors, an edgy soundscape and stunning static shots that set an anticipatory tone, Banks captured the imaginations of two of fashion’s hottest trendsetters: Pam & Gela, the best friends who started the Juicy Couture empire. They soon hired her to create a digital billboard for their new brand that occupied a prime slice of Times Square real estate and mesmerized the masses with its lush imagery of bold young women living on the cutting edge of fashion and fun. The massive ad paid for itself in 24 hours and increased the brand’s sales by 40 percent. Banks’ success can be credited to her singular vision and unique background. The Australian native studied film, acting, fashion and business in three countries including at acclaimed institutions like USC’s school of cinematic arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her razor-sharp eye for cresting trends led her to partner with Satine—one of L.A.’s hottest boutiques in the early aughts. She later launched the Whitley Kros label with Marissa Ribisi and became a sought-after celebrity and film stylist. Clocking time on set served to heighten Banks’ awareness that she belonged behind the camera. Her sensibility as evidenced by her success in fashion was profoundly visual. A stint mentoring under famed German director Wim Wenders sealed the deal and Banks dove headfirst into her most meaningful adventure as a fearless female director. Gigs for top brands like BMW, Cheeky for Target, Doritos and Ford soon followed as well as work with Pam & Gela, Ralph and Russo, Valentino and GenLuxe magazine. Banks has also distinguished herself in the world of music videos with a fast-paced electronic romp for the Aussie band Strange Talk Music. In addition, she is hard at work on several features, the first of which—a short titled, “Unregistered”—will be released this Spring. Other exciting projects include a digital series currently in development about the dark side of social media. A self-professed “tech geek” who loves cameras and has a knack for visual effects, Banks epitomizes the brazen, forthright nature of unstoppable women everywhere and brings unparalleled beauty and style to each project bearing her name. Director’s Statement Exposing the dark undercurrents of the rules, norms and technologies governing society is at the core of the work I do as a director. Topics such as the psychological price of social media and the impact of sexism in the workplace are treated with irony and the subtle humor inherent in the most effective satire. Breaking rules is what I do best, whether it be writing in the voice of a dispossessed character or favoring long, static shots over the fast jump cuts that have become the norm in Hollywood. The idea is to encourage my viewers to break out of the preordained boxes they have allowed themselves to occupy. As a strong-willed female director, I bring a unique perspective that is both tender and unabashedly bold. My voice is as courageous, outrageous and outlandish as that of any man. The difference is that I can speak to a universe of understanding that men can’t. My palette is at times lush and beautiful; and at others stark and fraught. I focus on forms in the frame that others overlook, and I know how to arrange a shot to highlight subtext and innuendo. Like many of the directors I admire most, including Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, I rely on the power of imagery to tell my stories. In an era dominated by instant gratification, when less is considered more—even though it is usually lacking in depth and texture—I offer a holistic approach to film and television, one that asks the question: “Where do we go from here?” And answers it with a full emotional, spiritual and physical journey. —Sophia Banks

Cinderella for GenLux Magazine

PAM & GELA #I’M NOT SORRY. Times Square Billboard Capmpaign

Cheeky Plates for Target

Christian Siriano for Vogue


Costume Design
Fashion Design
Fashion Consulting
Celebrity Style


2023 "No Right Way 2023 "American Savior" 2024 "26 Floors" 2024 "Captain for Dark Mornings" 2022 "Untitled Prince Live Concert" Sony 2020 "Three Days Gone: Based on the Life of Lucas Snow 2014 The Exorcism Diaries 2007 Curious 2004 Audition 2001 God's Helper 2001 Innocent (Episodic pilot) 2001 NASCAR Thunder Theater 100% 70MM 1993 Prince Sexy MF (music video long-form - secongd unit director, director of photography, camera operator) 1992 Prince Unauthorized (Video documentary-segment director) 1992 Prince: Diamonds and Pearls (videos "Call The Law", "Strollin', "The Maxx" - second unit, concert footage, interviews and more) 1991 Prince: Gett Off (Longform music video - director and DP for most videos) Second Unit Director 2008 One-Eyed Monster 1992 Prince: Sexy MF (Video short) 1992 Prince: Diamonds and Pearls (Video) (second unit director and additional segment DP) 1987 Sign 'o' the Times (second second assistant director) CINEMATOGRAPHER Zia (Short) (as Scott McCullough) 2009 The Third Heaven (Short) (as Scott McCullough) 2001 NASCAR Thunder Theater 100% 70MM (Documentary short) (as Scott McCullough) 1992 Sexy MF (Video short) (as Scott McCullough) 1992 Prince: Diamonds and Pearls (Video) (as Scott McCullough) 1991 Gett Off (Video) (as Scott McCullough) EDITOR Zia (Short) (as Scott McCullough) 2014 The Exorcism Diaries (Short) (as Scott McCullough) 2004/I Audition (Short) (as Scott McCullough) 2001 God's Helper (Short) (as Scott McCullough) PRODUCER 26 Floors 2016 Captain for Dark Mornings 2014 The Exorcism Diaries 2008 Three Days WRITER 26 Floors (story by) 2016 Captain for Dark Mornings (story by) 2001 NASCAR Thunder Theater 100% 70MM (Documentary short) (all scripts) 1992 Prince: Diamonds and Pearls (Video) (story treatment "Insatiable" 2001 Innocent 2001 NASCAR Thunder Theater 100% 70MM (Documentary short) MUSIC VIDEO CREDITS Chris Cummings “That’ll Teach Her” Prince “Sexy M.F..” Prince “Gett Off... Violet The Organ Grinder” Carmen Electra “Tasty” Prince “Gett Off... Houstyle” Prince “Clockin’ The Jizz” Prince “Live in London” Prince “Money Don't Matter Tonight Prince “Willing and Able” Prince “The Continental” Prince “Strollin" Prince “Call The Law” Prince “Gett Off-Gangster Glam” Prince “Daddy Pop” Eric Leeds “Little Rock” Prince “BBC Documentary” Prince “My Name Is Prince” Prince “Damn U” Mavis Staples “The Voice” Prince Europe Tour Rehearsal films ‘91, ‘92, ‘93 George Clinton “We Can Funk” Trip Shakespear (AKA Semi-Sonic) “Pearl” The Time with Prince “We Can Funk” Prince “Can’t Stop This Felling I Got” Prince Live in London “Nothing Compares 2 U” Tevin Campbell “Round and Round” The Time “Release It” The Time “Shake” Ingrid Chavez and Prince “Mystery of U” Prince “The New Power Generation” Prince “Elephants and Flowers” Prince “Live at Glam Slam-concert film” Prince “Diamonds and Pearls” And many others.


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