Director

Ben Hoffman, Director

Ben Hoffman

With twenty-plus years experience in the film industry, Ben Hoffman has tried his hand at virtually every job on set. But it was working as a cameraman and motion control operator that first led him into the realm of food photography and table top.  “I’ve found that I love the design work that goes into a table top job." Hoffman says. "Lately I’ve had an opportunity to add some lifestyle work and I’ve really enjoyed thinking as a storyteller as well as a designer."  Ben has worked with clients such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Four Corners Brewing Co., and Golden Chick through agencies like Moroch, Pitch, DAVID, and The Loomis Agency.

Skills

Food & tabletop

Elias Ressegatti

Elias Ressegatti is a Swiss born, Los Angeles based filmmaker. Since his commercial directing debut in 2008, he's worked both in the US and Europe for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Peugeot, Kia, ESPN, Swiss Life, Zoo Zurich and more.

He's passionate about trashy tv-shows, fighting fascism and chasing the perfect light down the PCH on a Wednesday evening.

Location

Los Angeles, CA
United States

Sallyanne (Sal) Massimini

A multiple VFX Emmy nominated and award winning filmmaker, SALLYANNE MASSIMINI not only has a fresh perspective and a strong visual thumbprint, but she's able to draw from her heavy visual effects background and tap into a wealth of experience and knowledge through her partnership with Master Cinematographers. 

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, storytelling has been a part of her life since she was a child - her sketchbooks were filled with storyboards and creatures. Focusing on painting and drawing, she graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Moving to Los Angeles, Sal became a visual effects artist and supervisor on commercials, television and features, accruing credits and awards, including two Emmy nominations. Work and clients include: True Blood, Banshee, Hemlock Grove, Fringe, Fast and Furious, Straw Dogs, Once Upon A Time, Prada, EA, Mountain Dew, and Dodge Ram.

From there, Sal transitioned into directing 2nd unit for the television shows Greenleaf, Imaginary Mary and Step Up. She directed a short film, Niles Canyon, written by David Paul Francis which received an Audience Award for the California Women’s Film Festival. She has spent the last year directing commercials - her AUCTIV commercial was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual 16th New Director’s showcase. Sal was also in the writer's room this year as a creative consultant on the new Netflix show October Faction and is currently developing several of her own scripts.

N.I., a new short film starring Giorgia Whigham (13 Reason’s Why, The Punisher) was just released in January 2019. Written, directed and produced by Sal, she and her team are the first to shoot a live action film on the new RED Hydrogen One phone. In association with the production company that she founded, Palo Pictures, (www.palopictures.com) more information about N.I. can be found at www.nishortfilm.com

Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema), Francis Kenny ASC and Richard Crudo ASC in Master Cinematographers (MC4), a multipurpose company focused on creating revolutionary innovations; the STEADICAM AIR and the SQUISH. www.mc4.la.

No matter what the medium is, storytelling is the root of everything for Sal, be it a film, a commercial, a photo or a drawing. 

Skills

Directing
Writing
Visual Effects

Awards/History

Honors and Awards -

Visual Effects – 

-Emmy Award Nominee, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Hemlock Grove, 2013

-Emmy Award Nominee, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Once Upon a Time, 2012

-OFTA Nominee Television Award, Best Visual Effects in a Series for True Blood, 2013

-VES Award Nominee, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Broadcast Program or  Commercial for Once Upon a Time, 2012

 

Directing – 

-SHOOT Deadline Annual Directors Showcase. 2018. “Auctiv.”

-Third Place Audience Award – California Women’s Film Festival 2017 – Niles Canyon Short Film – Directed/Produced

-Selected – Hollyshorts Film Festival – 2017 – Niles Canyon Short Film – Directed/Produced

-Selected – Marina Del Rey Intl Film Festival 2017 – Niles Canyon Short Film – Directed/Produced

-Selected – San Jose Intl Film Festival 2017 – Niles Canyon Short Film – Directed/Produced

-Selected – Mammoth Film Festival 2018 – Niles Canyon Short Film – Directed/Produced

 

Writing – 

-Finalist – Barnstorm Fest 2017 –  Feature length screenplay –  Writer

-Cynosure Screenwriting Awards – 2017 Female Quarterfinalist – Feature length screenplay – Writer.

Filmography

“N.I.” Short film. Written and Directed by. 2019

“Step Up: High Water,” You Tube, Season 2 season finale. 2nd Unit Director. 2018

“October Faction,” Netflix, Season 1. Creative Consultant. 2018

“Imaginary Mary,” Sony/ABC, Season 1.  2nd Unit Director.

“Greenleaf” OWN, Season 1 and 2 – select episodes. 2nd Unit Director. 

Steadicam Air Campaign. Director. 2017- 2018

Steadicam Air “I Do”

Steadicam Air “Dance”

Steadicam Air “Celebrate”

Steadicam Air “Something New”

Steadicam Air “Tip Top Talent”

Steadicam Air “What He Has”

Porsche “Classic” commercial. Anthem and North America. Director. 2018

AUCTIV sunscreen commercial.  Director. 2017

Uovo Restaurant – Promo Campaign. Director. 2017.

Niles Canyon. Short Independent Film. Written by David Paul Francis. Director. 2017.

Visual Effects Director “The Next Food Network Star” Food Network

 

VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR CREDITS INCLUDE: 

Future Man, Imaginary Mary, Greenleaf, Hemlock Grove, Lucifer, The Other Space, Banshee, The Bridge, Castle, The Whispers, True Blood, Intelligence, Dodge Ram, Mary Kay TimeWise, Falling Skies -Clear Gaze- Propaganda

CGI SUPERVISOR CREDITS INCLUDE: 

Crossbones, Hemlock Grove, Once Upon a Time, V, Fringe, Intelligence

CGI ARTIST CREDITS INCLUDE:

Fast & Furious, Hidden, Straw Dogs, Arrow, Fringe, Revolution. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Falling Skies, No Ordinary Family, FlashForward, The River, Magic City, Eva Adams, Fired Up!, Sunday Night Football “Deconstruction” Intel Toshiba/Furlined “The Power Inside” Periera & O’Dell 2013 AT&T “AT&T Digital Life” BBDO Atlanta 2012 PepsiCo/Holmes Defender of Faith “Raid” BBDO 2011 Smartwater/Looking Glass Films “SmartWater” Zambezi-LA 2011

COMMERCIAL AND VIDEO GAMES CINEMATIC SELECTED CREDITS INCLUDE:

(2003-2009) Prada, Target, Special K, Mitsubishi, Visa, Mountain Dew, Toys R Us, EA, Farmers Insurance, Alice Italia, Yahoo, Sapporo, Toyota, Navy, Dominos, Chloraseptic, Time Warner, PBS “Medal of Honor,” EA Games, “Wanted” WB Games, “Star Wars” EA Games “Fear 2” WB Games, “James Bond Quantum of Solace,” Activision, “Killzone,” Sony Games, “Superman,” EA Games “Spore,” EA Games.

Film Festival History

Hollyshorts, California Women's Film Festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival, Marina Del Rey Film Festival, Mammoth Film Festival

Representation

Artists First


Contact: Renee Kurtz
P: (310) 274-4474
E: rk@artistsfirst-la.com

Location

Los Angeles, CA
United States

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Nicholas Schrunk

Nicholas Schrunk is an Emmy award-winning feature film and commercial director focusing on action and adventure storytelling. Utilizing his technical background in both science and design, Schrunk combines a reason-driven process with traditional visual design principles. The result is an awe-inspiring collection of work illustrating stories that are visually and emotionally moving.

Schrunk most recently directed the Emmy award-winning feature documentary, Blood Road, winning best of festival awards at the BANFF, Bentonville, Sun Valley & Kendal Film Festivals & has been praised by reviews from the LA Times, Huffington Post, Access Hollywood, USA Today, Sports Illustrated & ESPN. Schrunk won the Webby award for “Best Online Sports Film” for his skateboard film “Perspective” and premiered the feature “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Additionally, he’s directed stories for Audi, Cadillac, Nike, Under Armour, GoPro, Garmin, Oakley, and NBC.

Martin Rodahl

Martin founded Picture North in 2008 and has been producing content under its banner ever since. In the independent feature film world, Martin's projects have screened at such festivals as Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca. His forays into television have landed Picture North two shows, one with NBC/Universal and the other on Discovery Network.

Shawn Robbins

Writer, producer, director with a strong background in working with athletes and sports.

Skills

Writing, Producing, Directing

Awards/History

4-Time Emmy Award Winner

Location

EAST HAMPTON, NY
United States
Phone: 2126617670

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Baker Smith

Given the most mundane of situations, Baker is a director who unfailingly sees the funny side of things. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, it goes without question that his mother’s work as deputy coroner played an important role in shaping Baker’s view of the world. The strange domain of forensics and death was part of the norm, coloring his imagination with hints of the bizarre and giving him a sense that not everything is what it appears to be.

Portraying worlds that are in every sense familiar, he is able to integrate those elements that are just a tad bit off. Whether it’s sex-crazed winemakers, the Women’s US Soccer Team or store mannequins, in Baker’s vision they are given a harmonious place to coexist. It is this reality-based humor, this eye for the absurd, that has become his unique signature.

Baker has won every global coveted award including the Director’s Guild of America award for Best Director, the Grand Prix at Cannes, gold pencils from D&AD and has been inducted into the MOMA/AICP show 18 times.

Baker has worked his way up through the various stages of the commercial world and ultimately partnered with his longtime producer to form harvest films, inc. Having attracted a selection of America’s most talented directors, harvest continues to excel as one the most sought after production companies.

Skills

Director

Location

Santa Monica, CA
United States

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks is one of a handful of actresses to successfully make the transition to the other side of the camera.  She optioned, developed and produced the blockbuster cult-classic Pitch Perfect and returned to the series in 2015 adding director to her many credits for Pitch Perfect 2.  The film opened to rave reviews, earning her the #1 spot in box-office sales (beating Mad Max: Fury Road and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and set a record for a first-time movie director.  She has just completed principal photography on the feature film re-boot of Charlie’s Angels, as well as an upcoming TV movie The Greater Good for 20th Century Fox Television.

Bonnie Goldfarb, Executive Producer of Elizabeth’s explains, “Not only is she a champion of women, Elizabeth is an incredibly smart and gifted director and business woman.”

Banks graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and began acting in 1998. Her breakthrough performance came in 2002 as secretary Betty Brant in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man. Since then, Banks has starred in an array of movie roles including The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games film series, Love and Mercy, as well as the upcoming Power Rangers. Her television credits include regular roles on Modern Family (Emmy nomination 2015), Scrubs, Wet Hot American Summer and NBC's 30 Rock for which she earned two Emmy nominations for her role as Avery Jessup in 2011 and 2012. Elizabeth also plays the character, Wyldstyle in the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

In addition, Elizabeth helmed WhoHaHa, a comedy website that puts funny women at center stage. No stranger to the small screen, Banks has directed shorts for Funny or Die, the award-winning Just A Little Heart Attack for The American Heart Association, as well as amusing ads for Tommy John, Annie’s Homegrown and Lucy’s Activewear. Elizabeth launched her first harvest project for Persil that debuted at Superbowl LI (51).

Skills

Actor
Director

Filmography

Director
2019 Charlie's Angels (announced) 
2019 The Greater Good (TV Movie) (announced) 
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 
2013 Movie 43 (segment "Middleschool Date") 
2011 Just a Little Heart Attack (Short) 
2010 AIDS: We Did It! (Short) 

Producer
 2019 Charlie's Angels (producer)
 2017 Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (Documentary short) (executive producer) 
 2017 Pitch Perfect 3 (producer)
 2017 The Trustee (TV Movie) (executive producer)
2017  Paige One (TV Series) (executive producer)
2017  The Greater Good (TV Movie) (executive producer)
2017  Untitled Elizabeth Banks/Max Handelman Project (TV Movie) (producer)
2017  White Girl Problems (producer) (pre-production) 
 2017 The Most Hated Woman in America (producer) 
 2015 Pitch Perfect 2 (producer) 
 2015 Resident Advisors (TV Series) (executive producer) 
 2012 Pitch Perfect (producer) 
 2009 Surrogates (executive producer) 

Actor (partial list)
Pitch Perfect 3 Gail; Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV Series) Lindsay; Power Rangers Rita Repulsa; Asteroids! (Short), Cheez; Celebrity Conversations (TV Series),  Elizabeth Banks; The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure (Short), Wyldstyle (voice); Moonbeam City (TV Series), Pizzaz Miller; Uber for Jen (Short), Jen; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Effie Trinket; Lego Dimensions (Video Game), Wyldstyle (voice), The Muppets (TV Series), Elizabeth Banks; Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (TV Series), Lindsay; Magic Mike XXL, Paris;  Pitch Perfect 2, Gail; Resident Advisors (TV Series), Doctor; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Effie Trinket; Love & Mercy, Melinda Ledbetter; Walk of Shame, Meghan; Every Secret Thing, Detective Nancy Porter; The Lego Movie, Wyldstyle / Lucy (voice); Phineas and Ferb (TV Series) Grulinda (voice); Little Accidents, Diana Doyle; Face in the Crowd (Short), Face; Timms Valley (TV Series); Beth Billings-Timms; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Effie Trinket; Movie 43, Amy (segment "Beezel"); Robot Chicken (TV Series), Shana 'Scarlett' O'Hara (voice); Family Guy (TV Series), Pam Fishman; Pitch Perfect, Gail; People Like Us, Frankie; 30 Rock (TV Series), Avery Jessup; What to Expect When You're Expecting, Wendy… more

 

 

 

Randal Ford

Randal Ford’s amazing still photography style translates so naturally to motion. As a photographer Randal has always told stories. As a director he now has so many ways to communicate. “I really enjoy adding layers to a story. Camera movement and a soundtrack give me so much more to work with. Collaborating with talent to tell a story in still photography is fulfilling, but live action takes it to a whole new level.”  Randal’s work has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, 20 Texas Monthly covers, and the cover of Communication Arts. Some of the agencies he has collaborated with include BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, The Martin Agency, Karsh Hagan, McGarrah-Jessee, and Wieden+Kennedy.  Randal manages to merge the emotional impact that’s a hallmark of exceptional print photography with the sense of ‘being there’ that live action brings. 

Jeremy Bartel

Jeremy Bartel always wanted to be a director. From the age of nine he was prolifically shooting comedies, dramas, and horror shorts. As a teenager he began concepting and shooting TV spots for local businesses. His interest in all aspects of filmmaking continues to lead him in fresh new directions.  As a director, Jeremy focuses on performance. He’s great with talent, whether professional actors or amateurs. He’s an actor’s director and a master of comic subtlety. Comedy requires a deft touch. Most directors tend to go too big, or too subtle where nuance can be lost. Jeremy always strikes the perfect balance.  His work speaks for itself. He has directed commercials for Dr Pepper, Chick-fil-A, Interstate Batteries, Captain D’s, Capital One, 7-Eleven, Colorado Lottery, and Taco Cabana in collaboration with The Richards Group, Firehouse, TM, Tracy Locke, Cactus, Publicis-Hawkeye, and Commerce House among others.

 

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