Matt Berndt is an internationally working director for commercials. Being one of today’s top automotive shooters, his work expands in a broad variety, be it lifestyle, storytelling or real people work. Over the years Matthias has developed his own distinctive style – working with stunning visuals and emotional storytelling, often combined with visual effects and CGI.
For storytelling Matthias is great with actors and knows how to get the best out of them.
After a dozen years into his international career, he has preserved his down to earth attitude and adventurous spirit. With every project he caters to his own curiosity and loves to explore new ideas. By doing all of that he has shot on many continents several times over and knows how to connect work efficiently with an international team. Be it in the African desert, downtown LA or in the hustle and bustle of India.
Besides all that, shooting with Matt is FUN! His German roots make him a focused and fast shooter on set.
Matthias is married and lives in Germany and loves rock climbing, and many other sports that include high walls, breaking waves or deep snow.
Matthias speaks english, french, spanish, and russian (partly).
His numerous awards include a Gold Effi in the middle east (2014), a Silver in Cannes (2011), Gold in the New York Festivals (2008 & 2003), Gold in the International Film and TV Festival Los Angeles (2003 & 2007) and a Silver Animago Award for his CGI work.
Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV was an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. Candis directed the feature length documentary BALTIMORE BOYS for the prestigious ESPN Films banner.
Candis has also directed WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA for the Sundance Now Doc Club original series Take 5: Justice in America. The short documentary chronicles America’s love affair and easy accessibility to guns. Candis also directed the short docu-series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’ for Under Armour and ballerina phenom Misty Copeland.
Recently, Candis wrapped production on WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHTEST, the next chapter of the cult following video game series NBA 2K for Springhill Entertainment and 2K Studios. Executive Produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, starring Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, and Lamorne Morris.
Coors Light “Places”
NZ POST “You Can”
Lincoln “Summer Bridge”
Lexus “Stand Out”
Kia “Trade Up”
Sitges Film Festival “Star Trek 50th Anniversary”
Jörn Threlfall is a BAFTA-nominated director based in London. He studied film and theatre in Berlin, and went on to work for The Discovery Channel and Channel 4 / 4Creative in London.
His commercial work for some of the world’s most iconic brands has won countless awards, including Cannes Lions, and a Gold and a Black Pencil at the D&AD Advertising Awards.
Jörn’s film work has been equally lauded. He has been nominated for a European Film Academy Award and a BAFTA, and was one of the British Film Institute/Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. Jörn is currently developing a feature film “Interference” through his London-based company Lenaray Films.
Bullets, Trees, and Brotherhood
Zurich “Save The Snowman”
Hailing from Prag, Czech Republic, Robin Polák emigrated with his parents to Germany at an early age. After a few film set positions following college, he worked for MTV as an intern, then as a trainee. During this time, he shot several trailers, TV-formats and short films. After two years he became an editorial journalist. Soon after, he quit his MTV stint and began his work as a freelance director. In 2009 he won the Gold Young Director Award at Cannes and many international awards followed in the coming years. In 2016 he joined Czar Film Germany. His latest short film Speechless has been extremely successful on the festival route, picking up “Best of Fest” at the St. Louis International Film Festival and the coveted Crystal Punt Audience Award at Cambridge Film Festival. Robin is currently based in Berlin, working as a director and writer. His work stands for storytelling, subtle humor and a strong cast.
Volkswagen “Paper Clip”
Jerome Wald III
Shaun grew up in Clyde Texas, a tiny West Texas Town known for its tasty bbq and Friday night football. The sports bug was born into him at an early age, but the filmmaking ambition came along a bit later. In college, he studied film, design and animation. Beginning his career in post-production he’s worked as a creative director on a wide variety of vfx heavy commercials, film titles, and film effects garnering an Emmy and multiple BDAs along the way. After shadowing a series of talented directors he made the career moved into the director’s chair and has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest brands and athletes of the world. With an eye for design and vfx he’s always eager to find new avenues to storytelling and continues to experiment during his free time.
Based in New York, Sorrel Brae is an award-winning filmmaker and poignant storyteller known for his combination of stunning visuals and authentic characters. Brae has tailored his craft working with with a range of leading brands including Proctor & Gamble, the NFL, Mozilla Firefox, Bank of America, American Express, Toyota, and others. His first work with Native was PhRMA’s “Go Boldly” which aired earlier this year. Brae has earned numerous honors throughout his career including an ADDY, a One Show award, a Webby, and the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions. His independent short films such as “A Film by Vera Vaughn” and “The Trial of Barnaby Finch” have screened at festivals around the world and were named Vimeo Staff Picks.
Stewart Hendler is an acclaimed director who has been on the forefront of digital and experimental original content. He directed “Halo: Forward Unto Dawn,” a five-part digital action series for Microsoft which earned a Primetime Emmy nomination and multiple Streamy Award wins including Best Drama Series. He also directed and executive produced (alongside Bryan Singer) the digital series “H+” for Warner Bros., which features 48 short non-linear episodes that can be rearranged for different storytelling experiences. “H+” also earned several Streamy Awards including Best Director.
As an AICP Award-winning commercial director, Hendler’s clients include VW, Maserati, Budweiser, Adidas, MTV, Mercedes, Motorola, Zune, and others. Hendler is skilled at both live action and CG-heavy projects, and his work both transports viewers and challenges them to think differently.
When nine-year old Chris Stanford joined other fans before the stage of a Ricky Skaggs concert at the Grand Old Opery, no one knew it was a foreshadowing of his future. While wanting to capture the moment with his birthday gift camera, it was Chris who was instantly captivated. As he snapped photo after photo he instinctively knew he was recording not just a special moment in time, but the spirit of the moment itself. That feeling still resonates and is the cornerstone of his work today.
A product of the Deep South with a passion for playing loud guitars and sports, the first question Chris asks anyone is “Where are you from?” Raised on tales of generations past and a world he wasn’t yet able to explore, he developed an early affinity for storytelling. His love of hearing others’ stories and telling his own shaped him more than anything as an artist and led to him carving out a successful career in portraiture and as a photojournalist. With a focus on musicians, artists, athletes and celebrities, his work with A-listers and Fortune 500 companies has been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.
He made a seamless transition into motion in 2009, directing commercials and videos for clients including Ford, Google, Adidas and Pepsi. Combining an unwavering commitment to storytelling with his impeccable visual taste and contemporary, hip style, Chris captures stunning images that transport viewers through the looking glass and into heightened sensory experiences.
When Chris isn’t traveling the globe for work he lives in Los Angeles with his family and two dogs.
Swinton “Nagging Doubt”
Patrik Giardino’s passion for sports, movement and action greatly informs his work as a director and photographer. A native of Malmö, Sweden, Patrik was a competitive athlete for much of his youth, competing in karate, ice hockey and basketball.
Early on, Patrik discovered another passion, photography, for which he went on to study at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Patrik’s affinity for sports combined with his keen eye for movement, cinematic composition and lighting, inevitably led him to directing commercials. He’s brought his gift for telling inspiring and cinematic stories through powerful imagery to some of the biggest brands in the world, helming campaigns for P&G, Nike, Adidas, Neutrogena, Merck, Fujitsu and Oakley.
Patrik has also shot worldwide print campaigns for major brands including Nike, Adidas, Virgin America, Universal, New Balance, Coca-Cola, Vitamin Water, US Army, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, NFL and Amazon. He has photographed and directed some of the world’s biggest athletes such as LeBron James, Michael Phelps, Andy Murray and Cristiano Ronaldo, and celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Henry Cavill, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin, Alec Baldwin, Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harrington and LL Cool J.
Kevin’s love of film started early, seeing movies way too advanced for him in the aisles of Blockbuster video. He took that burgeoning love to film school, where he worked for both NPR and PBS. Kevin’s work features diverse casts and authentic moments with prominent emotional emphasis. Whether it be for short films or commercial work, he connects to his audience through feeling and prides himself on finding the human side of every story.
Kevin’s diverse list of clients has included the Utah Jazz, Delta Airlines, Athleta, The National Endowment for the Arts, Everlast, Apothic Wine, Kwikset, Cox Business, Lulu Lemon, and Marriott.
Tony has been honing his craft as a performance director over the past fifteen years in advertising, short form and feature film projects.
Starting out as an editor not only taught Tony how the puzzle pieces of production converged, but it was in the edit suite where he learnt coverage and film rhythm; one of the most valuable assets for any director in both drama and comedy.
Tony then began his studies in a Masters of Film and Video Production from UTS where he graduated with honors, he was then accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School to complete his masters in directing.
Now with a slate of two feature films under his belt, over sixty commercials and a host of advertising awards in direction including a few Cannes Lions, Kinsale Spikes, and Golden Pencils, Tony prides himself on development comedy with heart, rich dramatic performances and emotive montage pieces.
Batman “Arkham Knight”
Pick Up! “Ride”
ADT “Night Watch”
Amazon “Echo +Genesis”
Gatorade “I Will Not Stop”
The Native/Schrom partnership offers access to Schrom’s directing talent in tabletop for major food brands paired with Native’s long-time brand and agency clientele. Schrom, led by director Michael Schrom, has earned its place as an industry-leading production company specializing in the digital capture for the tabletop category.
World of Tanks “Anniversary”
Budweiser “Liquid Chicken”
K Mart “Pool”
Micasa “Cooper Family”
Mountain Dew “Dew Drop”
Amazon “Echo + Jaguar”
The Native/Schrom partnership offers access to Schrom’s directing talent in tabletop for major food brands paired with Native’s long-time brand and agency clientele. Schrom, led by director Michael Schrom, has earned its place as an industry leader specializing in the digital capture for the tabletop category.