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Directors

Ashley Avis

Ashley Avis is an internationally recognized commercial and feature film director based in Los Angeles, California.  She travels worldwide.

Her work is known for its strong, striking visual style – and has been called “timelessly romantic” (White Lies Magazine), “elegantly sensual” (Elite Daily), and “tasteful, blending innocence with seduction” (Red Hot Society).

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She has written and directed approximately 100 different projects to date – from international commercial campaigns, fashion films, music videos, co-branded campaigns for Coca Cola, Red Bull, and more.

Her feature film Deserted – a psychological thriller set in Death Valley – will be released in the fall of 2015.  The film stars Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, and Trent Ford, with a supporting cast including Jake Busey, Sebastian Bach, and Lance Henriksen.  The film was edited by Oscar nominated Douglas Crise (Birdman, Babel, Ocean’s 11).

She has been nominated as “Best Director” for two internationally recognized fashion films, “Lionne Blanche” and “Smoke” for 2014, and as a writer – recently completed the novel-to-screen adaptation of The Cybil Raven Chronicles for Oscar nominated Todd Labarowski of Dreambridge Films.

She creates work constantly, lives in Los Angeles near the ocean with her husband and producing partner Edward Winters.  When she and Edward aren’t working – they are off and away traveling somewhere, anywhere.  She is an avid writer, equestrian, lover of wine and poetry – and explorer of the world.

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Shawn Preston

Shawn is an American director who began his directing career in London.

His directorial debut began directing a music video for the British hip-hop artist, Shy FX.

Having worked at British advertising agency, Bartle Bogle Hegary, Shawn parleyed his ad experience into commercial directing work.

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He worked his way through Europe directing commercials for clients such as Sony, MTV and Axe. This experience allowed him to work in Poland, the Ukraine, Germany, the UK, Turkey, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Serbia. During this time he wrote and directed two campaigns for MTV, which garnered British D&AD Pencil Nominations.

Lured by the ample sunshine and quality burritos of Los Angeles, Shawn relocated there and continued to direct commercials and write.

In 2010 he directed a Super Bowl commercial for Mountain Dew Amp that placed in the top 10 of USA Today’s Ad Meter.

Shawn resides in Marina del Rey with his two children, Jake and Audrey, and a crayfish named Cray-Cray. He continues to write and direct.

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Bruce Macdonald

A father of five which feels like the Nations some-times! Each with their own characters traits, personalities – a perfect grounding to working with kids! So since growing up through the ranks of the Industry (including news cameraman for ZDF, ABC, RAI covering the Historic release of Nelson Mandela), Bruce has worked tirelessly towards creating a niche’s for himself which is a specialist performance director with kids.

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“Capturing magical moments is what its about for me, its those moments that endear viewers across the world, and the satisfaction when you get the moment is just amazing”. ~ Bruce Mac

Recent projects 2010-11

Golden Morn – Nigeria – agency : Publicis
Cerelac – Ghana , Ivory Coast, South Africa, Kenya – agency : Publicis
Lewis generic with Fergusons – South Africa, Botswana – agency : Salient
Ideal milk – Ghana – agency : McCann
Gain Plus theatre shot in Beirut – market : Middle east – agency Impact BBDO
Gain Plus keys shot in Beirut – market Saudi Arabia – agency : Impact BBDO
Saudi Oger – WORLDWIDE CNN – AGENCY : Impact BBDO
PediaSure – Saudi Arabia – Agency : Impact BBDO
Gain Plus (weights) – Middle East – agency Impact BBDO

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