Eleven & Stitch Teamed to Host a Fundraiser at Flywheel Sports; Raising Funds for Local Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica
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Having a long tradition of hosting music-driven events linked to a social cause, the Eleven team kicked Fall 2018 off by hosting a fundraising event at Flywheel Sports. Inviting ad agency creatives, and production & postproduction folks to join them for a fun evening of music & spin, “Ride for a Cause,” the Eleven and Stitch teams raised funds for the local Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. https://www.smbgc.org

“We’re thrilled to have partnered with our friends at Stitch in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica,” says Eleven’s Executive Producer Melissa Elston. “Having personally attended as a child, this organization holds a special place in my heart. It’s great knowing that we’re contributing towards an amazing group that enriches the lives of Santa Monica‘s youth.”

Eleven has a proud history of hosting events for charitable causes, most notably with their Live @ Eleven series. https://www.elevensound.com/live-at-eleven

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Wondros Continues To Expand Roster Of Talent With Signing Of Director/DP Sean Thonson

Under the powerful leadership of Wondros’ new Executive Producer of Commercials Sophie Gold, the production company continues the expansion of its robust roster of talent with the signing of Director/DP Sean Thonson. Thonson joins a curated roster at Wondros that includes: Gerald McMorrow, Antoine Fuqua, Jesse Dylan, Dennie Gordon, Riess|Hill, Ellis Bahl, and newly signed Jeff Yeats.

To view Sean Thonson’s reel at Wondros: https://www.wondros.com/sean-thonson#commercials

Director/DP Sean Thonson understands light like no other Director working today. He understands it from an emotional perspective, as well as a technical one. He knows how to plumb the depths of a single look into the camera, bring a lyrical dimension to a tiny gesture, and make motion feel poetic. He’s the creative eye behind the camera, the empathetic soul guiding the actors, and an idea machine always turned on. Collaboration to him is more than a meeting of the minds; it’s an adventure, a journey, and a joy. He believes that creativity is always personal, and is informed by your character and a heartfelt belief that people matter, that ideas count, and that the best work comes when you leave your ego at the door.  

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Throughout his career, Sean has directed spots for virtually every prestigious automaker (BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and on and on), as well as for a long list of clients including Sears, Unilever, Brita, Schering-Plough, Corona, and Yamaha. His groundbreaking work for Dow and BC Tourism was highly acclaimed and widely admired. With his genre-defying talent, he has expanded his repertoire to include Food and Fashion, Humor, Lifestyle, and Tabletop work, to great success. Thonson joins Wondros, having previously had tenures at production companies Supply & Demand and MJZ.

Sean is also keen to explore the real world with his documentary work, creating several award-winning short films about the people and places he’s discovered as he’s traveled the world. In all of these, his visual approach is precise, considered, and rigorously vetted. No matter the concept or style, he brings the same probing vision, the same storyteller’s eye to these subjects, and has found them to be richly rewarding.

Filmmaking is certainly a big part of Sean’s life, but it’s not the whole story. He is a loving father and husband, a loyal and supportive friend, and everything he does is informed by his love for landscape and the health of the planet. An ardent outdoorsman and environmentalist, Sean is committed to the simple premise that one has to try to make the world a better place. “My work reflects all of these things, and it is constantly pushing me into new realms and new possibilities. In Wondros, I feel that I’ve found a company that shares this vision,” says Thonson

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Spittn Image Welcomes the Fall With New Print & Social Campaigns For FX’s “American Horror Story” & “Always Sunny In Philadelphia”
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Multi-disciplinary production company Spittn Image and founding EP Melissa Ciampa continue to make their mark in the print and social media campaign realm with alluring, highly-stylized imagery for FX’s “American Horror Story - Apocalypse” & “Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Season 13.”

In their fifth installment with the “American Horror Story” franchise, Spittn Image transcends standards of production to reinforce excellence in photography and design with a unique blend of surrealistic compositions, colors and themes that support the creative evolution of the series itself. The through-line story arc of the show and its ingenious commentary on the political and emotional climate of our world is powerful, and this year there are two impeccable approaches to the vision – Frank Ockenfels captures the creatively haunting images for the Key Art, and Kurt Iswarienko seizes the essence of the story in the cast gallery images.

“’American Horror Story’ is a special kind of horror genre to Spittn Image, a series very dear to us, as we’ve had the incredible opportunity to work on it for the last 5 seasons,” says Spittn Image EP Melissa Ciampa. “There are a lot of hours on-set that support the vision of these creatives, and the end result makes our job exciting and so worth it.”

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Photo by Patrick McElhenney

With “Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and their “Sunny the 13th” campaign theme, Spittn Image grabs attention with innovation in a horror spoof print shoot for one of America’s favorite comedy series. On location, the team was able to bring to life that perfectly eerie quality of the good ‘ole outdoors, captured beautifully with the eye of Photographer Patrick McElhenny and FX Network creatives.

“I love working on location with the FX team. I believe it lends to the authentic components that bring the vision of a still photo shoot to life,” concludes Ciampa.

Multitalented Director tobin sanson Joins kaboom: Director, Photographer, DP Sees The World Through Lens of Natural Beauty
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kaboom productions is thrilled to welcome director tobin sanson. The signing of sanson, his first representation by a national production company, immediately follows his inaugural collaboration with kaboom on a campaign for lifestyle brand Everlane.

With every film, tobin is dedicated to producing work that stands out in its space. There is always a unique story to be told and a fresh perspective to be taken, as demonstrated in his collaborations with clients Clif Bar, Camelback, Cole Haan, Mountain Hardware, Huckberry and Hanah. He was also part of the creative team that lensed the Walk On Water music video for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. 

“tobin’s work embodies a blend of candid humanity in intensely striking environments. You feel immersed in the moment.” says kaboom EP/Founder lauren schwartz. “Furthermore, he is an enthusiastic partner in the process that begins well before filming, bringing a deep understanding of how brands need to connect to audiences.”

tobin is a director, cinematographer, photographer and storyteller. tobin is known as a creative resource; whether extending the narrative from film to print for a complete campaign, to harnessing his editing and DP talents to support a project’s distinct needs, he’s a director who gives everything to bringing compelling work to life.

Born in the mountains of Colorado, tobin was raised to appreciate the majesty of the natural world. This immense power is a never-ending source inspiration, compelling him to create stories driven by the rawness and authenticity the natural world demands. Early skate and surf films, and a love of the wild, led tobin to work for brands, both as an in-house creative and helming brand films as an independent director.

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