After graduating from art school Nare persued a career in advertising as a copywriter and picked up a handful of awards in the process, before he made his move into production.
A true creative, Nare is also a practicing visual artist whose exhibited both locally and internationally, and whose honours include nominations for the Vera List Prize for Art and Politics, the MTN New Contemporaries and the Sasol New Signatures.
As a director Nare’s varied creative experiences are expressed in the strong conceptual grounding, pitch-perfect timing and humour that define his work.
Marc graduated, with Honours, in 1999 from the renowned South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA), majoring in Scriptwriting and Directing.
Within a year of leaving film school, Marc had won a Silver Loerie for his first commercial, Volkswagen ‘Informer’. The same year he was featured on the highly lauded Saatchi and Saatchi’s New Directors showcase at the 2001 Cannes Lions. This was for the spot “Pimple” for His People Ministries, which was also a finalist that year. All this, at the age of 23.
Equally at home with performance work and more visually driven pieces, Marc considers himself primarily a storyteller. “As a director, my singular task is to serve the story. Technique is superfluous without narrative. My job is not to inundate a film with my own ideologies or signature styling. I need to bring a strong idea on paper, to fruition. Every story wants to be something; you have to listen to it carefully, let it be what it desires.”
Marc has directed several major campaigns, both locally and abroad. Clients have included Toyota, Vodafone, Volkswagen and Pepsi.
His most recent work includes a trailer for the launch of Lauren Beukes’s new novel Broken Monsters, as well as an endearing commercial for Total.
Before leaving film school, Dean Blumberg had already established himself as one of the new voices of South African Film. He wrote and directed a number of award winning short films and, after multiple festival wins, became one of South Africa's most awarded filmmakers.
His commercials career had an equally auspicious start when he won the Shots Young Director's award, a spot on Shots Magazine's new director's showcase, and Ad of the Year at Creative Circle.
Dean has a slew of international awards under his belt, including Cannes, One Show, London International, New York Advertising, Clios, Midas and Epica. He is the most awarded Director in the Creative Circle's history, having won Creative Circle's Ad of the Year three times, as well as additional 2nd and 3rd places in alternative years.
Dean is known for his sensitivity and delicate handling of subject matter. He is a born storyteller, with a chameleon-like ability to adapt and evolve. While he is at home directing in many genres, it is his work with actors that sets him apart and has made him a highly sought after director for international brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, KFC, Miller, Ford, Dominos and Konica Minolta.
Gordon began his directing career at Velocity Films and has since collaborated with many of the country’s top agencies. In 2014, he joined newly appointed Executive Producer Peter Carr at bouffant, where his advancing career and aptitude for creating for visually-driven content has helped the company develop into a leading brand in the industry. He made the 2016 Young Director Award (YDA) shortlist at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity with his commercial for Dimension Data and Owen Kessel Leo Burnett.
He has directed campaigns for prominent brands like Mc Donald’s, KFC, Hunters and Penguin Random House, as well as award-winning music videos for leading South African artists.
Petar Spiljevic began his directing career in 2006. Serbian by birth and fluent in French and English, he moved to South Africa in 1991 and immediately developed a love for the African continent. After being a finalist in the TV category at the New York Festival Awards for his Consol advert, he continued to shoot ads for a broad spectrum of clientele; including Nedbank, Tonic and Samsung. His work spans across Africa, having shot in Mozambique and, most recently, Kenya.
He also recently collaborated with Stink Moscow on a Philips campaign, which was shot in Moscow. Stink expressed their gratitude of working with Petar, acknowledging his “attention to detail and relentless determination to release a quality product on time”.
He has a strong passion for music and food and has completed creative pieces for Stork, Tasty TV and Sunshine D. He has a discernible ability to bring classic stories to life with warmth and humour, and has a stylistic approach to films, incorporating a unique feel for each brand.
The fact that he is a father of two toddlers is integral in his life and career; he assures that nothing would be possible without the inspiration of his sons. His love for children is evident in his Neurofen ad, showcasing his keen eye for detail and benevolent nature.
Consol – New York Film Festival – Finalist