May 26, 2017

Leningrad “Kolshik” was included in the recent Flux Screening Series on May 24th at the Hammer Museum in LA.  The Flux Screening Series at the Hammer is a quarterly showcase of the most innovative short films and music videos from around the globe. Filmmakers and artists who have presented in person or performed at the Flux Screening Series include : Michel Gondry, OK Go, Andreas Nilsson, Hiro Murai, Martin de Thurah, the Daniels, Ryan Heffington, and Chris Milk.

Link here

July 18, 2017

Article published by LBB on the 18th July 2017

The film for the Swedish sportswear brand highlights the uniting power of sport

Great Guns director Klaus Thymann directs the new campaign for Swedish sportswear brand Björn Borg. The brand has established a tennis match on the U.S. and Mexican border with one player on each side of the border, half the tennis court on Mexican soil and the other half on US soil. Borg Open – Tennis across Borders – is an initiative intended to manifest an open world in which sport has the power to unite people and Klaus was the perfect choice to capture the game.
The brand wanted to highlight how the world of today seems full of conflicts; conflicts that can lead to frustration, causing people and nations to build walls between each other. But why build walls, when we could get to know and learn from one another instead? That’s why the Swedish sportswear brand decided to establish a tennis match on the US/Mexican border, at Tijuana River, where a game is played between tennis players Mariano Argote (MX) and Peter Clemente (US). On average a tennis player swaps sides 13 times during a game. In this game, they weren’t allowed to.
“Borg Open is our way to state that we, as a sportswear brand, believe in an open world,” says Henrik Bunge, CEO of Björn Borg. “Unfortunately, the activity is not likely to make those people who promote raising walls change their opinion. But, with our heritage, we know that not only tennis nets, but sport in general, has the power to unite people. We hope to inspire people to reach out to their neighbors and do sport together instead of building walls.”
“This year I have been working a lot with Round & Round and they had the outline for this idea a while ago,” adds Thymann. “I got onboard and made the impossible happen, we are really on the real physical border. We were looking at many sights and wanted to find something that was logistically possible first and foremost. But as we investigated further it turned out this was almost impossible. It was not until I thought of a kind of legal loophole where we did everything from the Mexican side, minus US player, that it became a reality. When we were filming, the US Custom and Border Partol were observing us but never interfered.”
“It is very difficult doing a film shoot not knowing how long you have, and that we could get shut down at any time. So instead of planning the shoot in a more traditional way, we shot with 3-4 cameras simultaneously to get as much footage as possible. It was interesting watching the crew. Because we had such intense pressure, everyone was mega effective, but we still had fun on set”.
You can watch the film here.

June 26, 2017

Published by LBB on the 26th of June 2017

Great Guns director teams with the electronic music group to release music video for ‘Siren Song’

Great Guns director Calum Macdiarmid has released a mesmerising music video ‘Siren Song’ for electronic band Three Laws.

Three Laws (Louise Gold and Adam Relf) are a duo out of London and ‘Siren Song’ originally started out from inspirations of happy memories, before becoming a song about tragedy.

Mixing a blend of dark-pop, Louise’s brooding vocals and solid percussion work throughout the entirety of this track, Three Laws continue to expand their body of work to date, using their atmospheric sound and heartfelt lyrics to deliver another memorable release. Calum Macdiarmid’s interpretation of ‘Siren Song’ takes the viewer to a dark and uncomfortable place where lust, abuse and twisted obsession seem to offer little hope.

“The artist, Three Laws,” says Calum, “are Louise Gold and Adam Relf whom I went to Kingston art college with – we studied illustration together. Louise is the singer and Adam is the visual director of the band as well as producer. Upon being signed to West One they immediately approached me for a video. Their music has a strong cinematic score quality which I was keen to express so I basically pitched them a short film rather than a standard performance piece. The film is a neo-noir Yakuza thriller about a stripper and a mob boss. The idea was to take a low-brow subject and make it beautiful.

“Shooting for the music video was done over a weekend. Although it’s based in a futuristic Tokyo, everything was shot in central London with some of the external shots receiving heavy CGI work (the CGI was done by Adam Relf and myself, competing to create the most believe city compositions – it was pretty much like being back at art school!) while the interiors were shot at the Trafalgar hotel.

“Casting a strong actor for the hero role was crucial, as we needed someone who could hold the camera’s attention for the duration of the film. Luckily, I found Sonny Sun, a mesmerising French actress and model who lit up the screen when combined with Nick Bennett’s flawless cinematography.”

Calum continues: “Saskia Whinney’s hands-on approach was crucial to the project in particular due to her background as a location scout, as she was able to guide us to various locations which she had experience of shooting in before.”

“She offered up her own car for the shoot, and was brave enough to trust an actor to drive it through Blackwall Tunnel at rush hour whilst he performed to the camera… relying on the car’s computer navigation system to keep it in the right lane.”

You can watch the film here.

June 23, 2017

Ilya Naishuller never fails to deliver during award season! He can add another award to his collection as he gets a Bronze Lion in the Music Video category for his “Kolshik” music video for Leningrad!

Watch the music video here.


Both our two newly signed directors Tal Zagreba and Ricky Staub won Gold at the YDA this year!

Tal Zagreba bags the award in the Short Film/Middle East category for his “Vows” film. You can watch it here.

Ricky Staub gets awarded for his “The Cage” in “Short film/Northern America” category. You can watch it here.

June 22, 2017

Article published by LBB on the 22nd of June 2017

Ricky has cultivated a deeply human style of filmmaking with astonishing intimacy and a stunning cinematic aesthetic.

To coincide with his being shortlisted at the CFP-E/Shots Young Director Awards, the Global Content Company Great Guns proudly announces the signing of director Ricky Staub to their international roster where he will be repped by Great Guns globally excluding the French and Dutch markets, where he will be repped by Insurrection.


Ricky has cultivated a deeply human style of filmmaking with astonishing intimacy and a stunning cinematic aesthetic. He has considerable range, Having directed spots for acclaimed brands Nike, Co
ca-Cola, Jeep, Cadillac, and Anthropologie that blur the line between documentary and fiction, Ricky has cultivated a deeply human style of filmmaking with astonishing intimacy and stunning cinematic aesthetic.
His breathtaking short film, “The Cage” was what first drew Great Guns to Staub’s talent.
Watch “The Cage” here.
Directed and edited by Ricky, “The Cage” is an intense and ultimately transformative story with exceptional performances and dazzling visuals.  More than a tale of redemption, “The Cage” is a story of survival. Philly’s streets try to bring down one young man and entangle him in a web of violence, anger, and death, and it’s up to him to find a way to break free. His only escape may appear to come from the basketball court, but make no mistake, this is not a game.
More than a skilled young director, Ricky’s an artist with a social conscience. While working with Oscar winner M. Night Shyamalan on several projects in Philadelphia, Ricky felt a need to give something back to the community he’d spent more than two years getting to know. He launched a production company, Neighborhood Film Co in a renovated factory in North Philly with the sole purpose of creating an apprenticeship program to employ the formerly incarcerated.
Great Guns are fully aligned with Ricky, supporting not only his directorial career but committed to aiding his personal projects, including the desire to expand his social outreach. Ricky said “I’m thrilled to sign with Great Guns because I feel they not only understand my creative vision but align with my deeper desire to make the process of my craft meaningful. I’m so excited for the body of work we’ll be able to build together!”
See Ricky’s TED TALK on the subject.

June 19, 2017

We are proud to see two of our talented directors shortlisted for the YDA at Cannes Lions: Tal Zagreba with “Vows” and Ricky Staub with “The Cage” both for Short Films; Tal has also been shortlisted in the Music Video category for “Legal Eyes”.

Watch the films here.

YDA shortlist.

Great Guns campaign “Potatoes on Mars” though MEMAC OGILVY & MATHER, Dubai bags a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions 2017.

Read this fantastic article about the project published by The Independent.

Life on Mars? Scientists successfully grow potatoes by replicating Red Planet’s environment

Harsh atmospheric conditions recreated in lab in Peru as astrobiologists prove possibility of cultivating vegetation beyond earth

In a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a simulator mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars now contains a hint of life: a nascent potato plant.

After experimenting in the Andean nation’s dry, desert soil, scientists have successfully grown a potato in frigid, high carbon-dioxide surroundings.

Though still in early stages, investigators at the International Potato Center believe the initial results are a promising indicator that potatoes might one day be harvested under conditions as hostile as those on Mars.

The findings could benefit not only future Mars exploration, but also arid regions already feeling the impact of climate change.

“It’s not only about bringing potatoes to Mars, but also finding a potato that can resist non-cultivable areas on earth,” said Julio Valdivia, an astrobiologist with Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology who is working with Nasa on the project.

The experiment began in 2016 — a year after the Hollywood film The Martian showed a stranded astronaut surviving by figuring out how to grow potatoes on the red planet.

Peruvian scientists built a simulator akin to a Mars-in-a-box: Frosty below-zero temperatures, high carbon monoxide concentrations, the air pressure found at 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) altitude and a system of lights imitating the Martian day and night.

Though thousands of miles away from colleagues at Nasa’s Ames Research Center in California providing designs and advice, Peru was in many ways an apt location to experiment with growing potatoes on Mars.

The birthplace of the domesticated potato lies high in the Andes near Lake Titicaca, where it was first grown about 7,000 years ago. More than 4,000 varieties are grown in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, where potatoes have sprouted even in cold, barren lands.

The Peruvian scientists didn’t have to go far to find high-salinity soil similar to that found on Mars, though with some of the organic material Mars lacks: Pampas de la Joya along the country’s southern coast receives less than a millimetre of rain a year, making its terrain somewhat comparable to the Red Planet’s parched ground.

International Potato Center researchers transported 700 kilos (1,540 pounds) of the soil to Lima, planted 65 varieties and waited. In the end, just four sprouted from the soil.

In a second stage, scientists planted one of the most robust varieties in the even more extreme conditions of the simulator, with the soil — Mars has no organic soil — replaced by crushed rock and a nutrient solution.

Live-streaming cameras caught every tiny movement as a bud sprouted and grew several leaves while sensors provided around-the-clock monitoring of simulator conditions.

The winning potato: A variety called “Unique.”

“It’s a ‘super potato’ that resists very high carbon dioxide conditions and temperatures that get to freezing,” Valdivia said.

Nasa itself also has been doing experiments on extraterrestrial agriculture, both for use on spacecraft and perhaps on Mars.

Ray Wheeler, the lead for advanced life support research activities at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center, said plant survival in the open on Mars would be impossible given the planet’s low-pressure, cold temperature and lack of oxygen, but showing plants could survive in a greenhouse-type environment with reduced pressure and high carbon-dioxide levels could potentially reduce operating costs. Most research on growing plants in space has focused on optimising environments to get high outputs of oxygen and food.

“But understanding the lower limits of survival is also important, especially if you consider pre-deploying some sort of plant growth systems before humans arrive,” he said.

In the next stage of the experiment, scientists will build three more simulators to grow potato plants under extreme conditions with the hope of gaining a broader range of results. They will also need to increase the carbon dioxide concentrations to more closely imitate the Martian atmosphere.

Published on canneslions.com on 17th June 2017

Lions Health kicked off to a packed room over at the Inspiration Stage in the form of a session called ‘Fighting for Your Creative Life’ hosted by global chief creative officer for McCann Health, Jeremy Perrott. We were introduced to two dynamic and mould-breaking creative artists by the name of Mike Massimino, a former NASA astronaut, and Jonty Toosey, a commercial director, to tell us how they worked within the constraints of their industries and fought for their own personal creative lives to bring their childhood dreams to real life accomplishments.

Massimino told his story of fighting to become an astronaut, something he had dreamed of since being a child. After 4 rejection letters from NASA, Massimino finally made it into space. “To complete repairs to the Hubble and keep it going while improving its technology, those were my missions,” he explained, adding that even though it had taken years to get there, he was still expecting someone to knock on the helmet and tell him they’d got it wrong: “we are going to send someone else instead, Mike”

As the audience giggled, Massimino explained this was because as he was growing up, he thought probability of becoming a space man was very unlikely. “There was always the voice in the back of my mind saying ‘that will never happen’,” he said. “But sometimes the biggest doubters are ourselves. It might be nearly impossible but it’s not.”

“The age of misinformation should be called age of ill-information. The system is us.”

Jonty Toosey

Next on stage is Toosey, who jumps up to the mic with boundless energy, opens his mouth and spills out the words: “Hello, I’m a liar… I lie for a living.”

He elaborates that these are only white lies, mind, and aren’t malicious but “in the era of post truth, I find myself in the heart of this information epidemic where I stage and manipulate reality”. As a commercial director, he explains it’s the industry that makes him do it, like many do; a caving to make our content engaging and for an audience that has a very short attention span.

“If you see a car crash you have to stop and look, and the internet is interpreting this behaviour and it’s constantly delivering these car crashes to us,” he says, with the audience hooked on every word. “Taking the current internet mechanism and mixing in the badness that’s been fed into it makes a really nasty cocktail.”

Toosey continued that big internet companies are currently trying to deal with this toxicity by regulating.

“We don’t want to see jihadists beheading people or child pornography, so the government has decided they would punish these big companies if they don’t remove it from their platforms. But that’s scary as it means the end of democracy and the internet as we know it – who becomes the arbitrator of truth?”

According to Toosey, it’s us who have an ethical responsibility to use truth. We have to be the agitators of the truth and if we don’t we are going back into the dark ages and will lose the internet as we know it.“
The age of misinformation should be called age of ill-information. The system is us. To get noticed in the tsunami of information, we must research new ways of making people share and give content and also make it fun,” he said.

“So that’s what I try make things fun this is what I do. Challenge reality and make that happen in a concise period of time.”

Fighting, and winning
Mike Massimino and Jonty Toosey have very different stories but one thing in common: they are creative artists who have followed their lifelong passions to succeed in highly competitive industries to make their dreams a reality. Their talks, which kept a packed room engaged for a full hour during the opening seminar at Lions Health today, not only shed light on how they achieved childhood desires, but offered an insight into how we must challenge our realities and be the “agitators of truth” in order to find success in a competitive landscape, especially the creative industry.

June 15, 2017

Article published on LBB on the 15th of May 2017

Rock star jury includes Colleen DeCourcy, Laura Jordan Bambach and Laura Gregory.

SheSays and The Voice of a Woman are launching the VOWSS showcase, a global collaboration during the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity on 21 June 2017, and an annual addition to the creative calendar.
The VOWSS will screen a selection of the best short films – commercials, branded content, dramas, documentaries, art/experimental-films and music-videos – created by women internationally. A jury of some of the world’s best advertising and film creatives will select one winner, which will be awarded a prize at the end of the showcase. In addition to the showcase event, five new directors selected by the jury will also be screened during Lions Entertainment during the Cannes Lions Festival.
Independent creative agency Mr. President, based in London, creative media group Rise and Facebook Creative Shop are the headline sponsors with additional support from WAVE Studios and Digital Doughnut.
Laura Jordan Bambach, founder of SheSays and Chief Creative Officer of Mr. President, explained, “We created The VOWSS as a forum to celebrate incredible creative work led and directed by women. We believe that women need to be seen as creative superstars as much as agents of change. There’s more to senior women’s voices than talking about women in the industry or the way they are represented in advertising. We’re done just talking about the issues, now we want to show off the great creative work we make too.”
The esteemed international jury includes rockstars of advertising and leaders in film, virtual reality (VR) and Hollywood, and include:
Maureen Bryan, US/UK, Founder at The Voice of a Woman
Colleen DeCourcy, Chief Creative Officer at Wieden + Kennedy
Laura Gregory, Founder & CEO of Great Guns
Lizi Hamer, Creative Director, Octagon
Laura Jordan Bambach, Chief Creative Officer at Mr President and Co-founder SheSays
Nils Leonard, former Chairman/CCO, Grey
Charney Magri, Founder, RISE
Katie Puris, Facebook Creative Shop
Fernanda Romano, Strategy and Creative Partner, Malagueta Group
Andy Sandoz, past president D&AD and former ECD Havas
Tista Sen, Senior Vice President & National CD at JWT
Resh Sidhu, Virtual Reality Creative Director, Framestore
Sarah Watson, Global Chief Strategy Officer, BBH
Maureen A. Bryan, Founder of The Voice of A Woman, commented that, “Of the top 250 grossing films in 2016, only 9% of directors were women. Since 2009, The Voice of A Woman has celebrated authentic voices of women rarely seen in the mainstream. We’re proud to partner with SheSays to feature the works of women internationally, works rarely seen or acknowledged, and work with She Says globally to help to develop and nurture new and emerging voices within the communications sector.”
Colleen DeCourcy, CCO of Wieden + Kennedy, said: “We can talk about gender equity in our business and how important it is to promote women, but creativity is a proof-based business.  Equity is never going to happen until we promote the WORK of women. If you want to see great work by women in Cannes, en masse, that’ll blow your mind and make you wish you didn’t have a penis, you’ll want to find time for The VOWSS this year.”
The VOWSS takes place from 2:00-6:00pm local time on 21 June 2017 at Cinema Les Arcades in Cannes, France. Film screenings will be followed by live interviews and panel discussions. It will close with an award given for the best work of an individual or team at the launch party.
The following day, 22 June 2017, The VOWSS will present a showcase of new directors’ work at 1:00-1:30pm local time at Lions Entertainment event at Cannes Lions.
Submissions are open now for any piece of work directed or creatively directed by a woman until the deadline of 11 May 2017. There is no cost to submit an entry.

The Great Guns director on finding the human horror in VR for his episode of the Netflix hit show

Black Mirror, the critically acclaimed show that eyes up technology through the lens of human ineptitude has returned with a new series on Netflix. And thanks to support from Netflix, showrunner Charlie Brooker has been able to create a more cinematic, ambitious interpretation of his dystopian vision – including some help from Hollywood talent.

Dan Trachtenberg, the director who this year released the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, was brought on board to shoot Playtest, the second episode of the series. It’s a deeply human tale of fear and avoidance that also explores the dark side of technologies like VR and the potential of video games to create deeply emotional, immersive stories.

Playtest follows an American adventurer called Cooper (played by Wyatt Russell), who finds himself skint in London and having a fling with an intriguing video games journalist. To earn some cash he gets a job as a tester for an innovative new game that involves an implant in his brain and a night in a spooky old.

For Dan, it was the ideal project. He may be best known for the blockbuster 10 Cloverfield Lane, but he burst onto the film world’s radar with his short film ‘Portal: No Escape’, based on the popular sci-fi puzzle game Portal. That is to say, he’s a huge gamer… but, surprisingly, that’s not what got him the job.

“Charlie Brooker also has a background in video games – he was a journalist. I did not know that about him… and he did not know that about me until we first got together and started talking. We really hit it off and it was really fun to work with someone like that – we were able to geek out throughout the whole process and inject the episode with an authenticity and little flavours of games we like in the genre,” says Dan.

Although the episode uses video games, virtual reality and mixed reality to tell its story, both Dan and Charlie were keen not to inadvertently demonise a medium that they both love.

“Originally as the script developed there was a point where we felt it was saying ‘video games are bad’,” explains Dan. “Separate from VR there was a spin to the story that was feeling that way, and Charlie nimbly adapted that because that’s not how we feel. We wanted to make it more about the characters and not that video games were causing all this bad stuff, because it doesn’t, ultimately. It’s people.”

Instead the episode is a great exercise in the tropes and rhythms of the horror genre – and Dan had lots of fun toying with audience expectations – but it was also a chance for Dan and Charlie to explore the emotional potential of games.

“I personally have been just as – if not more – impacted by video games recently than I have been by movies. You can be so profoundly moved and they are so experiential. I have had some incredible experiences with video games and I know Charlie has as well, and I think there’s a real power to move people through that kind of storytelling. I’m glad that that’s a take-away of the episode – how technology can be used in that positive way… before it all goes awry! We’re just now getting to a more sophisticated place where video games are a real art form; where they’re not just about competition and more about the story.”

But not only did Dan and Charlie get to play around with a medium they both love (and there are lots of Easter Eggs for gamers), the project was also fun from a production perspective too. Most TV shows have a pre-existing cast, standing sets and an established tone, so incoming filmmakers simply slot in as a ‘director for hire’. However, due to the anthology nature of Black Mirror, the episode’s production felt more like that of a ‘mini movie’. That meant that while Playtest was authored by Charlie, it was very much a collaborative, creative process.

“Charlie is really the author of the series and this episode – it totally comes from his mind. But I did get the chance to contribute as much as a director can contribute,” says Dan. “These are little movies, essentially, and I was able to develop the script with Charlie like a director would on a movie, in a short amount of time. He was able to write so quickly and so smartly that we were able to do something of movie calibre as quickly as we did. But ultimately it’s his voice – I think there’s a little flavour from myself and Wyatt, but it’s very Charlie.”

The whole project took about three and a half months, including 18 days of shooting. It also meant that Dan, who is usually based in LA, got to spend plenty of time with the team at Great Guns, who represent him for commercials. He also got the chance to explore London through the eyes of a tourist – something that he tends not to do when he travels.

Another revelation for Dan was working with Wyatt Russell on the film, an actor who he says captured the easy going humour of protagonist Cooper as well as giving an incredibly raw performance (without giving away too much, the horror crescendos to a tough emotional gut punch).

“Wyatt really delivered. He really got to a place that was incredibly tense and emotional. What was interesting – well I don’t want to give away spoilers – but we were very careful with how many takes we could do towards the end but he really put himself through some turmoil. I think that’s why the end became so emotional; he really chose to do things a certain way that he didn’t have to do,” says Dan, who is keen to work with the actor again.

At the end of such an enjoyable process, though, the burning question has to be: would Dan be up for a Playtest-like experience himself?

“No!” says Dan with a laugh. “Charlie and I both share this: we both don’t like horror games! I’ve played all the games that are referenced in the episode because I’ve played tonnes of horror games, I play most games… But I realised that with that kind of games… even something like Bioshock, I don’t actually have fun. I’m too scared. It’s a tension-filled experience and it’s so visceral, ultimately I’d rather not be holding the controller right now. So I definitely would not be doing that…

“… the Gopher Game is amazing, though. I’d play that one.”

So while he might not be off immersing himself in the latest virtual reality horror games any time soon, Dan is instead focusing on getting back into commercials following this year’s successes with Black Mirror and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

You can watch the trailer here: http://www.gglondon.tv/reel.php?rid=199370753107&site=uk

The film is called “German Shlong” and the words are a mash up of English, German and Hebrew as the film is aimed at Israeli teenagers. To maximize your viewing pleasure, here’s a little language coaching:

“German is the game ba-tinder” = German is the game in Tinder

“Tze li meaframe ya kinder” = Get out of my frame, kid

“Betach motek it’s more keif!” = Sure, sweety, it’s more fun!

With the message being that by using “…R3 there’s no tinok (baby)…”

Tal says:

“Two weeks ago, I was approached by Great Digital Partners, an Israeli digital commercial agency, to create a cult video for R3 condoms. R3 is the underdog in the Israeli condom market, so they asked to create something that will make people take notice, featuring the Israeli trash stars – Malul Twins. The deadline for the project was the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv (9/6/2017) – which was only two weeks away – and I was given a free-hand and a sack full of condoms. The budget was minimal, so I realized that the best way to pull off something boisterous would be through trashy styling and creative use of condoms. I created a storyboard of funny images, and collaborated with Yael Weiser, an art director whose stylish work I love, and we started rolling. 

The client and agency were very supportive, and there was a great appetite for making something really outrageous. Everyone gave their all to their handiwork, quite literally…Alon Lutsky, the DOP, is the hand that puts the needle on the condom; Rachel Boxnboim, The producer, is the hand with the rubber jonny hotdog; and mine is the hand with the prophylactic barbells. In the editing room, Shahar Beeri the editor and I couldn’t stop laughing from the self-aware-ridiculous-footage, we pushed the style for maximum stupidty. Wondering if we’d gone too far – but after the screening to client when they started to applaud I realized that mission was accomplished: we made a really really outrageous ad!!             

The video was released today and has already made an impact in the Israeli media. It was the first time I’ve directed something ‘trashy’ and I must say that it was a big guilty pleasure.

Joining Great Guns is a dream come true for me. I’m a huge fan of GG’s directors and feel very privileged to join such a remarkable group of artists. I intend to bring a fresh and eccentric approach to filmmaking, and to push the creative boundaries to their limit. I’m grateful to GG for their faith in my art, and have a strong feeling that it’s gonna be a hell of a ride. Damn, let the briefs begin!”

You can download German Shlong here.

Tal’s recent awards for his Music Videos and Short “Vows” include:

-6th “LA Indie Film Fest”, Winner of Best Music Video, LA 2014

-19th “Avanca Film Festival”, Winner of Best Music Video, Avanca, Portugal 2015

-2nd “International Independent Film Awards”, Winner of Best Music Video, California 2015

-9th “The European Independent Film Festival”, Winner of Best Dramatic Short, Paris 2014

Selected at:

-3rd and 5th “Berlin Music Video Awards” Berlin, 2015 and 2017

-67th “Festival de Cannes”, Cannes 2014

-52nd “New York Film Festival” NY 2014

You can find a link to his awarded work here.

Filming on the Tomb Raider reboot has been completed.

Plans for a new version of the action adventure – which features Alicia Vikander in the lead role of Lara Croft – were announced last year and now director Roar Uthaug has shared a video on Instagram of the cast and crew of the project to reveal shooting has now rapped.

Writing on the social media app, the director said: “That’s a wrap! #tombraidermovie #tombraider (sic)”

As well as Alicia, the film will also star Dominic West as Lara’s father Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins as Father Matthais and Daniel Wu as a ship’s captain.

The film – based on the popular video game series created by British company Core Design in 1996 – will focus on daredevil archaeologist Lara as she sets out on her first ever expedition to finish her father’s research and search for ancient relics she needs to find to clear his disgraced name.

In the Tomb Raider series own mythology, Lara’s aristocrat dad Lord Croft has been a key figure. In the movies starring Angelina Jolie as Lara, the character was played by her real-life dad Jon Voight.

Alicia has admitted she is very “excited” to play “icon” Lara in the film, which is to be based on the latest two video games in the series – the most recent being 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider – which have focused on Lara at the start of her adventures.

She said: “I mean, for me, I’m so excited to do it. She was such an icon, I played the game when I was a kid, but they rebooted the game a few years ago so it is now becoming more of an origins story. So it’s quite different.”

Tomb Raider is expected to be released on March 16, 2018.

June 12, 2017

Published on Promonews on the 12th June 2017

Israeli filmmaker Tal Zagreba, whose award-winning work includes co-directing the video for Acollective’s Breakapart (above), has joined Great Guns for ads and music videos.

Zagreba is represented by Great Guns globally, Great Guns’ music video reps, OB Management for the UK, and Laure Scott for the USA. His work includes ads including for Oreo, and pro-cannabis promo Legal Eyes. His short film Vows has toured film festivals worldwide. His most recent work is ‘German Shlong’, a promo-style ad for German condom brand R3, featuring the Malul Twins.

“Joining Great Guns is a dream come true for me. I’m a huge fan of GG’s directors and feel very privileged to join such a remarkable group of artists. I intend to bring a fresh and eccentric approach to filmmaking, and to push the creative boundaries to their limit. I’m grateful to GG for their faith in my art, and have a strong feeling that it’s gonna be a hell of a ride. Damn, let the briefs begin!”

• Watch Tal Zagreba’s showreel here

June 8, 2017

Our Director Ron Scalpello‘s feature film “My Name Is Lenny” is coming out today. Great cast, wonderful story and great reviews. Here is the trailer!


May 24, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be fantastic year for Great Guns thanks so a glittering start to the awards season.

Great Guns’ music videos Kolshik and False Alarm (both directed by Ilya Naishuller) have been awarded an astonishing 12 awards so far including:

4 D&AD Pencils

2 One Show

2 A-List Awards

Gold & Silver Creative Circle

Grand Prix Berlin Music Video Awards

watch Leningrad ‘Kolshik’ & The Weeknd ‘False Alarm’ here

 Not to mention Jonty Toosey’s Belvita spot getting nominated for the British Arrows…

watch Belvita ‘Start with Belvita’ here

 …and Omar Hilal’s Royal Jordanian Airlines spot was named Pick of The Day by AdWeek! 

watch Royal Jordanian Airlines ‘Fear of Flying’ here

 We are very proud of our directors achievements this year, more to come…

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