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Working across the mediums of stills photography and the moving image, Jess has been creating a stunning body of work over the last 10 years. Known for her emotive and cinematic style, she thrives on collaboration to create sincere, beautiful images and extract honest performances from her cast. Infusing an extensive career of TVCs with her powerful short films, amongst other diverse projects, Jess’ talent lies in transforming the straight and narrow into a more cinematic and moving experience.
With a stunning sense of visual imagery and a brilliant ability to tell human stories, her projects reflect high production values and an extraordinary talent for engaging an audience.
Peter Carstairs is an award winning drama director and has unique abilities in casting and performance direction.
In addition to directing commercials, Peter has also directed a feature film and regularly works in television drama.
His career started with a bang when his very first short film, GATE, starring Joel Edgerton, won Best Comedy at the Melbourne Film Festival. It then went on to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film and for a Film Critics’ Award for Best Australian Short Film.
Peter then studied directing at the AFTRS in Sydney. On his graduation he was awarded the school’s highest honours: the Awards for Best Director, Best Drama Director, and Most Outstanding Documentary.
In 2008 Peter directed his debut feature film SEPTEMBER starring Mia Wasikowska and Xavier Samuel. SEPTEMBER was Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and in 2009 it screened at Cannes as part of Cannes Cinephiles. Produced by John Polson, SEPTEMBER was released in Australian cinemas by Hopscotch Films in early 2008.
Most recently, he directed NOWHERE BOYS, a television series for Matchbox Pictures and ABC that won the 2014 ACTAA Award for Best Children’s Television Series.
As a recent addition to the Otto Empire, Peter’s commercials work is characterised by that rare thing – a unique eye for casting and performance and a strong visual style.
Sophie Edelstein is an award winning independent director and screenwriter whose recent projects include; ‘Aloha’, an original feature screenplay co-written by Jessica Biel, with Dan Dubiecki attached to produce; as well as a high profile biopic on AC/DC legend Bon Scott; and an adaptation of the epic World War II novel ‘Last Brother’, with prominent French producer Jean Pierre Levi Ramsay.
Sophie most recently directed “I BAMBOO YOU” for GUCCI. Initially slated just for release in the UK, the film was subsequently distributed across global markets. She is currently working with Megan Washington across her styling, creative direction and music video direction.
Sophie is also Arts Editor for Russh Magazine. Her work in media has led her to consult on image, most recently she has begun working with Mollie King. Sophie is an Oxford University graduate with a Masters in Politics Philosophy and Economics.
Charlie Ford is a young film maker, photographer and artist.
Intrigued by the wonders of still imagery Charlie’s interests eventually evolved into a fascination with moving image. During his time studying Film and Television at Swinburne University Charlie immersed himself in all areas of filmmaking, developing his skills in writing, directing, cinematography, producing and editing. He specialises in Directing and Cinematography.
Charlie’s fascination with human psychology, imagery and music inform his stories and his visually rich films explore the complexities of human behaviour through the use of the natural environment, enchanting beauty and subtle symbolism.
Charlie’s achievements have been numerous in both filmmaking and photography. His film ‘Stone’ screened at the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival and was at the Cannes Short Film Corner. He teamed up with designer Magdalena Velevska for the 2012 Vogue International Woolmark Competition. Most recently he directed a music video for band Vance Joy (JJJ number 1 of Hottest 100 2013) and has just completed Dan Sultan’s music video for ‘The Same Man’ from his yet to be released Album ‘Blackbird’. Charlie has held two photographic exhibitions, his first in 2011 was entitled ‘Incidental Beauty’ – a solo exhibition and his second was a collaboration with painter Mark Chu for ‘Ford and Chu’. Charlie’s photo of Delta Goodrem was used as the album cover for ‘Sitting on top of The World’.
Emma studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), receiving an award for Highest Overall Mark on graduation in 2000.
Whilst at VCA, Emma completed a number of short films, including Blood and Ash starring Maya Stange, Kin and Daphne and Ollie, all of which have screened in Australian and international festivals.
Lamb, written and directed by Emma, received three prizes at Tropfest 2002: First Prize, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film premiered to a record Australian audience of 100,000 and has gone on to screen at the prestigious Locarno, Palm Springs, Cork and New York International Film Festivals. Lamb was also invited to screen at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood and an Australian consulate showcase in New York.
In 2003, Emma was invited to join Fox Searchlab – a division of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mittens, written by Emily Ballou and featuring Sigrid Thornton, is her first project with the LA studio. Fox Searchlab selected Mittens as their contender for the Academy Awards.
Emma continues to develop her feature films; The Circus and Father Lands. For television, she has directed episodes of The Secret Life of Us, Last Man Standing, Rush, Love My Way, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries,Tangle, Offspring, Hawke and most recently, Puberty Blues.
In 2010, she received two AFI nominations for Best Direction in Television for Tangle and Hawke, and won for Hawke. She also received a 2012 Australian Directors Guild Award (Best Direction in a Telemovie) for Hawke.
Screen International announced Emma as one of ʻthe hottest new names poised to follow in the footsteps of A-List stars…and filmmakersʼ.
Angus Sampson has an extensive body of creative work spanning film, theater, television, photography, broadcasting, journalism and copywriting. His unique perspective on life and interaction is warmly received and clearly understood by audiences spanning across a multitude of markets and age groups.
His qualifications are vast and include collaborating with Spike Jonze on “Where the Wild Things Are” and AFI Award winning film “The King,” to the TV series “Thank God You’re Here”. And most recently, Angus has been working on Feature Project ‘The Mule’
Since joining The Otto Empire in 2009, Angus has refined his unique irreverent comic style. In his directorial debut he wrote, starred and directed “The Last Supper”, this 14-minute opus wowed the Festival Circuit Worldwide.
THE MULE is directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, with a darkly comic screenplay by Sampson, Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), and Jaime Browne. The film stars Hugo Weaving alongside Sampson and Whannell with an ensemble cast including Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble.
The Mule was invited to SXSW 2014 where it will have its world premiere.
Originally from Tasmania, Henry completed his film studies in Sydney at AFTRS before heading to London where he worked on music projects for EMI and being represented commercially by HSI.
Henry has that rare gift of being both visual and technical and his work reflects this.
Antoine Wagner, a photographer and filmmaker, was born in the United States, where he later returned to study, and grew up in Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
In the Fall of 2006, Antoine assisted the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, director Michael Haneke, on his first American feature film. His short film “Ball Trippin” gained attention at festivals and lead to an invitation to Bob Wilson’s Watermill program in Long Island. Subsequently, he made several documentaries for The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Gerhard Krammer commissioned him to illustrate his composition written for the opening of the Franz Liszt’s center in Berlin. He has directed music videos for Phoenix, Vannesa Paradis, Albin de la Simone, Hugh Coltman and Ezra Furman & the Harpoons.
Antoine’s latest short film was made with Daniel London and Charlie Smith, titled “Trashopy.” He has shot for anArmani perfume campaign and a series of fashion films for Louis Vuitton Hanbags.. Antoine lives between Paris and New York, continuing to travel extensively. His documentary on the band Phoenix titled ” From a mess to the masses was received to critical acclaim.
Wagner is the great-great-grandson of Richard Wagner, and the great-great-great-grandson of Franz Liszt. Early last year, Antoine produced and starred in a documentary film with the director Andy Sommer called “Wagner: A Genius in Exile,” a musical road movie in which he is shown retracing his great-great-grandfather’s flight to Zurich, Switzerland after he became embroiled in the Dresden revolutions of 1848 and 1849.