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Believe Media Signs Derin Seale for US

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Director brings visually imaginative brand of storytelling

Believe Media Signs Derin Seale for US

Believe Media has signed director Derin Seale for North American representation. He brings his visually imaginative brand of storytelling to legacy production company Believe Media.  The director arrives with an extensive catalog of dramatic moving images, fitting right in among the talent Believe Media boasts with its impressive directorial roster.

Born to a family of filmmakers in Sydney, Australia, Seale got his career start as a cinema trailer editor after studying film at UTS Sydney.  Inspired by directors like Bond, Glazer and Darling who he felt brought original, innovative filming styles, Seale directed a short film "Static" that landed him in the New Directors section of Shots.  His entry into filmmaking full-time came after second unit sequences on such celebrated motion pictures as "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

It is his talent in creating affecting, cinematic stories that Seale translates into his commercial work, embracing the challenge of visiting such grand-scale ideas in a short amount of time.   The challenge has been met with the memorable projects he has directed for top international agencies for clients such as BMW, VW, The US Airforce, Pepsi, Nissan, LG, and Playstation, among others.  To create a commercial epic for Tiger Beer, Seale directed an imaginative 5-part campaign of :90 spots that span 70 years to tell the fictional story of those who protected the secret of the beer.  Seale’s overarching view of development and production to create complex, classically dramatic stories makes him one of the most talented directors in his field, evident in his work with the 2010 film presentation to FIFA that helped win the nation of Qatar its 2022 Football World Cup.

Recently, Seale directed the :60 spot, Flying Objects for New Zealand’s Transport Authority, spotlighting the carelessness of speeding drivers by showing the impact of a crash at slow speed.  The spot won a medley of Awards for Film Craft industry-wide, including a Bronze Lion at Cannes 2012, and Silver Awards at the 2012 Spikes, the 2013 Axis Awards and the 2013 New York Festivals.

Seale’s directorial motivation is to create a ‘trip-up’ moment that makes the audience wonder about the story being told, and is most excited to build visual stories when met with skepticism on whether the concept will work.  Of inciting uncertainty at first, he says, “that’s a good place to be, because you know it’s going to be unique.”  Seale’s fearlessness to embrace technical challenges with zeal has proven rewarding, with a result that always feels effortless.

Of joining the legendary ranks at Believe, Seale says, “Believe has always been the company I looked to for awesome new work.”  He expresses excitement about the future stories to be told with their support, a sentiment shared by the Believe team. “They understand what I'm doing, and are passionate about the same type of work I am, so it's the perfect fit.”


Derin is represented by Independent in Europe and the UK.

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Believe Media US, Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:03:42 GMT