Brand New School has added Nico Casavecchia to its director roster. Casavecchia’s multidisciplinary background in live action, graphic design, and animation brings a mixed-media approach to his work.
Prior to signing with Brand New School, Nico spent five years at 1stAveMachine, where he directed visual campaigns for clients including Sonos, Dropbox, Facebook, IBM, and Izze. His work, which employs mixed media techniques from his background in live action and illustration, has been showcased in Wired, by the BBC, and in The New York Times, and in film festivals including Sundance and SXSW. His work has received awards from Cannes, D&AD, One Show, AICP, and the Clios.
In one of his collaborations with IBM, Casavecchia worked with their research scientists to direct the stop-motion animated short film A Boy and His Atom. The film was made by moving carbon monoxide molecules with a microscope to create images. The one minute film went on to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest stop-motion film.
Devin Brook, managing partner at Brand New School, says: “Nico’s ability to establish ownable visual languages that embody the ethos of a brand has always grabbed my attention. He’s one of the best at seamlessly combining live action and design in new ways.”
Casavecchia's first feature-length film, Finding Sofia, debuted at the 2016 Austin Film Festival. He is also the writer and co-director of BattleScar, a virtual reality film starring Rosario Dawson which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
“BNS has been at the forefront of film and design for years. It’s a collective that shares the values and sensibilities that I like to reflect in my own work. The BNS team is just as amazing as their work, it will be great to be part of such a talented group of artists and keep pushing the boundaries of mix media filmmaking with them,” says Casavecchia.
Brand New School was founded in 2000 and has evolved into one of the industry’s most respected design and production companies. It has become known for innovative, groundbreaking work with the world’s most influential brands. Their studios in New York and Los Angeles house the industry’s most talented directors and artists who bring their unique skills to every project.