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Newly Launched Clockwork US Adds New Directors to Filmmaking Collective


Allison Gay, Daniel Carberry, Etienne Aurelius, Kevin T. Willson and Keenan O’Reilly join Clockwork’s roster

Newly Launched Clockwork US Adds New Directors to Filmmaking Collective

Clockwork Films, the award-winning production collective, has signed a slate of US-based directors for advertising and feature film content. Talent mentorship and supporting underrepresented voices, alongside known and noted directors, is fundamental to the company which works across various forms of media. The company, which has offices in Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, Clockwork’s focus is telling exceptional stories in advertising and entertainment, bringing excellence in production to the client experience.

“We’ve applied our experience and what we love about the industry to forge a long form and branded content creation company - from development of IP to production - that is a welcome playground for filmmakers, writers, advertisers, studios and networks to craft stories that stand apart,” says Los Angeles EP Michael Olmos.

The newly-added US-based directors Allison Gay, Daniel Carberry, Etienne Aurelius, Kevin T. Willson and Keenan O’Reilly join Clockwork’s roster which includes noted commercial directors Matt Murphy, Justin McMillan, Jonathan Nyquist, Laurence Thrush, Harrison Woodhead and Henri Bassil. These are but a few of the multi-talented and diverse talents that comprise the global Clockwork creative family. 

Allison Gay possesses a gift for exploring documentary and docu-stye stories that capture the spirit of a subject, character or brand through a uniquely intimate and spontaneous visual language. One of the first in-house filmmakers at Airbnb, Allison was part of the team that helped the company find its voice and grow to global travel giant. Her work has been displayed in the NYTimes, CNN, The New Yorker, Fast Co., Wired, The Jerusalem Post, SF Chronicle, and many more.

Daniel Carberry is an award-winning American filmmaker and director with numerous music videos, short films, and branded content credits under his belt. Daniel has worked with various artists across all genre spectrums including Usher, Dua Lipa, Jimmy Eat World, Deadmau5, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, R3HAB, Yuna, Conor Maynard, Skylar Grey & Betty Who along with branded content for Johnny Was, Spotify, and Netflix. His visually striking and emotionally-driven work is personified in his Veteran’s PTSD PSA.

LA-based, Hawaiian born Etienne Aurelius  is an internationally-recognised, award-winning filmmaker who began as a self-taught videographer of skate and surf projects. As director of content for Jason Momoa’s production company, he created 80 commercials, short films and documentaries in 2019 alone, during which time he also collaborated with Netflix on their original series Frontier. Etienne then worked with Legendary Pictures, alongside Denis Villeneuve, Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Jason Momoa for a behind-the-scenes documentary on the upcoming remake of Dune. Etienne has worked extensively with Leica, Harley Davidson and numerous sports and beverage brands. He recently completed production on his upcoming directorial debut feature.

Kevin T. Willson loves directing captivating stories and is known for delighting viewers through likable characters, dynamic ascetics and unexpected story twists. Kevin has directed three award winning SuperBowl commercials and has directed projects in fifteen countries for brands such as Nescafe, Purina, Jeep, Lay’s, Cheetos, Doritos, Ubisoft, Pergo, Habitat For Humanity, Free Wheelchair Mission and many more. He has had the pleasure to direct a variety of accomplished acting talent including Tony Hale, Andy Samberg, Zoe Saldana, Adam Pally, Derek Hough, and Zachary Quinto.

Keenan O’Reilly is a writer/director based out of Los Angeles. His unique visual style is marked by precise, calculated choices and grounded characters with canny insight into human behaviour. His obsession with authenticity of character can be seen in his work for REI, Paypal, Betterhelp and Visit California, among others. He has worked with major labels on music videos for Prettymuch, Michael Ray, Joshua Bassett, Sabrina Carpenter and Beck Pete. Most recently Keenan has completed the award-winning short film “What We Find In The Night.”

“We are building a global creative family with directors who are brave storytellers with worldly, unique life experiences,” notes Clockwork Global CEO, Jamie Cohen.

“Cross-pollination between industries, genres and perspectives - including new ground in tech-enhanced narratives - is very much a part of our collective mindset and approach as we produce branded content and elevated genre films”  says Los Angeles EP Ty Linegar.

Crafting and producing prestige dramas and elevated genre films with Hollywood producers is part of Clockwork’s DNA, and is further intensified by the recent opening of the Los Angeles office led by Michael Olmos, Marc Furmie and Ty Linegar. Clockwork US‘ inaugural feature production will be Crying Ground, a 70’s-set supernatural thriller directed by Marc Furmie with producers Sean Robins (Mortal Kombat, TAG, Paul Blart), Jim Robison (Moonrock For Monday, Danger Close) and Keith Sweitzer.  The film will begin production in the 3rd quarter of 2021.

“Mentoring filmmaking talent from successful short form to long form careers through strong debut projects is paramount to our business model and will help us grow together as a collective with a singular vision: to tell great stories with good people.” says Marc.  

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Clockwork Films, Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:11:42 GMT