Award-winning global production company Stink Films has announced the signing of director Will Mayer for global representation.
Mayer’s background in documentary filmmaking imbues his work with a sense of authenticity and human connection. He says: “What I aim for above everything is emotion and honesty.”
A recent collaboration with Wieden+Kennedy Portland for Samsung tells the story of Russell Westbrook and the community that drove him to become MVP of the NBA this year. The piece was called “the perfect ad” by Mashable.
Mayer began directing for Vans at the age of 14, traveling the world with their professional snowboarders, skaters and surfers while still in high school. Through his work with Vans, Mayer met Stink Films director Eliot Rausch, who introduced him to commercial directing and became his mentor.
Now 23, Mayer is based in Los Angeles and has created work for clients including Vans, Google, Gatorade, Samsung, Skoda, Under Armour, and more. He was formerly represented by B-Reel.
He is currently in post production on his first feature length project, a documentary on Olympic snowboarder Shaun White that will be released this winter. The film follows Shaun both on the mountain and off in the year leading up to the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Games, as he grapples with his sense of identity and the prospect of his snowboarding career ending. The film is co-written by Mayer and Eliot Rausch.
Jeff Baron, Stink Films Managing Director, says: “Will was introduced to me by Eliot Rausch. When he sent me his reel, I saw a small body of work that showed a maturity way beyond his years. He has the ability to drift between documentary films and narrative fiction. He has a keen eye and real sense of style. I’m really attracted to his potential more than anything. If he is doing this kind of work at this stage of his career, I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
Will adds: “Stink Films feels like the perfect team to collaborate and grow with. Their culture and community transcends the traditional director/production company relationship, and their roster is filled with close friends whose work I respect and admire.”