Production Company Standout 2015: The Directors Bureau

Artsy Talents Delivered Fresh Ideas

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Gap: Crooner
Gap: Crooner

Known as a home to artsy talents, The Directors Bureau continued to deliver distinctive storytelling to a number of brands. Sofia Coppola helped realize Wieden & Kennedy's off-kilter Christmas tales about an eager mistletoe lurker, a little boy crooner and more for the Gap. Her brother Roman joined in on the holiday fun directing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as an over-eager aunt and party host in ads for Old Navy. Melodie McDaniel also applied her cinematic touches to a sweet series of family vignettes showing the touching emotional connections afforded by technology for Comcast Xfiniti, out of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

On the non-ads front, directing collective Canada created the sexy short film Creme Caramel. The weird, lovely story personifies a classic dessert as an obsessed lover who dwells over every beautiful detail of his girl. David Wilson also shot a number of clips including Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist," a powerful tale of a young man's struggle with gender identity.

Ryan Hope also got people talking over his controversial video for Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down." It begins almost tearfully, showing the seductive vocalist in a church performing before what at first appears to be a church full of funeral guests, but in the end turn out to be for a joyous wedding of a gay couple.

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