Biscuit Filmworks has added Ayse Altinok to its directorial roster. The Turkish-born director joins from Wieden & Kennedy, Portland where she worked as an art director and also directed projects for Nike. Altinok's short films and commercials have been recognized with honors from the Cannes Film Festival, AICP and others. Her first short film, "Hortum" was an official selection at The Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, and was also screened at other film festivals around the world. Her second short film, "The Particulars," was also screened at Cannes, and won Best Drama and Best Actor at the Oregon Independent Film Festival. She got her start in advertising as a senior creative at Nike and later as an art director on projects for clients that included Coca-Cola, Levi's, Escada, EA, P&G and more.
Director Dael Oates has joined Chromista, the production company set up by director Darren Aronofsky and co-led by executive producers Ted Robbins and Sandy Haddad. Oates has a background in VFX, animation and design having worked for eight years at studio Animal Logic. His work includes campaigns for Southwest Airlines, Braun, the Australian Airforce, Renault, Holden, Target, Staples and Sprint.
Framestore has appointed Resh Sidhu as creative director of its virtual reality studio. Resh will report directly to Christine Cattano, who was recently promoted to executive producer of the VR studio. Prior to Framestore, she was a creative director at AKQA London, serving clients like Nivea, Nissan, Marks & Spencer, Infiniti and Kraft Mondelez. Her most recent work includes a Nissan experience featuring Oculus VR technology. She is also the founder of Virtual Realms, an online blog and community that centers on the developing creative technologies and innovations of Virtual Reality.
Lucky21 has signed comedy director Rob Pritts to its roster. Los Angeles-based Pritts has work on commercials for brands such as LG, Charter, AT&T, Sega, Twix, Snickers, M&M's, Axe, American Express, ESPN, D. Pepper and Molson. His very first spot, "Bob In a Box," won a Gold Clio, and he has worked with celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld and Denis Leary, William Shatner, Kobe Byrant, Jeff Gordon and John Elway.
Director Stephen Carroll and producer Tobias Webster have joined Sydney, Australia-based production company Revolver. Carroll has previously been selected for Saatchi & Saatchi's Young Director Showcase at the Cannes Lions festival and was recently awarded two Pencils at D&AD for "Radiant Return." He teamed up with Webster in 2011.
Bicoastal music shop Elias has added Nora Mindell as a producer in its Santa Monica studio. Coming from the agency side at Deutsch LA and Dailey Advertising, she has produced broadcast commercials, radio spots, web videos and more for clients including Ford, Nestle, Dole, Target, Taco Bell, Nintendo, Anthem and Volkswagen. At Dailey, Mindell also served as an agency music resource, handling music searches for licensing, commissioning original compositions and working with music vendors, stock libraries, record labels, publishing companies and independent artists.
Cut & Run New York has promoted Stacy Peterson to editor and Julia Williams to head of production. Peterson moved to Cut+Run as an assistant with Akiko Iwakawa, and has since collaborated with a variety of the company's editors. She has edited projects for Gillette, BMW, Tide, Clorox, Newcastle and Nickelodeon. Williams has been a producer with Cut & Run for nearly two years after beginning her career at Beast, where she helped launch the New York office.