Directors to Watch 2008: Ben Wheatley

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Ben Wheatley
Ben Wheatley
U.K.-based director Ben Wheatley is one of those talents who has used interweb wizardry to advance his directing career. The work on his personal site (the "Mrs." Refers to partner in crime Amy Jump) acted as his reel, soon allowing him to ply his web film trade for clients like AMBX and Hewlett Packard. The project for the former, a 2006 Cannes Cyber Lion winner, looked like a rough made-for-YouTube clip featuring a pair of online gaming buddies having some fun at the game protagonist's expense, purposely running him into walls and such, until the fully animated character bursts into the room to exact some harsh revenge. For HP, Wheatley enlisted some nimble fingers and some deftly added VFX to get seven million online views for the futbol-inspired Fingerskillz. Wheatley's other commercial ventures include spots for Pot Noodle and Tesco, and more recently, he worked on a six-part comedy sketch show called The Wrong Door that aired this past summer on BBC3.

Read about Mattias Montero, another of our 2008 Directors to Watch.

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