Directors to Watch 2008: Bandito Brothers

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Bandito Brothers, from left: Scott Waugh and Mike
Bandito Brothers, from left: Scott Waugh and Mike "Mouse" McCoy
A creative collective comprised of technologists, filmmakers and former athletes, the L.A.-based Bandito Brothers are committed to developing action-adventure-themed work. Spearheaded by Motocross champ and CEO/CD Mike "Mouse" McCoy along with ex-stuntman/now-director Scott Waugh, the Brothers' portfolio includes everything from virals for Scion and the Navy to production on feature film projects like the 2005 racing documentary Dust to Glory and the surf film Step into Liquid.

While McCoy and Waugh have shot numerous HD and Super 16 action sequences for clients like BF Goodrich, the NCAA Final Four as well as Pontiac spots for Leo Burnett, the Dust project ideally represents the Bandito Brothers ethos. "We set out to do a film that most people said couldn't be done, which was a thousand-mile race across the desert. We packed it with 55 cameras and [had] a decentralized shooting model where all of us were shooting and all were taking part in it."

The multitasking Brothers have recently directed a campaign for Ford and Mountain Dew while also producing an upcoming Navy SEAL film written by 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad. As with all Bandito projects, McCoy says the process remains the same. "We all operate our own cameras, and we never go out on shoots with less than five cameras. We really pride ourselves on being in a place with not much ego. Everybody has a creative voice on our crew and we work collectively. We're having fun doing what we're doing and hopefully it's translating onto the screen."

Read about Agustin Alberdi, another of our 2008 Directors to Watch.

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