Directors to Watch 2008: Mattias Montero

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Credit: Photograph by Mattias Montero.
"I always hear I am crazy," says Mattias Montero. Crazy's a good thing, when you consider that the Swedish director/DP has been directing for just under a year, yet he's already amassed a body of work that deserves plenty of notice. Earlier this year, Montero shot a stunning, mysterious spot for Swedish horseracing organization ATG. Steely, weathered equine monuments and statues explode and crumble to unleash live stallions that charge off to pursue their true calling—probably the most elegant commercial illustration of the gaming industry we've seen in a long time, or maybe ever. It turns out this was Montero's first ever commercial job, which over the last few months has been joined by other photographically stunning work, for WESC, Stockholm Fashion Week and Lykelli—a lovely amalgam of creepy, avant-garde and hilariously bizarre. Montero's not an unfamiliar name in the business, as he's already built a solid rep as a DP, having shot spots for everyone from Rupert Sanders to Ne-O, including the multiawarded Toyota "Humanity," directed by the latter. Now that he's moving full force into directing, his "craziness" will come in handy, he says. "In this profession, it is probably the best gift," he says. "Maybe being crazy give me a different point of view of the world. It also makes me totally immune to the word 'impossible.'"

Read about Encyclopedia Pictura, another of our 2008 Directors to Watch.

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