Jen McGowan studied directing in the MFA program at USC and also studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts under David Mamet. Her first feature, ‘Kelly & Cal’
, starring Juliette Lewis and Cybill Shepherd, premiered at SXSW where she won the Gamechanger Director Award. She is a Film Independent Fellow, was a finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, recipient of the Alliance of Women Directors Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing and was included on Vulture’s list of Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring.
Prior to directing, Jen also worked in commercial production for RSA, Radical and Propaganda and worked on features including Oscar-winning ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
Picture: Jen McGowan taken by Bracha Jade
Baltimore native, Sheldon’s feature directorial debut LUV, starring the supremely talented rapper Common was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He has since built an impressive career with docu-narrative series such as ‘Deep Dive’ for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ‘I will what I want
’ about ballet phenomenon Misty Copeland. His feature length documentary Baltimore Boys – the true story of the greatest high school basketball team ever – is an ESPN 30 for 30 original film. In 2016 the Sundance Now Doc Club released his short documentary ‘Who will Survive America’ about the USA’s love affair with guns.
Sheldon’s music video short film “Crooked Smile”, a collaboration with RocNation and J.Cole was nominated for the MTV Music Video Award for Best Video with a social Statement,
Sheldon also brings a wealth of experience in commercial film projects, with previous work for clients including Beats, Ford
, Walmart, Under Armour and Honda. We are thrilled to have him aboard.
Picture: Sheldon directing Michael Rainey Jr. in LUV
Bracha Jade joins Third Channel
Welcoming the wonderful Bracha Jade to the Third Channel family, who is opening the Third Channel office in Los Angeles. Writer/ Producer Bracha, brings years of experience in movie, commercial and music video production and has worked with brands such as BMW, Canon and Levis, movies such as Garfield and Minority Report and music videos for a vast array of artists including Madonna, Prince, Jessica Simpson, Hillary Duff, Brittany Murphy and Queen Latifah.
Picture: Bracha (in the hat) and Dorothea shooting “The Female Planet” series for Surround Vision and Google Daydream on Venice Beach in August 2017.
Here’s a still from our upcoming virtual reality teaser.
A portal between our world and the virtual, this short video starring actor and writer Gavino di Vino previews a new VR project Third Eye launching later this year. Directed by Dorothea Gibbs, the team braved wind, rain and blizzard to bring part one to fruition – phase two, in the form of a 3D scan, is currently in production.
Special thanks to DOP Emile Kelly, Mark Gee, Juana Fernandez and Jamie Strachan for pulling this off against all odds. Check out Third Eye VR here.
We teamed up with the wonderful Emily Howell Animations last month to create a series of ‘Lessons in Investment’ videos for Barnett Ravenscroft Wealth Management.
Learn your assets from your bonds here
“An app that turns the page for you is pretty much a dream”
We’ve had the pleasure of creating a promo video for ground-breaking music app Tido. Making life easier for pianists the world over, Tido combines audio, text and video elements to personalise practising at home; with background information on featured composers, easy drag and drop compositions and masterclass videos posted by leading pianists, this app even saves time on trawling through sheet music via its auto-paging feature.
Watch the video here
“What haunts are not the dead but the gaps left within us by the secrets of others”
Thanks to Orion Publishing, we recently got the chance to make a trailer for the new book by Philippe Sands, East West Street, The Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. This book is a fascinating personal journey into the painful history of Sands’ Polish Jewish family during the WWII. Sands also delves headlong into the stories of the prominent Nazi leaders that had a hand in the fate both his family and the millions of other Jews from Nazi occupied Poland and Austria. Perhaps most importantly, the book uncovers the origins of the words “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”.
As there are so many story threads within this extraordinary book, it was tricky deciding which story to focus the trailer on – to bring out the essence of the book in just one minute. We decided to focus on the Nuremberg trials, the point in the book where all the stories collide and the first time in history where these new terms became punishable crimes. After searching London high and low for a court that would evoke the feeling of the famous Nuremberg Courtroom, we came across the wonderfully dilapidated Bristol Old Crown Courts. Our production designer Juana Fernandez did a spectacular job of covering the space with layers of dust to reference the passing of 70 years since the trials and to recreate Sands’ recurrent theme of elusive memory. The last shot of a room full of paper was inspired by a spectacular photograph of a courtroom at Nuremberg, a day after the trials.
Watch the trailer here.
Read an excerpt from the book here.
Experts agree there are some very basic – and universal – rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there’s not much they agree on.
Santiago Posada has just finished directing the first season of Desafio x 2 Colombia; a six-episode series for Discovery Channel, shooting in snow peaked mountains, arid deserts, wild seas and deep in the Amazon jungle. Desafio x 2 Colombia is the adaptation of the original american series Dual Survival.