Monday, August 26, 2013

British Invasion: Dan Gifford

Aéro Film is chuffed as nuts to welcome three new directors to our roster. They each hail from England and do not find my (bad) English accent charming. But I’m wearing them down. (Probably not.)

First up is Dan GiffordDan is an expert storyteller drawing out great performances with a comedic twist-- from hidden camera, to epic cinematic tour de force, to intimate docu-style. 

Dan was born and raised in the wilds of Norfolk, England, where he received a classic English education. By the age of eighteen, however, he had tired of the cricket and daily beatings and decided to go off and see the world.

Dan, ready to take on the world. The WORLD!

He ended up living in Brazil, where he spent a happy year teaching English and staying with a Brazilian family in Londrina, Parana. Returning to England, Dan studied languages and literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, graduating with a Masters Degree in German and Italian.

His first short film was called “Suspended”. It was financed half by a student loan and half by advertising legend Paul Arden and won first prize at the Stella Artois film awards in 2000. Not long afterwards Dan was directing his first TV commercial, for Saatchi and Saatchi.


Dan has built upon his experience since then, directing over 100 commercials for clients as diverse as Nikon, Adidas, Toyota, Playstation, the BBC, Nike, M&S, Heineken, Reebok, Expedia, Unicef and Virgin, to name but a few. In 2011 he collected two Silver Sharks at Kinsale (Heineken and Digicel) and the Grand Prix for Best Film at the Eurobest Awards (for Heineken ‘Legendary Making Of’) which also won a silver Lion at Cannes 2012.

Dan, having taken on the world, has come across cool hair products.


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