DIRECTORS LOUNGE 52
Mateus de Paula Santos is the Creative Director and founder of Lobo, a design and animation studio with offices in São Paulo and New York. He graduated in Graphic Design with a penchant for animation and all things motion, and began his career at MTV Brazil. Soon after, Mateus and a couple of friends decided to start their own company, and so Lobo was born. The unique style of the studio’s work caught the attention of the Brazilian advertising market, and it wasn’t long before foreign agencies and clients also started to request work from Lobo. After gathering several awards at festivals like Cannes, Clio, the One Show and D&AD, Mateus and his partners expanded Lobo’s operation into live action territory, setting up a film production company capable of handling all aspects of movie making. Since then Mateus’ work as a live action director proved to be as successful as in the animation front, including awarded spots for global clients like Coca-Cola, Adidas, Volkswagen and Siemens. He also served as a jury and won multiple awards in all the main advertising festivals, including Cannes, D&AD, Ciclope and NY Festivals.
Hermann Vaske is a director, author and producer. As a director he worked with stars such as Dennis Hopper, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Udo Kier, Sir Peter Ustinov and John Cleese. As a documentary film maker he worked with extraordinary creatives and amazing human beings such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, David Bowie and Marina Abramovic. Hermann Vaske is the winner of the Grimme Award (Germany’s TV Oscar) and more than 100 creative awards including Cannes Lions and Clios. He runs Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network, a film production company in Frankfurt and Berlin. Clients include ARTE, BR, MTV, 3Sat, BMW and ZDF. Hermann started his career at Saatchi&Saatchi. He worked at GGK, Springer&Jacoby, Lowe, FCB and Grey New York. His advertising work includes projects and commercials for BMW, Hornbach, Erotic Art Museum, Volkswagen, MDR, Opel, Mercedes-Benz and Deutsche Bank. Hermann’s films include the feature length documentaries “The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money” with Dennis Hopper and “The Art of Football” with John Cleese as well as the “Why Are You Creative” series, featuring David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino and many more. In 2003, Hermann directed the mini-feature “Who Killed the Idea?” starring Harvey Keitel. In 2009 Hermann filmed “Balkan Spirit” with Slavoj Zizek and Angelina Jolie, a rollercoaster ride through the creativity of South East Europe. In 2014 Hermann finished “Arteholic” in which Udo Kier guides us around Europe’s best museums, featuring Lars von Trier, and “Bra Wars – Hollywood’s Affair with the Bra. From Cleopatra to Princess Leia and Beyond“, starring fashion designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, porn-stars like Cicciolina and legendary director Russ Meyer. In 2016 Hermann premiered “Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider”, starring Diane Kruger, Wim Wenders, Julian Schnabel, Michael Madsen, Ed Ruscha, Frank Gehry, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton at the Filmfest Munich. Hermann Vaske is a member of the German Art Directors Club and the European Film Academy (EFA).
Wefilm is an award-winning production company, that specialized in making impact with engaging films for brands. The films of the Amsterdam-based director’s collective are viewed over 200 million times online and are awarded by more than 100 international advertising awards. Wefilm works for clients like Heineken, Vodafone and Google. For the German market, Wefilm is exclusively represented by Rabbicorn Films. Wefilm was founded in 2010 by two brothers who believed in a radical change. Today, it has become a collective of directors and storytellers who pioneer in groundbreaking advertising. Wefilm challenges its team and its clients to get out of their comfort zone and fine-tune a concept until it got something truly unique. Wefilm is an independent production company that co-creates content with agencies and brands that are daring enough to embrace the power of storytelling. Wefilm won 10 Cannes Lions (among which the Grand Prix in 2013), 14 ADCN Lamps (among which the Grand Prix in 2013), 8 Eurobest awards and 15 Esprix Awards.
Anson is a director based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His lifelong passion for film was born of a childhood spent in the rural mountain west, wandering and devouring books, music, and movies. He worked his way up from 2nd AC, worked as a DP for 7 years, and now directs brand, doc and TV work. He is known for an emotive, ephemeral style, with a strong sense of place. As a director, he has won over 20 major film festival awards, including the Grand Prize and 3 other awards at Banff 2011, Grand Prize at New Zealand, The Fowler Award at Telluride, The Camera prizes at Trento and Gratz, and had two narrative short film premieres at major film festivals. Selected clients: Amtrak, Nissan, Range Rover, Jeep, SelectHealth, Pfizer, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Trek, BMC, GE, Microsoft, Blue Cross, Farm Credit, BF Goodrich, Bayer, National Geographic, The North Face, Colorado Tourism, Utah Tourism, Backcountry.com, CMH, Turo, NRS, Red Bull, NBC, ABC, Vice, Marriott, Aruba, VW Commercial Vehicles.
SUSI SIE (1982) is a Berlin-based artist whose work moves between the fields of art and science. She is on a a mission to explore the physical and mathematical nature of unusual forms, substances and materials
to show the hidden beauty and magic of our natural world that constantly surrounds us. Strictly applying analog techniques
and refusing any computer animations or effects, Susi Sie’s haptic and detailed work is above all a highly personal study of the genuineness, perception and authenticity of things. Susi Sie’s work has been featured by internationally renowned online platforms such as Gizmodo, The Creators Project, This Is Colossal, Motionographer and Arte Creative, has been exhibited around the globe (New York, London, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo, Norway) and won several Vimeo Staff Picks and awards at international film festivals. She studied video art in Maastricht (2002-2006) and worked in a Cologne-based post production agency (2006-2011). Since 2011 she works as a freelance director, DoP and editor.
She does what she loves. And loves what she does. Clients: Olympic Games CC I Porsche Design I Dom Perignon I Volvic I Red Bull I Olympus I Lenscrafters I The New Republic NY I Becks I Babor I Burkhardtsmaier I Glass Air Records I Macorma
Parasol Island is a digital creative studio based in Duesseldorf and Berlin. With services spanning CGI, film, post production, digital experiences and VR, the team integrates all visual disciplines, enabling agencies and brands to reach their audience across all mediums and channels. The Island is home to more than 85 passionate talents creating unique advertising experiences for the automotive, fashion and consumer goods industry. While Parasol Island values happy clients more than shiny trophies, their work has been garnered with Cannes Lions, Lovie, ADC, LIA, Mobius and Promax/BDA awards in gold and other colors, as well being selected as ‘FWA site of the month’ and ‘vimeo staff-pick’.