Sorrel Brae is a born filmmaker, director/editor and story junkie who freely admits that he’s addicted to the narcotic of narrative. From tall tales to short films, funny yarns to sea shanties, his only rule is that he captures the moment of truth that evokes the audience’s emotion.
And he’s captured quite a few and many awards while doing so....but he doesn’t like to brag. Though it might slip out that he won the Young Director Award at Cannes.
Born on an anarcho-syndicalist commune in the year of the dragon, he has - on three separate occasions - defied gravity. He also likes to play with a pencil and a knife.
Forget what you know about the other British invasion. Born in Bedfordshire, England,Trudy Bellinger has been transforming music videos and commercials since she began her career. Sure, while in art school, she had a summer job working as a carrot on the Brighton Pier, but don’t let that detract from the amazing accomplishments this woman has achieved. She was personally wooed by EMI where she remained for 10 years and worked as Head of Creative and Music Video.
The first corporate film she ever shot won an award for Coca Cola; the first major music video she ever directed went to number one; the first commercial she directed starred Kate Moss and the first TV Promo starred Elle McPherson. Not bad for starters. And many celebrities followed from the worlds of fashion and entertainment. They knew who could make them feel good and look good.
Savvy and creative, she separates the wheat from the chaff with her love of art, photography, film, and projects that empower women.
If you want the same old thing, look elsewhere. Trudy is the epitome of ‘fashion forward,’ always on the cutting edge of popular culture and style, on the quest for the next big thing with only one fear: Complacency.
Steph Sebbag is a roman candle of a director and a testament to the theory that creative brilliance comes in bursts. If you cracked open a fortune cookie him, it would probably say: You will make the impossible, possible. Beneath that calm, business-like exterior is a 16-year old with his first motorcycle ready to throttle back on the gas.
The directorial debut of his first significant spot for MovieTickets.com, “The Train,” won a Mobius International Advertising Award Best in Show. In its wake have followed Promax, BDA, Graphis, Davey, Golden Trailer, Key Arts and Telly awards….to name a few. He loves drawing on inspiration from classic films, collecting fine art and photography, and most of all, accepting the challenge of making the impossible, possible.
John grew up in advertising as a kid in the 70's and early '80's (think Mad Men, but with thick mustaches and wider ties). At 20, he was Creative Director at BBM-LINTAS in Panama, and by 24 John was Partner and Creative Director at The Playground, one of the nation's leading youth marketing agencies (and Advertising Age Marketing 100).
John made the move into directing in the early 2000s. In addition to his work in film and television, his commercial work includes national spots for consumer brands and television networks. He also writes and directs special projects for Dreamworks and Disney, along with award-winning promos starring Hollywood’s top-tier talent.
John is an alumni of the Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and Hamptons film festivals, and his narrative work has garnered significant attention.
His romantic comedy feature film NESTING enjoyed a nationwide theatrical release in 2012. This year, John directed THUNDERDOGS, a rock-and-roll spy comedy pilot, and he is currently in production on his highly-anticipated documentary WHITE HOUSE WAX.
John produced and directed several segments of the television series BETWEEN THE LINES for A&E, he has written for the PGA awards, and continues to write for hit video games.
Active in national, state, and local politics, John has lectured at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and is a member of the DGA/PAC Leadership Council.
Based in Los Angeles, John still finds time to collect records, and play fairies with his three year old daughter, who is very impressed that he's directed the Muppets.
Steven was born in the City of Angels and quickly fell in love with surfing and skateboarding. In the 1970’s, skateboarding was just beginning to emerge as a culture unto itself, and it was guys like Steven who helped establish the style and moves that are now indelibly associated with the scene. “There were no rules, nothing that came before that you could follow,” he recalls. “So at a young age, you were forced to go out and create. You just made whatever street corner, parking lot, or empty swimming pool come to life.”
For years, Steven traveled the world as a successful model and surf/skate competitor. It was during this time that he began taking photos, avidly documenting his friends and life on the road. His talent was evident from the start, and when he returned to California, he embraced photography as a career, becoming an award winning photographer, approaching his work with the same unflagging dedication that he does with surfing. “I put my heart and soul into everything I do,” says Steven. “As a baseline, my goal is to deliver what the client has asked for, but I’ll always explore additional creative perspectives they may not have considered.” Steven has merged his talent into becoming a successful commercial director as well.
As an avid environmentalist, Steven serves as President of A Walk on Water, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides surf therapy for special needs. “We take children and adults surfing and introduce them to the magical healing powers of the ocean, it’s the most humbling and emotional thing I’ve ever experienced.” Along with A Walk on Water, Steven is also an ambassador for SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well-being, and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. Steven lives with his Wife, Ana Paula, and two children, Reilley and Ryder, in Malibu, where he is still an avid surfer and skater. A self-described family of artists and watermen, they all do their best to enjoy the ocean, even if only briefly, each and every single day.