Los Angeles based film director.
Listed in AdWeek as one of the top 20 Content Creators of 2016. Directed a short film for Dove (Dove Real Beauty Sketches) which within one month of releasing accumulated over 150 million views on youtube and officially was titled the most viewed commercial of all time. Subsequently the Dove film went onto to be named by TIME magazine as the number one commercial of 2013.
Grew up in the midwest. At the age of 18, he got a summer internship at Mozilla FireFox where he pitched the concept of creating a giant FireFox logo crop circle as a viral marketing stunt for the popular web browser. The idea was approved and John successfully created the FireFox crop-circle stunt which still to this day stands as the most viral marketing campaign in the history of the company. John went on to attended Art Center College of Design on a full scholarship. John's student work at Art Center lead to a full-fledged directing career before graduation.
John is a fan of emotion, human-interest topics, cinematic ascetics, and intimate character stories. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, TIME, Forbes, ABC News, and many others. John has partnered with top agencies like Mullen, Grey, Wieden+Kennedy, 180LA, 72 and Sunny, Saatchi & Saatchi, Digitas, Ogilvy, and DraftFCB. He has helmed campaigns for clients like Apple, Coca-Cola, eBay, Samsung, Dove, Guinness, Google, Philips, Goodwill, and more. Industry recognition includes: 2014 DGA nomination, 2013 CANNES LIONS TITANIUM GRAND PRIX, 2013 One Show Gold Pencil, and more.
AdWeek Top 20 Content Creators in 2016
Directors Guild of America Nomination
Best Ad Campaign of the 21st Century - AdAge
Good Morning America
New York Times
New York Times 2
AdCritic (creativity-online) 1
The Today Show
The Today Show 2
AdCritic (creativity-online) 2
The Huffington Post 1
The Huffington Post 2
The Huffington Post 3
The Daily Beast | NEWSWEEK Magazine
New York Daily News
DGA - NOMINATION 2014 - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
2016: CANNES LIONS - GRAND PRIX (Health) - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: CANNES LIONS - Gold (Health) - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: AICP - Branded Content - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: ONE SHOW - SILVER PENCIL - Valspar
2016: ONE SHOW - SILVER PENCIL - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: BRAND FILM FESTIVAL - Best short film - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: BRAND FILM FESTIVAL - Healthcare Award - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2016: BRAND FILM FESTIVAL - Special Award - Philips' 'Breathless Choir'
2014: CANNES LIONS - GOLD INTEGRATED
2014: ONE SHOW - GOLD - SHORT FILM
2014: WEBBY - INTERACTIVE
2014: WEBBY - INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN
2014: WEBBY - BRANDED CONTENT
2014: WEBBY - VIRAL MARKETING
2013: CANNES LIONS - TITANIUM GRAND PRIX - DOVE REAL BEAUTY SKETCHES
2013: ONE CLUB EMERGING DIRECTORS SHOWCASE - GOLD - DOVE REAL BEAUTY SKETCHES
2013: Cannes Lions - Film Gold Lion - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - Branded Content Gold - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - Cyber Gold Lion - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - Media Gold Lion - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - PR Gold Lion - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - Promo Gold Lion - Dove
2013: Cannes Lions - Integrated Gold Lion - Dove
2013: ONE SHOW PENCIL (GOLD WINNER FOR DOCUMENTARIES) - DOVE REAL BEAUTY SKETCHES
2013: CANNES - YOUNG DIRECTOR AWARD - DOVE REAL BEAUTY SKETCHES
2013: LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS (LIA)
2013: LIA GOLD - Branded Content - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA GOLD - Corporate Image - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA GOLD - Viral - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA GOLD - Non-traditional Branded Content - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA GOLD - Non-traditional Corporate Image - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA SILVER - TV/CINEMA ONLINE Branded Content- Dove Beauty Sketches GOLD - TV/
2013: LIA CINEMA ONLINE Corporate Image - Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: LIA SILVER - TV/CINEMA ONLINE Music and Sound Design- Dove Beauty Sketches
2013: CLIO AWARDS - (WINNER BRONZE) - eBay
2012: AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL (OFFICIAL SELECTION) - ILLEGAL
2012: CLIO AWARDS - (SHORTLIST) - SHELTER FROM THE STORM
2012: AICP - (WINNER) - HARLEM ELVIS
2011: ART DIRECTORS CLUB (ADC) AWARD (WINNER/GOLD) - VOICES FROM THE FIELD
2011: CANNES - YOUNG DIRECTOR AWARD (SHORTLIST) - VOICES FROM THE FIELD
2011: ONVIDI - $10,000 AWARD (WINNER/FIRST) - BE NEAR ME