Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Robb Bindler Tackles Philadelphia Eagles for Comcast

Boyhood dreams came true as Chelsea's Comcast crew filmed field level near the endzone.  Here are some pictures of director Robb Bindler and crew from the shoot:

Robb Bindler giving the thumbs up.

Digitas's Paul Cammarota and Nic Mordecai pose on the Eagles's field pregame.

DP David Morrison all smiles during the game.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chelsea East's Gelato Tasting Part 3

While temperatures reach the 100s in New York, Chelsea East continues to keep cool with gelato tastings!  

For this tasting, we chose  Ciao Bella, a noted Nolita shop that has since gone national.  We ordered  chocolate, espresso, pistachio, Oreo cookie dough and vanilla.  Lisa especially enjoyed the pistachio while Pietra, our staff production assistant, thought the espresso was smooth and flavorful.  There was not a scoop of Oreo cookie dough left over!

To get the true flavor we insisted on purchasing the hand packed pints.  While we would've given the gelato a 7, we're docking it to 6 because the server gave us lip for having to hand pack!  And so, Ciao Bella receives a 6/10.

Pietra and Celia serving Ciao Bella.  

Chelsea Signs Director Jack Cole For U.S. Spot Representation

Chelsea proudly announces the addition of director Jack Cole to their roster. Cole’s flare for creating visually striking films across a broad spectrum of genres attracted clients such as Reebok, Panasonic, Subaru, and most recently Stride Gum.

“I had a great experience working with Chelsea shooting the last Stride spot,” said Cole. “When the offer to sign up to the ranks officially came along it was a no-brainer. I’m really looking forward to working more in the States and hope I can offer something a little different by bringing this particular Englishman’s eye to the table.”

Tom Christmann, Executive Creative Director at JWT, worked with Cole on Stride. “Jack can direct ostriches to run through walls. He can direct nineteen-year-old girls to wrestle rams. And yet he still hasn’t let those talents go to his head and is a pleasure to work with. Amazing,” said Christmann.

Jack began his directing career as one half of duo Liff. Their work was nominated for the Newcomer Award at the Soho Rushes Shorts Festival, screened at the onedotzero Film Festival, and short-listed for the Nike Young Directors Award. In 2005, Shots Magazine New Directors Reel featured Liff. Their short films received international acclaim, most notably “Practice Makes Perfect”, nominated for the TCM Classic Shorts Award at the London Film Festival.

“Image making has always been what I do,” said Cole. “From spending hours drawing A-team cartoons as a kid to painting graffiti in English suburbia while fantasizing I was in New York as a teen. Now as a ‘grown-up’ I chase ostriches, rams and actors around film sets. I see it all as an extension of the obsession I’ve always had to create pictures.”

“Visualist comedy directors are few and far between. Add in Jack’s stills background and you have a very potent director,” said Chelsea co-owner Lisa Mehling. “I am so pleased to add Jack to the Chelsea roster.”

Shoot Magazine features Cole signing with Chelsea.
Jack Cole Reel

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chelsea West Dines at Red Lobster

After working hard on Neil Abramson’s Red Lobster spots, Chelsea West wined and dined at a local Red Lobster restaurant. 

Here are some pictures of Chelsea West staff with their entrees:

Denise, Assistant Controller.

Carol, Controller.

Allie, Production Coordinator.

Adam, Bidder/Production Manager.

Thea, Allison's daughter.

Susan, Office Manager

Leslie, Head of Production


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Q&A With Chelsea Director Kevin MacDonald

Oscar winner Kevin MacDonald sat down with Huffington Post to discuss his new film, Life in A Day, which opened in theaters July 29, 2011.

In the Q&A, MacDonald discusses his inspiration for the YouTube global film experiment and what he took away from the unique experience.  "I got [a] sense of this tremendous life force, that people -- even when they're in their last hours or days of life, confronting death -- they still have this sense of wanting to live, of life being special and wonderful," said MacDonald.

The rest of the interview can be found here.

Former Chelsea Intern Rahel Araya Awarded with GroupM Scholarship

Congratulations to former Chelsea intern Rahel Araya! GroupM North America has named Rahel and two other honorees in the GroupM Diversity Scholarship program it established with City College of New York as part of an ongoing effort to promote diversity and inclusion within the media and advertising industry.

Adage featured Rahel and the scholarship program on June 30.  Click here for the article.

Best of luck to Rahel in the coming semester!

GroupMNorth America's HR Director Tim Cecere (left) and CEO Rob Norman (center) join Salwa Sayed (second left), Rahel Araya and Cory Rainford, the first GroupM Scholars.