Thursday, August 11, 2011

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