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Framestore Pictures Adds Director Ivan Bird

Company to represent the internationally recognized filmmaker in the US and Canada; recent commercial directorial credits include the ‘zero carbon-powered’ ad for Hitachi and McDonald’s ‘Simply Timeless’ retro spot.

Framestore Pictures has signed commercial director and cinematographer Ivan Bird to its representation roster in the US and Canada. The internationally recognized filmmaker has worked with a range of A-list talent including Harrison Ford; Idris Elba; Kate Winslet; Samuel L Jackson; Dustin Hoffman; David Beckham; Jude Law; and Usain Bolt. His commercial directorial credits include work for brands including Atlantic; HSBC; Hitachi; Land Rover; Mercedes; McDonald’s; Nike; Shell; Sky; and The Times on Sunday.

“Welcoming Ivan and his rich history as an award-winning filmmaker to our roster is a big moment for Framestore Pictures,” commented Framestore Pictures managing director, Jennifer Siegel. “Ivan's body of work is a testament to the way in which he continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking, which is what we strive to do at Framestore Pictures. Working alongside the VFX teams there will be no limit to the way in which Ivan will tell stories.”

Bird continues to be represented by Rattling Stick in the UK, recently directing the "zero carbon-powered" ad alongside agency Mamapool for Hitachi to promote an environmental message ahead of the 2021 COP26 climate summit. He also directed Leo Burnett’s retro spot Simply Timeless for McDonald’s and Don’t Do Business Without It for American Express alongside mcgarrybowen London.

“The team at Framestore Pictures are so passionate about our industry, the craft, and driven to do great work,” added Bird. “I love the idea of working alongside them in a boutique environment, where everyone from production to post are looking out for each other and working together as a really strong unit. Post-production is the future of our industry, and the concept of a combined production/post house is exciting.”

Bird’s credits as cinematographer include the recent film How to Stop a Recurring Dream, cult classic Sexy Beast, and the Guinness Surfer commercial. Bird has been the recipient of top industry awards including the Clios, London International Awards, D&AD, and British Arrows.

Source: Framestore

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