Directors

David Gaddie

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Agency: DDB New York

Directors

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David Gaddie

Director

David's most surprising insight into comedy came during film school when he shot weddings for money. To relieve the inevitable artistic boredom, he regularly cut together lowlights reels - folks crying, losing their cool, wardrobe mishaps, awkward speeches and nerves. To his surprise, these videos were hits, with viewers exclaiming he'd captured their true family. He's been looking for that bittersweet human comedy ever since.   

David has shot around the world for nearly every major brand. Resistant to being typecast, he's proven to be a force whether directing actors for comedy, visuals, action or drama. He is also a master of visual storytelling and effects (since turning his Dad's shed into an stop-motion studio at age 8). David is the rare filmmaker who is great with actors and has a great sense of comedy timing, but who has also mastered both VFX and big picture visuals. 

David's work has attracted almost every industry award and nomination, including Gold and Silver at Cannes, several Clio Awards, and OneShow and D&AD commendations. David has directed commercials for clients such as Coca Cola, McDonald's, Kellogg's, Snickers, Heinz, Oral B, Johnson & Johnson and Sorbent. He has directed automotive spots for Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and GM and technology spots for Sony, Olympus and Showtime, among many others.  

Most recently David has been creating groundbreaking VR experiences that push the boundaries of the medium. As founder of The Colony and visual effects studio Afterparty, David has been able to rally behind his team with a passion for the craft that is second to none.