Production company Framestore Pictures has signed internationally recognized commercial director and cinematographer Ivan Bird to its roster for representation in the U.S. and Canada. Bird had previously been repped in the American advertising market by Moxie Pictures.
Bird has worked with world-renowned talent, including Harrison Ford, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Samuel L Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, David Beckham, Jude Law and Usain Bolt. Bird’s direction on award-winning commercials spans brands such as Atlantic, HSBC, Hitachi, Land Rover, Mercedes, McDonald’s, Nike, Shell, Sky, and The Times on Sunday.
Bird continues to be represented by Rattling Stick in the U.K., recently directing the world’s first “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 beloved retro spot “Simply Timeless” for McDonald’s as well as “Don’t Do Business Without It” for American Express alongside mcgarrybowen London.
“Welcoming Ivan and his rich history as an award-winning filmmaker to our roster is a big moment for Framestore Pictures,” said Jennifer Siegel, managing director of Framestore Pictures. “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.”
“The team at Framestore Pictures are so passionate about our industry, the craft, and driven to do great work,” said 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. Postproduction is the future of our industry and the concept of a combined production/post house is exciting.”
Prior to moving into commercial direction, Bird’s work as DP was coveted by film and commercial directors such as Jonathan Glazer, Daniel Kleinman, Dante Ariola, Frank Budgen and Fredrik Bond. Bird’s credits as cinematographer include the award-winning film How to Stop a Recurring Dream, cult classic Sexy Beast, and the famed Guinness “Surfer” commercial.
Bird has been the recipient of assorted awards, including Clios, London International Awards, D&AD, and British Arrows.