- BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
CoMPANY Films--the production company headed by EPs Ron Cicero and Richard Goldstein--has signed British director Chris Fowles, marking his first representation in the U.S. market. Fowles is best known in the U.K. for his poignant storytelling for Google, Land Rover, Xbox and the Alzheimer’s Society.
“I came across Chris’ work and felt it showed a really sophisticated approach to storytelling,” said Cicero. “His spot for Xbox, ‘Beyond Generations,’ was a solid idea clearly elevated by the filmmaker. As Richard and I expand CoMPANY’s offerings, Chris represents an exciting opportunity to dive more into the worlds of emotional storytelling, big visuals and even automotive--worlds in which we’ve shared prior success.”
Fowles added, “I’d been following CoMPANY for a while before Ron [Cicero] reached out to me. After a few calls it was clear to me that he and Richard [Goldstein] really understand my work. Simple stories that resonate with people. Being represented in the U.S. market is a big step in any director’s career, so this is a huge time for me. CoMPANY is a unique place with a great reputation. A rare boutique that doesn’t have a million names on it; every director has a specific place.”
Fowles started his filmmaking career doing documentary-style work before shifting into commercials and promos. He feels it was his psychological bent that brought him great insight into storytelling. “I studied psychology for a few years, having always been fascinated by human emotions and behavior, about why we think and feel the way we do,” said Fowles. “My work can be traced back to a core emotion or motivation. Once I’ve found that anchor, everything becomes clear, how the actors should move, where the camera should be.”
One of Fowles compelling spots--“Hesitation” for PrideinLondon, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ community--features a lesbian couple debating whether or not to frequent a nightclub, not because of fear of COVID but rather the fear of being harassed. “When you can’t tell if it’s an actor or a real person, you’ve done a pretty good job,” commented Fowles. “I used actors, yes, but they’re also a real couple. This was so important to me, having to believe their humor, chemistry and shared pain.”
In an uplifting spot for “Diabetes UK,” Fowles shows the daily ups and downs of diabetics balancing daily living while managing the chronic condition. “I started working with real people, understanding their stories, then moved into traditional casting. There’s a line a director walks between truth and performance. It’s a delicate balance, but when you get it right, it’s really impactful. I love working with creatives to help tease these moments out in a natural way when writing a treatment.”
Client PrideInLondon Creative Katie McGuinness Production Jealous Films Chris Fowles, director (who is repped via Hoi Polloi); Alex White, producer; Terrence Wilkins, DP; Marti Guiver, camera assistant; Hollie Mapp, gaffer; Kat Hawker, production designer; Liam Walters, sound recordist; Bonnie Hamilton, art director. Editorial Stitch Flaura Atkinson, editor. Postproduction Cheat Vlad Barin, colorist; Thea Dagnaud, post producer.
Client Xbox Agency McCann London Laurence Thomson, Rob Doubal, chief creative officers of McCann UK and co-presidents, McCann London; Jamie Mietz, Sanjiv Mistry, executive creative directors; James Crosby, William Cottam, sr. creatives; Lisa Carrana, head of design; David Coates, designer. Production Agency (Craft) Sergio Lopez, chief production officer; Sophie Chapman-Andrews, head of integrated production; Alec Christie, exec producer; Zara Balfour, sr. producer; Pedro Pinto, head of postproduction; Jamie Cooper, post producer; Sarah Hall, producer. Production Company Craft Chris Fowles, director; Zara Balfour, producer; Terrence Wilkins, DP; Chris Davey, composer; Alex Young, editor; Toby Burden, assistant producer; Ashley Joiner, assistant editor; Marti Guiver, Luke Makepeace, assistant camera; Mihai Meirosu, sound design & mix; Simon Hall, online editor; David Devine, COVID supervisor; Son of Alan, illustrator. Color Grade Framestore Stefan Perry, colorist.