- LOS ANGELES
Director Greg Bell has joined the roster of L.A.-based Community Films for U.S. representation.
Bell’s recent work includes widely aired comic fare for Lowe’s with BBDO Worldwide, an award-winning Snickers spot with a falling lumberjack, and Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant. His body of work also contains several rounds of spots with MLB superstar Buster Posey for Toyota, and, recently, Gary Cole of Veep and Office Space fame for Chrysler.
Having spent many years on the agency side of the business, Bell is a creative’s director who works collaboratively with creative teams to bring projects to life. As a comedic director, he has a knack for portraying real people in absurd situations and showcasing the delicious quirks of human nature through subtle performance. His likable casting and super-specific camera placement are fundamentals of his comedy.
Prior to becoming a commercial film director, Bell spent 15 years as one of the most awarded creatives in the advertising industry with stints at Cliff Freeman & Partners, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and later co-founding his own creative shop, Venables Bell & Partners. During that time, he was the winner of numerous awards, including Cannes Gold Lions, One Show Gold, AICP Show-recognized work included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Clio Hall of Fame and two campaigns in USA Today’s “Best of the Decade.” Bell also earned inclusion into SHOOT’s 2011 New Directors Showcase.
Bell said he was drawn to Community by executive producers Carl Swan and Lizzie Schwartz. “I signed in my head with them about 15 minutes into our first meeting,” recalled Bell. “Lizzie and Carl are about as genuine and down-to-earth as they come, and you can tell they’re still doing it for the love of the work itself.”