- LOS ANGELES
International production company Great Guns has added directors Melody Maker and Suzanne Kim to its roster. Great Guns reps Maker in the U.S. while Kim is handled globally outside of Australia. This marks Kim’s first representation in the U.S. market and outside of Australia and New Zealand. She continues to be repped Down Under by production house Collider. Meanwhile Maker’s last company affiliation was The Mill.
Having begun her career as creative director at fashion house BOY LONDON, Maker honed her skills in photography and filmmaking before going on to direct the striking music video for Gorgon City’s “Go Deep.” Inspired by both in-camera effects and the power of VFX, Maker’s work marries live action with other-worldly CGI, combining camera trickery with bold visuals. Her inquisitive mind allows her to dive deep into the world of storytelling with an honest approach to filmmaking. This often leads to beautiful, provocative outcomes and an obsession with movement both in front of and behind the camera.
Throughout her career, Maker has created award-winning work for musicians and brands including Anthony Joshua, Mahalia, Greentea Peng, Nike, Herbal Essences, and OPPO.
Oliver Fuselier, managing director and EP of Great Guns USA, commented, “Both Melody and Suzanne are huge talents in their own rights, and I am proud to represent them both in the U.S. market. Melody seamlessly blends live action and visual effects while maintaining a human, authentic feel to her work. Suzanne’s storytelling, meanwhile, pulls at your heartstrings and her portrayal of women in particular is so captivating.”
Korean-Australian filmmaker Kim’s collaborative spirit has enabled work with brands Procter & Gamble, Aesop, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Virgin, The Guardian and Sydney Opera House. Her work has been awarded and shortlisted at various festivals including New York Festivals, BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, Australian Cinematographer’s Society Awards, Adfest, and Clipped Music Video Festival where she won Best Director 2019.
Kim draws inspiration from her love of photography, film, anime, music, dance and theatre--all of which influence her ability to craft unique transitions, dynamic angles, and rhythmical editing in her work. Part of the team leading Free the Work Australia, Kim has a particular interest in anchoring female narratives at the center of her work, grounding them with a strong political awareness and an intimate, often documentary-style of shooting.
Laura Gregory, founder of Great Guns, added “Suzanne started directing after a successful career as a producer for some of the best production houses in Australia. A director with a producer’s heart has solid roots and it shows in her work to date. For an emerging director there’s an air of confidence that shines in all of her work and her production background instantly eliminates any ‘risk’ associated with using a new director. She really has hit the ground running. My personal favorites to date are the music video for Lazy Colts ‘Be The One,’ the documentary The One In A Hundred and her work for the sport brand Running Bare. She has an exciting future ahead of her.”