The Mill has fortified its global directorial roster with two new signings, Ben Hansford and Rogier Schalken.
Hansford is an award-winning U.S. director who is heavily influenced by fine arts, film and music. With a background in animation and design, his specialty is integrating visual effects, comedy and performance. Best known for obtaining compelling performances from top tier talent, Hansford has amassed credits that include two Old Spice Super Bowl spots featuring Terry Crews and the star-studded trailer for TNT’s drama Boom.
Schalken hails from Amsterdam, where he was a head creative and founder of Media Monk’s film and post departments. His passion for merging film, experiential and digital led to his debut directorial piece: an interactive film for Desperados titled The Desperados Experience, which went on to receive a Cannes Lion nomination and win multiple awards. More recently, Schalken has worked on a spot for South Korea’s biggest beer brand, created “Deerupt,” a series of cinematic and interactive look books for Adidas, and conducted an urban experiment “7 Days of Rain” for footwear brand Geox.
The Mill’s executive director Steve Venning commented, ‘We’re constantly striving to find talent, the kind of people that can ideate and collaborate with our clients and genuinely bring something new and different to The Mill’s roster. In signing Ben Hansford and Rogier Schalken we now have two hugely experienced directors who offer incredibly rich cinematography, excellent visual effects and an interactive edge.”