Partizan Lands Director Pete Candeland For Spots, Branded Content
Pete Candeland
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Director Pete Candeland has chosen Partizan as his new creative home. The production company will handle him globally for commercials and branded content.

Known for his work in animation and mixed media across 2D, 3D and live action, Candeland has been the creative force behind iconic Gorillaz music videos, genre-defying cinematics for the Rockstar game franchise and numerous highly emotive BBC trailers.

SHOOT selected the Candeland-directed “Five and the Missing Jewels” for Great Western Railway as among its top five VFX/Animation spots of 2018. The piece was produced by Friends Electric, Candeland’s roost prior to joining Partizan, for agency adam&eveDDB London. Featuring The Famous Five--a group of adventurous young children and their dog Timmy from the series of novels by English author Enid Blyton--the ad has these youngsters and canine Timmy chasing a scoundrel in the aftermath of a jewel heist.

Rolling Stone Magazine described Candeland’s work as “jaw dropping” and “insanely cool.” His style is epitomized by highly conceptual narratives, strong graphic sensibilities and artful compositions. Beyond all this, his future-facing approach has him constantly searching for new and exciting ways to tell stories. 

Candeland said he’s long been inspired by Partizan’s work and its directors. Of the company and its talent, Candeland said, “They continue to show that filmmaking needn’t be bound singularly by technique, but rather that filmmaking is a true home for imagination to flourish--not just within the frame lines, but beyond that in the hearts and minds of viewers. I love the opportunity this brings and can’t wait to explore fantastic, imaginative and visual ways to tell stories together.”


Client Great Western Railway Agency adam&eveDDB, London Ben Tollett, group executive creative director; Matt Woolner, Steve Wioland, creatives; Louise Richardson, TV producer. Production Friends Electric, Los Angeles Pete Candeland, director; Neil Riley, TD; Ryan Goodwin-Smith, Belinda Blacklock, exec producer; Sian Jenkins, Adriana Wong, producers; Kristian Antonelli, character design; Yohann Auroux, storyboard artist; Brian Raess, editor. Painting Practice Billy Stockwell, art direction & DMP. VFX/Animation Electric Theatre Collective, London Daryl Graham, Tim Sanpher, Eleonora Quario, 2D animation; Taran Spear, Alex Prod’Homme, Courtney Pryce, Max van Leeuwen, Tom Humphrey, compositors; Sergio Morales Paz, Steve Beck, Paul Templeman, Annie Rowland, Joffrey Zeitouni, Lou Thomas, Paco Rocha, Stephane Renaldi, Borja Massa, Dana DiGioia, Joao Pires, Ashley Anderson, Gregory Martin, Daniel Rico, Hillary McCarthy, and Kimon Matara, CG team. Modeling Interference Pattern (Toolbox: Maya, Houdini, TVPaint) Audio 750MPH, London Sam Ashwell, Mark Hellaby, sound design & mix; Mary-Ann D’Cruz, audio producer. Music Supervision Company Theodore Tom Stanford, music supervisor. Licensor Enid Blyton Entertainment, Hachette Karen Lawler, head of licensed content.


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