The leaders of bicoastal creative production company Gentleman Scholar joined their industry colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for last night's premiere of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art and Technique of the American Commercial. There, they had the honor of presenting their Sponsor Reel, created to introduce this year's AICP Show. Given free rein to craft a set of visuals reflecting the intrigue of an energetic industry, the studio dug deep into its multifaceted approach to content production by creating a balanced and honed piece that embraces live action, design, animation and VFX.

"Gentleman Scholar brought a wonderful sense of clever humor, and playful visuals to honor our sponsors and set the tone for our evening at MoMA," said Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP. "Each time it's viewed, you key in on something new."

On considering the open-ended nature of the project, Gentleman Scholar co-founder and director William Campbell began, "'No brief' projects are often the best but scariest opportunities. It took a couple weeks just to stop having new ideas and actually get to making. It's also a testament to how much trust the AICP has in its partners to let us jump out there and just create."

Gentleman Scholar's internal exploration ultimately led it to a vignette-heavy, snapshot-like aesthetic, full of whimsical moments and charming, visual wordplay. The concept is a dedication to the magic that is created on a daily basis by the commercial production industry. Campbell continued, "All of our jobs, from writers to compositors, involve a lot of sleight of hand or illusion. We are all magicians in a way, so this is a subtle nod to those skills."

Everyone in the company's LA and NY studios personally contributed to the many weeks of design, embracing the wide range of talent and skillsets within the Gentleman Scholar studios. "In the end, it really took a village to craft such a left-of-center, slightly-obscured vision full of twists and turns and magic and metaphors," added Will Johnson, Gentleman Scholar co-founder. "We spend all day every day being good. But sometimes, it feels good to be bad. Making this project, we broke some things and exorcised some of our demons. Being strange felt good."

After last night, Gentleman Scholar's 2018 Sponsor Reel becomes part of the AICP Show archive in MoMA's Department of Film. Adding to the night's excitement for the company and its project partners, the team's collaboration with DDB Canada for Dairy Farmers of Canada was shortlisted in the AICP Show's Animation category. Gentleman Scholar was also closely involved with RPA's Imaginary Friend Society campaign, which also was shortlisted in the AICP Show and has earned recognition in many other major creative industry award programs so far this year.

The 2018 AICP Show Sponsor Reel features an original score created by Antfood. To view it and see its full list of credits, please visit

About Gentleman Scholar
Gentleman Scholar is a creative production company drawn together by a love for design and an eagerness to push boundaries. Since launching in Los Angeles in 2010 and expanding to New York in 2016, Gentleman Scholar has staked its claim across all media platforms. In the hands of its diverse team the company continues to evolve in the disciplines of live-action production, animation, digital exploration, print, and VR. Experience its powerful fusion of story, style, technology and design at

About AICP 
AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of independent companies that specialize in the production and post production of commercials in various media—film, video, digital—for advertisers and agencies. The association, with national offices in New York and Los Angeles as well as regional chapters across the country, serves as a strong collective voice for this $5 billion-plus industry. Founded in 1972, AICP assists its members by: disseminating information; representing production and post production companies within the advertising community in business circles, in labor negotiations and dealing with employment issues; and before governmental officials; developing industry standards and tools; providing professional development; and marketing American production and post production via events and awards shows.