Our directors + dps tell engaging stories that create lots of laughs, make us emotional, and inspire us to be better.
It was during his work as a top food stylist working on many highly technical and exciting commercial shoots for the likes of Waitrose, Knorr and McDonald's that John Bentham recognised he might have a keen talent for directing. Realising that his own personal creative flair, vision and process, could be combined with his vast product and technical knowledge, as well as shooting experience, he came to the conclusion that this could be the perfect combination to take into filmmaking himself. A couple of years down the line, John’s reel has built on his extensive food stylist work to be become a lovely (and appetising) selection of films. His new 'A to Z of food' film is testament to this and combines his own directing and creative work with some lovely moments from his favourite styling projects.
One of Australia's best looking comedy, performance, and visual directors, Josh's performance and narrative skills lay in creating or developing characters that make us laugh, cry, cringe or just weird us out. Over the past few years, Josh has been busy in the commercials space producing clever results for local clients, Google, MAC, Lion Nathan, McDonald's, Telstra, NRL, Stellar Magazine, Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Heineken, MTV, Tim Tams, KFC, SBS, ABC, Royal Life Saving Association, Masters Milk, Microsoft, Nestle, Splendor in the Grass and AIM. He has directed cross-platform campaigns for VISA, ING, Mountain Dew, Virgin Airlines, Samsung, Optus, Commonwealth Bank, Lynx, Vodafone, Tourism Tasmania, Nando’s, Hungry Jack’s and SBS World Movies.
Josh is adorned with many industry accolades, from the Cannes Int. Advertising Festival, IdN Magazine, Shots Magazine, the St Kilda Festival and the ARIA Awards, to name drop a few.
We commonly refer Josh as ‘the second funniest guy in the office’.
Justine’s work is inspired by narrative, love and making things better and beautiful. She has an understanding of concept and storytelling which is supported by her AFDA honours degree in Animation and Writing. She’s worked in research, film, TVCs and music video production/directing. She’s paired her keen eye with her attention to detail for brands like Omo, Discovery Vitality, DSTV, Investec, Nandos and Cadbury.
Her work has won awards at AFDA, The Loeries, Durban International Film Festival and the Recontres Henri Langlois Festival. She’s also had a special mention at the Cape Winelands Film Festival.
Partnering with Brenda Wilson, she co-founded FirstPencil in 2015 and immediately made a mark with a Bronze at Cannes and a Silver Loerie for their work with Ireland Davenport on War Museum: Cup of Life.
In 2016 they carried on in a variety of different genres (and even added some sporty vignettes into the mix). They added the following to their trophy case:
Loeries - SANBS “Sit down to save lives” (Silver)
CICLOPE - NB #Numbers speak louder than words (Editing-Silver)
New Generations Awards - DSTV From my Home to your Home (Gold - Best Integrated Marketing Campaign by an Agency)
Justine has dabbled in documentary, played in stop motion and even tugged at a few heartstring in the process.
As a director Nick Jones predominantly traffics in awkward and absurd humour through stories both epic and personal, featuring subtly nuanced performance and dialogue that are rooted in naturalism and authenticity.
From art school and music videos via lots of television to advertising, Nick has a deep technical knowledge and a creative energy which he brings to every project both big and small.
Nick has worked with: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Olivia Coleman, Mitchell & Webb, John Cleese, Barclaycard, Fiat, Mercedes, McDonalds, Ikea, Burger King, Subway, Sony, Mini, Pola Irn-Bru, Kodak, Walmart, Polaroid, Subway and Heineken.
Nick keeps his industry awards and certificates in the shed alongside a couple of held-for-ransom celebrity chefs.
Frandsen is a director, DP, producer, husband and dad based in Brooklyn, NY. He's worked with Swiffer, Dawn, Charmin, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Oral-B to name a few. Adweek calls his work "real enough to actually warrant a rare bit of respite from cynicism". His narrative and documentary work have won awards at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, NY Shorts International Film Festival, Cannes, Mashies, and the Seattle Film Festival.
Chris had a camera at his side since the age of 11, when his Grandfather in Kansas started showing him the ropes during the summer. His dream leaving high school was to be a Jazz Photographer, shooting record covers and editorial portraits, and this vision led him to a job with fashion photographer and filmmaker Arthur Elgort, also an avid jazz fan. It was Elgort that first threw an Aaton and a Bolex into his hands and said “figure it out”.
He uses photography and film to create order in an otherwise chaotic life. He loves taking the madness and craziness of the world around him and finding those moments of beauty and peace that tell a story or make a descriptive image, filtering out the excess. He’s worked with Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Revlon, Maybelline, Bausch & Lomb, Tennis Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Cooper Union.
As a dancer and performer, the poetry of movement holds a heavy influence on her work from commercial campaigns with Revlon, CoverGirl, Maybelline, and L'Oreal to music videos for artists such as Tracy Chapman, Lou Reed, & Marc Anthony. Paula has been honored with several awards such as the Silver Lion at Cannes, the International Monitor Award, and the Deutscher Kommunikationsverband-Die-Kappe (Germany's equivalent to the Clios). When she’s not working on her independent projects, she can be found soaking up the sun in Los Angeles.
Geoff is a storyteller first, visual artist second. The moment that opened his eyes to the power of visual storytelling was as a teen when people who saw his first short film sent letters telling him how it inspired them and even changed their views on it’s subject. From that moment on, he knew there was nothing else he wanted to do but continue making art that inspired, communicated, and uplifted. Since then his music videos and television commercials have aired on broadcast both nationally and across the globe for clients such as Macy's and Lord & Taylor. His feature film Fray premiered theatrically in LA and has been shown in over 200 countries (reaching #2 on Amazon UK and #15 on Amazon US) after receiving multiple “ best film" awards and joining The Academy of Motion Picture's Core Collection.
Paul spent a ridiculous amount of time studying film and actors; time that could have been spent learning how to pick stocks, calculate his APR or even balance his checkbook. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, 'This is the business I’ve chosen’ and he’s hooked. He loves the turn of the head in take 7 and the way she looks at the baby in take 3. He’s watched Brando pick up that glove in “On the Waterfront” about fifty times and was lucky enough to even study with his teacher, Stella Adler. At parties he’s the guy who doesn’t know his property assessment value but does know that Damien Chazelle shot Whiplash digitally and La La Land on film. When it comes to his work he doesn’t stop don’t stop. He eat, breathes and sleeps it. So there, stock brokers. Go do something useful— shoot a film.
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute, Trish worked as a director and DP for Upfronts for CNN and HLN, promos for USA's "White Collar", PSAs for BET's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and USA's Law & Order: SVU No More campaign. She also shot branded integration campaigns for Microsoft, Visa, Snapple, Dunkin Donut's, Levi's, Subaru and many more.
Nicole’s directing career kicked off with writing and directing theatre where she discovered she had passion for creating beautiful, emotional narratives. She went onto the study film at Wits University in Johannesburg South Africa and completed part of my honors year through a scholarship program at Tisch, NYU. Nicole immersed herself in the world of advertising through years of creative research and a stint at TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris before directing commercials. She started off my directing career in the directing duo, PHI, gaining a plethora of knowledge from the partnership. She considers herself a passionate, detail obsessed storyteller that strives to create a unique visual style for each piece of work she does while having a strong intuitive approach to storytelling and performance.
As the executive producer of GhostPepper, I basically keep an eye on everything. To quote Wag the Dog, “A good producer is like a plumber, if he does his job right you shouldn’t even know he was there. If he does it wrong there is sh-t everywhere.” Nobody wants that...
Head of Production
I’m a jack of all trades producer, account manager, and post-supervisor. I handle the day to day operations of GhostPepper, spending most of my day crunching numbers in budgets, working with directors on their treatments, managing clients, and finding us work.
When I’m not superwoman, I can be found watching General Hospital or chanting on the Arizona Wildcats Men’s Basketball team. Goooooo Cats! I’m a wine enthusiast, lego builder, and food instagrammer.
Midwest & Southwest Rep
Director + DP + Editor
I’m a tumbleweed of varied interests and experiences, absorbing what I come across and taking shape along the way. In life and in work I look for order in the chaos, the links between the unrelated, and how it all fits together. See you on down the road.
East Coast Rep
Digital Marketing Manager
I'm your standard bearded white millennial living in Brooklyn and taking photos for everyone's Instagram account (including GhostPepper's). From digital content to event marketing, my job is to create a company's brand identity and use digital content to build brand awareness. I'm the person you can blame for that "funny" social media ad you kind of remember.
Hello! I'm Jennifer, you'll find me at the front desk greeting guests with a smile and helping to ensure everything runs smoothly in the office. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask. I love people and enjoy that I can interact with all sorts of creative personalities while ensuring they enjoy a productive visit at GhostPepper.
I do important work here, mainly greeting clients and our staff. When I'm not working, I enjoy long walks in the snow and chewing bones.