Our directors + dps tell engaging stories that create lots of laughs, make us emotional, and inspire us to be better.
While working as a top food stylist for Clients’ such as Waitrose, Knorr, and McDonald’s, John Bentham developed the creative flair, vision, and process that marks his direction today. His vast technical knowledge and years of shooting experience make him an adept director. John’s style combines eclectic imagery and alluring motion to show food at its most appetizing angles. His new ‘A to Z of food’ film combines his directing, creative, and food styling work to demonstrate the best of the best in food films, all through the alphabet.
One of Australia's best looking comedy, performance, and visual directors, Josh's performance and narrative skills lay in creating and developing characters that make us laugh, cry, and cringe--or just weird us out. Josh has produced clever results in the commercial space for clients such as Google, MAC, McDonald's, Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Heineken, MTV, KFC, ABC, Microsoft, Nestle, and AIM, just to name a few. He is also experienced in cross-platform campaigns, having created them for the likes of VISA, ING, Mountain Dew, Virgin Airlines, Samsung, Nando’s, Hungry Jack’s--the list goes on and on. He is the proud recipient of many accolades including the Cannes Int. Advertising Festival, IdN Magazine, Shots Magazine, the St Kilda Festival and the ARIA Awards. We commonly refer Josh as “the second funniest guy in the office.”
An expert storyteller with a knack for narrative arc, Justine is inspired by love, beauty, and finding the best in everything. Her profound knowledge of concept and storyline began with her AFDA honors degree in Animation and Writing and has continued through her work for brands such as Omo, Discovery Vitality, DSTV, Investec, Nandos and Cadbury. Justine is also known for having co-founded FirstPencil, a production company graced with such awards as a Bronze at Cannes, a Silver Loerie, and a Gold New Generations Award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign by an Agency. Justine has dabbled in documentary, played in stop motion and even tugged at a few heartstrings in the process. Her attention to detail and her breadth of cross-disciplinary experience give her a uniquely holistic perspective on her projects.
As a director Nick Jones traffics in awkward and absurd humor, but with subtlety and nuance that makes the absurd authentic. Nick has worked in a variety of mediums, from music videos to television to commercials. He brings his vast and varied technical knowledge and creative energy 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. He keeps his industry awards and certificates in the shed alongside a couple of held-for-ransom celebrity chefs.
Conner is a director/editor with a passion for creating links between people, and a sense of order in chaos through film. He received his degree in film studies from St. John’s University, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honors Society. Since then, he has worked with clients such as Macy’s, Balloon, and Meyers, in addition to creating his own work. When Conner’s not directing, he works as GhostPepper’s in-house editor.
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.
Jessica is a photographer and motion director who showcases food at its brightest, most playful, and most unexpected. Since studying Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Jessica has used her finely-tuned craft and vision on commercial projects for companies like Chobani and KindBar. Other clients include The New York Times, Blue Apron, Verve Wine, The Village Voice, Wichcraft, Casper, Under Armour Brand and Ecommerce, and Ideel.com (Groupon Inc.) As a restaurant explorer and food worshipper, Jessica loves her subjects.
Chris had a camera at his side since the age of 11, when one was handed to him by his Grandfather in Kansas. He began his career as a jazz photographer, working with fashion photographer and filmmaker Arthur Elgort. Since then, he’s worked with Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Revlon, Maybelline, Bausch & Lomb, Tennis Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Cooper Union. Chris uses images to filter the madness out of the world, and to find moments of beauty and peace that tell a story.
As a dancer and performer, Paula is heavily influenced by the poetry of movement in her work as a director of commercial campaigns with Revlon, CoverGirl, Maybelline, and L'Oreal, and 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. Since making his very first short film, Geoff has been inspired by the uplifting, communicating, and transformative power of a well-spun narrative. Geoff’s 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, has been shown in over 200 countries, reached #2 on Amazon UK and #15 on Amazon US, received multiple “best film" awards, and is a part of 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. 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 has also shot branded integration campaigns for Microsoft, Visa, Snapple, Dunkin Donut's, Levi's, Subaru and many more.
Ronald Koetzier has been shooting and directing for the last 15 years, filming in over 30 countries, and specializing in food & tabletop in combination with live action. Ronald’s skill lies in his isolation and perfection of each element – light, color, and effects – to achieve a perfect and mouth-watering final picture. He has worked with clients such as McDonalds, Nestle, KFC, Dominos, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, Mondelez and Unilever. His years of experience working with a variety of high-speed motion control systems worldwide, and alongside some of the best SFX artists in the industry, has made him an unparalleled expert in his field.
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.
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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.