Our directors 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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul began making films at the tender age of 9. Equipped with a VHS camcorder, he discovered the magic of shooting, directing and editing; taking pride in capturing memorable moments and presenting them to any willing audience. With 25 years industry experience Paul is a skillful director with a natural affinity for stylish visuals and bold performance. A self taught editor and trained musician; Paul has an instinctive rhythm and pace to his work that connects emotionally with the viewer. Paul has honed a keen eye for detail, working with creative agencies throughout Europe. At home on small and large productions, Paul is focused and passionate about delivering high quality output without compromising the heart and soul of a creative idea.Paul has produced Automotive work for Bentley Motors, Harley Davidson, Lotus and Jaguar Land Rover. His reel also includes work for Stanley Tools, Black & Decker and Barclaycard.
Bethan is a vivacious director and editor with a talent for encouraging strong performances, subtle comedy, and colourful, powerful and engaging films full of bold characters with fantastic attitude. Character development serves as a pivotal part of Bethan’s work, and being a great performance director allows her the flexibility to tackle any style of brief: from comedy to lifestyle, and from drama or narrative to fashion. She has a strong eye for Art Direction and Set Design, often designing set concepts herself.
One notable film is her self initiated project ‘Luxuriously Taxable’, which she wrote, produced and directed to raise awareness around the luxury tax placed on tampons. The film directed viewers to sign an independent petition to axe the tax, which gained over 300,000 signatures. The campaign gained organic traction and was picked up by Dazed & Confused, Bustle, Metro, The Daily Mail and the Independent’s i100 list.
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...
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 the gatekeeper of all things admin when it comes to GhostPepper. I send emails, do research, post on the GhostPepper Instagram, and upkeep every excel document within a 500 foot radius of the GhostPepper offices. I’m a recent graduate with honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. When they let me out of the office, you can find me coordinating on set.
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.