NewDirector° | Sam Templeton

electriclime° have added New Zealand filmmaker Sam Templeton to their director roster for representation in APAC and MENA on a freelance basis.

With a background in fine arts, Sam is a self-taught filmmaker who also has experience in visual and special effects work throughout feature films produced in his home country.

Having then spent several years in Berlin, Germany, Sam has built a portfolio of stunning work, for brands including Adidas, Nike, The North Face and many more.

With his emotionally and engaging storytelling style, Sam has continued to push the boundaries of his commercial work and create dynamic pieces for his clients.

How did you get started in the industry?

I fell into a job working on feature films in NZ after finishing uni. It was small cog in big machine stuff, so it lost its lustre after a while. At the time a mate had just started his own production company and I thought it looked like a good time. I borrowed a Canon 5D, shot and edited a pretty average film around town but it went well enough for me to get the bug. Been making pretty average films ever since.

What’s your favourite part of the filmmaking process? 

For me it’s getting to work with other like minded individuals, being able to place trust in their individual skill sets and coming together to bring a vision to life. There’s nothing quite like creative collaboration. 

What do you find most challenging/difficult about the filmmaking process?

I’d say the pitch process. There’s pros and cons – every pitch is an opportunity to put your best foot forward, come up with new and exciting ideas and to work with fresh faces. The downside is that it’s so fickle – you put your heart and soul into a treatment, loads of time as well, and for any number of reasons it may not go your way. It’s something I’ve learned to not sweat too much because it’s part of the game, but it definitely wears you down after a while. Just have to keep that chin up and grind on.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everyday life. And let’s be honest – Instagram. To me it’s the little things in life that make a film so believable on screen – the emotions, the nuances, the idiosyncratic behaviours. On top of that it’s always amazing to see where other directors, DOPs, editors etc are pushing their work. Nothing inspires you more than seeing something incredible you haven’t seen before.

When you receive a brief, what are the first elements you are looking for in order to be grabbed by a project?

Either a compelling sense of emotion or a strong action element. Both of these will allow me to build on the concept in one of two ways – create a believable human story that’ll affect the viewer in an emotional sense, or go down a more dynamic direction which may broaden your options from a technical perspective and really wow the audience.

How did your time in Berlin really influence your filmmaking style and approach to taking on a new project?

I think it really influenced my taste and aesthetic – being in the thick of so many great creatives opened my eyes to what is possible, but also what you should strive for. It set the bar high for me early on – even if you’re not working with much you try to get the most out of it and do the best you can with what you’ve got. There’s a certain degree of internationalism there too – creating for a wider market and not pigeonholing yourself to a particular geographical location visually, if the creative permits it.

Why are you looking forward to joining the electriclime° team?

I’m excited to dip my toes into some new markets and EL has great coverage within their team. Also looking forward to working with some new faces – from what I’ve seen so far they’re good sorts and we like good sorts. They’ve produced some beautiful work around the world so I’m hoping we can add to that together soon. 

Describe your filmmaking style…

Humanistic, dynamic and emotive. As far as the process is concerned – inclusive, collaborative, positive and always looking to push for new ideas and new results. 

Check out Sam’s work here.

 

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