Cowboy Poetry is an extension of the 2014 - 2015 Wrangler Blue Jean Campaign, featuring George Strait and Trevor Brazile. This stand alone commercial was edited from b-roll, mostly shot my Mark Schimmel. Upon completion of principal photography in Texas, Schimmel volunteered an extra day of shooting with just him, the camera and a PA. Together they ventured out to Bandera Texas, grabbing shots along the way. Once in Bandera, in exchange for a round of beer, retired - authentic cowboys agreed to have their portrait taken by Schimmel. Without any crew or additional lighting, the results speak for themselves. The music, taken from the film, Thelma and Louise, with consent from the composer, Dominik Hauser. http://dominikhauser.com/ .
“What separates most directors from truly great directors are the leadership qualities and vision they possess. Present in the moment, I give every ounce of energy and creativity to what’s in front of the camera. Each time that I step onto a set, I display integrity, intelligence and vulnerability. These are critical leadership qualities that inspire the cast, crew and entire production to support my creative vision. A director with a strong positive persona can bring a film to an entirely new level of significance. I consider myself an emotional storyteller who looks past the norm and digs deep inside to discover what motivates the actors. I nurture actors, providing them with a space to perform at their very best.” - MS
Mark Schimmel has been directing award winning commercials, television, short and feature films for the past 18 years. His work is conceptually driven and supported by images that communicate with emotion. He’s directed notable actors such as Academy Award nominee, Woody Harrelson, Eric Roberts and Claudia Christian. Schimmel's also worked with George Strait, Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson and hundreds of real people for national projects.
Mark Schimmel was born in Chicago. He studied drawing at The Art Institute of Chicago, photography at Columbia College, and completed his BFA at PRATT Institute, New York City and his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He teaches line producing at Columbia College Chicago and resides between Chicago and South Florida.
Television and Features Management:
Niad Management, LA
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