Benjamin Callis

Creative Director/ Producer

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsMarketer - Producer - Software Developer

Projects

About me

A modern multi-platform thinker, Ben is a doer and maker of things with a brave entrepreneurial approach to creativity matched with a desire to tell compelling stories. He creates experiences that are visually appealing and joyous to use - Drop dead simple to engage with and easy to share. His experience is a unique combination of World-class film, TV, publishing, gaming and brand communications expertise. His decades of experience has helped create culturally significant work, recognised by the public and experts with Bafta, Cannes Lion and D&AD.

Skills

  • Advertising
  • Multi-platform Content
  • Design
  • Film Production
  • Producing
  • Storytelling
  • Software Development
  • Computer Games
  • 360 Experience
  • Brand Experiential

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi

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  • Ogilvy

    Ogilvy

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    • Advertising
  • Publicis.Sapient

    Publicis.Sapient

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    • Design & Creative
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    HUGE

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    Work history

    Currently

    Global Creative Director

    Imagination

    Sep 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time

    Currently

    Creative Director & Producer

    Breakneck Films

    May 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Breakneck is a London based film production company that seeks to produce a broad range of output from short films and features to documentaries and animation. Our films have played at International Film Festivals all over the world including: The BFI London, Grimm Fest, Slamdance, Flickers Rhodes Island Film Festival, Arizona, Monster Fest, Edmonton, Monaco, London Short Film Festival, The International Children’s film festival Bangladesh, The Other Venice Film Festival, Charleston and The Julien Dubuque. The company currently has a full development slate across genre

    2015

    Group Creative Director

    HUGE

    May 2014 - Jun 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I had creative responsibility for a number of accounts across the Huge inc offices, helping develop brand stories that worked across multiple platforms for clients including Unilever, and Nike, developing a mobile UX car strategy for Seat, as well as being involved with the migration of the Simpson's TV show to an online format

    2014

    Creative Director

    Publicis.Sapient

    May 2010 - Jun 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I joined in 2010 to help galvanise this newly merged company and drive the formation of the World's first truly hybrid agency. Since then I have provided creative leadership on all aspects of brand marketing - from fully integrated brand comms to multi-channel consumer experience projects for a wide variety of clients. Pitch success on Carlsberg (Tuborg), Rolls Royce Engineering, Ladbrokes, Bacardi, Standard Chartered Bank, Egg and Mclaren Automotive Clients: FootLocker, Converse, Lacoste, Vodafone, Mclaren Automotive, Ladbrokes, Intel, BT, Bacardi, Mars, Rolls Royce Engineering, Standard Chartered Bank, Marks & Spencer, Egg, Aviva, Volvo

    2010

    Creative Director

    David&Goliath

    Jun 2008 - Jun 2010
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I was a founding partner that helped establish a European hub in London and Frankfurt for this LA based independent creative hot shop, to service the founding client KIA Motors Europe. I helped define KIA’s new tone of voice and produced three fully integrated car launch campaigns in the first nine months. The work transformed Kia’s business in Europe and became their most effective advertising ever, resulting in a Europe-wide sales uplift of 195%. Whilst there pitched and won the European account for Red Bull Cola. Client: KIA, Red Bull

    2008

    Freelance Art Director & Creative Director

    Mother London

    Apr 2008 - Jul 2008
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Worked on Stella Artois, Coca Cola and The Beatles

    2008

    Associate Creative Partner

    Ogilvy

    Aug 2001 - May 2008
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I Joined Ogilvy to help usher in a new era of creativity at this advertising giant. Spent time there managing broad spread of multi-national clients and producing some cutting edge creative for them. Launched a skate label for GlaxoSmithKline’s Panadol brand, helped create the infamous American Express Black Party with Alexander McQueen, took the motoring giant Ford into the viral space, created the Cancer Research UK anti-smoking work that won Campaign magazine’s Campaign of the decade and helped fill the agency’s once empty reception with a wide variety of shiny new awards. Clients: GlaxoSmithKline, American Express, Ford, Cancer Research, Tilda Rice

    2001

    Art Director

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    Feb 1994 - Aug 2001
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • First job in Advertising learning from some of adland’s best creative: Dave Droga, Charles Saatchi, James Lowther and Nik Studzinski. Worked on Clients including: British Airways, Castlemaine XXXX, Silk Cut, Army recruitment, MTV, Club 18-30, Carlsberg Tetley, Kirin Lager, Hewlett Packard, Monster.com, Toyota and Lexus.

    1993

    Designer

    iD Magazine

    Jun 1993 - Dec 1993
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • First job out of College, cut design teeth at one of the world’s most cutting edge fashion magazines

    Education

    1993

    Aug 1990 - Jun 1993
    • London, United Kingdom

    Awards

    2016

    Hollywood Reel Independent film Festival - Best international Short

    Hollywood Reel Idependent Film Festival

    • I produced a short film called Whisper. It's picking up quite a few nominations and getting played at some great film festivals world wide. Whats great about this award is it's an Oscar qualifier, so Whisper will be judged at the Oscars 2017! https://vimeo.com/139562686

    2015

    Arizona Int Film Festival - Best Global Short

    AZIFF

    • I produced and directed a short film called Viking. https://vimeo.com/152012216

    2013

    W3 Silver

    W3

    • An interactive online experience for the Mclaren P1 which allowed users to engage with the revolutionary features of the most aerodynamic car in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTjbgKWcP4Y

    2013

    W3 Gold

    W3

    • CHRISTMAS BAUBLE OF FRIENDSHIP Seasonal promotion for SapientNitro. Sent to potential clients, the SapientNitro Christmas Bauble of Friendship collated an individual's social media activity and network, then transformed that data into a unique 3D printed sparkling star to hang on their tree at Christmas time. https://vimeo.com/58532195

    2011

    The Lovie Awards Gold - Branded Content

    The Lovie Awards

    • We made a short piece of branded content that followed a collective of street artists as they created tape art installations across the capital inspired by the new Converse padded collar winter collection available exclusively at Foot Locker. https://vimeo.com/36331794

    2007

    Creative Circle Silver

    Creative Circle

    • Part of the campaign for real beauty. This commercial features a blind woman talking us through her beauty regime, highlighting the benefits of a non-marking invisible deodorant. https://vimeo.com/20284425

    2007

    D&AD Integrated Campaign

    D&AD

    • I realised that anti-smoking communications are, in fact, part of the problem they're trying to solve. It's the nature of human psychology and addiction that we can desensitise ourselves to terrible things so long as they're familiar. Anti-smoking ads do the smoker a favour: the usual cues like diseased body parts are their warning to switch channel. Yet if you put the same chemicals you find in cigarettes in a completely new context, suddenly they regain the power to shock. As a result of the campaign... 59% of smokers were shocked. 48% of smokers claimed they were more likely to quit. 45% of smokers took action to prevent others breathing their smoke. https://vimeo.com/20741361

    2007

    • I realised that anti-smoking communications are, in fact, part of the problem they're trying to solve. It's the nature of human psychology and addiction that we can desensitise ourselves to terrible things so long as they're familiar. Anti-smoking ads do the smoker a favour: the usual cues like diseased body parts are their warning to switch channel. Yet if you put the same chemicals you find in cigarettes in a completely new context, suddenly they regain the power to shock. As a result of the campaign... 59% of smokers were shocked. 48% of smokers claimed they were more likely to quit. 45% of smokers took action to prevent others breathing their smoke. https://vimeo.com/20233859

    2007

    Campaign Direct Grand Prix,Gold,Silver

    Campaign Big

    • I realised that anti-smoking communications are, in fact, part of the problem they're trying to solve. It's the nature of human psychology and addiction that we can desensitise ourselves to terrible things so long as they're familiar. Anti-smoking ads do the smoker a favour: the usual cues like diseased body parts are their warning to switch channel. Yet if you put the same chemicals you find in cigarettes in a completely new context, suddenly they regain the power to shock. As a result of the campaign... 59% of smokers were shocked. 48% of smokers claimed they were more likely to quit. 45% of smokers took action to prevent others breathing their smoke. https://vimeo.com/20741361

    2007

    Creative Circle Silver -Multi Media

    Creative Circle

    • I realised that anti-smoking communications are, in fact, part of the problem they're trying to solve. It's the nature of human psychology and addiction that we can desensitise ourselves to terrible things so long as they're familiar. Anti-smoking ads do the smoker a favour: the usual cues like diseased body parts are their warning to switch channel. Yet if you put the same chemicals you find in cigarettes in a completely new context, suddenly they regain the power to shock. As a result of the campaign... 59% of smokers were shocked. 48% of smokers claimed they were more likely to quit. 45% of smokers took action to prevent others breathing their smoke. https://vimeo.com/20741361

    2007

    • Part of the campaign for real beauty. This commercial features a blind woman talking us through her beauty regime, highlighting the benefits of a non-marking invisible deodorant. https://vimeo.com/20284425

    2007

    • I realised that anti-smoking communications are, in fact, part of the problem they're trying to solve. It's the nature of human psychology and addiction that we can desensitise ourselves to terrible things so long as they're familiar. Anti-smoking ads do the smoker a favour: the usual cues like diseased body parts are their warning to switch channel. Yet if you put the same chemicals you find in cigarettes in a completely new context, suddenly they regain the power to shock. As a result of the campaign... 59% of smokers were shocked. 48% of smokers claimed they were more likely to quit. 45% of smokers took action to prevent others breathing their smoke. https://vimeo.com/20741361

    2007

    D&AD Graphic Design

    D&AD

    • This started out as a brief for house ad for Ogilvy&Mather - The result end up being a seies of magazines that were sold in cool book stores and designer outlets like Collett in Paris, this is the third issue of the series and took the form of a 12

    2005

    ONE SHOW GOLD Viral Campaign

    One Show

    • A series of viral films for Ford Fiesta - they highlighted the dynamic handling and speed in a tongue-in-check way https://vimeo.com/36331700

    2005

    • A series of viral films for Ford Fiesta - they highlighted the dynamic handling and speed in a tongue-in-check way https://vimeo.com/36331700

    2001

    D&AD Copy

    D&AD

    • Long copy print ad for NABS - it takes us through the extreme levels of competitiveness experience by an amateur rugby player competing at the annual NABS Rugby competition. . http://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2001/writing-for-advertising/11882/my-belief-is/

    2000

    Campaign Press Silver

    Campaign Big

    • Hard hitting press campaign targeted doctors and nurses in the NHS. It challenged them to take up one of the toughest careers in medicine