William Markarian-Martin
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William Markarian-Martin

DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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William Markarian-Martin

DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am an award-nominated film director and editor, with an extensive creative production background that has seen me develop award-nominated film content for corporate brands, fashion houses, record labels, and artists on a global scale. Driven by my love for story, and a passion for developing projects from the seed of an idea to final product, I am a confident team leader with a creative focus, diverse technical skillset, and a unique professional background that has given me a 360 perspective on the film production process, and the effective communication skills required when dealing with multiple stakeholders. With over half a decade of hands-on industry experience and a love for assembling, leading and directing teams of creatives, I have supplemented my professional work with training at institutions such as the National Film and Television School in the UK and the William Esper Studio in NYC, honing my craft as a performer and artist, and bringing these skills to my professional work within film and media. http://www.williammarkarian.com/
Projects
  • Levi's® 501 x Fiumani
    Levi's® 501 x FiumaniCommercial for Levi's ® 501 Portugal. Italian-born, Lisbon-based visual artist Fiumani explores the ethics of sustainability through his work. Role: Director/Editor
  • Levi's® FRESH x Béhen Studio
    Levi's® FRESH x Béhen StudioA commercial for Levi's, exploring the sustainable practices of Lisbon-based design studio Béhen. An exploration of importance of craft, tradition, and heritage in a world of disposable value. Role: Director / Editor
  • Levi's® FRESH x Hortas LX
    Levi's® FRESH x Hortas LXCommercial for Levi's Portugal, exploring the sustainably produced Levi's Fresh collection. A portrait of Lisbon-based urban horticulturalist André Maciel (aka Hortas LX), and the story of how his mother's illness kickstarted an exploration into food culture and sustainable living. Role: Director and Editor
  • Stella McCartney - No
    Stella McCartney - NoCruelty-free commercial campaign for leading fashion brand Stella McCartney
  • Blackhaine & Richie Culver - DUCY / INGC
    Blackhaine & Richie Culver - DUCY / INGCNominated for Best International Music Video at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Music video / film accompaniment for the musical collaboration between Blackhaine & Richie Culver, released on Participant. Teaser premiered by FACT Magazine, full film launched via Numero Berlin. Film Credits: Director: William Markarian-Martin Editor: William Markarian-Martin Camera: Patric Kuo, Joseph Reay-Reid, Louis Ellis Title Design: Chris Curran Produced: William Markarian-Martin for P
  • Artifacts at the End of a Decade: Stanley Stellar
    Artifacts at the End of a Decade: Stanley StellarPremiered on Dazed Digital. A collaboration with cultural historian Steven Watson, Artifacts at the End of a Decade is a film series exploring the NYC avant-garde at the end of the 1970s. Launching in September 2021 with interviews of downtown LGBTQ+ photographer Stanley Stellar, iconoclast designer Betsey Johnson, and artist Benno Friedman on Max’s Kansas City.
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Work history
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    Independent FilmmakerSelf Employed
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Award nominated director, producer and editor, working across commercials, documentary and music video. Nearly half a decade of experience writing, pitching, developing, producing and directing visual content and storytelling for global brands at the highest level, from creative ideation through delivery. Films have been nominated at festivals including the Oscar-qualifying International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the Canadian International Fashion Film Festival. Selected credits include: 1. Stella McCartney 'No,' (Commercial) Role: Director 30 second commercial for UK fashion brand Stella McCartney Official Selection at 2020 Canadian International Fashion Film Festival 2. Blackhaine x Richie Culver 'DUCY / INGC' (Music Video) Role: Director / Editor Nominated for Best International Music Video at Oscar-qualifying 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2021), premiered on Numero Berlin (DE) and FACT (UK) 3. Artifacts at the End of A Decade (Film Series) Role: Director / Editor Ongoing film portrait series exploring NYC avant garde at the end of the 1970s. Initial film premiered on Dazed Digital (UK). Full series launching online September 2021 with screening of films planned for early 2022 at TATE Britain (UK) 4. BMG 'ARK – the film' (Short film) Role: Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor / Colourist 15 minute short film for UK trip hop band Haelos, commissioned by label BMG. Produced entire tour campaign and surrounding film, which included interviews of fans in each city of a six week US tour in 2019. 5. Additional directing work for clients BMG (Better Lost Than Stupid 'The Story so Far,' 2019) and Sacred Bones Records (Exploded View 'Summer Came Early,' 2017), the National Eating Disorder Association ('Eating Distortion' 2017), Popsa ('Glow,' 2019) , Pearson Education ('10,000 Hours, 2017), the UK City of Culture ('No one knows me like Dawn from the Job centre', 2018)
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    Creative ProducerNative Instruments
     - Berlin, GermanyFull Time
    Creative Producer for leading music technology brand, from project ideation / briefing through post production and release. Produced film content for MASCHINE product and artist film content. Select projects included: – Maroon 5 In the Studio: long form artist feature. Produced and directed film and interview content. Directed the edit and colour grade. Interviewed artists, and oversaw music edit and licensing process. Total views over 100k – Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia's Coast: Produced long-form documentary film exploring Colombian Sound system Culture – Creative team lead and production on surrounding video launch campaigns for all the above productions, including visual asset creation, website design, newsletters (approx. 1 million reach), social media content and programming of worldwide community launch events in Berlin, LA, London, Tokyo (eg: Native Sessions: Sonic Hooks) Artist Relations: developed key artist partnerships, showcasing products to artists including Diplo / Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, ODESZA, Armin Van Buuren. Networking and programming with artists at yearly event at Amsterdam Dance Event (eg: Traktor Cookery School) Developed MASCHINE Expansion series, working alongside artists including Havoc (Mobb Deep) to develop artist specific product expansions (eg: Queensbridge Story)
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Skills
  • 360 Campaigns
  • 35mm Film
  • Directing Film
  • Advertising
  • Video Production
Education
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    Acting (Meisner Technique)William Esper Studio
    New York, United States
    2 year Acting (Meisner Technique) under Barbara Marchant. Additional classes: Movement, Voice & Speech, Mask, Alexander Technique
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    Directing CommercialsNational Film and Television School
    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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