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BLADES OF GLORY

WILL SPECK & JOSH GORDON (Directors) have been directing since they met in the New York University / Tisch School of the Arts undergraduate film program (1991 - 1995). Their senior thesis film "Idyllwild” (which they wrote and directed together) was a Finalist for the 1994 Student Academy Award. "Idyllwild” was also awarded in numerous film festivals.

Post-graduation, they wrote and directed another short film, "Culture,” which was nominated in the live action short film category at the 1999 Academy Awards®. "Culture” also won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival, as well as the Fade-In Magazine Best Short Screenplay Award in 1998. Shortly thereafter, they joined the DGA as a joint directing team to pursue directing commercials through Ridley and Tony Scott's RSA/USA Productions (Tony Scott was a signature on their original application for membership in 1998-99). The team then sold a script to Twentieth Century Fox Television, with them attached to direct.

During a seven-year run as commercial directors, Speck and Gordon's work has been widely respected, having received an impressive array of recognition: a 2003 Clio for a campaign for Sears; inclusion in 2005's Communication Arts Best in Advertising; an award honoring excellence in Talent/Performance from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers in 2003 for Budweiser, and an additional one for Talent/Performance in 2005 for Geico; gold, silver and bronze Arrows from the British Television Advertising Awards for their work on Levi's in 2004; a pencil in the one-show for Geico, 2005; and the ABA 50 for 2004, Levi's. Their commercial work has been short-listed at the Cannes Film Festival three years running (2003-2005) and two of their spots are in the permanent collection of "Excellence in Advertising” in the Museum of Modern Art.

They have directed consistently, creating well-regarded work for a wide range of clients, including Pepsi, IKEA, Budweiser, Sears, Geico, Sega, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Levi's, among others.

The duo have also been highlighted in numerous publications, including Shoot magazine ("Directors to Watch”), Boards magazine (directors spotlight) and Creativity magazine (a profile on their work for BBH/London and Levi's). They recently sold a pilot based on the Geico cavemen to ABC, which they are currently shooting.

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