Cannes Lions

It was another very inspiring week at the Lions 2016 and as always, the speakers were absolutely fantastic. Highlights of the week included Alejandro González Iñárritu, Oliver Stone, Iggy Pop and Wired’s Kevin Kelly. Another huge highlight for us was our director Benjamin Cleary picking up gold at the Young Directors Awards and Rebecca receiving the YDA Producers Award. We’re very proud!

Assembly launches new website, new director and new work

We’re delighted to do the multiple launch of our new website, new director and new work. Have a browse around, if you’re not sure where to begin, go to “All Talent” for a look at the entire Assembly team. Our latest addition is Oscar winning director Benjamin Cleary. We’ve been working with Ben for some time now and we’re thrilled to be able to officially announce him. You can see his work on his profile page and a great deal more new work throughout the site on all the talent pages. We hope you enjoy our new look!

The 50 Best Commercial Directors

Great to see two of our Assembly directors named by the Filestage blog in the top 50 best commercial directors in the world. Charley Stadler came in at 37 and Fredrik Callinggard at 48. Check out the full article here.

Neil O’Connor composes for the new Connacht Rugby commercial

Our composer Neil O’Connor made the music on the new Connacht Rugby ad and we love it, a great build, atmospheric and strong. The name of the commercial is “Grassroots to Green Shirts” and the timing was perfect as Connacht won the Guinness Pro 12 the following week.

Neil Smyth composes for the Simon Community

Ireland is facing a devastating homeless crisis. 100 years on from the 1916 Proclamation, people are still fighting for their lives on our streets. It must end.

A powerful commercial written by Des Kavanagh, art directed by Kirk Bannon (Irish International) and directed by David Tynan (Sweet Media). Our composer Neil Smyth created the score for the ad, this is what he had to say about the project; “I enjoyed working directly with Dave Tynan on this, who had a clear idea of the mood he was going for. I tried to highlight the emotional weight of the ad without overpowering it, so that the viewer is not distracted from the important message contained within The Proclamation.”

Benjamin Cleary wins at the Academy Awards for Stutterer

Incredibly surreal to see Benjamin winning the Best Live Action Short Film Academy Award for Stutterer which he wrote, directed and edited. Fantastic film and a brilliant director, we’re over the moon to be representing him.

DELIZIO directed by Charley Stadler

We love this ad from Charley for DELIZIO. No words necessary which is rare to find in commercials these days! DELIZIO won Silver at the EPICA awards last year.

Josh Dawson – Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation committed to ending world hunger. The organisation helps malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

This is a fantastic concept demonstrating the realities of the effect of climate change on our planet. “Climate change is responsible for famine. You are responsible for climate change”.

Micaela Rahi joins Assembly

We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new photographer Micaela Rahi to join the Assembly team. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she began her career as a fashion designer but then found her calling in photography. You can see all of her fantastic work here.

New work from Neil Smyth

Neil recently finished composing the score for “Hot Knives” which is part of Storyland. You can see the selected scenes here or on Neil’s profile page and to watch the full episode click on this link.

This is what Neil had to say about the job; “Hot Knives was a very enjoyable project to be a part of, and I think it has great potential to be taken further. The lads were really great to work with and director Derm Donohoe had a very clear idea of what he wanted from the score. A lot of the temp tracks he had been working with were by artists I would listen to myself, so we were on the same page musically which proved invaluable given the tight turnaround I had to complete the score.”