Chances are you've seen a commercial or music video made by a member of The Directors Bureau. They are prolific. They are sought after. And they are good at what they do: making engaging, arty, and smart videos for TV and the web.
In 1996, Roman Coppola and director Mike Mills started The Directors Bureau to "provide directors with a supportive platform from which to explore, invent, realize, and promote their creative endeavors—including projects outside the traditional scope of commercial/music video production." The Directors Bureau today is a collection of directors who are comfortable across commercials, music video work, feature-length films, photography, animation, and fashion.
In addition to Roman and Mike, The Directors Bureau counts some accomplished filmmakers as members:
• Sophia Coppola directed a commercial for Dior and H&M and made a music video for The White Stripes as a member of The Directors Bureau. She's also written and directed critically acclaimed features like Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.
• Nash Edgerton is an Australian director and stuntman who helmed Bob Dylan's amazing music video for "Must Be Santa Claus" from his Christmas album in 2009. He also directed the neo-noir feature, The Square.
• Patrick Daughters directed Feist's "1234" video in addition to videos for bands like No Age and Grizzly Bear. He also directed a Jean-Luc Godard-inspired commercial for Stella Artois.
It's worth a visit to The Directors Bureau's website for clips, reels, and videos from these and other talented filmmakers. Roman announced recently that his longtime collaborator Wes Anderson will be joining The Directors Bureau too. One of the illustrious filmmakers from The Directors Bureau could direct your screenplay.