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Ben_Weir_CV_JULY2011

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  1. 1. Ben Weir MOB – +61 (0)422 806 577 SKYPE – ben_weir_74 WEB – www.youtube.com/benito12008 EMAIL - benito.weir@gmail.com CV – Ben Weir. July 2011 Creative Director, Writer, Director and ProducerFilm Festival Screenings & TVC & Marketing Awards2011 MEXICO International Short Film FestivalSILVER PALMTHE NEIGHBOURShort FilmDirector – Ben WeirOriginal Screenplay – Ben WeirProducer – Ben Weir & Chris SeetoDOP – Peter Holland2010 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film FestivalFINALIST International CompetitionTHE NEIGHBOURShort Film2009 MFA Grand Prix WinnerSensodyne: The Chill TestAGENCY: Bellamyhayden & C4LIVECLIENT: GlaxoSmithKlineCopywriter – Ben WeirCreative Director – Richard BradleyProducer – Brad WrightJudges’ commentsThe Grand Prix panel was looking for an entry that showed the evolution of thinking.Sensodyne: The Chill Test was a simply great idea that delivered on consumer insight,had high involvement and comprehensive results.2009 NSW Regional ACS Awards – BronzeCorporate CommunicationsNovecom Telstra Case StudyProducer – Ben WeirDir – Zoe HarveyDOP – Andrew Mc ClymontAgency – C4LIVE
  2. 2. 2006 Tropfest Best of the RestDEADLINE 8:45Short FilmDirector – Ben WeirOriginal Screenplay – Ben WeirProducer – Chris SeetoDOP – Peter Holland2006 Pleiades International Short Film FestivalDEADLINE 8:45Short FilmDirector – Ben WeirOriginal Screenplay – Ben WeirProducer – Chris SeetoDOP – Peter Holland2004 London International Awards – FinalistPublic Service/Social WelfareOrgan Donations - TaxiDirector: Ben WeirClient: Red CrossAgency: Batey Kazoo, SydneyProduction Company: Republic Films, SydneyProducer: Mike CarltonCameraman: Russell Boyd RESUMEFebruary 2011 – PresentCreative DIrector NOW COMMUNICATIONS GROUP www.nowcommsgroup.comMilsons Point, N.S.W. 6 month contractAfter a 5 week contract as Lead Content Producer for a conference in Papua New Guinea,accepted the offer of a 6-month contract as Creative Director. Have been involved in therunning of the studio, edit suites and production of events, video, digital work, point of salepieces, b2b and corporate comms.Strong input into process improvements and company restructure.Solid relationship building with key corporate clients.Clients include Nestle, VMware, Adobe, GSK, MSD, Railcorp, McAfeeSeptember 2010 – December 2010Executive Producer SPINIFEX INTERACTIVE www.spinifexgroup.comRedfern, N.S.W. 3 month contractHeaded the Corporate video department. Clients included BT, Westpac, LG, Denso.Responsible for the production of successful pitches to the value of $600k.Wrote, directed and produced a number of smaller projects.Worked with Spinifex on activations for the VIVID Festival for 2011.
  3. 3. June 2009 – September 2010Creative Lead with C4LIVESurry Hills, N.S.W. Full-time.Writer, director & producer at C4LIVE working across all 3 strands of the business – Screencontent, Digital and Experiential. Ben has been lead creative on numerous commercial projectsand written copy for a multiplicity of applications – TVCs, video, experiential campaigns, roadshows, EDMs, websites, conferences, long copy, short copy, and brochures.Directed multiple projects involving professional talent and non-performers alike.Also conceptualised and developed creative for a Microsoft Platinum Certification Windows 7training day for retailers that toured Australia.Clients included Sydney Water, Telstra, BigPond, Energy Australia, GSK, Cisco, the PhotonGroup, Foodbank. Alcatel-Lucent, The Salvation Army and Fantastic Holdings – with whom hedeveloped a relationship off the back of one corporate video that saw C4Live produce 6 TVCcampaigns. Weir wrote all 6, directed 1, and produced 4.April 2008 to June 2009Senior Producer with C4LiveSurry Hills, N.S.W. Full-time.During this time I produced long and short form corporate films and web content in variousforms for big name brands in Australia.Clients included Telstra, BigPond, Energy Australia, GSK, Cisco, the Photon Group, Foodbank.Alcatel-Lucent.At all stages of production C4LIVE encourages a strong focus on accuracy and attention todetail. I worked to this and was promoted quickly to Creative Lead.Mid 2004 to April 2008Writer, Director, Producer with Republic Films AustraliaTelevision commercials, on-line content, short films, TV series.Willoughby, N.S.W. Full-time.Directed over 30 television commercials for various clients.Early 2006 to April 2008Lecturer of Television commercial Production, MACLEAY COLLEGE, SydneyPermanent Part TimeEvery Wednesday I held classes at a tertiary level. Topics covered the entire productionprocess from idea generation and script-writing through to post production.
  4. 4. Early 2001 to Mid 2004Radical Media, Sydney. Director’s Assistant and treatment editor.Surry Hills, N.S.W. Full time.I was engaged in a supporting role to Radical Media’s roster of directors. I worked one-on-onewith Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Fog of War), Alan White (Erskineville Kings, Risk), BruceHunt (The Cave), and Jeff Darling.Clients Included – Carlton Cold, Jaguar, Coca Cola, Virgin, BMW (Germany), Holden, ChivasRegal, Stolichnaya, Jamaican Tourism, 7-Up, Kodak (USA), Pepsi, Nintendo, De Beers, andVISA.I was privileged to be a part of the unfolding of some great long form projects. These includedMetallica: Some Kind of Monster, ESPN’s The Life, Errol Morris First Person, A Day in the Lifeof Africa, and Road to Paris.I shot and edited a behind the scenes documentary on a shoot for Cougar Bourbon.1999 to 2000Animal Logic Film. Character design, post-production assistant, camera operator.Fox Studios, Moore Park, N.S.W. Freelance.Films and TV Included – Moulin Rouge, Matrix, Chopper, Mullet, Farscape1999 to late 2000Sydney Theatre Company. Documentary writer/director.Hickson Road, Millers Point, Sydney. Freelance.Wrote, directed, shot and edited 3 documentaries on current productions Education2007News Limited AWARD SCHOOL1997 to 2000Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication, Honours.University of Technology, SydneyMajors: Film and Video, Animation, and Creative Writing.1993Bachelor of Arts, ANU, CanberraEnglish, Drama and French majors. Italian minor.1992Higher School Certificate.
  5. 5. Short Fiction Films -A Man’s Job – 1999. Writer/Director/Producer.The Night – 2000. Writer/Director.Deadline 8:45 – 2006. Writer/Director. The film screened at Tropfest Best of the Rest 2006,Homebrewed Film Fest 2006 & Pleiades Festival 2006 (France & Japan)The Neighbour – 2009. Writer/Director/Producer.Festivals include –2010 Clermont Ferrand International FIlm Fest,2010 Film Festival of Grenoble,2010 Festival Antipodes, France,2010 Radar Hamburg,2010 St Kilda Film Festival (Opening Night FIlm & official competition),2010 Byron Bay International FIlm Fest,2010 Hoboken International Film Festival,2010 Cinefiesta, Puerto Rico2010 Festival Silhouette, Paris,2010 Lago International Short FIlm Fest,2011 AICE FIlm Fest, Israel & Australia.2011 SIlver Palm Mexico International Film Festival

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