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A Band Apart Signs Director Corbett Scott

First time that the award-winning, former copywriter has had representation as a director (January 03, 2006)
Director Corbett Scott has signed with A Band Apart for exclusive representation in commercials. It marks the first time that the award-winning, former copywriter has had representation as a director.

Scott came to the attention of A Band Apart through his recent work for Altoids and the Outdoor Life Network, which employs a sharply focused, and pointedly provocative sense of humor. ABA managing director Jeff Armstrong said that, given Scotts agency background, he wasnt surprised by his storytelling skills, but that his pure filmmaking skills impressed him enough to offer Scott a spot on the roster.

Scotts Altoids work, produced via Group 101 Spots, is set inside a curious product test facility where a jockey sits astride a saw horse while anothe man looks on with worry from the far corner. An obscure pink band runs from the man to the horse and, on cue, the jockey begins beating it with his whip. The pink band turns out to be the other mans impossibly long tongue and the ?test is designed to prepare him for the biting taste of Altoids.

?I tend to gravitate toward darker material, said Scott of the spot. ?Travis Sorge (Toyota Girlfriend) wrote it for me after seeing my OLN spots, but even by my standards, it scared the shit of out me. At the same time, I like to see what I can get away with?how far I can push things. On that level it appealed to me.

?The challenge was determining the boundaries, Scott added. ?It was so outlandish and surreal. It could have easily gotten away from me and been too over-the-top. And of course I wanted to honor the brand. So it was an incredible exercise in restraint.

Scotts two spots for the Outdoor Life Networks coverage of the Tour de France exhibits a similar taste for pushing boundaries. Zimbabwe shows a pair of lionesses dining on what is gradually revealed to be the corpse of a cyclist. A graphic explains that there are good reasons why the Tour isnt held in Africa. Bronx follows a similar line as a cyclist tries to recapture his bike from a fleet footed thief.

Scott is a product of Atlantas Portfolio Center and began his career with North Carolina agency Price/McNabb. Working under creative director John Boone, he picked up a Gold Pencil at the One Show Awards during his first year. He later held a staff post at Earl, Palmer, Brown in Richmond, Virginia and and then went onto freelance at, among other places, TBWA Chiat Day (Energizer, Taco Bell, Air Touch), davidandgoliath (Kia) and Team One (Lexus).

All the while, Scott had his eye on directing. ?I remember going to see 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was a small child and sitting through the entire film completely rapt. I couldnt look away from the screen, Scott recalled. ?The imagery had a hypnotic effect on me. The next film that really captured my attention was Once Upon A Time in the West. Ive always liked the Western genre with its mythological underpinnings and larger-than-life characters, and I think that naturally led to my fascination with Kurosawa and ultimately Asian cinema in general. I tend to become obsessed with certain directors (Bergman, Tarkovsky, Leone, etc.) and binge on them for awhile, watching their films and reading everything I can about them.

Scott added that he approaches commercial making from a filmmakers perspective. ?Commercially the work that appeals to me most has an international and filmic tone to it?Glazer, Kleinman, Budgen, Ariola, Jonze, he said. ?I look forward to seeing a new commercial by them as much as I look forward to seeing a new film by a director I admire. Naturally I think Id like to try my hand at longer format storytelling, and music videos interest me as well, but commercial filmmaking is incredibly gratifying to me right now and I dont see that changing anytime soon.




A Band Apart is headquartered at 8057 Beverly Blvd., 2nd Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90048. For more information, call (323) 951-4400 or visit www.abandapart.com.

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