Bicoastal film, animation and interactive content creation studio Mekanism recently signed three skilled and diverse directors: David Horowitz, Malcolm Murray, and Michael Langan to complement their existing roster which consists of Founder Tommy Means and Dave&Rory. The addition of this trio of industry vets will considerably bolster Mekanism's talent pool as the studio seeks to establish itself as an ever-growing player in the creative production world.
David Horowitz is a prolific, award-winning director whose background as a writer allows him to fully engage in the creative process, and therefore work with actors while serving his ideas visually. His credits include spots for VW, IKEA, Bud Light, ESPN, AT&T and the New York Lottery. This body of work has earned him a Clio, an Emmy, a Cannes Lion and an Addy. Horowitz has also been featured in Boards' and Creativity Magazine's Best New Directors issues. Prior to joining Mekanism in 2009, Horowitz directed via hello & CO and, before that, at MTV.
Malcolm Murray, known for his visual sincerity and narrative structure, has worked on a freelance basis with Mekanism since 2007, when he acted as director of photography on Toyota’s YourOtherYou, EA’s Saboteur, and Microsoft spots, among others. He has also lensed campaigns for Patagonia, Ralph Lauren, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and most recently Clorox Greenworks Reverse Graffiti for award-winning director Doug Pray. The effort was awarded a Gold Pencil, as well as a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Lions at Cannes.
Michael Langan’s latest film, Dahlia, premiered at Slamdance in January, and is slated to appear at a number of international film festivals in 2009. His debut film, Doxology, has screened at more than 65 film festivals worldwide; garnered twelve awards, including a Student Academy Award nomination; and will soon be adapted as part of a campaign launching Skoda Auto’s new luxury car, the Superb. Langan amassed a reel of more than 400 short promotional films and documentaries during a two-year stint as director of video and animation at urban apparel brand Upper Playground.
The trio arrives just in time, as Mekanism has been busy creating live action, motion graphics and integrated campaigns for Schwab, the iconic One Show Awards, and AXE, the multimedia campaign directed by Means that kicked off at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
“Malcolm, Michael and David have been putting out top-notch work for a long time now, and we’re glad to have them onboard at Mekanism,” said President and Executive Producer Jason Harris. “Especially as the volume of work we’re contracting continues to grow, it’s in our best interest to bring as much talent in-house as possible.”