SHOOT: Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Sam French Joins Synthetic Pictures For Spots, Branded Content

AUSTIN, TEX. & LOS ANGELES – Synthetic Pictures, which has bases of operation in Los Angeles and Austin, has taken on North American commercial and branded content representation for docu-style storytelling and international action/adventure director Sam French. 

French currently lives in Los Angeles. Previously, he spent five years in Afghanistan where he wrote and directed the Academy Award-nominated narrative short film, BUZKASHI BOYS. Most recently, his feature-length documentary, WITH THIS BREATH I FLY, about two heroic Afghan women fighting for freedom after being imprisoned for “moral crimes,” has played in more than 20 festivals worldwide, and won 10 awards, including the Special Jury Award at Salem Film Festival, the Spirit of Activism Award at SF DocFest, and the Audience Award at Austin Film Festival. International humanitarian and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie signed on as executive producer of the film. 

“I have known Sam and his powerful directing work for some time,” said Synthetic executive producer Allison Smith. “I had been following his journey with his most recent groundbreaking feature doc, WITH THIS BREATH I FLY, and was just floored by his bravery and honesty as a filmmaker. He’s a director who seeks authenticity and cross-cultural connections that have the potential to really elevate work in our industry of commercial and branded content storytelling.”  

French has also directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated documentary series RELIGION OF SPORTS, the Emmy-nominated series WHY WE FIGHT, and the Red Bull series, ALL IN, and LIFE OF KAI. His award-winning directing work has appeared on HBO, BBC, CNN, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera, National Geographic and many other broadcast outlets.  

“The timing was finally right for us to start working together,” said French, who has been friends with Smith and Synthetic owner Justin Corsbie for several years in Los Angeles. “I’ve always been impressed with the work Synthetic Pictures produces, and I couldn’t imagine a better home. Allison and Justin have as much passion as I do for the art of storytelling, and I’m looking forward to bringing my character-focused docu-style approach to the company so we can collaborate on creating compelling narratives that connect with audiences.” 

While signing on with Synthetic is his first official foray into commercial representation, French will continue his work in both documentary and scripted features. He is currently in early production on the documentary Dominion, which follows a new generation of evangelical climate activists fighting against their parents’ identity politics to save God’s creation, as well as other narrative feature writing and additional entertainment projects. 

Founded in 2002, Synthetic Pictures is a boutique production company that has produced work for clients including Ford, Toyota, Starbucks, Shell, Amazon, Samsung, Nissan, Dairy Queen, Burger King, P&G, Kellogg’s, and Vegas Tourism. Synthetic’s indie feature film, HARD LUCK LOVE SONG, was released in theaters nationwide in fall 2021 by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. French joins Synthetic’s diverse roster of live action directors, accompanied by post and visual effects division SP/FX. 



LA Times Review: Its voice is ragged, but "Hard Luck Love Song" hits so many right notes

Tom Petty sang, “Even the losers get lucky sometimes,” and that’s about as succinctly as one can describe the richly detailed and fully inhabited “Hard Luck Love Song.”

This indie drama with winks of cockeyed humor stars Michael Dorman (unforgettably great in Amazon’s brilliant “Patriot”) as Jesse, a good-hearted guy who rolls into town smelling of blown shots. One of the many things we’ll learn about Jesse is the bad fortune that follows him is largely of his making, despite a sunny disposition and moments of genuine kindness. The director’s note describes him as “a deeply flawed everyman,” but he has talents not every man has and flaws that would sink most.

He isn’t here by accident. He hopes to reunite with his lost love, Carla (Sophia Bush), who has traveled a rough road of her own. It’s a shame to tell even that much, as the way information unfolds in the film is one of its pleasures — first-time feature director and co-writer Justin Corsbie’s storytelling can be lovely, slow-burningly tense or jarringly violent, whatever best serves the moment. You could call the filmmaking “lyrical,” and you’d be doubly right: The music-infused movie is both beautifully expressed and based on one particularly well-observed song, “Just Like Old Times” by Todd Snider. Snider’s performance of the song during the closing credits reveals the surprising amount the film takes directly from it (I recommend not hearing the song before watching the film for just that reason).



Deadline Hollywood: Roadside Attractions Acquires "Hard Luck Love Song", Sets Fall Release For Romantic Thriller Starring Michael Dorman & Sophia Bush

July 19, 2021 — Los Angeles, CA

Roadside Attractions has acquired Hard Luck Love Song, with plans to release the crime thriller exclusively in theaters on October 15.

Justin Corsbie’s debut feature was inspired by the song “Just Like Old Times” by acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

The gritty modern-day love story follows Jesse (Michael Dorman), a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions. Jesse finds himself at an existential crossroads during a chance encounter with his old flame Carla (Sophia Bush), as their complicated past and current troubles threaten to destroy their blissful reunion.

The character-driven feature also stars Dermot Mulroney, Brian Sacca, Melora Walters, Eric Roberts and hip-hop icon RZA.




Shots: Synthetic Pictures adds Michael Paul JonesOutdoor adventure and automotive director Michael Paul Jones joins the Synthetic Pictures roster.

Montana-based director Michael Paul Jones has traveled an adventurous directing path, from filming vehicles in remote and wild places, to capturing backcountry snowboarding, surfing, and rock climbing, and the many sand dunes, hiking treks, fly fishing and biking trails in between. 

Now, he’s taking those skills to his new production home, Austin and LA-based 

Synthetic Pictures. Jones joins Synthetic with an impressive body of directing work, including commercials for clients such as Ford, Toyota, Subaru, Chevy, Nike, New Balance, Patagonia, Yeti, JC Penney and NBC.

“We saw Michael’s work and immediately got excited not just about his skills as an automotive specialist, but also about the way he weaves energy and creativity into his storytelling. It’s both beautiful and feels totally natural, as if the camera always belonged riding along with that sand surfer or under the water spearfishing. He gives us an eye into what we might not otherwise see and tells the authentic stories of the drivers, athletes and enthusiasts living them,” says Synthetic Pictures Executive Producer Allison R. Smith. “Plus, his positive, can-do attitude is just the best!”



Jeannie Roshar’s segment directing on NBC’s "Making It”

June 24, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA

Synthetic Pictures Director Jeannie Roshar makes her network television debut with NBC's Making It featuring Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.


June 22, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA

Synthetic Pictures Director Jako's campaign for Porsche, "The Soul Within," has gone on to win the Silver Telly award for Branded Content. We are immensely proud of our colleague. View the spot in this window.

Read more by visiting: https://www.tellyawards.com/winners/2021/branded-content/campaign-series-non-scripted-documentary/the-soul-within/247607/



July 22, 2020 — Los Angeles, CA

Actress Sasha Grey isn’t avoiding any of the hard questions in her new TV show, Grey Area. With a writer’s room led by head writer & creative producer, Synthetic’s Jeannie Roshar, Grey isn’t holding back.

“Know all those questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Well, you’re not alone and you can ask me anything,” Grey, 32, begins in the trailer for the series, which she will co-host alongside rapper Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, 34…

Grey, currently a DJ, novelist and actress, got her start in the pornographic film industry, winning several awards for her work between 2006 and 2009. Later, she starred in The Girlfriend Experience and played a fictionalized version of herself on HBO’s Entourage.

Grey Area, premiering Aug. 5 on Venn TV, will follow Grey and Dumbfoundead as they consult friends, celebrities and experts to discuss topics like relationships, dating, social media and more.

To see the Grey Area Trailer, click here

To read the full article, please click here.

Or visit: https://people.com/tv/see-actress-sasha-grey-tackle-the-hard-questions-in-new-trailer-for-grey-area-nothing-is-off-limits/



May 24, 2020 - Los Angeles, CA

Synthetic Pictures founding director Justin Corsbie is known for being very detail-focused while directing subtle and smart humorous performances with stylish visuals. That approach matched up perfectly with legendary golfer Phil Mickelson, whose name is synonymous with hard work, acute attention to detail, and an indelible level of success. The sensibilities of both director and talent are showcased in the latest Callaway Golf & Dick’s Sporting Goods campaign for Callaway’s new Mavrik golf club line, which plays on that “golf nerd” desire to excel through expertise and technical excellence, in addition to talent and hard work.

The campaign was shot before the COVID-19 lockdown occurred, in anticipation of the upcoming golf season. When the pandemic began to take hold, the importance of celebrating science and technology suddenly took on a new level. That theme continues with what’s expected out of “The Match: Champions for Charity” play — showcasing the pairings of Mickelson and Tom Brady versus Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

To see the latest spot, click here


Synthetic director Jako Creates Films for Iconic Car brand Porsche"The Soul Within” series profiles people from around the world full of drive and energy

April 15, 2020

Vice.com - The protagonists are predominantly active in a creative, artistic environment. They are each completely dedicated to different topics, but all have one thing in common: they are doing their own thing - with their heart and soul. They make no reference to the Porsche brand, and no cars can be seen in the films. The sports car manufacturer is therefore placing the emphasis of its marketing communication on addressing its target group in an authentic way at eye level.

To read entire Porsche article, click HERE


Director Jeannie Roshar leads all female cast, crew, agency & post campaignBreastfeeding advocacy social media PSA's provide perfect backdrop to staff a women-led campaign

February 21, 2020

Austin, Tx: It started as a gutsy challenge — try to staff an entire shoot with only women, from agency creative through casting, on-set production, and post. It was a lofty goal originally suggested by senior agency producer Angie Nelson of Sherry Matthews Group, the Austin, Texas-based advocacy marketing agency that is itself woman-owned.

As soon as Synthetic Pictures Director Jeannie Roshar and Executive Producer Allison Smith put their minds to it, there was no stopping the quest. “It just made sense for the creative,” says Roshar.

To read the full article in Shots, click HERE.

Or go to: https://shots.net/news/view/synthetic-pictures-director-jeannie-roshar-leads-all-female-cast-crew-agency-and-post-campaign


Director Jeannie Roshar Chosen for Prestigious NBC Director’s ProgramSkills will be used on "The Voice" and "Making It"

February 14, 2020

Los Angeles, CA: The industry’s first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows has set its 2019-2020 class, helping to create equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series. The Alternative Directors Program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors the opportunity to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles with the ultimate goal of hiring them as show directors on NBC or Universal Television alternative series.

The new class is comprised of eight directors and the shows in their rotations are: Jeannie Roshar (The Kelly Clarkson Show, Making It, The Voice).

To read the Deadline Hollywood article in it’s entirety, click HERE

Or go to: https://deadline.com/2020/02/nbc-names-class-for-alternative-directors-program-2019-2020-1202860612/


Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters Join Justin Corsbie’s Indie Feature Hard Luck Love SongBrian Sacca also Cast in a Supporting Role

Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters have joined the music-inspired independent feature “Hard Luck Love Song” opposite Sophia Bush and Michael Dorman, Variety has learned exclusively. Commercial director Justin Corsbie will helm from a script he wrote with Nicholl semifinalist Craig Ugoretz, based on the Todd Snider song “Just Like Old Times.” Allison Smith, Douglas Matejka and Corsbie are producing; executive producers are Peter Scalettar and Christian Monti.

To see more on the Variety article, click here.

Or visit: https://variety.com/2018/film/news/dermot-mulroney-melora-walters-hard-luck-love-song-1202882056/


Director Justin Corsbie Taps Lead Actors Sophia Bush and Michael DormanDuo will Star In Music Inspired Hard Luck Love Song

July 16, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: One Tree Hill alum Sophia Bush and Patriot star Michael Dorman have been tapped as the leads in Hard Luck Love Song, an indie from Synthetic Pictures and Dime Box Entertainment based on the song Just Like Old Times by Todd Snider. Justin Corsbie is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Craig Ugoretz.

To see more on the Deadline Hollywood article, click here.

Or visit: https://deadline.com/2018/07/sophia-bush-michael-dorman-hard-luck-love-song-movie-1202427506/


LA Weekly Video PremiereNadia Lanfranconi Delivers a Knock-Out Sucker Punch with Video Directed by Jako

March 13, 2018

Nadia Lanfranconi is an Italian-born punk-rocker turned country singer. Her provocative new video “Always” directed by Synthetic’s Jako, demonstrates Lanfranconi’s persuasive, painstakingly crafted contemporary style.

To read the full LA Weekly article, click here.

Or visit: http://www.laweekly.com/music/video-premiere-nadia-lanfranconi-delivers-a-knock-out-sucker-punch-with-always-9251482


SHOOTSynthetic Attracts Hundreds Hosting Ad Industry “South By Kick Off” Blowout at SXSW

March 9, 2018

Austin, TX - Synthetic Pictures, Yessian Music, Laundry, Apache and Union host the 6th Annual SXKO party in Austin’s East Side favorite The Craftsman. Hundreds of agency guests including 72andSunny, Wieden + Kennedy, Publicis, Mullen Lowe, McCann, Y&R, Deutsch and GSD&M attended the event, jamming to music by White Denim, White Reaper, Tunde Olaniran and DJ Dangit.

This party has “really hit its stride,” says Synthetic EP Allison Smith. “The core group of hosts have been working together for many years, both on this party and on commercial and branded projects. That’s created a sense of camaraderie, and the party has turned into a celebration of what we do individually and collectively.

To read the entire SHOOT article online, click here.

Or visit: https://shootonline.com/spw/synthetic-yessian-apache-union-and-laundry-team-host-ad-industry-south-kick-blowout-sxsw


Director Jeannie Roshar Launches Broadcast Version of “Life Hacks for Kids On the Road”The Wildly Popular Kids Web Series Is Now a TV Hit

Watch the "Life Hacks for Kids - On the Road" trailer or catch a show yourself, Saturdays at 8:30pm EST on Universal Kids TV.


Jako's "The Art of Shade" Photo Art Exhibit Opens in Milan, ItalyMusica Arte Cultura celebrates the fashion & beauty behind Jako's photographic art

March 1, 2018

Milan, Italy -- Jako's photographic art exhibit "The Art of Shade" opened to crowds and fanfare at the Musica Arte Cultura space in Milan, Italy. Jako was on hand to speak with patrons and discuss his work with the multiple Italian news outlets covering the opening. See the articles below, and watch the video from the show.





Garnier Taps Synthetic's Cole Walliser to direct Mandy Moore for Recycling CampaignRinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign is in collaboration with DoSomething.org

March 2, 2018

Los Angeles, CA -- Synthetic director Cole Walliser is tapped to direct Mandy Moore in a Garnier campaign as it's latest Brand Ambassador. Garnier's "Rinse, Recycle, Repeat" campaign was created in collaboration with DoSomething.org to encourage people to appropriately recycle their beauty products. Click below to read the entire Allure Magazine article.

Allure - Click here to read more.


Synthetic's Cole Walliser Directs the GlamBot at the 2018 Grammys

February 21, 2018

New York, NY -- Synthetic Director Cole Walliser’s work for E! Entertainment on the GlamBot, which is a device that does super slow motion and swooping effects, dazzles on the red carpet at the Emmys. With this most recent work, Walliser has now used the GlamBot at the Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards.


California Dreamin'Cole Walliser Directs & Stars in Brand Film for Mercedes-Benz

December 19, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA

Synthetic Director Cole Walliser directs and is featured in a brand campaign for Mercedes-Benz. Walliser highlights the luxury car company's G-Class SUV amidst the sweeping rustic landscapes and gorgeous beaches of California. Walliser showcases the G-Class's unique versatility and his own adventurous lifestyle that includes skateboarding, bouldering and surfing -- some of California's finest outdoor activities. 



Synthetic Delivers First National Brand Campaign for Orangetheory FitnessJustin Corsbie's Directorial Work Featured in Little Black Book & SHOOT Online

January 30, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

When Synthetic Pictures Founding Director Justin Corsbie visited an Orangetheory Fitness for the first time, one thing became clear — its membership is a diversely fit group with cult-like dedication to their workouts. Corsbie knew he wanted to showcase that passion and intensity in the brand’s first national campaign, 'More Orangetheory - More Life,' created by ad agency The Tombras Group of Knoxville, TN. 

The brand’s relationship between its custom workouts and an active lifestyle results in a campaign, directed by Corsbie, that mixes match-cut vignettes, stunning cinematography, compelling performances, and epic locations.

Read the rest of the article at Little Black Book
The spot was also featured on SHOOT ONLINE


West Texas Shoot Underway

July 12, 2017, West Texas

Synthetic's Justin Corsbie location scouting desert sand dunes in West Texas for an epic campaign launching later this year. Stay tuned.  


DreamWorksTV Brings "Life Hacks for Kids" to Broadcast

October 17, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA

DreamWorksTV is bringing its wildly popular YouTube show "Life Hacks for Kids" to television. Created by Synthetic's Jeannie Roshar and well known comedian Gary Anthony Williams, the show averages more than 1 million views per week on YouTube and has 3.3 million subscribers. Overall, it has more than 750 million views online. 

The new TV show, "Life Hacks for Kids: On the Road" will air 10 half-hour episodes beginning in 2018 on Comcast’s Universal Kids Network. 



With a Team Approach, Synthetic Captures a Shell Giant Setting Sail

September 26, 2017 - Geoje, South Korea

Synthetic's Executive Producer, Allison Smith, is in South Korea with a Synthetic documentary team filming the sail away of the gigantic Shell Appomattox Hull -- the largest floating production system that Shell has ever built. Shell's brand film is as much about the people who imagined, designed, and built the feat of engineering, as it is about the Appomattox Hull setting out to sea. The Hull will sail around the world for 55 days to Ingleside, Texas for further integration into the Shell deepwater system.


Chicago Rep Jim Deloye Excites with Photography

September 20, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Midwest rep Jim Deloye is sending Summer out in style with a creative side project, a portfolio of his original abstract fine art photography under the moniker, LightWerks. It is exhibited at the highly esteemed Edgewater Arts Festival at the corner of Chicago's Broadway & Granville.

Edgewater Arts Festival is a juried show and this will be Jim’s second appearance with the LightWerks booth at the show featuring his “Illusionary Forces” collection.



Synthetic, Yessian, Apache, Union and Ntropic Team Up to Party5th Annual "South By Kick Off" Blowout in Austin

Austin, TX, March 17, 2017

It wouldn’t be SXSW without the unofficial advertising and production kick off party, SXKO, and this year’s 5th annual bash proved to be epic, featuring fire dancing, an LED light show, buzzed-about bands, a taco truck and more than 600 attendees ready to get the SXSW ball rolling. 

The 2017 edition of SXKO, which took place on Friday night at the start of the conference (March 10), was brought to you again by Synthetic Pictures, the L.A., Austin and New York-based production house, and Yessian Music, which have been the party’s anchor hosts since day one. On hand from Synthetic were Austin native and founding director Justin Corsbie and his partner and EP, Allison Smith. 


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#SXKO 2017 Party Highlight Reel

March 17, 2017 -- Austin, Texas

Another epic SXSW night is in the books. Check out this year's #SXKO Party Highlight Reel.


Cuckold Picasso Thrills Lance Larson's Chilling Short Is Named An Official Selection of the Oaxaca Film Festival

Synthetic director Lance Larson's newest short, "Cuckold Picasso," is killing it on the festival circuit. The terror-inducing thriller was just accepted by the Sundance sponsored Oaxaca Film Fest, in addition to its numerous other awards and mentions.

It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. This isn't a film. It's an experience. — CuckoldPicasso.com

Pablo Picasso's "1971 Harlequin Head," thought forever lost in a Romanian fire, is found vividly alive in the disturbed psyche of a tortured man's soul.

Although grizzly, the action and title are just strong metaphors about our need to deal with internal fears, and internal terror. It is necessary to open a third eye (symbolized in drill scene); necessary to dare to look straight on at the things we need to face. In doing so, we free ourselves to embrace and learn from the things we are prone to unnecessarily fear the most.

Click here to watch the trailer >


BBVA Compass and Durant Team Up for KidsSynthetic's Justin Corsbie helps KD and BBVA Compass celebrate

Synthetic Director Justin Corsbie has been a Kevin Durant fan since Durant's early days playing as a Longhorn at UT, and before that as an All American in high school. Corsbie was excited to be involved with the project, and loved working with the team at o2ideas, Howard Pearlstein, Grace Roberts, and Ginger Brown.

The exciting event culminated in Durant donating his latest charitable gift: a new basketball court being installed at the northeast Austin charter school IDEA Rundberg. Sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, Roc Nation and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, the court received an installation celebration fit for an All Star with confetti canons, welcome banners, 600 cheering kids, and the NBA star himself.

Commercials and web content will roll out later this year.

Read more about the event here >


Tyler Ramsey and Walter May's collaboration is making waves in LA's art scene

"It is the dance between chaos and chemistry that creates beauty."

Tyler Ramsey is a talented abstract painter known for his freestyle technique of attacking the canvas with bold, hand painted battles. His work has inspired a boutique collection of TOMS Shoes with his signature style and a series of billboards called "Art Lives" with the outdoor lifestyle brand, RAREFORM.

Walter May is an esteemed film, video and advertising director and pop culture aficionado working with major brands such as Toyota, Starbucks, ESPN and Smirnoff and celebrity icons such as Katy Perry, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams and Eminem.

Together, their combined talents have found a magical synergy and a new genre of innovative, reflective fine art. Their defined, "celebration of collaboration" combines disciplines of painting, sculpting, photography, animation, cinematography and graphic design into a conscious, explorative process of creating art with positive meaning. "We don't really fit the stereotype of the angst ridden artists inspired by suffering and struggle," Walter May explains during their recent interview with Examiner. "We've taken a different, more positive approach to art and see it as a way to celebrate culture and innovation, and to encourage more collaboration between all artists."


Blaze Pizza Spot Goes ViralSynthetic's Blaze Pizza Hidden Camera Campaign with Lebron James goes viral

Synthetic Director Walter May, who has plenty of experience working with celebrity talent like Katy Perry and Koby Bryant, recently directed LeBron James in a Blaze Pizza hidden camera spot. James poses as "Ron", an ordinary Blaze employee in Pasadena, CA, letting customers know he's shadowing to learn the ropes.

"Looks like Dwyane," a customer says when he sees James, confusing him with Dwyane Wade who plays for Miami Heat.

The hilarious spot has garnered national attention, going viral on YouTube reaching over 1.5 million views and still climbing. The story was picked up by CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, LA Times, LA Eater,  Cleveland, and Business Insider.

Synthetic Pictures highlights young champions for Amazon Kindle

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Synthetic Pictures teamed up with Amazon to showcase young spelling bee champions in a fun, heartwarming, and celebratory new campaign for the Kindle, showcasing the kids as the champions they've trained so hard to become. In one spot, the selected finalists name the hardest words they've ever had to spell, including Triskaidekaphobia, Antidisestablishmentarianism, culminating with a brain-busting word we can't even pronounce, much less spell! You have to watch the spot to even believe it. In other spots of the campaign, the kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14, show off some of their unique training methods with their parents - shooting hoops as they spell words, roller-skating with flashcards, bouncing a tennis ball in word rhythm - and discuss what it takes to become a champion.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, sponsored by Amazon Kindle, is the country's largest spelling bee and operates as a not-for-profit in support of education and literacy for children. The level of work that goes into preparing for such an event is arguably on par with champion athletes. And while it's surely brains over brawn, the studying these kids go through is no joke. What's perhaps more impressive are the ways they balance their lives as champions with being regular kids. Between school, friends, family, and hobbies, their plates are enormously full. Synthetic Pictures and Amazon wanted to help recognize these young champs for their many accomplishments.

Synthetic produced  4 x :30 spots, as well as several additional web and social content pieces, and a still photoshoot - each highlighting a new question, and giving the contestants opportunities to open up about their training and their lives growing up as champions. "I think a word that sums me up as a champ is passionate," says 14-year-old Peyton Wiewel of Parkville, MO, confidence shining through her eyes. Wiewel adds of the competition, "It's that internal drive that keeps them going and it's their passion for what they're doing." Thirteen-year-old Maria Fields of Gross Pointe Park, Michigan says, "What makes a champion is that they believe in themselves and they believe they can do it before they do it." 

The bee is airing nationally May 25th and 26th on ESPN.

Founded in 2002, Synthetic Pictures (www.syntheticpictures.com) has offices in Los Angeles, Austin, and New York. The company boasts a diverse roster of live action directors and an accomplished visual effects division, SP/FX. They've worked with agencies such as BBDO, Leo Burnett, Team Detroit, GSD&M, Doner, Pitch, Publicis, JWT, Integer, 22squared, Wunderman, TM, Mithun, 360i, Phenomenon, Proof, Wilson, Luckie & Co, Agency RX, CDMi, Ramey, Tombras, LGA, Loomis, BVK, Rapp and R&R Partners on projects for clients such as Starbucks, Chrysler, Dodge, Dell, Intel, BMW, Ford, Vegas Tourism, Jennie-O, Shell, MasterCard, P&G, Special K, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Reebok, Walmart, DreamWorks, Nationwide, Canon, SunTrust Bank, Invisalign, Citgo, Honda, and the American Red Cross.

Read More At Source Creative >


SHOOT ONLINEEx-72andSunny Creative Walter May Joins Synthetic Pictures' Directorial Roster

Director Walter May has come aboard the directorial roster of Synthetic Pictures. Already at his new roost he has helmed a Red Bull campaign for Omelet LA, and a LeBron James hidden camera stunt spot for Blaze Pizza.

May often works with celebrity talent including Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Mike Ditka, Serena Williams and Eminem. May, an L.A.-based director and former 72andSunny creative, is known for his stylized and design-driven visuals for such brands as Toyota, Starbucks, ESPN, Walmart, Activision and Smirnoff.

Read More at shootonline.com >

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SXSW#SXKO Party Highlight Reel

They Came. They Saw. They Partied.

Check out our kick-ass #SXKO Party Highlight Reel.

Synthetic Pictures and Yessian Music Team with Apache Digital, Beast and NtropicTo Start SXSW Off Right with the 4th "South By Kick Off" Party

AUSTIN, TX, March 16, 2016

It's hard to compete with the star power of President Barack Obama, but a quintet of advertising's top production and post production players did just that as they marked the start of the 2016 SXSW Festival with yet another rockin' party.

As ad industry professionals from around the country descended on Austin for five days of music, media, panels and partying, many made their way around Secret Service SUVs to The Belmont, scene of this year's "South By Kick Off" party, also known as #SXKO. All told more than 800 partygoers made the scene on Friday night, March 11, where the guest list included creative and production people from BBDO, DDB London, Digitas, Doner, Droga5, GSD&M, JWT, 72andSunny, Team Detroit, Publicis Frankfurt, Jung von Matt and Wieden + Kennedy/Amsterdam, as well as from other production companies and post houses.

More at Shoot Online >


Director Walter May and Painter Tyler Ramsey Featured in Art Show of the Year

March 15, 2016, Playa Vista, CA -- Friendship is Magic Art Show lived up to its name Tuesday night at the Ctrl Collective in Silicon Beach. The venue, equipped with a grand entry way, diverse presentation spaces, and a community vibe, provided the perfect foundation for renowned painter Tyler Ramsey and esteemed multi-media artist Walter May to share the magic of their inspiring friendship through their groundbreaking collaboration.

The exhibition embodied a perfect synergy of artistic liberation and technical expertise, showcasing work in painting, sculpture, photography, animation, cinematography, and graphic design. Over fifty pieces were hung throughout the space, and many of them sold before the show even began. The entry way, with the grandeur of a castle, was lined with some of Ramsey's larger works including macro paintings of re-imagined car parts, seemingly all seeing eyes, and an impressive painted pyramid sculpture. As you descended into the venue, you emerged in a dim hallway illuminated in neon. The art, glowing symbols and pictures mounted on various textures and backgrounds, guided you towards more spaces to discover. In an area adjacent to the neon hall, there were stop motion animation videos of several paintings being made accompanied by the final products. These works are multi-layered with exciting stories. Beneath each layer of paint is a plot point, captured by May through tonally apt editing and music, all culminating in a disarray of passion and color. There was something to see everywhere you turned, the space lending itself to the artist's spontaneity and innovation.

Guests were encouraged to explore the venue freely, and could even check out Ramsey's paint studio in the back--a work of art in and of itself. The room was decorated with enticing painted skulls, a repurposed car door for photo ops, and painted floors nice enough to frame. The event held true to its theme, celebrating the magic of the community surrounding Tyler's art. Guests could enjoy the open bar, margarita and food trucks, music, and even create their own works of art on a thirty foot blank canvas.

As a highly anticipated event, over seven hundred guests attended the show, including Michael Hammer (Hammer Galleries), Paige Mycoskie (founder of Aviator Nation), actors Christina Ochoa (Matador), Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger, Social Network), Elizabeth Chambers (TV Personality), Joel Davide Moore (Avatar, Bones), Tom Schwartz & Tom Sandoval (Vanderpump Rules), Brandy Howard (The People Couch), Mark L. Young (The Comeback, We're the Millers),W and Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOMS Shoes.) TOMS collaborated with Tyler at the event alongside Ctrl Collective, Rareform, VR Scout, and Marco Garcia, art video director and Mini Bar Delivery. Tyler has worked with TOMS since 2006 usually custom hand painting shoes. However, at the event TOMS revealed their new season designs printed with some of Ramsey's best artwork. The amazing new line of shoes was displayed next to their original painted counterparts. Ramsey was recently acclaimed as the most interesting man in the art world by Argonaut, however those who attended this show might argue he's the most interesting man in any world.

After guests had the opportunity to discover and play (swings were installed throughout for recreation!) Tyler addressed the crowd with an energetic speech, showing his gratitude for the love he felt in the room. Throughout his speech, one of his magical friends used Virtual Reality Paint to highlight what the artist was saying. It was as if the evening itself was the final piece in his collection. To call the event an art show would be an understatement. It was more of an experience: uniquely entertaining, surprising, inspiring--and the art, of course, was unforgettable.

For more information about Tyler Ramsey, Walter May, and Ctrl Collective, check them out at:


Director Kanyessa McMahon Joins Synthetic Pictures

NEW YORK, December 4, 2015

Synthetic Pictures has added NYC-based director Kanyessa McMahon to its roster for worldwide representation. Specializing in sports and entertainment content, McMahon's longtime clients include sports apparel giants Nike and adidas. She has also worked with MTV, i am OTHER, Billionaire Boys Club, Estée Lauder, (RED), and Pacific World Cosmetics.

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Synthetic Director Erik Anderson Directs Multi-Continent Campaign for Shell

After months in the making and visiting major technology innovators on multiple continents, Synthetic director Erik Anderson delivers a multi-faceted campaign for Shell Technology Ventures. Shooting in The Netherlands, with video gathered from the Middle East and major cities in the U.S. such as Boston and Pittsburgh, Synthetic helped to profile Shell Technology Ventures (STV), the investment arm for Shell that is focused upon putting millions of dollars into innovative and clean technology companies and start-ups.

Check out the STV highlight reel >


Canon Expo 2015 Sweeps Into New York Highlighting Synthetic Director Erik Anderson's Work

Once every five years the Canon EXPO sweeps into New York City, and this year it’s highlighting some of Canon's pro customer service, Support Matters, with documentary work by Synthetic director Erik Anderson.  To show off some of the features of Support Matters, Anderson profiled Austin-based sports photographer Elizabeth Kreutz, who has traveled the world shooting Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France, and dozens of other high-profile triathletes and celebrity sports figures. Kreutz operates in fast-paced sports environments where equipment problems must be solved immediately, and she’s relied on Canon to give her the camera support she needs.

Shoot Online & Creativity OnlineSynthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie Tackles the Legend of J.J. Watt for Ford Trucks

Did he wrangle a marlin onto his boat with his bare hands? Is he sculpted like a super hero? Did Sasquatch really say that he saw him once, trumping through the brush? These are all questions asked by a range of people in a series of new comedy TV spot for Ford’s F-series trucks from Team Detroit directed by Synthetic Pictures™ Justin Corsbie, and the person they're asking about is J. J. Watt, the popular, high-voltage defensive end for the NFL™s Houston Texans.

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The spot was also featured on Creativity Online


Congratulations to one of Synthetic's favorite go-to DP's Tod Campbell

Vulture - How Mr Robot Became One of TV’s Most Visually Striking Shows

When Tod Campbell joined Mr. Robot as director of photography on its second episode, he had what Marlo Stanfield from The Wire might refer to as "one of them good problems" in deciding how to shoot it. Lead actor Rami Malek's eyes were almost too gorgeous. "My God, Rami? I could put a light a hundred yards away and his eyes would pick it up," says the veteran cinematographer of shows from Friday Night Lights to Sleepy Hollow. This ocular casting coup helped determine how Campbell came to shape the distinctive look of creator Sam Esmail's twisty, anti-capitalist hacker drama, one of the summer's standout shows (its finale airs on USA tonight). And you don't need Malek-size eyes to see that Mr. Robot composes its shots like nothing else on television today.

Read more at Vulture >


New Drive Sober Campaign Hits Air for Labor Day

Synthetic director Mike Angelo Torres’ latest campaign for Drive Sober is released just in time for the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The campaign, featuring a sexy couple at the end of a night of partying, reveals a sobering twist at the end, reminding everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

Synthetic Pictures Wraps Up Production for Ford with JJ Watt

Synthetic founding director Justin Corsbie wraps up a Ford commercial campaign with NFL star JJ Watt. Shot all over Houston, home of Watt’s Texans, the campaign will be airing soon. Check back for more details!

Synthetic Pictures hosts Cannes 2015 Pool Party

Synthetic Pictures and Yessian Music team up for a Cannes pool party. More than 200 agency and production friends attended from all over the globe -- Los Angeles, Germany, China, New York, Chicago and South Africa. Happy Cannes 2015!

Synthetic Director JAKO's Photograph Published In National Geographic

Congratulations to Synthetic director JAKO on his photograph "Lovers Night" published in National Geographic's latest photo book Getting Your Shot. "Lovers Night" is also honored as being the most viewed image in the history of Nat Geo's "Your Shot" website.

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SourceEcreative Just Breaking SpotsPeter Sorcher Directs New Campaign for Starbucks "At Home"

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2015

Synthetic Pictures director Peter Sorcher teams up with Integer for Starbucks to deliver a new At Home campaign. The first of 4 spots kicks off with "Book Club".

Learn More About Starbucks At Home >


SHOOTSynthetic, Yessian, Union, Apache Digital and Laundry Hold "South By Kick Off" Party to Get SXSW Rolling

AUSTIN, Texas, March 16, 2015

What better way to spend Friday the 13th than getting in the proper mood for five days of mind-expanding music, media, panels, networking and partying? That's the idea behind the 2015 South By Kick Off party, held last Friday night in Austin. More than 600 industry insiders and tastemakers made the scene, which included agency folks from shops like GSD&M, JWT, Deutsch and others.

The event was co-hosted by a quintet of top players in the creation and production of advertising content. The gang of five was led by Synthetic Pictures, the L.A., New York and Austin-based production company, and Yessian Music...

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SourceEcreativeSynthetic Pictures on Funny Business

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2015

This year's line-up of warm and fuzzy Super Bowl spots notwithstanding, comedy is still king (or queen) when it comes to advertising. Still, what passes for funny adapts with the times, and that's no different for advertising than other pop culture forms.

To take a wider look at the genre, we assembled a list of suitably rib-splitting sponsor companies to weigh in with their opinions. Leading off is Synthetic Pictures, the L.A., New York and Austin, TX-based company founded by Director Justin Corsbie and EP Allison Smith...

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SourceEcreativeSynthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie is One Serious Student of Comedy

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2015

Justin Corsbie cautions you that when it comes to comedy, he's quite serious. That's not to say he lacks a sense of humor. He's actually a hoot to hang with, according to agency clients, many whom have become friends. It's just that to him, comedy is something you need to approach with some discipline. You need to do your homework, too, which is why he's always going to clubs and checking out rising stand-up stars. And his sphere of reference is impressive, it's hard to find someone so close to millennials in age who aspires to banter like Mike Nichols and Elaine May...

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Nissan Shoot UnderwayCheck Out That Rig!

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2015

Production is underway for a series of Nissan spots directed by Synthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie. Check out this production still that highlights the amazing technical work of our highly-accomplished, hardworking crew members.

SHOOT2015 Production/Post Outlook: Diversity, Net Neutrality, Industry Feedback

LOS ANGELES, January 30, 2015

Synthetic Executive Producer Allison Smith featured as production and post pros share their visions, hopes, and expectations for 2015.

"...we envision more Mash-Ups: projects that combine components of traditional commercial production with documentary techniques, hidden cameras, takeovers, experiential marketing, public relations,  etc... with the content being delivered through broadcast, online, mobile, & social platforms along with the experiential & PR impact while being produced."

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Justin Corsbie's Latest Tourism Campaign to Air During All-American Bowl

LOS ANGELES, January 2, 2015

Synthetic's work for San Antonio Tourism by director Justin Corsbie is set to air during this Saturday's U.S. Navy All-American Bowl, the annual match-up of the nation's best high school players in a West Coast vs. East Coast competition.

The series of three spots show San Antonio  offers something for everyone, contrasting poolside relaxation for mom with playing at the water park for the kids, romantic fine dining with an outdoor food truck picnic, a leisurely bike ride around the historic missions with the pulsating nightlife along the famous San Antonio River Walk.

The San Antonio spots join our reel of tourism work for organizations including Vegas Tourism, Texas Tourism, Williamsburg Tourism, and Bahamas Tourism. Work for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority made national headlines for revitalizing the attraction of Vegas during a downed economy when they took the residents of a small Texas town on vacation to Las Vegas.

SHOOTDirector Erik Anderson Joins Synthetic Pictures

LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2014

Synthetic Pictures has signed director Erik Anderson whose specialities include docu-style, lifestyle and automotive content. His clients include Microsoft, Riddell, Maria Stopes International, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Anderson's new Riddell spot was recently shortlisted for the Clio Sports competition.

Anderson's first projects with Synthetic include co-directing with Justin Corsbie a real people campaign for Williamsburg, Virginia Tourism through Luckie & Co., and collaborating with Team Detroit on a potential docu-style campaign for Ford.

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Director Erik Anderson's Riddell Spot Shortlisted for CLIO Sports Award

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014

Congratulations to Synthetic director/cameraman Erik Anderson, whose recent Riddell spot made the CLIO Sports Award Shortlist. The spot showcases Riddell's efforts to make football a safer game for children with helmets that protect better.

From the CLIO Awards notification: "All entries that make it this far are regarded as honorable mentions, with the Shortlist being a significant accomplishment in itself. Winners of the CLIO Sports Awards will be announced on July 17th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City."

Short Shorts & Asia 2014 - Jako's "More Than Words" Wins FutureCity Yokohama Best Short Award

TOKYO, June 9, 2014

Short Shorts Winner and Synthetic director, Jako, was in the Tokyo, Japan packed audience to accept the FutureCity Yokohama Best Short Award for his multi-award winning film, "More Than Words."

Read More About The Awards Here >


Director Justin Corsbie Chosen to Helm His 2nd Burger King Campaign of 2014

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2014

Synthetic Pictures founding director Justin Corsbie helms his second Burger King campaign of 2014. The latest comedy & dialogue project, BK "Real Buddies", features the Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger, and showcases improv actors Ryan Gaul from The Groundlings and Noah Weisberg from Upright Citizens Brigade.

Watch The Broadcast Spot Here >


Telly's Highest Honor, the Silver Telly, Awarded to Allison Smith's Human Trafficking Documentary

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2015

Congratulations to Synthetic Executive Producer Allison Smith, whose human trafficking documentary "Slavery Out of the Shadows" won Telly's highest honor, the Silver Telly. Out of more than 12,000 submissions, less than 10-percent are awarded with a Telly, and an even smaller percent are honored with the Silver Telly.

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders. Through a combination of inspiring testimonies from trafficking survivors, to expert analysis defining the scope and operation of the crime, trafficking is brought to the forefront as one of the top global crises of the 21st century.

Watch The Documentary Online >


Director Mike Angelo Torres Joins Synthetic's Growing Roster

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2014

Synthetic Pictures has added a pair of filmmakers to its lineup--director Jako and director/cameraman Mike Angelo Torres. The former specializes in automotive and music-driven content while Torres is known for his visual storytelling in both the general and Latin markets.

Torres' previous clients include Reebok, Budweiser, Nissan, and SafeLink. He's also directed and shot music videos for leading recording labels and well-known artists like Lil Wayne, Ben Kweller, Dizzee Rascal, and Rick Ross.

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Synthetic Pictures Signs Award-Winning Director Jako

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2014

Synthetic Pictures has added a pair of filmmakers to its lineup--director Jako and director/cameraman Mike Angelo Torres. The former specializes in automotive and music-driven content while Torres is known for his visual storytelling in both the general and Latin markets.

Raised in Italy, Jako originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but shifted his career toward filmmaking after crafting a music video for his band, Socadia. While he brings his skills in commercials and branded content to Synthetic, his music video collaborations with artists like Gnarls Barkley, Eric Benet, and Fatboy Slim have been featured at SXSW, Raindance, and the LA Film Festival.

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Synthetic's Jennie-O Spot Airs During Oscars Broadcast on ABC

February 23, 2014

Did you catch Justin Corsbie's "Taco Ride" spot for Jennie-O during last night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC?

Congrats to the winners and all those who were nominated.

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And the Gold Addy Goes to... Justin Corsbie's Purple Spot for National Gypsum

LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2014

Congratulations to Synthetic director Justin Corsbie and VFX Supervisor Troy Davis, whose Purple Drywall spot won a Gold Addy in Texas and a Silver Addy in the Southeast. The spot mixes comedy & dialogue live action with VFX, watching the walls of a home peeled away to reveal Purple Drywall underneath.
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Justin Corsbie Directs Latest for Burger King

LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2014

Synthetic director Justin Corsbie directed English and Spanish-language spots with Pitch Advertising for Burger King to introduce the new King Deals menu, where everything is... “Just a dollar.”

See the BK spot in Spanish >


NetflixSynthetic's DMT: The Spirit Molecule is #1 on Netlfix Streaming

January 31, 2012

Synthetic's DMT: The Spirit Molecule is proven successful in its first week on Netflix, ranking first in number of streams.

The film is an investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

See The Breakdown >


Justin Corsbie wins Best Shorts Competition Award of Excellence for Hot Dogs & Hand Grenades

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2011

Justin Corsbie's Hot Dogs & Hand Grenades has received the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts competition.

The Best Shorts competition is a national contest that recognizes film, video, television and commercials from cinematographers, videographers, producers, directors and public relations professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in creativity and craft.

View The Complete Best Shorts Listing >


Austin Film SocietySynthetic Pictures at Gen Art

AUSTIN, June 13, 2011

Synthetic Pictures was featured in Persistence of Vision, the Journal of the Austin Film Society. The publication highlights activity and achievement in Texas film production.

Read the Persistence of Vision Write-Up >


Synthetic's ACCCE Rodeo Sweeps National TV Awards at DC ADDYs

LOS ANGELES, March 18. 2011

Synthetic's director/cameraman Lionel Coleman and crew that included producer Christopher Rogers and 2nd unit DP Nathanael Vorce, is honored by the DC ADDY Awards with three recognitions for the ACCCE Rodeo spot, produced with White + Partners agency. Awards include: Cinematography Gold ADDY, National TV Silver ADDY and Sound Design Silver ADDY.

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Synthetic's "Be the One" Gulf Oil Spill PSA Makes National Headlines

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2010

Synthetic Pictures director Justin Corsbie and producer Allison Smith donated their time and talent to the Be The One campaign, directing professional artists and athletes for a video urging the restoration of America's Gulf Coast after the BP Oil Leak. Some of the video participants included: Actress Sandra Bullock, musician Lenny Kravitz, Florida Marlin Clay Hensley, musician Dave Matthews, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and actress Blake Lively.

Learn More About The Campaign >


Vegas Bound Campaign Makes National Headlines

NEW YORK, February 4, 2009

"Las Vegas has tweaked its marketing pitch several times in the past few months to try to quickly respond to changing economic conditions. But as the recession took hold and consumer confidence remained low, its marketers decided to try a completely new approach to redefining the city's image."

The Vegas Bound commercial and video campaign was produced by Synthetic PIctures and directed by Justin Corsbie.

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Paste Magazine - Best of Film 2008

LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2008

PASTE Magazine has named Call + Response one of the top 20 films of 2008. Justin Corsbie directed and Synthetic Pictures produced the musical performances of Matisyahu for the performance documentary.

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Lance Larson Signed to Synthetic Roster

LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2008

Synthetic Pictures announced the signing of director Lance Larson to its roster. Larson, based in Los Angeles, is an award-winning filmmaker who's best known for his stylized visuals and effects work.

Larson is headlining 2008 entertainment news with his highly-acclaimed short film, Bloom, which received more than nine Winner accolades at various prestigious film festivals, including the USA Film Festival, "Best Short Film" at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and "Directors Choice" at the Washington DC Shorts Festival. Universal Pictures sponsored a special screening of Larson's Bloom on the studio lot in Los Angeles, attended by top industry executives.

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Synthetic Pictures Sweeps the Aurora Awards

LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2007

Synthetic Pictures brings home a fantastic FIVE Aurora Awards in the Spring of 2007. The awards span the roster of Synthetic's directors, as well as categories submitted. The awards include:

-Gold Award in Use of Special Effects/Animation: "Words" Utah Transit Authority directed by Justin Corsbie with R&R Partners, Salt Lake City.

-Platinum Best of Show in Computers/Internet: "Yours is _______" Dell directed by Justin Corsbie with Dell Computers, Austin, Texas

-Platinum Best of Show in Entertainment/Amusement: "Ready to Live It" Dell directed by Justin Corsbie with Dell Computers, Austin, Texas

-Platinum Best of Show in Public Service-Non-profit Sponsor: "Hang Glider" Utah DABC directed by Scott Rice with agency R&R Partners, Salt Lake City

-Platinum Best of Show in Restaurant/Food Services: "Polly Pockets" McAlister's Deli directed by Scott Rice

Here is what the Aurora Awards say about these recognitions, "A Meaningful Award...The Aurora is hard to win, no question. We did that because the Aurora Award has to mean something! When you win an Aurora, the prestige and credibility factors for you are extremely high. For twelve years we have worked to establish that reputation. Every year we hear from people who have won other "give away" competitions who didn't win an Aurora. Rest assured that Aurora judging is stringent. Don't be discouraged from trying, though. With an Aurora entry, you are not competing against peers with potentially a much bigger budget than yours - you are competing against an absolute threshold of excellence."

Markee MagazineCover Features Justin Corsbie

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2006

Synthetic Pictures founder and director, Justin Corsbie, was featured on the cover of Markee Magazine for the month of March.

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Synthetic's Livestrong Spot Raises Millions for Fight Against Cancer

May 11, 2006

AMD's first TV ad campaign and donation goal are off to a strong start, as nearly half of the $4 million target has been raised. Synthetic PIctures and Game Plan Marketing teamed up to deliver the spots.

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Synthetic Founder Justin Corsbie Named Austin Under 40 Finalist

AUSTIN, March 6, 2006

Congratulations to Synthetic Pictures' founder, Justin Corsbie, on being named a finalist for this year's Austin Under 40. This recognition honors men and women under the age of 40 who have excelled in their field of endeavor and demonstrated service to the community - outstanding business leaders, inventors of technology, educators, lawyers, public servants, etc. They are taking risks, dedicated to their work, and shaping the future of our community.

Justin joins the ranks of past winners such as Michael Dell, Mayor Will Wynn, MariBen Ramsey, Lance Armstrong, Lynn Sherman, and Reid Ryan.

Austin Under 40 Announcement of Finalists >


Director Jako Wins Roma Videoclip 2014

LOS ANGELES, November 25, 2014

The Niro's "1969" music video, directed by Synthetic's Jako, won Roma Videoclip 2014 at this year's Roma Videoclip Festival. The honor is Italy's equivalent of Best Music Video of the Year.