When I was a teenager, I remember seeing an ad for a hotel chain that was just 30 seconds of penguins swimming in a hotel bathtub. I remember thinking, "I want to be the guy who sits in a meeting and says, 'you know what'll sell a ton of hotel rooms...? Penguins.'" I'm extremely grateful to the team at Rochester Motor Cars for giving my first "penguin" ad. I'm so proud to have written and directed this piece.
Below the full 2 minute ad, you'll see the first 30 second broadcast ad from the series. 3 more will come out before the end of the year.
Superhuman was created by J.D. O'Brien and Ben Enke in 2014. Telling the story of three everyday people who develop superpowers, these nine episodes were designed for VOD/SVOD and are currently available all over Europe and South America on Studio+ by Canal+.
Available to buy, rent or stream on Amazon Prime.
In Out in the Cold, director J.D. O’Brien and his friend John Koepke leave the comfort of their own homes to spend a week of Minnesota winter sleeping either on the streets or in homeless shelters as an opportunity to create experiential empathy with those who truly have to live without stable housing.
3M Fire and Water Barrier Tape and Smoke and Sound Tape for construction joint and through penetration applications. Applies fast, no mess, flexible, lightweight and portable.
It was an honor to produce and co-direct this project alongside the brilliant team at Shinebox.
A collaboration with cinematographer Ben Enke, we created the North Star Sessions to make single uncut camera live performances in unique environments. Having been raised on MTV Unplugged and coffee shop shows, we wanted to apply the perfect vulnerable imperfection of a musical live performance and put just as much risk into the pot with our own performance from a production standpoint. We're pretty proud of these.
Emerge provides parent support services for single moms through parenting classes, work preparation, scholarships and small business microloans. This video was made for their 2016 fall gala to highlight the 2016 winner of their microloan program, Amorita.
Another collaborative project I produced and directed for the team at Shinebox. On this project I also collaborated with the wonderful folks from the production house at Fusion North. It was a real pleasure and honor to shoot at 3M's Hangar in St. Paul for this project.
3M makes some incredible products for a lot of specific industries. This is a series of 3 videos about adhesives and tapes that are sometimes less than a tenth of a millimeter thick. It was a real privilege to be asked by a great branding agency who works often with 3M to help amplify the stories of these amazing products.
Roy Moussalli is the leader of Questscope's team in Syria. He and his team of everyday heroes bring life-saving aid to children and families. Learn more at questscope.org
Matter is an ngo doing great work both in Minnesota and all over the globe. I created this video to highlight their partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and it was played during a game on the jumbotron, the largest screen in the state of Minnesota. Find out more about matter at matter.ngo.
Upper Room community in Minneapolis needed a video that captured their heartbeat as a community. Here it is.
J.D. produced and directed this project as part of a larger team at Shinebox Creative.