Stone’s commercial work leverages his background as an editor and keen eye for compelling, visual storytelling. His reel encompasses visually-rich montage spots and honest docu-style pieces. He has worked on campaigns for such top brands as Procter and Gamble, Instagram, Polaroid, Craftsman and Fidelity Investments, among numerous others. The bicoastal director’s numerous short documentary films include the acclaimed Tales of Times Square, The Prince of Elizabeth Street and The Boombox Project, which was selected as the opening night film for the Hop-Hop Legacy Exhibit at the L.A. Grammy Museum and was also selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Stone is also the founder of the director-focused interview series My First Shoot, which has been praised by Filmmaker Magazine and called an “industry must read” by Indiewire Magazine.
Brooklyn-born Stone began his career as an Avid editor at Ridley Scott & Associates, cutting spots and music videos for the likes of Luke Scott and Michael Moore. Working with numerous top agencies including Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Leo Burnett, his transition into directing commercials was seamless, and he began helming spots through his production company Firebrand Films. His first short film Tales of Times Square was honored with the Best Documentary prize at multiple film festivals and screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. Stone recently wrapped Episode One of his new sci-fi web series, The Future Committee, starring Laine Rettmer (Boardwalk Empire). He also recently wrapped production on his latest short, Man Under, which will have its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
You can view his commercial and film work at PaulStoneFilms.com.
Alexis Stember started her career in television. Writing, directing and producing for a show on PBS before transitioning into advertising. She has produced a broad spectrum of work at agencies such as Johannes Leonardo, BBDO, Berlin Cameron United, Grey, Droga 5, TBWA Media Arts Lab and OW*. She continues to write, produce and direct both personal and commercial projects. While not at her desk, she is likely in some remote region of the world with a still camera, a pen and numerous pads of paper.
I first met Andrew when he was fresh out of college. He was writing coverage for potential feature projects at Ovie Films in NYC where my feature film, Tales of Times Square, was being considered. After reading Andrew’s coverage, I discovered what a talented writer he is, and we have been collaborating ever since. Andrew’s first screenplay, Die in a Gunfight, made the 2010 Blacklist. Andrew is represented by William Morris Endeavor and has projects set up at CBS Films, Fox, Sony and QED. Andrew also wrote the horror movie, HAUNT, for QED International. Haunt is opening in theaters in March 2014.
I recently became friends with Michael after many cups of coffee at Abbot’s Habit Café on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, California. Michael had just launched his new fashion blog OnAbbotKinney.com when we met. I was really impressed with his photography and asked Michael to be one of my contributing photographers.