Cap Gun Adds Cannes Lion Winner Mike Warzin
September 9, 2015 by Screenmag
Director Mike Warzin has officially joined the roster of commercial production company Cap Gun Collective, the company has announced.
"Through the discussions we've had over the past year, it's clear that Cap Gun is the right fit for me," Warzin added. "They want to invest in my career and allow me to pursue avenues other than just ads (long form, narratives, music videos, etc.). They understand me and my talents, my enthusiasm, my personality and what I bring to the table."
A film graduate from Columbia College Chicago, Warzin began his career as a commercial editor in Chicago. In 2008, he landed a position as art director and writer for Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, a post he held until joining Anomaly New York in 2012 as a senior creative. There, his contributions to campaigns for Budweiser, Carhartt and Dick's Sporting Goods often involved directing… and one Dick's Sporting Goods spot, "Focus/Explode" was awarded the Gold Cannes Lion in the highly competitive Film Craft category.
"Working in advertising on the agency side has been the perfect second film school for me," Warzin said. "It essentially allowed me to collaborate with and learn from A-list directors, DP's and editors on projects huge and small, domestic and global."
"When Mike was with W+K, we did a Nike music video together with Andreas Nilsson, starring NBA stars Kevin Durant, Mo Williams and Andre Iguodala," says Cap Gun's executive producer Jason Botkin. "I was really impressed with the concept and his understanding of the directing process. I've continued to follow his work and feel that ‘Focus/Explode' for Dick's Sporting Goods is one of the best sports spots I've ever seen. I'm thrilled to begin this new relationship with him."