Sparked Through Collaboration

Aaron Duffy

Partner Creative Director, Aaron Duffy joined 1stAve in ’07, and changed the landscape of the company. Aaron’s first effort, Audi Unboxed, garnered the company’s first Cannes Lion. His latest work for Google Speed Tests brought 7 more into the pride. Aaron’s experimental and collaborative efforts are always geared towards making a human connection, regardless of technique, as in his Super Bowl spot, Parisian Love.

Arvind Palep

Sixes Last and the 1stAveMachine promo film from founder Arvind Palep caught the industry’s attention for its fresh look. Arvind combines cinema vérité with exquisitely designed and animated machines, both robotic and biological, like Ted. The films garnered the attention of 180 Amsterdam, who commissioned his first commercial, Adidas Modular Man.

Karim Zariffa

Karim brings a background of design with a love of craft to bear in his engaging work for clients such as STM and Radio Canada. Working with multiple formats and technologies, his work showcases an understanding of in-camera magic like in Air Canada, as well as the power to connect through technology. His work has been the recipient of the Gemini Award in 2011 and the ADC Young Guns in 2010.

Asif Mian

I Wasn't Made For Fighting and ReRun are poignant for their sculptural use of design and the human form. Asif also has an uncanny ability to engage viewers with unconventional storytelling and clever slight of hand, creating physical magic for Ford CMaxand Google Allo Allo.

Andrew Sloat

Andrew’s love of the “theatre of typography” is reflected in his personal films: Constitution and More Perfect Union. Team Detriot/JWT asked Andrew to join them as Creative Director to explore the same for Ford Fiesta. When not teaching at RISD or busy changing the world, he shares his talent with brands like Domtar and Discover.

Antonio Balseiro

Antonio’s Nike spot was featured in the S&S Cannes New Director’s Showcase and represents Antonio’s playful sense of humor. Antonio plays into our familiarity with real and mundane objects, for example Huevos, a city of eggs or imagining Olive s as zombies. Combining non-traditional styles of animation has birthed Jamie and Tommy for Autism speaks.

Magda Sayeg

Magda collaborated with A.Balseiro for Sudafed. The result prompted the following comment: “…asked to knit a representation of a carved open head. It’s like a scene in CSI directed by Kirstie Allsopp.” In more Cozy work, Magda knits a Christmas sweater for a Prius. Want to know a bit more? Knitta Please.

Ben Steiger Levine

Ben’s films often border on bizarre and beautiful, through clever re-imagination of the human form. Ben’s work for Sprite was inspired by his music vid, So Called. Ben’s work for Beast was featured at the S&S New Director’s Showcase, ADC Young Guns, and earned him a Grammy nomination. Check out his newest work for Fuze Tea.

Nico Casavecchia

Ever see a film so lovely it inspires you to make an homage? Nico did: Buildings and Vampires is a nod to Where the Wild Things Are. Sweet and quite a contrast from his uber edgy Slamdance or his subversive Salesman.

Tim Brown

Tim joined the FAM in 2010 and jumped into a collaboration with Aaron Duffy for Google. HudsonRouge teamed up with him on a past and present spot for Lincoln Motor Company, which showcases Tim’s passion for design. Besides brands, Tim lends his talents to musicians in his award-winning film for Big Pink .

Bob Partington

Bob’s unconventional approach to invention, fine art and science, has always stemmed from his love for pushing the boundaries. Nothing in his world is impossible, only unexplored. This philosophy is carried out in his inventions for projects such as Google Speed Tests and his latest directing effort, Google Maps. You can see all of Bob’s inventions here.

Roman Rütten

Roman lends his sharp design sensibility to all of his spots, and showcases his imaginative approach and unconventional structure. He brilliantly launched the Sensation, and genuinely portrays Hyundai'sspirit of innovation in a vignette showcasing his live action and CG integration. Also, his epic film for Lamborghini isn’t one to miss.

Tomi Dieguez

Tomi co-founded Punga in 2002 as a platform for his work. Assland, produced for Diesel, brought Tomi to Cannes for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase. Tomi's more recent efforts have been live-action and mixed media comedy projects for Coke and Sprite. Tomi also directed the very popular web series Gluko and Lennon.


Baz’s work can be described as colorful and almost glitch-like aesthetic that embodies a generation raised on internet culture. In his video for Isaiah Toothtaker & Rapewolf, he hilariously channels the inner soul of disaffected youth. For slightly lighter fare, check out his video for Klo Pelgag. He often blends fact and fiction, by casting non-actors and pushing narrative boundaries, this ultimately results in work distinctively marked: Baz.

Martin Allais

Martin Allais thrives on experimentation. His work pushes the boundaries of genre with bold, imaginative visuals and singular character design. With the Martin Agency, he brought this intersection to life in Oreo Wonderfilled. In Thistle Martin demonstrates his mastery of stop-motion and visual storytelling.