Dark Energy are delighted to announce new signing David Stoddart.
David has already completed his first commercial for Dark Energy, Ryanair through Dare.
“David Stoddart is a guy who is very filmic, gets ideas, he is easy to work with and a quality film maker.”
Sean Thompson, Chief Creative Officer, Dare
“David was a pleasure to work with just the right mix of enthusiasm and collaboration whilst remaining true to his vision. Everyone is delighted with the films and we would not hesitate to work with him again.”
Bradley Woodus, Head of Film and Content, Dare
Matt Brown MD at Dark Energy has a passion for drama directors and impressive ability to cross them over into commercials, David being further testament to this. “I loved David’s work from the moment I saw it. Ryanair was the perfect first project for him, the feedback from all involved from agency to editors to crew has been phenomenal. We are very excited about the future with him.”
Matt Brown, MD, Dark Energy
David Stoddart is a writer/director from the west coast of Scotland...
In 2004 he went to study at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth where in 2007 he was selected as one of the first Trailblazers, a nationwide scheme that recognises key emerging talents in British film. His graduation film, ‘Waiting for Exit Music’, went on to premier at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Tribecca Film Festival in New York. In that time a short film he wrote, ‘Rock Bottom Riser’, went on to win an award at the LA Expo Film Festival.
After completing his masters in directing fiction at the National Film and
Television School (NFTS) his graduation film “Solstice”, a drama set in the highlands of Scotland, premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. The film was also nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award, a BAFTA Scotland award and won best short film at The Hamptons International Film Festival. In 2010 he was selected as one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.
David was then invited by Channel 4 to direct a 30min drama as part of their new talent scheme Coming Up. It starred Russel Tovey (Being Human) and opened the series to glowing reviews. He was also commissioned by the BBC to make a documentary on one of the most successful female racing drivers, his sister, in her bid to become the first female F1 driver to race since 1974. It was broadcast on BBC 2 to over 2 million viewers and at one point was the third most watched program on iplayer, just behind Eastenders.
“I worked with Dark Energy shooting my first commercial, it was after that experience I knew I wanted to be part of their team as they move into this exciting new chapter. It's important, no matter how simple or small, big or epic that the project is, that people you work with share a sense of imagination and ambition- for me that is Dark Energy.”
David Stoddart, Dark Energy