ACtion 8 TAKEs RISKS
AT ACTION 8 FILMS WE TAKE RISKS AND GO WHERE OTHERS WILL NOT. WE ARE A COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION COMPANY AND CREATIVE AGENCY SPECIALIZING IN THOUGHT-PROVOKING DOCUMENTARIES, DYNAMIC COMMERCIALS, BRANDED CONTENT AND VISUAL DESIGN. WE TELL THE HIDDEN STORIES OF HUMANITY OVERCOMING THE ODDS FROM WAR TORN BURUNDI EAST AFRICA TO THE OPULENT RUNWAYS OF PARIS AND THE BURGEONING RACE TRACKS OF BEIJING. WE HAVE CREATED ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIES ON THE PERILOUS WOLRD OF HIGH FASHION MODELING, 3D MOTORCYCLE RACING AND A BOY INSIDE ADOLF HITLER'S BUNKER DURING THE LAST DAYS OF WORLD WAR II. WE PUSH BOUNDARIES, EVEN BRINGING A MEMPHIS HIP HOP DANCER TO BEIJING TO PERFORM WITH YOYO MA AND MERYL STREEP. WE HAVE MADE COMMERCIALS AND BRANDED FILMS WITH RED BULL CHINA, LUCASFILM, GOOGLE, SUNDANCE CHANNEL, WARNER BROTHERS, AUDI, FERRARI/MASERATI AND DOZENS MORE. WE WORK GLOBALLY - SOMETIMES WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CHINA AND FURTHERING WOMEN’S ISSUES.
Sarah Bruce, Partner/Founder. Sarah is serial entrepreneur and all around renaissance woman with a rare mix of professional experiences. She has worked and invested in a variety of spaces including real estate, museums, technology, agriculture and was the formative partner that steered Action 8 Films into the company it is today. She saw that there is often a disconnect between much of the marketing and video content in circulation and its delivery of effective brand/content strategies and visitor experiences. To effectively fuse the two components and create real value for both the businesses and audiences around the world, Sarah put together a team and Action 8 Films was born.
Sarah has a background as a strategist/developer, writer and creative consultant. She provides services for a unique mix of applications and industries, including: marketing and business development and communications, health services, museum exhibits, technology, and entertainment. Her multidisciplinary background and deep understanding of visitor behaviors, learning styles, psychology, and business principles allows her to work creatively across numerous industries and platforms. Whether it’s for a business’s brand and marketing strategy or an interpretive museum exhibit, her approach is to create impactful narratives that audiences connect with and open a dialogue to build lasting relationships and impressions.
Ole and Luke
OLE SCHELL, DIRECTOR. Ole began his career at the Saturday Night Live film unit and has since directed documentaries and advertisements around the globe. He recently finished a series of short films for Redbull in China and a 3D racing film with Gopro, Sony Creative and Audi of America. Ole has also directed ads for Google, Lowe's Home Improvement, Sephora, Stitchfix, Sony Creative and content for a host of automotive clients including Ferrari/Maserati and the electric car companies: Fisker and Wrightspeed, the BMW electric "i series" and the electric racing series, Formula e.
Ole's documentaries include Picture Me: A Model's Diary, distributed by Strand Releasing, Warner Brothers, and the Sundance Channel domestically. Picture Me was released in fifty countries internationally.
Schell also directed Win in China, a film on that nation's most dynamic entrepreneurs, with Chinese Central Television (CCTV). His most recent documentaries include: "Lil Buck Goes to China" (featured on the Colbert Report) about a Memphis hip hop dancer performing in Beijing with Meryl Streep and Yoyo Ma and "Deo: Escape from Burundi" about one man's harrowing escape from genocide in East Africa. Ole received the "Leonardo’s Horse" Best Picture Award for Picture Me at the Milan International Film Festival. Ole graduated from the NYU Film School and is based out of New York City and California. Last but not least he is a kickboxing assassin.
LUKE HARRINGTON, VISUAL DESIGN DIRECTOR
Luke Harrington is a Concept Designer for Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise. His artwork is shown regularly at Los Angeles' Hero Complex Gallery, Sketchpad Gallery San Francisco, Wondercon and the Alternative Press Expo.
He began his career at Trip Hawkin's DigitalChocolate and has since worked as a Concept Artist for EA's Sim City and was called on to art direct EA's first multiplayer online battle arena game, DawnGate. He taught Matte Painting at the Art Institute of San Francisco and has done film FX for a number of Ole's films.
Luke is the creator of Monstrossus, a creature design book, and co-founder of Time Beards, a creative partnership that curates pop art gallery shows in the San Francisco area. Lastly, he is a kickboxing ninja.