Ridley Scott Creative Group’s RSA Films and Black Dog Films are pleased to welcome multifaceted director Christian Lamb for commercials and music videos in the US. With roots in photography and cinematography, his credits span music videos, commercials, branded content, documentaries, webcasts and live event broadcasts. He recently directed OneRepublic’s music video for “Rescue Me” which has racked up over 32 million views, Michael Bublé’s NBC Special “bublé!,” Beyonce’s “Formation” tour and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” tour.
“Christian is the first person I think of when a project comes in that blurs all the lines,” comments David Mitchell, Managing Director, RSA Films US, “He directs narratives and documentaries, and he goes beyond traditional storytelling documenting live events with multiple cameras to cover the audience, the artists’ performances, simultaneously shooting for the edit and more. He’s collaborative with no ego and a pleasure to work with. Christian represents where we’re headed and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”
Lamb’s extensive credits also include directing Mötley Crüe’s film “The End”, Jennifer Lopez’s “Cantando Mi Vida” feature music documentary which he’s currently filming, Gwen Stefani’s “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” TV special, and Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan MusiCares shows in Los Angeles; music videos for Kelis, Taylor Swift, Hunger, Pentatonix, Incubus, and many more; multiple tours for Madonna including “Confessions on a Dance Floor” and “Sticky and Sweet;” along with Rio De Janeiro’s Oi Fashion Rocks. On the commercial side, he’s directed content for brands such as Ford, Jaguar, Wildfox, Lacoste, Volvo and Land Rover, to note a few.
Lamb just wrapped the music video for OneRepublic’s “Wanted” which drops this Fall. It follows his popular promo for the band’s catchy single “Rescue Me,” centering on a young boy fleeing a gang of bullies who he thwarts in spectacular fashion in a dance choreographed by Sherrie Silver (“This Is America”).
“What’s amazing about Christian is his ability to go back and forth between big live productions and more intimate storytelling,” says Julia Ochsenreiter, Executive Producer, Black Dog Films. “Artists love to work with him because of his passion, enthusiasm and mad skills to execute his vision. We’re proud to have him join Black Dog and look forward to bringing him new opportunities.”
Christian shared some insights about his unique style and inspirations…
Q: How would you describe your directorial style to a new brand or artist?
Christian: My style has always been born from my photography, my first love before architecture and film. The story in one still image always had me intrigued to tell a bigger story, convey bigger themes in one way or another. Along the way I’ve managed to learn several facets of media, from post to cinematography to live multi-cam. That’s always allowed me to speak to those I need to more concisely, less than ever is lost in translation. I’ve always been very hands on with every element I can be, every department. I’m a detail freak. But in a nutshell I’d say my biggest gift has been in the varied circles I’ve lived and worked in, the places I’ve travelled to abroad, the people I’ve met and been inspired by all along that way.
Q: What (or who) inspires you as a director?
Christian: That’s a loaded question. Life. Travel. Art of any kind, any medium really. Cities like Tokyo, Berlin. Hunter S Thompson, my actual first book purchase. But it’s tough to put a finger on what inspires you as it’s always around you, it’s always changing. In film of course you have to bow to Stanley Kubrick. You could study his films for ages. The fact that he could own any genre, make masterpieces each and every time. It never mattered, just genius. And John Hughes forever.
Q: What led you to RSA and Black Dog?
Christian: They were intriguing to me because they incorporate everything I love to do with an eye towards what I want to do. And I’ve always been a massive fan of Ridley and his work. Blade Runner was the first movie that spoke to me as a kid. I loved the fantasy of Star Wars but I preferred the grit and the underworld of Blade Runner.
You can view a selection of Christian’s work here.