Anonymous Content Signs Renowned Director Tim Godsall
Award-winning director Tim Godsall, formerly of Biscuit Filmworks LA, has joined Anonymous Content for commercial representation in the US, UK and Europe. The signing grew out of a relationship that developed while Anonymous produced Godsall’s upcoming feature film debut, Len and Company.
In the spring of this year, Godsall began production on the feature, Len and Company, starring Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple and Jack Kilmer. The film centers on Len Black (Rhys Ifans), a successful but miserable music producer who flees to his house in Upstate New York to start a period of self-imposed exile, only to have his solitude shattered by his estranged son (Jack Kilmer) and the pop sensation (Juno Temple) he has created.
About the experience of making a first film and switching commercial production companies, Godsall says, “Getting this movie made would have been almost impossible without the help of Steve Golin and the Anonymous team. Making a little independent feature is such a precarious and intense experience, but during the process of making it my respect for Steve and Anonymous kept growing. When the time came to get back into commercials, it made sense to do it with those guys. They’ve got great directors and very smart people running the place. Now I’m just excited to wade into a really good commercial project.”
Executive Producer Steve Golin echoes the sentiment, saying, “We’ve long admired Tim’s work and wanted to be in business with him for quite a while. The filmmaking process went so well that we decided to join forces and work together.”
Tim Godsall is an internationally acclaimed commercial director known for his offbeat brand of dialogue- and performance-driven comedy. A profile in Shots described his work as among “the funniest, quirkiest, and downright oddest commercials of the past decade…[which] helped reshape American TV advertising.”
Godsall has done high-profile work for brands like Axe, Old Spice, Southern Comfort, ESPN, FedEx and XBOX, among many others. An expert of visual storytelling, Godsall is the recipient of over two-dozen Cannes Lions, various Clios, Andys, BTAAs, as well as a DGA nomination, leading him to be named the most awarded commercial director in the world by the 2013 Gunn Report.
Godsall’s own transition from advertising to features, with the support of Anonymous, exemplifies the company’s ability to offer their directorial talent opportunities to expand into various formats. The cross-genre network unique to Anonymous allows their directors to explore working in the commercial, feature, and television divisions, all under the same roof.
Len and Company adds to the list of exciting longer-format projects consistently in the works at Anonymous, including producing the much-anticipated next iteration of HBO’s drama True Detective. Anonymous produced and Cary Fukanaga directed all 8 episodes of its freshman series, which earned Cary the Emmy for Outstanding Directing. Anonymous also produced Steven Soderbergh’s new TV series, The Knick, the dark 1900s-era drama starring Clive Owenwhich has essentially revitalized the Cinemax network brand.
In the features sphere, currently in pre-production is director Alejandro G Iñárritu’s latest film, The Revenant, about a fur trapper, who in the 1820s set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and begins shooting this fall. Also in pre-production is director Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. The film is based on the true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese, and features an all-star cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanely Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James.