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Johnny Foreigner Signs Filmmaker and Inventor Ross Cooper

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Ross recently worked with League of Legends for the Wilde Rift Icons Global championship

Johnny Foreigner Signs Filmmaker and Inventor Ross Cooper

London’s original agent has signed pioneering technical director Ross Cooper on the back of securing him a huge scale six day promo film, which, in the words of Johnny Foreigner founder Olivia Hirschberg, is ‘Probably the most spectacular piece of film-making I’ve ever been associated with.’

‘Wild Rift ‘was created for League of Legends - Wild Rift Icons Global Championship, which is the crowning event of Wild Rift esports year. Pandemic restrictions in China forced the cancellation of the planned live opening ceremony in a stadium for tens of thousands of fans. So, instead, League of Legends decided to pivot and create an opening ceremony film to run ahead of the live streamed event.’

The film transports a troupe of stunningly styled, incredible and diverse performers into an intricately designed future, a fantastical Singapore where we see them unleash their wild sides. It is a stunning and engaging showcase of what SFX can be achieved in-camera. 

Ross developed a passion for ideas with his BA in graphic design from Central Saint Martins, followed by a Masters from the Royal College of Art where he invented a new type of camera - the chronoramic camera that takes pictures of time not space.

He has since won two Silver D&AD’s, a Gold from the Art Director’s Club of Europe and a BAFTA nomination. His work has been exhibited in many prestigious art galleries including Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, The Australian Centre for Moving Image and The Design Museum London. 

Ross got into directing by making a very low budget music video for £127. Then he made another for £2k, a couple for £5k then one for £30k. A French bank saw that one and really liked it. Fortunately, they didn’t just rip him off. They asked him to remake it as a £500k TV commercial, which meant he became a commercials director, which is fortunate, because Ross loves directing commercials. 

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Johnny Foreigner, Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:48:59 GMT