Thomas Leisten-Schneider Awarded Best New Director at London International Awards
Thomas Leisten-Schneider has been awarded Best New Director at the London International Awards.
The branded film “A Good Man // Lone Wolfs” shows two surfers playing “Who am I?” in a rusty convertible right before they go surfing. The over the top yet serious tone of the Gandhi and Dolly Parton surfers gives the film a real comedic touch. It is beautifully shot and framed in black and white, bringing the comedy to a whole new level.
Thomas Leisten-Schneider, LA based director has received continued awards for his film. Launched last April, the film was instantaneously awarded Best Ad of the Week on bestads.com. It was then shortlisted at the Cannes Young Directors Awards and more recently grabbed Best Branded content at the well-curated Kinsale Shark Festival, plus a shortlist for Best Low Budget Film at Ciclope Festival. And now, lastly, the London International Awards names him Best New Director.
“We are so proud of Thomas. His awards are well deserved. We always knew that his unique talent would eventually be noticed,” says Kiss & Kill EP Simon Wallon. Formed 3 years ago, the LA based company has been representing Leisten-Schneider from the start.
Thomas’ comedic style is quite unique. Coming from a theater background, he masters actor direction like few others, allowing him to capture emotions as well as a rare sense of comedic beat.
He co-wrote the spot – along with the two others from the trilogy – with Scott Brown and Alex Kemp from Lone Wolfs. The Venice based surf shop is quite uncommon; strictly black and white and filled with references to the New Wave, big thinkers, and artists from the 20th century. Their brand is a subtle mix of highly stylized taste and purposely idiotic jokes. It is exactly what this spot captures.
"This project was very exciting for many reasons. I loved the process of co-writing the scripts with Alex Kemp and Scott Brown who are super talented creatives and having carte blanche to bring any ideas as long as it was in black and white”.