Jacqueline Dow

Jacqueline Dow is a New York City based writer and director. Originally hailing from the great city of Boston, Jackie crossed enemy lines to head to New York for college years back and never left. 

Jackie has worn several hats in the film and commercial world. She started out as a copy editor for a boutique New York advertising agency before moving into the production world where she has worked as an assistant director and as a director. Her road to directing has made her uniquely capable of coming up with fun, creative, and producible content!

Jackie’s filmography includes a pilot, short films, documentary shorts, promotional films for charitable organizations, and commercial work. Her commercials have won awards at the Porsche Awards and been shortlisted for the AICP. Jacqueline and her work were included in the Director’s Guild’s New Director’s Showcase and 2018 ITVFest, among other festivals. With her pilot, Little Hope, Jacqueline was a finalist in the 2018 HBO Access Directing Fellowship. She received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

She is currently in the editing room with two shorts and webseries that she recently directed. 

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Rod Blackhurst

Rod got his start in commercials directing the 2014 rebranding of Airbnb. Since then his work includes AdWeek Ark Award Winner ‘Delta – Give Life’, the global ‘Panadol – Great Pains’ campaign,  the commercial rebranding of Airbnb and the Cannes Lion Shortlisted ‘Uber Freight – Take Me Home’.

Beyond short form work Rod Blackhurst is best known as the Emmy Nominated Director and Producer of the Netflix Original Documentary AMANDA KNOX which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was named a New York Times and LA Times Critic’s Choice. His first fiction feature, the micro budget HERE ALONE, which he Directed and Produced, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature before being released worldwide by Vertical Entertainment in 2017.

Rod is currently in development on the Amblin Partners film THE WHITE ROOM alongside producers Evan Hayes, Noah Lang and Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona of The Picture Company. THE WHITE ROOM, co-created with Bryce McGuire, was named to the 2018 Blood List and is based on Rod’s family and set in his hometown.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Conner Harville

This is my “bio section”. It is where I tell you how passionate and invested I am in telling a great story. This page is also where I talk about how I am trying to push the industry of visual storytelling. This is the place I casually mention brands like the NFL, Nike, Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Browns and others in case that might entice you to take a deeper look. And this is also where I talk about my desires to elevate the quality of the projects that I get to work on.

All of these are true, but how many times have you read that?

Let’s talk and we can figure things out together.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Dustin Haney

With an affinity for film, the outdoors, & storytelling no matter what the setting, Haney pursues & produces projects that embrace reality & genuine human experience. Previous work spanning vast networks & publications, his portfolio features collaborations with names such as, Luke Combs, Brooks & Dunn, Breaking Benjamin, Noah Cyrus, Coleman, Firestone, & more.

Currently residing in Nashville, Haney continues to direct music video & commercial content for various artists & brands.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Connor Carroll

Connor’s love for film was sparked at a young age. He grew up in front of the camera, acting in commercials and movies well into his teens, but it wasn’t until after college that he began to hone his skills behind the camera. He spent some time as a producer for a boutique production company in Nashville, learning the craft before making the jump into advertising.

As an agency producer, Connor traveled the world, collaborating on global campaigns for major brands. He quickly learned how to put his production experience to the test by building and maintaining solid client relationships.

Connor’s varied industry experience and his deep understanding of the intertwining elements that go into a commercial have helped him to quickly become a well respected and established director for the likes of Sony, Discover, Gibson Guitars, and many more.

As a director, Connor aspires to tell authentic, cinematic stories that embrace the human condition and evoke real emotion. He places a lot of value in putting the right people in the right roles to achieve a common goal, and his personable nature and ability to connect with people are some of his greatest strengths on and off set.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Marshall Burnette

Marshall grew up on the corner of Tennessee and North Carolina. His strong connection with the Appalachian culture can be seen in his visual work. In his teenage years, Marshall spent most of his time playing guitar in punk and heavy metal bands. This interest in counter-culture turned Marshall onto the independent filmmaking world. Films like Requiem For A Dream, Se7en, and Magnolia inspired Marshall to pursue the craft.

After graduating from Vancouver Film School, Marshall moved to Nashville, TN to build a career in narrative and commercial filmmaking. In 2013, Marshall wrote and directed a dramatic short film called, “Devil’s Damned To Try”. The film was screened at multiple international film festivals as well as being featured on ShortOfTheWeek.com. The films success sparked the interest of national commercial productions companies. Since then, Marshall has directed commercial campaigns for companies like Chevrolet, Delta Dental, Tarter Farm and Ranch, and Nutrena Feeds. With a focus on “bluecollar storytelling”, Marshall tells stories that build trust and respect between brands and their customers.

 

When he’s not writing or directing, you can find Marshall in the backcountry. His hobbies include rock and ice climbing, mountain biking, and flyfishing.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Jeff Venable

Award-winning American Commercial & Music Video director Jeff Venable steers into the unexpected approach. Create the first ever Cheetos music video with Gold Medal Olympians & NFL superstars? Bring together 28 NCAA mascots for a football game? Road trip with a rockstar across the country in a 66 VW van? 

Jeff makes the stuff that people say “I can’t believe you did that.” whether in humor or heartstrings. 

He’s created ads for brands like Cheetos, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, MoonPie,  CollegeHumor/TRUTH, Mitsubuishi, Krispy Kreme, Hershey’s, Cracker Barrel, Lyft; directed the legendary intro for Monday Night Football in 2019 and videos for some of the top names in music like Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Jake Owen & Martina McBride (the list goes on…). 

CBS Sports used “Country Nation” (Brad Paisley) as their year-long intro for college football and on the music side; and been nominated in every country music video awards show multiple times and including winning the 2019 ACM Video of the Year. He’s a Grammy member since 2015.

He played rugby for just as long as he did improv… that explains a lot. He lives in East Nashville with his wife Ally, dog Jack and step-cat Dexter. 

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Sean Davé

Sean’s love of watching movies started early. He grew up in Hawai’i, wearing out VHS tapes of The Brave Little Toaster in the dawn hours before school.

From these humble (and admittedly odd) beginnings, he dove headfirst into directing. Sean quickly carved out a varied path through the industry—from headphone commercials starring pro gamers, to baby formula spots with Olympic gymnasts.

Sean keeps it simple: he aims to create good work with good people, on every single set. This passionate approach to production has led to collaborations with brands such as Audio-Technica, Sony Pictures, GQ, and many more.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Joshua McGowan

Josh is an award-winning filmmaker who’s distinct style was developed from a love for story. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, movies became his way of understanding the world around him. He started making them for himself when he acquired a DV camera, and he quickly migrated to LA where he began working in development with an academy award winning producer. 

His commercial career was launched when he sold a series of spec commercials. He’s since shot thoroughly for big brands, celebrities and respected institutions. His works are constantly exploring new ways of emotional storytelling, always keeping a cinematic edge and heartfelt sentiment at the core.

He is currently developing his first feature film as a director and lives with his wife and young children.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*

Matthew Underwood

Matthew honed his filmmaking craft in the eclectic Nashville music scene, curating work with a strong narrative focus.  He has since collaborated with brands such as Facebook, AT&T, Rolling Stone, and Evan Williams Bourbon.  Alongside music videos and commercials, Matthew has continued to develop both narrative and documentary projects.  His work has taken him to over a dozen countries and across the entire United States.  This global experience has informed his craft, leading him to intentionally pursue stories that introduce him to new people and cultures, both near and far.  Matthew believes deeply in the power of stories and their ability to enlighten, to inspire, and to create empathy. Matthew honed his filmmaking craft in the eclectic Nashville music scene, curating work with a strong narrative focus.  He has since collaborated with brands such as Facebook, AT&T, Rolling Stone, and Evan Williams Bourbon.  Alongside music videos and commercials, Matthew has continued to develop both narrative and documentary projects.  His work has taken him to over a dozen countries and across the entire United States.  This global experience has informed his craft, leading him to intentionally pursue stories that introduce him to new people and cultures, both near and far.  Matthew believes deeply in the power of stories and their ability to enlighten, to inspire, and to create empathy.

 

 

*Not all of the director’s work examples were produced by Gear Seven*