Kevin O’Brien

I love to tell short stories that move people toward empathy, summon goosebumps,
and ultimately connect brands with all the feels.

I help you connect those things in a subtle, unassuming way.

I’ve been doing this for about a decade. I started by creating short films and quickly became a leader in online story-driven content for communicators. Then I made an award-winning feature film (At the End of the Day). Now I love helping brands move people toward positive vibes and emotions using empathy and relationships.

So let’s tell a story, you and I.

 

 

*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*

Sam Siske

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Sam developed an interest in filmmaking after witnessing The Empire Strikes back at 8 years of age. That interest soon became an obsession and at a young age he began to travel and make a living directing and shooting music videos. Commercials, branded content, and documentaries soon followed. His collaborations have included Rolling Stone, Dr. Pepper, Aflac, iHeartRadio, PBS, and Spotify. Sam strives to tell stories that no matter the scope, resonate emotionally and showcase honest moments filled with diverse, relatable characters. While developing his own narrative projects, Sam continues to direct and DP around the globe crafting meaningful collaborations with crews, agencies, record labels, artists, and brands.

 

 

*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*

Tyler Dunning Evans

Nashville raised, Los Angeles based filmmaker Tyler Dunning Evans has a knack for big ideas. With a strong eye for natural light, color and environmental composition, Tyler often takes what may seem like an ordinary frame and transforms it into something truly cinematic and often surreal.

His background in editing and graphic design support his visions in having created campaigns and content for brands like the 99 Cents Only Stores, InStyle, NBC and Just Food For Dogs. Narrative driven in his craft, Tyler ensures story is always front and center of his work.

Most recently, he created an emotional music video for Steve Aoki and the Backstreet Boys song “Let It Be Me.” Tyler’s also worked with artists like Daddy Yankee, Shaggy, Steven Malcom and Deorro.

 

 

*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*

Matt Delisi

Bold, unapologetic, a gifted talent in creating dynamic imagery: Matthew DeLisi has cut his teeth in the music video industry in Nashville, TN. He is sought after because of his wildly imaginative eye and execution of that vision. His deftness in telling visually stimulating stories lends itself amazingly to creative endeavors and all possibilities.

 

Matt loves guerrilla style filmmaking, doing whatever it takes to get the shot or get the production finished. He artistically balances organization  and creative freedom. In Matt’s words, “the weirder the better.”

 

 

*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. 

 

 

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