Award-Winning Director Peter Richardson Teams with Sticks+Stones Studios for Commercials

Publish date:

Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Peter Richardson, who recently made his TV directing debut with the landmark, seven-part documentary series Belief that explores faith around the world on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, is now expanding his commercial portfolio by joining forces with Hollywood-based production company, Sticks+Stones Studios.

Though he’s partnered with various production outfits during his career, with Sticks+Stones Richardson hopes to drive his dualistic “epic and intimate” approach to storytelling further into the advertising space. “Whether it’s documentaries or commercials, you’re still working with human beings — it’s about making this connection that feels real,” Richardson says. “In the case of an actor in commercials, it’s all about what they bring to the table. It’s connecting with someone on a very human level.”

While the versatile Richardson not only works on commercials for brands like Blue Cross Blue Shield and directs, edits and shoots his own documentaries, it was the spiritual, soul-seeking themes of a project like Belief that resonated with the Notre Dame alum and Portland native, who relies on his ability to connect on multiple levels. “From a filmmaking perspective, there is this connection I feel I make with people through the lens, establishing that connection, intimacy and trust with the subject and viewers,” he says. “When I feel that direct, pure connection and intimacy with them through the camera, I know it’ll translate well for a viewer.”

Richardson first made a splash with his stirring, emotional 2011 documentary about the terminally ill called How to Die in Oregon, which garnered the aforementioned Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the acclaimed doc, Richardson helmed the enthralling feature doc Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, a film in which he again wore multiple hats as director, producer and editor and that marked his debut at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s Richardson’s multi-faceted approach that appealed to Sticks+Stones executive producer Marlon Staggs, who says, “Peter is one of the smartest directors I’ve ever met. He’s perfect for the modern economy because he does it all. Producing, writing, directing, shooting and editing documentaries has finely tuned his ability to work lean and mean. Because of all of his abilities, he creates emotional work that stays with you long after the picture fades.”

Along with his foray into more commercial work and film, Richardson is directing an upcoming series for Showtime, which will debut in the first quarter of 2016. Sticks+Stones Studios, meanwhile, is repped by Toni Saarinen of Saarinen-Pico on the West Coast, Catherine DeAngelis of Hot Betty in the Midwest, and Brandon Pico of Hapa TV on the East Coast.


More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back!

Nothing makes gift giving as enjoyable as special prices on award-winning Sigma lenses and accessories; get the lens you’ve always craved or surprise a fellow shooter with the perfect present.


Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.