patrick finnegan, who earned a slot in this year’s SHOOT New Directors Showcase, has joined the roster of kaboom productions. finnegan’s directing career was launched with an unprecedented opportunity to work on an expansive, long-term, content campaign for the United States Navy. In partnership with the Navy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, finnegan developed an ethical branding concept, and then traveled the country to document quietly powerful stories of valor and exceptional strength.
finnegan gained SHOOT NDS inclusion on a Navy branding piece profiling a captain who was captured, imprisoned and tortured for five-and-a-half years before returning home, retaining his honor, sense of duty and integrity in the face of a harrowing experience.
A former actor in nearly 50 national commercials, finnegan has a deep appreciation and understanding of both casting and how to direct talent. He connects easily and authentically, eliciting the best from those in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Having worked extensively as a DGA 1st A.D., comfortably leading, problem solving and supporting a fluid process, he’s had a front row view to a landscape of approaches with directors of all stripes. This experience, combined with considerable technical skills and craftsmanship, make finnegan expert in storytelling and finding brand voice.
“What drew me to sign patrick is that I have known him personally for a number of years; and his integrity and passion for his work is unparalleled,” said kaboom owner/EP lauren schwartz. “It shows in what he accomplished for the Navy and how he approached every aspect of that project.”
finnegan said he was drawn to Kaboom by the opportunity to work with a supporting network led by schwartz, describing her as “truly motivated to find innovative and compelling solutions for clients. I appreciate that drive and am excited to see what we can develop together.”