SHOOT: kaboom signs tobin sanson

Director tobin sanson has come aboard the roster of kaboom productions, marking his first representation by a national production company. He’s already wrapped his first project with kaboom--a campaign for lifestyle brand Everlane.

sanson’s storytelling spans collaborations with such clients as Clif Bar, Camelback, Cole Haan, Mountain Hardware, Huckberry and Hanah. He was also part of the creative team that lensed the “Walk On Water” music video for the band :30 Seconds to Mars. 

“tobin’s work embodies a blend of candid humanity in intensely striking environments. You feel immersed in the moment,” said kaboom EP/founder lauren schwartz. “Furthermore, he is an enthusiastic partner in the process that begins well before filming, bringing a deep understanding of how brands need to connect to audiences.”

sanson is a director, cinematographer, photographer and storyteller, serving as a creative resource--whether extending the narrative from film to print for a complete campaign, to harnessing his editing and DP talents to support a project’s distinct needs.

Born in the mountains of Colorado, sanson was raised to appreciate the majesty of the natural world. This never-ending source of inspiration compels him to create stories driven by the rawness and authenticity the natural world demands. Early skate and surf films, and a love of the wild, led sanson to work for brands, both as an in-house creative and helming brand films as an independent director.

SHOOT: kaboom signs joe stevens

Director joe stevens has joined Kaboom productions for his first national representation in spots and branded content.

As content director for experimental optics label Shwood Eyewear, stevens brought the brand’s ethos to life, both in the fashion world and in support of original makers and brand ambassadors with stories of style and substance. This view from the inside has helped make stevens an astute partner for brands looking to develop an original voice through filmed narratives. Recent clients include: Union Wine Co., The James Brand, Louisville Slugger, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Genesis Archery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Iron & Resin, Lund International, and Progressive Motorcycle Insurance.

In addition to directing, stevens enjoys shooting, editing, and designing. Even when he’s not employing all disciplines, his work is informed by this wide-ranging skill set, holistic vantage point, and sharp eye.

Kaboom owner/EP lauren schwartz initially met Stevens through a twist of fate. She didn’t intend to explore the possibility of bringing the Portland-based director onto the company roster. But their conversation quickly expanded to a dialogue about the industry, brand collaborations, and ultimately to working together. They struck up a rapport and schwartz was impressed by Stevens’ work and work ethic. schwartz assessed, “joe directs with the beautiful visuals of a DP while weaving brands and stories effortlessly. He’s the real deal–that so-called millennial voice who is also grounded, engaged, and loves to create.”

stevens recalled that he was “immediately taken with Lauren’s candor and enthusiasm. The more we dug into what it means to work in the industry today, it just made sense to join forces and see what we could create together.”

SHOOT: kaboom signs patrick finnegan

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.”