Ross Cooper is a director known for his visual humour, charming characters, remarkable transitions, clever post-production effects and even cleverer practical-in-camera-ones. Ross developed a passion for ideas with his BA in graphic design from Central Saint Martins, followed by a Masters from the Royal College of Art where he invented a new type of camera the chronoramic camera that takes pictures of time not space.
He has since won 2 Silver D&AD’s, Gold from the Art Director’s Club of Europe and a BAFTA nomination. His work has been exhibited in many prestigious galleries including Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, The Australian Centre for Moving Image and The Design Museum London.
He got into directing by making a very low budget music video (about £127). Then he made another for £2k, a couple for £5k then one for £30k. A French bank saw that one and really liked it. Fortunately, they didn’t just rip him off. They asked him to remake it as a £500k TV commercial, which meant he became a commercials director, which is lucky, because Ross loves directing commercials.
When he is not directing, Ross enjoys practicing crafts, with a particular desire to do a job well for its own sake. Recently he’s been doing Japanese joinery, dry stone walling, Sashiko stitching and cooking increasingly elaborate meals for his friends. His other passion is telling stories, please do ask him about Mexican wrestling tree branches, the diamond with the scratch, or the dog that begged to be arrested.