Scott J. Ross is a filmmaker from Philadelphia currently working in Los Angeles. He's worked extensively as a director, editor, cinematographer, and producer on hundreds of films, commercials, and music videos. A member of Public Cinema Club, his recent film projects have screened at festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and the Borscht Film Festival.
Film & Documentary Work
The New York Times Magazine (Digital Series), 2018-Present.
Freelance director and editor for The New York Times' T Magazine. Launched and templated the series "Make T Something" and "My Favorite Artist" (featuring Alex Da Corte, Kenny Scharf, Glenn Ligon, Swizz Beatz). Also direct and edit episodes of "House Tour" (featuring Cary Leibowitz, Aerin Lauder, and Richard Christiansen).
"Rubber Pencil Devil" (Feature Film), 2018.
Served as cinematographer, producer, editor and VFX artist on a 150 minute non-narrative fine art film by Alex Da Corte, created for the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh.
Super Deluxe, "Render Bender" (Digital Series), 2018.
Commissioned and co-produced for director Sam Rolfes. A digital series showcasing the best experimental 3D video art of the moment, hosted by a motion-captured, computer-generated avatar. Scored with music by underground electronic musicians including Iglooghost and Kai Whiston.
Super Deluxe, "AnimeFit 9000" (Digital Series), 2018.
Created, wrote and directed an unscripted series about rapper/comedian Caleon Fox's quest to become as fast and strong as his favorite anime heros.
Super Deluxe, "Real Or CG" (Digital Series), 2018.
Wrote, directed, edited and starred in a social media comedy series in which viewers are challenged to guess whether a strange image is real or computer generated.
Staff Filmmaker at Super Deluxe, April 2017- April 2018.
Full-time filmmaker at Super Deluxe, an alternative entertainment company owned by Turner. Developed, wrote, directed, acted in, and oversaw post on popular digital and social series such as #realorcg, Kitty Luxx, and Food For Thought (commissioned by Facebook Watch).
"Slow Graffiti" (Short Film), 2016.
Cinematographer, A.D. and editor of a short film directed by Alex Da Corte. A reworking of the 1967 short film "A Perfect Human" by Jørgen Leth, who also contributes voiceover to the film. Installed at the Secession in Vienna (2017), Marciano Art Foundation in LA (2017), and David Zwirner gallery in New York (2018).
"A Meme Story" (Digital Series), 2016.
Co-creator/director/editor of a comedic documentary series for Super Deluxe, about the creative people behind bizarre viral videos. Based on "Deer Squad: The Movie."
"Deer Squad: The Movie" (Short Film), 2016.
Co-creator of a short documentary about viral teenage deer whisperer @coldgamekelv. Released via comedy network Super Deluxe. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2017, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017, True/False 2017, Borscht Film Festival 2017, Rooftop Films 2017, Vimeo Staff Pick, Vimeo "Best of The Month."
"Father & Son" (Digital Series), 2016.
Directed the first three episodes of a new comedy web series written by Zack Buckner and Louis Blevins and produced via Ogilvy Play.
"RYOT: VOTE 360°" (Virtual Reality Documentary), 2016.
Shot ten short VR video pieces for RYOT (of The Huffington Post) on location at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
"Housni's Smile" (Virtual Reality Documentary), 2016.
Directed and oversaw post-production on an 8-minute virtual reality documentary commissioned by Operation Smile and Johnson & Johnson. Shot over the course of 10 days in Morocco, the 360 degree stereoscopic film is viewable on all VR devices.
"The Adventures of Jamel" (Digital Series), 2015.
Director, editor, VFX supervisor, and sound designer for this satirical time travel series written by contemporary artist Jayson Musson. Official selection, Tribeca Film Festival N.O.W. (New Online Work) 2015, 30 Under 30 Film Festival 2015, Cleveland Intl. Film Festival 2016, Borscht Film Festival 2014.
"The Burning House" (Short Film), 2014.
Co-director, co-writer, editor, with Karl Beyer. Official selection, Kickstarter Film Festival Tour 2014.
Alex Da Corte (Video Art), 2010-Present.
Serve as contemporary artist Alex Da Corte's video producer, cinematographer, VFX supervisor, and editor. Exhibited at museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum oF American Art, the Hammer Museum, ICA Philadelphia, MASS MoCA, and the Biennale de Lyon.
"The World of Lisa Frank", (Short Film), 2012
Co-produced, directed and edited a short documentary on Lisa Frank. Vimeo Staff Pick, writeups in The Atlantic, Huffington Post, It's Nice That, Jezebel.
Music Video Work
Miguel - "Waves (Remix ft. Travis Scott)" (Music Video), 2015.
Edited the music video (set at Miguel's Wildheart Motel party) for director Willo Perron. RCA Records.
MMOTHS - "Deu" (Music Video), 2015.
Co-Directed (with Hassan Rahim), shot, and edited the music video for "Deu" by Dublin-based electronic artist MMOTHS. Because Music.
Wet - "You're The Best" (Music Video), 2015.
Co-Directed (with Hassan Rahim) and edited the music video "You're The Best," set in a suburban roller rink. Columbia Records.
Wet - "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl No More" (Music Video), 2015.
Edited the music video "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl No More", directed by Beauty Today. Columbia Records.
George Ezra - "Budapest: George Ezra vs. Seniors" (Promo Video), 2015.
Directed and edited a promo video for Columbia Records pop artist George Ezra, featuring documentary interviews with nursing home residents.
UO Music Video Series, 2010-2014.
Launched and produced Urban Outfitters' successful music video sponsorship program for four years. Commissioned and coordinated PR campaigns for nineteen music videos, including videos for Spoon, Blood Orange, Washed Out, Charli XCX, Tame Impala, and Black Lips.
Le1f - "Hush Bb" (Music Video), 2013.
Producer, assistant director, editor, and VFX supervisor. Directed by Alex Da Corte and commissioned by MOCAtv.
Connan Mockasin - "I Wanna Roll With You" (Live Video), 2011.
Co-directed and edited a staged live recording with Connan Mockasin's band for Urban Outfitters' live music series.
Big Freedia - "Excuse" (Music Video), 2011.
Co-directed and edited a music video for New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, who teaches a class full of uptight Manhattanites how to booty bounce. Over a million views on YouTube and Vimeo.
Toro Y Moi - "New Beat" (Music Video), 2010.
Directed and edited the music video on 16mm film for Toro Y Moi's lead single from Underneath the Pine.
Spank Rock - "DTF DADT" (Music Video), 2011.
Co-directed and edited the music video for Spank Rock's "DTF DADT," premiere via The Fader.
Selected Commercial Work
Adidas, "Find Focus On The Move", 2016.
Served as cinematographer / camera operator on an Adidas apparel shoot starring Simona Halep. Directed by Geordie Wood. Agency: U-Dox. Production Co: Rosco. Watch the director's cut here.
YouTube Music, "The New YouTube Music App," 2016.
Directed a collection of short pre-roll ads for the launch of YouTube's new Music app for iPhone and Android. Agency: Anomaly. Production Co: Alkemy X.
USPS, "In Conversation With...", 2016.
Directed branded documentary profiles on two small businesses (The Athletics and Terry Bicycles) for USPS on location in Portland, OR and Burlington, VT. Agency: MRM//McCann. Production Co: Alkemy X.
Refinery 29, "None of This Makes Sense", 2016.
Directed two whitelabel Snapchat comedy shorts for Bai and Refinery 29.
Refinery 29, "The Moment Before", 2016.
Directed three branded comedy short films for Refinery 29.
VSCO, "Introducing New VSCO", 2016.
Produced, directed and edited the launch video for VSCO's newly updated photo sharing and color grading app.
Comcast Xfinity Watchathon, 2016.
Directed three short promo spots promoting Xfinity's On-Demand Watchathon event. Produced by Alkemy-X.
Urban Outfitters, 2010-2016.
Senior Video Producer the Urban Outfitters headquarters from 2010-2014. Executed or commissioned all brand videos from concept through post-production for four years. Freelance directing & editing services 2014-2016.
Fine Wine & Good Spirits Holiday Campaign, 2015.
Directed 15- and 30-second broadcast spots, featuring unique motion controlled camera movement. Commissioned by All Ages Productions and the agency Tierney.
Concepted, directed and edited innovative e-commerce videos for mobile jewelry shopping app MikMak, featured by Forbes and TechCrunch.
The Gap, "Play your Stripes with Dev Hynes", 2014.
Assistant director, associate producer, and 3-D previz artist for Alex Da Corte-directed web ad for Gap starting Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. Commissioned by Weiden + Kennedy.
Without Walls, 2013-2014.
Served as co-director, cinematographer and editor of editorial and website videos for the launch of Without Walls, a new sportswear brand by URBN, Inc.
Hendricks Gin, 2014.
Directed the first ever documentary tour of the Hendricks distillery in Girvan, Scotland. A William Grant & Sons brand.
Milagro Tequila, 2014.
Directed a brand essence video for Milagro Tequila in Guadelajara, Jalisco and Mexico City.
AREA F/W, 2014.
Served as cinematographer and editor on AREA's F/W 2014 line, directed by photographer Charlotte Wales and creative director Eric Wrenn.
Directed, produced and edited two travel videos on Parisian nightlife, skate culture, and streetwear boutiques.
B.A., French Literature, Environmental Studies. New College of Florida, 2005-2009.
Email at contact [at] scottjross.com for project inquiries, press, or general conversation.