Toddy Stewart plays an ecumenical role in filmmaking, occupying a rather squishy space between directing, editing and creative monkey-wrenching. He’s been involved with hundreds of art and advertising projects over the years in a variety of roles, often combining them as needed.
Here is a smattering.
Deus Ex Machina: “The Portalist” 2018
Collaborating with fellow director and creative director Tim Georgeson, Toddy edited this impressionistic fashion documentary about the joys of obsession and freedom featuring Japanese designer Satoshi Ishijima. Premiered in Tokyo & Sydney and featured on Nowness.
Verizon & FOX Sports: "Home Turf" 2018
Working with the filmmakers Inés Gowland, Francesca Mirabella, Gabriel Rinaldi, Ilie Mitaru, Daniel Uribe, Neuplot, Lorena Alvarado, Giovanni Autran and the team from Picture Farm, Toddy helped write, pitch and oversee through production and post a series about the culture of football in the expat and immigrant communities of New York City. Four films in all, you can see the rest and read about the process here.
Major League Soccer: "No Sitting Allowed" 2013
Director, Writer, Camera
Taking his inspiration first from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait directed by Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, then Tokyo Olympiad by Kon Ichikawa, Toddy pitched an idea to the MLS to create films that capture what it really feels like to be an American soccer fan by filming and interviewing the fans themselves. Three films about New York, Toronto and Kansas City. All the films here.
ESPN: FIFA World Cup 2014
Producer, Writer, Editor
Teaming up with the marketing department from ESPN and cinematographer Scott Duncan, Toddy helped to create a triptych of broadcast spots for the World Cup, winning an Emmy in the process. The trio includes Big Event, an anthem about the competition itself, Outlaws, a paean to American fans and Brazil, an ode to the Brazilian spirit narrated by Seu Jorge. Emmy & Clio award winning. More about the project here.
NIKE: "Until We All Win" 2018
The cinematographer/director Daisy Zhou worked with Nike to capture the ethic and ambition of women soccer players around New York City. Toddy wrote the scripts, recorded the voices and crafted the edit, putting Daisy’s beautiful imagery to narrative voice.
Kate Spade: The Fernanda Ly Seasonal Campaigns 2017
Cinematographer, Editor, Supervising Editor
Toddy worked a double shift on the Kate Spade 2017 seasonal campaigns shot around New York City, complimenting Ryan McGinley's photographic spreads with a motion piece inspired by Ryan's set ups. Four films in total, each with Fernanda caught in a different beautiful moment. All the films here.
Nike: SCCRX Skills 2016
Director, Camera, Supervising Editor
Six films for Nike Football shot in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Paris. A dynamic mash up of documentary meets tutorial video, Toddy also choreographed the action and provided the extra on-the-street camerawork to craft the player stories. All the films here.
Tiffany: Holiday 2017
Creative Producer, Supervising Editor
Toddy has worked with artist Roe Ethridge for a number of years, helping translate his celebrated photographic sensibility into motion. For the Tiffany holiday series, Toddy was brought in to source and coordinate the stop-motion animation team while overseeing the post-production process in the edit and finishing. Read more about the project and see all the films here.
Marilyn Minter Projects
Editor, Sound Designer, Camera
For a number of years Toddy has worked with the eminent New York artist Marilyn Minter, helping to translate her vivid, incisive concepts into motion, creating works presented in contemporary art museums across the globe, on street corner installations and as video art teasers for her various gallery shows and magazine features. More videos from their work together here.
H&M: Atomics 2017
Cinematographer, Supervising Editor
A cinematography project working with Ryan McGinley on both sides of the filmmaking process. Toddy shot the music video and commercial for H&M's Coachella range in Palm Springs and then supervising the edit through post in Brooklyn.
Nike: "Small Sided" Copa America 2015
Editor, Writer, Sound Researcher
Acclaimed Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson and Toddy worked closely throughout this award winning project for Nike Football. With Christopher still shooting in the field, Toddy would receive hard drives full of footage from South America and build out the stories, finding editorial rhythms, exploring what the soundscape and sending back notes and cuts. Nominated for a Webby Award in editing. See all the films here.
Frederic Fekkai "How to Seduce With Your Hair" 2014
A truly non-traditional style shoot, with Frederic and Toddy hunkering down in an adjacent room, writing and recording the voice-over just before filming this piece. Toddy also directed a companion street documentary style film and a number of animated gif style portrait of signature Fekkai hairstyles. More here.
West Elm: Artist Portraits & City Guides 2015-2016
Director, Cinematographer, Supervising Editor
West Elm sent Toddy on journeys to New Orleans, Nashville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Whitstable and Fort Greene to find true stories about the artisans and designers with which they work. He made many friends along the way. See all the films here.
Nike: “Kiss My Airs” 2017
Editor, Supervising Editor
The Nike creative team worked with Toddy, photographer Kenneth Capello and cinematographer Fernando Gayesky to concept and craft a series for social, web and installation for the Vapormax reboot. Editing and consulting remotely as the production traveled from Spain, New York, Los Angeles and Seoul, Toddy built the rhythmic and editorial vocabulary that would inform the shoots. See the whole project here.
Belstaff & BlackBook: Women of New York 2013
Director, Cinematographer, Writer
Toddy worked with the motorcycle outfitter Belstaff, profiling a select group of inspirational women building for the New York culture magazine BlackBook. This one features the actor and filmmaker Annabelle Dexter Jones.