Toddy Stewart plays a squishy, ecumenical, monkey-wrencher’s role in filmmaking. He’s been involved with hundreds of art and advertising projects in a variety of roles, often combining those roles as needed. He both directs his own projects and pairs up with other filmmakers, photographers, and artists to hone a vision, at times playing the role of editor, executive producer, co-director, writer or cinematographer (or some combination of the those). In his role as the slightly wonky sounding Executive Creative Director at Picture Farm Production, he gets to wave his jazz hands over the top of all sorts of filmy projects. At the risk of going overboard, here is a bunch of stuff; a whole lot of words.
EDITORIAL IN THE FASHION, LUXURY & CULTURAL SPACE
Toddy has been proud to collaborate and experiment as an editor with some of the most interesting cultural and fashion image makers, personalities and brands in the world, often chipping in as copywriter and sound designer and sometimes art director and cinematographer. This is lucky. Because he loves this sort of thing.
NIKE x KENNETH CAPPELLO // DEUS EX MACHINA x TIM GEORGESON // MARILYN MINTER x LADY GAGA // SØLVE SUNSBO x NIKE // CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON x CANADA GOOSE // LEVI’S x RYAN MCGINLEY // LYKKE LI x JENNA ELIZABETH // COLLIER SCHORR x MERCEDES BENZ // CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON x GABBY DOUGLAS // BEN LENNOX x VOGUE ME // ROE ETHRIDGE x SPORTMAX // ACNE x RYAN MCGINLEY // NINA RICCI x RYAN MCGINLEY // TILDA SWINTON x MERCEDES BENZ // BRAD PITT X GQ // YELENA YEMCHUK x IO DONNA // CHIHARU OKUNUGI x VOGUE CHINA // NIKE x CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON // SPORTMAX x MARIACARLA BOSCONO // CARLOS SERRAO x NIKE // CONVERSE x CROOKERS // SIGUR ROS x RYAN MCGINLEY // G STAR x PHARRELL x ADWOAH // SHARIF HAMZA x NIKE // CONVERSE x ALTON MASON // TIFFANY x ROE ETHRIDGE // CK2 x RYAN MCGINLEY // RODARTE x NEW YORK TIMES // MERCEDES-BENZ x CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE // EDUN x MAJESTIC ARROWS // NINA RICCI x RYAN MCGINLEY // TILDA SWINTON x PRINGLE // KARLIE KLOSS x MERCEDES-BENZ // OPENING CEREMONY x ROE ETHRIDGE // BRIONI x LOWER DENS // JESSICA CRAIG-MARTIN x NINE WEST // CHRISTOPHER GRIFFITH x GQ // HERMES x ROE ETHRIDGE // HERMES x RYAN MCGINLEY // CONVERSE x ANOMALY
As a commercial director, co-director and co-conspirator, Toddy brings his particularly combined experience to the art of finding the film. Naturally distrustful of “genre” as a director, he lets his interest in the subject matter lead the creative angle.
NIKE London Youth Games // KATE SPADE Fernanda and the Mariachis // LAURA MERCIER Caviar Volume // FREDERIC FEKKAI Seductions // SMASH Breakfast at Pilgrim // NIKE FOOTBALL Je Suis Joue Du Street // H&M Coachella // MLS American Fans // FREDERIC FEKKAI Muse // KATE SPADE Fernanda and the Camel // MLS Jumbotron // SMASH Taxi Driver // ESPN “WORLD CUP” Big Event - Outlaws - Brazil // ALYSSA NORTON Range // WITNESS 20 Year Anniversary // WEST ELM LOCAL “MAKERS” Eric Trine in Los Angeles - Tippy Tippens in New Orleans - Matt Alexander in Nashville - Christine Llewellyn in Brooklyn - Roar & Rabbit in Philadelphia - Margo Selby in Whitstable // MLS “NO SITTING ALLOWED” Sporting Kansas City - Toronto FC - NY Redbulls // NIKE “FOOTBALL X” The Tic Tac - The Zig Zag - The Hypnotizer - The Cobra - Flick Flick - The Glitch - The 360 Backheel Flick - The Scorpion - The Beast Chip // J.P. MORGAN CHASE “COMMUNITY INVESTMENT” St. Paul’s Way Trust School - YTKO Group - Ft. Worth Stock Show - Center For Transforming Lives - Klyde Warren Park // TJ MAXX “MAXX LIFE” Riley & Jack - Lily & Natalie // CADILLAC x VOGUE “STYLE DRIVEN” Chapter One - Chapter Two - Chapter Three // BELSTAFF “WOMEN OF NEW YORK” Anabelle Dexter-Jones - Julia Chapin - Josephine Meckseper // INSTAGRAMERS Melody Joy Munn - Swopes
Toddy has worked particularly consistently in the soccer genre since 2006 on projects for Major League Soccer, Nike, ESPN, Umbro, FIFA, Anomaly, UEFA, FOX Soccer, the England FA, the Confederation of African Football, the Barcalys Premier League, Manchester City F.C. and Telemundo as an editor, creative director and director. This is lucky. Because he loves soccer.
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. Operating as director, cameraman and writer for three films about New York, Toronto and Kansas City.
Toddy built a reputation as the kind of filmmaker to whom one to can hand off a stack of digibetas, a clutch of hard drives or a password to an online archive and expect ideas, and then edits, in return. For ESPN, he crafted three consecutive campaigns for the UEFA European Championships. His role for these campaigns encompassed a kind of direction from the editor’s chair, including concept creation, copywriting, art directing and watching lots of football. Lots and lots. And lots.
Working with the filmmakers Inés Gowland, Francesca Mirabella, Gabriel Rinaldi, Ilie Mitaru, Daniel Uribe, Neuplot, Lorena Alvarado, Giovanni Autran, Chris Bren and the team from Picture Farm, Toddy developed a creative, inclusive approach to branded content for Verizon and FOX Sports leading up to the 2018 World Cup.
Toddy shot nine films for Nike Football in Los Angeles (co-directing in LA with his friend Christopher Anderson), 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 and interviewed the players to craft their stories back in Brooklyn.
Toddy filled in roles as filmmaker, producer, writer and editor, teaming up with the marketing department from ESPN and cinematographer Scott Duncan, creating 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.
Acclaimed Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson and Toddy worked closely throughout an innovative project for Nike Football. Originally conceived of as a photo-only production, Christopher was able to add in full motion capture storytelling “on the side.” With Christopher still shooting in the field, Toddy would receive hard drives full of footage from South and Central America, building out the stories, finding editorial rhythms, developing the soundscape, writing the voice over copy and sending back notes and cuts. A non-traditional process honored for creative concept and nominated in the editing category at the 2016 Webby Awards and winner of multiple LeBook Connection gold medals.
The cinematographer/director Daisy Zhou worked with the Nike New York creative team to capture the ethic and ambition of women soccer players around NYC. Toddy wrote the scripts, recorded the voices and crafted the edit, putting Daisy’s beautiful filmmaking to narrative voice.
Street artists Todd REAS James and NATURAL BORN Kevin Lyons worked with Toddy to create a series of animated films celebrating five-a-side culture in Manchester and Sao Paolo for Umbro. An incredibly interesting process that involved Toddy listening to hours of interview tapes (in sometimes intelligible Brazilian Portuguese and Mancunian English) to write and edit the stories in animatic form. He would then receive the animations back to edit, craft sound design and place the audio tracks.
On a similar tip, the creative agency Anomaly sent over a hard drive full of innocuous focus group interviews featuring young professional and amateur footballers who’d been testing Umbro’s Speciali boot. Toddy crafted the hours of often dull material into something completely different.
Short, often personal films made about artists or travel experiences or for friends. All production roles from camera operation to sound capture performed by Toddy. Often on a whim or spur of the moment.
FOGO ISLAND Three Nights
PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL Two Nights
PF GALLERY “YURI SHIMOJO” Sumi & Shu
PF GALLERY “iPHONE SERIES” Painter Pilita Garcia // Sculptor & Collagist Matthew Lusk // Photographer Johnny Panessa // Photographer Mara Catalán // Sculptor Nami Sawada // Photograpaher Eric T. White // Photographer Cole Barash - Photographer Zak Bush // Print Makers Naomi Kazama & Mike Ming // Painter Anna Harrah
ZEBULON CAFE CONCERT Next Generation // Mario Espinoza // The Sound
Between 2003 and 2014 Toddy experimented with different ways to make personal documentaries and art films using only consumer, pocket sized point & shoot digital cameras. The result is over 200 short, sometimes weird, experimental films.
Toddy has been regularly squandering the chances he’s had of becoming a respectable surfer for over 25 years. In that time he’s made a hash of more than a few attempts at surf filmmaking.
There’s the whole Lapsed Catholics thing, first off.
There was the time he made an art installation film edit/re-interpretation for the annual New York Fish Fry(e) featuring real surfers riding real fishes from real surf films set to the sounds of the poet Jayne Cortez, musician Richard Davis and author Henry Miller.
He also spent seven or so years playing with lo-fi DiY surf filmmaking.
He’s also made some forays into the quasi-fashion commercial side of the whole fiasco, editing promos for Reef & Mark Tesi, Roxy & Sonny Miller, Mr. Porter & Vava Ribeiro, Vevant x Saturdays & Gian Mazcour and Jamie Brisick & Quiksilver.
He also spent a day with his son and Christian Boalt in the Token Surfboards shaping bay.