Austria-born Markus Stummer started his filmmaking journey in the postproduction. Editing TV shows, feature films, hundreds of music videos and movie trailers taught him the skills of good storytelling, timing and humour. After training as a drama teacher and working as a copywriter, he moved into directing and created music videos for European pop culture. His first commercial, for Guinness, earned a place on the shortlist for the Young Director Award @Cannes.
Over the past two decades Markus has worked with some of the biggest brands and artists such as Ikea, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald’s and Lady Gaga amongst many others, giving him extensive experience in all aspects of filmmaking.
At the heart of Markus' work is his passion for authentic storytelling, his extreme attention to detail, and his strength in directing actors, non-actors or kids. He has mastered a wide range of genres, from comedy and lifestyle to automotive and cinematic work, all the while holding authentic character performance in the highest regard. His obsessive commitment, his cinematic sensibility, and his deep appreciation for the actor-director relationship are his signature.