ANCHORFIELD IS A PRODUCTION SHOP FORGING FILM CONTENT FOR BRANDS.
We believe a handcrafted approach yields the best work and even grand scale projects benefit from working intimately. Our passion lies in capturing live action, technology, extreme sports, fashion and lifestyle projects.
We bring sharp narrative focus with an engaging visual perspective to branded mediums.
Malik has directed commercials for brands including Samsung, Toyota, Pepsi, Ace Hardware, Sears, Avis, Southwest Airlines, Ebay, Maytag, Truth, Sprint, Chevrolet, Red Bull, Nissan, Shapeways, P&G, Oral-B, Motorola, and others.
With a natural eye for striking compositions, Stephan Malik creates films that not only tell an interesting story, but also capture the organic beauty found inherently within each scene. Utilizing a cinema verité style, Malik strives to film his talent within their own environments, allowing the narrative to unfold through intimate conversations and observed moments. By combining a variety of formats, including HD, film, and still photography, Stephan Malik creates a look that feels both classically cinematic, yet uniquely modern.
The passion for photography and love of cinema inspired Malik to begin filming his own material at a young age. His work caught the eye of famed recording group Wu-Tang Clan, who hired him to direct a feature documentary about their life and long-awaited album. This film features rare interviews with Quincy Jones, Method Man, RZA, NAS, among others. In 2012, he was a chosen for the New Director Showcase at the DGA Theater in NYC. He has won accolades from ADDY, AICP, Cannes Lion and recently a Tongal award for commercial of the year for Oral-B, which aired during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
As a director, cinematographer, and editor, Malik is able to shape his vision from start to finish. He continues to pursue new projects that showcase interesting people or topics from an original vantage point.
Matt Benson is no youngster to the world of brand advertising, film production, and post-production services. Educated in New York, London, and Los Angeles, Matt has produced hundreds of film projects for brands, global causes, agencies and studios over the last 15 years.
Prior to teaming up with award-winning director Stephan Malik to form Anchorfield Film Co. in the earlier part of this decade, Matt had worked as both a producer and an executive for Jesse Dylan’s Wondros, Bonnie Goldfarb’s Harvest Films, Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, Paul Brooks’ Gold Circle Films, Nathan Kahane’s Mandate Pictures, in addition to powerhouse agency CAA and independent film juggernaut The Sundance Institute where creative storytelling is at the forefront of how projects are built.
Some of his most exciting work to date includes Wondros & TBWA\Chiat\Day’s collaboration on The Pacific Standard Time project for The Getty Foundation starring Jason Schwartzman, Anthony Kiedis, John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha; “Just a Little Heart Attack” brand film directed by and starring Elizabeth Banks for The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign; Historic Sub-Orbital Launch and Landing series for Blue Origin in collaboration with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; Rock the Vote series with Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck; and The Special Olympics World Games Mural film series for Toyota with world renowned artists David Flores, Cryptik, Kent Twitchell and legendary Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson. Some of his feature film and television credits include John Legend's Live for Showtime, Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night for ABC, The Haunting in Connecticut for Lionsgate, The Fourth Kind for Universal, and Town Creek directed by Joel Schumacher starring Michael Fassbender for Lionsgate. Commercially Matt has worked on projects for Sprint, TED, X-Prize, Motorola, Toyota, Giro, ONE, American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The California Endowment, The Nature Conservancy, Ludwig, Red Bull, Pepsi, and Morgan Stanley, among many others.
His ability to rally crew, problem solve complicated logistics under tight deadlines, and utilize immense resourcefulness to stretch a budget, is only matched by his focus and desire to achieve the creative vision set forth on every project. He believes in the craft of filmmaking, respects artists and business needs alike, trusts the power of relationships, and holds true the idea that cinematic beauty and emotional moments can resonate with an audience to change their point of view about pretty much anything for any story of any length, throughout entertainment and advertising alike.
He lives with his wife and two youngsters in Santa Monica, CA with an everlasting appetite for travel and production.