Chris Shimojima

As a kid, Shimojima wanted to be a novelist, an orchestra conductor, the most brilliant chef in the world, a Jedi, Carl Sagan, Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and David vBlaine, all at once. Soon, he realized he’d have to rethink a few things. Really, it came down to: a desire for the freedom to dream big, and to share as much motivational and theatrical energy as possible. He received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, then joined the high-profile digital agency R/GA, where he was the video editor on numerous campaigns you probably saw and thought were cool, while writing/directing his own award- winning narrative short films, which he hopes are just as cool. Now a New York commercial director, he captures a unique dynamism and rhythm, tied to his upbringing as an athlete and classical musician/ composer. He’s constantly searching for ways to mix showmanship with a heavy dose of psychological introspection. Fun. His Arena Water Instinct spot was 2015 AICP shortlisted. His spec ad for the 2013 Young Cannes Lions competition was the sole spot picked up for broadcast television. He is the director of photography and editor of the web-series Downsized, which was one of YouTube’s Top 10 Made-for-the-Web Shows. His editing clients have included Nike, Bose, Shiseido, Facebook, Google, A&E, and JCPenney.