Terence Neale is a director, born and raised in Johannesburg, who has established himself as a distinctive voice in commercial and music video direction.
In 2017, he became the first ever South African director to win a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions for the adidas commercial ‘Original Is Never Finished’. The spot also received accolades from D&AD, One Show, Webby, and the AICP. The bold and controversial campaign features sport and pop culture icons, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Mark Gonzalez, and Snoop Dogg, as well as influencers Petra Collins and Dev Hynes. It followed on from the ‘Your Future Is Not Mine’ adidas campaign, that Creativity aptly titled as an ‘anthem to individuality and defiance’. Marked by an unconventional dystopian perspective, Terence offered a fresh approach to the treatment of streetwear brands, setting the benchmark for others to follow.
Terence garnered international attention in 2012 through a creative collaboration with Zef rap-rave duo Die Antwoord - first with the pastel-hued ‘Baby’s On Fire’, followed by the dark and animalistic ‘Fatty Boom Boom’. In 2014, he directed Skrillex’s ‘Ragga Bomb’ transforming his hometown of Johannesburg into a post- apocalyptic battleground for waste trolley surfers. It showed Terence’s natural aptitude for crafting original films defined by a uniquely dark, but colourful aesthetic. The video premiered on Rolling Stone’s website with half a million hits in its first 16 hours, and has since clocked over 120 million views on YouTube.
Terence’s recently directed Serena Williams, Neymar Jr, Cara Delevingne, Kris Wu, and Michael K. Williams in Beats by Dre’s film ‘Above the Noise’.
His work epitomizes his talent as a visual storyteller, top performance director, and great collaborator, with the ability to find the right approach for every project.
- 11/20/2018 2018 Ciclope Winners Announced
- 10/29/2018 2018 Ciclope Awards Finalists Announced
- 05/22/2018 Park Pictures Wins 8 Pencils At The 2018 One Show
- 05/22/2018 Terence Neale Wins At 2018 Clio Sports Awards
- 04/11/2018 Terence Neale's wins Ciclope Africa's Grand Prix Award for Beats by Dre's 'Above the Noise'