Ramesh Iyyer

My directing is grounded in realism. It’s a darkly comedic, stylized realism with an eye for detail. I’m most interested in what’s going on just beneath the surface.

My strength is in capturing subtle performances in unusual situations, all with an irreverent sensibility. This skill is invaluable when working with name actors, celebrities, and real people casting.

My work is part of MOMA in New York, and I’ve won an AICP Award. I’ve also been nominated for two ADC Young Guns Awards at Cannes, won 7 Addy Awards, and was nominated for a London Music Video Award. I recently directed the Adverse Web Series starring a group of stand-up comedians and well-known comedic actors.

I started out conceiving, writing, and designing treatments for feature directors bidding on commercials. Later, I worked on both the creative and production side of advertising. This shaped my directing approach to working with and understanding the language of agencies and clients.

I grew up in America with a British mother, and an Indian father, which made for a really unique and often comedic upbringing. I spent my summers in England living in a huge Victorian home where my aunt, a fine artist who was head of the Wood Engravers Society would have a parade of artists, photographers, and fashion designers living on the various floors. The kitchen is where everyone would congregate to share stories and ideas, and I would listen intently, absorbing it all.

Ramesh Iyyer