Sometimes you go to France and ask your very well-seasoned production manager (Antonin Dedet) who has worked with the likes of Leos Carax and Jacques Audiard to kindly be your stand-in for Novak Djokovic at a defunct abattoir. He was such a good sport and even took us out for one hell of a memorable wrap party night on the town in Nice.

Just wrapped out a shoot in Serbia with my mates from Cummins & Partners documenting the rise of the best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic. Aces photographer, Tovo caught a behind-the-scenes moment of DOP, Adam McDaid riding the dolly, working diligently while I stood around looking pissed off for no good reason.

I’ve always been bothered by the the sexist trope in which women are posed suggestively to highlight a stereotypically “masculine” object of desire such as a car, motorcycle or a guitar. I was particularly amused by this series of ads in which a Portland-based Ducati dealer paired images of men from around their shop in contrast to their female model counterparts. I think it does a good job to point out just how absurd the cliche is.

One of the far more talented classmates of mine from film school was a fellow named Michael Simmonds. Over the last several years, he has been making a name for himself in the independent cinema world as a cinematographer and has come to be known as a regular collaborator of acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop). I was quite pleased to discover that two of the more beautifully filmed commercials that I’ve seen lensed lately turned out to both be his work. Here is his spot capturing a series of striking sunrises for Prudential and here is a commercial announcing the celebration for the unveiling of the MLK Memorial in Washington DC.

If you are in creative services and work with clients independently or run your own company, here is the best advice you’ll ever get on how to protect yourself. Fuck you. Pay me. This Creative Mornings talk by the wonderfully talented and amusing Mike Monteiro of Mule Design will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you want to buddy up with a lawyer but most of all, it will inspire you to make good business choices.

Life boils down to a series of choices. In this fantastic ad for Jim Beam, we see the many faces of the man Willem Dafoe could’ve been. I almost want a glass of Jim Beam now, but not as much as I want to share this commercial. Agency: Strawberry Frog, Director: Dante Ariola.