Johnny Gun


Please welcome Johnny Gun! A new initiative brought to you by Fresh Eye Films, the purpose of which is to launch and nurture young and upcoming talent. We’re gonna ‘gun’ for all kinds of content, across the board from below the line, web, corporate AVs, music promos to full spec TVCs.

Anything goes, we’ll make a plan and make it work!


.Justin Beachcroft-Shaw

.About Justin Beachcroft-Shaw

Justin is your classic all-rounder. He is an extremely zealous director with experience as a writer, actor, editor, musician, composer and casting director. He harnesses these talents and artistic perspective into directing well-composed and beautifully creative stories. A dreamer with one foot on the ground; expect a good helping of pleasant surprises.

.Daniel Zimbler

.About Daniel Zimbler

Zimbler was born into Blackadder, weened on Woody Allen, and raised on soy proteins and a love of stories well-told.

With a background in theatre, he trained in film directing at New York’s top story school, Columbia University. He returned to South Africa in 2015 to direct SABC 3’s comedy series “Those Who Can’t.” Zimbler has worked with world-renowned actors in projects spanning comedy and horror, from Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Bond, Star Wars) to Broadway legend Elizabeth Ashley. With a strong visual sensibility and comedic flare, his commercial and music video work has been seen by millions of eyes on the mega-screens at Times Square, and on a multitude of mini-screens at New York’s Apple flagship. Zimbler’s award-winning New York mockumentary web-series UNDERSTUDIES – starring Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and David Rasche (Bored to Death, Veep) – was picked up by Daily Motion USA in 2015. Check it out here:

.Matthew Jankes

.About Matthew Jankes

People say Matthew is very serious, but in all seriousness, that’s because he watched films like Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver and The Godfather when he was perhaps a little young. Nightmares aside, they did give him a real love of cinema, bold, emotive and gripping storytelling.

A graduate of the UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School, Matthew wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed SAFTA winning short, Umkhungo, and has directed on SA’s hit drama Intersexions. From intimate performance moments to dynamic set pieces, his work is driven by a passion for story and dynamic characters.

Matthew’s also an accomplished screenwriter represented by one of the UK’s top talent agencies, currently penning an Icelandic set feature for the Nordic Film Fund and RVK Studios, as well as a Sci-Fi for Visitor Studios and Film 4 in the UK.

.Ryan Isted

.About Ryan Isted

Ryan grew up on a small sheep farm on the boarder of Lesotho, not really buying into the idea of two tone Khaki and sheep shit (much to the disappointment of his father and the rest of the valley which were all related) spent most of his time in an converted generator room where he would watch old VHS’s a friend from town had bootlegged for him. Obsessed with Pink Floyd’s The Wall from a young age made for a depressed and introverted teenager who became an observer of people.

Later when he came of age and with little convincing, Ryan was sent off the farm to go and study, fine art and later graphic design where some off his work was published in the Design Indaba 2002 Journal through the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Some awards were won, including international recognition from Lucille Tenazas’s San Francisco American Institute of Graphic Arts. His Salvation Army PSA got a Leo Burnett 7+, it also won a Vuka “best concept” and his Coke ad won the shots YDA for best animation.



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