Adrian Picardi

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Adrian Picardi
Adrian Picardi directing music video.jpg
Born April 1987 (age 29–30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director, Cinematographer and Screenwriter

Adrian Picardi (born April 1987) is an American filmmaker originally from South Pasadena, California. For all his works thus far, he has been credited as director, writer, cinematographer, and editor. He got his start in the industry by creating the television series The Resistance for the STARZ / SyFy Network produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. Picardi graduated from South Pasadena High School in 2005, and then graduated from the Los Angeles Film School in 2006. Currently, Picardi runs a production company named Aureus Grex, based out of Glendale, CA and is represented under Brawler. Picardi has helmed commercial spots for PlayStation, Microsoft, Xbox, and Tom Clancy’s The Division to name a few.



Picardi graduated from the Los Angeles Film School in 2006 at the age of 19 and jumped into the industry as an editor for Television. Picardi continued to pursue his directing career by independently producing his own projects. In 2007, Picardi created a short film called "His Day to Remember," which was the Grand Prize Winner in the Cinematic Film2Music online competition. Using the raw, percussive chant-driven track "Steel & Sky," he created a visually compelling drama about a young man who is apparently a suicide bomber.

The film was also screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2007[1] and got him featured on as "Best Filmmaker on Campus" in December 2007.[2] Additionally, In 2007, he won the "Audience Award" for Myspace's John Woo Film Tribute contest for the Chow Yun-fat videogame "Stranglehold".[3] For his second short, "His Final Hit", it placed into the top ten finalists of the IFC Film "Assassin's Creed" Film Contest.[4]

Soon after, Picardi and his team created a low budget web series called "The Resistance" which started off as 4 short online teasers featured on YouTube.[5] Before filming the actual web show, the series was picked up by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Starz Media, after executives at Starz and Ghost House viewed "The Resistance" teasers online.[6][7] The web show aired on October 4, 2010, on the SyFy channel as a one-hour television pilot along with being released in its original 8 episodic form on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network.[8] "The Resistance" is Executive Produced by Ben Ketai, Scott Bayless, Scott Rogers, with producers Aaron Lam, and Associate Producer Don Le.[9][10][11] The pilot will reportedly make history, as it's the first time a series created originally for the web will first premiere on television.[12][13][14]

Picardi won the Universal Music / Decca Records online music video contest hosted by Talenthouse, for the band ERA, .[15] He also took home the Grand Prize award for the New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler’s "Ancestor" film contest.[16] He also wrapped two more music videos, one for the band Automatic Love Letter[17][18] and Sony Music Entertainment / Epic Records, and another for the band Evans Blue.[19]

The Future, 2012 – present[edit]

In 2012, Picardi and Airsoft GI created a fan film based on the videogame series Left 4 Dead. Within 4 days of releasing the initial teaser, the clip amassed over 2.5 million views and massive buzz online,[20][21][22][23] including outlets such as PC Gamer,[24] Complex,[25] Game Informer,[26] and Valve (creators of the game itself).[27]

In early 2013, Picardi had created a production company Aureus Grex alongside his long time best friend, Sunny Jain.

Recently 2016 Aureus Grex and Corridor Digital teamed up to release a series of live-action spots for Ubisoft and Tom Clancy's The Division“entitled "Agent Origins”. Picardi directed, shot, and edited three of the four episodes titled “Escape”, “Ashes”, and ‘Conspiracies”.[28]

Currently Picardi is developing two feature films, as well as a project with Warner Brother’s digital arm, Blue Ribbon Content.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 His Day To Remember Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
2007 His Final Fight (John Woo Stranglehold game contest "Audience Award" winner) Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
2007 His Final Hit (Top 10 Finalist in IFC "Assassin’s Creed" Contest) Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
2009 "Makeup Smeared Eyes" music video | Automatic Love Letter Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
2010 "Erase My Scars" music video | Evans Blue Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
2010 "The Resistance Series" Director, Story By
2012 "Left 4 Dead" fan film Director, Editor
2014 Playstation “DriveClub” TV spot Director
2016 LemonCove TV-Mini Series Director / Creator
2016 Tom Clancy's The Division: Agent Origins Director
2016 "Rush: Inspired by Battlefield" Cinematographer


  1. ^ Press Release - "Steel & Sky"
  2. ^ BFOC Film of the Week: His Day To Remember | Video | mtvU
  3. ^ MySpace
  4. ^ IFC Media Lab
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  9. ^ Hollywood Reporter Article - "The Resistance"
  10. ^ Washington Post Article - "The Resistance"
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-23.  Yahoo News Article - "The Resistance"
  12. ^ - "The Resistance" makes history
  13. ^,lHWBlzUCg8mE
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  15. ^ Universal/Decca Records/ERA Contest winner
  16. ^ Ancestor Film Contest winner
  17. ^ Automatic Love Letter - "Makeup Smeared Eyes" music video
  18. ^ ALL - "Makeup Smeared Eyes" article on Froggertv
  19. ^ Evans Blue - "Erase My Scars" music video
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  28. ^ Watch Tom Clancy's The Division: Agent Origins [Ultra HD] () online - Amazon Video, retrieved 2016-07-17 

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