Dougal Wilson

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Dougal Wilson (born 1971) is a director of commercials and music videos.

Wilson was born in Heswall, England. After studying astrophysics at Durham University, he worked as a copywriter at the Leith advertising agency in Edinburgh before moving to London to pursue a career as a director.

His music videos include "Satisfaction" for Benny Benassi, "Tribulations" for LCD Soundsystem, "Who Am I" for Will Young, "Take Me Back to Your House" for Basement Jaxx,[1] "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" for Jarvis Cocker, "What's a Girl To Do?" for Bat for Lashes,[2] "Happiness" and "A&E" for Goldfrapp,[2] and "Life in Technicolor II" for Coldplay.[2]

He has directed commercials for companies such as Orange, Stella Artois, Olympus, Becks, and Coca-Cola.

Wilson has twice won Best Director at the UK Creative and Design Awards (in 2004 [3] and 2005 [4]), as well as having won Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival [5] [6] and D&AD awards in 2006 [7] and 2008. [8]

In 2008, he directed a short film (a silent comedy homage) for Sky Arts and the English National Opera, based on The Barber of Seville aria "Largo al factotum".[2]

Wilson was pictured on the front cover of the March 2009 edition of Creativity Magazine wearing a jetpack and seemingly hovering a few feet above the ground in front of a car park. Inside, he leads the edition's main article, 'Directing 101', in which '15 top directors' dispense advice learned on the job. [9]

In October 2010, a short film directed by Wilson entitled No Pressure was released by the 10:10 campaign in Britain to spread awareness of climate change. The film was written by Richard Curtis and showed highly contested scenes of violence.[10][11][12][13] The film was finally withdrawn by the 10:10 campaign.[14]


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