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David Stubbs.


David is an International Emmy Award winning director with over 20 years experience...

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Creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial and personable. These are just some of the nice things David’s mother still says about him – even after 25 years in the business. What is certain is that he’s a filmmaker with an eye for a good story, concept & aesthetic. David has moved between directing television commercials, virals, video projects & drama in a career that’s been eclectic & accomplished.

David set up Krafthaus Films in 2002 after he’d spent a number of years directing TVC's & visual effects projects for Mr. X Productions & then Sector 14 in Wellington & then helming a broadcasting project for UNICEF in Beijing.

Krafthaus is now one of the biggest and busiest production houses in Wellington, with an award winning team and numerous high profile projects under its belt. David has directed many celebrated large budget TVCs and has featured as a Director on the prestigious UK Shots Reel.

Recently David received international acclaim alongside Thomas Robins when their transmedia drama series "Reservoir Hill" won an Emmy award in 2010 and the second series was again Emmy nominated in 2011.

Reservoir Hill also went on to win the World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals and Best Youth Show at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards.
Their latest drama series "Girl vs. Boy" screened on TV2 and is a finalist at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

David has also directed numerous short films and music videos. In his most recent short film, "The Handover", David worked alongside the acting talents of Gareth Reeves (Underbelly, A Song of Good) and Lauren Horsley (Eagle vs. Shark, Existence).

An intense drama that has a strong sense of authenticity, "The Handover" premiered in competition at the prestigious Chicago International Film Festival.

Combining his background in film editing with his dramatic work and Krafthaus’s renowned design focus, David’s commercials and video projects blend cinematic imagery and contemporary aesthetics with honest performances and a human connection.

Stories & Context

Reservoir Hill
Reservoir Hill
The Handover
Reservoir Hill

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