RORY KELLEHER

RORY KELLEHER

Rory’s arresting style effortlessly blends live action and performance with cutting post-production techniques. With over a decade of directing experience, he continues creating cinematic visual storytelling that both engages and surprises.

Rory’s arresting style effortlessly blends live action and performance with cutting post-production techniques. With over a decade of directing experience, he continues creating cinematic visual storytelling that both engages and surprises.

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— BIOGRAPHY

With a 1:1 Honors degree in the arts (Design & Photography), Rory became involved with Touchstone Pictures “Reign of Fire”, where he was brought in to look after onscreen CGI visuals and design elements due to his expertise in post-production. After completing work on the film, his projects and grew in scale and sophistication as he became recognized internationally for his unique vision and cinematic style.

Rory helmed award-winning projects for Guinness, Sunsilk and Coca Cola to name but a few. This crossover into advertising was greeted with much acclaim, his filmic style and personal storytelling using a combination of VFX and performance became his calling card.

In 2009, Rory was featured as ‘One to Watch’ in the prestigious SHOTS New Directors Showcase. His controversial anti-litter campaign ‘Race Against Waste’ was hailed as groundbreaking, winning a Gold in the New York Advertising Awards, the first Irish work to do so. Kelleher was honoured with a multi-page article about his work in the renowned magazine “Creative Review:.


Rory has continued to deliver cinematic gems internationally, such as his beautiful snow bound epic for Coors Light, reinventing the Croc shoe for two acclaimed US campaigns. With his unique attention grabbing spots for Hornbach in Europe, Oxford in France and a huge body of US work including high profile spots for Verizon, Coors Light and Staples, his work continues to grow in complexity and scale. Whether working with Pixar on a new Buzz Lightyear mini adventure or creating incredibly terrifying in-camera zombies and terror clowns on a B-Movie budget for Knott’s Berry Farm, Rory’s sense of fun and love of storytelling shines through regardless of the medium.

Rory went on to win Best Director at ICADS for his even more controversial NICO campaign. His second spot for Coca-Cola (BPM) winning best use of postproduction the same year. Many accolades followed, Budweiser won ICAD Craft and Silver, and Bank of Ireland won ICAD Silver for best animation. His work has also garnered several LEAF awards and has been featured extensively in Broadcast Magazine, Creative Review, Creativity Online. Rory has won over 10 Kinsale International Shark awards for his work, as well as numerous international awards.

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