ABOUT / BIO

 

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AN AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR AND ARTIST.

Mustashrik, a graduate of the Surrey Institute of Art & Design (SIAD), cut his teeth working with the international media-markets top production companies and advertising agencies before launching his career as a solo Director. Soon after the transition he co-created one of 2011’s most talked about commercials for Muller called “Wunderful Stuff”. Continuing to impress with his attention to detail and intense directorial vision, he has directed for clients including Louis Vuitton (a short film scored by Gustavo Santaolalla), Chloe, NOS Energy, Michael Kors, an award winning campaign film for Girl Effect, and live-multi screen visual performances for musician Ed Sheeran; which has toured the world in 2013 and 2017. One of these live tour visuals, Castle On The Hill, was debuted with high-industry praise at The BRIT Awards 2017. Over the years, he has been featured in Campaign, Ad Week, STASH, Shots Magazine, Art Review, D&AD and Bloomsberg News, while his animations have been nominated at various international film festivals including Official Selection at Annecy. Mustashrik’s recent short film for Girl Effect – “Invisible Barriers” won a Bronze Award for Best International Animation at Kinsale 2016, within the International Film Craft category for Cinema, TV and Online – Winner of Best Voices in a Commissioned Film at KLIK Animation Festival and a Bronze Award for Best Online/Internet Video 2017. This short film is currently doing the festival circuit to much success.

Amongst these creative endeavours, Mustashrik was commissioned by W+K Amsterdam and Heineken to climb the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro (2014), Tanzania, in Africa – the tallest free standing mountain on Earth in order to make an original piece of art for auction; all proceeds from it’s sale went proudly to support Reporters Without Borders. Supporting this level of educational outreach, his original graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has been awarded as one of the top Young Adult Fiction books published since 2000 by The American Library Association. He has been an early advocate of Animation and Character Design, holding WorkshopsTalks and Seminars on behalf and commission by The British Council in the UK, Spain, and South Africa.

Recently, Mustashrik has helped in the development of the Brand Identity of the Hyundai Mercury Prize, with the campaign assets going live September 2017 and has directed the latest film for Amnesty International to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

 

AWARDS 

*The Drum Creative Awards 2017 – Craft Animation, Highly Commended for Mercury Prize

*KLIK Animation Festival Winner 2017 – Best Voices in Commissioned Films

*The Lovie Awards 2017 – Internet Video : Invisible Barriers, Bronze

*Kinsale 2016 – Best Animation in International Film Craft, Bronze

*American Library Association – Top 1000 YA Book(s) published since 2001

FESTIVALS

*OFFICIAL SELECTION – CINANIMA International Animation Festival 2017

*OFFICIAL SELECTION – ENCOUNTERS Film and Animation Festival 2017
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – SUPERTOON International Film Festival 2017
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – LINOLEUM International Animation Festival 2017
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – BAFF British Animation Film Festival 2017
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – NYC 14th Animation Block Party 2017
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – Annecy International Animation Festival 2016
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – Manchester Animation Film Festival 2016
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – East End Film Festival 2017

FILM & ANIMATION WORK

Director – Amnesty International | “70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” film

Director & Producer – Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017 | “Musical Landscapes” with Glass Animals

Director & Producer – Ed Sheeran | Official 2017 “Castle On The Hill” live performance short/ animated film

Director & Animator – Ed Sheeran | Official 2017 “What Do I Know?” Divide World Tour Visuals

Director & Producer – Jaguar Skills feat Wide Awake “Fly” music video

Director – AT&T presents Public Records “Jasmine’s Story” Fighting For You

Director, Designer & Animator – GirlEffect.org film “Invisible Barriers” short film

Director, Producer & Illustrator – Autoglym film and packaging relaunch “Gift Collection”

Director & Producer – 350.org ‘Redlines’ film

Director, Producer & Animator – Ed Sheeran ‘One’ live music-visuals

Director, Producer & Designer – Michael Kors’ Mothers Day #whatshewants clip.

Director, Designer – NOS Energy Drink ‘Days To Live’ brand film

Director, Producer & Illustrator – Chloé Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Teaser

Director, Designer and Animator – Louis Vuitton’s ‘Lunar New Year video’ 2014

Director – Adidas NEO “#divein” campaign sting

Director – Ladyhawke ‘Anxiety’ album teaser

Co-Director, Animation Director and Designer – Muller ‘Wunderful Stuff’

Director – Punks Jump Up ‘Blockhead’ music video

Artist and Protagonist – Heineken ‘The Legendary Posters’

EVENTS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS

The ICA London

UK The Sir John Soanes Museum

London, UK Fairgrounds

LDN/The Indytute, London

UK Open Book, Comics & Literature Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

Murcia Manga & Comics Festival. Spain

Shakespeare In Shoreditch East London Word Festival Shoredich, London, UK

EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS

Pictoplasma x Xanadu, Berlin, Germany

Art Sells, Cannes, France

The Truman Brewery, London, UK

The Japanese Embassy, London, UK

Heineken’s Legendary Posters Exhibition – Stedlijk Museum, Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS, FEATURES & INTERVIEWS

D&AD

YCN.org

VICE News US

Campaign Live

Bloomsberg News

VICE / CREATORS Projects

Animation Magazine

Shots Magazine

Art Review

The Stable

NOTABLE PUBLICATION(S)

MetroMedia/Self Made Hero/Abrams

Art Review

 

TESTIMONIALS & QUOTATIONS

“In line with romance, love, fairy tales, heroes and heroines, great adventures are amongst the main sources of inspiration of London based artist and film director, Mustashrik Mahbub. His travel background and talented illustrations of horses naturally brought Louis Vuitton to collaborate with him on this occasion”.

– Louis Vuitton

Vuitton”I am a big fan. Talent first came to my attention with Manga Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Amazing stuff.”

– Miles Millar, Writer & Creator of CW’s Smallville, MTV’s ‘The Shannara Chronicles and Into The Badlands

“Partizan Director Mustashrik lead the race with a stunning animation for Louis Vuitton. Inspired by traditional art, this beautiful piece combines the translucent smokiness of Chinese watercolour paintings with dramatic inky slashes of Chinese calligraphy. This makes us very happy”.

– LBB Editorial Team

“I would like to commend Mustashrik at the highest level for his contribution to the Estethica project for London Fashion Week…As a new initiative the British Fashion Council set up an area a LFW dedicated to eco-sustainable principles…Mustashrik has been an integral part of the fashion industry which views Estethica as a movement within society not a trend within the fashion industry”.

– The British Fashion Council

“…the artwork is fantastic … and it is not instantly recognisable as manga at all. With its sketchy style it reminds me more of a wayword Brit comic of the 70s and 80s but it is beautiful, mysterious, and engaging … the art and words amplify each other”.

– David Kendall, Leading Visual Literacies Consultant (April 2009)

“What truly shines in this work… is the superlative visualization by newcomer Mustashrik. Working in stark white and inky black, he has created a spare but intense landscape that mirrors the emotions of the characters, and combines a sense of dreamlike isolation with a minimal backdrop that suggests a stage on which the drama is normally enacted. Using shadow, he has managed to make the assassination simultaneously graphic yet subtle, and by alternating tight focus and long shots, and using a thick brush to exemplify expressions, he has fittingly crafted a visual tour de force of Mark Anthony’s speech. Especially for the more artistically minded, this is a raw, striking, and powerful introduction to Shakespeare”.

– Published by the American Library Association.