Ornette Spenceley began his film career at The National Film and Television school as a producer. He had previously worked alongside the fashion designer Paul Smith for 12 years where he had honed his eye for detail and style. His graduation short, RUNT, that he co-wrote and produced, had film festivals falling over themselves to screen it. In 2004 he crossed over to directing with his debut short film LARD. With his son Jake as the lead role, it became an instant hit being picked up for the London and Berlin Film Festivals (amongst others). Shortly after, Ornette found himself signed for commercial representation and was soon launched as a ‘shots new director’ 2005.
Subsequently, Ornette’s first commercial spots for Calpol through JWT aired in early 2006 and he has been shooting continuously since then.
Ornette quickly built himself a reputation as a director who pays great attention to detail in his work; for him, an overall understanding of the brand and the aims of the creative team are just as crucial to the creative process as story-telling, characterisation, casting and directing performance with a cinematic eye.
He has a real talent and love of working with kids and families. Being a father of four himself makes him more than qualified at coaxing and delivering great understated performances for his films. He specialises in natural and real performance across all age ranges. His direction creates endearing, warm and believable characters.
Over the last few years Ornette has worked with brands such as Tesco, Persil, Radio Times, Ragu & Fairy. And it was his creative drive that led to the huge success of big brand campaigns for Kellogg’s and KFC’s modern family stories.