Following Thonson's degree from Art Centre College of Design, he continued on to a successful career as a photographer followed by director and cinematographer
Director Sean Thonson, known for strikingly beautiful and powerful brand storytelling, has joined the filmmaking collective Bullitt. Thonson has directed for a wide variety of advertisers, including visual narratives for emblematic automakers, journeys for travel and tourism, and docu shorts for lifestyle brands. The power of Thonson’s creativity is an enveloping quality that comes from imagery that is both iconic and intimate.
“Sean is an incredible filmmaker and storyteller that has an impressive array of skill in his craft as a director/DP, and is also an accomplished stills photographer. His technical and visually arresting work has always been something I’ve admired and respected. I’m excited to welcome Sean into the Bullitt family and look forward to creating great work together,” said Bullitt president, Luke Ricci.
“I’ve known Bullitt’s work for quite a while - high intensity, courageous and large scale projects that I admired and felt connected to,” commented Thonson. “I had immediate rapport with Luke and with mutual interests and perspectives on filmmaking, the timing just felt right to join together.”
Sean Thonson grew up - quite literally - with a camera in his hands. His father taught graphic design and photography at Humboldt State University, and at a very young age he took advantage of his knowledge (and his dark room) to begin a lifelong study of light and composition. His passion led him to a degree from Art Centre College of Design and on to a successful career as a photographer and then as a director/cinematographer.
Woven into Thonson’s striking narratives is the ongoing exploration of the great outdoors and shooting action in nature. To that end, Sean Thonson has traversed the globe in the tireless pursuit of the perfect shot and a fresh perspective - from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, to the starkly beautiful landscape of Iceland and the lush environment of Brazil. He always scouts with a camera at the ready, prepared to capture the moment as it strikes, especially in remote locations. Sean’s work ethic, passion, and stellar filmmaking have earned him loyal clients and longtime collaborators.
to view a selection of his work.