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Royal Bank of Canada - Directors Cut

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Johan Stahl

Some of Johan’s earliest memories as a young boy revolve around his captivation and obsession with cinema. One hot summer afternoon, at the age of nine, Johan was charged with the joyful duty of taking his younger brother to see the Disney classic “Dumbo” at a local small cinema on an island south of Copenhagen.

But instead of “Dumbo” flapping his ears into the kids hearts that day, the projectionist had mistaken the film rolls and the first twenty-five minutes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was screened instead – to an audience of traumatized pre-teens. Johan, unlike most of the other kids – was absolutely mesmerized by the visceral thrills of the imagery. His little brother was in shock.

The love of moving images and storytelling gave birth to the idea of being the person who directed the telling of stories with film. The idea of directing films stayed with Johan as he grew into his teens. This was his life’s obsession, along with writing songs and playing Rock N Roll music in his many young garage bands.

Johan went on to be educated at the National Danish Broadcasting. While there he spent eight years executing everything from hosting radio and TV shows, to directing, writing, shooting and producing comedy shows, entertainment shows as well as TV documentaries.

The years spent at the Danish Broadcasting made Johan a one-man army. He directed, filmed and produced music videos and segments for ”The Boys From Angora” – one of the most successful and multi-award winning comedy shows in the history of Danish Broadcasting. Johan's first commercial was a TV & Cinema campaign for the fashion brand ”Jack & Jones”. It was shot in Los Angeles in one nineteen-hour shoot, which to Johan felt like a day spent in heaven.

The pure joy of this experience forced Johan to make a leap and become a full-time director to pursue commercials and features. His first short film WEEKEND DAD, commissioned by the Danish Film Institute, won a Robert Award (the equivalent of an Oscar) for best long shortfilm and he now has three feature films in development. Johan has an intuitive sense for creating a character driven universe with a comic feel. Combine these qualities with a strong visual sensibility and the ability to naturally tell fun fast paced stories and you have in Johan one of the most interesting and versatile new talents around.