Tim White




Tim is a commercial and music video director who had his first lucky break in 2011; when he and two friends were commissioned by STA Travel to fly around the world for six weeks. The result was the unexpectedly successful Move, Eat & Learn films that garnered over a million views within 24 hours of release. These films launched him from complete obscurity to moderate obscurity overnight and has given him the ability to further develop his unique filmmaking voice. In 2013, Tim was nominated for the Young Director Award in Cannes for his branded short film ‘Shaping History, Shaping Tomorrow’ for Keio University.

He would define himself as being a part of a new generation of filmmakers who focus on creating highly engaging content with small tight knit crews; preferring unplanned and serendipitous adventures to overly styled and carefully organised shoots. His trademark has become his fast paced, intricately woven edits that give the aspirational content just the right amount of breathing room. This, coupled with his love for mixed foley and original musical scores have seen Tim etch out a corner in the market that is purely his own.

Where were you born and raised?

Melbourne, Australia

What has your best work experience been?

Renting a CineFlex Helicopter in Tokyo. There was my DOP in the chopper and myself in the back of a sports car driven by a stunt driver. I was speeding over the Rainbow bridge with the chopper chasing alongside. Wild times.

What has your worst work experience been?

I accidentally found myself in the middle of a riot whilst shooting in Santiago, Chile. I got tear gassed and nearly lost the camera to an armored water cannon.

What are your favorite movies?

The Holy Mountain, Koyaanisqatsi, Brazil, The Thing, Fargo

Favorite snack?

Peanut M&Ms

Video games?

Civilization II was the bomb.


David Cronenberg, Spike Jonze, Takashi Miike, Coen Bros, Werner Herzog


Nobuyoshi Araki, Ellen Rogers, Juergen Teller, Anton Corbijn, Lance Acord


Mark Whalen, Yayoi Kusama, Skinner, Johnny Ryan, Phil Collins, Keiichi Tanaami, Maurizio Cattelan + Pierpaolo Ferrari, Isabella Rossellini

Who do you most idolize?

Jim Henson – what a boss

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?

Last year I spent all my savings on a sex doll and shipped him to Japan for a shoot. Now the most expensive thing I own is a lifelike silicone male sex doll and he’s still in Japan.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law, known groups or the government?

Let’s just say I won’t be returning to Guatemala any time soon.

What century/decade would you most like to live in?

The vibe sounded real cool in the 70s.