Director Amanda Speva “started from the bottom now she’s here.” With a camera in hand as a young girl, she evolved in college while making a popular Youtube craft show that she wrote, directed and starred in with her trusty English Cocker Spaniel co-host, Ralley (who continues to be an inspiration to this day). After gaining notice from Target designer Todd Oldham, she enjoyed a brief stint in New York writing, directing and editing unique craft content and how-to videos.

She moved to Chicago and quickly rose through the ranks, from PA to Script Supervisor to DIT, then becoming an Assistant Director and treatment writer and designer for several renowned commercial directors. She then turned her focus to directing her own projects.

Her diverse portfolio includes a wide variety of projects from short films like (festival darling Markovision and Soundlapse), as well as commercials for major international brands (including Samsung, Uber, Fiat, Feeding America, and Chobani).

In addition to being broadcast nationwide, her work has been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks, thisiscolossal, IdN, Boing Boing, CBS News, the New York Television Film Festival and on planes through Virgin Airlines. She’s also been in the New York Times and featured in SHOOT’s New Directors Showcase.

Her work shows a real flair for big ideas. She has a natural gift for narrative storytelling, a playful sense of humor, and a cinematic flair. She approaches all of her projects with a perfectionist’s work ethic and a love of capturing people and their stories. She believes wholeheartedly that a great idea can come from anywhere.


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