With 250 films in 35 countries in 20yrs Des Mullan is one of Ireland’s leading international commercials directors.
Des makes inspiring, epic, visual films, small stories made large.
He has a deep understanding of the craft and disciplines of commercials, branded content and film from cinematography, performance, and storytelling through to all aspects of postproduction.
He thrives on collaborating with creative professionals to ensure that the vision ends up where it belongs: on the screen. As a former creative director means he understands all sides of the job. His reel shows that he is adept at bringing these skills to all manner of advertising.
Speedy, versatile and flexible, he is expert at achieving great shots in tricky situations to tight deadlines with a minimum of fuss.
He works around the globe filming in, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Germany, Estonia, Poland, USA, Czech Republic, China, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq (yes Iraq!) and of course Ireland.
Highlights include, worldwide launch of Strongbow Gold, international campaigns for Magners Irish Cider, the first ever advertising campaign for the European Union, and a road safety commercial for Shell in Iraq.
He also directed the short film: ‘The Anarchic Hand Affair’ for RTE/Irish Film Board. Accepted to film festivals worldwide including L.A. Shorts, Galway Film Fleadh, it secured top prize at the Huesca film festival in Spain. More recently Des part directed the sports documentary: ‘What we did Last Summer’ featuring Ireland’s rugby team.
Graduating in Visual Communications from the School of Creative Arts at DIT, Des worked initially as a graphic designer before joining Saatchi & Saatchi. He quickly progressed from junior art director to become the network’s then youngest creative director at 28, jumping between Dublin, London and Warsaw. The proof of his abilities are on his reel.