Cap Gun Collective was formed in 2009 by Whitehouse Post in collaboration with producer / director team, Matt Abramson and Alex Fendrich. Cap Gun joined a family of companies that also included, Carbon VFX and Gentleman Scholar. The company is comprised of two distinct platforms. The first, a director led, live action, commercial production company, and the second, Cap Gun TV, a hybrid development studio / production company for original content. Cap Gun Collective has offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.
Cap Gun Collective is in the director business. We believe in the idea of natural talent - that perfect mix of passion, vision and integrity. We look for leaders who see the inherent value and creative potential in the collaborative process. It’s pretty simple really. We curate a roster of directors who each possess that intangible spark. We match them with the right idea and the right partners. From there, we build an ecosystem in which the best creative minds can thrive. The result is our service.
- Alex Fendrich
- Matt Miller
- Noah Paul
- Spooner Bonde
- Stephen Hopkins
Alex began as an Art Director at A. Eicoff and Draft after a lifetime of filming family and friends. In addition to his background in advertising, Alex was an actor at The Second City and performed with the USO in Iraq as well as starred on their resident stage in three revues. He directed,“The Venue,” which won the NYTVF Comedy Central Short Pilot competition. Fendrich’s other content credits include “Art with Bartman” and “Apartment Guy” which has been accepted into the 2014 NYTVF festival. Alex co-founded Cap Gun, and has directed commercials for brands including Motorola, Discover Card, and Cars.com. He’s won several industry awards including D&AD Brand Expression in Moving Image and his work on Craftsman Music Experience garnered the Interactive Merit Award in the One Show.
Matt began his career as a casting director in Chicago; his notable film and TV credits include work on The Weatherman, The Amityville Horror, The Ice Harvest, Stranger Than Fiction, The Wise Kids, The Wire, and Public Enemies. A successful theatre director as well, Matt has directed productions large and small for Steppenwolf, Lifeline Theatre, Barrel of Monkeys, Mary Arrchie and The Irish Theatre of Chicago where his 2014 production of The Seafarer won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble and also garnered him a Best Director nomination. He is the co-creator and director of the hit web series Teachers, produced by Cap Gun Collective and now in production as a television series for the TV Land network.
Born and raised in NYC, Noah’s passion for graffiti began in grade school and led to his future love of design and typography. After graduating with a BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design from SVA in NYC, Noah began his creative career serving as the Lead Designer for premiere Hollywood film title house, yU+Co. Following that he became the Design Director and Head of Film for NY culture magazine BULLETT. In 2013 Paul was a finalist at the prestigious CFPE/ Shots Young Directors Awards as well as Shoot’s New Directors showcase. His directing career has taken him to over 30 cities worldwide working with clients including AT&T, PayPal, Lincoln Motors, Levi’s, and Nestle for agencies such as BBDO, McCann Erickson, Publicis, Havas and Campbell Ewald. Though he has a keen eye for cinematography, casting, and production design that drives his visual approach, his true skill is in having the unique ability to find the humanity, authenticity, and truth in every project he touches.
Spooner/Bonde is a Danish filmmaking duo formed by Mike Spooner and Simon Bonde. The two have worked together as a creative unit, directing commercials and television shows, for over a decade. In addition to developing and shooting a highly successful show called, The Man with the Golden Ears, their low budget reality show, P.I.S., became an instant classic on Danish television. Strong storytelling, solid structure, and great characters distinguish their work.
Born in Jamaica and raised there as well as in the US and England, Stephen Hopkins began his career directing music videos for the likes of Mick Jagger and Meatloaf. After directing several successful US features, Hopkins co-created and produced the first series of the smash hit 24 for FOX, directing 13 of the episodes himself. In 2004 Hopkins directed The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for HBO which won several awards including an Emmy for Hopkins for Outstanding Direction and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Television Film. Following that, Hopkins jumped back into TV, producing and directing for several award-winning shows including Californication, Shameless and House of Lies. In 2015, Hopkins directed the Focus Features film RACE about the life of Olympic legend Jesse Owens which was released in early 2016. Also in 2016, FOX brought Hopkins back to executive produce and direct a reboot of 24 entitled 24: Legacy premiering after the super bowl 2017.
We are curators and custodians. We nurture, sooth, cajole and coerce tirelessly in service of the idea. We will always find a way because in the end it has to be good, full stop.
- MATT ABRAMSON , EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
MATT ABRAMSON , EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Matt Abramson is a producer and original content developer based in Chicago. A Boston native, Matt studied at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York before moving to Chicago to pursue improv and acting. While performing, Matt was invited by the ad agency Element 79 to share some short films he made with friends in college, soon after he joined the agency as a staff producer. In 2007 Matt joined DDB where he produced super bowl spots for Bud Light as well as high-profile work for Capital One, Cars.com, and McDonalds.
Following his success at DDB Matt teamed up with director and Second City standout Alex Fendrich to launch Cap Gun Collective. Driven to create both exciting original content and produce traditional commercial work, the company has grown while producing spots for clients including Lexus, Hyundai, AT&T, Allstate, Sprint, and Motorola. The original content arm produced Cap Gun’s pilot The Venue which won the Comedy Central Pilot Competition. In 2015 the Cap Gun produced web series Teachers was picked up to series production by TV Land and has recently been renewed for a 20 episode second season.