Impactful, conceptual and cinematic are common descriptions of Kevin Berlandi’s work. His style, as well as his contagious enthusiasm for film, were fostered by his childhood love of summer blockbusters. It’s only fitting that Kevin would grow up to AD on movie franchises like Transformers, Avengers and The Bourne Legacy. Before that he earned a BSSP in Marketing Advertising and Public Relations with a concentration in Film Production from Emerson College. After graduating, he traveled the world while working on numerous credited features. If Emerson was Berlandi’s entree into filmmaking, being on-set was his “ultimate Fan Boy’s PhD.” He has worked on some memorable sets, including Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, and a David Fincher project. He has also worked as a director and producer for the advertising agency, Pitch Inc., in Culver City.
His career as a commercial director has flourished with brands like, Audi, Burger King, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, Buick, and GMC which lead him to more narrative and personal work. His personal project premiered at the 2016 Festival de Cannes. The short film Hana Sasaki’s Tail, was adapted from the book Three Scenarios in which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce. It’s a fantastical and cinematic short film about a woman that wakes up with a tail.
Kevin was recently tasked to direct GMC’s brand anthem for the Detroit Auto Show, which was the first brand work to be shot in 70mm format. He has also been selected by Sony Pictures Television as a 2016 directing fellow. With his remaining free time, he Co-Chairs the Asian American Committee at the Director’s Guild of America and searches for sublime coffee experiences.