By thelaegotist / / Bicoastal production company Backyard has signed award-winning director Sorrel Brae for U.S. commercial representation. Known for drawing authentic, emotional performances out of actors and combining them with striking visuals, Sorrel brings his broad creative background, unique perspective and dedication to capturing moments of truth to the commercial production company. Sorrel has directed more than 50 television campaigns around the world for a range of brands, including Toyota, P&G, Don Julio, Firefox, Pacific Life, Bank of America, NFL and American Express. His work has earned him a number of awards, including a Cannes Young Director Award and awards from The One Show, Telly, Hatch, ADDY, Creative Media, MIXX and the Webbys. He signed on to Backyard’s roster after meeting Backyard Managing Director and Partner Chris Zander. Sorrel got his start as a director at Anonymous Content, spending four years honing his craft and building up his reel. He then moved to Humble, spending another four years growing and expanding his artistic capabilities. Originally a political theory and philosophy major at Colorado College, Sorrel knew early on that he belonged behind the camera. He began working out of school as an editor and After Effects artist before shooting spec spots to break into the commercial world, winning a Cannes Young Director Award along the way. When he’s not directing commercial campaigns, Sorrel’s works as an independent writer and director have screened at film festivals around the world, including the New York Short Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival, the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Tres Courts Shorts Fest and the Paris Short Film Festival. To relax, he works with wood, a creative hobby passed down through his family.