After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Gabriel Olson was taken under the wing of Anonymous Content director Malcolm Venville, where he worked under Venville on dozens of global campaigns for clients such as Nike, Honda, Nokia, as well as two feature films.
Olson’s love for storytelling in the short format has translated well in the commercial arena as evidenced by the recognition he has garnered from having his “Effective Parenting” PSA place him as a AICP Show finalist, to his success with Coca Cola (his Coke Zero spec was chosen as the first place winner by Coca Cola’s marketing team, as well as the Overall Grand Prize Winner at the Cannes Lions MOFILM Competition, which lead to a stint working for Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore).
In 2013, he was selected for recognition in the prestigious SHOOT Magazine New Directors Showcase.
Appealing to a wider audience, Gabriel’s Guitar Center spot, featuring ‘Questlove’ Thompson of The Roots (and The Tonight Show Band), broke during the Super Bowl 2014. Most recently he directed a VFX piece for WB Games to launch the game Scribblenauts, a LEXUS spot that involved a ten-hour Facebook LIVE component earning 8.7 million impressions and produced the feature film, Reckoning, in Georgia which is currently in post-production. The spring of 2018 brought on the opportunity to shadowing director Alec Smight on the CBS show, CRIMINAL MINDS, which is wrapping up it’s 13th season.
Prior to that, his Hitchcock-ian short film, ’The Bridge Partner,’ with Beth Grant (The Mindy Project, No Country for Old Men), four-time Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives) and Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, The Descendants) made its International premiere at Raindance Film Festival in London. In little time its racked up multiple awards including the Wes Craven Best Horror Film Award, as well as Best Horror / Suspense Film at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego and the Audience Award at the D.C. Shorts Film festival, among others. To date it’s played at forty-five festivals around the world and was featured in the 2016 BLOODLIST, Vimeo Staff Pick, GIZMODO, Famous Monsters, The Wrap, InFlux Magazine, The Tracking Board, Dread Central, We Are Moving Stories, CUT.PRINT.FILM, Film Pulse, We Are Indie Horror and NOWNESS.
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