Marty Weiss founded Martini Shot Films in 2007 to facilitate the development and production of varied content formats, embracing traditional as well as emerging opportunities.
“The success of any movie, book, or TV commercial depends on the strength of concept and execution. Martini Shot aspires to approach every project by adhering to the time-honored fundamentals of storytelling.” -Indiewire interview-
Marty Weiss became known for creating comedic and highly visual TV commercials, directing hundreds of national and international campaigns for major Blue Chip brands, before segueing into longer form projects. He has filmed throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Southeast Asia, and has garnered numerous film festival awards, Clios, Cannes Lions, Addys, and One Show Pencils. His commercials have premiered on the Super Bowl and screened in the AICP show where they are displayed in the permanent collection at New York Museum of Modern Art.
He began his career at DDB Chicago, producing commercials for clients such as Anheuser Busch, McDonald’s, and Disney. Highlights included the iconic Budweiser frog commercials (and other infamous animatronic and CG critters), as well as a series of humorous spots with lauded filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. After relocating to Los Angeles, Weiss directed commercials through Sony Picture Entertainment’s Pavlov Productions, The Bedford Falls Group, Cucoloris Films, as well as international companies (h) films/Milan, Filmmasters/Rome, Partners/Toronto, Macando/Spain, and Cielo/Europe.
He directed his first feature length film, Vampires: The Turning, for Sony/Screen Gems Entertainment – an action/horror movie from executive producer John Carpenter. It was filmed in Chiang Mai, Thailand and released worldwide in 2005. Then came The Pre-Nup, an independent comedy produced by Mosaic Entertainment, featuring Larry Miller, Alex Borstein, and Alanna Ubach. The film was acclaimed throughout the film festival circuit, including the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Festival, and The World of Comedy Film Festival, Toronto. Weiss also directed TV movies Backwoods and Xtra Credit, which premiered on Spike TV and Showtime.
He has also written (and rewritten) several scripts for studios and production companies. His original TV pilots have been developed at Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video (“30 Rock”), Gerber Pictures (“Grand Torino), and with several independent producers.
His screenplay, The Alchemist Agenda, was honored with Amazon Studios $20,000.00 Best Screenplay Award and made into a feature length motion comic.
“The work I did with Amazon showed me that technology will bring continuous and rapid changes in our tools and distribution channels. The goal is to embrace these changes but to adhere the the proven elements of linear narrative that have worked for thousands of years.” -The Guardian interview, London-
Weiss is currently preparing to publish two novels, The Second Son and Flamingo Coast.
He has an M.F.A. in film and TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.
A proud member of the DGA, WGA, ITW, he also serves as a mentor to M.F.A. students at University of Southern California’s Cinematic Studies Program.
He lives in Palos Verdes, California with his wife and two children.