Portrait of creative director, Manuel Aleman.
ABOUT      ME
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Good at not dying.

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Bad at playing it safe.

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Call it the

'Evil Knievel Gene'.

You’ll notice the decor of a rosy glow from the scar brandished across the bridge of my nose. A daily reminder of the times I should have bit the dust. Call it the 'Evil Knievel Gene'. According to my great tia, my great uncle was infamous for driving off of the snake-winding mountain-jungle roads of Puerto Rico.

Don’t ask why.  Ask how many times he drove off of those mountains and how many times he brushed off the dirt to make it back home. Guess it runs in the family according to the screws, scars, and stitches... and that one shark, and that car that hit me, and those times on the motorcycle.

Add all of that to the childhood dreams of being an indestructible stuntman from all the movies, video games, and TV shows and I hope you can glimpse into my twisted world of imagination and creative theory.

After 12 years of working in film, writing scripts, story structure, dialogue, cinematography, photography, film directors, color and music theory, it's still my passion to stir up imaginations and suspend beliefs. My work's been recognized in most award shows, featured on BBC, CNN, the Today Show, the New York Times, and many outlets around the world.

EXPERIENCE

CREATIVE AGENCIES:

Annex88, BBDO, The Community, DDB, FCB, FKA, Havas, HUGE, McCann, MRM, Mustache, Publicis, RAPP, Razorfish, Saatchi

BRANDS:

American Express, Cadillac, Citibank, CORE Hydration, Disney, First Hawaiian Bank,  Hertz, Jose Cuervo, Marvel, Monster Energy, NY Lotto, Oreo, Samsung, Tropicana, TD Ameritrade, US Army, Verizon, Walmart 

NEW BUSINESS PITCH WINS:

ADT Security Services - ‘What Do You Want to Protect?’ Campaign. - McCann 2019
Celgene Account Win - New Revlimid brand products launch. - Rauxa 2019
Hellmann’s Account Win - Hellmann's Mayonnaise brands. - Razorfish 2016
Cadillac Account Win - ‘Dare Greatly’ campaign for 2016 vehicle launch. - Publicis 2015

AWARDS

2022

Titan International Screenwriting Awards - Feature Film Screenplay

Los Angeles International Screenplav Awards - Feature Film Screenplay

2020

Behance - Adobe Photoshop Exhibition Gallery

2019

Sony World Photography Awards - Open, Portraiture

Communication Arts - Photography Annual (Shortlist)

Behance - Game Design Exhibition Gallery

2018

International Photography Awards - People and Culture (Honorable Mention)

 
2015
iPhone Photography Awards (Honorable Mention)
2014
Midas Awards (Gold Ingot)
FWA Site of the Day
 
2013
ADDY Awards (Silver)
 
2012
CLIO Awards (Bronze)
Art Directors Club (Silver)
International ANDY Awards (Bronze)
Graphis New Talent Annual (Gold)
American Business Awards (Gold Stevie)
2011
Lürzer’s Int’l Archive Advertising Worldwide Vol.6
One Show Merit Award (Integrated Campaign)
One Show Merit Award (Online Campaign)
One Show Merit Award (Online Ad)
Art Directors, SVA Gallery Exhibition, New York, NY
2010
Art Directors Club SVA Gallery Exhibition, New York, NY
Post No Bull, SVA Gallery Exhibition, New York, NY
PRESS

Disney 'Stories Matter' Campaign

BBC World News, The New York Times, The New York Post, CNN, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Today Show, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Reuters, Variety Magazine, Cosmopolitan,The Verge, IGN, Insider, Gizmodo.

Cottonelle ‘Downthere Care’ Campaign

USA Today, The Source, PR Newswire, Bossip, Uptown Magazine, Hip Hop Wired.

Every Step of the Way’ Campaign Citibank

The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Post, Sports Business Journal, Business Wire, Glamour, Team USA, New York Amsterdam News.

Tropicana ‘The Good Part of NY Mornings’ Campaign

AdAge, Creativity Online.

REVIEWS

"Manuel gets it. He gets ideas. He gets strategy. And he gets what it takes to make it big in this industry. He's passionate, talented and tenacious. Which is exactly what it takes to be successful in advertising. I have no doubt he'll go far."

- Matt Eastwood, GCCO, McCann

"I worked with Manuel on a pitch for a product launch at FKA. This was my first pitch with this team and he showed me the ropes and was very supportive. Not to mention, collaborative. We really delved into the mind of the audience and spent a lot of time talking about strategy, and that showed through in the fresh creative. Our TV scripts and ad campaigns were very well received. It was great working as a team, and would love to work with Manuel again!"

- Lili Tan, Creative, FKA

"I met Manuel on Day 1 of my gig at Annex 88, and we found our groove immediately. Over the next month+ we'd sell in a TV spot for a water brand, pitch "big moment" ideas for a coffee brand, and deliver digital campaigns and experiences for a fashion house as part of their show at Fashion Week Milan. In what could have been a very stressful job, Manuel made sure we always knocked it out of the park. Manuel constantly brought new ideas to the table and helped evolve the ones I brought to him. His art direction skills were instrumental to us selling in ideas internally and delivering fully fleshed out decks for client presentations that were consistently well-received. Manuel would be an asset to any project and I'd be more than happy to work with him again."

- Skyler Dobin, Creative, Annex 88

"I had the pleasure of working with Manuel at Northwestern Mutual and if you’re looking for someone who will never create anything expected or untrue, Manuel is your man. He is a talented Art Director, an original, and someone who sees stuff that everyone misses. He's is also an awesome human, always ready to lend a helping hand. I’d love to work with him again!"

- Yuliya Levina, DD, Wunderman

"I’ve worked with Manuel on multiple projects at different agencies. Each time he has been very professional, hardworking and personable. He comes up with solid ideas, has a great sense of design and possesses a master-level knowledge of the Adobe Suite. I highly recommend working with Manuel if you get the chance."

- Brian Gallagher, CD, BBDO

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