Craig MacGowan’s Business Experience and Accomplishments
Voyager Productions, Ltd., Inc.
President, Producer, Director
Produced and directed The Face: Jesus in Art, the EMMY Award winning documentary that traces the dramatically different ways in which Jesus Christ has been represented in art for almost 200 years. Fresh perspective is given to the documentary genre with camera’s interest in bathing the art in 3 dimensional light with no visible narrator. Religious icons that have never been filmed before are showcased.
Utilizing digital technology and filmed in 35mm wide screen, finished in HDTV, Dolby 5.1, DTS surround, it features magnificent visuals and a thundering soundtrack.
“The Face” was produced in two formats; a full length feature film which sold out Radio City Music Hall at its debut on March 31, 2001, and a two hour documentary which aired nationwide on April 15th to a huge audience on PBS stations.
Narrated by: Mel Gibson, Edward and Star Herrmann, Stacy Keach, Juliet Mills, Ricardo Montalban, Bill Moyers, and Patricia Neal. Vocals by: Andrea Bocelli, and several selections from “The Prayer Cycle” by Jonathan Elias featuring Linda Rondstadt, Devin Provenzano and The American Boys Choir, Ofra Haza and Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn.
Film Locations: St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai desert, Egypt, Catacombs and Vatican, Rome, Ravenna, Florence, Padua, Milan, Genoa, Italy, Chartres Cathedral, France, London, Oxford, and Milton-Keynes, England.
“The Body of Christ in the Art of Europe and New Spain 1150-1800” This 30 minute PBS special examines an exclusive art collection of representations of Jesus Christ from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. It was filmed in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and distinguishes itself in its genre by allowing a camera’s perspective of the art using extreme close ups, beautiful lighting and dramatic moves to tell the story of the art. The program airs every year at Christmas and Easter, establishing MacGowan’s talent for “Evergreen” productions.
“CBS Eye on People”
Wrote, produced, and directed a series of documentary interviews for the program: “A Day in the Life”, a weekly program featuring workers telling the story of their jobs and lives.
Campbell Ewald, Detroit, MI
Produced a package of Chevy S 10 and Blazer truck spots utilizing state of the art special effects, stunts, tough locations and real people on camera.
Wolfe & Co, Pasadena, CA
Produced launch spots for Disney’s California Adventure, Disney’s Tomorrowland with special visual effects, lots of people on camera, locations, recreations, major people and equipment logistics for Dan Wolfe Productions, Pasadena, CA.
BBDO, Southfield, MI
Senior Vice-President, Director of Broadcast
Managed and developed the Broadcast Production Department, with a direct report staff of 14. Responsible for production of 40 “The New Dodge” Brand and national spots and over 600 individually created Dealer Association regional spots with annual budgets totaling 50 million.
Produced :60 “Changes”, the Dodge Brand image spot which won 25 industry domestic and International Gold medals. Benchmarked the innovative and very economical video technique that allowed all Dodge vehicles to be interactive in both virtual and real settings, providing limitless creative freedom with a very fast turnaround. Established a digital toolbox with vehicles for creatives. This achieved a seamless look for all Dodge creative and provided a communications platform In 1995 and 1996 that achieved the best sales in the division’s 82-year history.
Established a multi media services studio with state of the art Avid editorial, Pro Tools audio with on line editorial. Took agency production techniques into the 21st century with creative use of fiber optics and 3D2 connectivity to increase productivity, reduce legal approval process, and save time and production money.
Campbell Ewald, Warren, MI
Senior Vice-President, Executive Producer
“Renaissance man” level of performance on production, creative involvement and client presentation of major launches and campaigns. Responsible for millions of dollars in broadcast and alternative media production with superior people skills. Mentored many young creatives. “Eye of an art director” with the creative “skills of a writer.” Key campaigns: Chevrolet “Heartbeat of America”, Chevrolet Truck “Like a rock”, Helped conceptualize “We’ll be there.” GM Corporate, GMAC financing, Michigan Bell.
Jordan McGrath Case & Taylor, NYC
Senior Vice-President, Executive Producer
Senior Producer on major national retail and package goods spots. Helped create and sell many projects, often overcoming budget limitations
MacGowan Productions, NYC
President, Commercial Director
Directed commercials for many national clients. Active in day to day management and operation of offices in New York and LA.
Mac Audio/Cine, St. Louis
Owned and operated a multi-track recording and mixing studio which was moved to LA and became a voice over studio before MacGowan donated it to UCLA Film, Theatre and Television School, where it resides in MacGowan Hall.
D’Arcy Advertising, St. Louis
Vice-President, Senior Producer, Writer
Senior Producer of some of the most memorable campaigns and commercials in beer advertising. Skilled in frequent presentation of creative to client. Active in development of production guidelines, and AV studio design and operation. Developed award winning music tracks Directed commercials and longer format convention and sales films. Key campaigns: “This Bud’s for You”, “When You Say Bud, You’ve Said It All”, “Bud is the King of Beers, But Your Know That!”.
Producer/Director Credits and Innovations:
Producer for 17 years on “When You Say Bud, You’ve Said it All”,”Bud is the King of Beers”, and “This Bud’s for You”. Category dominance with signature music, formats and visuals. Worker salutes, quality campaigns, story line campaigns, contemporary TV spots (“Leon Redbone”, Carla DiVito “Pirates”, Danny Elfman & Oingo Boingo “Window Washers”, Robert Gordon “3D”, Jimmy Cliff “Explorers”), Clydesdales (various) plus hundreds of music tracks for radio featuring name talent groups. Convention films and long format promotion videos.
Producer on “Weekends Were Made for Michelob” radio & TV. Multiple awards. Clio with Phoebe Snow.
Radio and TV Producer on many other products and services:
Ameritech, Anheuser-Busch Corporate, Borden Foods (various), Bud Malt Liquor, Buster Brown Shoes, Campbell Tagert Baking, Casa Galliardo, Chapstick, Coleman Camping, Daisy Rifles, Headon Rods & Reels, Gallery of Homes, GMAC Finance, General Motors Corporate, Levis for Feet, Mercantile Bank, Michigan Bell, Naturalizer Shoes, Natural Light Beer, Nestle Crunch, Ozark Airlines, Procter and Gamble (various), Quaker Oats (various), Ralston Purina (various), Red Lobster, Seafood Broiler, Sega Video Games (various), Shelter Insurance, Southwestern Bell (SWB Corp.), Tonka Toys (various), United Nations Earth Summit, USBA “Pitch In” campaign.
Director Credits for commercials:
[Know When to Say When/Patrick Ewing]
[Rocket Car, Clydesdales and Kids, Olympic Worker Salute]
[Dancing Machine Brand launch]
[Dunkin Donuts Video, Sbarro Italian restaurant video.]