Directing Duo CEEN unveil new online film for Diana Awards

Park Village’s directing duo CEEN, recently collaborated with award winning agency Engine, to deliver a premier film for The Diana Award’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit held this week.

The Diana Award originally launched their Mentoring Programme in 2012. Since then, the programme has supported more than 4,000 young people connecting them with mentors from the world of work who have supported them to raise their aspirations and learn key skills which will support them in their future career.

Mentoring is fundamental to breaking down the barriers of social mobility in the lives of vulnerable young people. The charity’s ambition is to make high quality mentoring programmes accessible to all young people irrespective of their background and to break the stereotypical view of who a mentor can be. They believe everyone has something to offer, regardless of industry, age or experience.

CEEN’s ability to encapsulate raw energy and bring genuine scenarios to the screen, often capturing authentic moments made them an instant directing choice for the agency’s Creative Director Orlando Warner.

Edgy urban casting coupled with convincingly real performances and superb framing cannot but resonate with the viewer.

Engine’s Creative Director Orlando Warner comments, “It’s a privilege to be working with the Diana Award again to recruit mentors for young underprivileged children. With the help of the brilliant CEEN from Park Village, we created a simple impactful film highlighting the bad advice that many children are exposed to. Ceen proved the perfect director for the job, capable of obtaining great performances and a beautifully cinematic look”.

On working on the project, directing duo CEEN adds, "We wanted to shoot a lot at dusk, when there was a mix of natural light and artificial street light. This meant our window for shooting was very short so we had to work quickly. We had a stripped back crew and minimal kit for maximum flexibility. Luckily our cast did an excellent job and delivered their lines perfectly so we could shoot each scene with plenty of time to move on to the next without losing the light.

We also had a very tight turn around time so we had to utilise every resource we had to it’s fullest to make sure the production value was up to standard. Our producer made the whole process incredibly smooth given the restrictions we faced and made sure that we didn’t have to compromise at any step from pre-production and casting, to the shoot days and all the post worked involved."

Park Village signed CEEN in 2018

CEEN  -  Directing duo CEEN (Sam Green and Max Cutting) have been crafting genuine, documentary-led storytelling for over 10 years. Represented by Park Village, they reveal how capturing candid stories across the world led to them creating content for world-class brands including Champion, Reebok, Uniqlo and McLaren.


Client: Diana Award

Head of Mentoring and Youth Development: Robert Stanex

Marketing and Communications Manager: Caroline Bain

Agency: Engine

Creative Director: Orlando Warner

Creatives: Adam Hallows/Chrissy Butcher

Agency Producer: Oliver West


Production Company:  Park Village 

Directors: CEEN 

Producer: Peter McMillan 

DOP: Max from Ceen

Focus:  Francis Boyter

Sound:  Chris Sutton

Editor: Leo King @ Stitch

Post prod: Unit

Post Producer: Semley Wilkinson @ Unit

Colourist.  Nick Dalby @ Unit 

Flame: Ian Baker @ Unit

Jack Webb