Filmmaker at heart, Oliver wrote, directed and edited his first short film “The Fraud Monks” when he was 13 years old. A cum laude graduate of Philadelphia’s Temple University Film School in 2005, he started his career shooting documentaries and infomercials in the Philadelphia area.
Oliver's style as an artist and director is quite diverse and his work spans from commercials, to music videos, and from short to fashion films. He has collaborated with some of the world's biggest brands to date. Aside from having a natural eye for beauty and aesthetic, he is technically well versed and experienced with visual effects, which earned him 2 credits in Hollywood so far as a visual effects supervisor on The Pyramid (20th Century FOX) and Danger One (Silvatar Media). However, at the core of it all lays a story teller able to stir emotions and move hearts.
In 2009, Oliver launched ClicheVFX, a visual effects and post production boutique, which soon became an award winning company and remained a driving creative force in its industry until it was sold in 2017 upon his permanent move to Los Angeles.
In 2015, Oliver was chosen among a plethora of international directors to direct Porsche’s prestigious 911 50th anniversary edition TV commercial which turned out to be an international success and an online sensation.
His passion for photography which started as a hobby has earned him several publications, and international awards. In 2016, he was ranked world’s top portrait photographer for the month of April by Portrait Photo Awards, a prestigious online publication. Oliver has exhibited his work in various art galleries and some of his photos have been sold internationally. He is currently preparing his next exhibition "Eve in the garden" and the international release of his first photography book which has been in the making for 8 years. Oliver mainly shoots fashion, beauty, portraits, fine art and landscape. Some of his recent exhibitions include “Portraiture: through the box” at Black Box Gallery in Portland Oregon, and Image Nation’s “Ethereal” at Galerie Joseph Turenne in Paris.
Moreover, Oliver’s love for colors and creating striking visuals led him to become a Sr. Colorist where he has been grading award winning content in various disciplines of the entertainment industry for the past 10 years. His color reels can be found on www.thecolorist.me - some of his recent work include The Hard Way, a beautifully shot action feature now on Netflix, and The Subject, an intense thriller starring Jason Biggs set for theatrical release in 2019.
Oliver currently has written 3 feature screenplays ready for production, Fallen Immortals a period epic about the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Ottoman empire, The Exorcism a horror that deals with possession from an untapped angle (think the 6th Sense meets The Exorcist), and No Woman’s Land a modern feminist war drama that follows the journey of an American woman who joins forces with female fighters battling ISIS and terrorism in the Middle East.
As a citizen of the world, Oliver is constantly traveling and directing TV commercials, enjoying life, taking pictures for his book, all while developing his feature films with relentless passion. His greatest inspiration remains the transcending paintings of the Renaissance and the sunlight, the source of all life.
Some of the brands Oliver has shot for: Porsche, Audi, Mini Cooper, Zain, STC, Doritos, Subway, Vodafone, Almarai, Nestle, HSBC Bank, Lazurde, Dabur, Holsten, and Emirates NBD Bank, to only name a few.
His recent short film Take Me In Your Arms: a tale about the spaces between our togetherness won 1st place at the 4K Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival.
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
Take Me In Your Arms | Director | Short Film
1st place @ the 4K LA Fashion Film Festival
Best short film @ the Oniros Film Awards, Italy.
Finalist for Best Cinematography @ the Oniros Film Awards, Italy.
Finalist for Best Director @ the Oniros Film Awards, Italy.
Bronze Medal at the Moscow International Foto Awards for the Fine Art Moving Images category.
Doritos Collisions Campaign | Director | TV Commercial
Gold Effie 2010
Silver Lynx 2011
HSBC SAAB TVC | Director | TV Commercial
Effies 2013 Shortlisted
Bronze Medal VIPC Festival 2006 | Photographer
Portrait Photo Awards (online publication) | Photographer
Portrait photographer of the month (April 2016)
35 cumulative awards to date
Inspades Art Book 2018 | Photographer
Published 12 of his photos in a book among the world's best photographers.
MAD Gallery Milano 2018 | Photographer
Published 10 of his photos in their monthly fine art publication Madzine.