Martyn Pick (Director)

Martyn Pick is a British Director. He is recognised for his distinctive fusion of live- action and animation, and the fluid, painterly style of his film-making.

Martyn Pick’s credits
include the 2009 film ‘The Age of Stupid’ as director; ‘London 2012’, the promotional film for the 2012 Olympics; the celebrated BBC promotional trailers for the Euro 2004 soccer tournament as-well as the Budweiser 2001 NBA commercials.

Martyn’s high profile feature films “Evil Never Dies (2014)” and “Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (2010)” resulted in an EMMY Award nomination.

Martyn studied film and fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and ever since been driven by the crossover of fine painting and cinema, which makes him the perfect choice for the unique visual style of Heckle.


Early films such as “Spectres” (1987) “Taboo of Dirt” (1988) and “Signature” (BFI New Directors Award 1990) were characterised by raw gritty charcoal drawing, wild fluid movement and brutal subject matter. At odds with the dominant commercial cartoon style they were screened in art galleries, international film festivals and on television, which established his distinctive voice as an master animator and filmmaker. The style was used by Rough Trade Records’s – Siouxsie and the Banshees and David Byrne as well as for MTV idents.

In the 1990s working as a commercial director in Soho production companies, Martyn applied his style to many commercials, promos and TV idents. He then began to introduce live-action performance, CGI and digital compositing into the expressionist flow of his animation. He directed adverts, indents and pop videos for many clients (including Mick Jagger, Gillette, Aquafresh, Gallo Wines, STV, UK Gold, Tennents Lager and American Express).


He was approached to direct his first live-action feature film: the supernatural thriller “Evil Never Dies” aka “The Haunting of Harry Payne” in 2013. This was the opportunity to direct a fast intense pulp movie. It was distributed by 4Digital media and Taylor and Dodge in the US as well as screened 25 times for Sony Channels on UK TV.

He has produced animation sequences on the award winning US feature documentary “Women of 1915” using his digital painting technique.

Martyn is currently directing a series for Netflix and has illustrated a book that shall be out in summer this year for a major publisher.

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