Rupert Sanders is an English film director who is best known for directing the advertisement ‘The Life’ for the video game ‘Halo 3: ODST,’ a work that earned him two Golden Lions at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He is also known for his collaborations with several high-end brands like Puma, Toyota, Nike, and Nokia. His artful usage of computer-generated special effects has made him one of the most sought-after directors in the advertisement industry today. Born in Westminster, London, Sanders began his career in 1999. His first feature film was the 2012 movie ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ that starred his then rumored girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Since then, he has been consistently directing visually compelling and critically acclaimed works. A father of two, Sanders was previously married to Liberty Ross, model and sister of Oscar-winning composer Atticus Ross. The couple divorced in 2014.
Shortly after signing with MJZ in 2005, Rupert Sanders directed the epic advertisement “Joy” for Xbox 360. The following year, “Joy,” as well as Adidas’ “Made to Perfection” earned him a DGA Award nomination. He then contributed to Halo 3’s “Believe”, a spot that made it to Boards Magazine’s ‘Top 10 Spots of the Decade’. This was followed by his work for Monster.com’s “Legs” in 2008, which again garnered him a nomination at the DGA Awards. During this time, the talented director also worked on Travelers’ “Delivery”.
In 2009, Sanders directed “Lift” for Puma and “The Spark” for Adidas. That year, he also earned an AICP award for “Field Generals” which he directed for Jordan Brand. The following year, his collaboration with Xbox for Halo 3’s “The Life” won various awards at the Cannes Advertising Film Festival, including the Gold for Cinematography. The epic advertisement also took home four Clios and four AICPs, among many others. Also, at Cannes that year, the director received a bronze in the category of editing for “Slap” that he made for Nike.
His projects for 2011 included ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops,’ which was later cited as one of the most brilliant works by MJZ for the year. Then in 2012, Sanders made his feature film debut with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth, the fantasy film grossed $20.3 million in USA on its opening day. It later went on to earn $396.6 million worldwide against its $170 million budget.
Sanders’ next project was a film adaptation of the sci-fi manga franchise ‘Ghost in the Shell’ which was released in 2017. Set in a time when the line between human beings and robots is blurring, the story follows a cyborg super-soldier who investigates her past. The film earned $169.8 million worldwide against a budget of $110 million.
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Family & Personal Life
Rupert Sanders was born on 16 March 1971, in Westminster, London, England, to Michael and Thalia Sanders.
In 2002, he married model and sister of Atticus Ross, Liberty Ross. They have two kids together, son Tennyson and daughter Skyla. In July 2012, Sanders was reportedly having an extra-marital affair with actress Kristen Stewart. Ross subsequently filed for divorce the following year, seeking joint custody, legal fees, and spousal support. Their divorce was finalized in May 2014.