A graduate of the Danish School of Journalism, Nicolai Fuglsig came to directing only after a career in photojournalism. In 1999, his book “Muslumovo”, a series of photographs from a classified nuclear accident in Russia, won the prestigious ICP Infinity Award in New York and a World Press Photo First Prize. Soon after, Fuglsig won the Kodak prize for Best Photographer in the World Under 30.
Whilst on assignment covering and photographing the War in Kosovo Fuglsig made his first foray into filmmaking. Acting on impulse, he purchased a video camera and would go on to record harrowing footage of the war-torn villages he visited. From this imagery, he created a stark 15-minute picture poem of war, “Return of the Exiled”. The documentary short aired on Danish National Television and in selected Danish movie theaters.
What followed was an invitation from Levi’s to create a unique commercial short film which took Fuglsig to Haiti to shoot “Possessed Jeans,” a viral ad based on authentic Voodoo practices.
In 2000, Fuglsig left photojournalism to focus on filmmaking. Since then, he has won over 200 accolades for his commercial directorial work including 4 Emmy nominations, taking home the award in 2013. Fuglsig has also been recognized by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials, winning the award in 2007 and again in 2015.
In 2017, Fuglsig directed his first major studio film for Warner Bros., “12 Strong”, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, based on the book, “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton. He is currently in the final stages of completion on an Untitled Sci-Fi project and in development on a number of feature film and original TV projects.
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