Scott Smith originally dreamed of being a professional basketball player.
Unfortunately, the number of 5'10" Jewish, white kids from Wisconsin is
few and far between in the NBA. So, naturally, he was drawn to the next best
thing: advertising. Smith began in the graphic design discipline with the San
Francisco Examiner and then Banana Republic. Hollywood called and he
explored the film industry for the next two years.
Needing to afford more than Top Ramen, Smith was lured into
advertising as an agency art director and moved to Chicago, to work for Leo
Burnett. In his ten-year stint at Burnett, where he was an award-winning
VP/Creative director, Smith played an integral role in brand building for
clients like Disney, Hallmark, Miller Lite, Sony, McDonald's, Kellogg's, and
Where does directing fit into all this? While being on commercial
shoots year after year, his interest in film started to naw away at him again,
so he took things into his own hands -- wrote and directed several spec spots
as well as the short film, Ten.
Smith was recently named one of the top 3 directors (out of 1,733) in
Project Greenlight's 2004 directing competition.