Thomas Beug’s directing work brings together a spontaneous, real-life sensibility with an eye for beautifully composed, cinematic visuals. As an avid world-traveller, his work is infused with a sense of adventure. He creates films that are colorful, full of life, and yet down-to-earth: You can see not only his sense of humor, but also a rich and soulful reality.
Most recently, Thomas partnered with Viceland and adidas Originals on the branded documentary series Never Too Late, working as both director and showrunner. In each episode, a different creator receives a challenge to push their skills past the known limit — like a visual artist given 72 hours to create an immersive neon infinity mirror experience. Thomas also directed “Paving for Pizza” for Domino’s (Crispin Porter + Bogusky), a real-life initiative from the pizza company to pave potholes across America. The campaign has been featured in many publications, including AdWeek, The L.A. Times, and Forbes.
He initially entered the commercial world as employee #8 at Droga5, where he directed a global Adidas campaign featuring Novak Djokovic and Dwight Howard, and a documentary campaign for Puma featuring Usain Bolt. Thomas’ three-film series for Prudential (also via Droga5) was part of a Titanium Lion winning campaign.
Thomas is a passionate documentarian in his personal work as well: He co-created an independent travel show called This Is My City (currently streaming on Amazon), which brought him to nine different countries and became an online hit with features in The New York Times and The Guardian.
He also directed a short called Hangar B, which brought him to the White House for AFI DOCs, won “Best Documentary Short” at the Fastnet International Shorts Festival, and received a “Critic’s Pick” at the DOC NYC Film Festival. His follow-up short film, The Swimmer, about an Irish open-water swimmer, received acclaim including another nod from Fastnet.
Originally from a small town in the West of Ireland, Thomas is now based in a large town on the East Coast of America. Despite coming in at 6’8” tall, no, he does not play basketball — rather, his sporting claim-to-fame was a short stint on the Irish National Ultimate Frisbee team.