Young Guns

Young Guns recognizes the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, the portfolio-based competition has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe. For many designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, photographers, filmmakers, animators and other creatives, being named a Young Guns winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.

Young Guns is more than just an award; it's an exclusive community of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars, all who network, mentor and collaborate together. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Jessica Walsh (YG8), Alli Truch (YG2), Natasha Jen (YG3), Pablo Medina (YG3), Jon Contino (YG9), Scott Stowell (YG3), Lindsay Ballant (YG7), Alex Trochut (YG6), Dark Igloo (YG10), Anna Bond (YG12), Zipeng Zhu (YG13), The Daniels (YG14) and Cait Oppermann (YG15).

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Based In: Seattle, WA
Originally from: Yakima, WA

Danielle Krieger and Casey Warren are the award winning commercial-directing duo MINDCASTLE. Together they are known for their powerful emotional storytelling. They developed their cinematic eye with a foundation in photography that flourished into directing. While in college, they were approached by ESPN to create a piece for the NFL Draft. This led to working on numerous films, commercials and TV shows, traveling all over the world and working with top sports athletes and celebrities such as Derek Jeter, Guillermo Del Toro, Floyd Mayweather, Russell Wilson & Dave Mathews Band to name a few.

MINDCASTLE has collaborated with brands such as Patrón, ESPN, Canon, The New York Rangers, ARRI and Major League Baseball to create engaging, striking and impactful films. MINDCASTLE’s work has acquired numerous accolades including the One Show’s One to Watch directors, Young Director’s Awards at Cannes, One Screen Festival’s Emerging Writers as well as an Emmy Award. Recently, they have won a Clio for their work with The New York Rangers. Casey and Danielle thrive in collaborative settings and love to work with brands and agencies to build ideas from the ground up. They are known for creating a “world” for their films where they build scenes with layered character and texture. They love to be a part of the whole process, often designing and creating unique props and elements for their films such as over one hundred hand-created basketball team branded mixtapes for their film “Mixtape” for ESPN. They worked with ARRI on the development of the Alexa Mini, providing feedback on the design and functionality. This led them to create the successful and award winning launch film “The Journey.” They have a keen eye for design and when not working on films, one can find them tracking down and refinishing mid-century furniture or traveling around the world to seek inspiration for their next film.

From 1994 Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: n/a Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Patron x Guillermo Del Toro Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: Patron Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
ARRI Journey Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: ARRI Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
ESPN Mixtape Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: ESPN/ABC Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Hikari Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: n/a Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Rangerstown Agency: MINDCASTLE: Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger Client: New York Rangers Category: YG15 / Year: 2017




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