David Kellogg (filmmaker)

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David Kellogg
Occupation filmmaker, professor

David Kellogg is an American director of film, music videos and commercials. He directed just two mainstream feature films, over a dozen specialty films directed for Playboy Corporation, dozens of music videos, and hundreds of commercials.[1][2][3] Kellogg also teaches directing at the ArtCenter College of Design.


Many of the commercials he directed starred high profile HollyWood actors.[4][5] He directed two commercials for American Express that starred Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld. He directed ads for Budweiser Beer's Act Responsible campaign.[6]

In 1996 he directed three commercials which were nominated for the Director's Guild of America annual award for best commercial.[7]

His 2002 ad for Gatorade, Gatorade figures, animated the real faces of sports heroes Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, Vince Carter, and Mia Hamm as they engaged in a game of soccer in an arcade game.[8]

Feature films

Kellogg's first feature film was a hip hop musical, starring then rising star Vanilla Ice.[9] The film was described as a remake of the 1953 Marlon Brando vehicle, The Wild Ones. Vanilla Ice took Marlon Brando's role as the leader of a motorcycle gang, riding a Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle.[10] Motorcycle News celebrated the way the film spotlighted the motorcycle, but noted it was "[A] shame the film was so appallingly awful that director David Kellogg later disowned it."[10] Kellogg was awarded a Razzie for his direction of this film.[11]

In 1998 Kellogg directed Matthew Broderick and Rupert Everett in Inspector Gadget[12] Variety characterized his switch from directing commercials as temporary, and quoted producer Jordan Kerner who explained that he was picked to direct the $98 million film because “He is amazing with color.”

Inspector Gadget was poorly reviewed, nevertheless Disney produced a direct to video sequel, in 2003, and considered a feature film sequel in 2019.[2][13]


  1. Jon Silberg. Digital imagery, overseas labor help cut costs, Variety magazine, 1997-02-06. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “Independent producer Phil Rose first hired Milk & Honey on an elaborate, highly stylized Trident chewing gum spot he produced for director David Kellogg of Propaganda and the J. Walter Thompson agency in New York.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Disney Is Reviving The ‘Inspector Gadget’ Franchise, Sciencefiction.com, 2019-10-07. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “That film was directed by music video-helmer David Kellogg, whose only other movie was ‘Cool as Ice’ starring Vanilla Ice. He never directed another film, but he did direct a BUNCH of ‘Playboy’ videos, so there’s that.”
  3. David Kellogg: Biography, ArtCenter College of Design. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “Kellogg is part of Anonymous Content, a multimedia development and production company. He has been teaching at ArtCenter College of Design since 2011.”
  4. American Express - "Ellen DeGeneres (30 sec)", Ad Forum. Retrieved on 2020-11-04.
  5. American Express - Virtual Reality. Ad Forum. Archived from the original on 2020-07-25. Retrieved on 2020-11-04.
  6. Designated Driver, Ad Forum. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “This ad is part of the ACT Responsible Collection.”
  7. 1996 DGA Daytime, Commercial and Children's Nominees. Directors Guild of America (1997-02-06). Archived from the original on 2018-03-05. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “DGA President Gene Reynolds and Awards Committee Chairman Howard Storm today announced the nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in 1996 for the Daytime Serials, Commercials and Children’s Programming Categories.”
  8. Gatorade "action figures", SIGGRAPH 02, July 2002. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “In this entirely animated Gatorade commercial directed by David Kellogg for Foote, Cone & Belding, Digital Domain, led by Visual Effects Supervisor Ray Giarratana, was tasked with bringing real sports stars to life as action figures that launch a game of table soccer.”
  9. Marcus Reeves. RANK ‘EM: Hip Hop Movies From the ’90s, VH1, 2017-02-17. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “Capitalizing on Vanilla Ice’s pop explosion, director David Kellogg helmed this rap music reworking of the 1953 biker film Wild One.”
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dan Aspel. Top 10 movie motorcycles you can buy, Motorcycle News, 2010-08-13. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “The bling-bling neon yellow of Vanilla Ice’s GSX-R750 was matched only by the spectacularly colourful Smörgåsbord of his trousers. Anything was possible. A shame the film was so appallingly awful that director David Kellogg later disowned it.”
  11. Ceremonies Presented at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Academy Room, golden raspberry award foundation, 1992-03-29. Retrieved on 2020-11-04.
  12. Army Archerd. ‘Uprising’ crew works for free to tell story, Variety magazine, 1998-09-01. Retrieved on 2020-11-04. “Kerner said he and Avnet have filmed there several times, including using its breathtaking staircase for “Less Than Zero.” Director Kellogg told me he’d filmed musicvideos there as well.”
  13. Borys Kit. New 'Inspector Gadget' Live-Action Movie in the Works From Disney (Exclusive), Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2020-11-04.