David Less

Visual storytelling with a strategic eye and a big heart. 

As a creative director, editor and filmmaker with over 20 years of professional experience, I have had the privilege of working with clients ranging from national cable television networks to global corporations to local arts organizations. Regardless of the medium of communication, I believe respecting the audience is the path to engagement, which leads to the ultimate goal of inspiration and action. 


I live in Chicago with my briliant wife and loquacious daughter, who keep me humble and grateful. 

My Experience

Brella – Creative Director – 2019 | Present

Translates marketing objectives into clear strategic plans and creative visions.

Leads the presentation of strategic and creative pitches, internally and externally.

Provides clear and actionable feedback to production teams.

Brella – Director of Video Department – 2013 | 2019

Produced expert level work in all aspects of pre-pro, production and post.

Created accurate budgets, production plans and schedules.
Led production teams, promoted creative collaboration and mentored staff of 10+ direct reports. 

Towers Productions – Editor (Offline/Online/Series Supervising) – 2008 | 2013

Supervised editoral of teams on national cable documentary programming.
Collaborated with producers on story development, casting and style guides.
Edited offline and online episodes – 60+ national broadcast credits.

Half King Productions – Executive Producer/Director – 2006 | Present

Develops and produces independent films, including the award winning PBS documentary “1001 Afternoons In Chicago”. 

Brella – Shooter/Editor/Motion Graphics – 1998 | 2008

Performed all roles at all production stages on commercial, documentary & corporate video projects.

My Skills

Creative Direction
Field Production

My Clients