Age 36
Based at Gorgeous Enterprises, London
Daily fee £8,000-£10,000

Career highlights Budgen has worked on some classic ads, such as The Guardian's "points of view and Miller Lite's "brother". And 2001 was another incredible year. Budgen was responsible for award-winning work, including Nike "tag", Levi's "twist", Reebok "sofa", NSPCC "cartoon", Guinness "bet on black and Nike "beautiful".

Would you believe This notoriously quiet man managed to capture cunnilingus on camera for a Coco de Mer press campaign.

What people are saying "People warned us that he's not a good communicator. That's not true - he's simply so artistic that you have to find your own language. The way he composes pictures is fantastic, he brings another meaning to the idea, Fred Raillard, an art director at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, says. "He's advertising's most complete perfectionist, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R's Robert Campbell adds.

Age 36
Based at Academy, London
Daily fee £8,000-£10,000

Career highlights Glazer was responsible for Guinness "swimblack", "dream club and "surfer", the latter of which won an unprecedented two D&D gold Pencils. His debut feature Sexy Beast, released last year, was BAFTA nominated and Glazer won Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards. This year he has directed the acclaimed Levi's "odyssey" and the new Barclays campaign featuring Samuel L Jackson.

Would you believe Glazer trained as a hairdresser in Wolverhampton.

What people are saying "He's an amazing director in terms of storytelling, character and emotion - he's so much more resonant emotionally than any other commercials director and I'm sure he will be a successful features director, Steve Wax, the president of Chelsea Pictures, says.

Age 38
Based at Partizan Midi Minuit, Paris
Daily fee n/a

Career highlights Gondry was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for Levi's "drugstore", which has won a record number of awards including the Lion D'or at Cannes. His first film Human Nature, released this year, featured Patricia Arquette clad only in ginger body hair. He is now in pre-production on his second feature which will star Jim Carey. A prolific promo director, Gondry has also directed videos this year for The Chemical Brothers, White Stripes and Radiohead.

Would you believe Gondry studied graphic design in Paris but made money by drumming in a band called Oui Oui. He made his first videos for them on 16mm and so discovered his love of directing. He also has a passion for stripey socks.

What people are saying "He comes at it from a really different place. You think you have him sussed out and then you see something you wouldn't have expected. Everything he does is fresh and inventive and it's good to be kept off base like that, Peter McHugh, the executive creative director of 180, Amsterdam, comments.


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