Hi! I'm Finley Wise–– an irrepressible Executive Producer, 1st Assistant Director and Head of Production with 15+ years of filmmaking experience. There's nothing I can't produce, and no production curveball I haven't faced with gusto. I once survived a bad bout of food poisoning while filming in Bogotá, and rushed an injured celebrity to the hospital during F1 weekend in Mexico City after a stunt went awry. I’ve had 30 minutes to shoot 2 hours’ worth of material with The Rock, and rotoscoped out armpit sweat at the behest of an actor’s livid Dad-ager.
Gnarled production challenges have been a given on just about every shoot I’ve ever run. But counter to what one might think, those challenges reinforce in me a solutions-oriented approach that is core to my ethos as a producer: planning meticulously; salvaging creative discoveries from the snags; and operating out of joy and equanimity. Because I’ve long seen the truth that there’s always an answer. There’s always a positive move to be made. And honoring the labor of cast and crew shines back in the material itself, in the images we see on screen. Positive problem-solving is the core of a well-told story, and the core of my artistic approach.
About me: I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, with a year spent abroad at the graduate school of The Universitat de Barcelona and a double major in Spanish & Legal Studies. After a brief stint crunching numbers in San Francisco's financial sector, I began producing full-time, enchanted by the collaborative spirit of filmmaking. My earliest productions were low budget music videos for the likes of UMG, Capitol Records, and EMI. My music video work quickly expanded into the short-form commercial and narrative realms and, over the past decade+, I've produced an array of international film content, helming productions everywhere from the remote deserts of Eastern Mexico to the vast jungles of Coastal Brazil and the giant urban landscapes of Singapore, Moscow, Tokyo and London. From Meta's Connect Keynote to YouTube’s epic Rewind series and campaigns for Lenovo, Legendary, Microsoft, and Google, I've led my casts, clients and crews through rainstorms and heatwaves, Russian winters and Japanese summers, always centering my work around good creative, well-supported talent (both on-screen and off!), safe sets and collaborative partnerships.
In addition to speaking fluent Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, I enjoy conversing in all things Spanish fútbol (¡Visca al Barça!), beach runs with my supersonic whippet, Lola, good books, time well spent with family, and 100% natural peanut butter.