One dimension of the current buyer's market when it comes to choosing directors is an increasing tendency to opt for someone who is both talented and good company.
It hasn't always been so. In the past, bad behaviour has been tolerated as a 'necessary evil' and everyone has war stories describing bizarre displays of ill temper and petulance.
These days, the pressure on everyone in the process has been ramped to the max and no one needs the added difficulty of tiptoeing on egg shells every time the director is within earshot.
DAVID is reminded of this when spending time with a director like Jim Owen because he is such a splendid fellow. Funny, easy-going and great company... who wouldn't want to hang out with him?
None of this bonhomie would count for anything if Jim wasn't a very talented director though. So, it's just as well that he is. He first made a splash with 'Can We Talk?' - a short film which won "a special mention" at the Sundance Festival in 2010.
It's a subversive piece of work with a provocative premise and it established Jim as a director willing to use comedy to explore the darker recesses of the human psyche . It also demonstrates an intuitive mastery of a style of comedy that's very much more in vogue now that it was eight years ago when he made 'Can We Talk?'
Owen's ability to find shades of darkness and light in a comedy script were perfectly suited to a campaign warning about identity fraud which was made by the Royal Mail a couple of years ago. The jarring performance from the shop worker catches the attention and ensures that the message is heard.
The good news for fans of dark comedy is that Jim Owen still spends as much of his spare time as possible writing away in his bedroom and - one of these days - a feature film may emerge from these labours.
Until then, he is of course available for all your TVC projects, regardless of whether they are flecked with darkness. For more, check out his reel at the Fat Lemon website and contact Cabell Hopkins on 020 3375 5800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.