Gaute Hesthagen was born in the cold north of Norway. He studied theatre science, worked as a runner and did freelance visual effects. His spare time was spent writing, directing, editing, composing and doing VFX for his own shorts. At the age of 24 he was a full time director. His shorts, Bokaj (2006) and LoveGame (2003) to name two-- toured numerous international festivals. With that success and attention came the opportunity to direct more professional work. He went on to study direction at the Norwegian National Film School in 2004. Before graduating, he had already been headhunted by Paradox, one of the best Norwegian production companies for commercials and features in Norway. Soon, Gaute had made a name for himself in the national commercial scene. He was also featured as New Director in the Shots magazine and two of his films, Gnist and Green Box, were highlighted in the same publication. Both commercials were later shortlisted at the Cannes Lions in 2008. Passion for storytelling, characters and interesting imagery create a very distinct feel and tone in Gaute’s films and commercials.