Dara Lynn Schlissel
Creative Director·Storyteller




Did you hear the one
about the American
writer in Paris?


Oui, et c’est moi.



New York City bred, Paris based, I’m a senior-level creative copy and script writer.
My fields of play are verbal & visual storytelling, creative & editorial development, brand voice/identity, advertising & marketing copy for the luxury, tech, entertainment, food & finance industries.
Je suis bilingue, avec une carte de résident française.


Work · Brands · About · Contact














Visual


I concepted, creative directed and produced the selection of clips below...

As launch period editor-in-chief of iconic luxury purveyor LECLAIREUR’s website, I defined the site’s voice and oversaw, wrote, conceived, curated and/or creative directed most content through Q1 2016, including the animated logo on all our videos.

This is one of several clips we created for the Shigoto Project — 15 of today’s most exciting designers were each given carte blanche to re-interpret the classic Japanese worker garment, the Shigoto. 



These stop motion videos are 2 of many I co-creative directed & produced with  Violette Stehli.





The Skin Sessions Take 1 lookbook, creative directed by me, shot by Sioux Nesi.



Quantcast was looking to get the word out about the camaraderie, diversity and fun that infuses the company. Mike Sugrue and I came up with this.











Verbal


...and I wrote the pieces shown here, as well as numerous others available upon request.

Creating a compelling story from piles of research is one of my great pleasures. It’s even better when the client asks to be challenged, to learn things that may disrupt what they know. Below are extracts from two of the emerging trend interactive stories I’ve written for a multi-national food brand. Currently working on a third...



Extracts from some of my favorite articles I wrote for LECLAIREUR — the full pieces + more long-form writing available upon request.


Quantcast is an ad tech company and their communications are both B2B and B2C. As retained creative, I’ve worked on numerous projects for them solo as well as with brand consultancy Pluperfect, including this  campaign based on the “psychic” behavior of Quantcast’s machine-learning algorithm. I conceived and wrote the lines — our “Scarf guy” won Honorable Mention from AdAge in its 2014 B2B Best awards. The cover wraps we ran in AdAge (further down) were rooted in the same concept.

Airbnb has this super Stories rubrique that shares tales on hosts and guests. Here is 1/9 that I wrote.









Brands

I’ve worked with, as writer, creative director, producer and head of production.

Airbnb
Carolina Herrera
Clear Channel
Danone
The Walt Disney Company
ELLE
EuropaCorp
International Herald Tribune
LECLAIREUR
Médecins Sans Frontières
Nestlé
Quantcast
Samsung
Shapr
SUEZ
Thomson Reuters


















About me



Bonjour and Hello there.
 
The blank white sheet on the screen has some power, but well, so do these fingertips. One of the most exciting things for me is helping an idea grow into a tale, a campaign or a film that will delight its audience.
I aim to get to the heart of a matter and reveal its truths through resonant, beat-driven storytelling.
In short, my fingers like to sing for you.

I’ve run groundbreaking projects with media giants (Disney/ESPN, Thomson Reuters, Cartoon Network), global agencies (Y&R, Interbrand), tech companies (Quantcast) and luxury fashion (LECLAIREUR). I’ve even won some awards.

What you’ve seen above is a curated selection of my favorite projects. Please reach me if you’d like to see more. Most of my recent work has been branding and strategy related, so it’s hush-hush top-secret NDA’d.

In 2008, I completed the screenwriting program at the French national film school, la Fémis.
Samples of my narrative screenwriting, scripts I’ve written for clients and samples of my writing in French, are all available upon request

In 2012, I designed a luxury leather apparel collection called The Skin Sessions. It’s timeless. Like leather.

Skills (recap):  

Concepting
Mood
Creative & Editorial direction 
Scriptwriting
Storytelling
Brand Voice/Identity
Naming
Writing
Editing

Seriously. Just get in touch already :)