Devrin Usta

Born in Istanbul and studying in Kadıköy Anadolu High School, Devrin completed his double major in Radio TV Film and Photography at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, U.S.A. in 1997, after studying 1 year of Jazz Drums in Music Department.

He started his career as an Inferno Artist after completing a course of Discreet Logic for compositing and creating 2D motion graphics for commercials and feature films in 1998. He then changed his path to become a director and shot numerous music videos for Turkish bands, as well as for foreign artists, including Fredrika Stahl of Sony Music, EMI and Universal Music.

In 2005, he started directing TV commercials in for international brands such as Crate&Barrel, MiniCooper, Lay’s, Fox, Nivea, Henkel, Nestle, FashionTV, Turkish Airlines, as well as working with global agencies such as Publicis, Bbdo, Tbwa, and Saatchi. His work on Nescafé’s “One Cup for Friends” in 2014 won Publicis an EFFIE award.

In 2015, he filmed his documentary Staff Benda Bilili, meaning “Look Beyond Apperarances,” about infantile paralysis and passion for music in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for Turkish Airlines. The film won him an official screening at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2016 and the Gold Prize in Art Without Limits Festival in Kosovo in 2020.

His enthusiasm still grows for cinema verité documentaries, writing original scripts, creative commercials and playing drums.