Director Aaron Chapman brings a distinct vision for uncovering the humanity and emotion behind sport and athletes, with a unique personal lens gleaned from his experience playing football at the University of Washington. His work elevates the perspectives and struggles of the individual alongside the grit and determination of athletic pursuit. Frequently shooting and editing his own projects, he has crafted branded content for such top brands as Adidas and Nike, featuring pro athletes including John Ross III and Aaron Gordon.
San Jose, CA-born Chapman made the harrowing decision to walk away from a promising football career at the University of Washington after his third ACL injury. Grappling with a shattered sense of identity and lack of direction, he retreated to one of his earliest passions: filmmaking. Dedicating the discipline and determination gleaned from his time as a Division 1 athlete, he exposed himself to as many opportunities to create content as possible. He immersed himself in photography, which rapidly transitioned into video, learning the nuances of shooting, directing and editing his own content hands-on while steadily building a reel of work. In 2018, he was selected as one of the writers on Kevin Durant’s “Dream to Achieve” series presented by American Family Insurance. By 2019, he had worked with over 20 professional athletes, crafting content that generated tens of millions of views across social media platforms alone.
Beyond advertising, Chapman launched and continues to create episodes for his web series, “Behind the Jersey,” where professional athletes connect with the world’s most talented individuals to help them build on their passions away from the game. He is also currently in post production on his debut short documentary, “Mr. 50,” which offers audiences a glimpse into the man behind the dunk during NBA player Aaron Gordon’s journey to the 2020 NBA Dunk Contest.