With a degree in Design and Photography under his belt, Kelleher began working on Hollywood movies, assisting in creating the design and visual effects, with his expertise in post-production and live-action. His assignments grew in size and complexity as he became recognised internationally for his exceptional imagination and cinematic style.
Kelleher’s contentious anti-litter campaign ‘Race Against Waste’ was lauded as groundbreaking, winning Gold in the New York Advertising Awards, the first Irish piece of work to do so. Kelleher was celebrated with a multi-page article about his career in the Creative Review, a prominent UK magazine. He was subsequently featured in the prestigious One to Watch “SHOTS” New Directors Showcase.
Numerous international advertising honours followed. Kelleher won Best Director at ICADS, Best Use of Post-Production for Coca-Cola, Budweiser won ICAD Craft and Silver, and BOI won ICAD Silver for Best Animation. His work has also earned several LEAF VFX/Animation awards and featured considerably in Broadcast Magazine and Creativity Online. Kelleher has won over 20 Kinsale International Shark awards for his work and numerous international awards.
Operating globally, Kelleher has continued to produce cinematic gems, including a stunning snowbound epic for Coors Light, reinventing the Croc shoe for two acclaimed US campaigns. With his impressive, attention-grabbing spots for Hornbach in Europe, Oxford in France and a considerable body of US work, including high profile spots for Verizon, Coors Light, Staples and a coveted Super Bowl spot, his work continues to grow in sophistication and scale.
Whether working with Pixar/Disney on a new Buzz Lightyear mini-adventure or producing frightening in-camera zombies and terror clowns on a B-Movie budget for Knott’s Berry Farm, Kelleher’s sense of enjoyment and his love of storytelling radiates through regardless of the medium.