Cliff Skelton was born in Calgary Alberta into a cowboy world.  At age twenty he moved to New York and studied acting at HB Studios for two years.  It was there that he fell in love with film and writing.  He moved to Los Angeles where he wrote his first screenplay and bought his first camera. From there he moved to Milan and honed his photography skills.  After a year and a half in Italy, he moved to London to translate his photography into motion pictures.  He directed his first commercial for Absolut Vodka and won Best Newcomer in 1990.  He moved back to Canada three years later and began his career as director-cinematographer-editor shooting music videos.    Insisting on learning all aspects of the process, he learned how to edit on Avid, Final Cut Pro and After Effects.   From music videos he began his commercial directing career and has been going strong, shooting and directing commercials ever since.  As a film cinematographer, his knowledge of camera translated to the digital medium easily.  In 2005 he moved back to Los Angeles where his love of photography and time lapse in particular has turned a passion into an obsession.   He has traveled the globe shooting motion-control HDR photography not only for clients, but his own inventory.   As technology continues to expand so does his thirst for knowledge as this ‘triple threat’ (Playback Magazine) is only getting started.



Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum – Huxley Quayle VonBismark

Nevada State Bank – Frazier Communications

Ontario Tourism – Huxley Quayle VonBismark

Herbalife International – In House

AHF with Magic Johnson – Frazier Communications, Los Angeles

SLS Hotel Los Angeles – In House

Los Angeles County Health – Frazier Communications

Alberta Art Gallery – MKM,

Western Financial Group – Woodruff Sweitzer

ATB Financial – In House

Alberta Traffic Safety – Calder Bateman

Edmonton City Airport – Calder Bateman

Foster Care Program – TAG Advertising

P.N.E. - Bryant Fulton Shea

Molson Canadian - Baker Lovick BBDO

Playland - Palmer Jarvis DDB

Ford - Y&R

Agrevo - Parallel

Shaw - Bryant Fulton Shea

Listerine - J Walter Thompson

Pharmaprix - Cossette

Sunnyhill Childrens Hospital - Wasserman and Partners

Z-95 the Fox - In House

Alberta Motor Association - Palmer Jarvis

AADAC - Circus Media

Calgary/Edmonton.com – Push Branding

ICBC Drink Drive Counter Attack - Palmer Jarvis DDB

ICBC Graduated Learning Program - Palmer Jarvis DDB

ICBC Fraud Prevention - Palmer Jarvis DDB

Baptist Hospitals - Red 7e

Syngenta - Margaret Kool Marketing

Edmonton Hydro - Palmer Jarvis DDB

Sumo Basho - Palmer Jarvis DDB

Copasetic Clothing Co. - Grey Advertising

Alberta Chiropractors - Margaret Kool Marketing

Western Canada Lotto - Palmer Jarvis

Casino Niagra - Ken Koo/Cosesette

Stepper Homes - Push Branding

Eaton Centre - Push Branding

Greyhound Express Courier - Push Branding

Klondike Days - Push Branding

MacLeans Magazine - ReThink

Intuit Tax Program - Circus Media

B.C. Nurses Union - Wasserman and Partners

Charles Churgin Designer Shoes - Push Branding

Alberta Cancer Lotteries - Calder Bateman

BCTV - Bryant Fulton and Shea



11 Lotus Awards

23 Ace Awards

4 Bessie Gold awards

Named Playback Canadian Top Editor 1998

2 Gold, 3 Silvers and 1 Merit ADCC Award

1998 Mollie Best New Director

6 Much Music Nominations

Best Hip Hop Video Much Music Award

Honorable Mention Chris Awards 

Best Overall Video - Panasonic Media Festival

Best Newcomer – Absolut Vodka Commercial Competition

Most Innovative Short – Reel to Reel Festival

Best Editor – Elevate Film Festival