Filmmaker, Animator, Graphic Designer
Born in an artistic family in Tehran/Iran in 1992, Sam developed a strong passion for Fine Arts from an early age. Hardships of pursuing art and music in Iran and his quest for the up-to-date knowledge led him to reach out to the world beyond the borders of his country, communicating with artists from other nationalities and taking part in several international contests. In 2006, he decided to found his own home studio under the label of Sam Pictures Productions and started working as a freelance artist. In 2009, he connected to the Dutch singer/songwriter Linde Nijland through the internet which led to the making of his first official animated music video for one of Linde’s songs “Traveller”. Traveller has been screened in various international film festivals around the globe and succeeded to win prestigious awards including the Royal Reel Awards from Canada International Film Festival in 2013. In early 2014, Sam collaborated as a puppeteer with “The City of Mice 2” project, the sequel to a very nostalgic puppetry feature film directed by Iranian director, Marziyeh Boroumand. In 2015 Sam was a member of the “Online Pre-screening Committee” at the “Sprockets International Music Video Festival” (Georgia, Athens, USA).
In 2016 Sam made the video “The Cops Don’t Know” for renowned British actor/singer and BAFTA Life time achievement winner, Sir Lenny Henry, produced by the legendary British producer, Chris Porter. The video has been present in various international film festivals and has won awards including the FERA-LUCERO Award from UNAOC Plural+ Youth Video Festival in 2016. Sir Lenny Henry praised Chegini in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine saying: “The video has a labour of love style. Sam Chegini is clearly gifted.”
In 2016-2017 Sam joined the play “MANUS” as Video Artist, Mapping Artist, and International Affairs for their international performances in Bangladesh (Chittagong and Dhaka), India (Kerala International Theatre Festival) and Fajr International Theatre festival (Tehran).
In 2017, Sam held the 9th Wordless International Short Film Festival as Artistic Director. Same time screening in Qazvin, Iran with Sydney, Australia with 20 shorts from 19 countries.
In 2019 Sam directed a video for the renowned Iranian singer, Alireza Ghorbani for his song “Go Absent”.
In 2020, he made two videos for King Crimson’s frontman, renowned musician and singer, Jakko M Jakszyk to promote his solo album “Secrets and Lies” released by InsideOut Music. A frame of the video “The Trouble with Angels” was later used as the original artwork of the album. The other video produced for the album is “Uncertain Times” starring the renowned British actor/comedian Al Murray.
In 2021 Sam made the official music video for “Aqualung” by “Jethro Tull” following a recommendation by Jakko M Jakszyk to the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson MBE. The video was premiered on ‘Rolling Stone’ on April 1st, 2021 on the occasion of Aqlualung’s 50th Anniversary. Anderson praised Chegini in his statement to Rolling Stone saying: “He delivered a unique rendition of the ‘Aqualung’ song with abstract and documentary-type footage. A talented young man with a bright future in the music arts.”
In May 2021, the legendary prog band Gentle Giant announced the release of a new edition of one of their most celebrated albums “Free Hand” remixed by Steven Wilson with a video of the title track directed and animated by Sam. The visual album was released on June 25th, 2021.
On October 15, 2021, same time with his birthday, Chris de Burgh released the single “Legacy” from his 27th Studio album, “The Legend of Robin Hood” accompanying a music video directed by Sam Chegini.
In November 2021, Sam collaborated with Jethro Tull for the second time, directing a new music video for the band’s latest album of new materials in over 18 years. “Sad City Sisters” was released via InsideOut Music on December 8, 2021.
Sam is also an alumni of Intercultural Leaders at UNAOC.
2006 - Present
CEO, Founder | Sam Pictures Productions Studio
Sam founded the studio at the age of 14. When he made his very first music video for his friend, German singer/songwriter Monika Maid which was later presented to Chris de Burgh, their mutual favorite artist.
JAN 2010 - DEC 2010
Filmmaker, Advertisement manager for VOP - Voice of Peace Group
Sam started working with the Voice of Peace group as Graphic designer, advertisement manager, website developer/ designer and video artist.
DEC 2013 - FEB 2014
Puppeteer - The City of Mice 2 Feature Film
Started working in the team of the main Puppeteers at the City of Mice 2 feature movie, directed by Marzieh Boroumand, produced by Manijeh Hekmat and Ali Sartipi.
Pre-screening Committee Member, Athens, Sprockets Music Video Festival
Sam was selected as the pre-screening committee member for the festival, his job was watching the submitted music videos and rating them in each category.
SEP 2015-MAY 2016
Director, Made in Soho Music
Working on the music video for Sir Lenny Henry titled “The Cops Don’t Know”
AUG 2017-NOV 2017
Artistic Director, 9th Wordless International Film Festival
Festival was held in Qazvin, Iran with same time screening in Sydney, Australia with more than 20 shorts present from 19 countries
SEP 2016-MAY 2018
QAF Animation Studio
AUG 2018-JAN 2020
SamChats Talk Show
SamChats is a series of interviews with the most successful International artists in Persian language for the Persian speaking audience
OCT 2019-MAY 2020
Film Director, InsideOut Music
Directed an animated music video for King Crimson’s frontman, Jakko M Jakszyk, to be premiered on August 14th, 2020 from InsideOut Music
Film Director, Warner Music Group UK
Directed the official music video for Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” for the song’s 50th Anniversary. Premiered on Rolling Stone, on April 1st 2021.
Film Director, Rockware Ltd.
Directed an animated music video for Chris de Burgh’s single “Legacy” from his 27th studio album “The Legend of Robin Hood”.
Film Director, InsideOut Music/Sony Music
Directed official music video for Jethro Tull’s singles “Sad City Sisters” and “The Zealot Gene” from their upcoming album of new materials in over 18 years titled “The Zealot Gene”
“A talented young man with a bright future in the music arts”
Sir Lenny Henry
“Sam Chegini is clearly gifted.”
Jakko M Jakszyk
“Extraordinary animated video.”
“Powerful visual storytelling.”