Ben grew up in the Mississippi River towns of Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA before moving to Chicago in 2001. Chappell initially studied Music Performance at DePaul University in Chicago before pivoting and ultimately graduating with a B.A. in Film from DePaul. He got his start as a director helming music videos for friends in bands, as some of those bands gained notoriety his videos began racking up millions of views online. He quickly made the transition into commercial projects, learning the ropes hands-on as both a DP and director. A music lover with a deep appreciation for documentary film, Chappell found directing to be the perfect fusion of his passions. He has been immersed in the creative space his entire life, spending his childhood days developing film and observing his portrait photographer father’s creative process.
Chappell brings a collaborative, holistic approach to his Directing process that drives his work to reach new levels of visual and narrative engagement with fans and audiences. His extensive commercial and music video work includes spots for such top brands as Whole Foods, Walmart, UPS, McDonald’s, Sony, Footlocker and Crystal Light and videos for top artists including Miley Cyrus, Rick Ross, Nas, Miranda Lambert, Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails and many others. Chappell brings a versatile perspective to his work, drawing from his experience as a DP and creative strategy expertise gleaned by being a part of the creative team that launched the first eBay campaign out of 72andSunny.
Chappell’s latest work has been as Creative Director for Arctic Monkeys where he has created a series of music videos, short documentary films and all of the band’s tv performances for their latest album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which was released in Spring, 2018.