While spending his youth moving between Southeast Asia, East Africa, and eventually America, he quickly developed a distinct outlook on the world. Jun began his career in film as a production assistant, and shortly thereafter, he shifted gears and quickly established a name for himself as an editor, garnering widespread acclaim for his work in commercials and feature films.
Diaz’s feature editing credits include American Movie, Home Movie, and the critically acclaimed Kid Stays In The Picture, for which he received an A.C.E. nomination for Best Editing.
Departing from the editing world, Diaz worked on shaping and perfecting his craft as a director with Smuggler. The CG-packed spot “Rise” for the NFL gave brilliant form to the anticipation of every football fan in the days leading up to the kickoff. Boards Magazine marveled at Diaz’s craft, stating, “the editing background does little to explain his knack for great casting and performances, and cinematography.”
His talent for casting and comedic timing can be seen in the funny ‘Husband’ spot for Ikea. The spot was followed with a PSA for AdCouncil, which received a write up by the New York Times. In 2010 Diaz directed two hilarious commercials for Vinta, following a half-man, half-parrot character who cannot get enough of the branded crackers. In 2011 and 2012 Diaz released a much-anticipated Ikea campaign for Ogilvy & Mather, and directed a BMW campaign for Kirschenbaum.
In 2013 Jun created a series of captivating films for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) Awards. It was said that Diaz’s films brought “heart, soul and story” to the honorees, and was widely celebrated in the creative world. Creativity Online dubbed the work as “captivating, [and] eclectic”.
He drove that inspired momentum into 2014, working with Samsung, Converse, Twix, Southwest Airlines, and directing an inspiring PSA entitled ‘Make Them Visible’ for the NYC Rescue Mission in collaboration with Silver + Partners. The experiment features footage of unsuspecting people walking by their family members, all dressed to appear homeless. The footage was then shown to the unsuspecting people, leaving many speechless and emotionally moved to tears. The PSA deeply affected many others, reaching 2 million views in 3 days and earning a spot on YouTube’s Top 20 Worldwide.