A music video director is anyone who has directed a music video.
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Julien Christian Lutz (born 1975), better known as Little X, X or Director X, is a Canadian music video director. He also has his own clothing line X Fit. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and is of Trinidadian and Swiss descent.
Julien Christian Lutz attended both Mayfield Secondary School and North Park Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. A protégé of Hype Williams, X has been noted for his high-budget, visually distinctive music videos for popular music singles, including videos for R. Kelly, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Korn, Katy Perry feat Jessie J, Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Justin Bieber, Drake, Nicki Minaj and The Wanted. He is currently represented by DNA - David Naylor and Associates, Hollywood, CA.
His trademark is tweaking the letterbox format; instead of just using black bars on the top and bottom of the frame to frame the image, many videos by X actually feature the bars opening vertically to reveal the video and closing vertically at the end, like a letter box.
In addition to directing musical videos, Director X has also had experiences in filming and into fashion and modelling consultancy.
X has his own fashion clothing line called X Fit. It is produced by
David "Dave" Meyers is an American music video and film director.
Meyers has directed over 200 music videos including: P!nk's "There You Go", "Most Girls", "You Make Me Sick", "Get The Party Started", "Don't Let Me Get Me", "Feel Good Time", "Stupid Girls", "U + Ur Hand", "So What", "Please Don't Leave Me", "Funhouse", "Raise Your Glass" , "Fuckin' Perfect" & "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", Shakira's "Objection (Tango)", Slipknot's "Left Behind", Brandy's "Talk About Our Love", Thalía's "I Want You", Dido's "Thankyou", Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway", Hilary Duff's "Come Clean", Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", Dave Matthews Band's "The Space Between", Stacie Orrico's "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life", Britney Spears' "Lucky" and among other music videos.
He is also a frequent collaborator to P!nk, and Missy Elliott, with whom he co-directed "Lose Control", winning the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 2005. P!nk's "Get The Party Started" video won Best Female & Best Dance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002, "Stupid Girls" won Best Pop in 2006 and "So What" won Video of the Year at the MTV Australia Music Awards in 2009.
Meyers enrolled into Loyola Marymount University
Julien Temple (born 26 November 1953 in London) is an English film, documentary and music video director. He began his career with short films featuring the Sex Pistols, and has continued with various off-beat projects, including The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners and a documentary film about Glastonbury.
Temple was born into a communist family (his father Landon Temple ran Progressive Tours and was a Communist Party of Great Britain member). He is the brother of the last General Secretary of the CPGB, Nina Temple.
Temple was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School, from which he was expelled, William Ellis School and King's College, Cambridge. He grew up with little interest in film until, when a student at Cambridge, he discovered the works of French anarchist director Jean Vigo. This, along with his interest in the early punk scene in London in 1976, led to his friendship with The Sex Pistols, leading him to document many of their early gigs.
His first film was a short documentary called Sex Pistols Number 1, which set out to show the rise of the band from 1976–1977, in a series of short clips from television interviews and gigs.
This led to Temple making The
Felix Gary Gray (born July 17, 1969) is an American music video and film director. Gray directed Friday, Set It Off and The Negotiator as well as the remake of The Italian Job.
Gray began his career in 1989 when he appeared uncredited in the satire comedy film Major League. Three years later, he directed the music video for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day." The video, a literal adaptation of the lyrics. He would go on to direct subsequent videos for Ice Cube, as well as artists such as Cypress Hill, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Queen Latifah.
At 24, Gray directed his first film, the urban comedy Friday with rapper-producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Next he directed the heist picture, Set It Off, with Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah. He then went on to direct The Negotiator. The film starred Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and earned Gray both Best Film and Best Director awards at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival.
Gray is also known for The Italian Job, an action-thriller starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg. Gray garnered the Best Director award at the 2004 Black American Film Festival for his work on the film,
Jonathan Glazer (born March 1965) is an English director of commercials and music videos, sometimes of films.
After studying theatre design at Nottingham Trent University, Glazer started out directing theatre and making film and television trailers, including award-winning work for the BBC. In 1993 he wrote and directed three short films of his own ("Mad", "Pool" and "Commission"), and joined Academy Commercials. He has directed popular campaigns for Guinness (Swimblack and Surfer) and Stella Artois (Devils Island). Since the mid-1990s he has directed a number of music videos, and was named MTV Director of the Year 1997. His work in these areas is often noted for its originality.
In 2000, he directed the gangster film Sexy Beast, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley.
In 2001, Glazer directed the "Odyssey" spot for Levi Strauss Jeans.
In 2006, Glazer directed the second Sony BRAVIA TV advertisement, which took 10 days and 250 people to film. It was filmed at an estate in Glasgow, and featured paint exploding all over the tower blocks. Later the same year he was commissioned to make a television advert for the new Motorola Red phone. The advertisement, showing two naked black
Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr., (born June 26, 1970) better known as Irv Gotti is an American hip hop and R&B record producer and is the head and founder of The Inc record label. He selected the stage name Irv Gotti by naming himself after John Gotti.
Irv was born in New York and has an estimated net worth of $60 million dollars. A producer and music executive, he co-founded The Inc. with his brother Chris. The Inc. was originally Murder, Inc., but after legal troubles in the 2003, the company was renamed in 2005. He has produced songs for such artists as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and Vanessa Carlton. He produced Jay-Z's "Can I Get A...", DMX's "What's My Name?", and Ja Rule's "Holla Holla". Gotti co-produced Vanessa Carlton's third album, Heroes and Thieves, with Channel 7, Rick Rubin and Stephan Jenkins, which was released October 9, 2007. In an interview with Angie Martinez in early May 2009, Gotti stated that his label, The Inc., was leaving Universal Records.
Gotti co-produced Vanessa Carlton's third album, Heroes and Thieves, with Channel 7, Rick Rubin and Stephan Jenkins, which was released October 9, 2007.
Nicki Minaj’s hit “Moment For Life” was recently used in her Pepsi commercial as
Josh Taft is an American music video director. He has directed music videos for Stone Temple Pilots ("Sex Type Thing", "Plush", and "Lady Picture Show"), Nas ("This World Is Yours"), A Tribe Called Quest ("Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation" and "Oh My God"), Cypress Hill ("Insane in the Brain"), Mother Love Bone ("Stardog Champion"), and Pearl Jam ("Alive", "Even Flow", and "Oceans"), among others.
After graduating from NYU Film School in 1989, Taft returned to his hometown of Seattle, Washington where he began shooting grassroots videos for his musician friends, including members of Mother Love Bone (the predecessor to Pearl Jam) and Soundgarden.
After forming his own company, Cowboy Films, Taft followed with videos for other alternative acts such as Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. He received several MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Awards for his work.
Taft then made the move to commercial directing with spots for clients such as Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Energizer, Sprite and Nissan Xterra. In 2003, he won a Lion Award at the Cannes Festival for his Nike “Stickman Basketball" advertisement and later received a second award for his Coca-Cola “Round The Fire”
Storm Elvin Thorgerson (born 1944) is an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta and Muse.
Storm Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (now part of Hertfordshire) and attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. He went on to become key member of the graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designed many of their most famous single and album covers. In 1987, following the dissolution of Hipgnosis in 1983, Thorgerson formed his owndesign studio called Storm Studios - a loose group of freelancers. The current line up includes - Rupert Truman (Photographer), Peter Curzon (Designer), Finlay Cowan (Designer and Illustrator), Daniel Abbott (Designer and Artist), Lee Baker (Designer, Retoucher and Artist), Jerry Sweet (Designer) along with Storm's Personal Assistant, Laura Truman (Prints) and Charlie Barnes.
Perhaps Thorgerson's most famous designs are those for Pink Floyd. His design for The Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. (Designed by Thorgerson, the cover itself was drawn by Hipgnosis
Jim Blashfield (born September 4, 1944, Seattle, Washington) is an American filmmaker and media artist, best known for his short films such as Suspicious Circumstances and The Mid-Torso of Inez, and his music videos for musicians Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Nu Shooz, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Marc Cohn. He has collaborated with Bill Frisell and the Oregon Symphony.
Blashfield is the recipient of a Cannes Golden Lion, a Grammy Award, and several MTV Music Award nominations and awards.
Recent films include Bunnyheads, SuctionMaster, Vanity and The Tasseled Loafers, an irreverent interpretation of Hector Berlioz' Dream of a Witch's Sabbath with music by the Czech Philharmonic. Recent multi-image installations include the 7 screen "Circulator" and the 5 screen "Conveyor" as well as Running Dog with Cactus, and The Resurrectory, a collaboration with the Liminal Performance Group.
Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987 by Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. The band became known for his distinct vocal style, as well as the harmonized vocals between him and Cantrell. Staley was also a member of the supergroups Mad Season and Class of '99. He struggled throughout his career with severe drug addiction, culminating with his death in April 2002.
Layne Staley was born to Phil Staley and Nancy Staley (née McCallum) in Kirkland, Washington. He was seven years old when his parents divorced, after which he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Jim Elmer. He was raised Catholic. He took his stepfather's name while enrolled in Meadowdale High School and was known for some time as Layne Elmer. In early 2002, shortly before his death, he would describe the experience of witnessing his parents' divorce: "My world became a nightmare, there were just shadows around me. I got a call saying that my dad had died,
Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) is an American filmmaker and television director. He worked as cinematographer for the Coen brothers, then later he directed films such as The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values along with critically acclaimed Get Shorty and the Men in Black trilogy.
Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City, the son of Kelly, an art teacher, and Sonny Sonnenfeld. He was raised in a Jewish family. After he received his bachelor's degree from Hampshire College, he graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1985). This film began his collaboration with the Coen brothers, who used him for their next two pictures, Raising Arizona (1987) and Miller's Crossing (1990). He also worked with Danny DeVito on Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Misery (1990).
Sonnenfeld gained his first work as a director from Orion Pictures on The Addams Family, a box-office success released in November 1991. Its sequel, Addams Family Values (1993), was not as
Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes.
Crowe has made his mark with character-driven, personal films that have been generally hailed as refreshingly original and devoid of cynicism. Michael Walker in The New York Times called Crowe "something of a cinematic spokesman for the post-baby boom generation" because his first few films focused on that specific age group, first as high schoolers and then as young adults making their way in the world.
Crowe's debut screenwriting effort, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, where he met Geraldine Edwards, who was a student there while he was visiting mutual friends in 1975. He later based part of his Penny Lane character on her in Almost Famous after discovering that she had been going backstage to Rock and Roll concerts. Later, he wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything, and then Singles, a story of Seattle
Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. Leto has appeared in both big-budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. He rose to prominence for playing Jordan Catalano in the teenage drama My So-Called Life (1994). He later made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received first notable critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998) and Girl, Interrupted (1999), as well as the lead role in the horror film Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (2000). He has worked with director David Fincher in Fight Club (1999) and Panic Room (2002). Since the 2000s, Leto has been nominated for awards for his work in such films as American Psycho (2000), Highway (2002), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. Nobody (2009).
Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for 30 Seconds to Mars. He formed the rock band in 1998 in Los Angeles along with his older
Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. (born October 7, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist for Chicago-based rock band OK Go.
Born in Washington D.C., USA, Kulash graduated from St. Albans School in 1994, and later Brown University in 1998 with a concentration in Art-Semiotics. The family name was originally "Kulas" when Kulash's great-grandparents lived in Poland. In a podcast, Kulash states that one of his grandfathers invented the modern day fish stick, and the other found a species of beetle.
While in college at Brown, Kulash played in at least three bands - A La Playa, Calixto Chinchile, and Square. He released three CDs in his senior year: an album of experimental Elvis covers (for his senior project), an eponymously-titled 5 song EP from his electronic pop band Square, and Appendices, a collection of more than a dozen miscellaneous recordings from his time in college, including solo songs, collaborations with friends, class projects, studio experiments, and recordings from previous bands.
Included on the Appendices record are the original recordings of "Bye Bye Baby," which was later re-recorded for OK Go's debut record, and 4 songs from a never-finished EP for his punk band A La
Brett Leonard (born May 14, 1959 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.) is an American film director, producer and music video director specializing in the science-fiction and horror genres. A few of his films such as The Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity (1995) feature groundbreaking computer animation and visual effects. The Lawnmower Man is considered the first, seminal film to feature "Virtual Reality" as a cautionary tale becoming the number one commercially successful independent film of 1992, budgeted at just under $6 million and eventually earning over $150 million worldwide.
Virtuosity became the first major film to feature nanotechnology set in a cyberpunk based future with Brett Leonard casting Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington together, a full 12 years before they would again co-star, and many Oscar nominations later in a 2007 project.
His work with the IMAX 3D process set him apart from most directors having gained early experience with this cutting-edge presentation medium directing T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous in IMAX 3D. The film became the first number one hit 3D movie to gross over $100 million worldwide (on IMAX screens alone).
He created a sensation when he took his Swarm
Mary Lambert (born October 13, 1951) is an American film director. She has directed music videos, television episodes, and feature films, mainly in the horror genre.
Lambert was born in Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of Martha Kelly and Jordan Bennett Lambert III, a rice and cotton farmer. Her younger sister is Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Lambert graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A.
Lambert directed Chris Isaak's first music video "Dancin'" and Janet Jackson's "Nasty" and "Control" music videos. She also directed videos for Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, The Go-Go's, Whitney Houston, Alison Krauss, Live, Mötley Crüe, Queensryche, Sting, Debbie Harry, Tom Tom Club and others. She directed many of Madonna's early videos including "Borderline", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "La Isla Bonita", and "Like a Prayer".
In 1987 she released her debut feature, the stylish and controversial Siesta, starring Ellen Barkin and Jodie Foster. It was nominated for the IFP Spirit Award for best first feature. She is known to horror fans for directing the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary and its sequel, Pet Sematary II. More recently, Lambert
Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer, writer and actor. He has been active in both the British cinema and American cinema and was a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain.
Parker was born into a working class family in Islington, North London, the son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter. He attended Dame Alice Owen's School. Parker started out as a copywriter for advertising agencies in the 1960s and 1970s and later began to write his own television commercial scripts. His most celebrated and enduring advertising work was when he worked for famed London agency Collett Dickenson Pearce where he directed many award winning commercials, including the famous Cinzano vermouth advertisement, starring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins, shown in the UK.
His film career began through his association with producer David Puttnam, now Lord Puttnam, when he wrote the screenplay for the feature Melody (1971). Puttnam would later produce a number of Parker's films including Midnight Express (1978). This was a highly controversial film set in a Turkish prison that was lauded by critics and
Jake Scott (born 1965) is a British film director who works primarily in the field of music videos. Most of his works were produced under the Ridley Scott Associates banner or RSA's music video subdivision Black Dog Films. He has made videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Tricky, Radiohead, Lily Allen, Oasis, The Supernaturals, The Strokes, The Verve, R.E.M., U2, and George Michael.
He has also made two feature films, Plunkett & Macleane (1999) and Welcome to the Rileys (2010).
He is the son of director and RSA owner Ridley Scott, the nephew of director Tony Scott and brother of director Jordan Scott.
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch (1969). He was known for the innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence, as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre.
Peckinpah's films generally deal with the conflict between values and ideals, and the corruption of violence in human society. He was given the nickname "Bloody Sam" owing to the violence in his films. His characters are often loners or losers who desire to be honorable, but are forced to compromise in order to survive in a world of nihilism and brutality.
Peckinpah's combative personality, marked by years of alcohol and drug abuse, affected his professional legacy. Many of his films were noted for behind-the-scenes battles with producers and crew members, damaging his reputation and career during his lifetime. Many of his films, such as Straw Dogs (1971), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), remain controversial.
The Peckinpahs originated from the Frisian Islands in the northwest of Europe. Both
Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; October 22, 1969) is an American director, producer, screenwriter and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Charlie Kaufman, which include the 1999 film Being John Malkovich (that gave him an Academy Award for Best Director nomination) and the 2002 film Adaptation, and as the co-writer/director of the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.
He is well known also for his music video collaborations with Weezer, Beastie Boys, and Björk. He was also a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Jackass. He is currently the creative director of VBS.tv. He is also part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.
He also co-founded Directors Label, with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, and the Palm Pictures company.
Spiegel was born in Rockville, Maryland, and raised in Bethesda, Maryland and in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania. His father, Arthur Spiegel III, was a distant relation of the Spiegel catalog family and founded APM Management Consultants. His mother, Sandy Granzow, is a writer, communications consultant in
Chris Applebaum is an American music video director, who has worked with a diverse range of artists, among them American Hi-Fi, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mandy Moore, Natasha Bedingfield, Fountains of Wayne and Britney Spears. He has also directed commercials, most notably the notorious Carl's Jr commercial featuring Paris Hilton.
Chris Milk is an American music video director and photographer. He has directed videos for Kanye West, U2, Green Day, Courtney Love, Audioslave, Modest Mouse, Gnarls Barkley and Arcade Fire. He also has numerous television commercials to his credit. Milk is signed to @radical.media in the United States for commercials/music videos and WME Entertainment for feature films.
Milk was the accomplice on a prank pulled on Kanye West during the filming of the music video for "Jesus Walks" in an episode of Punk'd.
Milk directed the second unit on "A Mother's Promise", the Barack Obama bio film that played before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Milk was awarded the "Music Video Production Association" Award for 2008 "Music Video Director of the Year".
In September, 2009 Milk photographed Kanye West using 3-D scanning and CGI for Complex Magazine's 7th Anniversary cover.
(Produced for the 42 Second Dream Film Festival Beijing China 2009, www.42x42.com)
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Jim Sheridan (born 6 February 1949) is an Irish film director. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Sheridan is perhaps best known for his films My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Field and In America.
Sheridan was born in Wicklow, the son of Anne and Pete Sheridan, an actor and railway worker. Sheridan was initially educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and later graduated from University College Dublin. He emigrated to Canada and then New York City in 1981.
In 1989 Jim, or Shay Sheridan wrote five plays. The first, an Irish beggar's opera called "The Ha'penny Place", was staged in the Project Arts Centre, and the second, a piece of agitprop theatre called "The Last Post", was staged nearby in Connolly Hall. Interestingly, an actor called Jer O'Leary, a long time friend and political associate of Jim's, appeared in both these plays, and went on to appear in small parts in almost all of Sheridan's pictures. In 1989, he directed My Right Foot, which became a critical and commercial success and won Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker Academy Awards. He followed that with The Field (with Richard Harris) in 2002; then with In the Name of the Father in 1993, a fictionalized
Kevin Gerald Bray is an American film, television, commercial and music video director. Bray attended the University of Michigan and the University of Paris (Sorbonne) before completing his studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Bray also goes by his initials, KGB.
Beginning his career as a music video director, Bray has directed music videos for a number of artists, including Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and among others.
Bray's film credits include All About the Benjamins (2002), starring Ice Cube, Mike Epps and Eva Mendes, the 2004 remake of Walking Tall starring The Rock and Linewatch (2008) starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
In television, Bray directed episodes of Suits (TV series), White Collar, Burn Notice, The Bernie Mac Show, CSI: NY, Cold Case, In Justice, Veronica Mars and The Vampire Diaries and other series. In addition, he executive produced and directed the short-lived series Platinum for UPN.
In commercials, he directed spots for USA Network, Nike, Puma, Verizon and the Florida Lottery.
Kevin Godley (born Kevin Michael Godley, 7 October 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is a British musician and music video director.
He was born in a family of Jewish descent, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. The first band Kevin was part of was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (The JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Suffrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker , whose father was probably "Sargeant Baker" in Rubber Bullets. While attending art college in Manchester he met Lol Creme. They became part of several bands together, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc, and eventually became known as Godley & Creme in acting together as musicians and directors. They were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.
Godley writes, sings, and plays drums and percussion. In 1990, his charity production One World One Voice was released on CD in the UK.
He has recently reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to form the band GG/06. Together they have recorded a number of new songs which are currently available via their website – GG06.co.uk.
Clive Richardson is an English director who made music videos for the British band Depeche Mode. During the 1980s, he changed careers and began work for a media company in Essex.
He made videos for eight Depeche Mode singles, including "Just Can't Get Enough", "Everything Counts", "Love in Itself", "People Are People" (two versions), "Master and Servant", "Somebody", and "Blasphemous Rumours". After the group switched to Peter Care for three videos, the band would have Richardson do an eighth video, "A Question of Lust". However that would be his last video, when he was "replaced" by Anton Corbijn as the band's main video director.
He also directed the videos "Mad World" and "Change" for the group Tears For Fears. Other groups he directed videos for include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marillion, Big Country, Blancmange, Marianne Faithfull, Howard Devoto, Steve Winwood, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Adam and the Ants.
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Mark Robinson is an indie-rock musician from Washington, D.C. who founded TeenBeat Records in 1984. Best known for founding Unrest (with Phil Krauth), he has also been a member of Air Miami, Flin Flon, Grenadine, and currently plays with his wife Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style) in Cotton Candy. He has released a number of solo records. His recordings are typically sparse, often based around a carefully controlled guitar. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His song "Catalog & Classify" from the album Tiger Banana has been used frequently on the radio program This American Life.
Scott Speer (born June 5, 1982) is an American music video director and film director born in San Diego, California.
Speer was born in San Diego, California. At age 23 he was signed with HSI Productions, and in 2006 Speer received the MVPA Award for Directorial Debut of the Year for the music video of "Stars" by Switchfoot.
In 2007 he won his first MTV Video Music Awards Latin America in México, for his work with "Bella Traicion" by the Mexican pop sensation Belinda. He did several music videos for Belinda. In June 2007, he directed a three-part video series for the High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale. These videos included "He Said She Said," "Not Like That," and "Suddenly" released on her DVD There's Something About Ashley. In 2009, he again directed music videos for Ashley Tisdale for It's Alright It's OK and Crank It Up from her album Guilty Pleasure.
In addition to directing, Scott produced and second unit directed the feature film The Beat, an official selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and remains deeply involved in independent films. In 2010 Scott directed The LXD episode "Duet".
Scott directed Step Up Revolution, which was released on July 27, 2012.
Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the RIAA. His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". The album has been certified 4-times platinum by the RIAA.
Usher's 2004 album Confessions sold over 10 million copies in the United States, and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history. It spawned four consecutive Billboard number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love In This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100.
On March 30, 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, which became his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, and
Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American recording artist and actress. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection", the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998).
In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Her sophomore and her debut Latin-pop album, Mi Reflejo (2000), a Christmas third studio album, My Kind of Christmas (2000), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and image. After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). The album's second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and helped the album's commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera's
Sophie Muller (born 31 January 1962) is a British music video director, noted for her long-time collaborations with artists like Sophie Ellis-Bextor, No Doubt, Sade, Shakira, Shakespears Sister, Garbage, The Killers, Blur, Annie Lennox and Eurythmics.
Sophie Muller was born in London, United Kingdom, but spent her early years growing up on the Isle of Man. After leaving secondary education, she returned to London to attend Central St Martin's, gaining a Foundation Diploma in Art.
Following her graduation, Muller went to the Royal College of Art to study for her Masters in Film and Television, where she made "Interlude" and "In Excelsis Deo (In Adoration of God)." The latter won the J Walter Thompson Prize for creativity.
Her trademark style in most of her videos usually has a singer or a band inside a dim, isolated room.
Muller's first taste of professional film came working as a third assistant on the 1984 horror/thriller Company of Wolves. She then went on to work for International Film and Video, honoring her for her editing, producing, and directing skills.
Muller's goal was to become a successful director in her own right, and her big break came through a chance meeting with
Big TV! is the working name of film directors Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom. They are employed by DNA, Inc. and are known for their commercials and music videos.
They are currently working on their first feature film, The Ballad of Paul Finley, Accountant.
Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director, film producer, and music video director. He is known for directing the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, Prison Break.
Ratner was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of Marcia (née Presman), a socialite, and Ronald Ratner. He grew up in a "middle-class Jewish family". His father was the son of a wealthy Miami businessman. His mother was born in Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s with her parents, Fanita and Mario Presman (their families had originally moved to Cuba from Eastern Europe). Ratner's mother was sixteen when he was born. Ratner told Aventura Business Monthly in a May, 2011, cover story interview that he "really didn't know" his biological father, and that he considers Alvin Malnik, who opened the famous Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, to be his dad, "the one who raised" him. Ratner's biological father was chronically homeless in Miami Beach, a situation which inspired the adult Brett to become the director and board member of the nationwide nonprofit organization Chrysalis, which
Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director, he has also directed the acclaimed movies Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense and a trilogy of Neil Young documentary/concert movies.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box. He then moved on to directing, with three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman's studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme directed the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-reviewed by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme's next film, 1980's Melvin and Howard, did not get a wide release, but received a groundswell of critical acclaim, and led to the signing of Demme to direct the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star vehicle Swing Shift. Intended as a prestige picture for Warner Bros. as well as a major commercial vehicle
Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson (born August 31, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1988 she was pronounced the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song "Foolish Beat" and she remains the youngest female to write, record, and perform a #1 single. She has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals, as well as independent film and television work. She continues to record, and reached the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart as high as #24 during 2006 in a duet with Jordan Knight titled "Say Goodbye". In 2010, the album Ms. Vocalist, from Sony Japan was Top 10 on the Japanese Billboard chart and the first single from the album, “I Love You”, hit #1.
Debbie Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the third daughter of four for Diane and Joseph Gibson. She grew up in the Long Island suburb of Merrick and was raised Catholic. At the age of five, she began performing in community theater with her sisters Karen, Michele, and Denise, and cousin T.J Normandin and wrote her first song, "Make Sure You Know Your Classroom". At age eight, she sang in the children's chorus at the Metropolitan
Stéphane Sednaoui (born in Paris, France 27 February 1963) is a French photographer, director and producer whose work includes music videos, art projects, photographic essays, portrait photography, fashion photography and photojournalism.
Sednaoui is noted for his style and his multi-media approach. Photo magazine stated in 1991, "Sednaoui has transcended genres, techniques and categories." As a photographer, he has covered events as the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and the attack of the World Trade Center. He has collaborated to magazines such as Vogue Italia. Many album covers from Björk to Madonna are his creations, and he has also directed more than 50 music videos for such artists as Massive Attack, Björk, Kylie Minogue, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and U2. In 2005, Palm Pictures published a retrospective of his work, The Work of Director Stéphane Sednaoui.
Stéphane Sednaoui credits Luis Buñuel's surrealist movie Un Chien Andalou for being his first visual shock. He also credits Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey for inspiring him at age 12 to become a director and Walt Disney's Fantasia for being his ultimate adaptation of music to film influence.
As a teenager in
Zbigniew Rybczyński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈzbiɡɲɛf rɨpˈt͡ʂɨɲskʲi]; born January 27, 1949) is a Polish filmmaker, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, creator of experimental animated films and multimedia artist who has won numerous prestigious industry awards both in the United States and internationally. He has taught cinematography and digital cinematography, and has worked as a researcher of blue and greenscreen compositing technology at Ultimatte Corporation. He is renowned for his innovative audiovisual techniques and for his pioneering experimentation in the field of new image technology.
In March 2009 Rybczyński returned to Poland, taking up residence in Wrocław, where he is currently setting up a studio of his own design – the Wrocław Visual Technology Studio – at the site of the city's historic Feature Film Studio. The opening is planned for 2012. It is expected to be a state-of-the-art studio for the production of multi-layer film images, and an institute for research into images.
Rybczyński was born January 27th 1949 in Łódź, Poland. He grew up in Warsaw, where he attended a secondary-level art school and then worked briefly at the Studio Miniatur Filmowych
David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American film and music video director who is known for his dark and stylish thrillers, such as Alien³ (1992), Se7en (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), and Zodiac (2007). Fincher received Academy Award nominations for Best Director for his 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and his 2010 film The Social Network, which also won him the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for Best Director. His most recent film is 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name.
Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Claire Mae (née Boettcher), a mental health nurse who worked in drug addiction programs, and Howard Kelly Fincher, who worked as a bureau chief for Life under the name Jack Fincher. When Fincher was two years old, the family moved to San Anselmo in Marin County, California. Fincher moved to Ashland, Oregon in his teens, where he graduated from Ashland High School. Inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fincher began making movies at age eight with an 8 mm camera. Fincher eschewed the film school route,
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. Eminem's popularity brought his group, D12, to mainstream recognition. In addition to being a member of D12, Eminem is also one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, with Royce da 5'9". Eminem is one of the best-selling artists in the world and is the best selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines including the Rolling Stone magazine which has ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine has declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 41.5 million albums in the United States, and 90 million albums worldwide.
Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP. That first album, The Marshall Mathers LP and his third major album, The Eminem Show, all won Grammy Awards,
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Bruce Gowers is an English television director and producer, best known for work on large-scale live music and event productions.
Gowers started his career in his native England where his landmark music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" brought him international recognition leading to his relocation to the U.S. in the late 1970s.
Bruce’s varied career includes credits for the live episodes of American Idol (2001–2010) which he has directed from the start, and awards shows including the Emmys, The MTV Awards, the Billboard Awards and the American Music Awards, event specials including Live Earth, Live 8 and President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial and music specials for Michael Jackson and The Jacksons, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Britney Spears. See credits below.
HBO and Showtime provided the opportunity to direct comedy specials with the biggest names in the business: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. For Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and PBS Bruce turned his attention to the popular kids series’ Roundhouse, The Kidsongs TV Show (co-creator), The Amanda Show, All That and the Teen
Gil Green is a music video, commercial, and film director raised in Miami, Florida.
Hasboro - Bop It
Budlight - Mojito
Miami Heat - All Of The Lights (2012 Intro)
Timberland - Country
Bud Light - Super Bowl Trip
Hasboro Monopoly - I Want The Money
Timberland - Don't Need That
Timberland - Stepping Stone
Miami Heat - In The Air Tonight (2011 Intro)
Timberland - Nature Needs Heros
Miami Heat - I Got The Feeling (2010 Intro)
Gatorade - Phenomenal Woman
Gatorade - Go Hard
Pepsi - Oh Africa (World Cup 2010)
And 1 - Marcus Camby
And 1 - Street Ball Mystique
And 1 - Coney Island's Finest
Julia Kova - Sorry
Kymani Marley - One Time
Kat De Luna feat. Elephant Man - Whine Up
Zion feat. Akon - The Way She Moves
Elephant Man feat Wyclef - Five O
Julia Kova - Beep Beep
Sunshine Anderson - Something I Wanna Give U
Capter 4 - Fool Wit You
Sara Paxton - Here We Go
E-Dro Feat. Shydi - Street Life
4 Mula 1 - Gotta Roll
Lil Jon feat Lil Scrappy - What Ya Gon Do
Yonnie feat. Ying Yang Twins- In Da Club
Urban Mystic - Where Were You
Guerilla Black feat. Beenie Man - Compton
Lil Flip feat. Lea - Sunshine
Lil Scrappy - No Problems
Trillville - Get Some Crunk In Yo System
TOK - Gal U A Lead
Yung Wun feat
Kanye Omari West ( /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American musician, film director and fashion designer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synthpop, and classical music.
West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, and his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. West released a collaborative album, Watch the Throne with Jay-Z in 2011, which is the duo's first collaborative album. His five solo albums, all of which have gone platinum, have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. All albums have been
Jonathan Smith (born January 27, 1971), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and international DJ who was a member of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. Lil Jon formed the group in 1997, and the group released several albums between then and 2004. He then went solo and released a new album in 2010 called Crunk Rock.
After working as a DJ for Atlanta night clubs, he started working for So So Def Recordings between 1993 and 2000. The group signed to the Atlanta-based Mirror Image Records and were distributed by Ichiban Records. In 1997, Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz debuted with Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album. It included singles "Who U Wit?" and "Shawty Freak a Lil' Sumthin'", the latter of which came out in 1998. Both singles charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 70 and No. 62 respectively. In 2000 Jon took part in starting up his own label BME Recordings and signed a distribution agreement with Norcross, Georgia based Southern Music Distribution. There he released his break through album titled We Still Crunk. Among the tracks on that project was the hit single "I Like Those Girls," which reached
Matthew Russell Rolston (born March 1, 1955) is an American photographer and music video director. Rolston is known for his signature lighting techniques and detailed approach to art direction and design, and has been repeatedly identified throughout his career with the revival and modern expression of Hollywood glamour.
Born in Los Angeles, Rolston was “discovered” by Andy Warhol for Warhol's celebrity focused Interview magazine, where he began a successful career in photography. Soon after, he began shooting covers and editorial assignments for founding editor Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone. Shortly, other well-established publications began to recognize Rolston’s work, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan,O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times.
Extending his vision beyond still photography into the moving image, Rolston began conceiving, writing and directing music videos and television commercials for such diverse clients as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé Knowles, L’Oreal, Revlon, Esteé Lauder, Clairol, Levi's, Pantene, Elizabeth Arden, Gap, and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others.
Rolston's has also appeared as a
Joseph McGinty Nichol (born August 9, 1968), better known as McG, is an American film director, film and television producer, and former record producer.
He began his career in the music industry, directing music videos and producing various albums. He later rose to prominence with his first film, Charlie's Angels, which had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a directorial debut at the time. Since then, he has directed four other films, including Charlie's Angels sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator Salvation, co-created the cult television series Fastlane and has executive produced numerous television programs, such as The O.C., Chuck, and Supernatural.
McG also owns a production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, founded in 2001, which has overseen the production of the films and television shows he has worked on since Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Joseph McGinty Nichol was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and grew up in Newport Beach, California. Because his uncle and grandfather were also named Joe, his mother nicknamed him McG to avoid confusion, which has stuck with him since the day he was born. He had a brother, and his father owned a company that
Nicholas ("Nick") Goldsmith (born 1971), is a British film, TV and music video producer.
Goldsmith is one half of Hammer & Tongs, a production company. The other half, Garth Jennings, is normally credited as writer and director for their work. Goldsmith has produced for many top music acts, including Fat Boy Slim, but is now most notable for producing the film reworking of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and more recently Son of Rambow.
Goldsmith was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School.
Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, musician, and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and the song is the most played music video in the history of the station.
More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music. He has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers.” Gabriel was also awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2009, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Peter Gabriel was born in Chobham, Surrey, England. His father, Ralph
Stephen Sprouse (September 12, 1953 - March 4, 2004) was a fashion designer and artist credited with pioneering the 1980s mix of "uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility" .
Stephen Sprouse's initial Day-Glo bright, sixties-inspired, graffiti-printed fashion collections for men and women caught the attention of fashion editors, store buyers, and fashionistas, garnering much media coverage. His initial collections (1983–1985) were huge critical hits, sold at only the best stores (his 1983 collections were sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in New York City on a small scale). To much surprise in the fashion and retail communities, Sprouse declared bankruptcy in June 1985 (even though his base of influential fashion editors and high-end stores were firmly in place). Sprouse cited production, late deliveries, and financial problems in an interview with Womens Wear Daily shortly after he closed his initial business.
Sprouse informally showed a Fall 1985 collection to buyers and the press at his new showroom in Union Square on Broadway - the last location of Andy Warhol's infamous "Factory" lofts. A runway presentation at Club USA in
Adam Thomas Jones (born January 14, 1965) is a three time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Grammy-Award winning band Tool. Jones has been rated the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by the Rolling Stone and placed 9th in Guitar World's Top 100 Greatest metal Guitarists. Jones is regularly credited for a majority of Tool's music videos.
Jones was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, raised in Libertyville, Illinois. He was accepted into the Suzuki program, and continued to play violin through his freshman year in high school. He then began to play an acoustic bass for three years in an orchestra.
In addition to playing classical music, Jones played bass guitar in the band Electric Sheep, with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, until Jones moved to California (Morello soon followed). According to both of them, the band was quite unpopular at the time. Jones never received traditional guitar lessons, but instead learned by ear.
Jones was offered a film scholarship but declined and chose to move to Los Angeles to study art and sculpture. His focus of interest shifted to film, and he began to work as a sculptor
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Benny Boom (born on July 32, 1971) is a music video director and current director of Gorilla Flix, Inc. He trained at Temple University's School of Radio, Television, and Film, and also served as a protégé of veteran director Little X and Hype Williams. He has also directed music videos for Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul, Nas, Amerie, Kelly Rowland, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Mario, Ciara, Cassidy, Lil' Kim, LL Cool J, Nelly, P. Diddy, 50 Cent and many others.
The rap video director has created political advertisements against George W. Bush in the past, and he is quoted as saying, "We've got to get George W. Bush out of office, and it's very important that kids understand what a serious condition the world is in with this madman." Most of the ads end with the phrase "George Bush, he's not on our side."
Boom is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
He directed the 2009 film, Next Day Air.
He was nominated for Video Director of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011.
Joseph "Joe" Hahn (born March 15, 1977), also known by his stage name, Mr. Hahn, is an American turntablist and director best known as the DJ and sampler for the American rock band Linkin Park.
Joseph "Joe" Hahn was born the youngest of three children (he has two older sisters) on March 15, 1977 in Dallas, Texas, but he grew up in Glendale, California. Hahn is a second generation Korean American.
Hahn graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale in 1995. He then studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena but did not graduate.
On February 15, 2005, Hahn married Karen Benedit; the couple divorced in 2009.
Hahn began deejaying in high school, and he studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In college, he met Mike Shinoda, and joined his band Xero, which later became known as Linkin Park.
Hahn and Shinoda guested in The X-Ecutioners' hit single "It's Going Down". Hahn also guested in Shinoda's Fort Minor album The Rising Tied.
Hahn was called Chairman Hahn on the back cover of Linkin Park's Remix album Reanimation next to the songs "With You" and "Cure For The Itch". Hahn has directed several of Linkin Park's music videos,
Adrian Charles "Ade" Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director.
Edmonson came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–1984) and Bottom (1991–2003), for which he also wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in the Comic Strip Presents... series of films throughout the 1980s and 90s. For one episode of this he created the spoof heavy metal band Bad News, and for another he played his nihilistic alter-ego Eddie Monsoon, an offensive South African television star. He played the lead role in the 1985 spin-off feature film, The Supergrass. In the 2000s Edmondson appeared in numerous TV programmes in more serious drama roles including Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Miss Austen Regrets, as himself on Hell's Kitchen and created the sitcom Teenage Kicks.
Since 2006 Edmondson has concentrated increasingly on music instead of acting, forming band The Bad Shepherds and performing and writing for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. In 2011 he presented
William Frederick "Fred" Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American musician and film director from Jacksonville, Florida. Durst grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina and played in a number of local bands in Florida while mowing lawns and working as a tattoo artist for financial support. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the multi-platinum rock band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.
Since 2006, Durst has also become known for his work in independent films. He costarred in the film Population 436, and made his directorial debut in 2007 with the film The Education of Charlie Banks. Durst directed a second film, The Longshots in 2008.
Fred Durst was born and grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, where he took an interest in breakdancing, hip hop, punk rock and heavy metal. He began to rap, skate, beatbox and deejay. After dropping out of United States Navy bootcamp, Durst returned to Jacksonville, Florida, where he mowed lawns and worked as a tattoo artist for money, and began developing an idea for a band that combined elements of rock and hip hop.
Durst played with three other bands, Split 26, Malachi Sage, which were unsuccessful, and 10
Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. He is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects. His films, which include The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Bad Boys and Transformers series, have grossed over three billion dollars world-wide. He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness. He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain. He co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a CPA. Bay's grandfather was Russian. His cousin, Susan Bay, is the wife of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy. He attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California. Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached
Joel Gibb (born 28 January 1977) is a Berlin-based Canadian artist and singer-songwriter who leads the "gay church folk" group The Hidden Cameras. He was born in Kincardine, Ontario.
His first involvement with the music scene was as editor of a fanzine devoted to independent bands, Glamour Guide for Trash. He also hosted a college radio show at CFRE-FM in Mississauga, Ontario. At the same time, he was writing his own songs and, in 2001, he released some of his recordings under the name The Hidden Cameras on his own independent record label EvilEvil, a CD entitled Ecce Homo.
He then gathered together a group of musicians to perform his work, playing everywhere from art galleries to churches to porn theatres to parks. Along the way, the band grew to include up to thirteen members, including a string section, choir and go-go dancers, its audience growing at the same time.
In 2003 the Hidden Cameras were signed to Rough Trade, a well-known British record label who released the band's next album, The Smell of Our Own the same year. They began to tour North America and Europe extensively. In 2004, the album Mississauga Goddam was released, followed by The arms of his 'ill' on the
Francis Lawrence (born March 26, 1970) is an Austrian-American music video, film, and television director and producer.
Lawrence was born in Vienna, Austria. His father is a physicist who taught at California State University, Northridge and his mother is V.P. Technology at a PR agency. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of three. Lawrence worked as 2nd assistant camera on the feature Pump Up the Volume directed by Allan Moyle prior to earning his bachelors degree in film production at Loyola Marymount University Film School. He went on to work as first AD on the feature Marching out of Time directed by Anton Vassil in 1993. Francis Lawrence then joined ex-classmate Mike Rosen in co-directing music videos. Lawrence directed his first music video for Michael Blakey, president of Atico Records and Tidal Force drummer for that band's single, A Man Rides Through. Soon, Lawrence became known for his original and imaginative music video scripts and visual directing style.
He eventually joined a major new production company and his successful career as music video director, having worked with stars like Beyoncé, Green Day, Britney Spears, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Avril Lavigne,
Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director. He directed the film Training Day as well as Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter and Brooklyn's Finest. He is currently slated to direct Southpaw in 2012, a boxing film described as a "metaphorical sequel to 8 Mile", penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and starring rapper Eminem.
After going to school for electrical engineering, with the hope of going on to fly jets in the military, Fuqua began his career directing music videos for popular artists like Toni Braxton and Prince, and then went on to become a successful film director. He is perhaps best known for the award-winning film Training Day. Fuqua was scheduled to direct Prisoners, based on a storybook from Aaron Guzikowski, but has left the project.
CBS Films has hired Antoine Fuqua to direct a new movie based on a Vince Flynn novel, Consent to Kill.
In March 2011, Fuqua signed on to direct a film featuring the romantic love story between Consort Yang Yuhuan and Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty. The film is currently untitled and is scheduled to release in 2012.
He was slated to direct Tupac Shakur's official biopic. However, the project was
David Kellogg (born 1952) is an American film, commercial, and music video director.
Kellogg has gained prominence for dozens of television spots that he has created for clients such as Pepsi, Fuji, AT&T, Sprite, Coke, Nike, Apple, IBM, MCI, United Airlines, and Mercedes-Benz. He is part of Anonymous Content, a multimedia development and production company in Los Angeles, California.
He is married to model and actress Denise Michele. He has two sons and a daughter.
Floria Sigismondi (born 1965) is an Italian, naturalised Canadian, photographer and director.
Apart from her art exhibitions, she is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Sigismondi has also directed music videos for Katy Perry, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Björk, The Cure, Christina Aguilera, The White Stripes, Fiona Apple, Sigur Rós, Muse, Interpol, Leonard Cohen, Incubus, and commercials for Old Navy, MAC, Adidas and Eaton's. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors since.
Sigismondi was born in Pescara, Italy. Her parents, Lina and Domenico Sigismondi, were opera singers. Her family, including her sister Antonella, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was two. In her childhood she became obsessed by drawing and painting. Later, from 1987 she studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, today's Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU). When she took a photography course, she became obsessed once more, and graduated with a photography major.
Hammer & Tongs is also the pseudonym of promo and film director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith, as well as the name of their production company. Best known for their work on music videos for Blur ("Coffee & TV") and Supergrass ("Pumping on Your Stereo"), Hammer & Tongs have moved on to directing movies, their debut being the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
John David Landis (born August 3, 1950) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is known for his comedy films, his horror films, and his music videos with singer Michael Jackson.
Landis was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirley Levine (née Magaziner) and Marshall Landis, an interior designer and decorator. His family relocated to Los Angeles when he was four months old.
He began working as a mailboy at 20th Century Fox. His first noteworthy job in Hollywood was working as a "go-fer" and then as an assistant director during filming MGM's Kelly's Heroes in Yugoslavia in 1969; he replaced the film's original assistant director, who suffered from a nervous breakdown and was sent home by the producers. While filming, he met actors Don Rickles and Donald Sutherland, both of whom he would later cast in his own films. Following this, Landis worked on many films made in Europe (especially in Italy and England), most notably, Once Upon a Time in the West, El Condor and A Town Called Bastard (a.k.a. A Town Called Hell). Landis also worked as a stunt double.
After his experience working as a stunt double, he moved to
Mark Romanek (born September 18, 1959) is an American filmmaker, whose directing work includes feature films, music videos and commercials.
He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed 2002 film One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams, and the acclaimed Never Let Me Go. His most notable music videos include "Hurt" (Johnny Cash), "Closer" (Nine Inch Nails), "Criminal" (Fiona Apple), Scream" (Michael & Janet Jackson), and "Jump They Say" (David Bowie). His music videos have garnered 20 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Direction for Jay-Z's "99 Problems" in 2004. He has also won three Grammy Awards for Best Short Form Music Video — more than any other director.
Romanek was born in Chicago, Illinois. He credits seeing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, at the age of nine, and again during its re-release in 1973, with inspiring him to become a film director. Romanek experimented with Super 8 and 16mm film as a teenager while attending New Trier East, a progressive public high school north of Chicago that offered a four-year film production and theory program. At New Trier, Romanek studied first with Kevin Dole, a local filmmaker who was already creating a form of
Paris K.C. Barclay (born June 30, 1956) is an American television director and producer. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner and is currently the busiest single-camera television director in the Directors Guild, having directed over 120 episodes of television to date, for series such as NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, CSI, Lost, The Shield, House, Law & Order, Monk, Numb3rs, City of Angels, Cold Case, and more recently Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist, Weeds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, In Treatment, Glee, and Smash.
Currently, Barclay is executive producer and principal director of FX’s highest rated series ever, Sons of Anarchy, which will air season five in 2012. Simultaneously, he is executive producing Prodigy Bully, a comedy pilot for FOX written by and starring Mike O'Malley.
Also, Paris will direct and produce a feature film biopic about the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan starring Viola Davis. Barclay is currently serving his fourth term as First Vice-President of the Directors Guild of America.
Barclay was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He attended La Lumiere School, a private college preparatory boarding school in La Porte, Indiana. On scholarship, he was one of
Sherman Halsey is an American music video and television director, producer, and artist manager. Sherman Halsey has produced and directed hundreds of television shows and music videos for artists such as Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, BB King, Michael Bolton, Dwight Yoakam, and many more.
Halsey began his career in the country music business at the age of 13, putting up posters and show bills for his father Jim Halsey's Management and Concert promotion company in the family’s home town of Independence, Kansas. This would be the start of a father and son collaboration that continues in business today as an important part of the country music industry. While studying film at the University of Kansas, Halsey promoted concerts with artists from the Jim Halsey Company's roster such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender, Hank Thompson, Don Williams and many others. While at the university, Halsey worked for Dick Clark Productions in Beverly Hills one summer on the NBC Special “The Wild, Sensational, and Shocking 70’s”. As a result of this experience with Dick Clark, he built relationships with several veteran, network directors who taught him the art of directing and
Shynola is the collective name of a group of, then, four visual artists based in London who have collaborated on a variety of projects, most notably a number of acclaimed music videos for several pioneering artists.
Shynola formed when Gideon Baws, Chris Harding, Richard Kenworthy and Jason Groves met in 1994 at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. They collaborated on a number of different art projects during their time at college, including organising a show of work at a London gallery in 1996 called "Shinola".
The name Shynola is a reference to the wax based shoe polish from the early 1900s, Shinola.
Gideon Baws died due to viral myocarditis on October 11, 2008. He was 33.
Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (born 26 May 1961), known professionally as Tarsem, is an Indian director who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials.
Tarsem was born in Jalandhar, Punjab to a Punjabi Sikh family. His father was an aircraft engineer. He attended Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, Hans Raj College in Delhi, and is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Tarsem began his career directing music videos, including those of "Hold On" by En Vogue, "Sweet Lullaby" by Deep Forest and R.E.M.'s smash hit "Losing My Religion", the latter of which won Best Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. He has directed dozens of commercials for brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola. Tarsem's feature film directorial debut was The Cell (2000), starring Jennifer Lopez.
In 2005, Tarsem directed one of the most elaborate Pepsi commercials to date. It combined a gladiator theme with Queen's "We Will Rock You". The commercial starred Enrique Iglesias in the version of the commercial aired in Europe and North America and Amr Diab in the version aired in the Arab world. In the western version, Iglesias plays the role of an emperor hoarding Pepsi with
Alex and Martin were a music video directing duo consisting of Alex Courtes and Martin Fougerol. They directed several music videos with artists such as The White Stripes and U2.
They won a Grammy Award in 2005 in the Best Short Form Music Video category for directing the music video for "Vertigo" by U2.
They have disbanded, and both continue to direct alone. Courtes directed 2011 the French-Belgian Horror-Thriller The Incident.
Alexander "Alex" Proyas (born 23 September 1963) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the science fiction films The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot, and Knowing. He is known for employing a stylish photographic techniques in his films, with dark overtones usually in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Proyas was born to Greek parents in Egypt and moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 3. At 17 he attended the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School, and began directing music videos shortly after. He moved to Los Angeles in the United States to further his career, working on MTV music videos and TV commercials.
Proyas' first feature film was the independent science fiction thriller Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds, which was nominated for two Australian Film Institute awards in 1988, for costume design and production design and which won a Special Prize at the 1990 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Next, Proyas directed the 1994 superhero fantasy thriller The Crow starring Brandon Lee. Lee was killed in an accident during filming, only eight days before the completion of the film on 31 March 1993. After Lee's
David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work.
Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.
In 1975, Bowie
Ian Inaba (b. 1971) is an American film and music video director, producer, and journalist for the Guerrilla News Network.
Inaba directed the music videos for "Mosh" by Eminem and "Time and Time Again" by Chronic Future. He also directed the original music video for the Nine Inch Nails song "The Hand that Feeds." It was never released, however, because the band found the subject matter, which depicted Religious Right extremism, including threats to abortion clinic patients and abuses by religious authorities, too controversial for their tastes. The job then went to Rob Sheridan.
Inaba contributed to GNN's book about black box voting, True Lies. He has recently completed a feature length documentary film about voting irregularities in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. elections entitled "American Blackout." The film, released August 2006, received a Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He was also one of the creators of Video the Vote in 2006.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino (born Aubervilliers, France in 1949) is a French fashion photographer and music video director. He has directed music videos for Madonna, David Bowie, Sting, Björk, Neneh Cherry and Les Rita Mitsouko. Mondino has also photographed the covers and album packaging for the Marianne Faithfull albums Before The Poison (2005) and Easy Come, Easy Go (2008), Shakespear's Sister's Hormonally Yours (1992), Alain Bashung's Osez Joséphine (1991) and Chatterton (1994) and is Artistic Director for a DVD documentary included with a special edition of the latter album, directed by Ann Rohart.
The video for Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer", which Mondino directed, swept the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, winning "Best Video", "Best Direction", "Best Art Direction" and "Best Cinematography". This video paired him with compatriot cinematographer, Pascal Lebègue, with whom he would later shoot several other notable music videos in black and white, such as "Russians" for Sting and "Justify My Love" for Madonna.
Marc Preston Webb (born August 31, 1974) is an American music video, short film and director. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2009 romantic comedy-drama (500) Days of Summer and has recently directed the 2012 Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man.
Webb was born in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of Margaret Ruth (née Stocker) and Norman Lott Webb, who works in math education at the University of Wisconsin. When he was eighteen months old, Webb's family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he was raised. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1992, and subsequently attended Colorado College, from which he graduated with an English degree.
His feature length debut, (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, was released in July 2009 to an extremely positive critical reception. In January 2010, Columbia Pictures hired Webb to direct The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise, released in July 2012 and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Webb is signed to DNA in Hollywood, California and Academy Productions Ltd in the United Kingdom.
Webb's signature is a white lamb, which has appeared in a few of his
Nigel Dick (born 21 March 1953, Catterick, North Yorkshire, England) is an English music video and film director, writer and musician based in Los Angeles, California. He directed the Band Aid video "Do They Know It's Christmas?", as well as over 300 other music videos.
Nigel Dick (director) should not be confused with the Australian Dr. Nigel Dick who was General Manager of General Television Pty Ltd., in Australia from 1964-1969.
Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, in the East of England and the University of Bath, Dick began completing a degree in architecture before pursuing a career in the record business. He has studied mime and is also a graduate of Judith Weston's Acting for Directors class.
Before success in the music and film industries, Dick worked as an architectural draughtsman, a clerk, a busker, a cab driver, a construction worker, a farm labourer, a motorcycle messenger, a salesman, a waiter, and served a spell in the Sewage Division of the Anglian Water Authority.
He began his career in the record business working at Stiff Records, where he stayed for five years working as a Press Officer with Madness, Ian Dury, Lene Lovich and The Plasmatics. In the early 80's he
Russell Mulcahy (born 23 June 1953 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian film director. Mulcahy's work is recognizable by the use of fast cuts, tracking shots and use of glowing lights as well as being one of the most prominent music video directors of the 1980's.
Russell Mulcahy's career began as a film editor for Australia's Seven Network. After relocating to the UK around 1976, Mulcahy made successful music videos for several noted British pop acts—his early UK credits included XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979), The Vapors' hit "Turning Japanese" and his landmark video for The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979) which became the first music video played on MTV in 1981.
By the mid-1980s Mulcahy was directing videos for some of the most successful pop-rock acts of the period including The Human League, The Tubes, Elton John, Ultravox, most of the major hits of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Kim Carnes, Bonnie Tyler, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, The Motels, Supertramp and The Rolling Stones.
He also directed videos for Taylor Dayne, Rod Stewart, Def Leppard, Boy George, Kenny Loggins, Arcadia, Falco, Go West, Cliff Richard, Supertramp, The Motels, Talk Talk, The
Sanji Senaka is an American music video and advertising director.
Sanji started his career in 1993, but it took 6 years until he made his name known. He was represented by Believe Media until 2004 and FM Rocks until the end of 2006. He is now represented by Yell Productions. Before joining Believe Media he worked with Propaganda Films, Oil Factory, Shooting Star, and Naked.
Sylvain White (born December 21, 1971) is a French-born film director.
Son of an American professional basketball player and a French flight attendant, Sylvain White was born in France and grew up mostly in Paris. After attending La Sorbonne University for law, he earned a scholarship to Pomona College in California, where he graduated with honors in Media Studies. While still in school, Sylvain wrote for and worked with directors such as Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze at Propaganda Films. Upon graduation a series of award-winning short films catapulted him to the forefront of the international market. The 25th Frame and Urban Short Circuit Mind Scrape received numerous awards including The Directors' Guild of America Short Film Awards. Leveraging on his success with the short film format, he went on to direct a series of groundbreaking music videos in the US, Europe and Japan.
His work won him nominations both at the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards and at the 2001 Music Video Production Association Awards. Debuting in the commercial arena with the Lugz campaign (winner Telly Awards 2003), he envisioned a way of employing 3D parallax, and delivered one of the most groundbreaking and
Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971) known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove (also known as BROther ?uestion, Questo, Brother Question or Qlove), is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which is now the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
He has produced for artists such as Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, The Randy Watson Experience, The Soultronics and The Grand Wizzards.
Thompson was born in Philadelphia on January 20, 1971. His father was Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts, one of the great 50s doo-wop groups. His mother, Jacqui Andrews, together with his father was also part of the Philadelphia based soul group Congress Alley. His parents did not want to leave him with babysitters, so they took him on tour with them. He grew up in backstages of doo-wop shows. By the age of seven, Thompson began drumming on stage at shows, and by 13, had become a
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒərməˈnɑːtə/ STE-fə-nee jurr-mə-NOT-ə; born March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and was signed with Streamline Records by the end of 2007. During her employment as a songwriter for the record company, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution.
Lady Gaga came to prominence as a recording artist following the release of her debut album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success that topped charts around the world and included the international number-one singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". After embarking on the The Fame Ball Tour, she followed the album with The Fame Monster (2009), which spawned the worldwide hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro". The Fame Monster's success allowed her
Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has written and directed six feature films: Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Master (2012). He has been nominated for five Academy Awards — There Will Be Blood for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, and Best Adapted Screenplay; Magnolia for Best Original Screenplay; and Boogie Nights for Best Original Screenplay.
Anderson has been hailed as being "one of the most exciting talents to come along in years" and "among the supreme talents of today." After the release of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Anderson was praised as a wunderkind. In 2004, Anderson was ranked twenty-first on The Guardian's list of the forty best directors. In 2007, Total Film named him the twentieth greatest director of all time, while the American Film Institute regards him as "one of American film's modern masters." In 2011, Entertainment Weekly named him the tenth-greatest working director calling him "one of the most dynamic directors to emerge in the last twenty years." The following year, The
Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
Lee's movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations.
Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. When he was a child, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School.
Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse. He did graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film &
Liz Friedlander is an American film, music video and television director.
Originally from New York, Friedlander moved to Pennsylvania to attend the Drama Conservatory school at Carnegie Mellon University. She then moved to Los Angeles where she attended the University of California Santa Cruz followed by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she graduated as the valedictorian of her class. She also won the Frank S. Glicksman Award for her short film Eleven-Twenty.
Since the mid 1990s she has amassed a number of music video credits directing videos for Alanis Morissette, U2, Megadeth, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Celine Dion, R.E.M., 3 Doors Down and among other artists.. In 2006, she directed her first feature film Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas. Beginning in 2008, Friedlander moved on to television, directing episodes of One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Privileged, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Melrose Place, Outlaw and Gossip Girl.
Michelle Branch - Sooner Or Later
Mi historia empieza un 30 de Julio, naci en un pueblo llamado Dos Aguas,
del estado de Michoacan, Mexico,donde pase 12 años y vivi de todo un poco
tambienfue ahi donde obtuve la unica educacion formal que el sistema me facilito, la
educacion primaria que la termine en parte trabajando y atendiendo a la escuela
al mismo tiempo, devo decir que mi Padre fallecio cuando yo tenia 11 años y desde
ahi la escuela de la vida y la lectura de cuanto libro me encontraba se encargaron
de educar e instruir a este simple mortal que esto escribe.
En 1990 nos mudamos a la cabecera Municipal de Dos Aguas, Aguililla, Michoacan lugar
de donde siempre me he dicho originario dado a que aqui pase los años mas felices de mi
corta existencia, y estaran de acuerdo conmigo que uno es de donde lo quieren a uno, y
en ese pueblo tengo muchos amigos y conoci a muchas personas que creeyeron y
cambiaron mi vida para siempre con sus consejos, confianza y su invaluable cariño.
Siempre crei que la musica estaba dentro de mi, por alguna razon nunca me enfoque lo
suficiente para descubrir mi razon de estar en este tiempo y en este planeta, recuerdo
que mi Padre tocaba la guitarra y lo hacia muy bien, algunas veces trato de enseñarme algunos
tonos pero era muy desesperado mi viejo y nunca tuvo la paciencia o el tiempo
para darme clases de guitarra, decia " Es que tus manitas estan muy pequeñas y esta guitarra
no es para chiquillos feos" cuanto daria por que me escuchara cantar ahora, y decirle
cantemos una cancion juntos, desafortunamente no se puede tener todo en esta vida, a
cambio tuve una madre que me enseño que todo es posible y me lleno de amor gracias "Meche".
En esos tiempos mi pasion era leer y dibujar por que esa era otra de mis pasiones, el dibujo
y me queme todos los Libros de mi escritor favorito Rius o Eduardo del Rio al cual
recomiendo ampliamente, sin un maestro formal que me enseñara guitarra, aprendi a tocar
como he aprendido la mayoria de la cosas que se, por iniciativa propia y leeyendo algunos
libros de teoria musical.
Produje un disco con un grupo al cual nombramos Los Kobra el disco lo grabamos en menos
de dos dias ya se imaginaran como quedo,fue por eso que esa experiencia me dejo un poco
desilusionado y me prometi no grabar otro disco hasta que encontrara el estudio y el productor
adecuado y me di a la tarea de estudiar audio y arme mi propio estudio en la parte de atras
de mi casa esto ya en Estados Unidos a donde emigre en el 2001 y segui con la busqueda del
estudio y la gente adecuada para poner en sus manos mi tan preciado proyecto, afortunadamente
por cosas del destino, las leyes del universo y mi amigo Maro Moreno conoci a Juan Ramirez
el cual desde el principio se intereso por produccir mi disco mismo que empezamos a grabar
en el invierno del 2006 y terminamos en la primavera del 2008. se llamo Tu Secreto.
En el 2009 inicie otra etapa de este peregrinar por seguir creciendo como artista y como ser humano
ahora con mi propio sello disquero y con la misma idea de seguir haciendo musica, Fonozintas Records
y Jesus Juarez me habrieron las puertas de esta compania en la cual ahora Produsco mi nuevo disco
y a otros artistas que creen en mi trabajo y mi forma de vivir la musica. seguro esta pagina seguira
creciendo con los dias... gracias por leer mis letras y amar mi musica...hasta Siempre.
Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known by the stage name Beck.
The four-time platinum artist rose to underground popularity with his early works, which combined social criticism with musical and lyrical experimentation. He first earned wider public attention for his breakthrough single "Loser", a 1994 hit. Beck is known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles.
Two of Beck's most popular and acclaimed recordings are Odelay (1996) and Sea Change (2002). Odelay was awarded Album of the Year by the American magazine Rolling Stone and by UK publications NME and Mojo. Odelay also received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Both Odelay and Sea Change appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Beck was born in Los Angeles, California, to David Campbell, a Canadian musician, and Bibbe Hansen, a visual artist and former Warhol "star". His father is of Scottish heritage and his mother is half Norwegian, a quarter Jewish and a quarter Swedish. His maternal grandfather is Al Hansen, a visual collage artist of the Fluxus school of art. Beck's paternal
David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-born American musician and artist, best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, and non-fiction. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, to Tom and Emma Byrne. He was the elder of two children. Two years later, his parents moved to Hamilton, Ontario, and then to Arbutus, Maryland, when he was 8 or 9 years old. His father worked as an electronics engineer. Before high school, David Byrne already knew how to play the guitar, accordion, and violin. He was rejected from his middle school’s choir because they claimed he was "off-key and too withdrawn." From a young age, he had a strong interest in music. His parents say that he would constantly play his phonograph from age three and he learned how to play the harmonica at age five. In his journals he says, "I was a peculiar young man — borderline Asperger's, I would
Jonas Åkerlund (born November 10, 1965) is a Swedish film and music video director, and drummer. He is best known for directing music videos, which are often mock forms of movie trailers and short films. His video for Madonna's song "Ray of Light" won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, and a record seven awards at 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year.
Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 through 1984. He first found fame as main video director for Swedish pop act Roxette. In 1997 he directed the acclaimed video for The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up", which sparked controversy due to its depiction of drug use, violence, and nudity. In 1998 he worked with Madonna for the song "Ray of Light", he has since worked with acts such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2, Blink-182, P!nk, Rammstein, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. He directed the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins' single "Try, Try, Try", from which a short film Try was spawned. He also turned his hand to designer and photographer for the Roxette album Room Service in 2001. In 2002 his first full length movie, Spun debuted. He directed recent adverts for
Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American liberal filmmaker, author, social critic, and activist. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, which is the highest-grossing documentary of all time and winner of the Palme d'Or. His films Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Sicko (2007) also placed in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries, and the former won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, which documented his personal quest to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth.
Moore's written and cinematic works criticize globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism.
Moore was born in Flint, Michigan, and raised in Davison, a suburb of Flint, by parents Veronica (née Wall), a secretary, and Frank Moore, an automotive assembly-line worker. At that time, the city of Flint was home to many General Motors factories, where his parents and grandfather
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Samuel David Bayer (born February 17, 1965) is an American commercial, music video and film director, and cinematographer.
Bayer was born in Syracuse, New York. A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts in 1987 with a degree in Fine Arts, he moved to Los Angeles in 1991, and became a popular director during the alternative rock era.
He has shot and directed videos for The Strokes, Nirvana, Hole and Green Day. Bayer claims that the reason he was chosen to direct "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was because his test reel was so bad. Bayer won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction in 2005 and 2007.
Several of Bayer's commercials have won the Clio. Clients include Coca-Cola, Toyota, Intel, Cadillac, Acura, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi Cola, Lincoln Aviator, Sony, The U.S. Army and Jeep. His Nike spot won an Association of Independent Commercial Producers Award for Best Direction in 1997.
New Line Cinema and Platinum Dunes selected Bayer to helm their remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. In March 2010, he announced this will be his only NOES film. He announced his follow-up project will either be the original film Fiasco Heights or an unannounced comic book adaptation.
Jonathan Dayton (born July 7, 1957) and Valerie Faris (born October 20, 1958) are a team of American music video directors, also husband and wife, that received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine. Later on the couple went to direct 2012 romantic comedy-drama Ruby Sparks, which was also met with a positive critical consensus.
Dayton was born in Alameda County, California and grew up in Grass Valley, California. After graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, California, attended the UCLA Film School, studying film and television in the late-1970s; while there, he met Valerie Faris, a dance student and native of Los Angeles County, California, who became his wife and his partner. As a pair, they have directed and produced music videos, documentaries, commercials and films. They have received international fame for their music videos for bands such as Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and R.E.M.. They won six MTV Video Music Awards for the video "Tonight Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins. In 1998 they established a production company, "Bob Industries". Through this company the pair directed commercials for companies
Rupert Wainwright (born 30 November 1961) is an English film and television director, writer, and actor.
Wainwright was born in Cotswolds, UK and started his film career in the 1980s as an actor. While in his twenties, he gained some notoriety for a short film called Open Window.
Wainwright has directed several feature films, including: Stigmata, Blank Check and The Sadness of Sex, and The Fog, Both of which were rated #1 at the box office. The Fog was rated as one of the worst movies of the 2000s by Rotten Tomatoes. According to IMDb in October 2010, Rupert has two films in development, including Waco, a film based on the Waco siege in 1993. It will star Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh, as well as Adrien Brody and Kurt Russell.
Wainwright has directed two TV pilots for CBS and Fox networks, a TV movie for ABC and Warner Bros, and a Reality Pilot for History Channel.
He was featured in Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker in February 2010.
Wainwright directed/produced several M.C. Hammer music videos which contributed to him becoming a worldwide phenomenon. He has also worked with artists such as N.W.A and Michael Jackson, winning five MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy Award (nominated
Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López (born September 1, 1975) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, writer, actor and film director who was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He is the composer, guitarist and producer for the progressive rock group The Mars Volta, and the former bassist and guitarist for the dub reggae band De Facto and the post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In, respectively. He has also embarked on a solo career, both in studio and in concert, frequently described as experimental, avant-garde and/or progressive. He has collaborated with numerous artists spanning from John Frusciante to El-P.
Rodríguez-López was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in El Paso, Texas, but spent some of his childhood in South Carolina. He began playing the bass at age 12, but then switched to guitar at 15 because he "needed more strings". It was during this time that Rodríguez-López met Cedric Bixler-Zavala while practicing with friend Paul Hinojos. Since then Rodríguez-López has spent most of his career living and working with his close friend Bixler-Zavala. During this time he frequently collaborated with his friends and future bandmates from El Paso, which included people such as Paul
Chris Robinson is an American film director working mostly with music videos and commercials. He has directed commercials for brands such as iPod, Coca Cola and Verizon and music videos for songs like "Fallin'" and "You Don't Know My Name" by Alicia Keys, "Roc Boys" by Jay-Z, the grammy nominated video for "One Mic" by Nas, and "Bonnie & Clyde '03" by Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles.
He is also known for the creation of the concept "Boost Mobile" ad campaigns featuring rap superstars such as Kanye West, Ludacris, The Game, Eve, and others.
In 2005, he directed the coming-of-age feature film ATL, starring T.I. and Big Boi.
Chris is also a founding partner of RockCorps, an organization that encourages volunteerism in young people, which launched the Boost Mobile RockCorps program in 2005 and Orange RockCorps in 2008.
He is being nominated for Video Director of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011.
Music videos directed:Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
David Allan Stewart (born 9 September 1952), often known as Dave Stewart, is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for his work with Eurythmics. He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named "Dave Stewart".
Stewart was born in Sunderland, England. In 1971, whilst still in his teens, Dave Stewart secured a record deal as part of folk-rock band Longdancer. Despite being signed to Elton John's record label, Rocket Records, they did not achieve commercial success. He also collaborated with Brian Harrison to produce an EP on the Sunderland Multicord label (label number MULT-SH-1, producer Ken McKenzie), recording two songs (Girl and Green She Said) from a school musical production written by teacher Dick Bradshaw, one traditional number (A Blacksmith Courted Me) and a song written by Dave and Brian (Deep December). A promotional pic at the time shows Dave as a small, longhaired, broad-smiling and slightly spotty teenager—unrecognisable as the man he grew into. After leaving Wearside Stewart then spent several years living in squats in London. In late 1976, he was introduced to Annie Lennox by a mutual friend. Soon,
Harold "Hype" Williams (born 1970), previously known as HYPE, is an American music video and film director.
Williams first displayed his work by tagging local billboards, storefronts, and playgrounds using HYPE as his graffiti tag. "That's probably what stimulated my interests in color," he says. "I wanted to be Basquiat or Keith Haring of the streets."
Williams was born in Queens, New York and is of African and Honduran descent. He later attended Adelphi University. Williams' big break came when he began working with Classic Concepts Video Productions. Lionel "Vid Kid" Martin & VJ Ralph McDaniels created Williams' first opportunity with the "Filmmakers With Attitude" moniker (FWA), which was Williams' first video company.
Williams has created a number of music videos for many artists, including 2Pac ("California Love"), The Notorious B.I.G. ("Warning") and ("One More Chance"), Craig Mack ("Flava in Ya Ear" (Remix)), LL Cool J ("Doin It"), Nas ("If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)", "Street Dreams", "Hate Me Now"), Missy Elliott ("The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly))", "She's a Bitch"), Busta Rhymes ("Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"), TLC ("No Scrubs"), Kelis ("Caught Out There"),
Music videos directed:Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Jake Nava Jake Nava is an English-born music video and film director.
Nava was born on 17 August and grew up in North London, but currently lives in East London. He graduated from the University of Westminster.
Jake Nava was honoured with a place in Campaign magazine's Top 10 TV & Cinema Ads of 2011 for his impressive Lucozade spot. Nava's videos for Adele "Someone Like You" and Kanye West "Monster" landed him 5th place in Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Music Video Directors listing, also for 2011. Responsible for many iconic pop clips, Jake is perhaps most widely known for his acclaimed collaborations with Beyoncé including "Crazy in Love" and the brilliantly effective video for "Single Ladies," recently listed by The Times at position number 3 in The 25 Most Influential Music Videos of all time. It charts as the 3rd most downloaded video in the world and won "Video of the Year" at MTV America, MTV Europe and BET Awards.
Whilst completing his film degree, Jake got his big break into the industry directing music videos and films for MTV Sports, travelling the world thinking up brave new ways to capture the main players of the extreme sports phenomenon that swept the ‘90s. He went on
James Foley (born December 28, 1953) is an American film director and screenwriter. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, the son of a lawyer. His 1986 film At Close Range was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.
Foley has also directed the following music videos for Madonna (under the pseudonym "Peter Percher"):
Michel Gondry (born May 8, 1963 in Versailles, France) is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, whose works include being a commercial director, music video director, and a screenwriter. He is noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène.
Gondry was born in Versailles, France. He is the grandson of inventor Constant Martin. He has a teenage son named Paul, who is also an artist.
Gondry's vision and career began with his emphasis on emotion, according to Gondry himself in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life by journalist Robert K. Elder. Much of his inspiration, he says, came from the film Le voyage en ballon.
When I watch this movie, I dream I’m flying and then I do stories where people are flying. I think it’s directly influencing.
His career as a filmmaker began with creating music videos for the French rock band Oui Oui, in which he also served as a drummer. The style of his videos for Oui Oui caught the attention of music artist Björk, who asked him to direct the video for her song "Human Behaviour". The collaboration proved long-lasting, with Gondry directing a total of seven music videos for Björk. Other artists who have collaborated with
Philip G. Atwell (often misspelled Phillip G. Atwell) is an American music video, television commercial and feature film director. Starting out as a music video producer, he took up directing in 1999. Often co-directing with Dr. Dre, he has helmed many music videos for Eminem and other hip hop artists.
In 2000 Atwell directed and executive-produced the concert documentary The Up in Smoke Tour. He also produced and co-wrote Murder Was the Case, a short movie released in 1995 by Death Row Records, directed by Dr. Dre and starring Snoop Dogg. In 2001 he produced DJ Pooh's feature film The Wash featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Eminem, among others. In 2005 he executive-produced both Damon Johnson's The Game: Documentary and Donn J. Viola's Eminem Presents: The Anger Management Tour.
In 2003 Atwell directed the Turbo Charged Prelude to '2 Fast 2 Furious', a short film bridging The Fast and the Furious with its sequel, as well as "Severance Pay", a one-minute-movie for NBC's 1MMs series.
Atwell also directed two episodes of The Shield and served as second unit director on both National Treasure movies.
In 2007 he directed his first fiction feature, War, which starred Jet Li and
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980), known professionally as Amerie or Ameriie, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and produced by Rich Harrison, and was well received in the urban market. In 2005, Amerie released her biggest hit to date, "1 Thing", the lead single from her second album, Touch, which garnered her crossover recognition and earned two Grammy Award nominations. Her third album, Because I Love It, achieved moderate international success in 2007, although it was not released in North America, and she subsequently left her label Columbia Records. Amerie released her fourth studio album, In Love & War, in 2009, her first album under Island Def Jam.
Amerie was born to Korean mother, artist Mi Suk, and African American father, Charles. A few months after she was born, the Rogers family moved to her mother's native Korea, where Ameriie lived for three years. Her father, Charles, was a chief warrant officer, so Ameriie traveled to and lived in many different places, including South Korea, Alaska, Texas, Virginia, and Germany. He now works for the U.S. Intelligence
Patricia Birch is an American choreographer and director for musical theatre and film.
Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Birch began her career as a dancer in Broadway musicals, including Brigadoon, Goldilocks, and West Side Story (playing "Anybodys"). She has directed and choreographed music videos for Cyndi Lauper, the Rolling Stones, and Carly Simon. She earned Emmy Awards for her direction of the television specials Natalie Cole: Unforgettable and Celebrating Gershwin and, in collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas, she staged the concert version of On the Town performed by both the London Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.
Birch spent six years staging numbers for Saturday Night Live. She has performed as a soloist with Martha Graham and Agnes de Mille.
All credits as choreographer unless otherwise noted
Paul Boyd is a British, music video, commercial and feature film director.
Born in Scotland, Boyd graduated from St. Martin's School of Art in London with a BA in Fine Art Film. He currently works and resides in Los Angeles.
Boyd directed and authored Vicious Circle, a feature film starring Paul Rodriguez Jr, Emily Rios, and Trevor Wright, which received the Best Picture Award at the 2008 NYILFF HBO. He has directed advertising campaigns for L'Oreal, Revlon, Jaguar and Dodge.
Tobe Hooper (born January 25, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for his work in the horror film genre. His works include the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), along with its first sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986); the three-time Emmy-nominated Stephen King film adaptation Salem's Lot (1979); and the three-time Academy Award-nominated, Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist (1982).
Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle (née Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He first became interested in filmmaking when he used his father's 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper took Radio-Television-Film classes at the University of Texas at Austin and studied drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet.
Hooper spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman. His short film The Heisters (1965) was invited to be entered in the short subject category for an Oscar, but was not finished in time for the competition that year. In 1969, Hooper wrote, directed and edited Eggshells, a film about a group of hippies in a commune house having to deal with the presence of a possible
Vadim Perelman (Ukrainian: Вадим Перельман; born 1963) is a Ukrainian-Canadian/American film director. Perelman made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with House of Sand and Fog, following a successful career as a commercial director. The film, nominated for three Academy Awards, also marks his first screenplay credit. Perelman was drawn to the story, having been shaped by his own immigrant experience.
Born in Kiev, then part of the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union (now in Ukraine), Perelman was an only child who lived with his extended Jewish family in a communal flat. When he was only nine years old, his father was killed in a car accident. Five years later, Perelman and his mother were granted permission to leave Kiev and arrived in Western Europe. They lived in Vienna for two months then moved to Rome, where they lived in extreme poverty.
Remembering that period, Perelman likens himself to the kids in Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados — a street urchin "always searching for a hunk of bread or a scam to pull." He supported himself and his young mother in this fashion for a year. When a Canadian visa finally came, they left for that country where Perelman would ultimately
Chris Brown (born Christopher Maurice Brown; May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows. In 2004, he signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut album the following year. The album peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and featured the hit single "Run It!", which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist as a lead to have his debut single top the chart since Diddy in 1997. Chris Brown was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Brown's second studio album, Exclusive, was released in 2007. It spawned three successful singles; his second Hot 100 number one, "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain, "With You" and "Forever". Exclusive was also certified double platinum by the RIAA. Brown's third studio album Graffiti (2009), included the top-twenty single "I Can Transform Ya", featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz. In 2011, Brown released his fourth studio album F.A.M.E., which became his first number one album on the
Christopher B. Stokes is an American record producer, manager, and film director. He is the son of actress Irene Stokes and older brother of R&B singer Juanita Stokes.
Chris Stokes' career has its origins in writing and producing records. He came to public attention in 1995, producing his sister Juanita Stokes' single Mind Blowin'. He discovered several major acts of the 90's such as IMx/Immature, B2K, and Brandy and helped shape the solo careers of Marques Houston and Omarion.
Stokes has writing and producing credits on Destiny's Child's The Writing's on the Wall, distributed by Columbia Records, which has sold over 17 million copies worldwide. He has written and produced for Bobby Brown, all B2K albums, and also wrote and produced for the solo careers of Marques Houston and Omarion.
He founded the music/entertainment group TUG (The Ultimate Group), which became home to artists including Omarion, Marques Houston Immature/IMx), Mila J, and NLT.
Stokes first became connected with Film and Television through the talent he managed. In 1992 Marques Houston made his acting debut in the animated comedy film Bébé's Kids, and received his big break as a regular on Sister, Sister in 1995.
David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer. He was the elder son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of singer Eric "Ricky" Nelson.
Nelson, along with his brother and their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series' end, he continued acting, directing and producing. His last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990). For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Nelson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1501 Vine Street, on May 9, 1996.
He attended Hollywood High School and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity while attending the University of Southern California.
Nelson had two sons, Daniel Blair and James Eric, from his first marriage with June Blair, which ended in divorce, and two sons and a daughter - John, Eric and Teri - from his second marriage to Yvonne Huston.
David Nelson died on January 11, 2011, in Century City, California, from complications of colon cancer. He is survived by his wive Yvonne
Donald Seaton Cammell (17 January 1934 – 24 April 1996) was a Scottish film director who enjoys a cult reputation thanks to his debut film Performance, which he co-directed with Nicolas Roeg.
Cammell was born in the Camera Obscura (then known as Outlook Tower) on Castlehill, near the castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of the poet and writer Charles Richard Cammell. The older Cammell wrote a biography of Aleister Crowley focusing principally on the occultist's poetry. Crowley, who lived near the Cammells for a time, knew the young Donald. A prodigy, he was a society portrait painter and thanks to family connections, a prominent fixture of the "swinging London" social scene of the 1960s, specifically of what became known as the "Chelsea Set."
He wrote and co-directed Performance with Nicolas Roeg in 1968, though he didn't get another film produced until Demon Seed in 1977. Cammell also made the eccentric horror thriller White of the Eye in 1987. Between infrequent film and TV directing jobs, Cammell directed music videos for the likes of U2.
When Cammell's 1995 film Wild Side was cut by the producer, he committed suicide in Hollywood, California, by shooting himself. His wife
Joseph Kahn (born October 12, 1972) is an American music video, advertising, and feature film director.
Kahn was born in Jersey Village, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He is of Korean ancestry. He spent part of his childhood growing up in Livorno, Italy until his family moved to Texas. After graduating from Jersey Village High School in 1990, Kahn went to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He later dropped out after one year to direct music videos.
In 1999, Kahn started his own production company with Chris Lee, SuperMega Media, which is housed under HSI Productions. Kahn has worked with diverse artists such as the late Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Muse, Ciara, Monica, Courtney Love, Rob Zombie, U2, The Chemical Brothers, Blink 182, Chris Brown, Eminem, TLC, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Moby, Ke$ha, George Michael, KoRn, Janet Jackson, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, BoA, Gwen Stefani, Brandy, AKB48, Pussycat Dolls, Sun Ho, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5 and many more.
Kahn has collected multiple Music Video Production awards. He has won
Laurieann Gibson (born July 14, 1969 in Toronto, Ontario) is a creative director, VMA-winning choreographer, and Emmy-nominated director best known for her work with Lady Gaga, Diddy and Katy Perry. She rose to public prominence as the star of MTV's Making the Band and P. Diddy and Mark Burnett’s Starmaker series. Gibson was also a "Fly Girl" on the popular TV series In Living Color.
Gibson trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She went from theatre dance to hip hop as she was the director of choreography for Motown and Bad Boy Records. She has worked with Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé. She has also done choreography for the movies Alfie (2004 film) and Honey (2003 film). In the movie Honey she is also featured in the film as Honey’s dance nemesis. She also spends some time at the Broadway Dance Center to teach classes.
In November 2011, Lady Gaga ended her professional relationship with Gibson due to "creative differences".
Dating Joe Flip Wilson
Robert Hales is a graphic designer and music video director from the United Kingdom. Hales has directed music videos by artists such as Tame Impala, Jet, The Veronicas, Fuel, Stereophonics, The Donnas, Justin Timberlake, Nine Inch Nails, Miley Cyrus, Gnarls Barkley and Crowded House. Robert Hales has co-direct the video for Nine Inch Nails' "Starfuckers, Inc.", but he designed the artwork for the CD single of Nine Inch Nails' "The Day the World Went Away."
On August 31, 2006 Hales received an MTV Video Music Award for directing the Gnarls Barkley single "Crazy".
Robert Hales directed the video to "Kiss You Off" by the Scissor Sisters. Also, Hales directed the groundbreaking music video for Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" and Britney Spears' animated video for "Break The Ice". Also, in 2012, has directed the video to "Look Around" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced /ˈjaʊk/; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper, American Punk artist, songwriter, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the Beastie Boys - a hip hop group that recorded between 1985–2012, with many of their releases becoming certified platinum selling. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér.
Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based in New York City. A Buddhist, he was involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert.
Yauch was born an only child in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a social worker, and a painter and architect. His father had been raised a Catholic and his mother was Jewish. Yauch had a non-religious upbringing.
Yauch attended Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. In high school, he taught himself to play the bass guitar. Yauch formed the Beastie Boys with John Berry, Kate Schellenbach, and Michael Diamond. They played their first show — while still a hardcore punk band in the
Darren Grant is an American film and music video director. He has directed over eighty music videos for mostly R&B and Hip Hop artists.
In 2005, Grant directed his debut film Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2008, he directed the film Make It Happen starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He is a two time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director — for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Milk (2008), both of which were also nominated for Best Picture — and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant (2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures. His filmography as writer and director includes a 1994 adaptation of Tom Robbins' 1976 novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho (1991), also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix.
He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.
Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky, United States (US), the son of Betty
Herbert "Herb" Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture. He took many photos of famous actors, models, and more.
Born in Los Angeles to a Jewish family Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. His father, Herb Ritts Sr., was a businessman, while his mother, Shirley Ritts, was an interior designer. He moved to the East Coast to attend Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history. Later, while living in Los Angeles, he became interested in photography when he and friend Richard Gere, then an aspiring actor decided to shoot some photographs in front of an old jacked up Buick. The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. He photographed Brooke Shields for the cover of the Oct. 12, 1981 edition of Elle and he photographed Olivia Newton-John for her Physical album in 1981. Five years later he would replicate that cover pose with Madonna for her 1986 release True Blue.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts photographed celebrities such as Diana Ross,
No Brain is a Korean punk rock band. In 2006 they appeared in the film Radio Star.
Formed in 1996 in a small club in Hongdae (an artistic district of Seoul), No Brain has grown up as one of the biggest rock bands in Korea. No Brain have played more than 3000 shows over the last 15 years, with their listeners ranging from the general public including to youngsters who associate themselves with the western punk-rock scene. Though they have enjoyed moderate success, No Brain still play in small sized venues as they did in the beginning of their career.
(Asian punk compilation) 1997, All System Fail
Japanese indie label projected and released Korean punk bands compilation EP. No Brain recorded 'Is it all if you're policemen?' and 'Extremely cheerful' Those two songs represent the rawest early era of No Brain.
Tribute album to Nirvana. Indie bands like Crying Nut, Weeper and Rainy Sun also joined this album. No Brain re-made 'Lithium' in their way.
In this split album, No Brain listed 8 of the songs. 'A man of the sea' is one of their classic songs which was made in their early days. Its music video was made in low
Richard Lowenstein (born 1 March 1959 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian film director.
Lowenstein's mother was author, oral historian, and activist Wendy Lowenstein. He attended Brinsley Road Community School in from 1973 to 1974; and graduated from Swinburne Film and Television School in 1979.
He has written, produced and directed feature films (see list below), as well as numerous ground-breaking and award-winning music videos for bands such as INXS and U2, concert performance films and TV commercials.
He co-produced the satirical music series John Safran's Music Jamboree as well as John Safran vs God for SBS Independent and is a partner in the Melbourne-based production company, GHOST. He is also a partner in the feature film production company, Fandango Australia Pty Ltd along with Italian Producer - Domenico Procacci, Producer – Sue Murray, Lawyer – Bryce Menzies and Director - Rolf de Heer. He was a close friend of Michael Hutchence. Most recently he filmed the U2 concert at Melbourne's Telstra Dome.
Lowenstein won five MTV Video Music Awards in 1988 for his work on INXS — "Need You Tonight/Mediate" music videos.
Edward K. "Ted" Demme (October 26, 1963 – January 13, 2002) was an American film director and producer.
Born in New York City, Demme grew up in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York and attended South Side Senior High School. He graduated from SUNY-Cortland in 1985. His media career likely began with a radio show at WSUC-FM (SUNY-Cortland) in Cortland, NY. His show was a mix of comedy and talk radio with the usual sidekick, as well as some music and was widely listened to on and off campus. He was the nephew of movie producer and director Jonathan Demme. His career had modest beginnings — starting as a production assistant at MTV, he later became a producer in the On-Air Promotions Department and created the cable network's seminal hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps and directed other projects for them, including the infamous black-and-white rants starring then-unknown chain-smoking comedian Denis Leary.
Over the course of his career, he established a group of actors that he chose to work with on more than one occasion. The most frequently used of these was Denis Leary, who he directed as a lead or star in No Cure for Cancer, The Ref, Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load, and Monument Ave.. Leary
Tony Bongiovi is a record producer and recording engineer with expertise in Electrical & Acoustical Engineering. He helped to remodel an old building in Manhattan—once a power plant for Edison, and later a television studio—into the Power Station recording studio in 1977.
Bongiovi was born in the borough of Raritan, New Jersey located in Central Jersey. He attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School West and is a licensed HAM operator.
He has produced records by Gloria Gaynor, Talking Heads, Aerosmith (Classics Live) and Ramones (Rocket to Russia and Leave Home), Chic and many more. Early in his career, as an engineer, he worked the console for a number of sessions with Jimi Hendrix, as well as some of Hendrix's posthumous releases under producer Alan Douglas.
He is the second cousin of Jon Bon Jovi, and helped Jon in his early career by giving him a job at the Power Station and by allegedly financing and producing early demo recordings and paying for singing lessons. An album, John Bongiovi: The Power Station Years was released in 1999, featuring Tony Bongiovi's early recordings of Jon, before he changed the spelling of his name. The cousins had differing opinions on who should
David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter, who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and founder of the Foo Fighters, prior to which he was the drummer in the grunge band Nirvana. He is also the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl has additionally written all the music and performed all the instruments for his short-lived side projects Late! and Probot, as well as being involved with Queens of the Stone Age numerous times throughout the past decade. He has performed session work (as a drummer) for a variety of musicians, including Garbage, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Slash, Juliette Lewis, Tenacious D, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Lemmy.
As a child, Grohl's family relocated from Warren, Ohio, to Springfield, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Three years later, when Grohl was six, his parents divorced, and Grohl grew up living with his mother.
At the age of twelve, Grohl began learning to play guitar. He quickly grew tired of lessons and instead taught himself, and began playing in bands with friends. A year later, Grohl
Dominic Sena (born April 26, 1949) is an American film director.
Sena was born in Niles, Ohio. He is of Italian-American heritage. His family hails from the town of Bagnoli Irpino, Avellino, Italy. As one of the founders of Propaganda Films, Sena worked primarily in music videos early in his career. Sena directed several of Janet Jackson's image re-defining music videos from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album. In 1993, Sena directed his first film, Kalifornia, which starred future Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and David Duchovny. While the film garnered good reviews, it would be seven more years before Sena stepped behind the camera again.
In 2000, Sena reappeared with the film Gone in 60 Seconds featuring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall.
Kevin Kerslake is an American music video director. He has directed videos for Stone Temple Pilots, Filter, R.E.M., 311, Faith No More, Green Day, The Used, 10 Years, Depeche Mode, The Smashing Pumpkins, Papa Roach, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Rise Against, Insane Clown Posse, The Offspring, and Blue October, as well as several other bands.
His most recent work is directing the video for Rise Against's "Re-Education (Through Labor)" and "Savior" (both from the album Appeal to Reason), and Blue October's "Dirt Room" (from their album Approaching Normal).
Kerslake's directing has been praised by many. The Offspring guitarist Noodles has praised Kerslake's unique videos as very "off the wall."
Roman Coppola (born April 22, 1965) is an American film director and music video director.
Coppola was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, the son of set decorator/artist Eleanor Coppola (née Neil) and director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola was born in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine while his father was in Paris writing the screenplay of Is Paris Burning?. He attended New York University's film school, the Tisch School of the Arts.
Coppola had a small role as one of the sons of Tom Hagen during the funeral scene in The Godfather. He also played Santino Corleone as a young boy in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II. He oversaw the in-camera visual effects for his father's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Coppola's feature-film debut, CQ premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. He founded the production company The Directors Bureau and directed all the music videos for songs of The Strokes' albums Is This It and "12:51" for Room on Fire. Coppola has directed clips for artists including Daft Punk, Moby, The Presidents of the United States of America, Ween, Green Day, and Fatboy Slim. He has also been a huge supporter of cousin Jason Schwartzman's musical side project,
Terence Daniel Donovan (14 September 1936 – 22 November 1996) was a British photographer and film director, best remembered for his fashion photography of the 1960s. He oversaw the music video to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible".
Donovan was born in Stepney in the East End of London to Lilian Constance V. (née Wright) and Daniel Donovan, and took his first photo at the age of 15. From age 11 to 15 he studied at the London County Council School of Photoengraving and Lithography. The bomb damaged industrial landscape of his home town became the backdrop of much of his fashion photography, and he set the trend for positioning [ashion models in stark and gritty urban environments. Flats and gasometers were popular settings, and he often had the models adopt adventurous poses. He wedged one model up the side of a building, and photographed another as she posed dangling from a parachute.
Along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy, he captured, and in many ways helped create the Swinging London of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. The trio of photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to
Marcos Siega (born June 8, 1969 in New York City, New York) is a film, television, commercial, and music video director. He has also worked as a producer and a musician.
In the late 1980s he helped form the New York based punk band Bad Trip, releasing two full length records and numerous EPs. When he began directing music videos, many bands and musicians noted that Siega's background in rock music was beneficial. He has worked with bands such as Weezer, System of a Down, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Blink-182, The All-American Rejects and many more. His 2000 video for Blink-182's "All the Small Things" garnered him three MTV Video Music Award nominations and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his Papa Roach video "Broken Home". In 2001 he signed with award winning commercial production company Hungryman Films and made his move into the spot world.
Siega has gone on to direct films and acclaimed television series such as Dexter, True Blood, Cold Case, and Veronica Mars to name but a few. He directed the pilot and co-executive produced Warner Brother's Television The Vampire Diaries and also directed the pilot and is currently Executive Producer of FOX's upcoming series The Following.
Paul R. Brown is a graphic designer, photographer, and music video director.
In 1996 he founded Bau-da Design Lab, which currently operates out of Los Angeles and New York. P.R. Brown is well known for his album designs for musicians such as The Used, Mötley Crüe, Korn, Godsmack, and early in his career he gained a particular notoriety for his work with Marilyn Manson. His career in music video direction has included notable videos for a diverse array of musicians including Bullet for My Valentine, My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Three Days Grace, Billy Corgan (as well as Corgan's band, The Smashing Pumpkins), Evanescence, Seal, Audioslave, Prince, Jack White & Alicia Keys, Slipknot, Sevendust, Avenged Sevenfold, Matisyahu, Mötley Crüe, Goo Goo Dolls, Static-X and Death Cab for Cutie.
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Brian Grant is a British television director and producer, famed for directing episodes of British television series including As If, Hex, Doctor Who, Party Animals, Sinchronicity, Britannia High, Highlander, Queen of Swords, Clocking Off. He has also directed many commercials and music videos including Olivia Newton-John and Peter Gabriel music videos.
Grant also directed the original "Scarlett" version of the video for Stevie Nicks' s 1983 song "Stand Back", but Nicks nixed that version, saying she didn't like the way she looked in the video, and reshot it.
Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.
Jarman was born in Northwood, Middlesex, England. the son of Elizabeth Evelyn (née Puttock) and Lancelot Elworthy Jarman. His father was a military officer, born in New Zealand, and his mother was of half Jewish descent. He boarded at Canford School in Dorset, and from 1960 studied at King's College London. This was followed by four years at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL), starting in 1963. He had a studio at Butler's Wharf, London, and was part of the Andrew Logan social scene in the 1970s. Jarman was outspoken about homosexuality, his never-ending public fight for gay rights, and his personal struggle with AIDS.
On 22 December 1986, Jarman was diagnosed as HIV positive, and discussed his condition in public. His illness prompted him to move to Prospect Cottage, Dungeness in Kent, near the nuclear power station. In 1994, he died of an AIDS-related illness in London, aged 52. He is buried in the graveyard at St. Clements Church, Old Romney, Kent.
Jarman's first films were experimental super 8 mm shorts,
Gregory Dark (born Gregory Hippolyte Brown on July 12, 1957 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director, film producer, music video director, and screenwriter. Dark is one of the few adult film-makers to successfully transition into mainstream Hollywood film-making. He has also been credited as Alexander Hippolyte, as Gregory Brown, and as The Dark Brothers.
Dark began his career as a fine artist of both paintings and conceptual art and installations. After graduating with an M.F.A. from Stanford University, he moved to New York City to pursue graduate studies in film at New York University.
From the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, Dark directed hardcore and softcore adult films. His work from this period influenced the current "Alt porn" genre. Dark directed or produced more than 30 action films and erotic thrillers as head of production for Axis Films, a B movie company, from 1987 to 1995. Dark's erotic thrillers in the early 1990s such as Animal Instincts I and II, Body of Influence, and Mirror Images II featured Shannon Whirry in various stages of undress. In 1994, he directed the film Stranger by Night, starring Steven Bauer.
Dark's films of this period won him
Jean-Paul Goude (born 1940 in Saint-Mandé) is a French graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and advertising film director. He has formerly worked as art director at Esquire Magazine in New York during the 1970s, and famously choreographed the 1989 Bicentennial Parade in Paris to mark the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. In addition, over the last three decades, he has created well known campaigns and illustrations for brands including Perrier, Citroën, Kodak, and Chanel.
Goude was born in 1940 in Saint-Mandé, a small suburb of Paris. Both his father, a French Native, and his American mother, a former Broadway dancer, had been active in the New York show-business scene prior to his birth. In France, his mother ran a dance school, which he described as the ground for his “lifelong obsession with the dynamism of movement and form.” She also inspired him by exposing him to different forms of print media. "At home, we received American magazines,” Goude told Vogue Magazine. “The advertising, in the 1960s, was extraordinary. The first time an issue of Esquire arrived with a cover by George Lois, I said to myself, that’s what I want to do." He studied at the Ecole
John Maybury (born 25 March 1958) is an English filmmaker. In 2005 he was listed as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.
John Maybury was brought up in Enfield by his mother and father, Elsie and George Maybury. He has four sisters and two brothers. John Maybury attended St. Ignatius College, Enfield before attending St. Albans College of Art & Design, North East London Polytechnic and Saint Martins College of Art.
Through the 1980s he produced a number of short films and music videos including the video for Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" which was voted #35 in a Channel 4 poll of the greatest pop music videos. John received various awards for this video.
In 1998 he produced his first full length feature Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon a biopic on the life of Francis Bacon starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2005 he directed The Jacket with Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. In 2008 his film The Edge of Love, a biopic on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas starring Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys and Keira
Michael "Mike" Figgis (born 28 February 1948) is an English film director, writer, and composer.
Figgis was born in Carlisle, England and grew up in Africa. Figgis for several years had a relationship with the actress Saffron Burrows and cast her in several films. He is cousin to Irish filmmakers Jonathan Figgis and Jason Figgis who run the award-winning film production company October Eleven Pictures in Ireland. His sons Arlen Figgis and Louis Figgis have also followed their father in to the film industry, as editor and producer respectively.
Figgis's early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry's first band. In 1983 he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France). This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
After working in theatre (he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show) he made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990s with the
Olivier Dahan (born June 26, 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter. His third directed film, La Vie En Rose, was the first French cinema film ever to win two Academy Awards, including its first acting Oscar in the French language.
In 1991, Olivier Dahan received a diploma in art at the Art school of Marseille, then shot several short subjects and clips.
In the beginning of 2004, he decided to shoot a film on the life of the French singer Édith Piaf. The film was a success and the actress Marion Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Upon accepting the award, she credited Olivier Dahan, for changing her life in whole and as an actress.
In the afterwards of the Academy Award ceremony, Olivier Dahan started to work on an English-language road movie named My Own Love Song released on April 7, 2010.
Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. Between 1972 and 1992, he directed nine theatrically released feature films, five of which he wrote. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator.
Beginning his career at the Terrytoons television cartoon studio as a cel polisher, Bakshi was eventually promoted to director. He moved to the animation division of Paramount Pictures in 1967 and started his own studio, Bakshi Productions, in 1968. Through producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi made his debut feature film, Fritz the Cat, released in 1972. It was the first animated film to receive an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, and the most successful independent animated feature of all time.
Over the next eleven years, Bakshi directed seven additional animated features. He is well known for such films as Wizards (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978), American Pop (1981) and Fire and Ice (1983). In 1987, Bakshi returned to television work, producing the
Anton Corbijn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑntɔn kɔrˈbɛin]; born 20 May 1955) is a Dutch photographer, music video director, and film director. He is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both for almost 3 decades. Some of his works include music videos for Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" (1990) and Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" (1993), as well as the Ian Curtis biopic Control (2007), George Clooney's The American (2010), and A Most Wanted Man (2013) based on John le Carré's 2008 novel of the same name.
Anton Corbijn was born on 20 May 1955 in Strijen, the Netherlands.
Corbijn started his career of music photographer when he saw the Dutch musician Herman Brood playing at a cafe in Groningen around 1975. He took a lot of photos of the 'rising star' Herman Brood & His Wild Romance. Because of the pictures taken by Corbijn, Brood's fame rose quickly, and as a result Corbijn's own exposure increased.
Corbijn has photographed Joy Division, Depeche Mode, U2, Prāta Vētra, David Bowie, Peter Hammill, Miles Davis, Björk, Captain Beefheart, Kim Wilde, Robert De Niro, Stephen Hawking, Elvis
Robert "Bob" Rafelson (born February 21, 1933) is an Emmy Award winning American film director, writer and producer. He was an early member of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s and is most famous for directing and co-writing the film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson, as well as being one of the creators of the pop group and TV series, The Monkees with Raybert/BBS Productions partner Bert Schneider. His first wife was the Production Designer Toby Carr Rafelson. His son is songwriter Peter Rafelson, who co-wrote the hit song Open Your Heart for Madonna.
Rafelson was born in New York City, the son of a hat manufacturer. His uncle was screenwriter and playwright Samson Raphaelson, the author of The Jazz Singer, who wrote nine films for director Ernst Lubitsch. He had an older brother named Donald and attended Horace Mann School. As a teenager he would often run away from home to pursue a more adventurous lifestyle, including riding in a rodeo in Arizona and playing in a jazz band in Acapulco. After studying philosophy at Dartmouth College (where he had made friends with screenwriter Buck Henry), Rafelson was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Japan. In Japan he
Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/) (born Cheryl Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes, and a Cannes Film Festival Award for her work in film, music, and television. She is the only person in history to receive all of these awards. She began her career as a backup singer and came to prominence in 1965 as one-half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song "I Got You Babe". She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe. A well-received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 1983. In the following years, she starred in a string of hit films including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.
Cher, throughout a career spanning over 49 years, has broken many records. She is the only artist to reach
John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer, lyricist and visual artist. He was the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011.
Stipe is noted and occasionally parodied for the "mumbling" style of his early career as well as his social and political activism. He was in charge of R.E.M.'s visual image; often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos. Outside of the music industry, he runs his own film production companies: C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.
Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia on January 4, 1960. Stipe was a military brat; his father was a serviceman in the United States Army whose career resulted in frequent relocations for his family. Stipe and his family moved to various locales during his childhood, including Germany, Texas, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia. He was raised Methodist. Stipe graduated from high school in Collinsville, Illinois in 1978. His senior photo is pictured in the album art work of Eponymous. Stipe also worked at the local Waffle House. Stipe later enrolled at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia as an art major; studying
Shane C. Drake is an American music video director originally from Redding, California. He has directed videos for artists such as Trivium, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Angels & Airwaves, Flo Rida, Timbaland, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Blindside, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Almost, Hawthorne Heights, Subseven and many more.
Early in his career, Drake spent time working as an editor and cinematographer with such bands as Poison the Well, Deftones, Thursday and many more. He now spends most of his time directing. As of 2006, Drake has directed more than 50 music videos and co-produced three films. He owns Red Van Pictures, a Los Angeles-based production company.
In 2006 Drake was awarded the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for Panic! at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
In 2007 Drake was nominated for the MTV Monster Single of the Year for his video for Timbaland's "The Way I Are". In 2008, he was nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction and MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video with Panic! at the Disco's "Nine in the Afternoon" and MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video with Paramore's "Crushcrushcrush" and also Fall
Andy Ross (born March 8, 1979), is an American musician most famous as guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for the rock band OK Go since 2005. He is also behind a solo project, Secret Dakota Ring, which released albums in 2004 and 2008. Ross is also co-founder of Serious Business Records, a label under which Secret Dakota Ring publish their records.
Ross attended Columbia University and became the bassist for the band Unsacred Hearts and guitarist for DraculaZombieUSA. Ross was also the bassist for a brief stint in early 2000s indie band Cold Memory, and was also the headliner for The A-Ross Experience. Other early bands include Phter, D-Funky and the Beechmont Chilles, and Conjugal Visit.
In 2004 he released an album, Do Not Leave The Baggage All The Way, under the solo project name Secret Dakota Ring. Ross described his freshman album as a 'break up album' at a Google artists performance.
In early 2005 he became a member of OK Go after auditioning to replace the band's former guitarist and keyboardist Andy Duncan, who left after production on their second album, Oh No, was finished.
A second Secret Dakota Ring album, entitled Cantarell, was released on November 11, 2008.
Dawn Shadforth (born in 1973 in Essex, England) is a British music video and documentary director, as well as an editor and artist. Shadforth began her career as an award winning sculptor before turning her interest to music and directing. Shadforth is one of the foremost directors in her field and has directed and edited promotional music videos for artists such as Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, Oasis, Goldfrapp, Sugababes and Garbage. She has received several awards including Best New Director at The Creative Design Awards, Best Special Effects for Garbage’s "Special" at the MTV Video Music Awards, Visionary Video at the VH1 Awards and the Icon Award at the UK Music Video Awards. An exhibition of her work has recently been featured at the Creative Futures show. Her work is well known for its tightly choreographed performances and for liberating the movement of dancers rather than containing it.
Shadforth at an early age was interested in art and music. Her mother encouraged her to follow her interests and she enrolled herself at Sheffield Hallam University and studied sculpture. She proved to be a natural at sculpting and won multiple prestigious awards including the
Ferry Gouw is an Indonesian musician, illustrator and video director working in the United Kingdom. He is the frontman of the indie band Semifinalists, and has directed and produced music videos for several bands in the UK indie music scene, including Lightspeed Champion. As well as being the creative vision and illustrator for Major Lazer, his video for Major Lazer's track, 'Hold the Line' received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Breakthrough Video award in the MTV Video Awards.
Ferry Gouw grew up in Jakarta, then came to London as a young adult to study art at Central St Martins college. He became friends with Tom Vek, a contemporary at Central St Martins. After graduation he joined the band Balls, a precursor to Test Icicles, and became part of an English indie scene, for which he has made music videos and graphics for several bands, including Simian Mobile Disco and Bloc Party. He has also illustrated club flyers and made cover art for many artists, including Young Turks. The 2009 Spring/Summer edition of Plastique featured 3 alternative covers, each with an illustration by Ferry on the back. He lives and works in London with his photographer girlfriend and baby
Catherine "Kate" Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song. She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles including the Top 10 hits "Wuthering Heights", "Running Up that Hill", "King of the Mountain", "Babooshka", "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", and "Don't Give Up".
In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002, her songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. After her 1979 tour – the only concert tour of her career – Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album
Mark Pellington (born March 17, 1962) is an American film director.
Pellington was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He directed The Mothman Prophecies, a 2002 film starring Richard Gere dealing with mysterious deaths foretold by a strange red-eyed flying creature, Mothman, as well as Arlington Road in 1999 starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges. Pellington's father, Bill was a football player with the Baltimore Colts for 12 seasons. He died of complications from Alzheimer's in 1994.
Pellington has also worked with such musical artists as Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Demi Lovato, and Bruce Springsteen. He has also made cameo appearances in The Mothman Prophecies, Almost Famous, and Jerry Maguire. He directed the landmark mini-series The United States of Poetry for PBS in 1995. It won the INPUT (International Public Television) Award in 1996. In January 2010, he was named to direct The Orphanage remake, which is produced by Guillermo Del Toro.
Pellington's wife, Jennifer Barrett Pellington, died in 2004 at the age of 42. They had one child.
Steven P. Hanft (born 3 May 1966), more commonly known as Steve Hanft, is an American independent film director.
Hanft was born in Ventura, California. He started making films at the age of 11 growing up in California. His first works consisted of surf films and nature films followed later by Dalí-influenced titles. As a young man Hanft was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts from where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree. There he learned from teachers like James Benning and visiting artists like Monte Hellman and Stan Brakhage. While at CalArts Steve won several grants including the Kodak Cinematography Award and the Princess Grace Film Grant. Hanft was able to shoot several films there, including his masters thesis Kill the Moonlight.
Hanft released a new feature length documentary about the original Jamaican dj's called the "Return of the Rub a Dub Style" on March 10, 2011, world wide on the Ernie B's reggae label. The film recently screened at Anthology Film Archive in New York City, and at the "Don't Knock the Rock Film Festival" in Los Angeles. The film has a trailer available on YouTube.
Hanft first rocketed to success in the mass media directing
Timothy Tarquin Hutton (born August 16, 1960) is an American actor and director.
He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980). Hutton has since appeared regularly in feature films and on television, with featured roles in Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, and The Dark Half, among others.
Since 2008 he has starred as Nathan "Nate" Ford on the TNT drama series Leverage.
Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California. His father was actor Jim Hutton; his mother, Maryline Adams (née Poole), was a teacher. His parents' marriage dissolved when Hutton was three years old, and his mother took him and his older sister with her to Boston. The family returned to California when Hutton was 12.
"A lot of people think that because my father was an actor, I come from this big show-business background," Hutton told Bruce Cook of American Film magazine in 1981. "But that's not how I grew up at all. My mother took us to Cambridge because she wanted to get her M.A. She wound up teaching in Connecticut, but the way she saw it, after a while, if we all stayed there, my sister and
Yoann Lemoine (born 16 May 1983) is a French music video director, graphic designer, and musician. His most notable works include his music video direction for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", Taylor Swift's single "Back to December", Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die" and Mystery Jets' "Dreaming of Another World".
Lemoine is also an alternative indie musician, going by the stage name Woodkid. On March 28, 2011, Woodkid released his first EP Iron EP.
Yoann Lemoine, born in Lyon, studied illustration and animation at the Emile Cohl School, where he completed his diploma with honours. He left for London to follow a silk screen printing process course at the Swindon College. In 2004 Yoann moved to Paris. After a brief experience at H5, he joined Luc Besson's crew and worked on the project Arthur and the Invisibles for a year. In 2006 Yoann directed a series of roughs for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.
In June 2010, he received 5 Lions for his AIDS Awareness campaign Graffiti at the Cannes Lions Advertising festival.
Lemoine's films are produced by Iconoclast.
In 2012, Lemoine receives the award for Best Director of the Year at the MVPA Awards in Los Angeles and is nominated for 6 MTV Video
Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. He performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a musical career. Mars produced songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons.
Mars had an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, but then signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Anchored by the worldwide number-one singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade", the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Mars was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work. About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the '90s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists." He was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the label and group Flipmode AKA the Conglomerate.
Busta was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Jamaican parents Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith, Sr. in 1972. At age 12 he moved to Uniondale, Long Island, and later attended Uniondale High
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; (Greek: Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου); 25 June 1963) is a Greek-English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper", was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.
As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.
Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight
Julie Dash (born October 22, 1952 in New York City, New York) is an American filmmaker and author, a member of the L.A. Rebellion. Her Daughters of the Dust (1992) was the first full-length film by an African-American woman with general theatrical release in the United States. She was its producer, screenwriter and director. In 2004, Daughters of the Dust was included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
One of a generation of African and African-American filmmakers from the UCLA Film School who have created an alternative to Hollywood films, she has also made numerous music videos and television movies, the latter including Funny Valentines (1999), Incognito (1999), Love Song (2000), and The Rosa Parks Story (2002). Her Brothers of the Borderland (2004) was commissioned by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Her book Daughters of the Dust: A Novel (1997) is a sequel to the film, set 20 years later in Harlem and the Sea Islands.
Julie Dash was born on October 22, 1952 in Queens, New York. Her father, a Gullah from the Sea Islands of Georgia, raised her. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dash said that she knew little about her Sea Island
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Paula Julie Abdul ( /ˈæbduːl/; born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality.
In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have reached No. 1 there. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".
After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the early years of the 21st century as a judge on the television series, American Idol, for eight years, before departing from the show. She then starred on the short-lived television series, CBS's Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of American version of The X Factor with her former American Idol co-judge Simon
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer. A Los Angeles native, he is best known as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future, and has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future release. Okonma also creates all the artwork for the group's releases and said in an interview with DJ Semtex that he designs all the group's clothing and other merchandise as well. He is currently signed to English independent record label XL Recordings, and his own record label, Odd Future Records.
Tyler Okonma was born in Los Angeles, California to a Nigerian father and a mother of African-American and white Canadian descent. He claims that he has never met his father, and spent his early life living in the communities of Ladera Heights and Hawthorne in southwest Los Angeles County. At the age of seven, he would take the cover out of an album's case and create covers for his own imaginary albums including a tracklist with song times before he could even make music. At the age of 14, Okonma taught himself how to play piano. In his twelve years of schooling, he
William Homer "Bill" Pope, A.S.C. (born June 19, 1952) is an award-winning American cinematographer, best known for his work on Sam Raimi's films and The Matrix trilogy.
Pope was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He attended College High School and New York University, where he received his master's degree in Fine Arts. Prior to graduation, a student film entitled The Sixth Week that Pope worked on as cinematographer won an Oscar for Achievement in Documentary at the 5th Annual Student Academy Awards on May 21, 1978.
1989 - Pet Sematary 1990 - Darkman 1991 - Closet Land 1992 - Army of Darkness 1993 - Fire in the Sky 1994 - Blank Check 1995 - Clueless 1996 - Bound 1997 - Gridlock'd 1998 - Zero Effect 1999 - Freaks & Geeks 1999 - The Matrix 2000 - Bedazzled 2003 - The Matrix Reloaded 2003 - The Matrix Revolutions 2004 - Spider-Man 2 2004 - Team America: World Police 2006 - Fur 2007 - Spider-Man 3 2008 - The Spirit 2010 - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2012 - Men in Black 3 2014 - Transformers 4
Joel T. Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.
Schumacher was born in New York City, the son of Marian (née Kantor) and Francis Schumacher. His mother was a Swedish Jew, and his father was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old. Schumacher studied at Parsons The New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After first working in the fashion industry, he realized his true love was in filmmaking. He moved out to Los Angeles, where he began his media work as a costume designer in films such as Sleeper and developed his skills with television work while earning an MFA from UCLA. He wrote the screenplay for the 1976 low-budget hit movie Car Wash and a number of other minor successes. He also wrote 1978's The Wiz, an adaptation of the stage play of the same name. His film directorial debut was The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981, which starred Lily Tomlin, and he quickly made more successful films, including two "brat pack" works.
St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, considered to be archetypal movies of the 1980s, were two of Schumacher's biggest hits. Their style
Mayte Jannell García ( /ˈmaɪteɪ/; born 12 November 1973) is an American dancer, actress, singer and choreographer, best known as the former wife of pop star Prince. She is of Puerto Rican ancestry. Garcia was born on a military base in Alabama; during her childhood, her parents relocated throughout the United States and Germany as a result of her father's military reassignments.
Garcia was born on November 12, 1973 on an Alabama army base. Her parents are Janelle "Nelle" Garcia and Ret. Major John Garcia, both of whom are of Puerto Rican descent. John flew aircraft in the U.S. military; Nelle, a school and dance teacher, passed her dancing skills along to Mayte. Garcia and her older sister, Janice, grew up in both Germany and the USA. Garcia spent the summers of her childhood with her extended family in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is Catholic and is fluent in English, Spanish and German. She began belly dancing at age three, and became a professional at age eight.
When she was eight, Garcia appeared on the American television program That's Incredible! as the world's youngest professional belly dancer. She graduated from Wiesbaden American High School in Wiesbaden, Germany.
John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter and author.
Sayles was born in Schenectady, New York, the son of Mary (née Rausch), a teacher, and Donald John Sayles, a school administrator. He was raised Catholic and took to labeling himself "a Catholic atheist". Both of Sayles's parents were of half-Irish descent.
Like Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, among others, Sayles began his film career working with Roger Corman. In 1979, Sayles funded his first film, Return of the Secaucus 7, with $30,000 he had in the bank from writing scripts for Corman. He set the film in a large house so that he did not have to travel to or get permits for different locations, set it over a three-day weekend to limit costume changes, and wrote about people his age so that he could have his friends act in it. The film received near-unanimous critical acclaim, and in November 1997, the National Film Preservation Board announced that Return of the Secaucus 7 would be one of the 25 films selected that year for preservation in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.
In 1983, after the films Baby It's You (starring Rosanna Arquette) and
Jonas Odell (born 10 November 1962 in Stockholm) is a Swedish music video and film director and founder of FilmTecknarna. Odell, who specializes in a mix of animation and live action, has directed a number of short films, music videos and commercials. His short film Never Like the First Time! (Aldrig som första gången!) was awarded the Golden Bear for best short film in the Berlin International Film Festival 2006. He has won two Swedish Guldbagge Awards for Best Short Film, for Never Like the First Time! (2006) and Lies (Lögner) (2008). Lies also received the Jury Prize for International Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Marco Brambilla (born 1960, Milan, Italy) is an Italian-born Canadian artist and filmmaker who works in the United States. Educated at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, where he studied film, he first worked in commercials and feature films, directing the successful 1993 science fiction film Demolition Man. In 1998 he shifted focus to video and photography projects, and has since exhibited works in private and public collections, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, "Cyclorama" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and "HalfLife" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, His commissions include "Superstar" for the "59th Minute" series in Times Square in 1999, and "Arcadia" for "Massless Medium: Explorations in Sensory Immersion" at Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage in 2001, both for New York public arts organization Creative Time. His installation, "Cathedral" was showcased during the Toronto International Film Festival 2008 and his work Civilization, a permanent installation at the Standard Hotel in New York since its opening in 2009.
Transit, a collection of photographs Brambilla took in and around national and international airports, was published by Booth-Clibborn
Michael C. "Mike" Mills (born March 20, 1966) is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners.
Mills was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union in Lower Manhattan, New York City. His mother died of brain cancer in 1999. A week after she died his father Paul came out as gay at the age of 75 and after 44 years of marriage. Five years later his father died of lung cancer. His father was an art historian and museum director. In Chinese medicine the emotion associated with the lungs is grief.
Mike Mills has created music videos for such musical acts as Moby, Yoko Ono and Air. Air named the fifth song on their album Talkie Walkie after Mills.
He has also worked as a graphic designer on promotional material and album covers for such acts as Beastie Boys, Beck, Sonic Youth, and Ol' Dirty Bastard. In addition he has created graphics for X-Girl, Marc Jacobs, and currently produces his own line of posters and fabrics called Humans by Mike Mills.
Mills played guitar and performed background vocals with the short-lived indie rock band Butter 08 along with Yuka Honda and Miho
Nick Knight OBE (born 1958) is a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer, and web publisher—as director of SHOWstudio.com.
Knight studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.
His first book of photographs, 'Skinheads', was published in 1982, whilst a student at Bournemouth. He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazine's fifth anniversary issue. As a result of those black-and-white portraits, his work caught the attention of art director Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Knight to shoot the 1986 catalogue of avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with renowned graphic designer Peter Saville. Since this first foray into fashion photography, he has shot both editorial and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Audi, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Shiatzy Chen, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Levi Strauss, Martine Sitbon, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent.
Nick Knight directed back in 2001 his first music video ever, the controversial Pagan Poetry video, for avant-pop star Björk. In 2011 he directed the video for Lady
Sanaa Hamri (Arabic: سناء حمري) is a Moroccan American music video and film director. She is one of the few prominent female film and music video directors.
Hamri was born in Tangier, Morocco to the late Moroccan painter and author Mohammed Hamri. In 1992, at the age of 17, she won a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she studied theatre. She studied her junior year of college in Paris, graduated in 1996 and then moved to Manhattan. With dreams of becoming an actress, Hamri struggled through auditions and unemployment before she decided to try directing. Hamri taught herself to use an Avid editing machine in 2000 and has never taken a filmmaking course. Realizing she had a talent for putting images together in order to tell a story, Hamri began making videos and approaching the music industry.
Her big break came when video mogul Malik Sayeed saw one of her early productions and loved it. He showed it to Mariah Carey, who was just as impressed as Malik and hired Hamri to direct her video. He also gave Hamri her first editing job for a reggae – hip hop fusion group called Born Jamericans. Hamri made her directing debut two years later after meeting
David Nelson (born June 12, 1943, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is perhaps best known as a co-founder and longtime member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Although he started his musical career playing folk and bluegrass music (most notably as a member of The Wildwood Boys with Jerry Garcia) Nelson is probably best known as one of the original members of psychedelic country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. After playing lead guitar with the New Riders from the late sixties until the early 1980s, Nelson left the band to pursue other musical opportunities which included a stint on Broadway as a member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and some time touring with Al Rapone and the Zydeco Express.
In the mid 1990s, Nelson formed his own group, the critically acclaimed David Nelson Band (aka DNB), whose original members included Bill Laymon (New Riders, Jefferson Starship, Harmony Grits, Gypsy Cowboy Band) on bass, Barry Sless (Cowboy Jazz, Phil Lesh and Friends, Kingfish) on lead and pedal steel guitar, Michael "Mookie" Siegel (Kingfish, Phil Lesh and Friends, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue) on keyboards and
John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd CBE (born 30 September 1951) is a British comedy writer and television producer. He is the great nephew of John Hardress Lloyd.
Lloyd was born in Dover and educated at West Hill Park School in Titchfield, Hampshire and The King's School, Canterbury. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Footlights. There he befriended, and later shared a flat with, Douglas Adams. He worked as a radio producer at the BBC 1974–1978 and created The News Quiz, The News Huddlines, To The Manor Born (with Peter Spence) and Quote... Unquote (with Nigel Rees). He wrote Hordes of the Things (as J. H. W. Lloyd) with Andrew ("A. P. R.") Marshall, co-authored two episodes of Doctor Snuggles with Douglas Adams and then went on to co-write the fifth and sixth episodes of the first radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with him. (Douglas Adams wrote all the other previous and subsequent episodes solo, as well as the television adaptation – though Lloyd was involved in the TV series as Associate Producer.) Lloyd then worked as a TV producer at both the BBC and ITV 1979–1989 where he created Not the Nine O'Clock News (with Sean Hardie) and
Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet (born May 5, 1940) is an American television and stage director and an occasional writer and actor.
Lindsay-Hogg was born in New York City to actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was educated at Trinity School in New York and at Choate School in Connecticut. Fitzgerald and her husband, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 4th Baronet (1910-1999), led him to believe that he was their natural son; however, his biological father was Orson Welles, the actor and film director. For years, rumors about his true parentage abounded, but Lindsay-Hogg was uninterested in them. He first met Welles as a teenager, acted with him in Ireland, and continued to meet with him sporadically for the rest of Welles' life. Lindsay-Hogg's step-father was Stuart Scheftel, who married Geraldine Fitzgerald when Michael was six, after she had divorced Sir Edward.
His career began directing the 1960s British pop programme Ready Steady Go!, a forerunner of MTV-type programming. This work led to an unaired television special, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968), which was finally released in 1996.
In January 2010 came word that Lindsay-Hogg was going to take a DNA test to
Tamra Davis (born January 22, 1962) is an American film, television and music video director.
Tamra Davis was born the second out of four children in Studio City, California. She was exposed to the media industry at an early age by her grandfather, a comedy writer, and her grandmother, who was an actress at Fox. As a little girl, Davis and her family constantly watched films and she aspired to become an actress. In the 11th grade, Davis dropped out of high school and met Egyptian film producer Moussa Ibrahim. Ibrahim took Davis to Italy for six months to work. Returning to the U.S., Davis worked at an art gallery but soon quit to work at American Zoetrope in an apprentice position. The studio was struggling to complete Francis Ford Coppola's Waterloo, "One From the Heart"; the hectic schedule allowed Davis to study Coppola's directing and the business. Coppola suggested to Davis that she go to school, at which point she then attended Los Angeles City College.
As soon as she got out of school, Davis sent out a package of videos that she had done and was hired to do a video for Husker Du. Davis states that music videos "played a huge role in developing my sensibility as a director.
Timothy Michael Pope (born 12 February 1956, Hackney, London, England) is a film director most famous for his music videos, having directed feature films, and for a brief pop career.
Pope grew up in the north London suburb of Enfield. Both his parents were bankers, and he has a sister, Amanda. He always knew that he wanted to make films, boasting in an interview once, "Even my dreams came with dirt on them, like my Standard-8 movies". He attended St Andrew's primary school, Cecil Road, Enfield, and then went to St Michael's boarding school in Otford, Kent, returning to north London to attend Latymer Grammar School, Haselbury Road. While still attending Latymer, he participated in the first ever Film Studies O-level and was featured in the Evening Standard as “Tim Pope, aged seventeen, who wants to be a film director”.
To achieve this aim, he began to attend Saturday morning film classes at Hornsey College of Art. Here he was able to experiment freely with cameras, spending much time photographing various happenings. His first school film was entitled Voyage, which was shot on a 16mm Bolex camera – and another equally absurd creation was the film Canine Excrement, where he is
Tony Kaye (born 8 July 1952) is a British director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.
Kaye was born in London, United Kingdom. He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "What God Wants" by Roger Waters, and "Help Me" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six time Grammy nominated music video director. He won a Grammy in 2006 for the famous Johnny Cash video "God's Gonna Cut You Down" with cameo appearances by Bono, Johnny Depp, Kanye West, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Iggy Pop, The Dixie Chicks, Brian Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Keith Richards, Chris Martin, Sharon Stone, Lisa Marie Presley, Flea, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jones, Jay-Z, Kris Kristofferson, Owen Wilson, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Amy Lee.
Tony Kaye is the single most awarded director in the history of the commercials industry.
Kaye also serves as his own cinematographer and is also unparalleled in the industry in terms of photographic awards won.
He is widely accepted as having
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard, 3 November 1954, Marylebone, London) is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring ten UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983, including three No.1s. Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. He is also an actor, having appeared in over two dozen films or television episodes between 1985 and 2003.
Since 2010, Ant has undertaken a major reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown London and beyond, recording a new album and with two full-length UK national tours now completed and a US national tour now scheduled. His present comeback continues and thrives despite concerns about such activities being merely another symptom of the mental health issues which were in considerable part responsible for his lengthy spell of near-inactivity spanning the late 1990s and 2000s.
Stuart Goddard was born an only child in Marylebone. One of the themes he used in his later work — oppressed minorities — was part of his
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David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963 in Fairfield, Connecticut) is an artist and photographer known for combining a hyper-realistic aesthetic with social messages.
LaChapelle’s photography career began in the 1980s when he began showing his artwork in New York City galleries. His work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications and creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.
LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed personalities as diverse as Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Shakira, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil' Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name a few.
After establishing himself as a fixture in contemporary photography, LaChapelle decided to branch out and
Godley & Creme were an English rock duo composed of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The pair began releasing albums as a duo after splitting from the pop band 10cc. In 1979 they directed their first music video for their own single "An Englishman in New York". After this, they became involved in directing videos for such artists as Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Wang Chung, as well as directing the ground-breaking promo for their own "Cry" in 1985. The duo split at the end of the 1980s and have both been involved in music videos, TV commercials, and sporadic music projects since.
Kevin Godley and Lol Creme met in the late 1950s and for a brief time were in a band together. Through the 1960s they played in different bands, with Godley briefly in The Mockingbirds with Graham Gouldman, who would later work both Godley and Creme in 10cc.
After recording a one-off single under the name of "Yellow Bellow Room Boom" for UK CBS in 1967 ("Seeing Things Green" b/w "Still Life"), the pair began their professional music career together in 1969, performing pop music in Strawberry Studios at Stockport near Manchester with Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman (often
Ivan Reitman, OC (born October 27, 1946) is a Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 2000.
Reitman was born in Komárno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), the son of Clara and Leslie Reitman. Reitman's parents were Jewish; his mother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and his father was an underground resistance fighter. His family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. Reitman attended Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto and was a member of the Twintone Four singing group. He is the father of film director Jason Reitman.
Reitman's first producing job was with the then-new station CITY-TV in Toronto. CITY was also the home of the first announcing job of his later friend and collaborator Dan Aykroyd. However, Reitman's tenure at CITY was short and he was fired during his first year by station owner Moses Znaimer.
Spellbound (1972), directed by Ivan Reitman, with music by Howard Shore, magic by Doug Henning and co-starring actress Jennifer Dale, a musical that combined an intense storyline and Henning's magic tricks. The show opened in Toronto and broke box office
Nathan "Karma" Cox is a music video director.
Cox has been nominated for 11 awards and won 1 award for his music video work.
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René Elizondo, Jr. (born July 16, 1962 in Durango, Mexico) is a dancer, songwriter, and music video director but may be best known as the ex-husband of Janet Jackson. The two met in the mid-1980s and married secretly in 1991. Elizondo was heavily involved in Jackson's business affairs, but the two had fallen out as marital partners. Following the divorce, Elizondo sued Jackson for spousal support. Elizondo directed her videos for "That's the Way Love Goes", "Again", and "Together Again" (Deeper Remix) and was a songwriter on The Velvet Rope. It is his hands that cover Jackson's breasts on the cover of the September 1993 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, the expanded cover art of her janet. album. René also appeared in Jackson's "Come Back to Me" video in 1990 from her album Rhythm Nation (1989).
In August 2010, Rene married his longtime girlfriend, Britt Coelho in a small beach ceremony. The couple recently had a baby girl on October 9th 2011.
Trey Fanjoy is a country music and pop music video director. Fanjoy has directed over 150 major label music videos. Her videos have appeared on CMT, VH-1, GAC, The Nashville Network, CMT Canada, and MTV.
Over the years, Fanjoy has made a name for herself in the awards circuit. She has been nominated multiple times at the Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards and MTV Awards with numerous nominations and several wins.
Trey has directed videos for artists outside of the United States. British pop group, Atomic Kitten, had Fanjoy direct the video for their hit-single, "Whole Again", which went #1 in over thirty countries. Her video for Five For Fighting's hit 100 Years stayed on VH-1's Top 20 Countdown for 18 weeks.
Most recently, Fanjoy's collaborations for multi-platinum, teen sensation Taylor Swift include hit videos: "Tim McGraw", "Teardrops on My Guitar", "Our Song", "Picture to Burn", "Love Story" and "White Horse". Fanjoy also directed many videos for Reba McEntire, which include "Somebody", "He Gets That from Me", "Strange" and "Consider Me Gone".
Fanjoy continues to garner nominations and accolades. Most
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'". Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994. She also produced 3 Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles top 3 hits, "Fallin'", "If I Ain't Got You" and "No
Timothy Jay Nordwind (born June 28, 1976) is the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rock band OK Go.
Nordwind was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan (where he attended Loy Norrix High School) before moving to Chicago, Illinois in the late '90s. In Chicago, Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Duncan formed a band called, Stanley's Joyful Noise , which was heavily influenced by D.C. punk rock. The trio, along with Damian Kulash, Nordwind's childhood friend who moved to Chicago from Washington D.C., formed the band, OK Go in 1998.
Nordwind became OK Go's official lip-syncher for their homemade choreographed videos such as "A Million Ways" and "Here It Goes Again" even though Kulash is the actual lead singer. It is highly possible this trend was borne out of the band's touring hit "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips", whereby the band would dance on stage to a similarly choreographed routine, and Tim would sing; as he originally did on the record. It is most likely that Nordwind is the only member who can keep track of his choreography while lip-synching.
tim is dating kim hell from future ghost ^___^
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Barry Devlin (born 27 November 1946) is an Irish musician, screen writer and director.
Devlin is from Ardboe, Moortown, County Tyrone. He began to train as a Columban priest, leaving to study English at University College Dublin, then joining a graphics company as a screenwriter.
He was in the pioneering Irish Celtic rock band Horslips as bass player, vocalist and front man.
He has directed for the screen, producing a number of U2 videos in the 1980s. He has also been a writer for radio and screen, originating the radio detective drama Baldi and writing episodes for the television series Ballykissangel and The Darling Buds of May and the screenplay for the film A Man of No Importance.
His sister, Marie Devlin, is a school teacher and writer, publishing Over Nine Waves, a collection of traditional Irish myths and legends, in 1994. She is married to the Nobel Prize-winning writer Seamus Heaney. One of his six sisters is Polly Devlin, the writer and broadcaster who has been awarded the OBE for services to literature .Her first book All Of Us There is now a Virago Modern Classic. She has also made a documentary film The Daisy Chain and is a professor at Columbia University `New York
Bryan Barber ( born 1970 ) is a music video and motion picture director. He has directed many music videos for popular artists.
Barber graduated from Sacramento, CA Hiram Johnson High School in 1988. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1996.
Barber has stature within the music video industry for his ability to break out of the cliches that have dogged the music video business. Barber's videos convey a classic mood often taken from previous era hits. Barber's ability to be heard as a clear and distinct authorial voice lay in his defining a unique visual style, a postmodern style that relied heavily on the use of classic film and TV clips. For example, Barber referenced Grease in the OutKast music video Roses and the Beatles' Ed Sullivan appearance in the band's video for Hey Ya!. In the process, Barber emerged as a talent and imparted an original image to the hip-hop movement.
Barber made his feature film debut with Idlewild, a 1930s musical set in the fictional Georgia town of Idlewild (inspired by the Michigan resort town that served as a safe vacation haven for middle-class blacks in the pre-Civil Rights era ). The film starred OutKast (who's members include André 3000
Charles Stone III (born in 1966) is a film director, known for films such as Drumline starring Nick Cannon, Mr. 3000 starring Bernie Mac, and Paid in Full.
Stone directed the video to What They Do by The Roots, featuring the group running through many rap video clichés.
Stone was the creator of the popular United States advertising campaign, "Whassup?" for Budweiser. In October 2008, he directed a spoof of this campaign to depict his critical view of the Republican Party's 8 years in the White House and to support the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
A 1984 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia), he is the son of Louise Davis Stone and distinguished journalist and Tuskegee Airman Chuck Stone.
Chris Cunningham is a British music video film director and video artist. He was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1970 and grew up in Lakenheath, Suffolk.
Cunningham has primarily directed music videos for ambient music and IDM groups such as Autechre and Aphex Twin. He has also created art installations and directed short movies. He was approached to direct a movie version of the cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, but nothing came of early discussions. In the 2000s, Cunningham began doing music production work. He has also designed album artwork for a variety of musicians.
The video collection The Work of Director Chris Cunningham was released in November 2004 as part of the Directors Label set. This DVD includes selected highlights from 1995–2000.
After seeing Cunningham's work on the 1994 film version of Judge Dredd, Stanley Kubrick head-hunted Cunningham to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Cunningham worked for over a year on the film A.I., before leaving to pursue a career as a director.
Earlier work in film included model making, prosthetic make-up and concept illustrations for Hardware and Dust Devil with
Danny Clinch is a photographer and film director who was born in Toms River, New Jersey in 1964. He graduated from Toms River High School East in 1982 and after attending Ocean County College, he attended the New England School of Photography, a two-year institution located in Boston, MA.
Clinch began his career as an intern for Annie Leibovitz, and went on to photograph the likes of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tupac Shakur, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Nicole Atkins, and Björk. His "unobtrusive" style, according to his bio, is one of the features that Clinch's photographic subjects enjoy.
Clinch's photographs have appeared in publications throughout the world, including Vanity Fair, Spin, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. Clinch has published two books: Discovery Inn in 1998, and The Iron Bird Flies in 2000.
In 2003, Clinch founded the film company Three on the Tree Productions, based in New York City. He is also among the 43 noted photographers invited to donate a print to "FOCUS: an auction of the finest photography to benefit City Harvest...." The fund-raiser on September 18, 2008 supports City Harvest, a food
David Aldrin Slade (born 26 September 1968) is a British film director. His works include the films Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Slade is also a director for television, directing episodes for Breaking Bad and Awake. Before he was a film director, Slade was a director of commercials and music videos.
His first feature film, Hard Candy, was released in 2005 by Lions Gate Entertainment, who purchased the independent movie at the Sundance Film Festival. He went on to direct the vampire movie 30 Days of Night in 2007. Slade directed The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight film series.
Future projects Slade is lined up to direct include directing a reboot to the Marvel Comics character Daredevil, and an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's Coward, a storyline in Brubaker's Criminal comic series. However in a recent announcement it was revealed that Slade is no longer involved in the reboot and has backed out of the project.
In a Twitter post, Slade listed his favourite films as Performance, Wings of Desire, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Possession. Slade also attributes Performance as his main inspiration for becoming a film
John McCrea (born c. 1965) is a founding member of the band CAKE, which originated in Sacramento, California. He sings and is the primary lyricist for the band, in addition to playing guitar, piano, and vibraslap. McCrea also programs drums and does mixing work while he and the rest of the band have produced all of their albums.
Prior to CAKE, McCrea spent most of the 1980s playing in various bands or performing solo. His mid-1980s band John McCrea and the Roughousers recorded the songs "Love You Madly" and "Shadow Stabbing," which were later re-recorded by CAKE (both featured on 2001's Comfort Eagle). This band included Michael Urbano (drums), Pete Costello (bass), and Robert Kuhlmann (guitar).
In the late 1980s, McCrea moved to Los Angeles and began playing acoustically in local coffee shops. His first solo release was a double-sided single on vinyl only called Rancho Seco. One side was electric and the other acoustic. The LP was a protest song against the now-decommissioned nuclear power plant Rancho Seco built southeast of Sacramento.
McCrea's voice has a very distinctive "rough-around-the-edges" quality, which is especially evident when he sings in the lower part of his vocal
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Elliott, with record sales of over thirty million in the United States, is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.. Elliott is known for a series of hits and diverse music videos, including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "4 My People", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch", and "Lose Control". In addition, she has worked extensively as a songwriter and producer for other artists, both alone and with her fellow producer and childhood friend Timbaland, with whom she received her first production credit on R&B singer Ginuwine's 1996's album Ginuwine...the Bachelor.
Elliott was born on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is the only child of mother Patricia, a power-company coordinator, and father Ronnie, a Marine. At the age of four in 1975, she wanted to be a performer, though she knew no one took her seriously, as she was always the class clown. While her father was a Marine,
Nick Egan (born in London, England July 4, 1957) is a visual design artist, and director of music videos, commercials and film. He graduated from the Watford College of Art and Design with a DGA in 1976. While attending college, he created cover art for the singles “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” and “Tommy Gun” for The Clash and t-shirt design for the single “Sheena is A Punk Rocker” for The Ramones. His first chart topping album cover was Dexys Midnight Runners’ ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’. He collaborated with former Sex Pistols manager and fashion entrepreneur Mr. Malcolm McLaren, for whom he designed the album cover for Bow Wow Wow’s ‘See Jungle’. His long time partnership with McLaren McLaren led the art direction of McLaren’s own inventive albums; Duck Rock and ‘Fans’. Egan relocated from Britain to New York, where he created cover art for legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. Egan also art directed books; John Lennon 'Listen To These Pictures' by Rock-n-Roll photographer Bob Gruen and Bob Dylan's 'Drawn Blank'.
In the early 80’s during London’s thriving Piccadilly fashion scene, Egan designed much of the graphic material for Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Worlds
Patrick Daughters (born 1976 in Berkeley, California) is an American music video and commercial director currently signed to The Directors Bureau, after departing Black Dog Films in late 2006.
Daughters is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. While still in college, he gained attention with three award-winning short films: In Life We Soar, Any Creature about a young girl who witnesses a mysterious car accident, and Unloved. Unloved earned Daughters the $20,000 Grand Prize Award at Nintendo's Eternal Darkness film contest in 2002. He started directing music videos in 2003.
In December 2003 he directed a concert film for The Rapture titled The Rapture is Live, and Well, in New York City, filmed over a 3 day residency at New York's Bowery Ballroom, released on June 28, 2004.
His video for "1234" by Feist, consists of one single continuous tracking shot, and was nominated for a Grammy and won the award for Best International Video at the British CADs. The video was featured in "Stacks", a late 2007 commercial spot for the release of the third generation iPod nano directed by Mark Coppos and Virginia Lee.
He has also directed commercials for the ONDCP, PETA,
Richard Ellef Ayoade ( /aɪ.oʊˈɑːdeɪ/ eye-oh-WA-deh, born 12 June 1977) is an English comedian, actor, writer and director, best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd.
Ayoade was born in Whipps Cross, London, the only child of a Norwegian mother, Dagny, and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. The family moved to Ipswich in Suffolk when he was young. Ayoade studied at St. Joseph's College in Ipswich and later studied law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1995–1998) where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production and was president of the Footlights from 1997 to 1998.
While in Footlights, Ayoade acted in and wrote many shows. He and Footlights vice-president John Oliver wrote two pantomimes together: Sleeping Beauty, and Grimm Fairy Tales. Ayoade acted in both Footlights' 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (directed by Cal McCrystal).
Ayoade co-wrote the stage show Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, whom he also met at the Footlights, appearing in the show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000 where it was nominated for a Perrier Award. In 2001
Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He legally changed his name to Rob Zombie in 1996. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s, and rose to fame in the early 1990s. As a solo artist, he has released four studio albums, five compilation albums, and a live album. He has expanded his career and become a director, and has directed a total of six films, the majority of which he also wrote or co-wrote. He has also released numerous brands of comic books, and appeared as an actor on numerous occasions.
Their debut album, Soul-Crusher, was released in 1987 and was followed by their second album Make Them Die Slowly in 1989. They rose to prominence after the success of their third album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, and its lead single "Thunder Kiss '65" in 1993. The album went on to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, for sales exceeding two million copies in the US. Their fourth and final studio album, Astro Creep: 2000, became their first top-10 entry on the Billboard 200, and their second album to reach multi-platinum
Stefan Ruzowitzky (born December 25, 1961) is an Academy Award-winning Austrian film director and screenwriter.
Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna. He studied drama and history at the University of Vienna and started directing music videos, for example for 'N Sync, and commercials.
In 1996, Ruzowitzky presented his first feature film, Tempo, about a group of youths living in Vienna. He was subsequently awarded with the Max Ophüls Preis. His next feature film, Die Siebtelbauern, set in the rural Mühlviertel in Upper Austria, came out in 1998, and was awarded Best Picture at the Rotterdam film festival as well as at the Flanders Film Festival. It also got a prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid.
In 2000 he directed the successful German horror film Anatomy, starring Franka Potente, and in 2003 the equally well received sequel Anatomy 2. Between those two Ruzowitzky's first international co-production All the Queen's Men from 2001, starring Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard, was received poorly by both critics and viewers.
In 2007 Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Bear award. The film is based on
Steven "Steve" Barron (born 4 May 1956) is an Irish film director, film producer and music video director. He is best known for directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and the innovative music videos for a-ha's "Take on Me" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".
He was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of filmmaker Zelda Barron (1929–2006). He attended St. Marylebone Grammar School. He made his music video directorial debut in 1979 and directed many of the 1980s' most memorable music videos, including "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take on Me" by a-ha. Barron only made eight music videos in the early 90s and made his last music video in 1993 for David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down".
In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to film, directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996, Rat in 2000 and Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001.
Barron has also directed several award winning miniseries, such as Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000)
Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961) is a Canadian cartoonist, artist, writer, toy designer and entrepreneur, best known for his work in comic books, such as the fantasy series Spawn.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McFarlane became a comic book superstar due to his work on Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he helped form Image Comics, pulling the occult anti-hero character Spawn from his high school portfolio and updating him for the 1990s. Spawn was a popular hero in the 1990s and encouraged a trend in creator-owned comic book properties.
Since leaving inking duties on Spawn with issue #70 (February 1998), McFarlane has illustrated comic books less often, focusing on entrepreneurial efforts, such as McFarlane Toys and Todd McFarlane Entertainment, a film and animation studio. In September, 2006, it was announced that McFarlane will be the Art Director of the newly formed 38 Studios, formerly Green Monster Games, founded by major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. McFarlane used to be a co-owner of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers but sold his shares to Daryl Katz. He is also a high-profile collector of history-making baseballs.
McFarlane was born
Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera (/mɑrˈdʒɛərə/ or mar-JAIR-ə; born September 28, 1979) is an American professional skateboarder, television and radio personality, actor and daredevil. He released a series of videos under the CKY banner and came to prominence after being drafted into MTV's Jackass crew. He has since appeared in MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, all three Jackass movies, and Haggard and Minghags, both of which he co-wrote and directed.
Margera was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to Phil and April Margera. He is the younger brother of Jess Margera and nephew of Vincent Margera. His grandfather nicknamed him "Bam" at the age of three after his habit of running into walls. He attended East High School and cites friend Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school.
Margera began shooting videos of himself and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which eventually turned into the CKY video series. He independently released CKY. CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4 have also been released. CKY stands for "Camp Kill Yourself", a reference to the film Sleepaway Camp. These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (née Beyoncé Giselle Knowles; September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé ( /biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.
During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy"—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B'Day, in 2006, which spawned the top 10 singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), spawned the hit singles "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams". The album helped Knowles earn
Daniel Kleinman is a British television commercial and music video director who was title sequence designer for the James Bond series of films from 1995's GoldenEye until he was replaced by MK12 for 2008's Quantum of Solace. He will return to the series to design the title sequence for 2012's Skyfall.
Prior to Bond, Kleinman had directed music videos for artists such as Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Paula Abdul, Wang Chung and many others. His 1989 James Bond-inspired video for Gladys Knight's title song to Licence to Kill led to him being chosen as the replacement for regular Bond title designer Maurice Binder after his death in 1991. In addition to the titles, Kleinman also directed the music video for Sheryl Crow's Tomorrow Never Dies title song.
Kleinman has also directed many television commercials for companies ranging from Smirnoff's Sea and Guinness' noitulovE, to pieces for Levi's, Johnnie Walker, Durex and Audi.
Kleinman's appointment as 'Bond' title designer has placed greater emphasis on the use of modern technologies (such as computer generated images) into the creation of the series' title sequences, as well as an arguably greater emphasis on the integration of elements of
Geoff Moore (born February 21, 1961 in Flint Michigan) is a Contemporary Christian music artist and songwriter. He started recording as a solo artist in 1984. In 1987, he formed Geoff Moore and the Distance. The contemporary gospel band released together 8 albums. The band broke up in 1998, with Geoff Moore continuing as a solo artist.
Moore was born in Michigan in 1961. His father played baseball for the Toledo Mud Hens, and later ran a steel fabrication plant. He attended Holly Area Schools at Patterson Elementary, Holly, MI through grade six and then started attending Brandon Schools in Ortonville, MI. He began singing while he was at Taylor University living in Wengatz Hall. At the time that he became a classmate to White Heart's future lead singer, Rick Florian, when he stood in for the lead singer of his roommate's band. He graduated from Taylor in 1983. Newly married, he moved to Nashville soon after college. He was able to break into the music industry with the assistance of Michael W. Smith, when the two met in the clothing store where Moore worked. He signed a publishing contract with Paragon Music, a company specialising in writing songs for others, and sang on demo
Marc Klasfeld is an American music video director. He has directed over two hundred music videos for artists such as Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Foo Fighters, Jewel, Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Aerosmith and many others with multiple MTV award wins and nominations. He has also written and directed commercials, independent films and documentaries.
He is also the founder of Rockhard, a music video production company that also houses directors Ray Kay, Sanaa Hamri, Sarah Chatfield, Mickey Finnegan, Mark Staubach and Steve Jocz. Rockhard has produced videos for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Prince, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Jessie J, Willow Smith, Adam Lambert, Big Time Rush and many others.
He is also a director of television commercials for Nike, NFL, NBA, Motorola, Reebok, Cartoon Network and Hummer. His best known commercial work is for ESPN's This is Sportscenter campaign, Hammer Pants Dance for the A&E Network's reality show Hammertime, Avril Lavigne's Canon campaigns and Smirnoff's Green Tea Partay viral video sang by Sebastian Siegel.
His first independent feature film which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, was The
Paul Hunter is a music video director known for popular music singles. He has directed over 100 music videos, television advertisements and was nominated for an Emmy for Nike's Freestyle commercial.
Hunter majored in Radio, TV, and Film at Cal State Northridge. His career began working on sets and shooting spec commercials.
Hunter has worked with musical artists including Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Ashanti, Marilyn Manson, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, TLC, Nicole Scherzinger, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
Hunter made his feature length directorial debut with Bulletproof Monk for MGM, starring Chow Yun Fat and Seann William Scott.
Hunter's directed the music video of Michael Jackson's come-back single, 'You Rock My World' and the award-winning "Lady Marmalade" video for the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Hunter is currently affiliated with PRETTYBIRD, a production company in Culver City, California.
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an award-winning musician whose talents in composing, performing, and vocal harmony placed him at the forefront of the singer-songwriters on an international scale. Simon's fame, influence and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.
Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. Among many
Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is best known as a documentary film director whose works include the trilogy titled The Decline of Western Civilization. She has also directed feature films, including Wayne's World, her highest grossing film.
Spheeris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Greek immigrant father who owned the Magic Empire Shows circus carnival and was a side-show strong man. Her mother was a ticket taker for a traveling circus side show. Spheeris is the sister of singer Jimmie Spheeris and the first cousin of musician Chris Spheeris, and the Greek-French director Costa Gavras, who she says makes her consider that there is something to the genetic aspects to the job description Spheeris spent her first seven years traveling around the American South and American Midwest with her father's carnival. She majored in film and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts from UCLA in Los Angeles, California.
Spheeris launched her career by producing short subjects for comedian Albert Brooks, many of them being highlights in the first season of the television series Saturday Night Live. Her first
Peter Martin Christopherson (also known as Sleazy, 27 February 1955 – 25 November 2010) was a musician, video director and designer, and former member of the influential British design agency Hipgnosis.
He was one of the original members of the Industrial Records band, Throbbing Gristle. After Throbbing Gristle he participated in the foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton, aka John Balance. After his short time in Psychic TV, Christopherson formed Coil along with Balance, which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their Weston-Super-Mare home. Christopherson participated in the reuniting of Throbbing Gristle and he composed an album for his solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir.
Prior to his musical career, Peter Christopherson was a commercial artist, designer, and photographer. Notably, he was one of the three partners of the album cover design group Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many notable album covers of the 1970s. Christopherson remained involved with commercial art through his later musical career as a director of music videos and television commercials.
Born in Leeds, Christopherson was a founding member of Throbbing
Ray Kay (born Reinert K. Olsen; 10 July 1978) is a Norwegian director and photographer who is currently based in Los Angeles. He is a music video & commercial director.
Kay mostly directs music videos and has worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Nelly Furtado, Brigitte Yaghi, Beyoncé Knowles, Destiny's Child, Gloria Estefan, Steven Tyler, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert, Cheryl Cole, Alesha Dixon, Diddy, Willow Smith, Amerie, Sean Paul, Christina Milian, The-Dream, Backstreet Boys, Melanie C, Ciara, Snoop Dogg and Ghostface. He also photographs fashion stills and album covers, and has directed commercials for brands such as Pepsi, AT&T, Zellers and Sport 1.
His music videos have won several awards, including MTV Awards, Much Music Awards and ZTV Awards.
Kay will make his feature directorial debut with "Paranormalcy", a fantasy film based on the New York Times bestselling book by Kiersten White. He is currently developing the project with Gil Adler and Reverie Partners.
Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu /ˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduː/, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul".
Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also speaks at length in the documentary Before the Music Dies.
Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas on February 26, 1971. Her mother raised her, her brother (Jabbada), and her sister (Nayrok) alone after their father, William Wright Jr., deserted the family early in their lives. To provide for her family, the
Matt Lenski is an American director of television commercials, music videos, and films. He is based in New York City. Lenski won an MTV Video Music Award for his direction of Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" video. His short film Meaning Of Robots was officially accepted in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Lenski acted and co-produced the 2004 feature film "Point & Shoot," directed by Shawn Regruto. Lenski's 2004 viral campaign, "F*ck New York," parodied the Republican Presidential Convention, which took place in New York City. The satire featured thug teens playing the rolls of President George W. Bush and his political bedfellows. New York Magazine quoted it as Russell Simmons' preferred viral video.
Brothers Greg and Colin Strause (self-titled as Strause Brothers) are an American film directing duo, most famous for directing Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Skyline, and special effects artists. They are the founders of Hydraulx, a special effects company.
They began experimenting with visual effects in their early teens. In 1995, they moved to Los Angeles and started working on the special effects for The X-Files film. From there they moved on to big-budget films such as The Nutty Professor, Volcano and the iceberg sequence of James Cameron's Academy Award-winning Titanic. They then broke into the music video and commercial arena, handling the special effects for artists such as U2, Britney Spears, Godsmack, Tool and Aerosmith as well as spots for Nike, Jeep and Pepsi.
In 2000, Colin won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' video, "Californication." This led the brothers to start directing under the moniker "The Brothers Strause," and their Linkin Park clip "Crawling" was nominated for Best Direction and Best Rock Video at the 2001 VMA's. Other artists they have directed for include A Perfect Circle, Nickelback, Paulina Rubio, Opeth,
Michael Patterson is an experimental film artist, teacher, and a commercial film director specializing in TV spots and music videos. He currently teaches animation at the Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His best known character is MC Skat Kat.
After graduate studies with Jules Engel at CalArts, Mike was brought to the attention of record executives with his Student Academy Award winning animated short 'Commuter'. Employing his unmistakable drawing style, he began his career in music videos in 1985. He and his wife Candace Reckinger were driving forces behind the early days of MTV. Winners of an MTV award for the animation in a-ha's groundbreaking video for "Take on Me" and "Train of thought", they went on to animate and direct Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract". "Opposites" was nominated for 6 MTV awards and won the Grammy for best music video of the year. The couple also directed videos for Sting ('Be Still My Beating Heart'), Suzanne Vega ('Luka'), Roy Orbison, Wilson-Phillips, Ian Hunter, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, and Go West among others.
After nearly a decade in music, Mike shifted his focus to commercials, combining his
Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson; June 7, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings. In addition, he has been a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and even Kim Basinger). He also has several hundred unreleased songs in his "vault".
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly is recognized as one of the most successful R&B artists of all-time. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly".
Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs for many artists including The Winans, The Isley Brothers, Charlie Wilson, Quincy Jones, K-Ci & JoJo, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Hi-Five, Nivea, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Gerald LeVert, Raheem DeVaughn, Ruben Studdard, Jaheim, Kelly Price, Tamia, Maxwell, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Usher, B2K, Twista, Tyrese,
David Mallet is a British director particularly noted for his work on music videos, including David Bowie's innovative "Ashes to Ashes", Rush's "Distant Early Warning, and Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want to Break Free" videos. He has also served as a producer on television programmes including The Kenny Everett Video Show. He is also known for directing some concert recordings of acclaimed British soprano Sarah Brightman and other major live music and spectacle events such as 46664 and Cirque du Soleil. He has also directed such prominent concerts as Pink Floyd's P•U•L•S•E.
Bille Woodruff is a music video and film director, noted for directing many videos for a number of R&B and hip-hop artists since the mid-1990s. These artists include Joe, for whom Woodruff has directed 9 music videos since 1994, and Toni Braxton, with whom he has worked 8 times since 1996. Woodruff directed the videos for some of Braxton's biggest singles, including "Un-Break My Heart", "You're Makin' Me High", and "He Wasn't Man Enough".
Woodruff directed the 2003 film Honey. Singer and actress Aaliyah was originally slated to play the title role, but died before filming began. She was replaced by Jessica Alba. The film was released on December 5, 2003 and opened at #2 at the US Box Office, earning $12,856,040 in its opening weekend. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, with a rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, but favorable reviews from moviegoers, with a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Woodruff then directed the 2005 film Beauty Shop, a spin-off of the Barbershop film trilogy, starring Queen Latifah. The film was released on March 30, 2005 and went on to gross worldwide $37,245,453 at the worldwide box office. Movie critics' reviews were generally
Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957), best known as Brad Bird, is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor. He is best known for having written and directed Warner Bros.' The Iron Giant (1999), and Pixar's The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). He made his live-action film directing debut with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).
Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in the propane business, and his grandfather, Francis Wesley "Frank" Bird, who was born in Sligo, Ireland, was a president and chief executive of the Montana Power Company. On a tour of the Walt Disney Studios at age 11, he announced that someday he would become part of its animation team, and soon afterward began work on his own 15-minute animated short. Within two years, Bird had completed his animation, which impressed the cartoon company. By age 14, barely in high school, Bird was mentored by the animator Milt Kahl, one of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men. Bird recalls Kahl's criticisms as ideal: Kahl would point out shortcomings by gently delivering
David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954) is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roth is best known as the original (1973-1985) and current (2006-present) lead singer of the Southern California-based hard rock band Van Halen. He is also known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum records. After more than two decades apart, Roth re-joined Van Halen in 2006 for a North American tour that became the most successful in the band's history and one of the highest grossing of that year. In 2012, Roth and Van Halen released the critically and commercially successful comeback album, A Different Kind of Truth.
Roth was born on October 10, 1954, in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the son of ophthalmologist Nathan Roth and Sibyl Roth and the brother of Allison and Lisa Roth. Dr. Nathan Roth was a renowned eye surgeon, who made millions via his practice and in real estate. Dr. Roth was even featured on the TV show, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", in 1984. On that program, Dr. Roth claims that he was Van Halen's first manager helping the group
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Marcus Nispel (born 26 May 1963) is a German–American feature film director and producer, and formerly a director of television commercials and music videos. Many of his films have been remakes, some of which have met with a negative critical reception.
Nispel was born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany. He started his career in advertising as an art director for Young & Rubicam in Frankfurt. He came to America on a Fulbright scholarship in 1984 at the age of 20 and made his directing debut in 1989 with a series of music videos for C&C Music Factory.
While living in New York, Nispel founded and operated his own production company, Portfolio Artists Network, before merging with RSA-USA, and then joining MJZ in 2000.
To date, Nispel has directed over 1000 commercials and music videos. His commercial clients include: AT&T, Audi, Canon, Chase, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, Fidelity, Kodak, Levi's, L'Oréal, Marlboro, Mercedes-Benz, Motorola, Nike, Panasonic, Pepsi, RCA, Showtime, Sprint, Sprite, Unisys, UPS, US Postal Service, VISA Gold as well as MTV, ABC, CBS and NBC.
His music videos include over fifteen #1 songs and several breakthrough videos for artists such as the Spice Girls, Lil' Kim,
Michael Haussman (born 1964) is an American music video, motion picture and television advertisement director, writer and producer.
Michael Haussman is a director, writer and artist, whose internationally acclaimed commercials have won numerous awards and are featured in advertising books and trade journals. They include the latest world wide campaign for Diesel Loverdose featuring model Ashley Smith as well as campaigns for Levi's, Absolut, BMW, Yves Saint Laurent, Guinness, Adidas, Ray-Ban, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Replay.
He has directed music videos for such artists as JustinTimberlake, Madonna, Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Usher, Shakira, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. His videos have won several MTV and VH1 awards, including MTV Music Video Of TheYear and the prestigious Museum Of Modern Art award.
Michael Haussman wrote and directed the experimental film, RHINOCEROS HUNTING IN BUDAPEST, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Following, he completed a feature-length documentary about two matadors and the world of bullfighting, entitled THE LAST SERIOUS THING.
Michael has done print campaigns for Philips, Replay Jeans, Lancôme
Milcho Manchevski (Macedonian: Милчо Манчевски [ˈmiltʃɔ ˈmantʃɛvski] ( listen)), is a New York-based Academy award-nominated Macedonian writer-director, photographer and artist, born on 18 October 1959 in Skopje, Macedonia.
Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011), over 50 short forms, including “TENNESSEE” for Arrested Development (1991). He has also been a director on HBO’s “THE WIRE.” He’s authored two exhibitions of photographs, works of fiction and performance art.
"Before the Rain" won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc.
The New York Times included "Before the Rain" on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made.
Manchevski won awards for best experimental film (for "1.73") and best MTV video (for "TENNESSEE", which The Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever).
"Dust'" was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival.
Phil Joanou (born November 20, 1961 in La Cañada Flintridge, California) is an American film director. He is also well known for his work with Irish rock band U2, having directed their rockumentary/live tape Rattle and Hum, one of three videos filmed for "One", and the video for "All Because of You". Married to Ford Model Breann Nelson.
The film Entropy (1999) was Joanou's own autobiography, wherein the director played by Stephen Dorff passes through many of the incidents of Joanou's own life.
Will Cotton (born 1965 in Melrose, Massachusetts, U.S.) is an American painter. His work primarily features landscapes composed of sweets, often inhabited by human subjects. Will Cotton lives and works in New York City.
Cotton's works from the 1990s depicted pop icons sourced from contemporary advertisements such as the Nestlé Quick bunny - directly referencing visual modes aimed at evoking desire. Cotton described his early works in a 2008 interview, saying "My initial impulse to make these paintings really came out of an awareness of the commercial consumer landscape that we live in. Every day we're bombarded with hundreds, if not thousands of messages designed specifically to incite desire within us."
In 1996, Cotton began to develop an iconography in which the landscape itself became an object of desire. The paintings often feature scenery made up entirely of pastries, candy and melting ice cream. He creates elaborate maquettes of these settings from real baked goods made in his Manhattan studio as a visual source for the final works. Since about 2002, nude or nearly nude pinup-style models have occasionally populated these candy-land scenes. As in the past, the works project a
Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian and American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada.
Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. Jagged has sold more than 33 million units globally. Her following album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998 and was a success as well. Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos and Flavors of Entanglement. Her eighth studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights, was released on August 28, 2012. Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Morissette is also known for her powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano voice.
Morissette was born June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein), a teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a high school principal. She has a twin brother, Wade Morissette, (also a
Ann "Annie" Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving minor success in the late 1970s as part of the New Wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. Lennox is the most recognized female artist at the Brit Awards, winning a total of eight awards. She has also been named the "Brits Champion of Champions".
Lennox embarked on a solo career in the 1990s with her debut album, Diva (1992), which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". To date, she has released five solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). She is the recipient of eight Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is
Ben Unwin portrayed the character Jesse McGregor on the Australian television drama Home and Away from 1995 to 2005.
He commenced his acting career at the age of 12, playing a lead in the Musical Seven Little Australians for a year run at the Footbridge Theatre and worked consistently in film, television, commercials, and theatre while he completed his school education. After receiving his Higher School Certificate Ben had the role of bad boy Jesse written for him after auditioning for another role on the TV drama Home and Away.
At the 39th Annual TV Week Logie Awards held in 1997, Ben was nominated for the Logie for Most Popular New Talent for his work on Home and Away. He was also nominated for a British TV Award for Best Newcomer.
Following his stint on Home and Away Ben embarked on a career change and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2010 and is currently undertaking his Masters in Law. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and now works as a solicitor in Sydney.
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Clint Crisher and his catalog of over 100 songs, provides popular material for the likes of XM Satellite Radio, ABC Radio Networks and nightclubs across the country. Clint is a prolific recording artist with 8 plus albums released, most notably, ‘Perfect World' and ‘Terrific Distraction'. Clint's mantra is "Music Is The Reason", with a Pop/Electronica /Dance sensibility and strongly believes in the integrity of his compositions. He has been recognized as a ‘Billboard Breakout Artist' in 2007 for the hit single ‘Spotlight, The Remixes', with his work in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. The Florida native is a multi-faceted artist who plays the guitar and trombone, as well as sings, writes, produces, acts, dances, models and emcees. Clint is musically influenced by the works of Elton John, George Michael and Michael Jackson. Clint's youthful and seductive stage presence has likened him to Elvis Presley, however with a broad audience appeal. Vocally, he has been compared to George Michael, David Bowie and David Byrne of the Talking Heads. Clint's musical compositions are soulful, with an energetic beat and well crafted lyrics. Although starting in the south, Clint has moved throughout the country in pursuit of his passion, performing in such celebrated venues as Crobar in South Beach, Webster Hall in New York, as well as numerous festivals and concerts across the United States. Clint also has the distinction of singing for Her Majesty, as part of his high school music group. As his portfolio of performance and compositions grew, Clint formed an independent label, ‘Crisher Entertainment', and has recently licensed his work for use on motion pictures, television, radio and the internet. Clint resides in Los Angeles, California where he continues to hone his craft, awaiting you to book his premiere world tour.Clint Crisher is ‘Exclusively Represented' by Nferno Entertainment Agency, LLC.
Dan Konopka (born July 26, 1974) is the drummer for a Chicago-based rock band OK Go.
Prior to OK Go Dan played in the Chicago based group Stanley's Joyful Noise, with (former OK Go member) Andy Duncan and (current OK Go member)Tim Nordwind.
Dan married Kristy Swailes on September 16, 2007 in Santa Barbara California. They live in Los Angeles California with their cat Roxy.
Dan is currently recording a side project with the indie-pop band Debate Team, featuring Drew Brown of OneRepublic on guitar and keyboard, Bob Morris of The Hush Sound on bass, and Ryan McNeill on rhythm guitar and vocals. Debate Team's debut album is slated for an early 2010 release.
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Game. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $250 million. In 2012, he was put at the top of the list with $110,000,000 (£70,000,000).
Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993
Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and director. He made his feature film debut in 1985 with the science fiction movie Explorers, before making a supporting appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society which is considered his breakthrough role. He then appeared in such films as White Fang (1991), A Midnight Clear (1992), and Alive (1993) before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he gained critical acclaim. In 1995, he starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in the 2004 sequel Before Sunset.
In 2001, Hawke was cast as a rookie police officer in Training Day, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. Other films have included the science fiction feature Gattaca (1997), the title role in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000), the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), and the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).
Hawke has appeared in many theater productions including The Seagull, Henry IV, Hurlyburly, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale and The Coast of Utopia, for which he earned a Tony Award
Jamie Christopher Hewlett (born 3 April 1968) is an English comic book artist and designer. He is known for being the co-creator of the comic Tank Girl and co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz.
Brought up in Horsham, West Sussex, Jamie Hewlett was a pupil at Tanbridge House School, the local mixed comprehensive. His artistic skill became apparent early on – he contributed to the art work of a road safety campaign that ended up runner-up in a national television competition. Also, he worked part-time stacking shelves at weekends at the local Payless DIY store.
While studying at Northbrook College, Worthing, Hewlett, Alan Martin and fellow student Philip Bond had created a fanzine called Atomtan. This brought him to the attention of Brett Ewins. After leaving college Hewlett and Martin were invited by Ewins to create material for a new magazine he was setting up with Steve Dillon in 1988.
The magazine was called Deadline and featured a mixture of comic strips produced by British creators, and articles on music and culture. Martin and Hewlett created Tank Girl, an anarchic strip about a teenage punk girl who drove a tank and had a mutant kangaroo for a boyfriend. The strip proved
Jesse Dylan (born January 6, 1966) is an American film director, and the founder, CEO and creative director of the media production company Wondros. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and TED,, the founder of Lybba - a non-profit devoted to the benefits of community, data and technology in healthcare - and is the son of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.
Dylan was born in New York City, and is the eldest son of musician Bob Dylan and Sara Lownds Dylan. His siblings include Anna Lea (b July 11, 1967), Samuel Isaac Abraham (b July 30, 1968), and Jakob Luke (b December 9, 1969). In addition, his father adopted Sara's daughter from a prior marriage, Maria Lownds (b. October 21, 1961). Bob and Sara Dylan divorced when Jesse was 11 years old.
Dylan is married to Susan Traylor; they have two children.
Dylan attended New York University film school and began his career directing music videos for clients including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lita Ford, Public Image Limited, and Lenny Kravitz.
Dylan founded Wondros, a full-service production company which specializes in translating complex business and prosocial ideas into simple media messages. Wondros clients are
Michael John Kricfalusi (pronunciation: /ˌkrɪsfəˈluːsi/), better known as John K. (born September 9, 1955), is a Canadian animator. He is creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, its adults-only spin-off Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", The Ripping Friends animated series, and Weekend Pussy Hunt, which was billed as "the world's first interactive web-based cartoon", as well as the founder of animation studio Spümcø.
Born in Canada, John Kricfalusi spent his early childhood in Germany and Belgium as a military brat, his father serving in the air force. At age seven he returned with his family to Canada. Having moved in the middle of a school season, he spent much of his time that year at home, watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons and drawing them. Kricfalusi's interest in Golden Age animation crystallized during his stay at Sheridan College, where an acquaintance of his held weekly screenings of old films and cartoons, among them the cartoons of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, which left a deep impression on Kricfalusi. He soon left Sheridan College and moved to Los Angeles, intending to become an animator.
After moving to Los Angeles, Kricfalusi was introduced to Milt Gray by Bob Clampett,
Lol Creme (born Laurence Neil Creme 19 September 1947 in Prestwich, England) is an English musician and music video director, best known for his work in 10cc. He sings, plays guitar and keyboards.
Creme was born to a family of Jewish descent, and later took up the nickname Lolagon. While attending art school in Manchester, he met Kevin Godley. They became part of several bands together, most significantly 10cc, and in 1976 departed 10cc together to record as Godley & Creme. The pair later became prolific music video directors, working with bands including Yes. Creme would later direct the 1991 Jamaican comedy film The Lunatic.
In 1998, Creme became a member of the band Art of Noise, along with Trevor Horn, and directed videos for such artists who recorded with them as Tom Jones. Further work with Horn followed, including forming The Producers, also with Chris Braide and Steve Lipson.
Lol's son Lalo was a member of the 1990s indie-dance band Arkarna and has also worked on a number of projects with his father. His wife Angie is the sister of ex-10cc member Eric Stewart's wife Gloria.
Martin Charles Scorsese ( /skɔrˈsɛsɛ/; born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards.
Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Italian American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, modern crime, and violence. Scorsese is hailed as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers of all time, directing landmark films such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and Goodfellas (1990) – all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Departed (2006), having been nominated a previous six times.
Martin Scorsese grew up in New York City. His father, Charles Scorsese (1913–1993),
Robert Longo (born January 7, 1953) is an American painter and sculptor. Longo became famous in the 1980s for his "Men in the Cities" series, which depicted sharply dressed men writhing in contorted emotion.
Robert Longo was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Long Island. He had a childhood fascination with mass media: movies, television, magazines, and comic books, which continue to influence his art.
Longo began college at the University of North Texas, in the town of Denton, but left before getting a degree. He later studied sculpture under Leonda Finke, who encouraged him to pursue a career in the visual arts. In 1972, Longo received a grant to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Upon his return to New York, Longo enrolled at Buffalo State College, where he received a BFA in 1975. While at Buffalo State, he studied under, and was likely influenced by art professor Joseph Piccillo. At this time he was associated with artist Cindy Sherman, who was also studying art at Buffalo State.
While in college, Longo and his friends established an avant garde art gallery in their co-op building, the Essex Art Center, which was originally a converted ice
Bo Johan Renck (born 5 December 1966, Uppsala) is a Swedish director of music videos, TV and film. He is an occasional recording artist using the moniker Stakka Bo.
Stakka Bo scored a hit single in 1993/1994 with the song "Here We Go". It peaked at #13 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head with Beavis stating he thinks "Ace of Base sucks." "Here We Go", was also featured in the movie, Never Been Kissed; in the video game UEFA Euro 2004 and the film, Alien Autopsy.
He has directed music videos for a number of artists including Madonna's "Hung Up" and "Nothing Really Matters", Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight", All Saints' "Black Coffee", Robyn's "Handle Me, Robbie Williams's "Tripping" and "She's Madonna", The Libertines' "What Became of the Likely Lads", Suede's "She's in Fashion", New Order's "Crystal" and "Krafty", Beyoncé's "Me, Myself and I", The Knife's "Pass This On", Fever Ray's "Seven" and Bat for Lashes' "Daniel". In 2012 he directed the music video "Blue Velvet" for Lana del Rey which was also used for the commercial campaign by H&M.
Renck directed three episodes of AMC television drama Breaking Bad and one episode of The
Antonia Christina Basilotta (born September 22, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), better known by her stage name Toni Basil, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million-selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982.
Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Jacqueline Jessica Anderson, was a vaudevillian acrobatic comedian in her family's act "Billy Wells and The Four Fays." Her father, Louis Basil, was an orchestra leader who conducted orchestras at The Chicago Theatre and at The Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, among others.
Toni Basil had been dancing professionally since childhood, but her adult career started when she served as an assistant choreographer and dancer on Shindig!, a breakthrough music variety show which premiered on the ABC network in 1964. She was assistant choreographer on the 1964 concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen-Age Music International) choreographed by David Winters, which featured fellow dancer and friend, Teri Garr. Some of her 1960s film choreography work include Village of the Giants (1965), The Cool Ones (1967), and