After his early start shooting music videos for the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Usher, and Childish Gambino, director Hiro Murai has risen to become one of the most exciting artists working in television today. Along with frequent collaborator Donald Glover, Murai has created some of the most scintillating episodes for the Golden Globe Award-winning series
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1. Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze first made himself known in the ’90s directing playful, enigmatic music videos for artists such as Björk, The Beastie Boys, and Weezer. His eccentric personality and sense of humor would inevitably translate to his features, many of which being dramas infused with an absurdist premise or characters. While most of his videos are exceptionally well-crafted and fun to watch, my personal favorite comes in the form of Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice,” in which Christopher Walken showcases his raw, natural dancing talent.
2. David Fincher
Before making some of the best psychological thrillers of the 21st century so far, David Fincher made his start directing music videos for the original “Bad Girl,” Madonna. In fact, Fincher directed the music video for “Bad Girl,” along with the videos for “Oh Father” and “Express Yourself.” Their most iconic collaboration, however, is Madonna’s “Vogue” music video, an ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood that challenged society’s preconceptions of sexuality and glamor. It was also an anthem for the club culture craze of the ’90s, bringing the “Vogue” style of dancing from the underground gay nightlife scene to the mainstream. For what it’s worth, it also repopularized the cone bra.
3. Michael Gondry
Renowned for his ability to create bizarre, surreal films, most notably
4. Antoine Fuqua
5. Michael Bay
When it comes to over-the-top spectacles, no one does it like Michael Bay… for better or worse. Bay’s success as a music video director for the likes of Donny Osmond, Tina Turner, and Lionel Richie would catch the attention of Jerry Bruckheimer, who would help Bay launch his directorial debut
Did I miss any other big-time directors who got their start in music videos? Let me know in the comments down below and tell me what your favorite music video from a film director is.