Wednesday Director Recommendation: Michel Gondry

What does Björk, Daft Punk, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, The Vines, Steriogram, Radiohead, and Beck have in common?

Yep, french Michel Gondry have directed some serious crazy cool music videos for all of them.
Besides directing music videos he also made some feature films & commercials that all stand out from the crowd.
His commercial for Levi’s 501 Jeans ”Drugstore” spot holds the record for “Most awards won by a TV commercial”.

He truly has a great ability to create emotion from his visually creative mind. For example the following Björk video. It’s so simple but full of emotion.
When others try to make their videos look high budget, Michel Gondry only focuses on a great idea. And as you can tell.. it’s a lot more effective. And of course you have to smoke crack or take LSD regularly to come up with these kind of ideas.

He usually have a very simple concept but packaged in a elegant form. Like this White Stripes video.

Or my all time favourite “one take” video also with White Stripe.

It’s so technically advanced with all the set design and camera work. To end this little write-up of Michel Gondry here’s a behind the scenes of the Denial Twist. Just imagine how much work went into this.

 

Other great Michel Gondry videos:
Kylie Minogue — “Come Into My World”
The Black Crowes – “High Head Blues”
The Chemical Brothers – “Star Guitar”
The White Stripes – “Fell In Love WIth a Girl”
Daft Punk – “Around The World”
Wyclef Jean – “Another One Bites the Dust”
Bjork – “Hyperballad”
Beck – “Cell Phone Dead”
Mia Doi Todd – “Open Your Heart”
Bjork – “Human Behaviour”

See all the spots from Super Bowl 2014

- - Cinematography, Fun, VFX

The era of the pre-game Super Bowl strategy kicked off in earnest in 2011, when Volkswagen pre-released its excellent spot “The Force” before Super Sunday. The monster success of that spot spurred others to follow suit and this year the trend continued unabated

Which one’s your favourite? The KIA one is pretty neat!

BUDWEISER “A HERO’S WELCOME”

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Amazing Ukulele player plays “Billie Jean” on one ukulele.

- - Fun

Canadian ukulele musician James Hill performs “Billie Jean” with his imaginary band at the Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, California. Hill also has a ukulele act where he performs songs using only chopsticks and a comb.
This is sure top of the line. Love the comic part of it too.

Promos for talented Manda Nilsenius

- - BTS, Photography

Manda is one cool girl. She’s competing in the second round of Swedish Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday. So be sure to vote her through to the finals.
It’s actually the songwriters from last years winner Robin Stjernberg, Linnea and Joy Deb who have written Mandas song. Awesome couple to be around.

They wanted something fresh and bold yet simple. I can only show you a couple but we have so many good from this session.

Photographer: Rick-y
MUA: Malou Lindström
Styling: Debs
Retouch: Morgan Hassel

Here’s a short behind the scenes video where you can get some small peeks on the lighting setup.

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My favourite cinematography blogs

There’s a lot of good blogs on the net, but here’s my collection that I’ve follow.

Cinematographer

http://mattscottvisuals.com/
- Up and coming DoP with a lot of good test and before/after. Also shows workflow with DaVinci.

http://www.ryanewalters.com/
- Also a lot of good and practical tips.

http://johnbrawley.wordpress.com/
- Hasn’t been updated in awhile, but hey information never gets old right?

http://stillmotionblog.com/
- A creative team that work with a small crew. Lots of information on storytelling

http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/
- The king of cinematography. Works on big Hollywood Productions