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Gore Verbinski, David Fincher and Michael Bay. These are names of well-known movie directors in recent times. They have another thing in common, which not many people might know. And that is making music videos before they stepped into the movie industry.

What I like about their movies, is that they contain the influences from music videos, with shots that are complex, and usually more slick and stylised.


Alex Proyas

Alex Proyas born 23 September 1963, is best known for directing fantasy thriller, The Crow and science fiction films, Dark City, I Robot and Knowing.

His other films are Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds and Garage Days. And his next film announced is Paradise Lost, scheduled for a 2012 release.

His films available on Amazon:
The Crow (Miramax/Dimension Collector's Series)Dark City (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]Dark City (Director's Cut)Garage DaysI, Robot (Two-Disc All-Access Collector's Edition)I RobotKnowing [Blu-ray]Knowing

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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 fantasy thriller The Crow starring Brandon Lee. Lee was killed in an accident during filming, only eight days before the completion of the film in March 1993. After Lee's death, Proyas and his producers decided to complete the film, partially rewriting the script and using a stunt double and special effects to film the remaining scenes. The Crow was released in May 1994 and was a box office and critical success.

Read more on Alex Proyas at Wikipedia

Best Scene in Knowing

Here's a scene from Alex Proyas's film Knowing. I'm showing this as it is one of those sequences that were shot without cutting. The sequence starts at 1:00.
WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILER in this video if you've not watched the movie yet.

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