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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.


Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry was born on May 8, 1963. Gondry's more notable films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. His other lesser-known films are Human Nature and Be Kind Rewind.

Gondry is now finishing up The Green Hornet, the superhero movie soon to be released in 2011.

His films available on Amazon:
Human NatureEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Blu-ray]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2-Disc Collector's Edition)The Science of SleepBe Kind Rewind [Blu-ray]Be Kind Rewind

Contact Michel Gondry

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 Gondry on more than one occasion include Daft Punk, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, The Vines, Steriogram, Radiohead, and Beck. Gondry has also created numerous television commercials. He pioneered the "bullet time" technique later adapted in The Matrix, in a 1998 commercial for Smirnoff vodka, as well as directing a trio of inventive holiday-themed advertisements for clothing retailer Gap, Incorporated.

Learn more about Michel Gondry at Wikipedia

Bullet Time before The Matrix

Check out this brilliant 1998 Smirnoff vodka commerical, where Michel Gondry utilises bullet time effect even before The Matrix.

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