Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Michel Gondry - Director Case Study

Michel Gondry  is a academy award winning film and music video director, and also screen writer, he  grew up in France, with a family who were highly influenced and interested in Pop Music. He is best known for his inventive visual style and manipulation of Misc-en-scene. 

In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui. When in the band they released 2 albums and several singles in the 80's. He was the drummer and also directed their video clips for the band, the clips were influenced mainly by the 60's and their childhood. 

One of Gondry's video was shown on MTV and when Bjork saw it she asked him to direct/make her first solo album "Human Behaviour". After this video debuted Gondry went on to direct more of Bjorks videos which were : 

  • Declare Independence - 1997
  • Bacherolette - 1997
  • Dead Weight - 1997
  • Joga - 1997
  • Crystalline - 2011
  • Hyper Ballad - 1996
  • Army Of Me - 1995
Other examples of artists who have worked with Gondry are The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, The Vines, RadioHead, Kanye West & The Rolling Stones.

Gondry made his first film debut in 2001 called Human Nature  with Charlie Kaufmen, this was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in later 2001, however this was not a huge success. In 2004 Gondry again worked with Charlie Kaufmen and directed the film Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind, this movie went on to become a popular independent film and he and his co-workers won an Oscar for the film. His most recent film direction role was for The Green  Hornet in early 2011. 

Music Videos Of Michel Gondry:

Films By Michel Gondry:
Source Wikipedia 

1 comment:

  1. same as for mel's post on corbijn: what does this tell me about what YOU've learned?
    its all copy/paste, and there's no mention of you actually looking at any of his vids, or considering what, if any, aspects of his style you might be influenced by


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