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Video Chats: Phil Mucci on "Sorrow" by Huntress

Posted by Caleb Jackson on January 30, 2016 in Interviews Contributor Post

Phil Mucci is a filmmaker who has made a name for himself directing visual effects and animation based music videos for bands such as Disturbed, Pig Destroyer, and Torche, among other metal acts in recent years. His work is astoundingly innovative, and really pushes the limits of what can be… Read More

Last week, director David Wilson gave us the first mind-blowing music video of 2015 with the release of “Out Of The Black” by Royal Blood, co-directed by Superjail! creator Christy Karacas. The half animated, half live action video is packed full of over the top violence that is equal parts fun… Read More

Inspired by our Art of Music Videos social media project, Music Video Walkthrough is a blog series where directors walk us through their music videos using several images. This time, director Derek Beck walks us through the sharply edited video for "Company" by Caddywhompus - a seven month long labor… Read More

Inspired by our Art of Music Videos social media project, Music Video Walkthrough is a blog series where directors walk us through their music videos using several still images. We begin this series with director Carlos Lopez Estrada and his video for "Inside Out" by Clipping, which features frontman Daveed Diggs headless and walking through downtown… Read More

Yesterday, singer/songwriter Vance Joy released his awesome debut studio LP Dream Your Life Away on Atlantic Records. While Vance is set to release his fourth single from the album later this month, the lead single, “Riptide,” continues to generate a buzz. The incredibly catchy song has a light hearted, quirky… Read More

We’ve been big fans of OMG! Everywhere for several years now. If you haven’t heard of OMG! Everywhere, it’s a non-profit run by music video directors that offers free summer camps to kids in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and London. The directors serve as counselors and collaborators, and work… Read More

Last month while at SXSW, we caught up with Meg Myers to chat with her about her videos for “Desire” directed by Jordan Bahat, and “Heart Heart Head” directed by Elliott Sellers. Having already talked to both Jordan and Elliott about their videos, we were excited to get Meg’s perspective… Read More

It's not often that you come across a band such as Phantogram, who consistently put out interesting and memorable visuals to accompany their music. This trend continues with the video for "Fall In Love," directed by Timothy Saccenti, and co-directed by Joshua Davis. As we transition into adopting the 4k… Read More

If you have a passion for figure skating but no ice to try it out on, we've got good news. Artistic roller skating is a real sport that takes all of the glam and intensity of ice figure skating and transfers it to roller skates. If you're thinking that artistic… Read More

Director Thom Glunt combines elements of noir and science fiction in the fantastic music video for “The Mystery” by BADBOXES. Centering around a robot with a giant helmet-like head, computerized face, and awesome motorcycle, “The Mystery” is a dark and eerie story that would make Orson Welles and Russell Metty… Read More

“All I Want” by Kubalove, the directorial debut from production designer Susie Francis, manages to be one of the sexiest videos of the year without feeling forced or being too explicit. Despite being her first time directing a video, Susie’s background in the industry is evident in “All I Want,”… Read More

The music video for Canadian folk act Timber Timbre’s “Hot Dreams” is a beautiful, honest, and mesmerising one. It takes place in a strip club and explores the more artistic side of exotic dancing. Directed by Scott Cudmore and Michael Leblanc, the video manages to find beauty and class in… Read More

The video for “Young Fathers” by Typhoon basically shows what would happen if Calvin and Hobbes protected and cared for a cosmic cocoon until it morphed into Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers) covered from head to toe in red body paint. Directed by Ben Fee, “Young Fathers” is the story… Read More

Everybody loves a big, flashy, traditional hip-hop video. Literally, everybody. But when you really think about it, sometimes it’s more fun to watch a dark, twisted, unexpected hip-hop video, like “Ashley” by Big Sean. Directed by Ellis Bahl, “Ashley” features two sex-crazed kidnappers who abduct Big Sean and bring him… Read More

After a three year hiatus, Michel Gondry entered back into the music video world yesterday with “Love Letters” by Metronomy. The single-shot video features several hand-painted set pieces surrounding the band as they perform the track. As the camera moves around them, it reveals additional layers to each scene though… Read More

“Coming Of Age” by Foster The People is a pretty massive video. Directed by BRTHR (Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman) and shot by Shawn Kim on 16mm, the multi-day shoot required 200 video auditions and 50 in-person auditions to assemble a cast that features male underwear models, band member relatives,… Read More

Yesterday, Capital Cities and director Carlos Lopez Estrada released Kangaroo Short, the short film version of their music video “Kangaroo Court,” which was one of our favorites of last year. About two times the length of the music video, Kangaroo Short does not include any Capital Cities music, but instead… Read More

Setting the world record for most world records set in a music video, “Ain't It Fun” by Paramore is a lighthearted and energetic video directed by Sophia Peer. The band ends up setting a total of 10 records in the video, but these aren’t your dad’s world records. With the… Read More

Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos Shooting on 16mm film is not exactly common in the world of music videos, but for “Lullabye” by Alexandra Stewart, shooting on film was crucial to the aesthetic that director Kristina Carucci had in mind. The simple and beautiful video features Stewart on a beach in Montauk, Long Island,… Read More

In the age of downloading iTunes singles, where albums are frequently broken up into Spotify playlists and Pandora stations, listening to music in the order the artist intended it to play on an album still has its place. This is especially true for director Isaac Ravishankara, who while was listening… Read More

To date, seven of 21 year old singer/fashion icon Sky Ferreira’s music videos have been directed by Grant Singer, whose dark stylistic visuals have served exceedingly well at capturing Sky’s essence and the spirit of her infectious tracks. The most recent collaborations for “You’re Not The One" and “Night Time,… Read More

Dark and sexy, the video for "Desire" by Meg Myers is a twisted take on a romantic relationship that goes to some pretty ghostly and unexpected places while managing to avoid campiness. It's full of unnerving images, eerie effects, and a fantastic performance from Meg that is equal parts innocent,… Read More

Leading up to the release of his album Because the Internet, Childish Gambino shared three different Hiro Murai-directed video projects: a 25-minute short film called Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, an album trailer called “yaphet kotto,” and a music video for the song “3005.” As someone who has spent time… Read More

Directed by Kinga Burza, “Goodness Gracious” by Ellie Goulding is an energetic video featuring Ellie and some friends running, dancing, and skateboarding around a neon, almost futuristic version of LA. It features some really extreme color effects from Kinga and colorist Duncan Russell that almost made them lose their mind.… Read More

“So Strange” by Superhumanoids (one of our favorite videos of 2013) is a beautiful, poignant, and unexpected video directed by Taylor Cohen and David Altobelli. Written over a night of beers in Silverlake, “So Strange” manages to introduce characters and a situation, and allows both to grow into places that… Read More

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