I respect the shooter. Johnathan Mannion tweeted one of my favorite Jay-Z lines today and it got me thinking. Ya’ll respect the rapper, singer, etc. But when I watch a video, I’m watching it with a totally different eye, I’m looking to see who directed the video. I’m watching it to see the quality of the visual, it doesn’t have to be some crazy CGI or some super dope lighting that only a high paid LD or gaffer can pull off, it just has to be dope. Here are some of the most relevent indie directors who I always keep my eye on. You can expect this to be a routine post from time to time, as long as I feel like typing all this stuff up, this was WORK!
Philthegod. Favorite work: Georgia’s Most Wanted
I consider Phil a real close friend, we often trade director war stories as well as techniques we pick up on a frequent basis. I’ve known Phil for almost 7 years now, and it is really cool to see your friends not only doing what they love but succeeding at it. Phil is a true talent, he kills music vids, but I like his shorts and documentaries the best. His style is by far unique, he has yet to put out the ‘Game Changer’ but that is soon coming, be sure of that.
Motion Family Favorite Work: Pop The Trunk
From the jump Motion Family [David, C-Bass, and Diwang] have showed me nothing but love. These guys combined are unstoppable. Their videos MAKE artist’s careers, so don’t ask them why they charge what they do, because they are worth it. These guys are some of the most diverse in the game right now, and I definitely pay attention to every video they drop. Can’t wait to see what comes next.
Derek Pike Favorite Work: Hold You Down [Remix]
Being that I directed the original Hold You Down video, I had close eyes on Derek’s version of the remix. While it was only a performance video, it was still one of the cleanest videos I had seen in a while. Derek has aligned himself with some dope directors and he definitely gets my respect.
Bill Paladino Favorite Work: Black and Yellow
I was recently able to check out Bill in action when him and Wiz shot the Homicide remix video with Jeezy just a couple of weeks ago. Bill gets it done, period, he makes something great out of nothing. He came into the warehouse were I have already shot 4 times and made it look nothing like what I’ve done. That is the beauty of perspective. Can’t wait to see the final version of Homicide.
Jake Davis Favorite Work: On My Level
No disrespect to the other directors I have listed, but Jake Davis is the most advanced on this list. Never met in person but he works closely with a good friend of mine, Chris Black. I have been watching Jake’s work since Chris put me on and have seen nothing but growth. Jake definitely brings classic back to music videos, you should pay close attention to his style, I know I do.