Quite often, I have people ask what inspires my creative vision and style. Whether it be a wedding film, short art piece, or music video, these are the 11 most inspirational videos that have deeply affected my creativity. It just so happens that they’re all music videos, which makes me realize something:
Music drives my everyday life; creatively, mentally and sometimes even spiritually. Theres something about good music that awakens my soul, and paired with strong visuals, it can form something magical.
Here they are, in no particular order. You may even catch some parts that directly inspired some of my work. Steal like an artist, am I right?
(DISCLOSURE: There may or may not be a few nipples and bums in a couple of these videos, just a heads up in case you are reading this in front of your entire class or office space on a large screen.)
This video is my most recent discovery. The visuals, the storytelling, the badass hero with the playing card placed ever so carefully in his bicycle spokes. So many feels. I want my son to be this kid when he grows up.
This is more of a short film than a music video, but I absolutely love it. I love the cinematography and the contrast between the night and day scenes. I’m also a huge fan of drawn out, dramatic intros, and this one really builds up the rest of the video up nicely. Did I mention the gigantic tire swing? I want one for Christmas.
I’ve always been a huge fan of The Naked and Famous. This video is wild. I love how they paint this abstract, dark picture and let the viewers imagination tell the story.
I have no words for this video. It blows my mind every time I watch it.
The art of simplicity is clearly stated in this video. The flat color pallet, the basic framing and emotionless faces of the actors all blend together with the crazy talented editing that was put into this. (Plus, I love to dance to this song early in the morning in my underwear, sshhhh)
This director/editor clearly has too much time on his hands. His name is Jonathan Desbiens (aka Jodeb) and he continuously boggles my mind with the amount of detail that is put into his VFX and motion graphics. I highly suggest you check out his other work as well.
This song makes me super happy. The layered synths and catchy beat laced with uber sexy 90’s basslines make my heart dance. To top that, throw in some hip brothers from the UK who are aren’t even 21 and watch them work their machines like champs. Oh, and the background visuals, yes sir, may I have another?
If I could post every single one of 30 Seconds to Mars videos I would. They’re all directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (aka Jared Leto), who happens to be one of my all time favorite actors as well. This video single handedly convinced me to join the video DSLR revolution. It was captured almost entirely on the Canon 7D, which is what I ran out and purchased, thus transforming my entire creative career.
This video flipped my world upside down. Yes, I know I don’t seem like the type of guy who’s into Rhianna, but the raw emotion displayed in this video changed my way of thinking. Authenticity is something every director strives to portray, and this one hit the nail on the head in my opinion. The cinematography alone inspired a lot of what I do today and how I look at creating a scene.
This crazy video, captured entirely in a POV perspective, gets me excited. No, not because of the strippers, but because of how challenging it is to do a “one take” style video. 99% pre-production, 1% shooting/editing, and 100% awesome. Blood! Boobs! Guns! What is this a documentary on American Pride? No, its a heavy hitting EDM music video set in a Japanese Strip Club.
I know what you’re thinking… who is Macklemore? Well a lot of people, especially outside of Seattle were asking the same thing when this video dropped. Directed by local filmmaker Zia Mohajerjasbi with stunning cinematography, this will always be a favorite of mine.
Think I missed something spectacular that should be added to the list? Please share!