The Directors Label Series highlights the work of the filmmakers
who have helped to redefine music videos and filmmaking over the
last decade. Each volume in the Directors Label compiles music
videos, shorts, commercials, documentaries, as well as a variety of
exclusive features, never-before-seen rare footage, and
unreleased audio and video commentary. First released in 2003 by
Palm Pictures, the series was created by Spike jones, Chris
Cunningham, and Michel Gondry, the subjects of the first three
volumes. Four new volumes were released in 2005, this time
featuring Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn and
• While working with such artists as Johnny Cash, Audioslave,
Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails, to name
but a few, Mark Romanek has directed many of the past
decade's most distinctive and iconic music videos. In 1997,
Romanek won the MTV Video Vanguard award, and later
directed the 2002 hit movie One Hour Photo, starring Robin
• One of his notable videos was for the Nine Inch Nails song
“Closer”. Its critical acclaim was only matched by its critical
controversy, many accusing the video as being disturbing,
demonic and demented – a big reason why the video was so
popular among fans.
• Cunningham’s video for Bjork’s “All Is Full of Love” won
multiple awards, including an MTV music video award for
Breakthrough Video and was nominated for a Grammy for
Best Short Form Music Video. It was also the first ever
music video to win a Gold Penicl at the D&AD Awards. It can
still be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
• Cunningham also directed the video to "Only You” by
Portishead, which was released in 1998.
• Gondry is an Academy Award-winning French filmmaker,
whose works include being a commerical director, music
video director, and a screenwriter. He is noted for his
inventive visual style and manipulation of miseen scene.
• 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 Bjork, who asked him to direct the
video for her song “Human Behaviour”. The callaboration
proved long-lasting, with Gondry directing a total of eight
music videos for Bjork.
• Glazer directed Jamiroquai’s best known music
video, “Virtual Insanity”. At the 1997 MTV Video
Music Awards in September 1997, it earned ten
nominations, winning four awards, including
“Breakthrough Video” and the “Best Video of the
• The song also reached #3 on the UK Singles
• Spike Jonze is an American director, producer,
screenwriter and actor, whose work includes
music videos, commericals, film and television.
• "Praise You" is a song by British big beat musician
Fatboy Slim, directed by Jonze.
• Jonze also directed the music video of "Da Funk",
which is an instrumental track by Daft Punk,
initially released as a single in 1995 and later
included on their debut album Homework.