Shane Drake- Biography
• Shane C. Drake is an American music
director from Redding, California. He has
directed music videos for a variety of
bands including Paramore, Flo Rida, Fall
Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco
amongst others. Drake has directed over
50 music videos and has co-produced
three films in his career.
• In his early career, Drake was in involved
in cinematography and editorial work and
worked with smaller artists including
Thursday and Deftones.
• Drake now owns a production company in
Los Angeles California called “Red Van
• Throughout his career, Shane Drake has
been awarded and nominated for a range of
• In 2006 Drake won the award for “Video Of
The Year” By MTV at the MTV video music
awards for Panic! At The Disco’s “I Write
Sins Not Tragedies”
• In 2007 Drake was nominated for MTV
“Monster single of the year” for his video for
Timbaland’s “The Way I Are.” He also won
the MTVU award for Say Anything's “Wow I
can Get Sexual”
• Drake has also been nominated and
shortlisted for his works on “Nine in the
Afternoon” by Panic! At The Disco.
Paramore’s “CrushCrushCrush” and
“Decode” and Fall Out Boy and John
Mayer’s cover of Michael Jackson hit “Beat
• Fall Out Boy - "Saturday"
• Hawthorne Heights - "Ohio Is For Lovers"
• mewithoutYou - "January 1979"
• Silverstein - "Smashed Into Pieces"
• Number One Gun - "The Starting Line"
• Paramore - "Pressure"
• My American Heart - "The Process"
• Blindside - "Fell In Love With The Game"
• Trivium - "A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation"
• Still Remains - "The Worst Is Yet To Come"
• The Audition - "You've Made Us Conscious"
• June - "Patrick"
• Between The Buried And Me- "Alaska"
• Showbread - "Oh! Emetophobia!"
• Mewithoutyou - "Nice And Blue (Part 2)"
• Gia Farrell - "Hit Me Up"
• Trick Daddy feat. Chamillionaire - "Bet That"
• Head Automatica - "Lying Through Your Teeth"
• Less Than Jake -"The Rest Of My Life"
• Gym Class Heroes - "The Queen And I"
• Paramore - "Emergency"
• An Angle - "Green Water"
• Moneen - "If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's An Addiction"
• Needtobreathe - "You Are Here"
• Panic! at the Disco - "But It's Better If You Do"
• Panic! at the Disco - "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
• Jonezetta - "Get Ready (Hot Machete)"
• The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "False Pretense"
• Paramore - "Misery Business"
• The Almost - "Southern Weather"
• The Rocket Summer - "So Much Love"
• Say Anything - "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too"
• The Almost - "Say This Sooner"
• The Higher - "Insurance?"
• The Cheetah Girls "So This Is Love"
• New Years Day - "I Was Right"
• Timbaland ft. D.O.E and Keri Hilson - "The Way I Are"
• Angels & Airwaves - "Everything's Magic"
• The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Your Guardian Angel"
• Paramore - "crushcrushcrush"
• Plain White T's - "Our Time Now"
• Paul Van Dyk - "Let Go"
• Panic at the Disco - "Nine in the Afternoon"
• Forever the Sickest Kids - "Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)"
• Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer - "Beat It”
• Flo Rida ft. Will.I.Am - "In The Ayer"
• Shwayze - "Corona & Lime"
• Plain White T's starring Tiffany Dupont - "Natural Disaster"
• Paramore - "Decode"
• Madina Lake - "Never Take Us Alive“
• Flo Rida ft Wynter Gordon - "Sugar"
• Darius Rucker - "History in the Making"
• The Almost - "The Lonely Wheel"
• The Almost - "Hands"
• Honor Society - "Over You"
• Laura Bell Bundy - "Giddy On Up"
• Papa Roach - "Kick in the Teeth"
• This video was a widely
successful video due to its
coalition with the heavily
advertised and followed
“Twilight Saga.” This song
was announced as the
soundtrack for the vampire
film and Shane Drake’s
directions of this video
reflect both the band and
the film it is advertising
• This video uses footage of both
the movie “Twilight” and original
footage filmed by Shane Drake.
The video is filmed as if the band
members are a part of the action
within the film. Drake uses a blue
filter over the background to
create the cold colourings
present in the film. The band
members are put in a situations
similar to the characters in the
clips show, running through the
forest. The band are dressed
similar to those in the clips which
links the song to the storyline of
the movie rather than there
being an independent storyline
for the song.
• Drake uses various daring shots in this
video to create the idea of the band being
watched or preyed on by the vampire
characters from the Warner Bros. movie.
These effects include a rotation of the
camera creating a circling motion implying a
predator circling prey and high shots as if
being watched from above.
• Drake once said “I like to tell stories with my
videos” which he cleverly transferred into
this video incorporating the movie storyline.
• Drake uses a shot of the main singer using
a dolly, which pulls both the camera and her
along through the wooded area which
creates an ambient view towards the
touching lyrics of the song.
Nine in the Afternoon- Panic! At
• Shane Drake called this video
“probably the most exciting
thing [he’s] shot in [his] entire
life” This is probably due to his
freedom of expression in this
video allowing him to use
shots and storylines to mirror
the band’s quirky and
alternative values and lyrics.
Nine in the Afternoon- Panic! At
• This video bases mainly around the idea of
dream sequences (animal heads) and
postmodernism. There is a strong lack of
storyline and Drake has allowed his creativity
to flourish within the video with random and
• Drake uses an intertextual reference towards
The Beatles famous “Sergeant Pepper…”
look. To portray the bands quirkiness
• The lyrical link is in the shots of the alarm
clocks which are all marked backwards to
show what should be 3pm as 9pm (9 in the
• There are varied types of shots in this video,
there is a de-saturated effect on the parade
scene with a heightened contrast creating a
sort of CGI cartoon effect. The dream
sequence and shots in the bedroom are high
saturation and brightness to show the jollity
and fun within the video and also how the
band are willing to make fun of themselves.
Drake’s Music Videos
• Shane Drake often features
the artist in his music videos
and shows a live
performance in almost all of
them. He shows this element
to promote the band as well
as his video showing his
strong connection with the
band when filming their
• Drake generally films for
such as Paramore, Fall Out
Boy and Panic! At the Disco
as they allow him to be more
alternative with his directing
style to fit the music