Michel Gondry, the French director, screenwriter, and producer, has a visual eye to filmmaking which separates him from the rest.
Having worked with the likes of Björk, The Rolling Stones, Massive Attack, Daft Punk, Foo Fighters and more, Gondry earned a prolific reputation in the music world for his visually stimulating visuals as his music videos began to hit every note for mindbending direction.
His work on The Chemical Brothers’ 1999 hit ‘Let Forever Be’ remains one of his lasting legacies in the music world, creating arguably one of the greatest music videos of all time as he incorporated ground-breaking special effects into an entirely new creative sphere.
From music, Gondry took his talents to the big screen. Just five years after the creation of the ‘Let Forever Be’ video, the director was stood on the stage of the Academy Awards picking up an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ after he wrote and directed the now-iconic 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
While he has gone on to release six more feature films since the success of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Gondry has often returned to music to continue his collaborations with the likes of Björk and The Chemical Brothers while bounding new relationships with artists such as The White Stripes, Metronomy, Paul McCartney and more.
While his music videos for the aforementioned names were typically well received, it was a random piece of commercial work for American music streaming platform Pandora which demonstrated some of Gondry’s most ambitious work. The advertisement, which brought to life the past album covers by artists such as The Doors, Nirvana, David Bowie, The Cure and more, went viral in an instant.
See the incredible effort, below.
The albums referenced by Michael Gondry:
- The Doors – Morrison Hotel
- Prince – Purple Rain
- The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
- Metallica – Master of Puppets
- The Weeknd – Starboy
- Devo – Freedom of Choice
- Nirvana – Nevermind
- Drake – Nothing Was the Same
- The Cure – A Forest
- Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
- David Bowie – Blackstar
- Big Sean – I Decided
While you’re here, you may as well revisit Gondry’s brilliant ‘Let Forever Be’ video, below.