Friday, 26 June 2009

Michael Jackson

The big story obviously today is Michael Jackson's death. I won't mention any of the media circus around his personal life, but one important point to make about his career from a film perspective: his association with filmmakers.

From John Landis' groundbreaking thriller onwards, he always made it a habit to hire top-notch directors for his music videos, including Martin Scorsese (Bad), Spike Lee (They Don't Care About Us), David Fincher (Who is It?), John Singleton (Remember The Time) and Mark Romanek (Scream).

His influence on the music video, which in turn ended up influencing filmmaking styles from the 1980s onwards, can't be overstated.

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