Lance Acord (born September 9, 1964)A.S.C. is an American cinematographer.
Acord was born in Fresno County, California. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School's School Within A School (S.W.A.S.) program and went on to study photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career with photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber. Together they made documentaries, commercials and music videos.
His breakthrough in the MTV music videos world came when director Stéphane Sednaoui offered him to work on Björk's Big Time Sensuality. Acord continued to work extensively in the commercials and music videos mediums. He earned the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice", which featured Christopher Walken and was directed by Spike Jonze. He also worked with R.E.M. on a regular basis.
Acord made his first foray into narrative feature filmmaking as the cinematographer on Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66 . Since then, he has been the director of photography on Spike Jonze's features Being John Malkovich , Adaptation (in which he also made a cameo as himself during production of Being John Malkovich) and Where the Wild Things Are , Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation , Marie Antoinette , and her short film Lick the Star , as well as Peter Care's The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys .
In the late 1990s Lance began his transition into directing and in 1998, together with his business partner Jackie Kelman Bisbee, founded the production company Park Pictures. Over the years he has received 35 Cannes Lions for his work with clients such as Nike, Apple, HP, Volkswagen, P&G, Subaru and more. He was nominated Best Commercial Director by the DGA in 2003, 2011, 2012, and 2017. In 2011, Lance's Super Bowl spot for Volkswagen, "The Force", became the undisputed highlight of the year's Super Bowl broadcast. "The Force" was named the best ad of 2011 by AdWeek, Creativity, and YouTube and consistently ranks on lists of the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time. His Apple film "Misunderstood" won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial. In 2019 Lance won his second Emmy Award for Nike "Dream Crazy," starring Colin Kaepernick.
His latest work as a director is the short film commercial for Xfinity called "A Holiday Reunion", reuniting E.T. and Henry Thomas, who reprises his role as Elliot.
Adam Spiegel, known professionally as Spike Jonze, is an American filmmaker, photographer, musician, and actor, whose work includes film, television, music videos, and commercials.
Lance Bangs is an American filmmaker and music video director. He has created videos for Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Green Day, Arcade Fire, The Shins, The Thermals, Belle & Sebastian, Menomena, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, R.E.M., Mike Watt, Death Cab for Cutie, The Black Keys, Kanye West, Odd Future, and Pavement. He directed the David Cross film Let America Laugh. Bangs has also been heavily involved in the filming and production of MTV's Jackass television series and its subsequent movies.
Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, both making their feature film debut. The film stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich as a satirical version of himself. Cusack plays a puppeteer who finds a portal that leads into Malkovich's mind.
Samuel David Bayer is an American visual artist, cinematographer, and commercial, music video and film director. Bayer was born in Syracuse, New York. He graduated from New York City's School of Visual Arts in 1987 with a degree in Fine Arts. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1991, where he continues to live and work.
Directors Label is a series of DVDs devoted to notable music video directors.
Steven Aaron Golin was an American film and television producer and the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content LLP, a multimedia development, production and talent management company and co-founder and CEO of Propaganda Films. Golin graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1976 and attended the AFI Conservatory. He won Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards for Spotlight.
Anthony D. Maxwell is an American musician.
Propaganda Films was a music video and film production company founded in 1986 by producers Steve Golin and Sigurjón Sighvatsson and directors David Fincher, Nigel Dick, Dominic Sena and Greg Gold. By 1990, the company was producing almost a third of all music videos made in the U.S.
Wieden+Kennedy is an independent American advertising agency best known for its work for Nike. Founded by Dan Wieden and David Kennedy, and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, it is one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies in the world.
Keith "K. K." Barrett is an American production designer known for his work on feature films by Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola, among others.
Vincent Landay is a Canadian-American film producer. He has worked with Spike Jonze on his music videos and feature films since 1993. Some of the movies he has produced include Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are, as well as the 2010 Canadian short film Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, created for the Blu-ray release of Where the Wild Things Are. He has made music videos for Kanye West, REM, Jay Z and many more artists.
Eric James Zumbrunnen was a film editor who won the ACE Eddie Award for the film Being John Malkovich (1999).
Garry Waller is an American director of photography and visual effects supervisor who has worked in Hollywood for nearly thirty years. He has been nominated for both an Academy Award and an Emmy Award and has worked with, among others, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Mark Romanek, and Steven Spielberg. Garry also collaborated with director David Fincher on the visionary 'Constant Change' HP commercial and shot the 'Love is Strong' music video for the Rolling Stones, for which he received the MTV Video Music Award for Cinematography. Among his countless commercials credits are the iconic iPod silhouette spot for Apple Inc. and a recent Volkswagen campaign filmed on location in Shanghai, China.
Sam Spiegel, known by the stage name Sam i, is an American DJ, producer, composer, and director from New York City.
Ray Tintori is an American director, screenwriter and founding member of Court 13, the filmmaking collective behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. He has directed three short films, as well as several music videos for bands, such as MGMT, Chairlift, The Cool Kids, The Killers, Arcade Fire, and Solange.
The Force is a television advertisement created by Donny Deutsch Advertising Inc. to promote Volkswagen's Passat.
Joe Pytka is an American film, television, commercial and music video director born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds the record for the most nominations for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Commercials.
James Chinlund is an American production designer. He was born and raised in New York City and studied Fine Art at CalArts in Los Angeles, with a focus on sculpture and large scale installation art works. After graduating, Chinlund returned to New York and started his career in film, first as a carpenter, before finding opportunities as a Production Designer on music videos and independent films. During this period he first worked with frequent collaborator Darren Aronofsky in addition to other directors in the New York independent film world including: Todd Solondz (Storytelling), Paul Schrader (Autofocus) and Spike Lee. After a short break from features to help care for his young daughter, Chinlund returned to the feature world in 2012 to work on “The Avengers" for Marvel which set a record for the highest grossing opening weekend ever. Since then he has been nominated six times for Art Director's Guild Awards. Two for his work on the Fox films “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and “War for the Planet of the Apes” directed by Matt Reeves, and most recently for his work on “The Lion King" directed by Jon Favreau which was the first feature film ever shot entirely in Virtual Reality. Over the years James has been active in the commercial and fashion worlds as well. Collaborators include: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Rupert Sanders, Spike Jonze, Marc Forster, Lance Acord, Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine. James is currently in production on “The Batman” directed by Matt Reeves scheduled to release in the fall of 2021.
Miles Jay is a Canadian filmmaker whose work includes Super Bowl commercials and music videos. He won an Emmy Award in 2018 for his work on a Squarespace advertisement featuring actor John Malkovich and was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on Leon Bridges' "River" music video. He was nominated for Best Commercial Director at the Director's Guild of America Awards in 2016 and 2018.
Charles Kidd II known professionally as Calmatic, is an American filmmaker from Los Angeles known for music videos and commercials. He gained widespread fame in 2019 for directing the video for "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which won the 2019 MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Music Video of the Year. He has also worked with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Anderson .Paak, Pharrell Williams, and Jay-Z, among others. A frequent collaborator with Vince Staples, he directed the video to Staples' single "Fun!" as well as The Vince Staples Show on YouTube. Calmatic was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, and is known for incorporating elements of Los Angeles into each video, as well as cartoonish humor and moments of comic relief. He has cited both Spike Lee and Spike Jonze as inspirations.