Hiro Murai

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Hiro Murai is a Tokyo-born filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. His most notable works include music videos for internationally successful artists such as Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, The Shins, The Fray, Bloc Party and Queens of the Stone Age.[1] In 2013 he directed the short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons.[2][3] In 2016, he directed several episodes of the comedy-drama Atlanta, collaborating again with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.[4]

Murai moved to Los Angeles when he was nine years old and later graduated with a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[5] After graduation, Murai turned to freelance work where he was the director of photography for a lot of music videos, as well as VFX and storyboarding, most notably for Ace Norton. After some time, Murai began to direct low budget films.

Career

  • In 2012, Murai directed "Chum", a song by American rapper Earl Sweatshirt.
  • In 2013, Murai directed "Hive", a song by American rapper Earl Sweatshirt.[6]
  • In 2013, Murai directed "3005", a song by American hip hop recording artist Childish Gambino. It premiered December 6, 2013.[7]
  • In 2013, Murai directed "Telegraph Ave", a song by American hip hop recording artist Childish Gambino.
  • In 2013, Murai directed "Sweatpants", a song by American hip hop recording artist, Childish Gambino. [8]
  • In 2013, Murai directed "Smooth Sailing", a song by American rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. [9]
  • In 2014, Murai directed "Never Catch Me", a song by American music producer, Flying Lotus. [10]
  • In 2014, Murai directed "#CAKE", a song by American hip hop duo, Shabazz Palaces. [11]
  • In 2014, Murai directed "Gold", a song by Australian musician Chet Faker. It premiered August 12th, 2014.[12]
  • In 2014, Murai directed "Sober", a song by American recording artist, Childish Gambino.[13]
  • In 2014, Murai directed "Do You", a song by American rock band, Spoon.[14]
  • In 2015, Murai directed "Grief", a song by American recording artist, Earl Sweatshirt.
  • In 2016, Murai directed "Take It There", a song by an English trip hop group, Massive Attack.
  • In 2016, Murai directed six episodes from the debut season of Atlanta, a comedy-drama series created, executive produced, and starring Donald Glover.[15] Murai had previously collaborated with Glover, directing music videos for his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino.[16]

Videography

Awards

  • (2009) MVPA Award for Best Video under $25K. The Fray "Heartless"
  • (2012) Best Music Video Lists: Pitchfork / BuzzFeed / Consequence of Sound / Video Static / Co.Create / NPR Music - for St. Vincent "Cheerleader" and Earl Sweatshirt "Chum"
  • (2013) MVPA Award for Best Electronic Video for She Wolf.[17]
  • (2013) MVPA Best Electronic Video: David Guetta - "She Wolf"
  • (2014) UKMVA Director of the Year / Best Rock / Indie Video International QOTSA for Smooth Sailing.[18]
  • (2014) Best Music Videos Lists: The Verge, Pitchfork, IMVDB, Stereogum

Press

  • Juxtapoz Magazine Interview
  • Billboard Magazine Interview
  • Fader Interview: Flying Lotus "Never Catch Me"
  • Noisey: Behind the Lens Interview
  • Myspace: Director's Chair Interview
  • Juxtapose: Earl Sweatshirt Art
  • Yours Truly: Kino: Hiro Murai Interview
  • 405: Director's Corner Interview
  • Fader Interview: Behind the Scenes: Frank Ocean Grammy Performance
  • IMVDb Video Chats: Earl Sweatshirt
  • 2012 LA Film Festival: Scissor Sisters "Shady Love"
  • SHOOT 2010 New Director Showcase
  • Stash Magazine: Nokia, World of Ovi
  • Stash Magazine: The Fray Heartless
  • Spin Magazine: Bloc Party "Signs"
  • White-Screen.jp - St. Vincent - Juicy Fruit - The Fray
  • 2009 LA Film Festival : Bloc Party "Signs"

References

  1. ^ "Music Videos". www.hiromurai.com. 
  2. ^ "Other Films". www.hiromurai.com. 
  3. ^ "Music Video Director Hiro Murai Is Donald Glover's Secret Weapon - DJBooth Article". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Atlanta': Hiro Murai Directs FX's Beautiful and Baffling Series | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  5. ^ "An Interview with Director Hiro Murai". www.booooooom.com. 
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hive_(song)
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3005_(song)
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweatpants_(song)
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_Sailing_(Queens_of_the_Stone_Age_song)
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Catch_Me
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabazz_Palaces
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_(Chet_Faker_song)
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sober_(Childish_Gambino_song)
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoon_(band)
  15. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Atlanta': Hiro Murai Directs FX's Beautiful and Baffling Series | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  16. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Atlanta': Hiro Murai Directs FX's Beautiful and Baffling Series | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  17. ^ "NEWS: 2013 MVPA Award Nominees". VideoStatic. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "UK Music Video Awards 2014: Hiro Murai wins Best Director, DANIELS take Video Of The Year, Joseph Kahn accepts Icon Award on Promo News". PromoNews. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Hiro Murai on IMDb
  • Hiro Murai at the Internet Music Video Database
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