11 Movies That Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Music Videos

Written by Telus on Sunday March 15, 2015

In a world … where there are no music videos, there would also be no movies (or at least any cool ones.) That hypothetical statement is partially true because a lot of the most influential film directors in the past 30 years got their start making music videos. So while music videos might seem like a small first step, it could be the first on your path to winning an Oscar.

For your consideration, STORYHIVE directors, we’ve created a list of movies that would have never happened had their director not made a music video first. The list is a bit like the movie The Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher … but with far less Ashton.

1. There would no Her …

Had director Spike Jonze not learned how to direct guys with thick glasses in Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.”

2. There would be no Gone Girl …

Without David Fincher first directing Paula Abdul in “Straight Up.”

3. Little Miss Sunshine wouldn’t have played on your heart strings …

Had Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris not learned a thing or two about emotion directing Extreme’s “More Than Words.”

4. There would be no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original one) …

Without Steve Barron creating the mean streets of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” (I mean seriously, Raphael wears that exact trench coat!)

5. The Hurt Locker would have never exploded …

Had Kathryn Bigelow not gone glam first in New Order’s “Touched By The Hand Of God.”

6. Gerard Butler wouldn’t have had a beard in 300 …

Had Zack Snyder not first worked with the greatest beards in rock n’ roll in ZZ Top’s video for “World of Swirl.”

7. There wouldn’t have been as many tracking shots in There Will Be Blood…

Without Paul Thomas Anderson doing them in Fiona Apple’s “Across the Universe.”

8. The Amazing Spiderman wouldn’t have been so amazing …

Without Marc Webb learning how to direct Canadian indies Hot Hot Heat in “Middle of Nowhere.”

9. The Runaways wouldn’t have seemed so tough …

If Floria Sigismondi didn’t first teach Christina Aguilera how to be a “Fighter.”

10. A lot less heads would have rolled in Highlander …

If Russell Mulcahy didn’t first learn how to kill the radio star in The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”

11. There would be no Transformers 3 without …

Actually … maybe the world would have been better off if Michael Bay didn’t direct Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love” and just went into a career of accounting.

Get together with a band and sign up to make a music video for STORYHIVE today. Take the first step on your path to making a really cool movie or at least a cult classic like Highlander.

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