Directors Label

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Directors Label is a series of DVDs devoted to notable music video directors.

First released in 2003 by Palm Pictures, the series was created by Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry, the subjects of the first three volumes. Four new volumes were released in 2005, this time featuring Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn and Stéphane Sednaoui. A second volume of Gondry's work was released exclusively on his website.

Though another series has not yet been confirmed, other directors rumoured to be in future releases are Mike Mills, Shynola, Samuel Bayer, Jonas Åkerlund, Tarsem, David LaChapelle, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Roman Coppola. A second volume of Gondry's work has been released.[1]

In 2010, several years after the last collection was released, Palm Pictures issued a DVD collection of videos by Hammer & Tongs exclusively in the United Kingdom.

Volume 1: The Work of Director Spike Jonze[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • The Interviews
  • Making of Drop with The Pharcyde
  • Audio commentaries from Fatboy Slim, Weezer, The Pharcyde, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Björk, Christopher Walken, Puffy and more. Also includes Beastie Boys commentary on a selection of the videos.

Documentaries[edit]

52 Page Book[edit]

Jonze's photographs, drawings and interviews

Volume 2: The Work of Director Chris Cunningham[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

Making of All Is Full of Love

Other Work[edit]

52 Page Book[edit]

Behind the scenes photographs, storyboards, sketchbook drawings, record cover art and interview

Volume 3: The Work of Director Michel Gondry[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • I've Been 12 Forever (Parts 1 & 2)

Stories And Things[edit]

  • La Lettre
  • One Day
  • Lacuna Inc
  • Drugstore - Levi's Commercial
  • Smarienberg - Schmiernoff Commercial
  • Resignation - Polaroid Commercial
  • Drumb and Drumber
  • Pecan Pie - A short film starring Jim Carrey
  • Three Dead People
  • My Brother's 24th Birthday
  • Tiny
  • Spin Art
  • Oui Oui - Live concert footage
  • Chris Cunningham

52 Page Book[edit]

Michel's stories, drawings photographs & interviews.

Omissions[edit]

Trailers for "Volume 3: The Work Of Director Michel Gondry" (found on the Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVDs, as well as on Palm Pictures' website) include clips of, as well as references to, Gondry's heavily autobiographical video for Radiohead's "Knives Out." It is unclear why this video was omitted from the final DVD; however, as of June 2008, it is available on the compilation DVD Radiohead: The Best Of, released by EMI after the band had left its contract.

On August 2009, "Knives Out" along with other omissions and more recent works of Gondry's were released on a follow-up DVD appropriately titled, "Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1)' for sale exclusively on michelgondry.com

Volume 4: The Work of Director Mark Romanek[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • The Work of Director Mark Romanek (38-minute documentary)
  • Romanekian - Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Robin Williams discuss Mark's work
  • The Making of "99 Problems"
  • Interviews and commentaries

56 Page Book[edit]

Includes photographs by Mark Romanek and Spike Jonze interview with Mark

Volume 5: The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • Ride - Wrangler commercial
  • Surfer (extended) - Guinness commercial
  • Swim Back - Guinness commercial
  • Dreamer - Guinness commercial
  • Protection - Volkswagen commercial
  • Last Orders - Stella Artois commercial
  • Whip Round - Stella Artois commercial
  • Kung Fu - Levi's commercial
  • Odyssey - Levi's commercial
  • Bull - Barclays commercial featuring Samuel L. Jackson
  • Chicken - Barclays commercial featuring Samuel L. Jackson
  • Interviews and Commentaries

Films[edit]

  • Sexy Beast (excerpt) You're the Problem
  • Interviews with Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley
  • Birth (excerpt) Central Park
  • Interviews with Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Harris Savides, Milo Addica and Jean-Claude Carriere

Tramp[edit]

Paul Kaye

56 Page Book[edit]

Includes photographs, sketches, storyboards and interview.

Volume 6: The Work of Director Anton Corbijn[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features (stuff)[edit]

  • Beck and Dave Grohl MTV Promos
  • U2 - The Making of "Electrical Storm"
  • Some YoYo Stuff
  • Travis - Love Will Come Through (home made video with Fran Healy)
  • Depeche Mode - "It's No Good" tour projections
  • Palais Schaumburg - Hockey (Anton's first music video)
  • Front 242 - Front By Front
  • NotNa - a documentary by Lance Bangs about Anton[2]
  • Interviews and commentaries

56 Page Book[edit]

Anton's photos, text and drawings.

Volume 7: The Work of Director Stephane Sednaoui[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • Walk on the Wild Side - Short film inspired by Lou Reed's song
  • Army of Me - Animation inspired by Björk's song
  • Acqua Natasa - Short film featuring Natasa Vojnovic
  • Reve Reche - Stephane's first short film attempt
  • Interviews and Commentaries
  • Stephane's presentation at New York University Film School

56 Page Book[edit]

Diary of photos, storyboards, sketches and comments

The Hammer & Tongs Collection[edit]

Palm Pictures released a DVD collection of videos by Hammer & Tongs - the duo of director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith - on November 22, 2010.[3] Although a Director's Label set for the duo had long been planned, the eventual DVD set did not carry the name. However, press coverage of the set universally referred to the collection as apart of The Director's Label. It is the only collection of music videos released by Palm Pictures since the Stephane Sednaoui set and was only made available in Europe.

Music videos[edit]

Special Features[edit]

  • Interviews and commentaries

Series 1 Box Set[edit]

Shortly after the release of the first three volumes, Palm Pictures released a box set including all three plus a bonus disc featuring more recent content. Because no additional Cunningham videos were included on the disc, the box set also included a poster with images from the Cunningham disc. Those who purchased the three volumes individually could receive the bonus disc and poster by e-mailing Palm Pictures, but Palm Pictures is no longer able to provide the bonus DVD and Poster.

Spike Jonze[edit]

Michel Gondry[edit]

  • "I Wonder" by The Willowz
  • "Ossamuch!" by Kishu & Co. (original short)

Chris, Spike + Michel[edit]

  • Q&A at Virgin

Series 2 Box Set[edit]

Palm Pictures released a box set of Volumes 4-7 immediately upon their individual releases. Unlike the first box set, there was no additional content save for the box itself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ An Interview With Director Michel Gondry, ComingSoon.net forums
  2. ^ NotNa at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Blur, Pulp on Hammer & Tongs Video Collection DVD - Pitchfork

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