Thomas Mignone

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Thomas Mignone is an American feature film, commercial, and music video director. Mignone is best known for directing the dark drama On The Doll, and for directing music videos for hard rock and heavy metal artists such as Slipknot, Mudvayne, System Of A Down, Suicide Silence, Avenged Sevenfold, Sepultura, Danzig, Cradle of Filth, Type O Negative, Megadeth, American Head Charge, Obituary, Superjoint Ritual, Fear Factory, Soulfly, Kittie, Otep, The Fall of Troy, Dia De Los Muertos, Inquisition, Death Angel, and Killer Be Killed as well as others.

Feature Film Directing[edit]

In 2008, Mignone wrote and directed the his first feature film On The Doll starring Brittany Snow, Josh Janowicz, Candice Accola, Angela Sarafyan, Clayne Crawford, Shanna Collins, and Theresa Russell. The title refers to the phrase "Show me on the doll where he touched you", which is often asked of children who have been victimized by molesters. On The Doll premiered at the Austin Film Festival[1] and was also selected to screen at the 25th Anniversary of the Avignon Film Festival in France,[2] Cinequest in San Jose, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and the 15th Annual Oldenburg International Film Festival[3] in Germany. The film's soundtrack features new music from multi-platinum artist The Crystal Method, and an original score from former Tool bassist Paul D'Amour. In October 2012, Mignone was one of several international filmmakers selected by the Cinequest Film Festival to direct and produce a film in concurrence with their partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation.[4] Current feature film projects include Otep: Live Confrontation Concert Documentary, Slipknot: Welcome To Our Neighborhood,[5]Satanika, a live-action version of the comic-book female anti-hero created by multi-platinum rock musician Glenn Danzig.,[6] and The Vanessa del Rio Story.[7]

Music Video Directing[edit]

Mignone's music video for Mudvayne's hit song "Dig" won the first MTV2 Award[8] and was the first music video to feature heavy metal artists in vibrant, brightly lit and color-saturated images, in sharp contrast to the dark, shadowy videos typical of the genre. His video for Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots" received the Video Of The Year Award from Kerrang! Magazine.[9] It was filmed in Salvador, Brazil, and was the first music video to contrast the hard rock group's intense performance with images of capoiera dancers, timbalada musicians, and other traditional Brazilian scenes. In addition to hard rock and heavy metal artists, Mignone has also directed hit videos for alternative music artists such as Toadies, Tonic, Concrete Blonde, Lit, and others. He has directed hip hop and urban music videos for artists such as Kool Keith, Digable Planets, and Rahsaan Paterson. Mignone's videos are characterized by strong narrative conceptual storylines, elaborate and distinct color-correction palettes, and many times include feature film actors in lead roles, including Vincent Gallo, Denise Richards, Michael Rooker from the cult film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Peter Stormare, and Navi Rawat. Mignone lives and works in Los Angeles, and continues directing feature films and music videos. Recent videos include Existo Vulgore for Morbid Angel,[10] Bullet Proof Heart for Miss Derringer featuring vocalist and acclaimed Los Angeles artist Liz McGrath,[11] the MTV #1 Buzz Clip video Lay Me Down for the Dirty Heads featuring vocalist Rome from the band Sublime,[12] and Wings Of Feathers And Wax for American heavy metal supergroup Killer Be Killed featuring Soulfly/ex-Sepultura vocalist and guitarist Max Cavalera, The Dillinger Escape Plan co-vocalist and guitarist Greg Puciato, Mastodon bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders and former The Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch.



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