Aaron Platt

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Aaron Platt
Born (1981-06-09) June 9, 1981 (age 35)
Occupation Film director
Director of photography
Years active 2002 - present

Aaron Platt, (born June 9, 1981), is an American film director and cinematographer, currently residing in Venice, California and Brooklyn, New York.

Platt's worked steadily as a cinematographer and director since 2002 on music videos, feature films and commercials.

Platt is a frequent collaborator with independent film director, Cam Archer. His work on Archer's feature film debut, Wild Tigers I Have Known, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, earned him a Best Cinematography nomination at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards.[1] In 2008, Platt photographed Archer's second feature film, "Shit Year", a black and white film which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as part of their Directors' Fortnight program, not released theatrically until the fall of 2011.

Platt has directed numerous music videos, starting with his first video in 2004 for "Haunts Me" by Kelli Scarr. From there, Platt went on to direct music videos for artists including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, U2, Melody Gardot, Nicole Shitburgerz, and Pitbull, among many others. At the age of 24, his video OneRepublic, ("Apologize").[2] has become a major sensation on YouTube. As of June 1, 2014, Platt's video, which features the original version of "Apologize", has garnered nearly 49,000,000 views. His video was also used unofficially to feature the remix of "Apologize" in a new video, which has garnered over 100,000,000 views, and is listed as YouTube's seventh most watched video of all-time.

Platt's commercial work includes projects for Alexander Wang, Mercedes-Benz, Range Rover, Tom Ford, Bloomingdale's, Gap, Inc., ALDO Group, Garnier, Spike TV, and Nintendo Wii, among many others.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • PLUS Camerimage "Best Cinematography", 2009 Nomination for Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing"
  • American Cinematographer, 2009 Article for The Maine "Into Your Arms" music video
  • SHOOT magazine "New Directors Showcase", 2009 Selected Director for The Gliteratti's "Keep Me Up All Night"
  • Nominated Best Cinematography - 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for Wild Tigers I Have Known.[3]
  • Won Best Cinematography - 2007 Sacramento International Film Festival for The Pacific and Eddy.[3]
  • Won Most Promising Filmmaker - 2004 Ann Arbor Film Festival for The Cold Ones.[3]



  • Shit Year (2010)
  • Junction (2008)
  • The Red Canvas (2008)
  • The China Project (2008)
  • The Lodge (2008)
  • Serpent and the Sun: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice (2008)
  • "Making the Cut" (4 episodes, 2007)
    • Giving Back (2007) TV episode (director of photography)
    • Tension of School (2007) TV episode
    • Senior Soiree (2007) TV episode (director of photography)
    • Welcome to Vidal Sassoon (2007) TV episode (director of photography)
  • The Pacific and Eddy (2007)
  • Lords of the Underworld (2007)
  • The Grass Grows Green (2007)
  • Rolling (2007)
  • Time and Tide (2006)
  • "7 Deadly Hollywood Sins" (4 episodes, 2006)
    • Pride (2006) TV episode (intro sequence)
    • Lust (2006) TV episode (intro sequence)
    • Envy (2006) TV episode (intro sequence)
    • Gluttony (2006) TV episode (intro sequence)
  • "Fast Inc." (2006) TV series (unknown episodes)
  • Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)
  • Hooligan's Valley (2005)
  • American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis (2005)
  • Godly Boyish (2004)
  • American Fame Pt. 1: Drowning River Phoenix (2004)
  • The Cold Ones (2004)
  • bobbycrush (2003)

Music videos[edit]


  • Feniderma Aftersun - "Touching"
  • WII Table Tennis - "'The Match"
  • State Farm Insurance - "Winner's Circle"
  • AAA - "Found Money"
  • Finesse - "Discovery"
  • Kohler - "Bold Look"


  • The Cold Ones (2004)


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