Director X

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Director X
Director X.jpg
Born Julien Christian Lutz
(1975-10-31) October 31, 1975 (age 42)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other names
  • X
  • Little X
Occupation Music video director
Years active 1998–present
Website popprok.com/directors/director-x/

Julien Christian Lutz (born October 31, 1975), better known as Director X, is a Canadian music video director. He also has a clothing line, X Fit. He was born and raised near Toronto, Ontario,[1] and is of Trinidadian and Swiss descent.

Biography[edit]

Lutz attended Mayfield Secondary School and North Park Secondary School, both in Brampton, Ontario.[citation needed] A protégé of Hype Williams,[2] Lutz has been noted[according to whom?] for his high-budget, visually distinctive music videos for popular music singles, including videos for The Wanted, R. Kelly, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Korn, David Guetta, Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Justin Bieber, Drake, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Little Mix, Rihanna, Union J, Fifth Harmony,One Direction, and Iggy Azalea. He is currently represented by Luti Media. In 2015, Director X founded his own production company, Popp Rok, in Toronto.

His trademark is tweaking the letterbox format. Instead of just using black bars on the top and bottom of the frame to frame the image, many videos by X actually feature the bars opening vertically or horizontally to reveal the video and closing vertically or horizontally at the end, like a letter box.[3]

In 2004 Lutz appeared in Mya Baker's documentary film Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality in America.[4]

Other media[edit]

In addition to directing musical videos, Lutz has also had experience in filming and in fashion and modelling consultancy.

Lutz has his own fashion clothing line called X Fit. It is produced by Canadian clothing company Ice Gear Fitness.

Lutz was a visual consultant on Hype Williams 1998 film Belly.[5] Lutz was also to direct now defunct vampire feature Razorwire.[6]

He also discovered Melyssa Ford at a Toronto nightclub and helped to launch her modeling career.[citation needed]

In 2017, he appeared on episode 7 of America's Next Top Model Cycle 23 "X Marks The Spot" as the director for a Gypsy-Sports themed music video.

On January 16th 2018, it was confirmed that he is directing the remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Superfly.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

Commercials

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