Grady Hall

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Grady Hall is an American director and screenwriter. He directs music videos and commercial projects through the production company Motion Theory, where he was one of the studio's original two directors (along with Mathew Cullen). He is also the Executive Creative Director of Mirada, a transmedia production company and visual effects studio co-founded by Guillermo del Toro, Guillermo Navarro, Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez.[1]


Grady Hall began his career working at Warner Bros. in syndicated television. He later became a development executive for television producer Douglas S. Cramer and was also a staff writer on The Outer Limits for SyFy, which filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hall joined Motion Theory as a writer-director and creative director in 2001. He has directed music videos for artists such as Beck, R.E.M., and Katy Perry,[2] and commercials for Nike, Toyota, Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Target, the NBA, Olay Budweiser, and Mazda3.[3]

In 2009, Hall served as a consulting producer and director for the debut season of Sam Raimi's “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” starring Lucy Lawless and Andy Whitfield.

In 2013, Hall's video for Capital Cities' “Safe and Sound” was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards,[4] winning for Best Visual Effects.[5]

Select music video credits[edit]


Year Award Project Result
2013 Grammy Awards Capital Cities “Safe and Sound” Nominated for Best Music Video[10]
2013 People's Choice Awards Katy Perry "Roar" Won Favorite Music Video[11]
2013 MTV VMA Capital Cities “Safe and Sound” Won for Best Visual Effects[12]
2013 MTV VMA Capital Cities “Safe and Sound” Nominated for Best Art Direction
2004 PromaxBDA Discovery “One Way Out” Won Gold
2008 D&AD Modest Mouse “Dashboard” Won
2007 AIGA Modest Mouse “Dashboard” Certificate of Excellence
2006 MVPA Beck “Girl” Won for Best Special Effects
2006 CLIO Reebok “Wrapshear” Won
2004 AICP Nike “Flow” Won for Graphic Design
2004 The One Show Fox Sports “Shockey” Finalist
2004 Art Directors Club Fox Sports “Shockey” Won Silver
2004 ACM SIGGRAPH ESPN “Evolution” Won
2003 AICP ESPN “Evolution” Won for Graphic Design