Paul Hunter (director)

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Paul Hunter
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OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, music video director,
Years active1995–present

Paul Hunter is an American film director, screenwriter, and music video director. He has directed over 100 music videos, television advertisements and was nominated for an Emmy for Nike's Freestyle commercial.[1] In 2004, the Washington Post called Hunter one of "most seminal names among black hip-hop directors."[2]

Hunter graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Radio, TV & Film.

Hunter has worked with musical artists including Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, TLC, Tyrese Gibson, Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson.

Hunter made his feature-length directorial debut with Bulletproof Monk, starring Chow Yun Fat and Seann William Scott.[3]

Hunter's directed the music video of Michael Jackson's come-back single, 'You Rock My World' and the award-winning "Lady Marmalade" video for the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge! (2001).[3]

While working with Prettybird, Hunter has also done commercial work including a spot for Bacardi he co-directed with actor Michael B. Jordan.[4]

Selected music video credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Notes
1996 Twinz "Eastside LB"
1996 Keith Sweat "Twisted"
1996 Keith Sweat "Nobody"
1996 Keith Sweat "Just a Touch"
1996 Snoop Dogg "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto"
1996 Aaliyah "One in a Million"
1996 Aaliyah "Got to Give It Up"
1996 Erykah Badu "On & On"
1997 Aaliyah "One in a Million" (Remix) Video features singers Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, and producer Timbaland
1997 Snoop Dogg "Vapors"
1997 Whitney Houston "Step by Step"
1997 Zhané "Request Line"
1997 Warren G "I Shot the Sheriff"
1997 Heavy D "Big Daddy"
1997 Adriana Evans "Seein' Is Believing"
1997 Mary J. Blige and Nas "Love Is All We Need"
1997 Brownstone "5 Miles to Empty"
1997 Scarface featuring Makaveli and Johnny P "Smile"
1997 Lauryn Hill "The Sweetest Thing"
1997 Blackstreet featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, Slash, and Fishbone "Fix"
1997 Tamia "Make Tonight Beautiful"
1997 Mariah Carey "Honey"
1997 Mariah Carey featuring Puff Daddy, The Lox, and Mase "Honey" (Bad Boy Remix)
1997 Puff Daddy featuring Mase "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
1997 Pras featuring Mýa Ol’ Dirty Bastard "Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are)"
1997 Puff Daddy featuring The Lox and Lil' Kim "It's All About the Benjamins"
1997 The Black Eyed Peas "Joints & Jams"
1997 Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase "Been Around the World"
1997 The Notorious B.I.G. "Hypnotize"
1997 New Kids on the Block "What It Is"
1997 LL Cool J "Phenomenon"
1997 Boyz II Men "4 Seasons of Loneliness"
1997 Mack 10 featuring Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube "Only in California"
1997 Salt-N-Pepa "Gitty Up"
1998 Jermaine Dupri featuring Da Brat and Usher "The Party Continues"
1998 Queen Latifah "Paper"
1998 LL Cool J "Hot Hot Hot"
1998 Joydrop "Beautiful"
1998 Babyface "You Were There"
1998 Brandy featuring Mase "Top of the World"
1998 Boyz II Men "Can't Let Her Go"
1998 Tamia "Imagination"
1998 Ice Cube "We Be Clubbin'"
1998 Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely"
1998 Janet Jackson featuring Blackstreet "I Get Lonely" (TNT Remix)
1998 Busta Rhymes "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
1998 Usher "My Way"
1998 Missy Elliott featuring Timbaland and Mocha "Hit Em wit da Hee"
1998 Marilyn Manson "The Dope Show"
1998 Marilyn Manson "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)"
1998 Everclear "Father of Mine"
1998 A Tribe Called Quest "Find a Way"
1998 Hole "Malibu"
1998 Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
1999 Faith Evans featuring Puff Daddy "All Night Long"
1999 Warren G featuring Mack 10 "I Want It All"
1999 Keith Sweat "I'm Not Ready"
1999 Matchbox Twenty "Back 2 Good"
1999 Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee "Wild Wild West"
1999 Jennifer Lopez "If You Had My Love"
1999 Lenny Kravitz "American Woman"
1999 Enrique Iglesias "Bailamos"
1999 TLC "Unpretty"
1999 Puff Daddy featuring Mario Winans "Best Friend"
1999 D'Angelo "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
2000 Jennifer Lopez featuring Big Pun and Fat Joe "Feelin' So Good"
2000 Will Smith "Freakin' It"
2000 Brian McKnight "Stay or Let It Go"
2000 Kelis "Get Along with You"
2000 Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg "The Next Episode"
2000 Eminem "The Way I Am"
2000 Christina Aguilera "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)"
2000 Lenny Kravitz "Again"
2000 Deftones "Back to School (Mini Maggit)"
2000 Tamia "Stranger in My House"
2000 A Perfect Circle "3 Libras"
2000 Faith Hill "Where Are You, Christmas?"
2000 Jennifer Lopez "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
2001 Jay-Z featuring R. Kelly "Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
2001 Aaliyah "We Need a Resolution"
2001 Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Lil' Kim, and P!nk "Lady Marmalade"
2001 Sunshine Anderson "Lunch or Dinner"
2001 Michael Jackson "You Rock My World" Video features actors Marlon Brando, Chris Tucker, Michael Madsen, Billy Drago and introducing Kishaya Dudley
2003 Eminem "Superman"
2003 Britney Spears featuring Madonna "Me Against the Music"
2003 Justin Timberlake "Señorita"
2003 Justin Timberlake "I'm Lovin' It"
2003 Tamia "Officially Missing You"
2003 Ashanti "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)"
2003 Joe Budden featuring Busta Rhymes "Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)"
2003 Mýa "My Love Is Like...Wo"
2003 Tyrese "Signs of Love Making"
2003 Pharrell featuring Jay-Z "Frontin'" Video features models Lanisha Cole and Lauren London
2004 N.E.R.D "Maybe"
2004 Van Hunt "Down Here in Hell (With You)"
2004 Mos Def "Sex, Love & Money"
2004 Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell "Drop It Like It's Hot
2005 Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell "Let's Get Blown"
2005 Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake "Signs"
2005 Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
2005 Will Smith "Switch"
2005 Will Smith "Party Starter"
2005 The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha"
2005 Stevie Wonder "So What the Fuss"
2005 Common "Be"
2005 Pharrell featuring Gwen Stefani "Can I Have It Like That"
2005 Warren G featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and B-Real "Get U Down"
2005 Mariah Carey "Don't Forget About Us"
2006 Mariah Carey featuring Snoop Dogg "Say Somethin'"
2006 Jamie Foxx featuring Twista "DJ Play a Love Song"
2006 Jamie Foxx "Extravaganza"
2006 Mary J. Blige featuring U2 "One"
2006 Outkast "Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me)"
2006 Warren G featuring Nate Dogg "I Need a Light"
2006 Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. "My Love"
2007 Nicole Scherzinger "Whatever U Like"
2009 Mishon "Just a Kiss"
2009 Jeremih "Birthday Sex"
2009 Keri Hilson "Slow Dance"
2009 The All-American Rejects "I Wanna"
2009 Snoop Dogg featuring The-Dream "Gangsta Luv"
2010 Kesha "Take It Off" Co-directed by Dori Oskowitz
2010 Maroon 5 "Give a Little More"
2010 N.E.R.D "Hypnotize U"
2011 Lenny Kravitz "Stand"
2011 Nicole Scherzinger "Right There"
2011 Jennifer Lopez "Papi"
2012 Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "Dance Again"
2015 Tyrese "Shame"
2015 Pharrell "Freedom"
2018 Justin Timberlake "Man of the Woods"





  • 2010 - London International Advertising Awards - Bronze Television/Cinema/ Digital/Web/Mobile - Axe: "Destiny" (Director)[5]
  • 2010 - Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity - Bronze Award: Product & Service/Cosmetics & Beauty - Axe: "Destiny" (Director)[6]
  • 2013 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 TV Commercial / Digital Short Film (Director)[7][8]

Music videos[edit]

  • 2007 - MVPA Awards - Best Direction of a Male Artist - Justin Timberlake: "My Love" (Director)
  • 2006 - MVPA Awards - R&B Video of the Year - Stevie Wonder: "So What the Fuss" (Director)
  • 2002 - MVPA Awards - Hollywood Digital Award for Rap Video of the Year - Jay-Z: "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Director)
  • 2001 - MTV Video Music Awards - Best Video of the Year and Best Video From a Film - Mya, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim: "Lady Marmalade" (Director)[9]
  • 2000 - MVPA Awards - Best Direction of a Male Video - D'Angelo: "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (Director)
  • 1999 - MTV Video Music Awards - Best Cinematography in a Video - Marilyn Manson: "The Dope Show" (Director)[10]
  • 1999 - MVPA Awards - Rock Video of the Year and Best Direction of a Music Video - Marilyn Manson: "The Dope Show" (Director)
  • 1997 - MTV Video Music Awards - Best Rap Video - The Notorious B.I.G.: "Hypnotize" (Director)
  • 1997 - MVPA Awards - Best Urban/R&B Video - Erykah Badu: "On & On" (Director)


  1. ^ Club Love. "1 - Making of NIKE Freestyle Commercial". Dailymotion.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Tommy (August 15, 2004). "Cut to the Directors". Washington Post. Retrieved August 15, 2020. 'Historically, I've seen more African American directors break into the music video industry through hip-hop and urban music, and that's a good thing,' says Scott Edelstein, a former head of music video production for HSI Productions, the company that once repped Hype Williams and still houses Paul Hunter, the two most seminal names among black hip-hop directors.
  3. ^ a b "Kate Moss stars in new ad to launch Virgin Mobile Contract". Esato. 21 December 2005. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  4. ^ Beer, Jeff (December 3, 2018). "Exclusive: Why Michael B. Jordan directed the new Bacardi commercial". Fast Company. Retrieved August 15, 2020. Paul Hunter is a renowned music video director and cofounder of the commercial production company Prettybird.
  5. ^ 2010 London International Awards
  6. ^ Cannes Film Lions Winners 2010
  7. ^ Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Official TVC - Dreams. Official channel of Samsung on YouTube. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. ^ Samsung GALAXY Note 3 presents "Dreams", a digital short film. Official channel of Samsung on YouTube. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  9. ^ "2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Highlights, Winners, Performers and Photos from the 2001 MTV VMAs".
  10. ^ "1999 MTV Video Music Awards - Highlights, Winners, Performers and Photos from the 1999 MTV VMAs".

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