Wayne Isham

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Wayne Isham
Born 1958 (age 56–57)
United States
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Occupation Music video director
Children 2
Awards See below
Website
wayneisham.com

Wayne Isham (born 1958) is an award-winning American music video director who has directed music videos of many popular artists.

Early life and education[edit]

Isham was born in 1958. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara in the 1970s.[1] While at UC Santa Barbara, David Bowie's music video for Ashes to Ashes was released. Costing £250,000, it was the most expensive music video ever made and still stands as the defining early music video.[2] Isham has cited this music video as his inspiration to start producing music videos.[1]

Career[edit]

Isham has worked with artists such as Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, KISS, Roxette, Mötley Crüe, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Whitesnake, David Cook, Simple Plan, Avenged Sevenfold, Pantera, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, Metallica, Muse, Keith Urban, Godsmack, OneRepublic, Leona Lewis, Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, Sheryl Crow, Megadeth, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Def Leppard, Darius Rucker, Adam Lambert, and Nadine Coyle among others.[3]

In 1998, Isham ventured into feature film directing with 12 Bucks, which featured Alexandra Paul, David Chokachi, Scott Waugh, Jonathan Silverman, Finola Hughes, Glenn Morshower.[4]

"The only music-video director who has had real longevity in the business is Wayne Isham, who seems, at first glance, capable of a neutral style. His quite malleable work incorporates either grand set pieces or intimate performance footage..."[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Isham, alongside Bon Jovi, was a co-winner of MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1991.[6]

For Isham's direction of the Spanish-language version of Ricky Martin's She Bangs, he won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2001 in addition to "Video of the Year" at Premio Lo Nuestro 2001.[7][8]

At the 16th Annual Music Video Production Association Awards held on May 16, 2007, Isham was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Orpheum Theatre.[9]

At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Isham won numerous awards for Britney Spears's Piece of Me music video including the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video, and MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Isham is married with two children.[9]

Select videography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kaleem, Heeba (May 6, 2014). "Prolific Music Director, UCSB Alum Speaks at Pollock Theater". Daily Nexus (Santa Barbara, California). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Buckley, David (April 24, 2012). Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story. New York City: Random House. pp. 316–318. ISBN 9781448132478. 
  3. ^ "Wayne Isham biography". http://www.mvdbase.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "12 Bucks (1998)". The New York Times (New York City). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Vernallis, Carol (2004). Experiencing Music Video: Aesthetics and Cultural Context. New York City: Columbia University Press. p. 289. ISBN 9780231117999. 
  6. ^ "1991 Video Music Awards". http://www.mtv.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Past Winners Search". http://www.latingrammy.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lista completa de los ganadores de Premio Lo Nuestro 2001". http://especiales.univision.com (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "METALLICA, QUEENSRŸCHE, JUDAS PRIEST VIDEO PRODUCER HONORED AT 16TH ANNUAL MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION AWARDS". http://bravewords.com. May 19, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2008 Video Music Awards". http://www.mtv.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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