#1 - Guy Franklin (Writer/Director)

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This week Chris and Clay sit down with writer/director Guy Franklin, who has directed music videos for the likes of Kimbra, Delta Goodrem, and Guy Sebastian. So far, his videos have been played more than 50 million times online, and in 2011 his video for Kimbra’s “Cameo Lover” was nominated for an ARIA award. Guy is now in LA pursuing his first TV pilot currently titled "Holly", based around the experience of a young, sheltered woman entering the LA porn industry.

Straight out of University, Guy broke into the industry with his first music video for Kimbra's "Settle Down", followed closely by "Cameo Lover". After the success of those clips, Guy spent the next year and a half directing videos for All The Colours, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Montaigne, and a series of live performance videos for Virgin Airlines.

You can find Guy online at http://www.guywfranklin.com and @guywfranklin 

Points of Discussion:

  • Defining the role of a director.

  • Disdain for the stereotypical music video formula.

  • Developing a music video concept and putting together the treatment.

  • Music video budgets - comparison between current budgets and the 80s/90s.

  • Are music video directors being fairly compensated?

  • Shooting music videos on film vs. digital.

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Chris Pahlow

Chris Pahlow is an independent writer/director currently in post-production on his debut feature film PLAY IT SAFE. Chris has been fascinated with storytelling since he first earned his pen license and he’s spent the last ten years bringing stories to life through music videos, documentaries, and short films.