Sunday, 6 September 2009

Tony Petrossian

So for this case study on a music video director i've decided to do it Tony Petrossian, purely because he directed the music videos from alot of bands that i like and i think he makes very effective videos.

A little bit of background info: Tony Petrossian was born in Tehran, Iran, 1975 and moved to Europe during the unstable years of Iranian Revolution. At the age of twelve his father brought him his first video camera, he spent the entire night fiddling with the camera and emerged the next morning with a 30 second stop-motion of his action figures fighting.

At 18, he attended university at UCLA - majoring in English Literature. After that, he took a break from the film world to attend Law school at USC. After passing the California Bar Exam, he returned to the world of video.

Bit about the career: Tony’s early passion for filmmaking has evolved into a full blown directing career. He signed with Rockhard Films in 2002 and has been directing ever since and has worked with many artists such as Slipknot, Rise Against, Orson, Newton Faulkner and many more. Tony's Kenna "Freetime" video was nominated for both best director and best editor at the MTV Music Video Awards in 2002, his Three Days Grace video "Never Too Late" was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 Much Music Video Awards and his Slipknot video for "Vermillion" won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2006. Now, he supplements his music video career by helming commercial spots around the world.


Duality - Slipknot
Firestarter - Gene Simmons
Vermilion - Slipknot
The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage
S.A.N.T.A.N.A. - The Diplomats

Before I Forget - Slipknot
I'm On A High - Millionaire

No Tomorrow - Orson
Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
Bright Idea - Orson
Graduation Day - Head Automatica
Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
Through Glass - Stone Sour
Pain - Three Days Grace
Liar (It Takes One to Know One) - Taking Back Sunday
Eyes of the Insane - Slayer
Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against

Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
I'm Not Jesus - Apocalyptica feat. Corey Taylor
Empty Walls - Serj Tankian
Fake It - Seether
Scream, Aim, Fire - Bullet For My Valentine

Sky Is Over - Serj Tankian
Rise Above This - Seether
Breakdown - Seether
Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
How We Do It In The A - Lloyd featuring Ludacris
What You Look For - Sam Beeton
You Better Pray - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Not Meant to Be - Theory of a Deadman
Careless Whisper - Seether
If This Is It - Newton Faulkner

My personal favourite out of his videos has to be the video for 'Looking through the Glass' by Stonesour, im not entirely sure why i like it so much, but i think its because its just such an interesting video i find myself never being able to look away and the idea of the fake blown up pictures of evryone just fits the whole fakeness of the hollywood scene, anyway if you haven't seen it here you go

Stone Sour : Through Glass

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