Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson; they’ve all hit the top, and they can all thank Warren Fu for helping them get there.
Fu is the award-winning music video director behind the clicks. A former art director at Lucasfilm, where he created characters set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Fu is signed to Partizan Entertainment Worldwide for commercials and music videos, and Creative Artists Agency for feature films.
The Industry Observer caught up with the music video director, illustrator and designer after his keynote address at Clipped festival in Sydney on the weekend, where he talked shop with many of the country’s most promising young filmmakers.
“Music video director” sounds like the world’s best job. But is it? What are the best moments, and the worst, in your career?
It’s one of the most creatively fulfilling jobs in the world. Where else can you combine literally any art form into one, and pair it with music that you love? One of the best moments for me was having Snoop, Pharrell and Stevie together on set for the epic closing shot to ‘California Roll.’ We had just assumed we would never get their schedules to align on the shoot day, but luckily we had a 45 minute window where they were all together, and we got them up on the stage with three thrones. I got the chills when the camera pulled back to reveal the three icons looking like kings.