Music Video Gods: #23 Saam Farahmand
Compared to most directors in this list, Saam Farahmand is just a baby. Having said that, the Edinburgh International Film Festival recently called him 'the hottest music video director in the world right now' and that's pretty much what people have been calling him for the past five years. So there you have it: Saam Farahmand, the #23 music video director of all time!
30. Jonas Åkerlund
29. Walter Stern
27: Steve Barron
25: Tim Pope
23: Saam Farahmand
In the past five or six years, Saam Farahmand has risen to music video stardom rather quickly, given the fact that he is reportedly very (media) shy and remarkably absent online - his website is a black screen and contrary to the numbers 30 to 24 in this list he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. He does however already have an impressive list of music videos to brag about, some stunning commercials for amongst others Sagem and Nike, a '3D interpretation' of The xx's debut album and a number of fun VideoPortraits. Not to mention the instant legendary and influential tour documentary he made for/with Soulwax: Part of the Weekend Never Dies.
But this is - of course - about music videos so you might want to start by checking out the ones below: The xx's ingenious Islands, Simian Mobile Disco's steaming hot Hustler and Klaxons' (NSFMTV) Twin Flames. And when you're done checking those, see some of the other videos he made for Hercules and Love Affair, Janet Jackson, These New Puritans, Cheryl Cole ft. Will.i.am, Mark Ronson and more Klaxons, much more.
Oh, and apparently he's working on a movie too. At least, that's what he told Flux: 'I would love to make a movie biopic of Tom Cruise, and i want him to play himself. We will use Benjamin Button CG and make-up to span his life from teens to old age and death. Together me and Tom would write the remainder of his life story. Then I would like Charlie Kaufman to make a film about me making the film about Tom Cruise. With Tom Cruise playing me.' Undoubtedly in cinemas by the end of 2012!
THE XX - ISLANDS
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - HUSTLER
KLAXONS - TWIN FLAMES