Director: Sam Balaban
Client: Columbia Records
I created this series to showcase the creative and technical achievements of music videos by inviting directors to breakdown their craft. I paired rear-projection and an overhead camera rig to film the directors drawing directly on the video.
I developed and directed Genius’ live-streamed, interactive concerts with artists The Kid LAROI, Ty Dolla $ign, Tate McRae and more. For this project, I built a custom, remote-first, live-streaming workflow using Amazon Web Services' EC2 cloud computing platform.
I directed huge, career-spanning interviews with Mariah Carey, T-Pain and Nicki Minaj. With a live audience, host Rob Markman drew deep into the artists’ background and showed how they changed music.
In addition to editing episodes with Charlie Puth, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and more, I created the template and workflow for Genius’ flagship show, used on 1,000+ episodes. This involved best practices for chroma-keying in Davinci Resolve, the round-trip to Premiere Pro and the development of motion graphics assets that simplified and standardized creation.Watch Charlie Puth break down “Attention”
In January 2019, I spent three weeks in Cuba exploring the country and meeting people. While there, I met a group of skaters who were celebrating the 11th year of their club, “23 y G.” With some footage of their anniversary competitions and a trip to their DIY skatepark outside the city, I created this short documentary.