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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever | 5. Hire A 'Music Video Director' Director
5. Hire A 'Music Video Director' Director

Key characteristic: Having directed music videos

Optional characteristics: A lightness of tone; a love of sun-filled montages, indie music (hopefully a given) and dialogue-heavy characters.

Of course, plenty of mainstream indie movies aren’t directed by men and/or women who’ve previously made rock-‘n’-rollers look pretty for those MTV kids, but you'd be doing yourself a favour getting your eminently loveable dramedy helmed by a clapperboard-wielding muso.

Spike Jonze is the crown prince of this, having worked with The Beastie Boys, Daft Punk, Weezer, Sonic Youth and many more before bringing the world Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where The Wild Things Are. Then there’s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, R.E.M., Travis – Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks), Michel Gondry (Beck, Radiohead, Massive Attack – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Science Of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind), Marc Webb (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Snow Patrol – (500) Days Of Summer), Mike Mills (Air, Moby, Pulp – Thumbsucker), and many more.

On the other side of the coin, plenty of music video directors have gone on to do entirely non-mainstream indie features – Simon West created the video for Rick Astley’s ‘Never Going To Give You Up’ as well as Con Air, The Mechanic and The Expendables 2, for example – and it’s not that likely David Fincher is going to make Juno 2 anytime soon, despite creating the videos for Madonna’s ‘Vogue’, ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Oh Father’.

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1 90s
Is it just me or is the "indie" flick playing the 90s infront of people who are too young to be nostalgic? i should mention at this point that i am quite partial to "indie" flicks. And I am too young to be nostalgic. Anyway, I'm going to go and play Pokemon on my Gameboy now, while listening to to Cypress Hill and watching Star Trek: Voyager. And then make a film about it. More

Posted by sipi on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 22:20

2 What?
Ellen Page is a must for leading Lady in an Indie flick More

Posted by CambiMan on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 17:21

3 RE: Great Gerwig?
Inde films suck so much 90% of the time. More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Monday October 15, 2012, 04:46

4 Great Gerwig?
Think you might have meant Greta... Unless it was an intentional mistake commentating on her quality in Greenberg. If so hats off. If not claim it was. More

Posted by ahaig on Friday October 12, 2012, 15:01

5 Tony The Teddy Soprano
All them movis are wank, everyone of them. They are all Junos. eXCPET Where The Wild Things Are. The most un-child friendly child movie i ever seen in my life. And the best movie from the past 10 years. Cataclysmically underlooked. More

Posted by burtbondy on Friday October 12, 2012, 10:47

6 E B
With Adjustment Bureau it's more that she's the pretty girl that takes the bored man out of his humdrum existence type thing... More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Friday October 12, 2012, 09:10

7 Todd VanDerWerff Strikes Again
I dont think even he knew Manic Pixie Dream Girl would enter the lexicon so solidly... Dang... I love his blog too. So yeah. Interesting list. More

Posted by kisswithatear on Friday October 12, 2012, 04:06

8 Adjustment Bureau - 'indie'?!
Hardly, I would argue. Unless you're just putting it there just for info on roles that Emily Blunt has played, in which case I apologise. More

Posted by polkadotty5 on Friday October 12, 2012, 01:40

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Is this supposed to be part of your "Indy" week, you punning japesters...? More

Posted by JamieNC on Thursday October 11, 2012, 17:10


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