Paul Hunter, director

Paul Hunter

The mention of director Paul Hunter’s name has become synonymous with talking about the most identifiable visionaries in music videos today. His inventive style has arguably elevated the standard of video production. Having worked with celebrated musical artists including Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, D’Angelo, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Janet Jackson, Paul is among an elite group of directors who successfully segues between hip-hop and rock, fortifying a diverse client base.

After a long and extremely successful career as a commercial and music video director, Paul can now add film director to his list of accolades. Paul has made his feature length directorial debut with Bulletproof Monk for MGM, which opened April 2003. He directed alongside producers Michael Yanover, Terence Chang, and John Woo. Bulletproof Monk stars Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, and Jamie King.

movie poster for BULLETPROOF MONK   Paul Hunter directing Will Smith on music video set   Paul Hunter standing next to Stevie Wonder

Paul majored in film at Cal State Northridge where he acknowledeges the early pedagogical influence of CTVA film professor Nate Thomas. His career began by working on sets and shooting spec commercials. He continues his work in commercial directing by helming big budget product spots for major corporations, including The Gap and Coca Cola (Dasani).

Paul received overwhelming recognition for his work on the projects for Nike and Jordan. The Nike commercial went on to win an Emmy Award. His groundbreaking style of blurring the lines between the commercial and music video has generated widespread acclaim for changing the face of commercials today.

Paul directed the music video of a lifetime when he directed the comeback single You Rock My World for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He directed the multiple award winning “Divas” video for the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Missy Elliott, and Lil’ Kim, as well as Aaliyah’s video for her hit song Resolution. He directed spots for the Holiday Gap campaign and the Dr. Pepper campaign.