6 Great Directors Who Came from MTV

Where the Wild Things Are opens next week, with the trailers promising memorable visuals and a great soundtrack -- not surprising, considering that director Spike Jonze cut his teeth in music videos. Here are 6 directors, including Mr. Jonze, who came to Hollywood by way of MTV.

1. David Fincher
Style: Dark, sleek, stylized
Notable Videos: "Vogue" and "Express Yourself" for Madonna; "Straight Up" for Paula Abdul; "Freedom 90" for George Michael
Notable Movies: Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2. Spike Jonez
Style: High-concept goofiness
Notable Videos: "Buddy Holly" for Weezer; "Sabotage" for The Beastie Boys; "Weapon of Choice" for Fatboy Slim
Notable Movies: Being John Malkovich, Jackass: The Movie, Where the Wild Things Are

3. Michel Gondry
Style: Whimsical, inventive
Notable videos: "Fell in Love with a Girl" for The White Stripes; "Human Behavior" for Bjork; "Come Into My World" for Kylie Minogue
Notable movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind


4. Russell Mulcahy
Style: Dramatic, emotional
Notable videos: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Bonnie Tyler; "Hungry Like the Wolf" for Duran Duran; "Video Killed the Radio Star" for The Buggles
Notable movies: Highlander

5. Tamra Davis
Style: Playful with an edge
Notable videos: "Kool Thing"for Sonic Youth; "MMMBop" for Hanson; "It's About Time" for The Lemonheads
Notable movies: Half-Baked, Billy Madison, Crossroads

6. Michael Bay
Style: Over-the-top
Notable videos: “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” for Meat Loaf; “Do It To Me” for Lionel Richie; “I Touch Myself” for The Divinyls
Notable movies: Armageddon, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Transformers

Who's your favorite director?  Chime in below!

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