Music video

Steven Spielberg directs an iPhone music video

The Oscar-winning actor directed a unique music video for Marcus Mumford’s song “Cannibal.”

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“West Side Story” may be Steven Spielberg’s last time directing a full musical, but the Oscar-winning actor clearly isn’t tired of filming people singing. In early July, Spielberg made his music video directorial debut, directing a video for Marcus Mumford’s new song “Cannibal.” And if that wasn’t surprising enough, the amateur celluloid director shot the entire video on an iPhone, with help from his wife Kate Capshaw.
Mumford announced the collaboration with Spielberg in a Tweeter which included a photo of them filming in a high school gymnasium.

“On Sunday, July 3, in a New York high school gymnasium, Steven Spielberg made his first music video, in one shot, on his phone,” Mumford wrote. “Kate Capshaw was the all-powerful trolley handle.”

Any musician would be thrilled to have Steven Spielberg direct one of his videos, and the fact that he chose Mumford’s song to make his music video directorial debut made the experience particularly special. In the same Twitter thread, Mumford expressed her gratitude for the experience.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support from people around me for bringing this music to you, and cannot hope to express my full gratitude,” he wrote. “When people get it, it amazes me. Kate and Steven just got it, and I can’t thank them enough.

Although this is Spielberg’s first time directing a music video, it has long been common for major Hollywood filmmakers to direct videos for musicians. Martin Scorsese directed Michael Jackson’s famous “Bad” video, Spike Lee collaborated with Eminem, Paul Thomas Anderson frequently directs videos for HAIM and Fiona Apple, and David Fincher got his start as a successful music video director. On the contrary, it is surprising that Spielberg waited so long.

In addition to his music video work, Spielberg is currently in post-production on “The Fabelmans,” an autobiographical film about his childhood in Arizona that he wrote with Tony Kushner. The film, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, stars Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and David Lynch.

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