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Hype Williams Lecture (New York 2018) | Red Bull Music Academy
Hype Williams Lecture (New York 2018) | Red Bull Music Academy
Published: 2018/06/05
Channel: Red Bull Music Academy
Hype Williams
Hype Williams' Career Highlights ft. Missy Elliott, Diddy, Nas & More | Hip Hop Honors
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: VH1
Hype Williams - The Throning (Music Video)
Hype Williams - The Throning (Music Video)
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: Schlotgeist
90s Music Videos Wouldn
90s Music Videos Wouldn't Exist Without Hype Williams - VFILES.DAT
Published: 2016/08/25
Channel: VFILES
Kanye West - All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi
Kanye West - All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: KanyeWestVEVO
Hype Williams Accepts His Hip Hop Honor Award | Hip Hop Honors: The 90
Hype Williams Accepts His Hip Hop Honor Award | Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: VH1
موقف العصر.wmv HYPE WILLIAMS
موقف العصر.wmv HYPE WILLIAMS
Published: 2013/01/03
Channel: Yogesh Sharma
HYPE WILLIAMS Giving Motivation to Talent
HYPE WILLIAMS Giving Motivation to Talent
Published: 2011/09/20
Channel: massamohawktv
M.O.P. Recall Hype Williams Being Shook While Directing Video
M.O.P. Recall Hype Williams Being Shook While Directing Video
Published: 2015/07/10
Channel: djvlad
Dan Balan - Chica Bomb Official Video HD Hype Williams
Dan Balan - Chica Bomb Official Video HD Hype Williams
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: Spinnin' Records
The Music Video That Changed Director X
The Music Video That Changed Director X's Life
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: CBC Arts
DJ Khaled, Teyana Taylor & More Talk Hype Williams | Hip Hop Honors: The 90
DJ Khaled, Teyana Taylor & More Talk Hype Williams | Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: VH1
hype williams / dean blunt and inga copeland
hype williams / dean blunt and inga copeland
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: axel lorenc
Hype Williams  - 360WAVES
Hype Williams - 360WAVES
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: roy bundy
American Music Makers with Arnell Starr, Guest Hype Williams
American Music Makers with Arnell Starr, Guest Hype Williams
Published: 2009/07/11
Channel: thehotfm123
Hype Williams - Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, and Start Gettin
Hype Williams - Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, and Start Gettin' Reel
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Voneuen
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland (Hype Williams) ‎– The Attitude Era
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland (Hype Williams) ‎– The Attitude Era
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: fagano l'afgano
Hype Williams - High Beams
Hype Williams - High Beams
Published: 2011/09/27
Channel: Illkvittni
Kanye West presents Vanguard Award Hype Williams
Kanye West presents Vanguard Award Hype Williams
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Ilario Donoe
hype williams - sweetchinmusik vol. 1
hype williams - sweetchinmusik vol. 1
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: roy bundy
Hype Williams - Live at Sonar Complex 6.18.11
Hype Williams - Live at Sonar Complex 6.18.11
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: Illkvittni
Hype Williams Boiler Room Set
Hype Williams Boiler Room Set
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: probablyChase
Hype Williams Compares Childish Gambino
Hype Williams Compares Childish Gambino's "This Is America" To Nas & Diddy's "Hate Me Now"
Published: 2018/05/14
Channel: HipHopDX
Hype Williams - Lophophora Mixtape
Hype Williams - Lophophora Mixtape
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: Fake Name
Dean Blunt -
Dean Blunt - 'The Narcissist ft. Inga Copeland'
Published: 2012/04/10
Channel: Josh Graf
Hype Williams - Dior EP
Hype Williams - Dior EP
Published: 2012/09/16
Channel: francisz23
STUDIO SESSION: HYPE WILLIAMS
STUDIO SESSION: HYPE WILLIAMS
Published: 2011/12/21
Channel: Spine TV
Hype Williams - Interview (Scion AV)
Hype Williams - Interview (Scion AV)
Published: 2011/11/09
Channel: Scion AV
Hype Williams - Untitled 1
Hype Williams - Untitled 1
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: Pangeaner
Premiere Pro Tutorial - Hype Williams Effect
Premiere Pro Tutorial - Hype Williams Effect
Published: 2010/08/15
Channel: Cinecom.net
hype williams - mitsubishi
hype williams - mitsubishi
Published: 2011/03/21
Channel: TheLuigiBonaro
Hype Williams - Meets Shangaan Electro
Hype Williams - Meets Shangaan Electro
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: Flike
#blackcardsmatter - Hype Williams
#blackcardsmatter - Hype Williams
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: james fox
Hype Williams - Your Girl Smells Chung When She Wears Dior
Hype Williams - Your Girl Smells Chung When She Wears Dior
Published: 2011/03/16
Channel: FromTartu
Hype Williams - break4love
Hype Williams - break4love
Published: 2011/03/09
Channel: asouvenirreverse
Hype Williams Unofficial Documentary from a Young Up and Coming Director
Hype Williams Unofficial Documentary from a Young Up and Coming Director
Published: 2013/06/07
Channel: Phil Brown
Hype Williams - Treated Her Badly
Hype Williams - Treated Her Badly
Published: 2010/12/15
Channel: drunknmunky25
Remy Ma & Papoose On The Genius of Hype Williams | Hip Hop Honors: The 90
Remy Ma & Papoose On The Genius of Hype Williams | Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: VH1
Hype Williams - Unfaithful
Hype Williams - Unfaithful
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: rodolfo brito
Day 11 - Doutzen Kroes by Hype Williams (LOVE Advent 2016)
Day 11 - Doutzen Kroes by Hype Williams (LOVE Advent 2016)
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: LOVE Magazine
PVT - Vertigo (Hype Williams Snapback Remix)
PVT - Vertigo (Hype Williams Snapback Remix)
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: gackester
Hype Williams - The Whole Lay
Hype Williams - The Whole Lay
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: gackester
Hype Williams Tribute.. with a little bit of some other guy
Hype Williams Tribute.. with a little bit of some other guy
Published: 2009/12/20
Channel: Bunkerking323
Hype Williams - The Throning
Hype Williams - The Throning
Published: 2011/01/14
Channel: FromTartu
Hype Williams - Leimert (Fan Video)
Hype Williams - Leimert (Fan Video)
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: flirtualreality
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland: 2 (Hyperdub 2012)
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland: 2 (Hyperdub 2012)
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: hyperdubrecords
your girl smells chung when she wears dior
your girl smells chung when she wears dior
Published: 2014/11/29
Channel: Hype Williams - Topic
Hype Williams - Percy
Hype Williams - Percy
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Madjestic Kasual
Hype Williams - My Love
Hype Williams - My Love
Published: 2012/02/29
Channel: worldzone
Hype Williams - Russian Title (Dior EP)
Hype Williams - Russian Title (Dior EP)
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: Natalia Mertvykh
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Hype Williams
Born Harold Williams
July 1970 (age 47–48)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation
  • Music video director
  • film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 1991–present

Harold "Hype" Williams (born July 1970) is an American music video director, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Queens, New York. He is of African-American and Honduran descent.[1] He attended Adelphi University.[2] He first displayed his work by tagging local billboards, storefronts, and playgrounds using HYPE as his graffiti tag. His graffiti style was influenced by artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His big break came when he began working with Classic Concepts Video Productions. Lionel "Vid Kid" Martin and VJ Ralph McDaniels created Williams' first opportunity with the Filmmakers With Attitude moniker (FWA), which was Williams' first video company.[2]

Career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Awards Williams has received for his video work include the Billboard Music Video Award for Best Director of the Year (1996), the Jackson Limo Award for Best Rap Video of the Year (1996) for Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", the NAACP Image Award (1997), the 8th annual Music Video Production Association Award for Black Music Achievement (1997), MTV Video Music Award in the Best Rap Video (1998) category for Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video (1999) for TLC's "No Scrubs", and the BET Award for Best Director (2006) for Kanye West's "Gold Digger".[3] In 2006, Williams was honored by MTV with its Video Vanguard Award, presented in honor of his achievements as a filmmaker.[4]

In the December 2007 issue of Playboy magazine, Williams shot the photographs for cover subject Kim Kardashian.[5]

He directed the music video for Kanye West's single "All of the Lights", which premiered on February 19, 2011.[6] Then in 2012 Williams directed West's video for "Heartless".[7].

As of 2014, Kanye West holds the artist record for working the most times with Williams; the two have collaborated on 20 music videos, beginning in 2005 with the music video for "Diamonds from Sierra Leone". Busta Rhymes is second behind West, collaborating with Williams on 16 music videos, beginning with debut solo music video "Everything Remains Raw" / "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check".

Feature and short films[edit]

In 1998, he directed his first and so far his only feature film to date, Belly, starring rappers Nas and DMX, the film released by Artisan Entertainment. In 1999, Williams signed a two-year overall deal with New Line Cinema to produce and direct feature films. His first film with New Line, Mothership[8] died in development. Later that year, Williams was in negotiations with MTV to develop an animated series which was described as a behind-the-scenes look at the world of music and celebrities. The project also died in development.[9]

In 2000, Williams was hired to direct the Warner Bros. film Speed Racer. He left the project the following year, with the film being released in 2008 under the direction of The Wachowskis.[10]

In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures purchased a zombie horror film Thrilla, which Williams wrote. The project died in development, with Gavin Polone attached to produce.[11]

In 2010, Williams was the writer for the Kanye West-directed short film Runaway.[12]

Plagiarism accusation[edit]

In November 2015, filmmaker Gaspar Noé accused Williams of plagiarizing the opening credit sequence of his film Enter the Void in the video for Kanye West's "All of the Lights".[13]

Styles[edit]

A signature style used by Williams throughout the vast majority of his videos (shot mostly with cinematographer John Perez) was the Fisheye lens which distorted the camera view around the central focus. This was used by the tandem Williams/Perez in "Gimme Some More" by Busta Rhymes and "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" by Missy Elliott; however, it was dropped by 2003, when he experienced his lowest level of production activity since the beginning of his career as a music video director.

Another "signature style" involves placing shots in regular widescreen ratio, while a second shot is split and placed in the upper and lower bars. Videos that use this style include "Diamonds on My Neck" by Smitty, "I Ain't Heard of That" by Slim Thug, "So Sick" by Ne-Yo, "My Hood" by Young Jeezy, "Gomenasai" by t.A.T.u., "Check on It" by Beyoncé, "Freeze" by LL Cool J, "Snap Yo Fingers" by Lil Jon and many others. In addition to this, he frequently utilizes aerial and tracking shots which often move backwards or forwards, some techniques which can often be seen in "Rock the Boat" by Aaliyah, "She's a Bitch" by Missy Elliott, "Not Myself Tonight" by Christina Aguilera and "Only U" by Ashanti. Further style traits include the use of slow motion action, deep focus, and smooth cutting.

Since 2003, Williams has adopted a signature style combining a center camera focus on the artist or actor's body from the torso upward and a solid color background with a soft different-color light being shown in the center of the background, so as to give a sense of illumination of the background by the foreground subject. This has been displayed in "Gold Digger" by Kanye West, "Digital Girl" (Remix) by Jamie Foxx and "Video Phone" by Beyoncé.

Videography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contreras, Milly (September 15, 2015). "Honduran Independence Day: America Ferrera, Rocsi Diaz, Satcha Pretto & More Famous Hondureños". Latin Post. New York City: Latin Post Company. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Artist biography: Hype Williams". AllMusic. San Francisco, California: All Media Network. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hip-Hop News: Hip Hop Mega Producer Hype Williams Launches Web Site". Rap News Network. September 6, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2006". New York City: MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jones, Jaleesa M. (December 16, 2015). "Kim Kardashian throws it back with '07 'Playboy' pics". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Kanye West's 'All of the Lights' Music Video, Featuring Rihanna, Hits the Web". The Wall Street Journal. New York City: Dow Jones & Company. February 19, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (January 31, 2012). "The Greatest Animated Music Videos". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ Basham, David (October 11, 1999). "Hype Williams Lands Deal To Direct Sci-Fi Film". MTV.com. New York City: Viacom. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Lyons, Charles (October 27, 1999). "MTV toon will get plenty of Hype". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Anne (June 13, 2008). "Why 'Speed Racer' Sputtered". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Hype and his zombie THRILLA". Mania.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  12. ^ Kaufman, Gil (October 7, 2010). "Kanye West Screens 'Runaway' In London". MTV.com. New York City: Viacom. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ Stern, Marlow (November 2, 2015). "Kanye West Ripped Me Off". The Daily Beast. New York City: IAC/InteractiveCorp. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 

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