Bryan Barber

Bryan Barber (born December 20, 1970) is a music video and motion picture director. He has directed many music videos for popular artists.


Barber graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California, in 1988. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1996.[1] Bryan has 2 daughters and a son.


Barber has stature within the music video industry for his ability to break out of the cliches that have dogged the music video business. Barber's videos convey a classic mood often taken from previous era hits. Barber's ability to be heard as a clear and distinct authorial voice lay in his defining a unique visual style, a postmodern style that relied heavily on the use of classic film and TV clips.[2] For example, Barber referenced Grease in the OutKast music video Roses and the Beatles' Ed Sullivan appearance in the band's video for "Hey Ya!". In the process, Barber emerged as a talent and imparted an original image to the hip-hop movement.[2]

Barber made his feature film debut with Idlewild, a 1930s musical set in the fictional Georgia town of Idlewild (inspired by the Michigan resort town that served as a safe vacation haven for middle-class blacks in the pre-Civil Rights era). The film starred OutKast (whose members include André 3000 and Big Boi), Paula Patton, Terrence Howard and Faizon Love. OutKast also produced Idlewild (album) an accompanying album.

Barber spent "$50,000 for a presentation that included motion capture, stunts, concept art, storyboards and sound design" to try to get job directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 20th Century Fox. He did not get the job but Fox was impressed enough with it that they reimbursed Barber. Barber is currently working on an adaptation of Gigantor after acquiring the rights from Fred Ladd.[3]


Some of the many videos Barber has directed are:

Artist Video
Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man"
Anastacia "Left Outside Alone"
Bow Wow feat. Ciara "Like You"
Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida "Bad Boys"
Kelly Clarkson "I Do Not Hook Up"
"The Trouble With Love Is"
Danté "Lawdy, Lawdy"
Destiny's Child "Girl"
Eve 6 "Think Twice"
Nelly Furtado "Powerless (Say What You Want)"
Future "Turn on the Lights"
The Game feat. Lil Wayne "My Life"
The Game feat. Kanye West "Wouldn't Get Far"
G-Unit "Stunt 101"
Keri Hilson "Breaking Point"
Adam Lambert "If I Had You"
Letoya "Not Anymore"
Lloyd "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)"
"Mario "Braid My Hair"
OMG Girlz "Where The Boys At?"
Outkast "Hey Ya!"
"So Fresh, So Clean"
OutKast feat. Raekwon "Skew It In The Bar-B"
OutKast & Sleepy Brown "The Way You Move"
UGK & OutKast "International Players Anthem"
Selena "Techno Cumbia"
Bubba Sparxxx "Deliverance"
Stooshe "Slip"
Joss Stone "Tell Me 'bout It"
Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake "Carry Out"


External links

  1. Roni Sarig, "Retro Hollywood With a Hip-Hop Beat", NY Times, June 18, 2006 (article on Barber's accomplishments).
  2. Manohla Dargis, "Trust Me, Baby, the Joint Is Jumping and Singing", New York Times, August 25, 2006 (Idlewild movie review).
  3. Bryan Barber at the Internet Movie Database
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