Francis Lawrence

For other people named Francis Lawrence, see Francis Lawrence (disambiguation).
Francis Lawrence

Lawrence in July 2015.
Born (1971-03-26) March 26, 1971
Vienna, Austria
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, film producer, television producer, television director, music video director
Years active 1993–present

Francis Lawrence (born March 26, 1971)[1] is an Austrian-born American film director, film producer, television producer, television director, and music video director. He is best known for directing three of the four films in the Hunger Games film series.

Life and career

Lawrence was born to American parents in Vienna, Austria. His father is a Theoretical Physicist who taught at California State University, Northridge and his mother is V.P. Technology at a PR agency.[2][3] He moved to Los Angeles at the age of three.[2] Lawrence worked as 2nd assistant camera on the feature Pump Up the Volume directed by Allan Moyle prior to earning his bachelor's degree in film production at Loyola Marymount University Film School. He went on to work as first AD on the feature Marching out of Time directed by Anton Vassil in 1993. Francis Lawrence then joined ex-classmate Michael Jason Rosen in co-directing music videos. Lawrence directed his first music videos for the San Jose band, A Western Front. Rosen and Lawrence made the two videos for a total of $3,000 with DP Jeffrey Michael Cutter, another ex-classmate, shooting for them. Lawrence, Rosen and Cutter also made a video for Michael Blakey, president of Atico Records and Tidal Force drummer for that band's single, A Man Rides Through. Soon, Lawrence became known for his original and imaginative music video scripts and visual directing style.

He eventually joined a major new production company and his successful career as music video director, having worked with stars like Rihanna, Green Day, Britney Spears, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Avril Lavigne, Aerosmith, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Fastball, Lisa Marie Presley, Destiny's Child, Garbage, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Shakira, En Vogue and Missy Elliott. He has also directed numerous commercials for clients such as Coca-Cola, L'Oréal, Calvin Klein, Pepsi-Cola, Maybelline, Kid's Footlocker, Bacardi, McDonald's, GAP, Bud Light, CoverGirl, Oldsmobile and Disneyland. In 2005, his feature film debut was Constantine based on the Hellblazer comic book, starring Keanu Reeves.

In 2007, he directed I Am Legend (based on the Richard Matheson novel), with Will Smith. In 2011, he directed Water for Elephants. In 2012, Lawrence directed and executive produced the pilot episode of the Fox paranormal series, Touch.[4] He is currently signed to DNA Inc. In 2011, he won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form for directing Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video.

In April 2012, Lionsgate Films announced that Lawrence had been selected to direct the film adaptation of the novel Catching Fire.[5][6] The book and film were the sequel to the blockbuster hit, The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence. This film adaptation of The Hunger Games was directed by Gary Ross, and both novels were written by Suzanne Collins. Lawrence was officially confirmed as the director for the film on May 3, 2012.[7] He returned to direct the two final parts of the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015).[8] Lawrence is currently working on a film adaptation of the novel Survivor by Chuck Palahnuik.



Year Title Notes
1993 Marching Out of Time Assistant director
2005 Constantine Director
2007 I Am Legend Director
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
2011 Water for Elephants Director
2012 Gotham Director; Fox television film
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Director
Nominated — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Action Movie
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated — Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Nominated — Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Director
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Director


Year Title Producer Director
2009 Kings All episodes "Pilot: Goliath: Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Prosperity" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"First Night" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2012–13 Touch All episodes "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)

Music videos

Year Artist Song Notes
1993 Tidal Force "A Man Rides Through"
Omniscence "Touch Y'all"
1994 A Western Front" "Go"
A Western Front "The Problem"
AlldaRon West "Safe in Your Arms"
Life of Agony "This Time"
Alldaron West "Safe in Your Arms"
1995 Ahmad feat. Ras Kass & Saafir "Come Widdit"
Foreigner "All I Need to Know"
The BUMS "Elevation (Free My Mind)"
Boyz of Paradize "Shining Star"
1996 Akon "Operations of Nature"
Royal C "They Don't Want None"
Unwritten Law "Superman"
Color Me Badd "Sexual Capacity"
Organized Noize feat. Queen Latifah "Set It Off"
Mista "Lady"
Tevin Campbell "I Got It Bad"
Art Porter feat. Lalah Hathaway "One More Chance"
The Braxtons "Only Love"
1997 Bad Religion "10 in 2010"
Monica "For You I Will
Ray J "Let It Go"
Eric Benét "Femininity"
Jocelyn Enriquez "A Little Bit of Ecstasy"
Third Eye Blind "Losing a Whole Year"
Naked "Mann's Chinese"
Ray J "Everything You Want"
Coolio feat. 40 Thevz "C U When U Get There"
Deborah Cox "Things Just Ain't the Same"
Adina Howard "(Freak) And U Know It"
Natalie Cole "A Smile Like Yours"
Vanessa L. Williams "Happiness"
En Vogue "Too Gone, Too Long"
LSG "My Body"
Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Camp All-Stars "Gone Till November" Nominated — MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
1998 112 feat. Mase "Love Me"
Sarah McLachlan "Adia"
Robyn "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"
Pras Michel feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mýa "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)"
Aerosmith "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Fastball "Fire Escape"
Timbaland feat. Magoo & Missy Elliott "Here We Come"
Seal "Human Beings"
1999 Ginuwine "What's So Different?"
Maxwell "Fortunate"
Seal "Lost My Faith"
Fastball "DNA"
Jay-Z "Girl's Best Friend"
Tracie Spencer "It's All About You (Not About Me)"
Brian McKnight "Back at One" Version 1
Jennifer Lopez "Waiting for Tonight/Una Noche Mas"
Enrique Iglesias "Rhythm Divine"
Lauryn Hill feat. Bob Marley "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
2000 Melanie C featuring Lisa Left-Eye Lopes "Never Be the Same Again"
Ricky Martin "Private Emotion"
Third Eye Blind "10 Days Late"
Whitney Houston featuring Enrique Iglesias "Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
Destiny's Child "Independent Women Part I"
Nelly Furtado "I'm Like a Bird"
Lil' Kim "How Many Licks?"
2001 Backstreet Boys "The Call (Neptunes Remix)"
Green Day "Warning"
Backstreet Boys "The Call"
Aerosmith "Jaded"
Jennifer Lopez "Play"
Janet Jackson "Someone to Call My Lover"
Janet Jackson feat. Jermaine Dupri "Someone to Call My Lover (So So Def Remix)"
P.O.D. "Alive" Nominated — MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
Long Beach Dub Allstars feat. "Sunny Hours"
Destiny's Child "Emotion"
Britney Spears "I'm a Slave 4 U"
Ginuwine "Just Because"
Shakira "Whenever, Wherever/Suerte"
Janet Jackson feat. Missy Elliott & Carly Simon "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)"
2002 Garbage "Breaking Up the Girl" Film version
Alanis Morissette "Hands Clean" Behind-the-Scenes
Garbage "Breaking Up the Girl" Version 1
Natalie Imbruglia "Wrong Impression"
Alanis Morissette" "Hands Clean" Version 1
Goo Goo Dolls "Here Is Gone"
Incubus "Warning"
Alanis Morissette "Precious Illusions"
Will Smith "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)"
Pink "Just like a Pill"
Will Smith feat. Christina Vidal & Tra-Knox "Nod Ya Head (Remix)"
Michelle Branch "Goodbye To You"
OK Go "Get Over It"
Avril Lavigne "Sk8er Boi"
Jennifer Lopez "Jenny from the Block"
Justin Timberlake "Cry Me a River" Nominated — MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
2003 Everclear "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom"
Lisa Marie Presley "Lights Out"
Justin Timberlake "Rock Your Body"
2004 The Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get It Started"
Janet Jackson All Nite (Don't Stop)"
Gwen Stefani "What You Waiting For?" Nominated — MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video
2005 Jennifer Lopez "Get Right" Version 1
Nominated — MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
Audioslave "Be Yourself"
Lindsay Lohan "Speak" Unreleased/Cancelled in post-production[9]
2006 Nine Inch Nails "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" Unreleased/Cancelled in post-production
The Black Eyed Peas "Pump It"
The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg "Buttons"
2007 Nicole Scherzinger "Baby Love"
2008 Britney Spears "Circus" Nominated — MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
Nominated — MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video
2009 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
MTV Video Music Awards – Video of the Year
2011 Beyoncé "Run the World (Girls)" Nominated — MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video
Serhat "Rural Feast"
2013 Daughtry "Unbreakable"


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