Francis Lawrence

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Francis Lawrence
Francis Lawrence by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lawrence in July 2013
Born(1971-03-26) March 26, 1971 (age 43)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationDirector, producer
Years active1993–present
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Francis Lawrence
Francis Lawrence by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lawrence in July 2013
Born(1971-03-26) March 26, 1971 (age 43)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationDirector, producer
Years active1993–present

Francis Lawrence (born March 26, 1971)[1] is an American director and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Lawrence was born of American parents in Vienna, Austria. His father is a 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 bachelors 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 Mike Rosen in co-directing music videos. Lawrence directed his first music 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, 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, McDonalds, 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 was back to direct the two final parts of the series: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015).[8]



1993Marching Out of TimeAssistant director
2007I Am LegendDirector
2011Water for ElephantsDirector
2012GothamDirector; Fox television film
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireDirector
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Director;
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Director; Post-production


2009KingsAll episodes"Pilot: Goliath: Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Prosperity" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"First Night" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2012–13TouchAll episodes"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)

Music videos[edit]

1993Tidal Force"A Man Rides Through"
Omniscence"Touch Y'all"
1994A 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"
1995Ahmad feat. Ras Kass & Saafir"Come Widdit"
Foreigner"All I Need to Know"
The BUMS"Elevation (Free My Mind)"
Boyz of Paradize"Shining Star"
1996Akon"Operations of Nature"
Royal C"They Don't Want None"
Unwritten LawSuperman
Color Me Badd"Sexual Capacity"
Organized Noize feat. Queen Latifah"Set It Off"
Tevin Campbell"I Got It Bad"
Art Porter feat. Lalah Hathaway"One More Chance"
The Braxtons"Only Love"
1997Bad 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"
1998112 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"
1999Ginuwine"What's So Different?"
Seal"Lost My Faith"
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"
2000Melanie 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?"
2001Backstreet Boys"The Call (Neptunes Remix)"
Green Day"Warning"
Backstreet Boys"The Call"
Jennifer Lopez"Play"
Janet Jackson"Someone to Call My Lover"
Janet Jackson feat. Jermaine Dupri"Someone to Call My Lover (So So Def Remix)"
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)"
2002Garbage"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 DollsHere Is Gone"
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"
2003Everclear"Volvo Driving Soccer Mom"
Lisa Marie Presley"Lights Out"
Justin Timberlake"Rock Your Body"
2004The Black Eyed Peas"Let's Get It Started"
Janet JacksonAll Nite (Don't Stop)"
Gwen Stefani"What You Waiting For?"
2005Jennifer Lopez"Get Right"Version 1
Audioslave"Be Yourself"
Lindsay Lohan"Speak"Unreleased/Cancelled in post-production[9]
2006Nine 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"
2007Nicole Scherzinger"Baby Love"
2008Britney Spears"Circus"
2009Lady Gaga"Bad Romance"
2011Beyoncé"Run the World (Girls)"
Serhat"Rural Feast"


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