Bryan Barber

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

Personal life[edit]

Barber graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California, in 1988.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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 the 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
Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone "Ridin'"
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo "Knock You Down"
E-40 feat. Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, French Montana, Red Cafe & Problem "Function Remix"
Afroman "Because I Got High"
OutKast "Roses"
Three 6 Mafia "Stay Fly"
T.I. "U Don't Know Me"
Shareefa feat. Ludacris "Need A Boss"
Beyoncé feat. Bun B & Slim Thug "Check On It"
T-Pain feat. Yung Joc "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
Unk "Walk It Out"
Nelly feat. Paul Wall & Ali & Gipp "Grillz"
Paula DeAnda feat. The D.E.Y. "Walk Away (Remember Me)"
DJ Khaled feat. Kanye West, Consequence & John Legend "Grammy Family"
The-Dream feat. Fabolous "Shawty Is a 10"
Jamie Foxx feat. T.I. "Just Like Me"
Beyoncé "Irreplaceable"
Rihanna "Rude Boy"
Baby AKA The #1 Stunna feat. Clipse "What Happened To That Boy"
Juelz Santana "Mic Check"
Chingy feat. Amerie "Fly Like Me"
David Banner feat. Chris Brown & Yung Joc "Get Like Me"
Lloyd Banks "On Fire"
Yung Berg feat. Casha "The Business"
LeToya Luckett "Not Anymore"
Ruben Studdard "Sorry 2004"
Wiz Khalifa ft Ty Dolla Sign "Something New"


External links[edit]

  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 on IMDb