Academy Alum Chris Milk Named Music Video Director of the Year
Kanye West. Chemical Brothers. Gnarls Barkley. Courtney Love. Modest Mouse. And the list goes on.
Chris Milk, a graduate of the
Motion Pictures & Television Department, is one of the
hottest music video directors in the business today. This year at the 16th annual
Music Video Production Association Awards he was
named Director of the Year – an honor bestowed to him for directing videos such as “Touch Sky”
(Kanye West), “The Saints are Coming” (U2 and Green Day)
and “Gone Daddy Gone” (Gnarls Barkley). Chris graciously let us
visit him at his office in Los Angeles, so we could touch base with one of the Academy’s most
Chris Milk works with @radical.media, a leading media and entertainment company with offices
in LA, New York, London and other locations around the world. The company represents a handpicked
group of talented industry elite including Terry Zwigoff, Terrence Malick, Terry Gilliam, Joe
Chris Milk himself.
Meeting Chris and walking into his offices makes it obvious that he is someone at the top of
the game. Talking to Chris makes it obvious that he got there with incredible talent, drive, and
It all started (we are proud to say) right here at the Academy. Chris was already on a
mission when he came here. He devoured all of the materials in his classes, and then got the keys
to the school’s editing rooms so he could camp out until he taught himself all there was to know.
While still a student, he created a Sprite spec ad that turned some heads and landed his
first job out of school. He used his instant notoriety well. Chris Milk went straight from the
Academy to Los Angeles to break into the music video industry, and the rest is history.
When asked what the best thing was about the Academy, Chris does not hesitate before saying
it was the people – especially his fellow students. To this day, Chris keeps in touch with the
people he met at the Academy, and works with them on a regular basis. Chris Milk is certainly one
of the alums that makes the Academy’s network of graduates living and working in LA so strong.
In addition to having produced some of the coolest and most well-known music videos today,
Chris is also an amazingly talented director on his way to producing his own feature projects. On
top of everything else, he has two incredibly beautiful dogs.