Hiro Murai Biography, Age, Father, Guava Island, Legion, barry,Director, Awards, Films, Movies, Teddy Perkins

Hiro Murai  is a Japanese-American filmmaker, Director and Visual artist based in Los Angeles. He has been involved in the directing of several music videos for prolific artists such as The Fray, Death Cab for Cutie, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, St. Vincent, The Shins among others. He is known to be a close allies with Donald Glover and was involved in directing the surreal and thought provoking short film titled Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, which is companion piece for Childish Gambino’s second studio album, Because the Internet in 2013. consecutively, he created a multi-panel video set for Frank Ocean’s performance at the 2013 Grammys. He is also accredited in the directing of several episodes Donald’s comedy-drama titled  Atlanta.

Hiro Murai Biography

Hiro Murai  is a Japanese-American filmmaker, Director and Visual artist based in Los Angeles. He has been involved in the directing of several music videos for prolific artists such as The Fray, Death Cab for Cutie, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, St. Vincent, The Shins among others. He is known to be a close allies with Donald Glover and was involved in directing the surreal and thought provoking short film titled Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, which is companion piece for Childish Gambino’s second studio album, Because the Internet in 2013. consecutively, he created a multi-panel video set for Frank Ocean’s performance at the 2013 Grammys. He is also accredited in the directing of several episodes Donald’s comedy-drama titled  Atlanta.

Courtesy of Atlanta; he has received three nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. In February 10, 2019,Childish Gambino’s This Is America for which he had directed, won Best Music Video.

Hiro Murai Age| Birthday

Hiro was born in 1983 in Tokyo, Japan and is 36 years old in 2019.

Hiro Murai Father

Murai was born to Japanese popular music composer Kunihiko Murai . His father is a Tokyo -born composer , music producer and a founder of the Record label Alpha . His father is known for composing and producing hits by The Tempters , The Mops , The Tigers , Peter , Red Birds , Mari Henmi , Tois et Mois , Vicky among others

Hiro Murai Education

The film director moved to Los Angeles when he was nine years old and later graduated with a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Hiro Murai Young| Early Career

After graduation, Murai ventured into freelancing. He would collaborate with different directors  as their director of photography which got him involved in numerous music videos with his first role as co-director for Make Believe’s 2005 song titled ‘Small Apartment Party Epiphany’. He was also involved with film maker Ace Norton helping out with VFX and storyboarding. He would later decide to go solo by trying his hand in the directing of low budget films.

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Hiro Murai Director

Over the years, Hiro has been involved in the directing of videos for prolific artists such as Make Believe, Death Cab For Cutie, Teddy Bears, Aqueduct, The Submarines, The Fray,B.O.B, Usher, Lupe Fiasco, Gym Class Heroes, The Shins, David Guetta,  St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, St. Vincent, Childish Gambino, Chet Faker, Massive Attack, Baauer, A tribe Called Quest as well as Micheal Kiwanuka among other artists.

He has also been involved in the directing of Donald Glover’s comedy-drama series titled  Atlanta  which led to three nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

He also partnered with Nike in 2013 to direct their campaign which  starred Rapper Chance the Rapper.

Hiro has also been involved in the direction of Series; Legion,Sea Oak  and the continuing series Barry.

Hiro Murai Guava Island

He is also working with Childish Gambino and Singer and entrepreneur Rihanna for a new feature film titled Guava Island that is set to be released in 2019. The film is set to feature  Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie. The trailer for the full-length movie premiered on November 24 2018 at the PHAROS festival in New Zealand.

Hiro Murai Awards & Achievements

  • (2009) MVPA Award for Best Video under $25K. The Fray “Heartless”
  • (2012) Best Music Video Lists: Pitchfork / BuzzFeed / Consequence of Sound / Video Static / Co.Create / NPR Music – for St. Vincent “Cheerleader” and Earl Sweatshirt “Chum”
  • (2013) MVPA Best Electronic Video: David Guetta – “She Wolf”
  • (2014) UKMVA Director of the Year / Best Rock / Indie Video International QOTSA for Smooth Sailing.
  • (2014) Best Music Videos Lists: The Verge, Pitchfork, IMVDB, Stereogum
  • (2018) MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • (2019) Grammy Award for Best Music Video: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Hiro Murai Music Video Director

                                                              Hiro Murai Music video Direction
  Year      Title    Artist  Director   Other      Notes Ref.
2005 “Small Apartment Party Epiphany” Make Believe Yes Co-directed with Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer and Steve Drypolcher
2006 “Crooked Teeth” Death Cab for Cutie Yes Director of photography
“Someday You Will Be Loved” Death Cab for Cutie Yes Director of photography
“Cobrastyle” Teddybears Yes Director of photography
2007 “Living a Lie” Aqueduct Yes Director of photography
2009 “Submarine Symphonika” The Submarines Yes Director of photography
“Signs” Bloc Party Yes
“Me-Time” Busdriver Yes
“Heartless” The Fray Yes
“Unbalanced Pieces” Soulsavers Yes
“Staying In Love” Raphael Saadiq Yes
2010 “Airplanes” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams Yes
“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” Usher featuring Pitbull Yes
“The Show Goes On” Lupe Fiasco Yes
2011 “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroesfeaturing Adam Levine Yes
2012 “Shady Love” Scissor Sisters vs. Krystal Pepsy Yes
“Mind Control” Friends Yes
“It’s Only Life” The Shins Yes
“She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” David Guetta featuring Sia Yes
“Chum” Earl Sweatshirt Yes
“Cheerleader” St. Vincent Yes
2013 “Hive” Earl Sweatshirt Yes
“High Road” Cults Yes
“3005” Childish Gambino Yes
2014 “Smooth Sailing” Queens of the Stone Age Yes
“Sweatpants” Childish Gambino Yes
“Do You” Spoon Yes
“Gold” Chet Faker Yes
“#CAKE” Shabazz Palaces Yes
“Never Catch Me” Flying Lotus Yes
“Telegraph Ave” Childish Gambino Yes
2015 “Sober” Childish Gambino Yes
“Grief” Earl Sweatshirt Yes
2016 “Take It There” Massive Attack Yes
“Day Ones” Baauer Yes
“Black Man in a White World” Michael Kiwanuka Yes
2017 “Dis Generation” A Tribe Called Quest Yes [12]
2018 “This Is America” Childish Gambino Yes [13]

Hiro Murai Television Direction

                           Hiro Murai Television Direction  
     Year   Title Director  Producer   Executive producer   Notes  Ref.
2016–present  Atlanta   Yes    Yes Yes Directed 14 episodes, produced 10 episodes, executive produced 2 episodes
2017  Legion   Yes Episode: “Chapter 6”
2017   Sea Oak   Yes Yes Amazon Video pilot
2018-present  Barry   Yes 4 episodes

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