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Martin Weisz

Acclaimed video and commercial director Martin Weisz won Best Director for his feature film debut with Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story at the prestigious 2006, Spain International Film Festival of Catalonia. The film, which stars Keri Russell and Thomas Kretschmann also won the Grand prize in silver for best European fantasy film at the Luxemburg International Film Festival. The film–based on a true story about a cannibalistic date between two men who meet on the Internet, has become something of a cause celeb due to its graphic subject matter and has been banned in Germany. Best known as a maverick video director, Weisz has worked with such acts as Sisqo, Brandy, Meat Loaf, Puff Daddy, Nickelback, Marky Mark, Enigma and LL Cool J to name just a few.

Weisz won the MTV European Video Award for Best Dance Video for Members of Mayday. He's also been nominated for the MVPA Awards for best International Video for LL Cool J's video Dear Malika and at the MTV Europe Awards for best video for Korn's Make Me Bad video.

Recognized as a master storyteller, Weisz is able to create feature length exposition in a single minute populating his videos with images such as space travellers suspended in mid-air on urban streets and department stores filled with water. Extremely innovative with the camera, Weisz often insists on shooting his own videos. For Puff Daddy's video Public Enemy #1 Weisz used thirty-thirty-five millimeter cameras set in a full-circle on a rig that booms and dollies in order to give Puff Daddy a suspended, three-dimensional, dance spin with a Matrix twist.

In high demand as a commercial director, Weisz has directed ground-breaking commercials for such corporations as Budweiser, McDonalds, Audi and Farmer's Insurance.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Martin Weisz Facts

BirthdayMarch 27, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

Selected Filmography

The Hills Have Eyes II
The Hills Have Eyes 2
The Hills Have Eyes: Unrated Collection
Grimm Love
Fangoria FrightFest Presents
Le Colline Hanno Gli Occhi 2
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