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Dave Meyers (director)

David Charles Meyers (born October 19, 1972)[1] is an American music video, commercial and film director.

Dave Meyers
David Charles Meyers

(1972-10-19) October 19, 1972 (age 47)
Alma materLoyola Marymount University
Years active1993–present

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Dave Meyers developed his love for film while working for a local Landmark cinema at age 17. After graduating from Berkeley High School he attended Loyola Marymount University where he studied Film Production and Philosophy.[citation needed]


After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Meyers worked his way through the studio systems at Paramount and Fox before filming his first music video with rap crew The Whoridas.

Inspired by a chance meeting with director Gus Van Sant, Meyers steered his focus away from feature film-making to directing music videos.[2] He has directed more than 200 videos for some of the music industry’s most popular recording artists. His work brought dozens of nominations and 12 MTV Video Music Awards including the 2003, 2011, 2017 and 2018 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year.[3] In 2006, he won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for co-directing Missy Elliott's "Lose Control".

In 1999, Dave directed the Eddie Griffin comedy Foolish and in 2007 he directed the remake of The Hitcher, which was produced by director Michael Bay.[4]

Meyers is a frequent collaborator to Katy Perry and Missy Elliott[5].[citation needed]

Meyers, a vegan, has also directed videos for PETA starring P!nk and Alicia Silverstone.[6]

In 2014, Meyers expanded his photography, creating a fashion editorial and a short film about fashionistas titled Volatile Love.

Meyers wrote the screenplay for a semi-autobiographical film titled "Free Wooly" which he is working to independently produce.[citation needed]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Studio(s)
1999 Foolish Artisan Entertainment
No Limit Films
2007 The Hitcher Rogue
Intrepid Pictures
Platinum Dunes
2017 Sremm Break Interscope Records

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Notes
1995 "Slaves to Society" Kev
1996 "Shot Callin' & Big Ballin'" The WhoRidas
"Off Da Hook" Off Da Hook
1997 "Yay Deep" E-40 featuring B-Legit and Richie Rich
"You Could Be the One" Made Men
"Forest Ranger" Plexi
"Get It Wet" Twista
"Pushin' Inside You" Sons of Funk
"Ghetto D" Master P
"6 In The Mornin'"
"It's A Set Up" Kurupt
"Keep It Goin'" The WhoRidas
"Times So Hard" Young Bleed, Master P and Fiend
"Raise The Roof" Luke
"Throw Your Hands Up" I.F.A.
"What You Gotta Say" Rodney O
"How We Comin'" RBL Posse
"Playa Man" Spice 1
1998 "Hope I Don't Go Back" E-40
"Same Ol' G" Ginuwine featuring Timbaland
"No Hope" Magic featuring C-Murder
"Ruthless for Life" MC Ren
"Just Be Straight with Me" Silkk the Shocker featuring Destiny's Child
"Second Chance" C-Murder featuring Master P and Silkk the Shocker
"Tutti Frutti" Outta Order
"From What I Was Told" Soulja Slim
"Minnie the Moocher" Fa Sho
"Stranger" Lil Haydn
"Woof Woof" 69 Boyz
"Funk in My Flow" NX
"Goodbye to My Homies" Master P featuring Silkk the Shocker
"Is It You" Made Men featuring Master P
"It's Alright" Jaze
"The Setup" Reel Big Shift
"Talk Show Shhh" Shae Jones
"Party All Night" Mytown
1999 "For the Movies" Buckcherry
"Goodbye" Def Leppard
"Love Is Blind" Eve featuring Faith Evans
"Look Out Tonight" K. Star featuring Wyclef Jean
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" Jay-Z featuring Beanie Sigel
"Bawitdaba" Kid Rock
"Shut 'em Down" LL Cool J
"Falls Apart" Sugar Ray
"When Worlds Collide" Powerman 5000
"Nobody's Real" (co-directed with Spider One)
"Tha Block Is Hot" Lil Wayne
"Back That Thang Up" Juvenile
"Best Friend" Jack Knight
"Bad Boy" Shae Jones featuring Ja Rule
"We on Fire" Hot Boys
"Check Your Head" Buckcherry
"Do Right" Jimmie's Chicken Shack
"What If" Creed
"Da Rockwilder" Methodman & Redman
"There You Go" P!nk
"Take a Picture" Filter
"You Understand" Juvenile
"If You Sleep" Tal Bachman
"What I'm Looking For" Da Brat
2000 "Lucky" Britney Spears
"Whatchu Like" Da Brat
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed
"Party Up (Up in Here)" DMX
"Got It All" Eve featuring Jadakiss
"Be With You" Enrique Iglesias
"What It Is" Goodie Mob featuring TLC
"If Only" Hanson
"This Time Around"
"Between Me and You" Ja Rule featuring Christina Milian
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" Jay-Z
"American Bad Ass" Kid Rock
"Weir" Killing Heidi
"Bounce with Me" Lil' Bow Wow
"Bow Wow (That's My Name)" Lil' Bow Wow featuring Snoop Dogg
"Ta Da" Lil' Mo
"Tight to Def" Mack 10 featuring T-Boz
"Free" Mýa
"You Owe Me" Nas featuring Ginuwine
"This I Promise You" NSYNC
"Original Prankster" The Offspring
"B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" Outkast
"Most Girls" P!nk
"You Make Me Sick"
"I'm with Stupid" Static-X
"X" Xzibit
"Niggas Die For Me" Drag-On featuring DMX
"The Truth" Beanie Sigel
"I Got To Have It" JD featuring Monica & Nas
"Peace Not Greed" Kottonmouth Kings
"From Tha Streets" Mack 10
"Free" VAST
"Candles" Pru
"None Tonight" Lil Zane
"Liquid Dreams" O-Town
"Look Into My Eyes" Scarface
"Do My..." Memphis Bleek featuring Jay-Z
"Change the Game" Jay-Z
"Your Disease Saliva
"Thank You" Dido
"King of Rock" Run DMC
2001 "My Sacrifice" Creed
"I Did It" Dave Matthews Band
"The Space Between"
"Get Ur Freak On" Missy Elliott
"One Minute Man" Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Trina
"Take Away" Missy Elliott featuring Ginuwine & Tweet
"Where the Party At" Jagged Edge featuring Nelly
"Sweet Baby" Macy Gray
"Family Affair" Mary J. Blige
"All For You" Janet Jackson
"Always on Time" Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z
"Boiler" Limp Bizkit
"I'm Real" Jennifer Lopez
"I'm Real" (Murder Remix) Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule
"AM to PM" Christina Milian
"Just Another Girl" Monica
"I'm Lookin'" Nicole
"Hey Baby" No Doubt featuring Bounty Killer
"Defy You" The Offspring
"So Fresh, So Clean" Outkast
"Get the Party Started" P!nk
"Can I Live?" Sisqó featuring LovHer
"Dance For Me" Sisqó
"Left Behind" Slipknot
"Just a Baby Boy" Snoop Dogg featuring Tyrese
"U Remind Me" Usher
"Puppy Love" Lil' Bow Wow featuring Jagged Edge
"I Like Them Girls Tyrese
"Cluck Cluck" "The Product G&B"
"Smash Sumthin'" Redman
"Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get in da Club)"
"Love of My Life Brian McKnight
"Livin' It Up" Ja Rule
"Ballin' Out of Control" Jermaine Dupri featuring Nate Dogg
"Everybody Got Their Something" Nikka Costa
"What About Us?" Brandy
"Escape" Enrique Iglesias
2002 "More Than a Woman" Aaliyah Filmed in August 2001
"Talkin' to Me" Amerie
"One Day In Your Life" Anastacia
"Girls of Summer" Aerosmith
"Gots ta Be" B2K
"Feel It Boy" Beenie Man featuring Janet Jackson
"Do That" Baby featuring Puffy
"Through the Rain" Mariah Carey
"One Last Breath" Creed
"A New Day Has Come" Celine Dion
"I'm Alive"
"Gossip Folks" Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris
"Work It" Missy Elliott
"Visions of Paradise" Mick Jagger
"Take Ya Home" Lil' Bow Wow
"I'm Gonna Be Alright" (Track Masters Remix) Jennifer Lopez featuring Nas
"She Loves Me Not" Papa Roach
"Don't Let Me Get Me" P!nk
"Objection / Te Aviso, Te Anuncio" Shakira
"Boys" (Co-Ed Remix) Britney Spears featuring Pharrell Williams
"Girl Talk" TLC
"Spin" Lifehouse
"Don't Stop Dancing" Creed
"All I Have" Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
2003 "Pass That Dutch" Missy Elliott
"Did My Time" Korn
"Stand Up" Ludacris
"Feel Good Time" P!nk
"(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" Stacie Orrico
"I Want You / Me Pones Sexy" Thalía featuring Fat Joe
"Ice Cream" JS
"Gangsta Nation" Westside Connection featuring Nate Dogg
"Iz U" Nelly
"Come Clean" Hilary Duff
"Splash Waterfalls" Ludacris
2004 "Talk About Our Love" Brandy featuring Kanye West
"Breakaway" Kelly Clarkson
"This Way" Dilated Peoples featuring Kanye West & John Legend
"Just a Little While" Janet Jackson
"I Want You"
"Dirt off Your Shoulder" Jay-Z
"She Wants to Move" N.E.R.D
"Ghetto Musick" Outkast featuring Big Boi
"Real Nigga Roll Call" Lil Jon
2005 "American Baby" Dave Matthews Band
"Lose Control/On & On" Missy Elliott featuring Ciara
"4ever" (Australian Version) The Veronicas
"Brand New" Rhymefest featuring Kanye West
"Twisted Transistor" Korn
"Just Feel Better" Santana featuring Steven Tyler
2006 "We Run This" Missy Elliott
"Stupid Girls" P!nk
"U + Ur Hand"
2007 "Glamorous" Fergie featuring Ludacris
"I Wanna Have Your Babies" Natasha Bedingfield
"Little Wonders" Rob Thomas
"Evolution" Korn
"Push It Baby" Pretty Ricky featuring Sean Paul
2008 "Ching-a-Ling/Shake Your Pom Pom" Missy Elliott
"So What" P!nk
"Whatever You Like" T.I.
2009 "Please Don't Leave Me" P!nk
"Prom Queen" Lil Wayne [7]
"Her Diamonds" Rob Thomas
"Funhouse" P!nk
"Radar" Britney Spears
2010 "How Low" Ludacris
"Alice" Avril Lavigne
"I Got You" Leona Lewis
"Somebody to Love" (Remix) Justin Bieber featuring Usher
"Firework" Katy Perry [8]
"Raise Your Glass" P!nk
2011 "Fuckin' Perfect"
"Where Them Girls At" David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj
"Little Bad Girl" David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris
"Wish You Were Here" Avril Lavigne
2012 "Where Have You Been" Rihanna [9]
"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" P!nk
2015 "Ratchet Commandments" Tink
"Yoga" Janelle Monáe and Jidenna
"Dance Like We're Making Love" Ciara [10]
"No Sleeep" Janet Jackson [11]
"Touch" Pia Mia
"WTF (Where They From)" Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams
2016 "No Broken Hearts" Bebe Rexha featuring Nicki Minaj
"Dammn Baby" Janet Jackson
"Just like Fire" P!nk
2017 "I Got You" Bebe Rexha
"I'm Better" Missy Elliott featuring Lamb
"Beauty and the Beast" Ariana Grande and John Legend
"Humble" Kendrick Lamar [12]
"Really Really" Winner
"Drew Barrymore" SZA
"LOYALTY." Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
"Swish Swish" Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj
"Love So Soft" Kelly Clarkson
"Havana" Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
"LOVE." Kendrick Lamar featuring Zacari [13]
"Route 66" Exile The Second [14]
2018 "Supplies" Justin Timberlake
"All the Stars" Kendrick Lamar and SZA Directed with The Little Homies
"Wait" Maroon 5
"Everyday" Winner
"No Tears Left to Cry" Ariana Grande
"The Middle" Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey
"WIN" Jay Rock
"The Light Is Coming" Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
"God Is a Woman" Ariana Grande
"Stop Trying to Be God" Travis Scott featuring Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Philip Bailey [15]
"Made for Now" Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee
"Overdose" Agnez Mo featuring Chris Brown
"Consequences" Camila Cabello
"Sicko Mode" Travis Scott featuring Drake
"Zero" Imagine Dragons
"Wait Wait Wait" Cai Xukun
2019 "Girl" Maren Morris
"Bad Guy" Billie Eilish
"Me!" Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie Directed with Taylor Swift
"Señorita" Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
"Yellow" Rich Brian featuring Bēkon
"Antisocial" Ed Sheeran featuring Travis Scott
"Motivation" Normani Directed with Daniel Russell
"Liar" Camila Cabello
"Highest in the Room" Travis Scott Directed with Travis Scott[16]



Music Videos Award Project Year
Rap Video of the Year Outkast - "Bombs Over Baghdad" 2001
No Doubt - "Hey Baby" 2002
Best Group Video No Doubt - "Hey Baby" 2002
Jennifer Lopez f/Ja Rule - "I’m Real Remix" 2002
Pink - "Get the Party Started" 2002
Best Female Video Pink - "Get the Party Started" 2002
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Missy Elliot - "Work It" 2003
MTV Awards Japan Best Video of the Year Missy Elliot - "Pass That Dutch" 2004
MVP Awards Direction of a Female Artist Missy Elliot - "Pass That Dutch" 2004
Grammy Awards Best Music Video Missy Elliot - "Lose Control" 2005
Best Hip-Hop Video Missy Elliot - "Lose Control" 2005
Best Dance Video Missy Elliot - "Lose Control" 2005
Best Pop Video Pink - "Stupid Girls" 2006
Best Special Effects Video Missy Elliot - "We Run This" 2006
The Veronicas - "4 Ever" 2006
MTV Awards Australia Best Video of the Year Pink - "So What" 2009
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Katy Perry - "Firework" 2011
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Kendrick Lamar - "Humble" 2017
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Camila Cabello - "Havana" 2018
Commercials Award Project Year
Cannes Lions Bronze Lion: Dance "Apple iPod" 2004
Clio Awards Gold Campaign: Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance "Apple iPod" 2004
Special Merit: Hip-Hop "Apple iPod" 2004
NY ADDYS "Lowes: Don't Stop" 2011
D&AD Awards Wood Pencil: Cinematography for Film Advertising "Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames" 2012
Andy Awards Silver Distinction: Web Film / Viral "Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames" 2012
The One Show Interactive Merit Award "Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames" 2012



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