WENDY MORGAN ▼
Well-known for both her music video and commercial work, Wendy Morgan has a fresh style combining humor, rhythm, color and choreography to create unique films for artists and advertisers. She gets unexpected results by embedding dance in pop and world culture to produce a different take on storytelling and characterization.
Within her first couple of years directing music videos, Wendy won seven Canadian MuchMusic Video Awards, including Best Director two years in a row. Her iconic video for Gnarls Barkley’s “Going On” was an official selection at the SXSW Film Festival and was named in Time Magazine’s list of Top 30 Music Videos of all time. Wendy’s “Tightrope” video for Grammy-nominated Janelle Monáe was the number-one video of 2010 for UK music bible NME and received Best Choreography nominations at the MTV VMAs.
Wendy’s 2012 dance-oriented gospel revival video “Happy” for French producers C2C was a hit with the music video elite and voted Videostatic’s Best Music Video of the month upon its release. “Happy” received attention at awards shows internationally: earning nominations for 3 MVPAs and 2 UKMVAs and winning 3 awards at the London International Awards. Wendyu2019s 2nd video directed in 2013 for Mercury Prize nominee Laura Mvula was also nominated for both an MVPA and a UKMVA, and landed on NPR’s list of the year’s favorite music videos.
Wendy’s notable commercial work includes stylish, quick-cut spots for Toshiba, a humorous bedtime campaign for IKEA, and wry comedic spots for Richmond Optometry, which have all been shortlisted in Cannes. She has also helmed memorable campaigns for MTV, Adidas, Nike and Ford.
Wendy brought a rock and roll edge with editorial sleekness to her third collaboration with Janelle Monáe for her CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation campaign before helming Janelle’s spirited performance video for her single, “Dance Apocalyptic.”
In industry front-page news, her interactive spot for VW gives viewers a three-in-one experience with the double-platinum selling band Walk off the Earth and the iconic Beetle.
Wendy Morgan’s abstract take on Rag & Bone’s FW14 collection for women saw the Believe Media director draw upon her critically acclaimed music video pedigree. Known for injecting a fresh musical energy into everything she creates, Morgan conceived a unique stylistic narrative that explores intimacy in dance and flight. Together, Morgan and world-renowned choreographer Kyle Abraham worked to reflect the influences and textures of the collection in the emotional landscape of the film.