Francis Lawrence

Feature film director, Music video director
Following in the footsteps of such A-list directors as David Fincher and McG, young up-and-coming director Francis Lawrence also began his career helming music videos before taking the leap into features. Born in Vienna ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1971 in Vienna, , AT

Filmography

Director (8)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Touch 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

assistant camera/loader(additional photography) (Assistant Camera Operator)

Biography

Following in the footsteps of such A-list directors as David Fincher and McG, young up-and-coming director Francis Lawrence also began his career helming music videos before taking the leap into features. Born in Vienna and raised in Los Angeles since he was three, Lawrence got his start making music videos nearly by accident. Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Lawrence was naturally drawn to filmmaking. In addition to writing screenplays, Lawrence directed his own Super-8 movies in high school. From there, Lawrence attended Loyola Marymount University where he studied filmmaking and continued producing his own short projects. After graduation, Lawrence began shooting music videos in the mid-1990s for an independent label owned by a friend. Five years later, he was directing videos for some of the biggest artists in the business -- Aerosmith, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Will Smith, Sarah McLachlan and Gwen Stefani to name a few. As Lawrence's reputation in the music video community exploded, so too, did the director's hipness quotient in Hollywood. By the dawn of the new millennium, Lawrence's gifts as a visionary genius had attracted the attention of actress Jennifer Lopez, who at the time, was launching into her very public metamorphosis into the media icon known as J-Lo. By 2004, Lawrence had earned an established track record and a well-earned reputation as one of the most visually talented video directors around.

EDUCATION

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2013

Helmed the hit sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

2011

Directed the feature adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, "Water for Elephants"

2007

Directed Will Smith in "I Am Legend" a film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel

2005

Made feature film debut with "Constantine"; based on DC comics Vertigo imprint

1994

Was first assistant director on the feature "Marching out of Time" helmed by Anton Vassil

1990

Worked as 2nd assistant camera on the feature "Pump up the Volume"

Directed music videos for Destiny's Child, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, Jay-Z, Ricky Martin, Lauryn Hill and Seal

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