Hiro Murai

Hiro Murai
Born
1983 (age 35–36)

ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materhiromurai.com

Hiro Murai (born 1983)[1] is a Japanese-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His most notable works include internationally successful music videos for artists such as Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, St. Vincent, The Shins, The Fray, Bloc Party and Queens of the Stone Age.[2] In 2013 he directed the short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons,[3][4] a companion piece for Childish Gambino's second studio album, Because the Internet, and its attached screenplay. In the same year he created a multi-panel video set for Frank Ocean's performance at the Grammys.[5][6]

In 2016, he directed several episodes of the comedy-drama Atlanta, collaborating again with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.[7] For the work on the show, he has received three nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.[8] In the same year, he directed a Nike campaign starring Chance The Rapper.[9]

In November 2018, the trailer for his debut feature film Guava Island premiered at the Pharos Festival in New Zealand.[10]

On February 10, 2019 the music video for Childish Gambino's This Is America, directed by Murai, won Best Music Video.

Early life and education

Murai was born to Japanese popular music composer Kunihiko Murai (ja:村井邦彦).[1] He moved to Los Angeles when he was nine years old and later graduated with a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[11]

After graduation, Murai turned to freelance work as the director of photography for numerous music videos, as well as VFX and storyboarding, most notably for Ace Norton. After some time Murai began to direct low budget films.

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