Who directed and produced Michael Jackson's Thriller?

Essay by hwladyCollege, UndergraduateA+, June 2005

download word file, 4 pages 4.7 1 reviews

Downloaded 64 times

This is background information. Was used for the dance and chorographical piece in a drama class. May be useful to someone.


Producer - Thriller.

Bob Giraldi, Founder

From music videos to TV commercials, Bob Giraldi's directorial talents have left a distinct imprint on American popular culture. Remember the Miller Lite campaign with Rodney Dangerfield and the ex-jocks? Remember the famous Pepsi campaigns featuring Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie? York Peppermint Patty's "Cool Sensation?" MCI's "Parents" crying over long distance? Or how about Michael Jackson's groundbreaking music video "Beat It?"

Or Jackson and McCartney's "Say, Say, Say?" All Giraldi's. Not to mention commercials for Broadway's A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Dreamgirls.

The amazing Acura "Wrecking Balls," Dreyer's "Dancing Baby," and Oldsmobile Aurora's "Caught Their Eye" where the Statue of Liberty comes to life. And Intel's "Dancing Bunnymen."

Four Giraldi-directed commercials have taken home coveted Clio Classic Hall of Fame awards: H&R Block's "Brother-in-law," General Electric's "Night Baseball," Partnership for a Drug Free America's "Waking Up," and J&J's "Stuck on Band Aid."

And hundreds more. In fact, about 2,000 commercials to date and over 400 awards.

Giraldi's innovative visuals and musical storytelling ability made him the director of choice in the then fledgling music video realm for artists like Jackson, McCartney, Richie, Pat Benatar, Diana Ross, Jean Michel Jarre, and Stevie Wonder. Besides 1983's "Beat It," which won the coveted American Music Award, the People's Choice Award, The Billboard Video Award, and is included in Rolling Stone Magazine's top ten Best Videos of All Time, he wrote and directed "Love is a Battlefield," "Hello," "Running with the Night," "Penny Lover," "Ballerina Girl," "Do What You Do," "Dynamite!" and "Don't Drive Drunk."

In 1985, Giraldi was honored by his alma mater, Pratt Institute, with an...