Music Videos for Creative Inspiration

A list of music videos I turn to when I’m in need of a creative boost. To be used for worldbuilding, brainstorming, and a general appreciation of that beautiful brainspace where the audio and visual collide.

Sigur Rós – Glósóli
A group of children are called to their leader by the beat of his drum. The children weave their way through rocky Icelandic hillsides and hot springs. It is lovely.

Justice – Civilization
An electroclash mashup between the Neverending Story, the Lion King, and maybe…the original Planet of the Apes?

Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
A collaboration between Kate Bush and Terry Gilliam. With actor Donald Sutherland as Wilhelm Reich (inventor of the orgone energy accumulator) and Kate Bush as his young son, Peter.

Woodkid – Run Boy Run
An adolescent boy battles looming monster hoards on his way to a symbolic Emerald City. Bonus: boss battle, gratuitous flinging of dirt, a flying ship.

Gotye – Bronte
A great addition by my friend and fellow creator, Jason Woofenden. In the creator’s own words: “The intent of the clip then was to highlight the importance of our fleeting relationships with animals culminating in the girl’s realisation that, while her relationship with the herd is no longer possible, the experience enriched her life.” (From Motiongrapher.com)

The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow
A short horror film by Mexican American horror director Rodrigo Gudiño. Music by electronic/darkwave music group Johnny Hollow.

Smashing Pumpking – Tonight, Tonight
A surreal, technicolor voyage inspired by the early 1900s silent French Film, A Trip to the Moon, by Georges Méliès.