With most great things, we tend to not even recognize the people behind the work. Music videos are no exception because it’s easy to give credit to the artist for making a great song but it is often the visual that goes along with the song that is embedded in your brain. Let me introduce Karl Lunz to the world who is a video director on the rise with vivid eye for providing a backdrop to an artist song. Karl describes himself as “a director/cinematographer/
Aside from directing videos, do you engage in photography or any other art?
Yea I was a dancer still do it from time to time, and ﬁlm-photography is the same thing to me
so I would say so.
Do you have a team that you work with on your projects? What are their roles in Deep Vision
I typically do, there’s times where I went solo, like the K Rivers- Rollin and Craigy F-
LovePhobia … My partner and DP @TanairLG always hold me down though check out his
photography that man is great check his stuff here (Example Below).
As an upcoming video director, who do you consider your inspirations when it comes to
Most are actual ﬁlm directors, I love great cinematography and intriguing dramatics. But I’ll
name a few movie and music video directors that inspire me in no particular order… For
MOVIES: Chris Nolan, Spike Lee, Paul Greengrass, Antoine Fuqua, Michael Bay, David Fincher
MUSIC VIDEOS: Anthony Mandler, Taj, Director X, Colin Tilley, Sam Pilling
Of all the videos you directed, what was your favorite and why? (I’m going to assume Henny
Palooza was rather wavy)
Ahh This is actually pretty tuff but I would have to say Shep- I Got You Bob.. More so
because of what happened in post production than anything though… Somehow when editing
footage disappeared and I ended up having to edit it in 1 day. It deﬁnitely captures an
authentic free style like if you were in Jamaica wanted to make him feel like he was the king
of the town.
[youtube width=”600″ height=”344″]http://youtu.be/oOMLtzDL4Ro[/youtube]
Now, I don’t know if this information you choose not to share but what is your formula or
process when it comes to directing a music video?
Nope!.. JK but I listen to the song a lot and go with what I feel and see in my head then from
what I see I gather the images and try to have it make sense in sequence to one another, the
story usually ﬁnds it’s way through that then write I it down.
I know you have an extensive resume after viewing your reel but do you have a project that
you wish could be done over and why?
I won’t name one in particular because of the artist sake.. But there is quite a few but I’m never
satisﬁed enough because art always evolves there’s stuff I think of while I’m uploading but by
that time it is what it is.
[vimeo width=”600″ height=”344″]http://vimeo.com/87643792[/vimeo]
At the end of the day, what legacy do you want to leave on the world as Karl Lunz the director?
I want to show people how I see the world in my head, in real life and leave them with something
to speak on.
To further examine the creative process, do you generally have a vision for what you want to
shoot prior to the ﬁlm set and do you have preferred clients you work with or are you open to
working with anyone?
It depends, I always have visions I do write those down. But most I create from the feeling
and mood the song gives me. I told myself when I started I’m only going to work if they care
as much about their work as I do, but of course exceptions are always made to that statement
We recognize you a beast when it comes to directing but what else do you enjoy doing
outside of that realm?
Dancing, and playing basketball … I literally do imaginary basketball plays when I’m in the
house, I’m obsessed, it’s weird but I just love it.
A lot of music producers eventually get up from the boards and hit the booth. Will Karl Lunz be
the ﬁrst video director turned rapper? (I should probably make sure someone hasn’t already
I might be lowkey the best trash rapper out
With the evolving technology where almost anyone with an iPad or Macbook can direct and
edit their own video (Slight reach). What do you feel separates your skill set from any average
joe walking around with a camera?
Now everything is just more saturated because everybody thinks they can do everything I’ve
ﬁlmed partial music videos on my iPhone, that’s cool anything new is cool with me. But it’s
all about what your saying behind the lens what are you trying to provoke you know. With
every visual I put every emphasis on the conception of how it should be sometimes budget
constraints make it difﬁcult but I always go with quality above everything.
As a director with some experience, what tips would you give to a youngin who says he wants
to direct one day?
Don’t stop, and don’t do it for just the money do it because you love it, anything you do for
the love of it never seems like a job because you would do it regardless of the pay or the work
that goes into it.
Do you foresee another change in how hip-hop videos are made? I remember the days when
all artists were making million dollar videos to keep up with each other but now the videos are
a little less ﬂashy and more gritty/real if that makes sense.
No, I just hope it stays with emphasis on quality and artist will be able to differentiate the
difference between a director going for quality and someone going off how much money they
can make. The budgets have come down drastically that’s all can’t do anything about that
unless you directing for Hov or Diddy nowadays.
For the most part, you dabble in the arena of hip-hop and R&B. Is there another genre of
artist you would be interested in working with?
Bruno Mars, most music stems from our culture to be honest… What music besides ours can
you start a party with not rock, not country… Reggaeton, reggae, hip-hop, R&B … my opinion
If you could put 5 artists on one track and direct their video, who would the artists be? Or you
can name 5 artists you would love to direct a video for even if you don’t want them on one
Usher, J. Cole, Michael Jackson (if he was here), Pharrell, Joe Budden (The way he dispels different feelings all on the track I could complement with a ﬁlm.)
Let’s play a quick word association game, I’ll say a word or phrase and you provide your first thoughts:
1. Chicago Bulls Starting Forward Carmelo Anthony – NOPE!
(Editor’s Note: Melo in the Red/Black coming soon)
2. The New York Knicks – Going to the Eastern conference finals
3. LeBron or Durant? – Lebron but KD and Melo way better scorers lebron just better all-around.
4. UMG – Fire, the synergy is crazy and they keep stealing my raps.
5. Delaware – It is what it sounds like… Christiana mall gonna be dope later this year too.
6. Green Text Bubbles – Are like that one person on your team you know not to pass the ball to cause they’ll turn it over.
7. iPhone 5C – If you are a male and have this you’re washed. And probably got it because of your wife’s influence on bright colors.
8. New York City – Best city ever
9. Best Chicken Spot – Real niggas know the answer to this …
10. Favorite Sneaker/Clothing Line – 10 deep/staple pigeon. Anything fresh I’m not a specific brand person. I like high tops anything tho. Only low tops I like are certain vans.
Dope, anything in closing my dude?
Once again big S/O to my partner at Deep Vision Films LG. Follow him on twitter @tanairlg and check out his Tumblr for more of his work. I also want to S/O Mr. Sold Out, you, and everyone that supports me stay tuned for some epic stuff this year.