More Francis Lawrence Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Constantine)Francis Lawrence has helmed videos for some of the biggest superstars in music, winning just about every award in the process. The young director was recognized in 2003 for his innovative work on Justin Timberlake's Cry Me A River video by the The Music Video Production Association (MVPA), receiving the award for Best Pop and Best Male Video. He has been recognized several times by the MTV Video Music Awards and received the Director Of The Year award in 2002 from MVPA. He also won a Latin Grammy in 2002 for the popular South American songstress Shakira's video Suerte.
He has worked with an eclectric group of artists that range from mega stars such as Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Will Smith and Aerosmith to R&B, hard rock, or alternative artists like Wyclef Jean, POD and Garbage. His video resume includes more than a few big-budget productions but his highest profile project was Will Smith's video for Black Suits Coming for the movie Men in Black II. It is rumored to be one of the most expensive videos ever made. The endeavor presented a welcome challenge to Lawrence, and he was more than equipped to handle the responsibility. The experience provided him with additional solid ground work to assist his move from videos to film.
Lawrence grew up in Los Angeles and, like many kids his age, was interested in movies. He wrote screenplays, shot super 8 movies and eventually took a film class in high school that helped him focus on a career in filmmaking. He went to Loyola Marymount University, attending film classes and working on his own productions throughout college. After graduating, he began to make music videos for a friend who owned a small record label. His career grew in leaps and bounds, and he achieved successes that he never dreamed of.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Constantine" (05-May-2005)