Who is Sam Bayer?

Music video and commercial director Sam Bayer has signed on to direct the action film noir thriller Fiasco Heights for Universal, with Michael Bay producing. According to THR, Kyle Ward‘s script tells the story of of a gunman who returns to a crime-ridden city “and teams with a degenerate gambler/private eye on the run from a syndicate to look for a beautiful femme fatale and a mysterious briefcase. penned the most recent draft.”

But who is Bayer? You probably don’t recognize his name, but you’ve most definitely seen his work. A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Bayer became a popular director during the alternative rock era. His first mainstream gig was directing the video for Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. He has worked with such artists as Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, Blind Melon, Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, The Cranberries, Hole, The Offspring, Garbage, John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and Blink-182. Bayer won Director of the Year at the MTV Awards in 2005 and 2007. Check out a montage of his music video filmography below.

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His advertising clients include Coca-Cola, Toyota, Intel, Cadillac, Acura, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi Cola, Lincoln Aviator, Sony, The U.S. Army and Jeep. Several of Bayer’s commercials have won the Clio, and his Nike spot “If You Let Me Play” won an Association of Independent Commercial Producers award for best direction in 1997. Check out some of his commercial work below.

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