Steve Barron biography
Date of Birth: May 4, 1956
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Barron studied the art of filmmaking under the
tutelage of great directors like Richard Donner, Richard Attenborough and
Ridley Scott, while working as a camera assistant on the sets of
Superman, Superman II, A Bridge Too Far and
Moving away from features, he started to experiment with different aspects
of film, and became a pioneer of
the music video.
He worked with various artists including The Jam, Sham
69, and Human League.
In 1982, he directed the award-winning "Billie Jean"
video for Michael Jackson, followed by awards for "Money for Nothing" by the
Dire Straits and "Take on Me" by Aha.
Barron has also had a fruitful career in commercials, winning awards for his
first attempt with Saatchi, and continuing his efforts for products like
Ford, Coke, and Renault.
His first feature, Electronic Dreams, was released in 30 countries
and won the Madrid Film Festival's Best Director Award.
Three years later,
he went to work on Jim Henson's television project, Storyteller.
After directing the pilot, which won him an Emmy, he went on to direct
two more episodes.
He also won a Canadian Gemini award for Best Animation
His next four projects were received warmly by both critics and viewers.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became an overnight success, while
Coneheads and The Adventures of Pinocchio also had strong
showings at the box office.
The television film, Merlin starring Sam Neill, garnered Barron
an Emmy nomination and a Directors Guild Award nomination, and won him
a Gold Award from the Worldfest Flagstaff.
The telefilm was so popular
that it went to video, being bought and sold in video stores everywhere.
Steve Barron Filmography