Webb made his feature directorial debut back in 2009 with one of the most memorable indie films this side of the millennium, (500) Days of Summer. It turned a budget of .5m. into m. at the box office – and no doubt huge sums since its DVD/Blu-ray release – and really put stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel on the big screen mainstream radar.
Before that, though, he’d long since made a name for himself directing some of the biggest and best artists around, working predominantly with rock bands, but also with the likes of Fergie, Regina Spektor, and P. Diddy.
Webb clearly has a great taste in music, with Coldplay’s ’Til Kingdom Come (the incredible hidden track on X&Y) featuring in and James Horner (Titanic, A Beautiful Mind) scoring The Amazing Spider-Man. I caught an early screening for the film and it is by far one of the best superhero films I’ve ever seen; I can’t wait to see it again when it’s released next week.
So while we wait for Spider-Man’s imminent reboot on the big screen, here is a look at some of the director’s work up until now.
10. Green Day – 21 Guns
The second single from Green Day’s latest record, 21 Guns was Webb’s second time working with Green Day, having shot their video for Waiting back in 2001. He’s since re-teamed with them on follow-up singles 21st Century Breakdown and Last of the American Girls from the same record. If he’s not too busy, here’s to hoping that Webb will have time to work with the band once more on at least one of their upcoming trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!
9. Snow Patrol – Chocolate
One of the few videos Webb has shot for a British band, Snow Patrol’s Chocolate (which featured in Zach Braff-starrer, The Last Kiss) finds the band in the midst of an apocalyptic scramble in the world’s final minutes. (I love how the drummer is sitting there with just his snare drum.)
8. The Used – All That I’ve Got
The second single off their second album, In Love and Death, Webb’s music video for All That I’ve Got features some of my favourite animation ever to grace the music video form. The old man is rather creepy, hand-drawn and in real life.
7. My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
Say what you want about the band’s make-up/image, this song is undeniably catchy, and the music video feels like it’s taken a leaf out of John Hughes’ book – and when it comes down to it, what better director to nod to than John Hughes?
6. Switchfoot – Dare You To Movie
Webb shot the second version of this award-winning song, brilliantly capturing the feel of one of the best bands to come out of California – seeing the band playing under that pier looks just awesome.