Phil Harder - Bob Central
Phil Harder began his directorial career in the mid-80s, shooting low budget, punk rock music videos. He soon established a reputation for his unique style, and his creative experimentation with a variety of formats; video, Super 8, 16mm and stills.
Phil went on to Direct several indie music videos for bands including Babes in Toyland, The Afghan Whigs, and Low. His first MTV video break came with a clip for the band Soul Asylum. Phil then quickly launched into the national music video arena receiving artistic acclaim for his work with the bands Cornershop and Esthero. Through his developing relationship with Warner Brothers Records, Phil began directing videos for acts like Ice T, Sonic Youth, and Gwar.
In 1996, Harder won an AICP-MOMA award for an “in camera” animation effect he created for his video with the band the Goops. Phil’s career thrived in the heyday of the music video business as he created clips for Incubus, Matchbox Twenty, Foo Fighters, Pulp, Barenaked Ladies and many others.
In 2001, Harder’s “Drive” video for the band Incubus won the MVPA’s awards for Best Alternative Video, as well as an MTV nomination for Best Group Video. In 2002, Phil was also nominated for the MVPA Award for Director of the Year. Phil continues to direct videos for acts like Hilary Duff, Prince, Liz Phair, The Foo Fighters, Incubus, Remy Zero and The Barenaked Ladies.
Phil’s commercial break came in 1998 with The Gap Christmas campaign featuring Johnny Mathis, the band, Everclear, and Rufus Wainright. Following Gap he directed a cinema campaign for HP Digital out of Goodby Silverstein as part of their HP “Invent” campaign. With his sense of design, visual style and his extensive knowledge of all types of “in camera” and digital special effects, Phil has built an extensive client list including Apple, Sprint, the NHL, Smirnoff and Target.