Madonna traveled to the Indian Wells Valley of the Mojave Desert in California to shoot the music video for “Frozen” from January 7 to 10, 1998. It was directed by Chris Cunningham, and was inspired by the movies The English Patient and The Sheltering Sky. The video won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Special Effects” in 1998. The cinematography was done by Darius Khondji, who also shot Madonna’s 1993 music video “Fever”, and the 1996 film Evita. With a monochromatic bluish appearance throughout, the video shows Madonna playing an ethereal Gothic witchy, melancholy persona, with long black hair, black gowns designed by Olivier Theyskens (at that time a young and emerging talent), and mehndi on her hand showing the Hindu word Om on her palm. She shapeshifts into a flock of crows and a black dog.
The video premiered on February 12, 1998 in Europe and on MTV four days later. There were also two remix videos of “Frozen” released that same year by Dan-O-Rama titled “Stereo MC’s Mix” and “Calderone Club Mix”.
The video was parodied by Australian comedienne Gina Riley in an episode of the short-lived sketch show Something Stupid. —Wikipedia
In 1989, Cunningham worked at Spitting Image, building animatronic robot arms and sculpting caricatures for the TV series. In 1990 he worked on sculpture and animatronics for the film Alien 3.
After seeing Cunningham’s work on the 1994 film version Judge Dredd, Stanley Kubrick head hunted Cunningham to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Cunningham worked for over a year on the film A.I., before leaving to pursue a career as a director.
Earlier work in film included model making, prosthetic make-up and concept illustrations for Hardware and Dust Devil with director Richard Stanley, as well as Nightbreed. In 1990–1992 he contributed the occasional cover painting and strip for Judge Dredd Megazine, working under the pseudonym Chris Halls, the surname of his stepfather.
Cunningham has had close ties to Warp Records since his first production for Autechre. Videos… read more