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Captain EO

     

This 3D film was released as an attraction in the Disney theme parks around the world.
Michael plays the role of 'Captain EO', a commander of a wacky crew aboard a space ship who's mission is to visit a planet over taken by an evil Supreme Leader (played by Angelica Houston). 'Captain EO' and his crew must deliver a special gift to bring love and happiness to the planet through music and dance.
The film features the songs "We Are Here To Change The World" and "Another Part Of Me".
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas [1985]


We Are The World

     

The video, narrated by Jane Fonda, highlights the over-night recording session that took place on January 28, 1985 between 45 of
the music industry's biggest stars. They gathered together to record "We Are The World".
The video features Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, among others.
The song raised millions which enabled USA for Africa to help those in need. The organization is still alive and active 20 years later. "We Are The World" is more than a music video - it is a living piece of history.
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Conducted and Produces by Quincy Jones.


Thriller

     

     

The World première of the video clip took place on December 02, 1983 on MTV. The video clip is starring Michael Jackson and
co-starring Ola Ray. With the release of this music video, Michael Jackson made history and forever changed MTV!
"Thriller" was the first music video produced completely and entirely to be a short film.
When Michael is at the movies with his girlfriend, there is another young man watching the film. It is none other than Miko Brando, Marlon Brando's son and Michael's long-time assistant.
The haunting voice that can be heard doing a rap at the end of the song is that of Vincent Price. In homage to this mythical character, Michael and John Landis decided to insert a number of references to Price in the short film. If you watch closely, you will notice that the film Michael and his girlfriend are watching is called "Thriller", and feat. Vincent Price in the starring role. Also, the walls are covered with promotional posters for films that Vincent Price actually played in.
Rick Baker is responsible for the special effects. He later worked with Michael on "Moonwalker".
A major budget, at the time the largest ever assigned for production of a video clip, was personally advanced by Michael.
John Branca, Michael's long-time lawyer sounded the alarm: It was clear to everyone that the film's budget, US$ 600'000 at the time, was obviously going to double before long. The solution: A film based on the making of "Thriller".
Choreography by Michael Jackson and Michael Peters. Video clip produced by Michael Jackson, George Folsey Jr. and John Landis.
Story written by Michael Jackson and John Landis. Directed by: John Landis [1983]


Beat It

       

The World première of the video clip took place in April 1983 on MTV. The video clip is starring Michael Jackson.
Filming of the video began on March 09, 1983 on Skid Row, east of Hollywood. In the clip he unites two rival gangs through song and dance. Choreography by Michael Jackson and Michael Peters.
Michael Peters also appears in the video alongside 25 dancers and 50 actual Los Angeles gang members to give the video an authentic look. The cost of the video is estimated US$ 150'000.
Video clip produced by Mary Nesign. Directed by: Bob Giraldi [1983]


Billie Jean

     

The World première of the video clip took place on March 02, 1983 on MTV. The video clip is starring Michael Jackson.
For the first time in history of MTV, a music video told a story and was not just a collage of images.
"Billie Jean's" video made a big impression on the MTV audience and was a huge hit. It's also seen as a major breakthrough for black artists, who had previously been ignored by the channel.
Michael Jackson was in fact the first black artist to be added the MTV's playlist!
Video clip produced by Siobhan Barron. Directed by: Steve Barron [1983]




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