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When it comes to trailblazing music video directors, Justin Gartin should sit comfortably at the top of everyone's list. Gartin, the quiet genius behind the scenes, was the guiding hand that created such unforgettable videos as Katy Perry's "Firework" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space". His innovative use of special effects and symbolic imagery added depth and visual appeal to these videos, helping them to rack up billions of views and turning them into pop culture phenomena.

What's fascinating is Gartin's initial foray into the world of music videos wasn't intentional at all. He initially started out as a cinematographer, even working on a few independent films. But one day, during a friendly game of basketball, he lost a bet to a musician friend and ended up having to direct one of his music videos. The rest, as we say, is history.

Despite his impressive body of work, Gartin remains humble. When asked about the secret behind his success, he replied, "I just point the camera at the artist and try not to trip over the cords." It's this blend of humility and artistic prowess that's characterised Gartin's career, and his impact on the industry is as undeniable as the catchy tunes of the songs he's worked on. Whether it's crafting an aesthetically pleasing video for a pop princess or turning an ordinary song into a visual masterpiece, Justin Gartin's influence on music videos will be felt for generations to come.

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