I must admit I am a Michael Jackson freak and I wished I had worked in some creative level designing stuff for him; like graphic design work creating posters or album/single covers or even doing video work. Now that must have been a long shot considering how much care he must have put into his videos, hiring A+ directors like Spike Lee (They Don't Care About Us), John Landis (Thriller and Black or White), John Singleton (Remember the Time), Stan Winston (Ghosts), Bob Giraldi (Beat It, Say Say Say) among others. See full list of Michael Jackson videos and their directors here.
Left out of that list is Billie Jean, but just because I think is the best music video ever, directed by Steve Barron. I also like Thriller and others, for instance Thriller has a linear story line, it is like a mini-movie but awesome nonetheless. Now, Billie Jean is much more original in camera and editing techniques, props, obscure plot, solo dance moves and who can forget the iconic lighted floor and lighted bed? I still watch Billie Jean wondering what was the director's inspiration, I mean, even today, Billie Jean stands out against any other music videos.
Having said that, I feel lucky to have produced the Santa Barbara's Solstice Parade video for the Michael Jackson's "Beat It" flash mob on June 26, 2010, I wanted to display the love and appreciation every dancer felt for Michael Jackson, every age group was present and even revelers joined in the flash mob and some danced until the end.
This, and other flash mobs around the world celebrate the love and music of the King of Pop, and even though I would have preferred him around, it serves as a reminder that Michael Jackson lives on.