He began his career creating music videos for the French rock band ‘Oui Oui’, in which he also served as a drummer. The style of his videos caught the attention of Björk who asked him to direct the video for her song “Human Behaviour”. That was the beginning of a long-lasting work relationship with Björk.
Gondry has also worked with artists like Daft Punk, The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, The Chemical Brothers, The Vines, Steriogram, Radiohead and Beck.
Known for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène, he pioneered the “bullet time” technique later adapted in “The Matrix”.
He made his feature film debut in 2001 with “Human Nature”.
His second film, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was released in 2004 and became one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. This film utilizes many of the image manipulation techniques that Gondry experimented with in his music videos. [E.g. The scene of Joel and Clementine at the kitchen in Joel’s childhood was not CGI: it was a mix of camera tricks].
He won an Academy Award alongside Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth for the screenplay of “Eternal Sunshine…”
His next movie, “The Science of Sleep” , starring Gael García, marked a return to the surreal techniques he employed in his previous film.
In 2011, Gondry directed “The Green Hornet”, starring Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz.
That same year, he was head of the jury for the short film competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
He has also directed some documentary films such as “Dave Chapelle’s Block Party”, which followed comedian Dave Chapelle as he attempted to hold a free concert, “The Thorn in the Heart”, about his aunt and her son, and “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?: an animated conversation with Noam Chomsky”.