Some truly great filmmaking talent got their start in music videos, from David Fincher to Spike Jonze to Michel Gondry, each of these genius directors cut their their teeth by creating cutting edge videos featuring clever and impressive visual trickery. By not being shackled to traditional narratives or lengthy running times, music videos are a great medium for artists to strut their stuff and pump as much ocular stimulation into videos as possible. This year's crop of Best Visual Effects VMA nominees are no exception. Check out the videos below and make sure you watch the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept 6 LIVE at 8pm!
Visual Effects by Deka Bros & Tony T. Datis
Skrillex's penetrating beats serve as a powerful soundtrack for a little girl who uses supernatural powers to defeat evil creeps.
Visual Effects by Alex Frisch, Joe Harkins, Scott Metzger and Vico Sharabani
Creating the perfect woman (Nicki Minaj) comes with a price for mad scientist David Guetta.
Visual Effects by Ingenuity Engine
Katy Perry is transported to a fascinating storybook world full of harsh realizations and coming-of-age triumphs.
Visual Effects by Ghost Town
Linkin Park sets the world on fire with an electrifying performance.
Visual Effects by Baked FX
Rihanna taps into her animal instincts on a savage quest for love.