Bille Woodruff Biography
Bille Woodruff is a music video and film director, noted for directing many videos for a number of R&B and hip-hop artists since the mid-1990s. These artists include Joe, for whom Woodruff has directed 9 music videos since 1994, and Toni Braxton, with whom he has worked 10 times since 1996.
Bille Woodruff has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Raised in Virginia, Bille attended University of Maryland, College Park, as a National Merit Scholar on a full academic scholarship with plans of becoming an anthropologist. Things took an unexpected twist once he began an internship at Black Entertainment Television (BET) in Washington, DC, and switched his major to film. Bille’s career in show biz began as he worked his way up through the ranks at BET, where he initially acquired practical production knowledge and experience, topping off his rise from intern to Executive Producer of Specials and Original Programming. It is while at BET that Bille also began directing EPKs and Music Videos for up-and-coming artists.
After his successful stint at BET and a rapidly growing list of credits, Bille felt that it was time for a change. That change came with an offer from Atlanta-based LaFace Records, the label started by L.A. Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, to serve as Senior National Director of Music Videos and Video Production. Spending three years at LaFace, Bille felt that it was time yet again to move on in his career. Backed by a solid reputation as one of the most desired music video directors in the business, Bille relocated to Los Angeles to venture off on his own.
Bille Woodruff Movies
Woodruff directed the 2003 film Honey. Singer and actress Aaliyah was originally slated to play the title role, but died before filming began. She was replaced by Jessica Alba. The film was released on December 5, 2003 and opened at number 2 at the US Box Office, earning $12,856,040 in its opening weekend. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, with a rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, but favorable reviews from moviegoers, with a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Woodruff then directed the 2005 film Beauty Shop, a spin-off of the Barbershop film trilogy, starring Queen Latifah. The film was released on March 30, 2005 and went on to gross worldwide $37,245,453 at the worldwide box office. Movie critics’ reviews were generally negative, generating a rating of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, moviegoers liked the movie, giving it a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
He then directed the 2009 film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, starring Christina Milian. The film was released straight-to-DVD on September 1, 2009.
He directed the straight-to-DVD sequel to Honey, Honey 2, which was released in 2011.
He released the movie Rags on Nickelodeon in 2012. He directed 7 episodes of The Game TV series in 2012 and 2013. Woodruff is currently directing Honey 3 in South Africa with new fresh Talent including Bobby Lockwood and Kenny Wormald. Woodruff directed the film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name Addicted (2014 film) and A Very Larry Christmas.
He directed the film ‘The Perfect Match’ starring Terence Jenkins and Paula Patton in 2016.
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Billie Woodruff’s Networth is currently under review
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Bille Woodruff Music Videos
Sounds of Blackness – “Optimistic”
Born Jamericans – “Boom Shak-a-tak”
Joe – “The One for Me”
Joi – “Ghetto Superstar”
Tony Rich Project – “Nobody Knows”
Toni Braxton – “You’re Makin’ Me High”
Tony Rich Project – “Like a Woman”
Backstreet Boys – “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” (version 2: USA)
Toni Braxton – “Un-Break My Heart”
Gloria Estefan – “I’m Not Giving You Up”
T-Boz feat. Richie Rich – “Touch Myself”
Luther Vandross – “I Can Make It Better”
Dru Hill – “In My Bed” (version 1)
Puff Johnson – “All Over Your Face”
Backstreet Boys – “Nunca Te Haré Llorar”
OutKast – “Jazzy Belle”
Toni Braxton – “I Don’t Want To”
Ginuwine – “I’ll Do Anything”/”I’m Sorry”
Timbaland & Magoo feat. Missy Elliott & Aaliyah – “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie”
Usher – “You Make Me Wanna”
Salt-N-Pepa – “R U Ready?”
Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
Babyface & Des’ree – “Fire”
Gloria Estefan – “Heaven’s What I Feel”/” Corazon Prohibido”
Joe – “All That I Am”
Celine Dion & R. Kelly – “I’m Your Angel”
Next – “Too Close”
Rebbie Jackson – “Yours Faithfully”
Foxy Brown feat. Total – “I Can’t”
Celine Dion – “Then You Look at Me”
Dru Hill – “These Are The Times”
Honeyz – “Love of a Lifetime”
702 – “Where My Girls At?”
R. Kelly feat. Nas – “Did You Ever Think” (remix)
Kelly Price feat. Jermaine Dupri – “Secret Love”
702 – “You Don’t Know”
Blaque – “I Do”
Jessica Simpson – “I Wanna Love You Forever”
Blaque – “Bring It All to Me”
Britney Spears – “Born to Make You Happy”
Marc Nelson – “15 Minutes”
Mint Condition – “If You Love Me”
Celine Dion – “Live”
TLC – “Dear Lie”
Joe – “I Wanna Know”
Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me”
Mary J. Blige – “Your Child”
Toni Braxton feat. Dr. Dre – “Just Be Man About It”
Joe – “Treat Her Like a Lady”
Kelly Price – “You Should’ve Told Me”
Toni Braxton – “Spanish Guitar”
98 Degrees – “My Everything”
Lucy Pearl feat.Snoop Dogg – “You”
Ray J feat. Lil’ Kim – “Wait a Minute”
Mary Mary feat. Kirk Franklin – “Thank You”
Blu Cantrell – “I’ll Find a Way”
Fat Joe feat. R. Kelly – “We Thuggin'”
Babyface – “What If”
R. Kelly – “The Worlds Greatest”
Britney Spears – “Overprotected” (version 1)
Fat Joe feat. Ashanti – “What’s Luv?”
Joe – “What If a Woman”
Nelly – “Hot in Herre” (version 1)
Christina Milian – “When You Look at Me”
Kirk Franklin – “Brighter Day”
Joe – “Let’s Stay Home Tonight”
Laura Pausini – “Surrender” (version 1)
Nick Lachey – “Shut Up”
R. Kelly – “Ignition”
B5- “All I Do
Britney Spears – “Do Somethin'”
R. Kelly feat. Wisen – “Burn It Up”
The Isley Brothers – “Just Came Here to Chill”
Joe Featuring Papoose – “Where You At”
3LW Featuring Jermaine Dupri – “Feelin’ You”
Mary J. Blige – “Take Me as I Am”
Paula DeAnda – “Easy”
Trina – “Single Again”
Enrique Iglesias – ” Push”
Joe – “Why Just Be Friends”
Miranda Cosgrove – ” About You Now”
Toni Braxton – “Yesterday”
Dru Hill – “Love MD”
Toni Braxton – “Make My Heart”
Toni Braxton – “Hands Tied”
Cymia – “Kid Nation”
Chris Willis – “Louder”
Shayne Ward – “Gotta Be Somebody”
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne – “Hit the Lights”
Kat Graham – “Love Will Never Do Without an Escapade (Janet Mashup)”
Toni Braxton – “I Heart You”
Bille Woodruff Interview
Billie Woodruff Interview On His Work
WM: Were did you come from and how long have you been working as a video director?
BW: Well, my real name is George Ranwood III, and Billie is just a nickname for William. I had my first car when I was 15 and I wanted my name on the license plate and that’s how I could get it spelled and I liked, so I kept it. I’m from Richmond, VA. I live in LA and NY, but I don’t live in NY right now. I’ve been doing videos for a long time. I started working at BET while I was at the University of Maryland- College Park.
WM: Why do you think there’s a growing trend for music video directors in the Hollywood industry?
BW: I think it’s because of the influence of hip-hop culture and it’s undeniable and it’s what’s happening. Hip-hop has now become pop and it’s a result of that. They’re catching people; they’re catching up to what kids are into and what they’re responding to and what’s creating cultural trends.
WM: Is there any reality with the music video director in this film and your background?
BW: There’s a lot of reality in this film, but that character is not me. There are things that he took from me. David Moscow, who plays the video director, Michael Ellis, did things that he copied from me like the 2-way pager scene. When I asked him where he did get that idea from, he said that he would watch me, and I never noticed that I did that. That was weird, but I kept it in the film because it was real.
WM: This is a very surreal film for some people. Is there a big difference watching the videos on the big screen then on the little screen?
BW: Yes, there’s a difference. I don’t know if there a big difference as some people would like to make it. When you’re doing a music video, which is where I come from, you have much more time to prepare, and in a lot of ways, directing music videos is harder than doing a feature because you have to pull some things together so fast and you only have like 2-3 days at the most. If one thing goes wrong, you have to change it right there on the set. You have to deal with it right there, so I think music videos really are a training ground because you are not used to having much time to prepare and with a film, you are prepared and everyone’s there and they are focused with what they need to do so that when the inevitable things happen, and they happen in movies too, with changes and all, it doesn’t freak you out. With the movie, you have to develop the story. You have to work with the characters. You have to keep people’s attention longer over a certain amount of time. You can’t just cut away to someone’s scene. I guess you can depending on the type of film you are doing. There are things in film that you can’t get away with the way you do when you do a video. In a video, if something doesn’t, you can just cut to a close-up.
WM: Had you done a short film before you got to do this film?
BW: I think that most of my music videos were shorts like Toni Braxton’s Unbrake My Heart, and a lot of Chico DeBarge’s videos, but I haven’t done a film short.
WM: How did you get the assignment?
BW: Andre Harrell, who I’ve known for quite some time, bought the script to me and he took me to Universal and had them meet with me and he believed in me and Universal loved my take on the film, and that’s how I got it, due to Andre Harrell pushing me.