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Brothers Greg and Colin Strause (known as Brothers Strause) are a directing duo and special effects artists who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. They began experimenting with visual effects in their early teens. In 1995, they moved to Los Angeles and started working on the special effects for The X-Files film. From there they moved on to big-budget hits such as The Nutty Professor, Volcano, and the iceberg sequence of the Academy Award-winning Titanic. They then broke into the music video and commercial arena, handling the special effects for artists such as U2, Britney Spears, Godsmack, Tool, and Aerosmith as well as spots for Nike, Jeep, and Pepsi. In 2000, Colin won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' video, "Californication." This led the brothers to start directing under the moniker "The Brothers Strause," and their Linkin Park clip "Crawling" was nominated for Best Direction and Best Rock Video at the 2001 VMA's. Other artists they have directed for include A Perfect Circle, Nickelback, Flyleaf, Disturbed, Staind and Abandoned Pools. Their music video for A Perfect Circle's "Passive" marked their second collaboration with the band. The video was shot almost entirely with thermal cameras and featured on the Constantine soundtrack and DVD.
Greg and Colin's visual effects company Hydraulx have performed special effects work on the blockbusters 300, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and The Day After Tomorrow, for which Greg won a British Academy Award (BAFTA).
The Brothers Strause directed Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The film was released on Christmas 2007 to generally negative reviews but went on to gross over $128 million worldwide.
The Brothers then started Hydraulx Filmz for their commercial and music video work. They went on to direct Usher's music videos "Love In This Club" and "Moving Mountains."
In the fall of 2008, the Brothers directed 50 Cent's music video "Get Up" as well as commercials for Pennzoil and Shell.
The Brothers' next feature film is the action thriller Mange written by Kirsten Elms and produced by Guy Botham and Art Horan.
 External links
- Official website of the Brothers Strause
- Official website of hy*drau"lx
- mvwire.com interview with the Brothers Strause
- Colin Strause at the Internet Movie Database
- Greg Strause at the Internet Movie Database