OUT OF THE PAST
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION: On the set of the 1972 DGA Award-winning movie for television That Certain Summer. Pictured are the film's director, Lamont Johnson (center), and actors Martin Sheen (left) and Hal Holbrook (right). That Certain Summer was a landmark movie for television. It brought to many American homes the turmoil faced by gay men reluctant to tell their families the truth about their sexual orientation. The film won not only the DGA Award for movies for television, but from the five 1972 DGA television winners, Lamont Johnson was selected as the most outstanding television director. (Photo Courtesy of Lamont Johnson)
By training, directors learn to expect the unexpected. Here are some quirky shots of directors who found themselves in unusual situations.
Tim Burton offers a sly performance tip to Helena Bonham Carter on Planet of the Apes (2001).
Director Richard Thorpe discusses the subtleties of a scene with Asta on the set of The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).
Wes Craven, with Amanda Wyss, upended the room for a scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Robert Wise confers with Bil Baird’s marionettes on the set of The Sound of Music (1965).
Blake Edwards shows a stuntman how to take a fall in Peter Gunn (1958-1961).
David Lean (center) shot exteriors in the French Alps for The Passionate Friends (1949), his first film set outside of England.
Spike Jonze offers some acting tips to one of the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are (2009), an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.
Commercial directors have a tough job these days. They used to have a full 30 seconds to tell their stories, but that's changing.
There can be no more interwoven relationship in filmmaking than that between a director and editor. Many have maintained career-long collaborations with those they feel to be their creative soul mates.
The origin of the one director to a film policy.
This year will mark the 40th birthday of the Movie of the Week (MOW) and, not surprisingly, the event will prompt something of a midlife crisis.
Few television shows enter the public awareness as brazenly as HBO's The Sopranos. Directors Timothy M. Van Patten, Henry Bronchtein and John Patterson discuss their experiences on the show.
Lamont Johnson talking with the stars of That Certain Summer; Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook.
Moderated by producer and AAC committee co-chair, Wenda Fong.