King Vidor helped bring directors together to form the Guild and became its first president during the early, perilous years. His legacy as a great filmmaker and fighter for directors' rights continues today.
Steven J. Ross
Steven J. Ross, chairman of the history department at USC, looks at the labor conditions that contributed to the founding of the Guild.
Hollywood in the '30s
To understand how directors formed a guild - and, even more important, why
they formed a guild - it's necessary to look at labor conditions in Hollywood in the '20s and early '30s.
Any look at the history of directing should include Alice Guy-Blaché, Dorothy Arzner, and Ida Lupino. Not because they were women, but because of their contribution to the craft.
In an excerpt from a 1971 story in the DGA's Action
magazine, John Ford and cast and crew reminisce about the making of Stagecoach
Frank Capra's Fight
When President Frank Capra boldly threatened to boycott the Academy Awards in 1939, the Producers Association finally accepted the Guild.
Directors in World War II
The Guild and many prominent directors volunteered their creative talents to help win World War II. Their films from the front left a lasting record.
The director of Death at a Funeral
considers how Bob Hope and Bing Crosby could get away with anything in their Road
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Little Miss Sunshine
's Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris explain why George Cukor's Holiday
is the model of the romantic comedy for them.
The form and tools of documentary filmmaking have changed over the years, but what motivates Errol Morris is the pursuit of truth.
Cloud computing presents an encouraging new business model for the entertainment industry, but it will require vigilance to protect intellectual property and compensation.
New York to Hollywood
Starting out cleaning lights at Biograph Studios, Jacobson worked his way up to 1st AD with on-the-fly solutions like substituting iced tea for whiskey to keep W.C. Fields sober.
Blowing in the Wind
With one letter of reference and a British taxi, Stacey arrived in LA from England and worked his way up to AD, a profession he chose because it paid $5 more per week than DP.
The first Mexican-American admitted to the Guild (in 1937), Day was known for his professionalism - so much so that C.B. DeMille told him he'd never do a picture without him.
Using a skeleton crew and real actors, John Boorman captured the physical challenge of navigating rapids in Deliverance