Picturing Life

David O. Russell

David O. Russell loves observing the quirky, unpredictable rhythms of human behavior. It's no wonder that in films like American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter he captures the teeming intensity of real life.

Tim Story
Tim Story
After the early success of Barbershop and Fantastic Four, Tim Story has experienced the ups and down of a director’s life. Now with Ride Along and Think Like a Man Too, his career is on the rebound.
Lee Shallat Chemel
Lee Shallat Chemel
In her 30-year career in television, Lee Shallat Chemel has proven adept at staging comedy and working with actors. But perhaps most importantly, she learned to have fun on the set.
Suzanne Smith
Suzanne Smith
Suzanne Smith is the only woman directing pro football and NCAA basketball. She credits DGA mentors with helping her to reach her goal.
James Gray
James Gray
With carefully crafted, character-driven films like Two Lovers and the upcoming The Immigrant, Director James Gray has evoked a classical Hollywood style. And, no surprise, he prefers film to digital.
The Voice
The Voice
Dealing with more moving parts than almost any show on TV, the directorial team on The Voice captures life-changing moments as competitors discover their true voice.
Chicago Fire
Director-producer Joe Chappelle and a fine-tuned directorial team balance some of the biggest, most daring visual effects on TV with everyday human drama on Chicago Fire — and all this in the dead of winter.
Richard Shepard
Richard Shepard
For a director, getting an actor to try a radical new look is not always an easy process. Say, Jude Law in mutton chops?
Marc Forster
Marc Forster revisits Alan J. Pakula’s ’70s-era conspiracy film, The Parallax View, and finds it as creepy today as when it was made. He explains how the director created a most disquieting mood.
Roy Price
Roy Price
By monitoring what his vast viewership wants to see, Amazon Studios head Roy Price is creating original series for the Internet Age.
DGA Quarterly
Spring 2014
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