With films like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and three performance-capture features, Robert Zemeckis has earned a reputation as a technology pioneer. But more than anything, he's just a director looking for new means to tell good stories.
The success of Richard Donner’s Superman
depended on making the flying scenes seem real. Here’s how he pulled it off before digital effects made it look easy.
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan was captivated by Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show
and how the plot is secondary to tone and texture. He’s even tried to do it with his own films.
Director Kim Fields started out as a child actor on the ’80s sitcom The Facts of Life
. Eventually that experience led her to a successful career behind the camera.
Howard Hawks, one of the founders of the Guild, had a long and varied career ranging from pioneering aerial films to screwball comedies and rugged Westerns. A collection of vintage shots shows him creating Hollywood history.
As much as any contemporary director, Sofia Coppola has captured the feeling of young people adrift in a seductive world. With The Bling Ring
, she continues her intimate exploration of lives in transition.
Alan Taylor went to film school, but he picked up his practical knowledge on acclaimed TV series like The Sopranos
and Game of Thrones
. Now he’s learning about green screen on Thor: The Dark World
The Good Wife
Executive producer-director Brooke Kennedy and her team of directors smoothly manage to find the sly humor and elegant look of The Good Wife
. That’s what makes it more than just another legal drama.
Jay Sandrich modestly credits quality scripts and talented casts for the success of such beloved TV series as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show
. But it took a great director to put all the pieces together.
Documentary director Les Blank has followed his eyes, ears and stomach to capture the sights and sounds of American regional culture for over 50 years. His body of work is a unique and joyous record of how people live.
Jake Kasdan, the director of the New Girl
pilot, explains why pilot season is a savage, archaic, and flawed system that brings out the worst in people—but sometimes a director’s best work.
James Harris on Stanley Kubrick
James B. Harris produced three films with his friend Stanley Kubrick. In this interview, he offers a rare glimpse of life on the set with Kubrick— not as a legend but a working director.