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.
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.
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.
Suzanne Smith is the only woman directing pro football and NCAA basketball. She credits DGA mentors with helping her to reach her goal.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By monitoring what his vast viewership wants to see, Amazon Studios head Roy Price is creating original series for the Internet Age.