Taking Off

David Nutter

David Nutter has directed 19 pilots and an unprecedented 17 have been picked up for series. How does he do it? By following his instincts, respecting his collaborators, and sticking to stories that move him.

Darren Aronofsky
Whether it’s a pill-popping math genius, a washed-up wrestler, or a haunted ballet dancer, Darren Aronofsky finds a way to get inside his characters’ heads. His latest challenge in Noah is making the biblical disaster story come to life.
Mimi Leder
In her diverse and accomplished career, Mimi Leder has brought a sharp eye and fluid camera to big-budget features and emotionally charged TV series. For her, it’s all about what the characters need.
Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire
In an extraordinarily creative environment, director-producer Tim Van Patten and a team of highly skilled veteran directors recreate the glamorous, seedy and seductive world of Prohibition-era America in Boardwalk Empire.
Lena Dunham
As the star of her HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham has become a lightning rod for all sorts of cultural issues. But behind the camera she’s a director learning her craft.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont had audiences cheering as Tim Robbins escaped from prison in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The director explains how he set him free.
U.S. Tennis Open
Bob Fishman, assisted by a small army of associate directors, has been directing the U.S. Tennis Open for years. But with an impeccable eye for intimate details, he’s still searching for great emotional moments.
Jamie Babbit
Breaking in with the indie feature But I'm a Cheerleader, prolific TV and film director Jamie Babbit got off to a quick start—and hasn’t slowed down since.
Dennie Gordon
Dennie Gordon
As the first American woman to direct a Chinese production in China, Dennie Gordon had to cross the cultural barrier. Now she’s a director in demand 6,000 miles from home.
Horror Films
Fright—in all of its forms—has always been an essential part of the moviegoing experience. No wonder directors have figured out so many ways to horrify an audience.
Stanley Kramer
Following World War II, a host of directors, led by Stanley Kramer, began tackling the hot-button issues of their day. We celebrate Kramer’s centennial with a look back at a time when movies mattered.
Rick Cotton
As former NBCUniversal executive vice president and general counsel, now head of its worldwide anti-piracy unit, Rick Cotton has been an industry leader in battling Internet theft. He reports on the latest from the front.
DGA Quarterly
Fall 2013
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