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Director Gail Mancuso discusses her career in episodic television, her diligent preparation before a shoot, and finding excellent performances by letting her actors breathe.
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Director Linda Mendoza reflects on her 35-plus year career in television, the importance of continual growth, and her affection for the comedy genre.
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Director Bryan Buckley reflects on his more than 25-year career in Commercial Directing, how he earned the title of “The King of the Superbowl”, his narrative work, and how he uses his position to give voice to the underdogs.
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Director Norberto Barba reflects on his career in episodic television, his tenure as a leader in the Guild and his hopes for what the future of representation in Directing will entail.
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Director Mimi Leder considers her volume of television and film titles, her growth alongside the early days of digital, and the distinct Directorial tactics that have defined her success.
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Stage Manager Leon Robinson discusses his catalogue of work, strategies that have garnered success in his position and his opinions on an ever-changing industry.
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Director Elma Garcia discusses her experiences in commercial directing, sharing her production methodology and how her point of view distinguishes her work.
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Visual History Interview
Barry Sonnenfeld looks back on his 31-year career, sharing his unique approach to directing comedic features (The Addams Family, Men in Black, Big Trouble) and episodic television (Pushing Daisies, Schmigadoon!, A Series of Unfortunate Events).
Visual History Interview with Joyce Thomas Hero
Associate Director Joyce Thomas reflects on her 30-year career as an Associate Director with CBS and her distinguished service as a Guild leader.
VH231 Ernest Dickerson Hero
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Director Ernest Dickerson discusses his 30-year career as a director and shares insight into his creative process through recalling his feature films (Juice, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight), movies for television (Strange Justice, Our America), and his various episodic television credits (The Wire, Raised By Wolves, and Dexter).
VH230 Harron Hero
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Mary Harron discusses her 30-plus year career directing film, television, and limited series including American Psycho (2000), Charlie Says (2018), and Alias Grace (2017).
Visual History Glenn Weiss Hero
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Director Glenn Weiss discusses his 25-year career as a variety television director, sharing details about his craft and recounting stories behind the distinguished specials that he has directed over the years including Peter Pan Live!, the Academy Awards, and Tony Awards.
VH 228 Marian Deaton Ch. 1.1
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Associate Director Mimi Deaton discusses her 30-year career in the multi-camera format (The Facts of Life, Martin, Reba, The Neighborhood), her Guild service as a member of the Western AD/SM/PA Council for 23 years and her recognition by the Guild with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.
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UPM Dwight Williams speaks about his 50-year career in television and feature film as a First Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager, including his work on Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, The Hughes Brothers’ Dead Presidents; working with the late Director John Singleton on Baby Boy and other features; and his extensive Guild involvement.
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Director Rich Correll (Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, Family Matters) discusses his 30-year career in episodic television having directed over 700 episodes, primarily in children’s television.
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Director Robert Fishman shares stories from his 46 years working with CBS Sports helming NFL, NCAA basketball and football games, the World Series, NASCAR, and the Olympics (’92, ’94, ‘98).
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Director Félix Alcalá (ER, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary) discusses his directorial career in episodic television, movies for television, and feature film; his background as a cinematographer; and shares some of the lessons he’s learned while behind the camera.
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Director Don Scardino recounts his 30-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work in daytime drama, television movies, feature film and episodic television including 30 Rock, The West Wing and Law & Order.
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Director Martha Mitchell (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Madam Secretary, Without a Trace) recounts her 25-plus year directorial career, highlighting her work in episodic television and her service to the Guild on the Eastern Directors Council and the National Board.
VH221 Reiner Hero
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Director Rob Reiner shares an array of anecdotes from his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film and discusses scenes from his filmography including The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally..., and A Few Good Men.
Joe Dante Hero
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Director Joe Dante looks back on his 40-year career directing feature films such as Gremlins and The ‘Burbs; movies for television such as The Second Civil War and many episodes of television including Masters of Horror, CSI:NY and Hawaii Five-O -- sharing insights into his directorial process.
VH219 Mary Rae Thewlis Hero
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Mary Rae Thewlis discusses her 25-plus year career as a unit production manager, including her work on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Americans; as well as her extensive Guild involvement.
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Unit Production Manager Kathleen McGill discusses her 25-year career, highlighting her collaboration with director Ron Howard on features A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon and Angels & Demons; as well as her work in episodic television; and her extensive Guild service.
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Director Richard Donner discusses his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film and episodic television, highlighting his work on The Twilight Zone (“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”), The Omen, Superman and the Lethal Weapon series.
Michael Pressman HL 1
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Director Michael Pressman discusses his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film (Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero), movies for television (Private Sessions, A Season for Miracles) and episodic television, where he has directed and produced hundreds of episodes (Blue Bloods, Picket Fences, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med).
VH214 Randal Kleiser Hero
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Randal Kleiser (Grease, The Blue Lagoon, White Fang) discusses his career as a director of feature films and TV movies, as well as, his active involvement in the DGA including serving in the Special Projects Committee.
VH Debbie Williams Hero
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Debbie Williams discusses her 40-year career as a stage manager in variety programs including American Idol, awards shows such as The Oscars and The Academy of Country Music Awards and live episodes of network dramas such as ER, and The West Wing.
VH212 Bill DElia Hero
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Bill D’Elia discusses his 30-year career as a television director and producer-director highlighting his work on Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal among other series.
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Wolfgang Glattes discusses his 35-year career as a first assistant director and unit production manager, highlighting his work on such productions as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Cabaret, Rosebud and All That Jazz, as well as his working relationships with Bob Fosse, Otto Preminger and Sidney Lumet.
VH210 Arlene Sanford Hero
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Arlene Sanford discusses her 30-plus year career directing episodic television, feature films and movies for television, highlighting her work on such shows as Ally McBeal, Pretty Little Liars, and Grace and Frankie.
Jim Sheridan Hero
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Director Jim Sheridan discusses his 30-plus year directorial career in feature film, highlighting his work on My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993), and In America (2002) among other notable projects.
VH207 Dency Nelson Hero
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Stage Manager Dency Nelson reflects on his 40-year career in live television (Academy Awards, Emmys, The Kennedy Center Honors) and his numerous years of Guild service on the Western AD/SM/PA Council and Negotiations Committee.
VH206 Charles Haid HL 1
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Director Charles Haid (Nip/Tuck, Criminal Minds, ER) discusses his 20-plus year directorial career in episodic television and movies for television, working with Robert Butler on the influential show Hill Street Blues and his service on the DGA’s Television Creative Rights Committee.
VH205 Ed Bianchi Hero
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Director Ed Bianchi discusses his 45-year directorial career in commercials and episodic television, highlighting his commercial work for Eastern Air Lines, Pepsi Cola, and American Express, as well as his episodic work on Boardwalk Empire, The Wire and The Get Down.
Chuck Workman
Visual History Interview
Chuck Workman discusses his career as a director of the Academy Award-winning short film Precious Images (1986), feature-length documentaries Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), and his early work as an editor of numerous commercials, feature film trailers and Academy Awards montages.
VH202 Jerry Schatzberg
Visual History Interview
Jerry Schatzberg discusses his 50-plus year career as a director of such films as Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), The Panic in Needle Park (1971) and Scarecrow (1973); and working with Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway.
VH 201 Gary Hood Hero
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Garry W. Hood discusses his 40-year career as a stage manager from his start in local Tennessee television production on Hee-Haw to work on variety programs including Dancing with the Stars and the Olympics; award shows such as the Grammys and the Academy Awards; and live specials like Grease Live! and Hairspray Live!
VH 200 Bertrand Tavernier Hero
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Director Bertrand Tavernier examines his 50-plus-year career, touching upon The Clockmaker (1974), Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975), Death Watch (1980), and Round Midnight (1986); and working with actors Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Isabelle Huppert, Dexter Gordon, and Tommy Lee Jones.
VH199 Ballard Hero
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Carroll Ballard discusses his directorial career, highlighting his work with children and animals in the feature films The Black Stallion (1979), Fly Away Home (1996) and Duma (2005).
VH198 Jeremy Kagan
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Jeremy Kagan (The Chosen, The Journey of Natty Gann, Crown Heights) discusses his 40-plus year career as a director of feature films, TV movies, and episodic television, and his active involvement in the DGA including serving as the Chair of the Special Projects Committee.
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Veteran unit production manager Ezra Swerdlow discusses his 30-plus-year career working with directors Woody Allen (Stardust Memories, Zelig, Hannah and Her Sisters), Frank Oz (The Muppets Take Manhattan), Mel Brooks (Spaceballs) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
VH189 Mira Nair Hero
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Mira Nair discusses her 35-plus-year directorial career, highlighting her documentaries (Jama Masjid Street Journal, India Cabaret), independent features (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding), and studio features (Vanity Fair, Amelia, Queen of Katwe).
VH195 Oz Scott
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Oz Scott (The Jeffersons, Picket Fences, CSI: NY), recounts his 30-plus year career directing episodic television and TV movies, his beginnings in theater (for colored girls who considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf), and his feature film, Bustin’ Loose, starring Richard Pryor.
VH178 Stephen Frears Hero
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Director Stephen Frears discusses his 50-plus-year career working in feature film and television including: My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins.
VH193 Biff Henderson
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Biff Henderson discusses his 38-year stage manager career, starting out in the NBC-Radio Sales Department, and his 35-year association with David Letterman.
VH144 Michael Mann Hero
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Director Michael Mann looks back on his 45-year career as a film and television director by discussing his filmography (The Insider, Heat, and The Last of the Mohicans), sharing his philosophical perspective on filmmaking, and detailing his tenure as a leader in the Guild.
VH194 Don Roy King
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Director Don Roy King discusses Saturday Night Live, starting out at local stations, and his diverse body of work directing news, variety, talk, reality and live theatrical Broadway performances.
VH192 Newell
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Feature film and television director Mike Newell discusses his 50-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on Coronation Street, The Man in the Iron Mask, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Love in the Time of Cholera, among other notable projects.
VH190 Cooper-Avrick
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Anita Cooper-Avrick discusses her 36-year career stage managing television programs ranging from and The People’s Court to Mr. Belvedere and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; her AD/SM/PA Council West participation; and her extensive Guild involvement.
VH191 John Boorman
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John Boorman discusses his half-century career directing feature films (Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory); his collaborations with acclaimed actors Lee Marvin, Toshirô Mifune, Marcello Mastroianni, and Sean Connery; and how his WWII childhood experience influenced his career.
Visual History 187 Henry Chan
Visual History Interview
Henry Chan (A Different World, Moesha, Fresh Off the Boat, 100 Days) discusses his 30-plus year career directing episodic television and feature films, his beginnings as an editor, and his involvement in the Asian American Committee.
VH186 Steve Glanzrock
Visual History Interview
Steve Glanzrock discusses working for more than 30 years as an assistant director on features, television programs, commercials, and movies for television, as well as his extensive involvement in the Eastern AD/UPM Council and National Board.
Visual History 184 Dick Carson
Visual History Interview
Dick Carson shares highlights from his 35-plus year career directing talk and game shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffith Show, and Wheel of Fortune.
VH183 Victoria Hochberg
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Victoria Hochberg discusses her career directing episodic television (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Sex and the City), movies for television (Jacob Have I Loved, Sweet 15), and her involvement in the founding of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee.
VH180 Stan Lathan
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Director Stan Lathan discusses his 40-plus year career directing episodic and variety television (Sanford and Son, The Steve Harvey Show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Def Comedy Jam); starting out at WGBH-TV; and his collaboration with iconic comedians Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley.
Judith Farinet
Veteran news director Judith Farinet discusses her 50-year career working at NBC News, highlighting her work on The Huntley-Brinkley Report, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and America's Got Talent, among other programs.
Visual History 182 Norman Lloyd
Visual History Interview
Veteran director and actor Norman Lloyd discusses his 60-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on both Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Lloyd also touches upon his 80-plus year acting career, working with such notable directors as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Martin Scorsese, Peter Weir, and most recently Judd Apatow.
VH179 Neil Tardio
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Commercial director Neil Tardio discusses his career in advertising, working for McCann Erickson and Young & Rubicam in the 1950s and 1960s, directing iconic commercials for Xerox, Right Guard and the U.S. Army, and his involvement in political campaigns.
Visual History John LiBretto
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Veteran television director John LiBretto shares his 45-plus year career in news and sports, including notable assignments such as directing the first “Town Hall Meeting” debate for the 1992 presidential elections and highlights from directing Summer Olympics.
VH175 Alan Myerson
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Alan Myerson (Steelyard Blues, Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, The Larry Sanders Show) recounts his 30-plus year career directing feature films and episodic television, his involvement with Second City, and the formation of the world-renowned improvisational troupe, The Committee.
Ted Kotcheff interview
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Ted Kotcheff tells boisterous and insightful stories from his 60-year directing career beginning in live television drama, and including classic feature films like First Blood and North Dallas Forty, as well as 12 years executive producing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Steve James interview
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Director Steve James recounts career highlights including the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams and the six-year-long process to make the film, which led to directing narrative films like Prefontaine and critically-acclaimed documentaries like The Interrupters and Life Itself.
Vince DeDario
Visual History Interview
Veteran Associate Director Vince DeDario discusses his 40-plus year career working for ABC Sports, highlighting notable assignments including six Winter and Summer Olympics games, Monday Night Football, and Wide World of Sports.
John Madden interview
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John Madden shares his varied experiences directing radio, British theatre, BBC television drama, and feature films like the 1998 international hit Shakespeare in Love.
Jerry London interview
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Jerry London, acclaimed miniseries and movies for television director, discusses his prolific career, from working as an apprentice editor on I Love Lucy to directing Shōgun, The Scarlet and the Black, Chiefs, and Ellis Island.
Mike Figgis interview
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Mike Figgis discusses his 30-plus year career as director of such films as Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, and Timecode. Figgis reveals his passion for drama, innovation, and his unending desire to experiment within the realm of narrative filmmaking.
Norman Jewison interview
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The DGA mourns the passing of Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film Direction Award winner, Norman Jewison. In his visual history interview, Jewison shares stories from his more than forty-year career beginning as a live television Director before transitioning to direct genre-bending feature films that entertained and challenged audiences, such as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck.
Arthur Forrest interview
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Variety, talk, and live events Director Arthur Forrest discusses his long career beginning in early live television at the DuMont network and up through directing The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tournament of Roses Parade.
Jerry Zucker interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed comedy director, writer and producer Jerry Zucker shares his experiences crafting iconic films like Airplane! and Ghost, and discusses collaborating with his brother David Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, working with both comedic and dramatic actors, as well as his personal philosophies on humor.
John Landis
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Director John Landis recounts his journey through the film business, starting as an 18-year-old mail boy at 20th Century Fox to directing blockbuster comedies like National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Coming To America.
Neufeld Interview
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UPM, assistant director and production executive Stanley Neufeld discusses his long career in entertainment, starting on B-movie sets of 1930s and 40s Hollywood, and working his way up to producing Academy Award-winning films.
Robert J. Koster
Visual History Interview
UPM and Assistant Director Robert Koster shares the story of his father, Director Henry Koster in the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as his own experiences on television and film sets from the 1960’s to the ‘90’s.
John Glen Interview
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Director John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights) discusses working his way through the studio system of Great Britain as an editor, second unit director and sound editor to directing five James Bond films—the most by any director.
David McGiffert Interview
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Assistant Director David McGiffert discusses his extensive career working on directorial teams of such noted directors as Sydney Pollack, Taylor Hackford, and Robert Zemeckis.
Cavalier Interview
Visual History Interview
Assistant Director and UPM Joe Cavalier discusses his long career working on film and television sets on both coasts, working with such icons as Howard Hawks, Frank Capra and George Stevens.
Yudi Bennett Interview
Visual History Interview
Assistant Director Yudi Bennett shares stories from her extensive career from the early beginnings of the DGA’s Assistant Director Training Program in New York, to the sets of award-winning feature films and television movies.
Roger Goodman interview
Visual History Interview
Roger Goodman is a director and producer of television news, sports, and live events who was instrumental in ABC’s rise through the 1970’s and ‘80s with credits ranging from ABC’s World News Tonight, to presidential elections, breaking news, the Olympic Games and The Academy Awards.
Visual History 158 Michael Apted
Visual History Interview
Veteran feature and documentary film director and past-president of the DGA Michael Apted discusses his 45-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on the Seven Up! documentary series, Coal Miners Daughter (1980), and Nell (1994) and reflecting on his presidency and Guild leadership over the years.
James D. Brubaker
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Unit Production Manager James Brubaker discusses his long career, starting as a driver for Elvis Presley and John Wayne, to working as a UPM and producing big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Larry Albucher Interview
Visual History Interview
Larry Albucher discusses his long career as an assistant director and unit production manager for films and television, his transition to working as a studio production executive and returning to working as a UPM.
Bert Bluestein Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran UPM and 1st AD Burt Bluestein recounts his career working on the sets of both television and film productions, his early days in Manhattan’s “golden age” of advertising, and his long history of service to the Guild.
Herbie Wise Interview
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Director Herbert Wise (I, Claudius; Skokie) shares his personal and professional stories from a five-decade long career. Fleeing Austria as a child to escape the Nazis, Wise found a new home in Great Britain, eventually directing for the BBC for more than 20 years and creating award-winning movies for television in the 1970s and 80s.
Doug Quick Interview
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Veteran stage manager Doug Quick (The Price is Right; Archie Bunker’s Place; The Young and the Restless) discusses his creative contributions to episodic programming, daytime serials and variety shows, and the extensive rehearsal and planning that goes into the production of game shows.
Eric Shapiro Interview
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News Director Eric Shapiro discusses his long career working at CBS News, developing programs like 48 Hours and Face the Nation and directing the CBS Evening News.
VH150 Sayles Interview
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Acclaimed independent filmmaker John Sayles (Return of the Secaucus Seven, Eight Men Out), shares his unique views as a director/writer/actor hyphenate, working on tight indie budgets, and how he got Alan Parker, Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese to sign his DGA application.
Mike Robe Interview
Visual History Interview
Movies for television director Mike Robe (Return To Lonesome Dove; Reversible Errors) discusses his long career in television, from his beginning shooting military documentaries for the Air Force to directing and writing award-winning television movies and mini-series.
Wes Kenney Interview
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Veteran television director Wes Kenney (Days of Our Lives, All in the Family) discusses his long career, spanning from the early days of television at the DuMont Network, to directing and executive producing some of the most well-known daytime serials in history.
Larry Carpenter Interview
Visual History Interview
Daytime serials director Larry Carpenter (One Life to Live, General Hospital, All My Children) discusses his theater and musical beginnings, his long career directing soap operas, and his views on where the genre is heading.
VH146 Warren Adler
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Former Associate National Executive Director, Warren Adler, shares invaluable insights about the Guild's negotiating history from his extensive involvement on 11 of the Guild's Basic Agreement and FLTTA negotiations cycles over a 32-year career at the DGA.
Rob Holcomb Interview
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The DGA mourns the passing of veteran Television Director Rod Holcomb. In his Visual History interview, Holcomb discusses his career beginnings on The Six Million Dollar Man, his vision for shooting the pilots of hit shows ER, The A-Team, and China Beach, and the importance of maintaining directors’ creative rights.
Lewis Gilbert Interview
Visual History Interview
British Director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, The Spy Who Loved Me) shares stories and insights of his career from starting off as a child stage performer, working his way up as an assistant director for the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, to directing his own acclaimed movies—including three James Bond films.
Guy Hamilton Interview
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Versatile director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever) provides insight into his broad filmography which ranges from bleak war dramas to blithe romantic comedies, including four of the most iconic James Bond films.
Esperanza 'Candy' Martinez Interview
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Veteran news associate director and stage manager Esperanza “Candy” Martinez discusses her long career working for the news crew of WABC in New York, her mentorship of new directors, and her “passion projects” directing documentaries on African-American quilt making.
Joe Pytka Interview
Visual History Interview
Iconic commercial director Joe Pytka discusses his long and varied career, directing advertising spots, music videos, documentaries and feature films for over 40 years.
Walter Miller Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran musical and variety director Walter Miller (Primetime Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, Country Music Awards) discusses his more than 60-year career, from the beginnings of television in the 1940s, up through the 21st century.
Don Gold Interview
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The DGA mourns the passing of former DGA field representative Donald Gold. In his visual history interview, Gold looks back at his 30-year tenure visiting film and television sets to ensure members’ rights were protected, and shares insights on his early career as an associate director and stage manager.
Gomes Interview
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Veteran commercials director and one of the real life Mad Men, George Gomes, discusses his long career in advertising, creating some of the most well-known and remembered commercials in history for such brands as Alka-Seltzer, Crest, American Airlines and Volkswagen.
Barry Levinson Interview
Visual History Interview
Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Diner) reflects on his first big break on the local Los Angeles comedy show, Lohman and Barkley, his early apprenticeship with Mel Brooks as a writer, and his working methods and philosophy, including the importance of improvisation on the set.
Bertrand Blier interview
Visual History Interview
French writer-director Bertrand Blier (Going Places, Too Beautiful For You, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs) discusses his father’s influence on his career, his collaborations with Gerard Depardieu, and his unique rehearsal process.
Richard Benjamin Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Richard Benjamin (My Favorite Year, Mermaids) discusses his directorial career helming features and movies for television and explains the transition he made from actor to director.
Hodges Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran British director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon) discuses his long directorial career, explains why endurance is the most essential quality of a director and how the DGA protects its members in post-production.
Scheerer Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television and film director Robert Scheerer (The Danny Kaye Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation) discusses his long career in the entertainment industry, starting as an actor and working his way behind the camera to direct some of the most popular television series of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Tony Charmoli Interview
Visual History Interview
Award-winning director and choreographer Tony Charmoli (Your Hit Parade, The Nutcracker, Gypsy in My Soul) recounts his participation in the first successful test of transmitting live motion at DuMont Studio in New York, the use of his choreography to highlight the new medium of color television, and how he brought a sense of glamour to the Emmy-winning, Mitzi...A Tribute to the American Housewife.
Hayden Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television director Jeffrey Hayden discusses his long career, beginning at the advent of television in the 1940s through the 1990s, and his participation in the fight for directors’ creative rights.
Bernie Hoffman Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran sports and news director Bernie Hoffman discusses his long career directing for ABC, NBC, and CBS, covering such major world events from the dissolution of the USSR to the tragic 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Harold Becker Interview
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Feature director Harold Becker (The Onion Field, City Hall, Taps) discusses his long directorial career, including how to make the best out of a tiny budget, why you should never screen your film’s rough cut for a studio, and the benefits of having a good working relationship with Al Pacino.
Claude Miller Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed French director Claude Miller (Garde à vue, La meilleure façon de marcher) discusses his directorial career, sharing the films that influenced him as a child, how he got his start making instructional documentaries for the French army, and his favorite aphorisms from famous directors.
Richard Bare Interview
Visual History Interview
The DGA remembers film and television director Richard Bare, member for 70 years -- winner of the DGA Award in 1958 for Outstanding Achievement in Television Direction and director of nearly every episode of Green Acres' six season run.
Mischer Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed variety television director Don Mischer discloses the details behind his successful career directing some of the most well known and watched live television events in history -- from Super Bowl halftime events and musical specials -- to Olympic opening ceremonies and the 2008 Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
Ivory VH Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed director James Ivory (The Remains of the Day, A Room with A View) looks back on his long career helming films under the legendary Merchant-Ivory Productions banner.
Bob LaHendro Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television director Robert LaHendro (All in the Family; Welcome Back, Kotter) discusses his long career in production, working from a cue card holder to directing some of the most well known series of the 70s and 80s.
Pasetta Interview
Visual History Interview
Musical and variety director Martin “Marty” Pasetta discusses his long career directing the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards, and what it was like directing Elvis Presley as 1 billion people worldwide tuned in.
Howard Storm Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television director Howard Storm (Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Full House) discusses his long career directing episodic television and the actors who received their big breaks on his sets, namely Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.
Jim Drake Interview
Visual History Interview
Television and film director Jim Drake (The Golden Girls, Night Court, Newhart) discusses his career in entertainment, starting as an associate director on daytime serials, to directing primetime network television and feature films.
Giraldi Interview
Visual History Interview
Bob Giraldi discusses his career as a commercial, feature, music video, and dramatic short film director, directing commercials and music videos with such performers as Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. He also describes his working methods and philosophy, as well as his views on new technologies and on the importance of mentoring.
David Wader interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran Stage Manager David Wader discusses his 35-plus year career in musical and variety specials, award shows, situation comedies, and movies for television.
Andrew V. McLaglen Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran Western and action director Andrew McLaglen (Shenandoah, The Wild Geese, Gunsmoke) discusses directing both feature films and episodic television, and how close working relationships with John Wayne and James Stewart shaped his career.
Stein Interview
Visual History Interview
Stage manager Ken Stein discusses his long career in musical variety and specials; running the stage on such shows as Star Search, various pageant competitions and the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards broadcasts.
Mel Stuart Interview
Visual History Interview
Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wattstax, Four Days in November) discusses his long and varied career as a director and producer of everything from fantastical musical pieces to hard-cutting political documentaries. Stuart shares his working philosophies, among them, his Five Rules to “making it” in the film industry.
Agnès Varda Interview
Visual History Interview
French director Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Beaches of Agnès) discusses her long career creating documentaries, features, and mixtures of the two that pre-dated and inspired several film movements of European cinema.
Hausman Interview
Visual History Interview
Michael Hausman shares stories from his lengthy career as a UPM, Assistant Director, and Producer -- including working with such directors as Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), and Milos Forman (Amadeus) -- and offers his words of advice that gave Michael Moore the courage to make his first documentary, Roger & Me.
Visual History Interview
Michael Zinberg discusses his origins in Texas local television and what he learned from television directors like John Rich, John Frankenheimer Bob Butler, and Gene Reynolds. He comments on the differences between directing single and multi-camera shows, and his stints as a writer, producer, and executive at NBC.
Jerry Lewis Interview
Visual History Interview
Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man) shares his unique perspective of the directing side of more than seven decades working in comedy as a director, writer, producer and performer.
Brockway Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran Musical Variety and Documentary director Merrill Brockway (Great Perfomances: Dance in America, American Masters) discusses his long directorial career showcasing some of the most memorable dance and musical routines in the history of television.
Bellini DeSomone Interview
Visual History Interview
Francesca Bellini-De Simone recounts her first big break as a dancer on Carousel before moving into stage managing. Bellini-De Simone discusses working with producers Larry Cirillo and Norman Lear, and her experiences in live sports and on the daytime dramas Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Davis Interview
Visual History Interview
Andrew Davis discusses his transition from cinematographer to director under the mentorship of cinematographer/director Haskell Wexler. He discusses Chicago as a centerpiece in his filmmaking, as well as working with actors and visual design in films such as Under Siege (1992), The Fugitive (1993), and The Guardian (2006).
Schiller Interview
Visual History Interview
Lawrence Schiller discusses moving into producing and directing from his early career as a photographer and photojournalist. Schiller talks about his collaboration with Norman Mailer on the book, The Executioner’s Song and their 1982 adaptation for television which he produced and directed. He also discusses producing and directing movies for television such as American Tragedy (2000) based on the book he co-wrote about the O.J. Simpson trial.
Pierson Interview
Visual History Interview
Frank Pierson discusses working as a director of movies for television (Truman, Citizen Cohn) and writer of acclaimed feature films (Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon) as well as the feature films he has directed (A Star is Born, Looking Glass War), the Golden Age of Television and he offers insight into the sometimes complicated working relationship between writers and directors.
Seidelman Interview
Visual History Interview
Film and television director Arthur Allan Seidelman (Walking Across Egypt, A Christmas Carol) looks back on his long career, from studying under famed acting coach Sanford Meisner, to directing Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first acting role.
Fred Levinson Interview
Visual History Interview
Fred Levinson directed some of the most iconic advertising spots during the “golden age of advertising” for the largest agencies and corporations of the time. Levinson looks back at the commercials that shaped his career, as well as his brief foray into feature film directing.
Valdez Interview
Visual History Interview
Luis Valdez (La Bamba, Zoot Suit) details his extensive career directing groundbreaking theater, film and television about the Chicano experience.
Phil Rawlins
Visual History Interview
UPM and Assistant Director Phil Rawlins discusses how working as a stuntman on the sets of westerns of the 1950s led to a career working on the sets of big budget feature films.
Grauman Interview
Visual History Interview
The DGA remembers film and television director Walter Grauman (633 Squadron, Lady in a Cage, Murder She Wrote).
Jesus Trevino Interview
Visual History Interview
Jesús Treviño discusses his career as a director of documentaries, episodic series and movies for television and his work on the series Resurrection Blvd.. Treviño also shares his working philosophy, his responsibility as a director in representing his community, and his involvement with the DGA’s Latino Committee.
Lee Grant Interview
Visual History Interview
Actor/Director Lee Grant (Nobody’s Child, Down and Out in America) discusses her long career in entertainment and transitioning from being an award-winning actress to an award-winning director of documentaries, movies for television and feature films.
Ken Annakin Interview
Visual History Interview
Ken Annakin (The Longest Day, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines) details his long career, his experiences working with Walt Disney and Darryl Zanuck, and shares stories from the set including how to build a tree house for the Swiss Family Robinson.
Claude Lelouch Interview
Visual History Interview
Award winning director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman, And Now My Love) discusses his long career. The acclaimed French director explains how cinema saved his life from the Nazis as a child, the influences American films have had on his work and why the “director is always right.”
Mick Jackson Interview
Visual History Interview
Mick Jackson reflects on his career as a feature film and television director including his early work for the BBC, and his work in Hollywood on the feature films L.A. Story (1991) and The Bodyguard (1992), as well as movies for television such as Temple Grandin (2010).
James Burrows Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran sitcom and pilot director and producer James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, Taxi) discusses his vast, critically acclaimed and award-winning career directing some of the most iconic series from the 1970s to the present day.
Mackenzie Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran episodic television director Will Mackenzie (Family Ties, Newhart, Moonlighting) discusses how his early work as an actor and director in musical theatre allowed him to successfully transition to directing for television, and the joys of collaboration on a set.
Lee Shallat Chemel Interview
Visual History Interview
Television director and producer Lee Shallat Chemel (The Middle, Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown) discusses her long career directing episodic comedy, how she got her start on Family Ties, and the importance of her Guild service.
Simon Wincer Interview
Visual History Interview
Australian Director Simon Wincer (Lonesome Dove, Free Willy) discusses his career in feature films and mini-series, shares stories from his many Westerns, and describes the importance of being passionate and prepared on set.
Holland Interview
Visual History Interview
Agnieszka Holland discusses her career as a director and screenwriter of films including Angry Harvest, Europa Europa, and The Secret Garden. Holland discusses working with Polish director Andrzej Wajda and how living under Communism influenced her perspective as a filmmaker. She also describes her working methods and philosophy.
Jeff Bleckner
Visual History Interview
Television Director Jeff Bleckner discusses his career in Movies for Television and Episodic TV, from mentors Joseph Papp and Francis Ford Coppola to directing award-winning movies like Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000).
Milos Forman
Visual History Interview
Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen's Ball under the Soviet
regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award-winning films like like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.
Bill Interview
Visual History Interview
Tony Bill discusses moving into producing and directing from his early career as an actor. Bill talks about producing such films as The Sting (1973) and directing films like My Bodyguard (1980), Untamed Heart (1993), and most recently, Flyboys (2006).
Avildsen Interview
Visual History Interview
John Avildsen discusses his early years in advertising and working on industrial shorts, which led him to work with Otto Preminger and Arthur Penn, and how he made the leap from independent films like Joe to studio features like Save the Tiger and Rocky.
Visual History Interview
Penelope Spheeris discusses her career as a filmmaker, directing documentaries like The Decline of Western Civilization and studio films such as Wayne's World. Spheeris talks about growing up in her father’s traveling carnival, as well as major influences in her life, including Janis Joplin and punk rock music.
Levin Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed television director Peter Levin (Homeless to Harvard, Little Girl Fly Away) discusses his long career directing episodic television, mini-series and movies for television, as well as stories from off and on the set.
William Friedkin Interview
Visual History Interview
Director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) discusses his iconic career; beginning in the mailroom of a television station to winning the DGA Feature Film Award and becoming a premier member of the “New Hollywood” wave of filmmaking that revolutionized the industry.
Korty Interview
Visual History Interview
John Korty discusses how exposure to art and experimental film led him to documentary and feature filmmaking. He also discusses his Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentary Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get 19 Kids? and his work on movies for television like Farewell to Manzanar
Peter Medak Interview
Visual History Interview
Feature and television director Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Hunchback) discuses his long career directing for both the silver and small screen, the differences between the Hollywood and British studio systems, and how he worked with actors like Peter O’Toole and Peter Sellers.
John Erman Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television director John Erman (Roots, An Early Frost) recounts his early career casting for television series, and his path to directing award-winning television movies and mini-series.
DGA Visual History Walter Hill
Visual History Interview
Walter Hill talks about starting out as a second assistant director and screenwriter, pursuing his interest in genre films, working with Sam Peckinpah and John Huston, and his directing career making films like The Warriors, The Long Riders , and 48 Hours.
Randa Haines Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Ron Clark Story) discusses her career in feature films and movies for television, sharing, among other highlights, how she selected Marlee Matlin from a background role and directed her to an Oscar-winning performance.
Tewkesbury Interview
Visual History Interview
Joan Tewkesbury discusses working with Robert Altman as the co-writer of Thieves like Us and the writer of Nashville, then building her own directing career in television, the changes she has witnessed for woman directors, and the importance of the DGA’s support of creative rights.
Joyner VH Interview
As an assistant director and production manager on such classic films as Jaws and The Blues Brothers, Tom Joyner describes the duties, responsibilities, and expectations of AD/UPMs and tells stories from the production and business sides, sharing the pressures of raising a family while working in the entertainment industry and revealing who his favorite director to work with has been.
Chomsky Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran mini-series, movies for television and feature film director Marvin Chomsky (Inside the Third Reich, Roots, Holocaust) discusses his long career directing projects based on significant historical events.
Robert Markowitz Interview
Visual History Interview
Robert Markowitz discusses his career as a director of movies for television and feature films. He also describes the role the DGA played in his career and the importance of the Guild’s support of the creative rights and financial security of directors.
Genus Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Karl Genus discusses the beginnings of television in the 1950s, directing live and taped television broadcasts, commercials, and his service to the Directors Guild.
Visual History Interview
Stanley Donen discusses his early work on Broadway with Gene Kelly and George Abbott, and later as a choreographer on such MGM musicals like Singin in the Rain and . He also recounts directing Funny Face with his boyhood idol Fred Astaire, and later the critically acclaimed Charade.
Visual History Interview
Lamont Johnson discusses being an actor and what he learned from directors during the Golden Age of Live Television, He also discusses directing episodic series, movies for television, and feature films. Johnson also shares his insights about collaborating with actors, writers, editors and cinematographers.
DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
Visual History Interview
Herb Adelman shares his insights and experience spanning three decades as an assistant director, production manager and line producer in television and motion pictures.
Robert Relyea Interview
Visual History Interview
Assistant director, UPM, producer and studio executive Robert Relyea discusses some of the most significant films he worked on including West Side Story, Bullitt and The Magnificent Seven.
Marshall Interview
Visual History Interview
Garry Marshall discusses his career as a writer, producer and director on shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, and on feature films like Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), and The Princess Diaries (2001). Marshall also discusses his service with the DGA, working to protect the director’s creative vision.
Binder Interview
Visual History Interview
Steve Binder discusses becoming a television director on live sketch comedy and variety shows like The Steve Allen Show. He explains how his deep passion for music led to his directing acclaimed variety shows featuring iconic musicians such as James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Diana Ross.
Peter Bogdanovich Interview
Visual History Interview
Multi-hyphenate filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) shares stories from his long career as a director, writer, producer and actor during the “New Hollywood” era.
Moore Interview
Visual History Interview
Legendary second unit director/assistant director Micky Moore shares his insights and memories of a career in film that lasted over 80 years, starting as a child actor during the silent film era, transitioning to prop man for Cecil B. DeMille, his long-time mentor, then working his way up to assistant director, then to second unit manager on such acclaimed films as Unconquered, The War of the Worlds; The Ten Commandments; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Patton and the original three Indiana Jones films.
Beaudine Interview
Visual History Interview
William Beaudine, Jr. looks back on his long career from the 1940s to the 1990s, working on television and film sets as an assistant director, UPM, producer and director.
Joan Micklin Silver interview
Visual History Interview
Director and writer Joan Micklin Silver (Hester Street, Finnegan Begin Again, Crossing Delancey) shares insights and stories from her career directing independent features and movies for television.
Ziesmer Interview
Visual History Interview
Jerry Ziesmer discusses his extensive career as an Assistant Director on films like Apocalypse Now, Rocky II, Scarface, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous. He also describes his service to the Guild as Chair of the AD/UPM Council and helping to establish a Mentorship Program for women and minority members.
Capra Jr Interview
Visual History Interview
Frank Capra Jr. discusses his long career as both an assistant director and producer, growing up with one of the most well-known directors of all time as a father, and how he transformed Wilmington, N.C. into a production center.
Benton Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed Writer-Director Robert Benton traces his career from working as an Editor for Esquire in the 1960’s and co-writing the screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), to directing Academy Award winning films like Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984), offering insight into his writing process and how he works with actors like Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Paul Newman.
Abby Singer Interview
Visual History Interview
Assistant Director and Production Manager Abby Singer talks about his career in features and television, his involvement in the Guild, and his personal perspective on changes in the entertainment industry spanning 50 years.
Visual History Interview
Edwin Sherin discusses his long career including acting and directing on Broadway, producing and directing episodic television like Law & Order and LA Law, his directing techniques like “The Sherin Shot,” and the importance of mentoring the next generation of directors.
Bogart Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Paul Bogart (All in The Family, The Defenders) discusses his long career in film and television, his working philosophy on the set and his start in the “golden age of television.”
Richard McWhorter Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager and Producer Richard “Dick” McWhorter discusses his long entertainment career working with legendary directors like King Vidor, Frank Capra, and Cecil B. DeMille, and provides a first hand account of some of the earliest meetings of the newly formed Screen Directors Guild.
Melville Shavelson interview
Visual History Interview
Melville Shavelson discusses his near-fifty year career as a director and writer of such films as The Seven Little Foys (1955) and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). He shares insight on his early career writing for Bob Hope, his preference for making biographical pictures based on real people and events, as well as filming on-location in foreign countries.
John Badham Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran director John Badham (WarGames, Saturday Night Fever) shares stories from the sets of his most well-known films, reveals his role in casting, his views on the changing world of post-production, and which films he wishes he hadn’t made.
Young Interview
Visual History Interview
Director, writer, producer and cinematographer Robert M. Young (Alambrista!, Triumph of the Spirit), discusses his career in feature films, documentaries and television and his influences and inspirations along the way.
Sandrich Interview
Visual History Interview
Jay Sandrich discusses his career as a television director, from beginning as an assistant director for Desilu Productions on shows like I Love Lucy (1951-1957) to directing multi-camera comedies like Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) and The Cosby Show (1984-1992).
Sargent Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran film and movies-for-television director Joseph Sargent (Something the Lord Made, Warm Springs, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three) discusses his long directorial career and shares his working philosophy from both on and off the set.
VH 53 Stevens Jr Hero
Visual History Interview
Director George Stevens, Jr. (Separate But Equal, George Stevens: A Filmmakers’s Journey) discusses his father’s legacy and working philosophy from pre-production through post-production, as well as the important lessons he learned from his father. Stevens, Jr. also highlights his founding of both the American Film Institute and Kennedy Center Honors.
Van Peebles Interview
Visual History Interview
Melvin Van Peebles discusses his career with his son, director and actor Mario Van Peebles, including starting to direct in France, his award-winning film The Story of a Three Day Pass, and kicking off the blaxpoitation genre with his independently financed and produced Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Robert Altman interview
Visual History Interview
Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Player.
Grosbard Interview
Visual History Interview
Ulu Grosbard, a director of both stage and screen, discusses his work on The Subject Was Roses (1968) and True Confessions (1981). He talks in detail about the art of casting the right actors for specific roles, collaborating with composers, and trying to communicate his vision accurately for the screen.
Visual History Interview
Sidney Lumet discusses his directing style developed over 50 years of filmmaking including such noteworthy films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976).
Fleischer Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran director Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Fantastic Voyage, The Vikings) discusses his long directorial career, what it was like being born into the entertainment industry, and how he won an Oscar his first year in Hollywood.
Mark Rydell Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond, James Dean, The Cowboys) shares insights to his long career in entertainment; studying at the Actors Studio and directing on Broadway before moving to helm iconic television series and award-winning feature films.
Howard Zieff
Visual History Interview
Legendary advertising photographer and celebrated commercial and feature film director Howard Zieff (Private Benjamin, My Girl) traces his unique career path with interviewer Richard Benjamin. Recorded late in Zieff’s life after Parkinson’s forced his retirement from filmmaking, his wife Ronda Gómez-Quiñones assists in the interview.
Visual History Hal Cooper
Visual History Interview
Hal Cooper reflects on his career, beginning as a child actor and going on to direct such television classics as Maude, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gimme A Break!, as well as his distinguished service to the DGA.
DGA Visual History Gary Shimokawa
Visual History Interview
Gary Shimokawa shares with interviewer Michael Zinberg his experiences over thirty years of working in television on shows such as All in the Family, Laverne and Shirley, and The Golden Girls.
Neame Interview
Visual History Interview
Ronald Neame discusses his early days in silent pictures and as an assistant cameraman for Alfred Hitchcock on the first English Talkie, working with actors like Alec Guinness and Judy Garland, and directing films such as Tunes of Glory (1960) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
Paul Mazursky interview
Visual History Interview
Paul Mazursky reflects on his career as a director, writer, and actor, including directing films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and his involvement in the DGA, especially in the area of creative rights.
Hellman Interview
Visual History Interview
Cult classic director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting, Ride in the Whirlwind) discusses his long career directing horror films and westerns and everything in between.
Visual History Interview
Greek-born, naturalized French director Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing) discusses his long filmmaking career directing critically acclaimed political and social thrillers. Gavras shares his inspirations for his most well-known films, his working relationships with producers, and where the ‘dash’ in his name originated.
Taylor Interview
Visual History Interview
Jud Taylor, President of the DGA from 1981 to 1983, discusses his near-forty-year career directing for television. He shares his thoughts about directing episodic series and his work on the movies for television Foxfire, The Old Man and the Sea, and Guinevere, as well as the importance of young directors becoming active in their Guild.
Gurnee Interview
Visual History Interview
Late night television veteran Hal Gurnee looks back on his fifty-year career, telling stories of directing from the sets of such comedic staples as The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and Late Show with David Letterman.
Butler Interview
Visual History Interview
Robert Butler discusses his career as a director on television shows such as Batman (1966) and Hill Street Blues (1981). Butler discusses his participation in the Guild and offers his insights and philosophy on the craft of directing.
Gene Reynolds interview
Visual History Interview
Gene Reynolds discusses with John Rich his career as a television director working on notable series like M*A*S*H and Lou Grant and his long-time service to the Director's Guild of America, including two terms as DGA President. 
Bill Duke
Visual History Interview
Bill Duke discusses his directorial career and working with Ossie Davis, Laurence Fishburne and Forest Whitaker in films such as Deep Cover, A Rage in Harlem, Hoodlum, and Deacons for Defense. He also discusses changes in the film industry and the DGA’s role in fostering diversity in Hollywood.
Dan Petrie Interview
Visual History Interview
Daniel Petrie (Eleanor and Franklin, Sybil, A Raisin in the Sun) shares anecdotes from more than 50 years directing, including his early experiences in live television, his working philosophy with casts and crews, and the value of longtime service as an active member of the DGA.
James Sheldon Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran television director James Sheldon (The Twilight Zone, Sanford and Son) discusses his long career directing for television, from its evolution from radio to the small screen in 1948, to the stylistic and technological changes the medium has gone through over the decades.
DGA Visual History Gilbert Cates Sr
Visual History Interview
Gil Cates recounts to his son and interviewer Gil Cates, Jr. his experiences as a feature film director, Dean of UCLA's Theater, Film, and Television Program, and President of the DGA.

Silverstein Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran director Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse) discusses his long career in both television and film, working on set during several decades of Hollywood, and his passionate fight for the creative rights of directors.
John Rich Interview
Visual History Interview
John Rich discusses his career working with comedians like Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis and directing television shows like All in the Family, The Brady Bunch, and Gunsmoke and MacGyver. Rich also discusses his long years of service to the Directors Guild of America.
DGA Visual History Michael Schultz
Visual History Interview
Michael Schultz recalls his career through four decades of directing, beginning in the theater, successes with Cooley High and Car Wash, and his prolific work in episodic television.
Littlefield Interview
Visual History Interview
Nancy Littlefield details her start as an assistant director and becoming the first woman to represent her category on the DGA's National Board. She discusses working on television shows, documentaries, and commercials, as well as her tenure as Director of the New York Mayor’s Office for Film, Theater, and Broadcasting.
Wilson Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran sports director Doug Wilson shares insights to his long career directing a wide variety of sports broadcasts from the Olympic games to figure skating championships to the historic “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” match.
Shea Interview
Visual History Interview
Jack Shea describes working in the early years of multi-camera television and his experiences directing series such as The Jeffersons (1975-1979), The Bob Hope Show (1956-1966), and The Waltons (1972-1975). As a former DGA President, he provides insights into Guild history, including his efforts to increase diversity.
Irvin Kershner Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again) discusses his long career in film and TV, directing for some of the most well-known and beloved franchises of all time.
DGA Visual History Arthur Hiller
Visual History Interview
Arthur Hiller discusses his long career directing films such as Love Story (1970) and The Hospital (1971), and television hits including Naked City and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as his many years as a leader of the Directors Guild of America.
DGA Visual History Del Mann
Visual History Interview
Oscar-winning director of Marty , “Golden Age of Television” luminary, and former DGA President Delbert Mann shares insight from his long career as a director in television and film.
Bloom Interview
Visual History Interview
Arthur Bloom discusses his career with Josh White at the DGA in New York. Bloom details how he got his first big break, landing a directing assignment when the CBS newsroom was understaffed during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
DGA Visual History with Arthur Penn
Visual History Interview
Arthur Penn discusses his career from the early days of live television to his successes in feature films including The Miracle Worker (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and Little Big Man (1970).
Sherman Interview
Visual History Interview
Esteemed director Vincent Sherman (Mr. Skeffington; Adventures of Don Juan; The Young Philadelphians) discusses the Hollywood studio system as a Warner Bros. contract employee, the importance of a screenplay, and his philosophy on working with actors.
Haskell Wexler Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool, Latino), discusses what it takes from both roles to bring excellence to features and documentaries.
Post Interview
Visual History Interview
Film and television director Ted Post (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Magnum Force) discusses his long career on both the silver and small screens, his theater beginnings, and his working philosophies on and off the set.
Balash Interview
Visual History Interview
Muriel Balash, best known for her Oscar-nominated documentary feature A Portrait of Giselle (1982), discusses her career as an actress, editor and director. She reflects on her working methods and philosophy from pre-production through post-production, including the joys and difficulties of editing.
DGA Visual History Interview with Carl Reiner
Visual History Interview
Reiner describes how he came to be involved in show business, his early days in television, and the motivation behind his decision to start directing relatively late in his already successful career as an actor, writer, and producer.
Dassin Interview
Visual History Interview
Acclaimed director Jules Dassin (Rififi, Topkapi, Never on a Sunday) shares details of his long and varied career—starting off as an assistant to Alfred Hitchcock, working his way through the old Hollywood studio system, becoming blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and then working independently throughout Europe.
Donovan Interview
Visual History Interview
Tom Donovan discusses starting out as a stage manager in theater and moving into directing and producing during the early days of Television. Donovan describes his work in live TV on drama anthology series like The United States Steel Hour and on daytime serials such as General Hospital.
Browning Interview
Visual History Interview
Musical variety director Kirk Browning discusses his almost 60-year career directing some of the most memorable musical and theatrical performances broadcast on television and how he went from being a chicken farmer to directing 185 episodes of Live From Lincoln Center.
Pressman Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran director David Pressman discusses his long career, starting from the pioneer days of television in the 1940s, to his McCarthy-era blacklisting during much of the 1950s, to his return, helming more than 28 years of the run of One Life to Live.
Larry Auerbach Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Larry Auerbach shares tales from the pioneering days of early television through a more than 50-year career directing New York based daytime serials such as Love of Life, One Life to Live and All My Children.
Ritchie Interview
Visual History Interview
Director Michael Ritchie (Bad News Bears, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom) discusses his career as a director of comedic satires, the importance of casting, the relationships you need to have with screenwriters and the advantages of using an absurdly long title.
DGA Visual History Robert Wise
Visual History Interview
Former Directors Guild of America President Robert Wise discusses his career in the motion pictures, directing features films such as The Sound of Music, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and West Side Story, his directing methods and his "Three Ps" to success in the film industry.
George Sidney Interview
Visual History Interview
Former DGA President George Sidney (Bye Bye Birdie, Show Boat) discusses his lifelong career in entertainment and provides a first-hand account of some of the most memorable moments in the history of the Guild.
Juran Interview
Visual History Interview
Veteran science-fiction movie director Nathan Juran (7th Voyage of Sinbad, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) discusses his career in film, from winning an Academy Award as an art director, to helming major fantasy and adventure films.
DeToth Interview
Visual History Interview
In this first Visual History conducted in 2000, director of television and feature films, André De Toth discusses his career, which spanned more than 50 years and two continents; his collaborations with other filmmakers, from John Huston to David Lean; and some of the technical challenges he faced, from the location shooting for Pitfall (1948) and Crime Wave (1954), to the stunts in Carson City (1952) and Springfield Rifle (1952); and the pioneering 3-D effects in House of Wax (1953).
DGA Quarterly
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Legacy Franklin Schaffner
Franklin Schaffner
As we approach the centenary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his magnum opus Patton, the legacy of Franklin Schaffner looms larger than ever.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Breakthrough Player Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman
With her third feature, indie provocateur Eliza Hittman solidifies her reputation for unvarnished drama and truthful performances.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 At Work With Jennifer Reiss and Jason Melius
Rising to the Occasion
1st AD Jennifer Reiss and 2nd AD Jason Melius discuss the challenges of filming the season finale of CBS' All Rise, which was prepped and filmed entirely remotely.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 At Work With Jojo Connolly
Streamlining the Juggling Act
2nd AD Joann "JoJo" Connolly doesn't take any part of her work for granted.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Gadgets
iPhone Filmmaking Goes Pro
For directors Zack Snyder, Michel Gondry and Sean Baker, shooting a movie on a camera phone has gone from a novelty to a practicality.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Unforgiven
For the cathartic shootout in Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood the director stuck to his guns, aiming for the gut rather than the intellect.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 COVID Quarantine Not Lacking in Direction
DGA members reflect on how they have stayed productive during the COVID-19 quarantine.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Cinema Healing Paths of Glory Kubrick
Even during the worst of times, directors all around the globe found ways of coping with crisis by holding a mirror to society—for good and bad.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 News Crisis Management
Faced with reduced staffs and heightened safety measures, news directors maintain a ferocious pace at a time when Americans rely on their skills more than ever.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Do the Right Thing John Turturro Spike Lee
Spike Lee's Inferno
J.C. Chandor discusses the bravura style and prescient politics of Do the Right Thing, and what he learned from it.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Penny Dreadful City of Angels Daniel Zovatto
Directors of neo-noir series find their expression in the City of Angels, where darkness is submerged in sunlight.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 No Way Out
No Way Out
As we gradually emerge from our quarantines, it’s worth taking a look at themes of isolation and confinement over the years, which served as a device for directors to study characters pushed to the breaking point.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Better Call Saul
Directing Better Call Saul
Although it's a prequel, the directors of Better Call Saul treat the series like its own animal, with no detail too small, and no situation too outrageous.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Melvin Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
Fifty years ago, Melvin Van Peebles shook up the establishment with his subversive comedy Watermelon Man, turning the tables on a racist society with an ingenious scenario of role reversal.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Next Gen Josh and Benny Safdie
Josh and Benny Safdie
With Uncut Gems, Josh and Benny Safdie worked with a cushier budget, but their unvarnished style remained intact.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Directing Sports Mike Arnold
Miracle on the Gridiron
Director Mike Arnold and his colleagues chronicled an NFL playoff comeback for the ages as the Chiefs reversed a 24-point deficit into a rout of the Texans.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Shot to Remember Lords of Dogtown Catherine Hardwicke
Lords of Dogtown
In Lords of Dogtown, director Catherine Hardwicke captures the '70s skateboard culture of L.A.'s Venice with kinetic energy, gritty authenticity and a local's knowledge of the scene.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Rachel Jaros
Staying 10 Movies Ahead of the Game
2nd AD Rachel Jaros keeps her game face on when it comes to assigning responsibilities on The Irishman.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Jay Sandrich
Recent TV Hall of Fame inductee Jay Sandrich emerged as a pioneering sitcom director, and he was generous in paying his knowledge forward.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Screening Room Apocalypse Now
Coppola's Heart of Darkness
Susanne Bier revels in the seduction of power and evil in Apocalypse Now.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Photo Essay George Stevens
Against All Odds
Star-crossed romance has made for memorable drama over the years, proving that “happily ever after” doesn’t always apply.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Succession
In search of authenticity, the directors behind Succession jettison the glitz by deglamorizing its rarified settings and capturing performances on the fly.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Known Unknowns
For Alex Rudzinski, directing The Masked Singer is like working with a blindfold, but he and his team were hooked by "this beautiful riot of color and craziness."
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Eric Lasko
Rolling With the Punches
2nd AD Eric Lasko appreciates the unexpected, both in life and on set.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Nate Hapke
Adapting on the Fly
Production associate Nate Hapke thrives on the fast paced environment at General Hospital
Empire's directors discuss how they used music to enhance the show's mix of dynastic drama and a fanciful take on the recording biz.
Directors Damien Chazelle, Jon M. Chu, Bill Condon, Dexter Fletcher, Adam Shankman, Barbra Streisand and Julie Taymor tackle the genre's suspension of disbelief in varying ways, making the internal external and lifting our spirits in the process
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 In Memoriam Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds, who passed away Feb. 3, served as DGA president from 1993 to 1997 and was instrumental in bringing more youthful, diverse members into the Guild’s ranks.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Amy Mancini
Crunch Time in the Late Afternoon
Late Night With Seth Meyers associate director Amy Mancini is usually busiest after three in the afternoon.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 DGA Interview Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall
The director behind Chicago, Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns, knows a thing or two about musicals, thanks to his theatrical training and an ability to inspire by example.
Don Mischer
Don Mischer
A live-event maestro bar none, Don Mischer was equally adept at directing fine arts.
Thin Blue Line Directed by Errol Morris
The Thin Blue Line
In the opening sequence of The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris enhances his quest for the truth with innovative, and controversial, style.
David Auerbach
Thinking 10 Steps Ahead on The Today Show
Stage manager David Auerbach enjoys the choreographed chaos of a typical morning at The Today Show.
Richard Mercury Melendrez
On-Set Safety for Humans and Bears
Associate director Richard "Mercury" Melendez was tasked with creating and implementing a comprehensive safety protocol on Discovery's Man Vs Bear.
Jodie Taylor
Verbal Precision in Three Words or Less
"I think the less words you use on headset the better," says Desus & Mero associate director Jodie Taylor.
Capturing Competition
Capturing Competition on Camera
For competition shows, directors still focus on the storytelling by concentrating on real people with relatable stories, whether it's an Iron Chef contestant or a singer on The Voice.
Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield
For photographer, documentarian and commercials director Lauren Greenfield, a picture is worth a thousand words.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Network News
Network news directors Sarah Carlson Brooke, Brian Nalesnik, Rob Vint, Brent Holey and David Distinti must not only stay ahead of fast-breaking developments but also frame reporting in ways that underscore the human drama.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Barry Sonnenfield
Barry Sonnenfeld wove together disparate elements into a unified vision for the fanciful TV series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Patriot Act
With Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, director Richard Preuss and his team orchestrate and choreograph a show that gives new meaning to the term "multimedia."
Little Mermaid Live Hamish Hamilton Alan Menken
Hamish Hamilton navigated uncharted waters for a broadcast of the reimagined Disney musical, blending live action with animation.
Gadgets Prime Lens
Prime Imagery
Large-Format Lenses Shape Visual Storytelling.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Man on Wire
Davis Guggenheim
In viewing Man on Wire, Davis Guggenheim marvels in director James Marsh's deft reenactments, inspiring use of score and ability to build suspense.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Location Managers NYC
NYC location managers do more than scouting and securing permits: They also iron out the logistics while keeping city leaders and residents happy.

Scott Z Burns directing The Report
For directors of fact-based dramas, fighting the good fight means knowing when to fortify the storytelling and when to pull their punches.
World Series 2019
History in the Making
The Nationals, held in check for most of Game 7 of the Fall Classic, broke it open within the span of three batters, while Matt Gangl and his gang caught every angle.
Stacy Talbot
Rebuilding a Show in Real Time
Real Time with Bill Maher associate director Stacy Talbot recalls her scariest moment on the show, from four years ago.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Music Legends
Far beyond the promo reels once popularized by MTV, the most penetrating documentaries underscore psychological insight and socio-political context.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Late Scripts
Late scripts affect everything from casting, editing and performances to overall cost and safety, and can make the difference between mere competence and genuine artistry.
Barbara Kopple
Barbara Kopple
The pioneering documentarian, with an uncanny ability to gain her subjects’ trust, has repeatedly put herself at risk while leaving no stone unturned.
Love and Basketball
Michael Mann, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Ang Lee expound on their opening sequences for The Last of the Mohicans, Love & Basketball and Sense and Sensibility.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 At Work With Bill Carraro
In Lockdown Under Maximum Security
UPM Bill Carraro met his biggest challenge yet on Ben Stiller's Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 At Work With Jeremy Hardwick
The Right Graphic at the Right Time
For Associate Director Jeremy Hardwick solving puzzles is all in a day's work on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 At Work With Laura Lyons
Carrying the Tune After 17 Seasons
Even after 17 seasons on The Voice, associate director Laura Lyons pays close attention to the information at hand.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Shot to Remember Lisa Cholodenko The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right
In Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, evidence of an affair sparks an epiphany the audience can feel from the inside out.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Screening Room The Talented Mr. Ripley
Bill Condon
Bill Condon marvels at Anthony Minghella's nuanced take on The Talented Mr. Ripley.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Director Hanelle Culpepper
Hanelle Culpepper
Director Hanelle Culpepper is paving paths with comprehensive prep and unwavering commitment.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 DGA Theater
DGA Unveils New Theater
For the DGA's reimagined theater, directors Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, Jon Favreau, Michael Apted, Betty Thomas and Shawn Levy ensured that new enhancements matched their vision.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Photo Essay Made in Mexico Julie Taymor
Made in Mexico
The author of a recent book about filming south of the border examines the experiences of such directors as Julie Taymor, Mel Gibson and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Books Alfred Hitchcock The Complete Films
As this Taschen volume makes clear, the Master of Suspense remains appealing to cineastes young and old, with 50-plus features underscoring his timeless ingenuity.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Malick A Hidden Life
A rare glimpse into Terrence Malick's process by the 1st and 2nd ADs of his most recent film, A Hidden Life.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Francis Ford Coppola The Cotton Club
Francis Ford Coppola's controversial, Prohibition Era mashup of entertainers and gangsters achieves the balance between two sets of characters that the filmmaker originally intended.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Visual History Archives
Visual History
According to directors Mira Nair, Milos Forman and Jim Sheridan, all of whom were interviewed for the DGA's Visual History program, landing the right actor is key to getting the best performance.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Hal Ashby
The under-sung director of such classics as Coming Home, Shampoo and Being There embraced his characters' flaws and foibles, and helped define one of American cinema's greatest eras.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Fredik Bond
Fredrik Bond
A born storyteller, commercials director Fredrik Bond hooks viewers with offbeat humor and a touch of the macabre.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Still Photographers Directors
Photographers-turned-directors Peter Chelsom, Minkie Spiro and Jerry Schatzberg describe how their still work informs their filmmaking and allows viewers a glimpse beyond the surface.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 DGA Residuals
What drove over $400 million in revenue for Guild members in the last year alone, including over $70 million to the DGA's Basic Pension Plan? Residuals.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Conversations Bo Burnham and Olivia Wilde
Bo Burnham & Olivia Wilde
Bo Burnham and Olivia Wilde trade war stories on making their first features, both coming-of-age sagas, and drawing on their own experience as actors to guide their young casts.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Conversations Kasi Lemmons and Ed Zwick
Kasi Lemmons & Ed Zwick
Kasi Lemmons and Ed Zwick hold forth on the responsibilities that come with fact-based historical dramas, achieving authenticity and connecting the past with the present.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Conversations Mark Cendrowski and Pamela Fryman
Pamela Fryman & Mark Cendrowski
Seasoned sitcom pros Mark Cendrowski and Pamela Fryman discuss working with live audiences, calming actors' nerves and how to best bring out the humor of their material.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Conversation Martin Scorsese Quentin Tarantino
Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino
Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino talk movie obsessions, director heroes, process and violence as catharsis.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 1st AD Chris Castaldi
Chris Castaldi
As one director puts it, blockbuster 1st AD Chris Castaldi minimizes potential problems while maximizing shooting potential.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Collaborators James Mangold Phedon Papamichael
James Mangold and Phedon Papamichael
James Mangold and DP Phedon Papamichael tackle the racing world with the same unified vision while swerving away from stock solutions.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 At Work With Shawn Pipkin-West
Changing Drivers in Midstream
1st AD Shawn Pipkin-West brainstorms simple solutions for seemingly complex problems.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Lina Wertmuller
Lina Wertmüller
We pay homage to the director of Seven Beauties, which earned her the first nomination by a woman for the DGA’s Feature Film award.
Lesli Linka Glatter directing Damian Lewis in HOMELAND
As the Showtime series enters its final season, Lesli Linka Glatter and her directing team reflect on Homeland's global reach and the prescience of its storylines.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 At Work With Leo N Bauer
The Advantage of Slowing Things Down
1st AD Leo N. Bauer take his time on set.
Jenee LeMarque, Chelsea Rendon, Ser Anzoategui
For the Starz series set in L.A.'s Boyle Heights, directors and producers keep it real.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Director Kim Gehrig
Making a Statement
Director Kim Gehrig is making waves in the commercial realm but doesn't want to be pigeonholed.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Gadgets Arri Alexa
The Big Picture
In high-end capture, larger sensors are becoming the new normal.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Director Thomas Kail
Thomas Kail
Like his inspiration in Fosse/Verdon, director Thomas Kail has mastered multiple mediums.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019
The global market for SVOD programming is outpacing North America, and having a profound impact on the future of the film and television business.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Game of Thrones
Directors behind the battle sequences in Game of Thrones talk tactics, scale and the escalating stakes of television's most epic water-cooler series.
Advent of TV final hero
Advent of TV
In TV’s Platinum Age, we look back on the nascent medium’s Golden Age, when live broadcasts ruled the roost and directors learned the ropes through trial and error.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Photo Essay Leaders Ken Kwapis directing The Office
Leaders Out of the Gate
Looking back at select pilots launched since 2000, it's clear that the first decade of the New Millennium paved the way for the current Platinum Age of Television.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Producer Director Pars Barclay directing Station 19
Producer/directors seek a unifying vision without sacrificing artistic integrity.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 DGA Interview Director Jean Marc Vallee
Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée has mined raw, powerful performances and made the internal external as he's tracked the trials and tribulations of the lost and damaged.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 At Work With Duncan White
Ensuring the Surprise Factor
Associate director Duncan White's reality tv experience informs his work on scripted series.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Beyond Score The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Feature and television directors talk about needle drops as character-builders and scene-setters.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 At Work With Michelle Parvin
Going the Extra Mile
2nd AD Michelle Parvin loves the collaborative atmosphere on Amazing Stories.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 At Work With Suzanne Gelger
Playing It Safe
UPM Suzanne Geiger is always prepared for whatever the day could bring.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 In Memoriam John Singleton
John Singleton
The impact of John Singleton, who passed April 28, continues to reverberate throughout the industry.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2019 Shot to Remember Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
In Breaking Bad's series finale, director Vince Gilligan orchestrates an intimate emotional farewell between a self-indulgent kingpin and his embattled wife.
Hofeling and Ortega with cast
Kenny Ortega and Mark Hofeling
Kenny Ortega and production designer Mark Hofeling are in sync when it comes to serving young audiences.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 American Ninja Warrior
Patrick McManus and his American Ninja Warrior team make sure they have every angle covered.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Adam Somner 1st AD
When it comes to rallying the troops and asserting a sense of order amidst chaos, 1st AD Adam Somner has repeatedly inspired confidence among such collaborators as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Jon Favreau James Cameron
James Cameron and Jon Favreau, who have made it their business to push the cinematic medium beyond what was previously possible, exchange views on cutting-edge technology, their roles as directors and achieving the balance between emotion and spectacle.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Screening Room David Yates on Jaws
David Yates
The director behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, David Yates, waxes nostalgic on the mix of horror, humor and ingenuity in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 5G Reality
At CES 2019, 5G—the fifth generation of cellular technology—was heralded as the solution for glitchy entertainment connections, and, for entertainment companies, a way to extend their reach and lure new audiences. We separate the wheat from the chaff.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 The Russo Brothers Director Anthony Russo Director Joe Russo
Anthony and Joe Russo
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo went from no-budget indie underdogs from Cleveland to Marvel tentpole overlords, without sacrificing their character-driven sensibility and storytelling vision.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Tribute John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy Jon Voight
John Schlesinger
In the spring of 1969, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy was released to widespread acclaim, becoming the first and only X-rated film to win the Academy's best picture award, and earning the British filmmaker a DGA Award and an Oscar for directing.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Books Clarence Brown
Author Gwenda Young makes the case that from the silent era to the golden age, Clarence Brown deserves a place among the giants.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Five Questions David Linde
David Linde
The CEO of Participant Media asserts that conscientious content, artistic vision and commercial viability are not mutually exclusive.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 At Work With Dana Robin
On Venom, the Devil Is in the Details
On Venom, the devil is in the details for UPM Dana Robin
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 At Work With Michael J Moore
Ironing Out Wrinkles
1st AD Michael J. Moore's scheduling system worked like a charm on A Wrinkle in Time.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 At Work With Susan Faith Locke-Shapiro
A Daily Polish After the Set Is Cleared
Associate Director Susan Faith Locke-Shapiro's work doesn't end once cameras stop rolling on The Daily Show.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 At Work With Michelle Gritzer
Let's Get Physical
2nd AD/1st AD Michelle Gritzer on coordinating staged wrestling matches in GLOW
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 The Good Place
Director Morgan Sackett used a combination of in-camera and VFX techniques to bring multiple personalities within the same character to life.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Apple Ad Director Rupert Sanders
Rupert Sanders' Flood of Color and Movement
For Rupert Sanders’ commercial for the Apple iPhone XR, the director mostly eschewed special effects to capture synchronized bodies in motion, and in camera.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Gadgets Underwater Drones
Deep Dives
Underwater drones that probe unstable or dangerous sub-aquatic conditions gain traction among filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Shot to Remember Director Barry Sonnenfeld Men In Black
Men in Black
During an alien birth on Men in Black, director Barry Sonnenfeld keeps the frame mostly fixed, allowing the audience to find the comedy.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Photo Essay Invented Worlds Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott
Invented Worlds
When it comes to fantasy and futurism, directors’ imaginations truly run wild. We glimpse a few examples of the big screen’s ability to transport us to realms that
only exist in the movies.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 VFX Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
Directors Patty Jenkins, Colin Trevorrow and Rupert Wyatt each navigated the leap from intimate to VFX-heavy productions in their own way.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Documentary Trust Director Liz Garbus The Fourth Estate
It takes preparation, perseverance, patience and empathy for documentarians to gain their subjects’ confidence. Documentary directors Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Steve James, Matt Tyrnauer and Marina Zenovich share their modus operandi in getting people to open up.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Indie Voice Director Nisha Ganatra
Nisha Ganatra
For Late Night director Nisha Ganatra, willingness and tenacity have earned her a place in the spotlight.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Gadgets
The Big Picture, Condensed
Portable monitors allow directors to avoid video village and stay closer to the action

DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Elma Garcia
The commercial work of Elma Garcia is notable for its visceral impact and striking imagery.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, who passed away in November, came to prominence in the '70s with such films as The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris, and won the DGA Award for his towering 1987 epic The Last Emperor.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Rebecca Strickland
Piling up frequent flyer miles for The Romanoffs
1st AD Rebecca Strickland filmed all around the world, including on international waters, for The Romanoffs.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Lisa Satriano
Scaling Black Panther to Epic Proportions
1st AD Lisa C. Satriano uses cover sets rain or shine on Black Panther.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Sam Esmail Julia Roberts Homecoming
Sam Esmail
Sam Esmail, who's used to wearing three hats on Mr. Robot, was able to concentrate on directing on the series Homecoming.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 BlackKKlansman Spike Lee
As recent films by Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins and George Tillman Jr. have shown us, the fissures of the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s continue to spread, providing dramatic fuel for their unique visions.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 CBS News
Director Nora Gerard and her team work hard to give viewers of CBS News Sunday Morning the impression of a relaxed pace and a thoughtful mixture of soft features and hard news.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Motion Smoothing
Faced with TV technology that casts their films in a distorted light, DGA members attempt to influence a more faithful representation of their work.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Marielle Heller
Marielle Heller's Commitment to Character
Director Marielle Heller is a stickler for detail, which is driven by the inner life of her protagonists.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Photo Essay All The Kings Men Sean Penn
Demagogues, Charlatans and Hucksters
The maxim that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" is proven by history, providing particularly ripe subjects for filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Screening Room Taxi Driver
Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle revels in Taxi Driver's nightmarish mix of music, subjective imagery and De Niro in his prime.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
The three-time DGA award winner discusses cosmic injustice, what drives him, the art of collaboration and what comes next.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Robert Aldrich
The protean director and DGA past president, whose work spanned genres and bridges the old and new Hollywoods, is far from the sad-sack hack depicted in the limited series Feud.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Chris Kelly
Troubleshooting with Duct Tape and a Fake Possum
Stage manager Chris Kelly problem solves on short notice for Saturday Night Live.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Glenn Weiss
Glenn Weiss
Director Glenn Weiss, in tackling the granddaddy of awards shows for the fourth consecutive year, exhibits nerves of steel.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Betsy Riley
Triple Crown Vet Takes Races in Stride
Associate director Betsy Riley gets creative during Triple Crown races like the Belmont Stakes.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Shot to Remember Chicago
Fantasy and Reality Intersect in Chicago
In Rob Marshall's feature debut, his musical mastery reaches its apex in a pivotal production number.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Screening Room The Candidate
Jason Reitman
As he prepares to unveil his latest film, The Front Runner, about Gary Hart's doomed 1988 presidential run, director Jason Reitman reflects on the film's biggest influence, Michael Ritchie's The Candidate.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 DGA Mentorship Program Paris Barclay
DGA First-Time Episodic Director Orientation Program
For students and teachers in the DGA's First-Time Episodic Director Orientation Program, no detail is too small.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Horror
In uncertain times, directors Fede Alvarez, Ana Lily Amirpour, Susanne Bier, James DeMonaco, David Gordon Green, John Krasinski, Andy Muschietti, Jordan Peele and James Wan update and elevate a time-tested genre with works that invite audiences to confront their fears.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 At Work With John Silvestri
Helping Piece Together the Puzzle That is Mosaic
2nd AD John Silvestri loves solving problems on set.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2018 Chefs Table David Gelb Jeong Kwan
Cuisine Art
For the lushly produced Chef's Table, directors David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Clay Jeter orchestrate a 'food symphony' of sights, sounds and psychology that sets it apart from kitchen competition shows.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino directs Robert Clarke on the set of Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951).
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Shot to Remember Little Miss Sunshine
Road Trip Gone Awry
The directors of Little Miss Sunshine deconstruct a crucial meltdown in the indie sensation of 2006.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 So You Think You Can Dance
Nikki Parsons, the director of the award-winning reality competition show So You Think You Can Dance, oversees the blistering pace required to produce the live show with preternatural calm.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018  Colette Wash Westmoreland
Problem Solving
With Colette, director Wash Westmoreland attempts to dramatize what makes a writer tick.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 At Work With Dana Zolli
For Zolli, the End Justifies the Means
2nd AD Dana Zolli ensures that communication remains clear when on location for The Sinner.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 At Work With Gerard DiNardi
From East Harlem to the Universal Backlot
1st AD Gerard DiNardi has made a name for himself as a go-to horror AD.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 At Work With Jennifer Radzikowski
Maximizing Limited Resources to Meet the Director's Vision
UPM Jennifer Radzikowski discusses the artistry of her work on The Florida Project.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Ernst Lubitsch The Shop Around the Corner
Director Ernst Lubitsch, who was idolized by Wilder and Welles, is brought into sharp focus.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 John M Chu Crazy Rich Asians
Jon M. Chu's Life Lessons and Learning Curves
Jon M. Chu's rich, crazy education results in Crazy Rich Asians, his most personal film yet.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Photo Essay The End is Near
The End is Near
Earlier this year, there was a lot of tough talk traded back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang about nuclear arms, a subject that has inspired a few Hollywood doomsday scenarios over the years.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Collaborators Nicole Holofcener Richard Frazen
Nicole Holofcener and Robert Frazen
Nicole Holofcener and editor Robert Frazen arrive at the beats and cadences of her character-driven dramas with a shared understanding of the director's intent.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Denns Hopper
As the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider nears, Hollywood's eternal bad boy is examined in a new light.
Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater learned by doing, and over the course of his 30-year career, the Texas-based filmmaker has left his own unique stamp on the indie world and beyond.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Gadgets
Tool Kit Reboot
Three cutting-edge software programs help enhance image, story and continuity with computing power.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018  Morgan Neville Won't You Be My Neighbor
Morgan Neville
For indie documentarian Morgan Neville, the style should fit the subject.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Susanna Fogel
Susanna Fogel's Action, With Heart
Susanna Fogel's sophomore feature, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is grounded in female bonding.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 At Work With Joan Van Horn
It's Rise and Shine With Grace and Frankie
On the set of Grace and Frankie, UPM Joan Van Horn has her routine ready to go.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Gadgets Celtx
Paper Trail that Saves Trees
Two script apps allow changes digitally without losing sight of previous drafts.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Giant George Stevens
The making of George Stevens' Texas-sized epic is recounted in Don Graham's meticulously chronicled book.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 At Work With Amanda Rodriguez
A Game Plan That Anticipates Unplanned Moments
CBS Sports production associate Amanda Rodriguez loves the unpredictability of live sports broadcasts.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 At Work With Stefan Rand
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Chicago Fire
2nd AD Stefan Rand is always prepared while on the Chicago Fire set.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 At Work With Kristina Peterson
No Detail is Too Small
Whether on a blockbuster Marvel film set or a smaller character-driven drama, 2nd AD Kristina Peterson traffics in minutiae.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Silicon Valley Alec Berg
No detail is too small for directors Alec Berg and Jamie Babbit in Silicon Valley's quest for authenticity.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Justin Simien Dear White People
Justin Simien uses cinematic language on Dear White People, which series directors find liberating.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 American Masters Mel Brooks
American Masters
The directors of the American Masters series approach their trailblazer subjects on their own terms, with no stone left unturned.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Collaborators Barry Levinson Ellen Chenoweth
Barry Levinson and Ellen Chenoweth
When it comes to casting, director Barry Levinson and casting professional Ellen Chenoweth rely on a combination of expertise and instinct.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Big Little Lies
The Big Reveal
Using multiple lenses, focal points, flashbacks and innumerable cuts, Jean-Marc Vallée completes the puzzle in the Big Little Lies season finale.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Game of Thrones
Vision Quest
Episodic television's current renaissance has more than a little to do with the increasingly cinematic approach to some of the medium's more ambitious series, some of which are glimpsed herein.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Milos Forman
Miloš Forman
The recently departed Miloš Forman, who won a clutch of DGA and Academy Awards, might be the poster child for overcoming adversity.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Dan Attias
Dan Attias
Dan Attias, who has directed more than 80 series since he joined the Guild in 1980, brings arduous prep and probing insights to the table as a key contributor to Peak TV.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Better Call Saul Minkie Spiro
Directors discuss finding the tricky balance between desperate drama and absurd humor on TV's latest wave of crime comedies .
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Late Night Jimmy Kimmel
Late-night talk shows are responding to a constantly shifting news cycle, and directors must think on their feet.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 What is Cinema?
As streaming services proliferate and court A-list filmmakers, the DGA Quarterly asked feature directors and industry leaders how directors intend for their films to be exhibited and what defines a theatrical film experience in 2018?
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Director Mimi Leder
Mimi Leder
A trailblazer in movies and television, director Mimi Leder has learned that knowledge is power, and tenacity is the key to success.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Spacehunter
Dee Rees
Dee Rees revisits Lamont Johnson's obscure '80s sci-fi pastiche Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone and revels in its scrappy invention and underdog spirit.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 At Work With Associate Director Cory Fishman
From the Gridiron to the Paint, Fishman Maintains the Flow
CBS Sports associate director Cory Fishman describes himself as a traffic controller.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Photo Essay Michael Curtiz Warner Bros Casablanca
Warner Bros.' Crown Jewel
One of WB's most prized contract players, Michael Curtiz directed such Golden Age classics as Casablanca and Mildred Pierce.
 DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 Six Second Commercials
Commercial directors Grady Hall and Brett Froomer discuss whether six-second-long micro-commercials are a wave of the future or a passing fad.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig's Search for Truth
With Lady Bird, her solo debut as a director, Greta Gerwig appeared to be an overnight sensation, but as an actress she’d been studying other directors’ work for more than a decade, and the attention to detail paid off.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Mel Brooks the Producers
Mel Brooks' The Producers
Fifty years ago, Mel Brooks’ directorial debut, The Producers, opened in New York and launched the career of one of cinema’s most outrageously funny auteurs.
 DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 At Work With 1st AD Marty Eli Schwartz
Schwartz's Comfort Zone
For 1st AD Marty Eli Schwartz, making sure the actors feel comfortable is all part of the job.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 At Work With Stage Manager Jerri Churchill
Maintaining the Tightrope Between Scariest and Funniest
Stage Manager Jerri Churchill strives "to always be the most well-prepared person on the set."
 DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 At Work With 2nd AD Lisa Zugschwerdt
For Zugschwerdt, Smoothing Wrinkles on Time Is Par for the Course
Time may not always be on her side, but 2nd AD Lisa Zugschwerdt makes the most of it.
 DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 Stanley Kubrick Napoleon
Lost Epic
As the newly scaled down yet no less comprehensive Taschen book Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made demonstrates, Kubrick was nothing if not a completist.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 Director Alma Har'el Love Over Bias P&G Commercial
Alma Har'el
Commercial director Alma Har’el on how she directed P&G's “Love Over Bias” spot for their Winter Olympics campaign.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Pamela Fryman
Pamela Fryman
Director Pamela Fryman was tasked with directing no less than six comedy pilots by the time the broadcasters’ upfronts start in May. Here's how she did it.
 DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 Shot To Remember The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
As the Khmer Rouge rumbles into Phnom Penh in The Killing Fields, director Roland Joffé captures the fear and dread with constant movement.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Collaborators Director Francis Lawrence and DP Jo Willems
Francis Lawrence and Jo Willems
Director Francis Lawrence and DP Jo Willems have been creative partners since their pop video days.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Stand Up Comedy Sarah Silverman
In their deceptively simple takes on the standup special, directors Liam Lynch, Shannon Hartman, Chris Robinson, Michael Bonfiglio, Stan Lathan and Jessica Yu approach their subjects from the inside out.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Net Neutrality
Eight years later, we find ourselves asking: "Why shouldn't net neutrality apply to the entire Internet?"
DGA Quarterly Spring 2018 True Crime Anthony Hemingway
Directors Anthony Hemingway, Daniel J. Minahan and Lesli Linka Glatter walk the tightrope between reality and dramatic license with fact-based murder dramas.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Switching Gears Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Directors Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein, Asif Kapadia, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Alex Gibney and Bart Layton, who straddle the line between fiction and nonfiction, are storytellers first and foremost.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Gadgets Extended Reality
Extended Reality
Three state-of-the-art VR cameras enable filmmakers to shape virtual storytelling.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Olympic Moment
All About Eve on Ice
Director Pierre Moossa helps recount the drama of a women's figure skating upset at the recent Winter Olympics.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Innaritu Carne y Arena
Iñárritu's 'Lumiére Moment'
As his recent VR installation Carne y Arena demonstrates, Alejandro González Iñárritu immerses the viewer in the experience of illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S., bringing empathy to a divisive issue.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Streaming Content
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, networks like CBS, AMC and FX are getting into the custom streaming game, with exclusive content a primary selling point.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Your Future
With Big Tech becoming increasingly invasive on our economy and private lives, we look at how antitrust battles of the past are relevant to the present, and the consequences of a monopolistic world on entertainment.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Primer on the Spectrum
Given that in the new millennium, consumers access TV programming in myriad ways, we present a thorough rundown of how DGA members' content is delivered to viewers.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2018 MLB Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect
The recent World Series showdown between the Houston Astros and the L.A. Dodgers had more than the requisite drama, and director Matt Gangl made sure it was captured from every angle.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Photo Essay
Survival of the Fittest
The life-or-death struggle has been an integral part of drama since filmdom's origin, but when the bulk of the story involves simply staying alive, the stakes couldn't be higher.
The continuity of vision that a single-director approach can bring to a series is gaining steam—but it takes incredible stamina and resolve, according to directors Cary Fukunaga, Scott Frank, Pamela Adlon, Mary Harron.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Michael Apted
Michael Apted
Michael Apted's deep documentary experience informs his quest for authenticity, and as the issue of creative rights loomed after Thunderheart, that awareness sparked a decades-long involvement in DGA leadership.
Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle
Three decades of kinship have allowed director Kenneth Branagh and composer Patrick Doyle to work in cultivated harmony, dating back beyond Branagh's first feature, 1989's Henry V.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 At Work With Michael Beugg
Beugg's "Magic Moment"
Staging a big dance sequence on a busy L.A. freeway was just the challenge UPM Michael Beugg had been waiting for.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 At Work With Maureen Smith
Smith Contributes to a "Well-Oiled Machine"
Associate Director Maureen Smith loves traveling with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 At Work With Jaysene Overton
Overton Gets Real
2nd AD Jaysene Overton explains her unique way of finding background actors for difficult crosses on medical dramas.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 At Work With Chris Hines
Live Tapings Keep Hines on his Toes
Staging two live shows a week during seasons of The Voice is par for the course for stage manager Chris Hines.
James Burrows
Director James Burrows has been the sole director on Will and Grace from the very beginning, and continues to demonstrate on the reboot his ability to orchestrate with elegant economy.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Casino Royale Shot to Remember
Casino Royale
Martin Campbell's second Bond outing is action-packed, but a pivotal poker game between 007 and his arch nemesis gave the director pause.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Screening Room The Train
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro shares his passion for John Frankenheimer's large-scale yet intimate WWII drama, The Train (1964).
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Locations Atlanta
Atlanta's Siren Song
With its wealth of experienced crews, physical looks and soundstage infrastructure, Georgia's capital is gaining stature as the production hub of the South.
Director Lily Olszewski and her team keep the country's most-watched morning telecast churning ahead of a hyperactive news cycle.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2018 Gen Next Reed Morano
Reed Morano’s Hat Trick
The DGA and Emmy Award winning cinematographer-turned-director fuses the painterly with the emotional on her third feature film.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2018 Gadgets
Viewfinders for the Digital Age
The tool most commonly associated with directors has been given various makeovers in recent years, as demonstrated by the latest apps from Artemis and Cadrage.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Problem Solving Only the Brave
Problem Solving
Directors Joseph Kosinski and Hany Abu-Assad discuss working in extreme environments, and harnessing that authenticity, in the films Only the Brave and The Mountain Between Us.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Stage Managers
As stage managers Gary Natoli, Garry Hood, John Esposito and Valdez Flagg navigate a set's innumerable moving parts, the clock is ticking and the pressure is on.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Tribute Frank Capra
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life
A peek behind the scenes of Frank Capra's timeless holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow's socially relevant cinema invites a more active engagement with the viewer.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Filmmaking 4K
Razor-sharp resolution and higher frame rates challenge directors to think out of the box.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Directing Sports Valerie Faris Jonathan Dayton Battle of the Sexes
Problem Solving
Resurrecting famous athletes in their prime is no mean feat for directors Brian Helgeland, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
DGA Quarterly Magazine The Tarnished Angels
Errol Morris
Director Errol Morris on Douglas Sirk’s The Tarnished Angels
DGA Quarterly Magazine Director Lasse Hallstrom
The Food of Life
When food and drink play an epicurean role in movies, the result can have a Pavlovian effect.
DGA Quarterly Magazine John Avildsen directing Rocky
John Avildsen
John Avildsen, who passed away June 16th, won the DGA Award for directing Rocky.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2017 Gen Next Jordan Peele Get Out
Jordan Peele
For first-time director Jordan Peele, laughs and gasps are interchangeable.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2017 Gadgets LED Lighting
LEDs are changing the lighting equation.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Director Todd Haynes Director of Photography Ed Lachman
Todd Haynes and Ed Lachman
Director Todd Haynes and DP Ed Lachman liken their relationship to dance partners, in step to the same emotional rhythms.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Breaking the Mold Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Marc Webb directing Rachel Bloom
Filming in the Right Key
The Do's and Don'ts of Directing Musical Numbers in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Book Review Joseph McBride on Movies
Joseph McBride
Joseph McBride, who has written magisterial biographies on John Ford, Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg, has put together a collection of his journalistic work through the decades.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2017 Book Review Jerry London
Jerry London and Rhonda Collier
There's a sense of déjà vu in Jerry London's assessment of the smallscreen landscape when miniseries became all the rage.
DGA Quarterly Magazine At Work With Ken Diego
In Live Programming, Adaptability is Key
Associate Director Ken Diego on the quick decision-making of the 2017 Oscars.
DGA Quarterly Magazine At Work With John Pare
Bracing for the Unpredictable
UPM Jon Paré knows how to act in the face of Mother Nature.
DGA Quarterly Magazine At Work With Gady Reinhold
A CBS Fixture Makes Sure the Trains Run on Time
Associate Director Gady Reinhold makes sure the trains run on time at CBS
DGA Quarterly Magazine At Work With Carol Vitkay
When It Comes to Safety, No Stone Is Left Unturned
1st AD Carol Vitkay explains how she prepped for a house fire in How to Get Away With Murder
DGA Quarterly Fall 2017 Joe Pytka David Robinson
Directors talk about coaxing famous athletes out of their comfort zones by performing off the field
DGA Quarterly Magazine Landline Robespierre
Directors Nicole Holofcener, Gillian Robespierre, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton discuss how intimate family dramas about dysfunctional families continue to assert their place at the big-screen table.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Stanley Kubrick
As we approach the late filmmaker's 90th birthday, directors Jonathan Glazer, Nicholas Winding Refn and others wax poetic on why the legendary perfectionist behind 2001 and Barry Lyndon still matters
DGA Quarterly Magazine The Looming Tower
With The Looming Tower, directors Alex Gibney, Craig Zisk, Michael Slovis, John Dahl and Ali Selim retrace Al-Qaeda's path to 9/11
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 11 Questions Paris Barclay
Director Paris Barclay talks about the industry, his leadership role and how the Guild has progressed during his presidency.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Shot to Remember The West Wing
The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme guides us through the culminating moments of the finale of The West Wing's second season, often described as one of the greatest moments in television history.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 The Duffer Brothers
The Duffer Brothers
As the Duffers prove, everything old is new again.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Handmaids Tale
Event series directors Reed Morano, Ron Howard, Ryan Murphy, Gus Van Sant, and Jean-Marc Vallée discuss their creative visions.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 gadgets
Vision Quest
Cutting-edge tools benefit workflow ease, visual playback and image-capture range.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Jerry Schatzberg Scarecrow
Through their work with actors, directors Ulu Grosbard, Jerry Schatzberg and Michael Ritchie raised the bar on realism during Hollywood's '70s renaissance.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Fast and Furious
Need for Speed
Edgar Wright directs an action-movie musical fueled by his love of heist movies and crime thrillers.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Michelle MacLaren
Michelle MacLaren
Unwilling to back down from a challenge, Michelle MacLaren leaves no "rock left unturned" when it comes to achieving her vision on such shows as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Collaborators Jeff Nichols Adam Stone
Jeff Nichols and Adam Stone
Director Jeff Nichols and cinematographer Adam Stone eschew conspicuous camera movement for stately objectivity.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Matt Haggerty
Have Expertise, Will Travel
2nd AD Matt Haggerty always has his passport ready.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Jason Graham
Have Bun, Will Audition
2nd AD Jason Graham recounts a memorable experience setting background on Girls.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Deb Dyer
When the Circus Arrives, a High-Wire Act Ensues
For UPM Deb Dyer, nothing on the set of P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman was ordinary.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Anna Moulaison
Quick Learning Curve Required for Reality Show Pro
AD Anna Moulaison-Moore has mastered the quick learning curve necessary for reality competition shows.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 1st ADs
1st ADs Michele "Shelley" Ziegler, Joseph Reidy, Tommy Gormley and Bob Wagner do their best to allow their directors minimum distraction and maximum creativity.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017
In this Age of Anxiety, directors Alec Berg, Mark Cendrowski, Jonathan Krisel, Steve Levitan, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Melina Matsoukas and Ken Whittingham talk about the current state of TV comedy, which ranges from blatantly slapstick to uncomfortably anxious.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 WWII Dunkirk Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan mixes formalism and spontaneity to create a 'you are there' experience with Dunkirk.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Waterworks This is Us
For This is Us, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa aim for emotional catharsis while reining in the 'schmaltz'.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Ric Roman Waugh
Problem Solving
A prison riot is accomplished with maximum prep and knowing the lay of the land on Ric Roman Waugh's Shot Caller.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Jeffery Reiner
Problem Solving
Jeffrey Reiner juggles multiple perspectives in The Affair.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017 Photo Essay Jonathan Demme
Demonstrably Demme
In the wake of Jonathan Demme's passing in April, we take a visual tour through his bracingly eclectic film canon.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 Locations Chicago
Chicago's Burgeoning Production Scene
A 30% tax incentive, top-notch soundstages and crews, and eye-catching locations make the windy city an attractive alternative.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017 In Memoriam Ed Sherin
Ed Sherin
Remembering Ed Sherin, DGA National Vice President and Honorary Life Member
Hip Hop Boom
Hip hop continues to reverberate with deep-dive sagas that blend fact and lore from directors Seith Mann, Ed Bianchi and Benny Boom
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Gina Prince-Bythewood Shots Fired
The new series from Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, reflects the racial strife prevalent in today’s headlines.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook
Director David O. Russell deconstructs the riveting third act of his acclaimed 2012 serio-comedy Silver Linings Playbook — a dance competition sequence with high stakes for all involved.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Screening Room Superman
Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins, while in post on her own comic book opus, Wonder Woman, waxes nostalgic on the Richard Donner film Superman.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Lev Spiro Orange is the New Black
Problem Solving
Director Lev Spiro places an actor's health above all else while filming Orange is the New Black.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Problem Solving
Problem Solving
A delayed start and severe weather work in director Doug Liman’s favor on The Wall.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Photo Essay Music Biopics F Gary Gray Straight Out of Compton
Rhythm and Blues
The music biopic, with its rise/fall/redemption dramatic arc, is a ripe subject for directors.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Craig Gillespie
Selling Cars with Compassion
Commercial director Craig Gillespie opts for nuance over broad strokes in Saatchi & Saatchi's Toyota campaign.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Gadgets Turbo Ace Matrix X8
Floating on Air
We examine three drones and their capabilities to affordably heighten the director's canvas.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Re-Animated Bill Condon Beauty and the Beast
Directors such as Bill Condon, Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh breathe live-action life into animated Disney classics.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Director Sam Mendes
A celebrated filmmaker right out of the gate, Sam Mendes juggles movies and theater with the virtuosity of a wunderkind, and the experience of a seasoned pro.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Thirtysomething
A thirtysomething Reunion
Four thirtysomething cast members—Timothy Busfield, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron and Ken Olin—discuss how the landmark series shaped their careers as directors.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Crossover Denise Di Novi
Denise Di Novi
A veteran producer makes her directorial debut, and gets closer to the action in the process, with Unforgettable.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Casting
TV directors speak out on their role in the process even as remote online methods threaten to push them "out of the room."
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Cooking Shows
As pros Eytan Keller, Brian Smith and Paul Starkman attest, the action on cooking competition shows is frantic and the directing is far from cookie cutter.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Can't Miss
Can’t Miss Viewing
Director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, The Promise) on why he’s watching Queen of Katwe.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Can't Miss Transparent
Can’t Miss Viewing
Director Niki Caro (North Country, The Zookeeper’s Wife) on why she’s watching Transparent.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Breaking the Mold Logan
Logan director James Mangold explains how to reinvigorate the superhero genre.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 At Work With Toby Hefferman
Going Rogue in London's Underground
1st AD Toby Hefferman on the "biggest challenge" of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 At Work With Gwen Bialic
Growing Pains Mixed with High Maintenance
UPM Gwen Bialic's atypical work routine helps her move seamlessly from project to project.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 At Work With Courtney Franklin
Emphasizing the Team as a Guiding Principal
2nd AD Courtney Franklin prioritizes a team mentality.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 At Work With Allison Reames
For Reames, there's nary a break in the action
For Associate Director Allison Reames, each day brings a new, fast-paced challenge.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Collaborators Sofia Coppola Anne Ross
Sofia Coppola and Anne Ross
For The Beguiled, Director Sofia Coppola and Production Designer Anne Ross talk color schemes, mood boards and the value of actual locations.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Sidney Poitier Uptown Saturday Night
Sidney Poitier
On the occasion of Sidney Poitier's 90th birthday, his directorial achievements take center stage.
DGAQ Red Camera
We’re talking bleeding-edge cameras—particularly two new models from Red and Lytro—that could promise to help directors take image capture to the next level.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Game of Thrones
Miguel Sapochnik's "Battle of the Bastards" episode of Game of Thrones rivals epic big-screen confrontations, as the director gives us the blow-by-blow on the choices and inspirations behind his battle royal.
DGAQ Screening Room The Last Picture Show
Tom Ford
Director Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) muses about Peter Bogdanovich’s astute choices on the timeless The Last Picture Show and why the film continues to resonate for him personally.
DGAQ Arthur Hiller
In Memoriam: Arthur Hiller, DGA past president seen here on the set of The Hospital with George C. Scott
DGAQ Indie Voice Kelly Reichardt
Kelly Reichardt
For Kelly Reichardt, her cross-country roadtrips inform her creative process.
DGA Annette Powlis
Wiz of a Stage Manager
Stage Manager Annette Powlis is always prepared for live shows.
DGAQ Fresh Off The Boat
Fresh Off the Boat directors relate to their characters' need to belong.
DGAQ Ang Lee
Ang Lee
Tech talk with Director Ang Lee.
Problem Solving John Madden
Problem Solving
U.K. director John Madden discusses working in tight quarters on Miss Sloane.
Problem Solving Peter Berg
Problem Solving
Director Peter Berg talks about the importance of community trust on Patriots Day.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Pilot Directors
In the cover story of our newly redesigned DGA Quarterly, Directors Ava DuVernay, Hiro Murai, Steven Zaillian, Christine Gernon, Peter O'Fallon and Marcos Siega sound off on forging a series template for some of the most buzzed-about shows in the Platinum Age of Television, and why sometimes rules are meant for breaking.
DGAQ Don Roy King Pencil
The DGA and Emmy award winner has directed more than 200 episodes of Saturday Night Live, and counting.
DGAQ Documentary Now
Documentary Now!
It’s a thin line between reverence and parody for the directors of Documentary Now!
Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
For Alexander Payne, reality is the spice of life, with films populated with ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and a mordant humor that's grounded in the flaws and foibles of protagonists whose lives are spiraling out of control.
DGAQ Collaborators
Director Denis Villeneuve and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson discuss their modus operandi as they team up on their fourth film, Blade Runner 2049.
Can't Miss Viewing - You're The Worst
Can’t Miss Viewing
Director Michelle MacLaren (Westworld, Breaking Bad) on why she’s watching You’re the Worst and Atlanta.
DGA Can't Miss Viewing
Can’t Miss Viewing
Director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) on why he’s watching Mr. Robot.
Bold Strokes
Directors bring comic book heroes to vivid life for television.
DGAQ Biopics Mira Nair
In magnifying their subjects, filmmakers also hold up a mirror to society.
DGA Lars Winther
Backup Plans Fit for a Superhero
1st AD Lars Winther fights inclement weather on Marvel films.
DGA Jeri Ann Wong
Animal Logic on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Associate Director Jeri-Ann Wong talks to the animals on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
DGA Chris Della Penna
Maintaining Order in the Court on People v. O.J.
1st AD Chris Della Penna loves the challenge of the job.
DGA Director Garth Davis
Garth Davis
Director Garth Davis opts for emotional immediacy.
DGAQ Directing the Olympics
Joe Martin
Joe Martin, the maestro behind NBC’s Olympics swimming coverage at Rio, addresses how his team captured lightning in a bottle in the rivalry between Lilly King and Yulia Efimova.
The Godfather
As the DGA celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, we decided to poll our members to see what they consider the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the Guild's founding in 1936.
Tricia Brock
Tricia Brock’s directing career got off to a slow start, but once she knew what she wanted to do, she pursued it fiercely—on network, cable, and now, the Internet.
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
In her 50-year career as an actor, Jodie Foster has learned a few things about leadership. As the director of three features, episodic TV, and the upcoming Money Monster, she doesn’t tell cast and crew what they want to hear—she tells them the truth.
Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
With Whiplash and the upcoming throwback musical La La Land, film-savvy director Damien Chazelle is exploring the intersection of real life and cinematic life.
Bill Miller
Giving Back
Stage Manager Bill Miller is always busy—and that's just how he likes it.
Danielle Rigby
Horse Sense
Danielle Rigby’s love of all things equine has made her a better assistant director.
Louise Rosner
UPM on the Move
UPM Louise Rosner's 20-year career has taken her all over the world.
Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes
Tim Burton offers a sly performance tip to Helena Bonham Carter on Planet of the Apes (2001).
Future World
Photo Essay
From Méliès to Spielberg, directors have long wondered what life would look like in the future. With the help of production and costume design, here’s how directors visualized the shape of things to come.
Niki Caro
Niki Caro’s films—from Whale Rider to the upcoming Nazi-era drama The Zookeeper’s Wife have dealt with strong women testing their courage and strength. She should know.
Although Roots was a massive hit and cultural milestone when it was first broadcast in 1977, the saga of an African-American family from slavery to modern times was ready for a more contemporary treatment by a new generation of directors.
Screening Room
Richard Linklater
Early in his career, Richard Linklater was inspired by the sweeping style, conflicted characters, and unabashed emotion of Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
For the introduction of Johnny Depp’s iconic character, director Gore Verbinski created a surrealistic playground. Here’s how he did it.
As the technology emerges and becomes more affordable, directors are venturing into virtual reality as a new way of storytelling—with the viewer in the middle
DGAQ Photo Essay 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf Mike Nichols
Photo Essay
50 years ago, the New Hollywood was redefining the medium and echoing the tumult of the times.
Susanne Daniels
Susanne Daniels
YouTube Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels is developing new programming for subscribers. Will the famously free service now challenge other SVOD platforms?
DGA Quarterly Magazine Stevens
Stevens Family
The story of the Stevens clan—from George to George Jr. to Michael—spans the 80-year history of the Directors Guild. It is not only a legacy of indelible films, but one of respect for service and responsibility.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2016 On The Job
80th Anniversary Edition
In quotes from previous issues, assistant directors, UPMs, associate directors, and stage managers, past and present, reflect on doing their jobs.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Photo Essay Clint Eastwood
Photo Essay
Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate the remarkable careers of feature, television, news, and sports directors. Here are some of them creating their unique body of work.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Screening Room Nashville
Paris Barclay
Robert Altman’s Nashville, a brilliantly orchestrated tapestry of national malaise, never gets old. That’s why DGA President Paris Barclay has returned to it over and over again—for inspiration and a guide to great directing.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Ten Questions Jay D. Roth
Jay D. Roth
In his 20 years as national executive director, Jay D. Roth has helped navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing industry. As the DGA celebrates its 80th anniversary, he ruminates on the past and future of the Guild.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Classics Women Directors
In the 1970s a handful of female directors got a shot at making features. It didn’t change things, but it was a start. Film critic and historian Carrie Rickey looks at their accomplishments—and legacy.
DGA Quarterly Magazine
A Look Back at the Guild's Accomplishments
For the anniversary of the DGA, we present a timeline covering many of the high points and accomplishments of 80 years of Guild history. It’s the events and people that make the Guild what it is today.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2016 Independent Voice
80th Anniversary Edition
No two indie directors see things in the same way, but they all have a vision. Excerpts from 10 years of stories capture their passion.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Out of the Past
The Thin Man Goes Home
Director Richard Thorpe discusses the subtleties of a scene with Asta on the set of The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
80th Anniversary Edition
Directors have been describing iconic scenes from their films for years in these pages. In excerpts from those stories, they explain how they created some of cinema’s most famous moments.
DGA Quarterly Out of the Past Nightmare of Elm Street Wes Craven Amanda Wyss
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven, with Amanda Wyss, upended the room for a scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Six Feet Under
For the daring finale of Six Feet Under, director Alan Ball killed off the beloved characters he’d spent five years creating. He explains why it was the perfect ending—and how he pulled it off.
DGAQ Fall 2015 Ten Questions Ed Sarandos
Ted Sarandos
After changing the way people watch television, Netflix is moving into features in a big way. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos talks about the future of the company—and the industry.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2015 Classics Howard Hawks
In an excerpt from his latest book, Richard Schickel takes an intimate look at Howard Hawks—and what may be "the best filmography in the history of American cinema."
DGAQ Close Up Zetna Fuentes
Zetna Fuentes hadn’t exactly planned on becoming a director. She just followed her heart from daytime soaps to primetime dramas—with an assist from the Guild.
DGAQ Interview Director Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford’s great enthusiasm for music, dance, and life comes through in such far-ranging films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, and Ray. And while practicing his craft, he has energetically served the Guild for 30 years--including two terms as president.
DGA Quarterly Drawing Board Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim
In storyboards by Rob McCallum, man and beast clash at sea in Guillermo del Toro’s homage to Japanese monster movies, Pacific Rim (2013).
DGAQ Fall 2015 Funny Business John Lee
John Lee
The director of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday offers a step-by-step guide on how to win over actors and influence producers on the set. It’s easy, really.
DGAQ Fall 2015 Independent Voice Anna Boden Ryan Fleck
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck started working together when they were still in film school. With their latest picture, Mississippi Grind, they continue their pursuit of regional stories.
DGAQ Fall 2015 On the Job With Louise Moran
Live and Well
Kate Louise Moran worked her way up from a temp job at London Weekend Television, joined an associate director training program, and went on to have a long career in live TV.
DGAQ Fall 2015 On the Job With Meredith Zamsky
Creative UPM
UPM Meredith Zamsky spent her first years on the job in New York, but moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and worked on popular shows such as Castle and The Office.
DGAQ Fall 2015 On the Job With Richard Styles
Pond-Hopping AD
1st AD Richard Styles spends lots of time traveling across the Atlantic from the U.K. to American locations like Oklahoma, Atlanta, and Beverly Hills.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2015 Photo Essay Costume Design
Directing Costume Dramas
Directors have long collaborated with designers to transport actors into the past in glorious costume dramas. Beneath the wardrobe, there is always a story to tell.
DGAQ Screening Room The Crowd
Paul Weitz
King Vidor’s humanity and feeling for ordinary people come alive in his silent masterpiece, The Crowd. Paul Weitz reflects on what makes the film by the DGA’s first president a classic.
Euzhan Palcy
With A Dry White Season in 1989, Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. She has been fighting the system ever since, and leading the way for a new generation of black female directors.
DGA Quarterly Mini-Series Lisa Cholodenko
Not only does having a single director on a miniseries assure a unified vision, it can help the logistics of a complicated production. We asked five solo directors to describe their experience doing it all.
DGA Quarterly BET Debra L. Lee
Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, says with audiences for television becoming more diverse, so should directors—and the talent is already out there.
DGA Quarterly Pamela Fryman Pilot Directors
With the landscape of pilots evolving—from traditional to backdoor to the Internet—directors are dealing with new business and creative decisions. Here’s how a group of versatile pilot directors solved their problems.
DGAQ Photo Essay Summer Blockbusters Chris Nolan The Dark Knight
It’s the season for big movies and big hits—and the occasional sleeper. Here are directors living large in a selection of shots from some good old summertime films.
DGAQ Out of the Past Wise Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Robert Wise confers with Bil Baird’s marionettes on the set of The Sound of Music (1965).
DGA Quarterly On the Job with Ken Wada
While working the sometimes treacherous water locations on Baywatch, Ken Wada learned staying safe is a team effort.
DGA Quarterly On the Job with Eve Adair
In the late-'90s Eve Adair was one of the only DGA associate directors in Nashville working in variety television, due mostly, she says, to a series of happy accidents.
DGA Quarterly On the Job with Christopher Surgent
Not many ADs who have worked on four Martin Scorsese features can say they owe their career to their janitorial services. But that's how 1st AD Chris Surgent got his foot in the door.
DGA Quarterly Screening Room Five Easy Pieces Jack Nicholson
When Lisa Cholodenko first saw Bob Rafelson’s masterpiece in film school, it was a class in psychological realism. The lesson of openness between director and actor informs her work today.
DGA Quarterly Jimmy Kimmel Directors Team
Sandra Restrepo Considine has worked on live concerts, comedy acts, and variety specials. Now as director of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she and her team have it all under one roof—every day.
DGA Quarterly Independent Voice Alfonso Gomez Rejon
The director’s unlikely journey from a Texas border town to NYU film school, to working as an assistant to Nora Ephron and Martin Scorsese, pays off with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
DGAQ Harry Potter Storyboards
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Storyboards by Jim Cornish show CGI crystal balls spilling from shelves as Harry and friends escape the Hall of Prophecy in David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
DGA Quarterly Danny Boyle
From the drug hallucinations of Trainspotting to the teeming streets of Mumbai in Slumdog Millionaire and the solitary mountain ordeal of 127 Hours, Danny Boyle has brought humanity and a unique visual flair to unexpected places. Who knows what he’ll find inside the head of Steve Jobs in his upcoming bio of the Apple co-founder?
DGA Quarterly Rosemary Rodriguez
Director Rosemary Rodriguez has excelled in directing all sorts of dramatic television, but where she really feels at home is on the set of her own films.
DGAQ Classics Orson Welles
He spent much of his career trying to salvage troubled productions. But in his centennial year, Welles’ glorious experiments are still thrilling to anyone who cares about directing.
DGA Quarterly Angelina Jolie Feature
Actor, activist, and international celebrity, Angelina Jolie Pitt was surprised how much she’s loved being behind the camera for three serious-minded films—and counting.
DGA Quarterly The Industry Christopher Nolan
The director rallied Hollywood to preserve the option to shoot on film. And it’s not just about the art—it makes good business sense.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
For the opening of Austin Powers in Goldmember, the third film in the franchise, director Jay Roach had fun playing with audience expectations and created an actual action scene—starring Tom Cruise—until the real Austin silliness takes over.
DGAQ Ten Questions Michael Lombardo
Michael Lombardo
HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo reflects on the industry’s changing business model and how directors have contributed to the new wave of quality television.
DGAQ Photo Essay New Golden Age of TV
Episodic TV from the last 15 years
Television today—in all of its forms—may be better than ever. From The Sopranos to Fargo, here are directors working on some of the seminal series since 2000.
DGAQ Out of the Past Peter Gunn
Peter Gunn
Blake Edwards shows a stuntman how to take a fall in Peter Gunn (1958-1961).
DGAQ On the Job Rick R. Johnson
Atlanta AD
Rick R. Johnson talks about what it’s like being a 1st AD on a variety of projects, from family features like, D3: The Mighty Ducks to hit TV dramas like Being Mary Jane.
DGAQ On the Job Leslie Waldman
Tactful UPM
Leslie Waldman discusses how she went from studying to be a teacher to becoming a veteran UPM on series such as Gilmore Girls, Weeds, and The Middle.
DGAQ On the Job Eric Fox Hays
Big Easy AD
Eric Fox Hays discusses working in Louisiana on such shows as Common Law, Star-Crossed, and NCIS: New Orleans.
DGA The Walking Dead Greg Nicotero
Greg Nicotero, Ernest R. Dickerson, & Michael E. Satrazemis on directing AMC's The Walking Dead.
DGA The Americans Daniel Sackheim
Daniel Sackheim, John Dahl, & Kevin Dowling on directing FX's The Americans.
DGAQ TV Series The New Girl Fred Goss
Trent O'Donnell, Fred Goss, & Jay Chandrasekhar on directing Fox's New Girl.
DGAQ Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
In putting together Saturday Night Live, one of television’s most iconic shows, director Don Roy King and his team have to deal with enormous changes at the last minute. Here’s what really goes on behind the scenes.
DGA NCIS New Orleans Leslie Libman
James Hayman, Oz Scott, & Leslie Libman on directing CBS' NCIS: New Orleans.
DGAQ Spring 2015 The Industry
With Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and many others following suit, subscription video-on-demand is the new wave for content. But is it supplanting television as we know it, or a boon to production? It’s still too early to tell.
DGAQ Funny Business Eric Appel
Eric Appel
What happens when you’re in the middle of directing an episode and the show gets canceled? Director Eric Appel says look on the bright side—you’ll be home in time for dinner
DGAQ First Time Episodic Directors
First-Time Directors
Breaking in as a first-time director in episodic television is never easy. It takes talent, persistence, and a helping hand. We interviewed some recent newcomers to see how they got started.
DGAQ Drawing Board Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Storyboards by Charles Ratteray lead the vampire Spike to a heroic death as the Hellmouth collapses in Joss Whedon’s finale to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003).
DGA Quarterly Interview Director Lesli Linka Glatter
Lesli Linka Glatter
Lesli Linka Glatter has brought a sense of urgency and psychological depth to such series as The West Wing, ER, Mad Men, and Homeland—and won two DGA Awards along the way. Yet she still finds time to serve the Guild and be an advocate for diversity.
DGA Appreciation Robert Butler
A Lifetime in Television
With his bold innovations in pilots for such landmark series as Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Star Trek, and Remington Steele, Bob Butler brought a new sense of realism to dramatic television.
DGA Appreciation James Burrows
A Lifetime in Television
With 1,000 episodes of TV, including pilots for such iconic comedies as Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory, Jimmy Burrows has helped directors define the genre.
DGAQ TV Series Jane the Virgin Briesewitz
Brad Silberling, Edward Ornelas, & Uta Briesewitz on directing The CW's Jane the Virgin.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
The Sopranos
Eight years after it aired, the finale of The Sopranos continues to be hotly debated. David Chase explains how he created the excruciating tension of the last scene. What he won’t say is what happened at the end.
DGAQ Classics I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
It may seem old-fashioned by today’s standards, but as the first multi-camera series filmed live in front of an audience, I Love Lucy revolutionized how sitcoms were made—and created a blueprint for strong directors.
DGA Quarterly Ten Questions
Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula
Fox Searchlight Co-Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula talk about the challenges of the marketplace and making movies with a vision.
DGA Quarterly Fukunaga
Cary Fukunaga
In the towering TV series True Detective and in his features, Cary Fukunaga researches like crazy so that once he gets to the set he can really let fly.
DGA Quarterly Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
For almost half a century, Werner Herzog has been circling the globe capturing extraordinary images for both documentaries and features. Look closely and you can see the wonder of it all.
DGA Quarterly Karen Gaviola
Karen Gaviola
Karen Gaviola learned her craft as an AD and has now directed almost 100 TV episodes. For her, it’s all about exercising different muscles.
DGA Quarterly Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
Always a bit ahead of the curve in his 40-year career, Jonathan Demme pioneered the psychological thriller in The Silence of the Lambs, caught a band at its peak in Stop Making Sense, and tackled social issues in Philadelphia. For his next act? Meryl Streep as a rock star.
DGA Quarterly Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno
Firefighters attempt a daring rescue in a blazing elevator in a scene from John Guillermin’s The Towering Inferno (1974), as shown in storyboards by Joseph Musso.
DGA Quarterly Elementary
Director-producer John Polson and his crack team of directors help Sherlock Holmes and a female Watson solve cerebral mysteries in modern-day New York. It may be Elementary, but it’s never simple.
DGA Quarterly Independent Voice Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway took the genre into new territory with her groundbreaking transgender series, Transparent. The content might be different, but the emotions are real.
DGA Quarterly Marco Polo
Marco Polo
With the 13th-century adventures of Marco Polo, a skilled group of directors gets a chance to make the kind of grand-scale epic rarely seen today. But not for theaters—it’s for Netflix.
DGA Quarterly On the Job Bruce Moriarty
Adventurous AD
Bruce Moriarty explains how his experiences training horses prepared him in becoming a skilled 1st AD.
DGA Quarterly On the Job Lynn Finkel
Stage Bound
From Radio City Music Hall to the Oscars to Peter Pan Live!, Stage Manager Lynn Finkel discusses the excitement and pressure of working in live television.
DGA Quarterly On the Job Tony Eng
Solid 2nd
Second AD Tony Eng discusses how his experiences being a DGA trainee on ER helped pave the way to working on such diverse TV shows as Liv and Maddie and How to Get Away with Murder.
DGA Quarterly David Lean
The Passionate Friends
David Lean (center) shot exteriors in the French Alps for The Passionate Friends (1949), his first film set outside of England.
DGA Quarterly Photo Essay
Depicting the machinations of filmmaking
With so much raw material all around them, directors can’t resist the temptation to depict the machinations of filmmaking—both on the set and in studio executive suites. The result is often great entertainment.
DGA Quarterly Carnal Knowledge
Neil LaBute
Neil LaBute pays tribute to the precision and boldness of Mike Nichols’ vision in Carnal Knowledge—a film he admits he has borrowed from freely.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
The Bourne Ultimatum
With this rooftop chase in The Bourne Ultimatum—all jolting camerawork and spiky editing—Greengrass redefined the punch and power of action filmmaking.
DGA Quarterly 10 Questions Jon Feltheimer
Jon Feltheimer
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is not pining for the way the business used to be. Instead, he’s energized by the prospects of new content, new markets, and new media.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Drawing Board Fall 2014 Ali
Storyboards by Tim Burgard helped Michael Mann re-create Muhammad Ali battling Ernie Terrell at the Astrodome in Ali (2001).
DGAQ Out of the Past Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze offers some acting tips to one of the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are (2009), an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.
DGAQ Photo Essay Shadowland
Film Noir
Influenced by German Expressionism and Old World ennui, Hollywood directors—many of them European émigrés—created the look and feel of film noir to express the fears and desperation of postwar America. It’s a genre that never dies—though its heroes often do.
DGA Quarterly Classics David Lynch
David Lynch
The mysteries of David Lynch are meant to be experienced, not solved. In works like Eraserhead, Twin Peaks, and Mulholland Dr., he created a dream world of dread and beauty unlike any other.
DGA Quarterly Indie Voice Dee Rees
Dee Rees
After the success of her first film, Pariah, Dee Rees’ career is on track with a biopic about the legendary Bessie Smith—warts and all.
DGA Quarterly On the Job with David Webb
Thinking Big
1st AD David Webb discusses how his early interest in political science and journalism helped pave the way to working on such films as Argo, The Ides of March, and Milk.
DGA Quarterly On the Job with Laura Benson
New York UPM
UPM Laura Benson has worked on several TV shows based in New York, including The Blacklist, The Big C, and Ugly Betty.
DGA Quarterly On the Job with Thomas Kuk
Reality AD
1st AD Thomas Kuk says he loves the unpredictability of non-scripted television, working on dozens of reality shows, including Punk’d, Fear Factor, and Stars Earn Stripes.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Drawing Board Fall 2014 Cuckoos Nest
Jean-Marc Vallée
With Jack Nicholson as the volatile R.P. McMurphy and Louise Fletcher as his nemesis Nurse Ratched, Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest emphasized performance over style. And that’s still what impresses director Jean-Marc Vallée.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Brooklyn Nine Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine ADs Tony Nahar and Kenny Roth and their team keep the set relaxed and ready to go. They might even make the show funnier.
DGA Quarterly Interview Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
In a prolific career that has taken him from the indie landmark sex, lies, and videotape to mainstream hits like Erin Brockovich, the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, and now the cable series The Knick, Steven Soderbergh has continually reinvented himself—all the while admirably serving the Guild.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Gail Mancuso
Gail Mancuso
When opportunity knocked, Gail Mancuso walked through the door, and she’s been directing hit comedies like Roseanne, Friends, and Dharma & Greg ever since. With her recent Emmy for Modern Family, she became the first female director to win twice for comedy direction.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Indie to Mainstream
Four Indie Directors Working on Studio Films
So your independent movie was a hit. What comes next? For some, it’s a leap to studio filmmaking. Here’s how four directors moved up, and what they found once they got there.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Orange is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black
The popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black challenges directors with a large ensemble cast, nude scenes, stunts, child actors, and even insects. It may be hard work, but it’s never dull.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Independence Day
Roland Emmerich pushed the bounds of special effects by combining exploding models with digital images and live action in the still-rousing alien attack in Independence Day.
Jonathan Marks
Playing Games
Stage Manager Jonathan Marks has worked on some of the most successful live and live-to-tape shows on TV, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Price is Right.
Eric Henriquez
AD on the Move
Eric Henriquez has traveled all over America as a 1st AD—working in as diverse cities as New York City, Baltimore, and New Orleans.
Michele Panelli-Venetis
All-Around AD
1st AD Michele Panelli-Venetis' natural gift for organizing led her to a 30-year career working on films as diverse as Alvin and the Chipmunks and Endless Love.
DGA Quarterly Photo Essay Summer 2014
Coming of Age Movies
Coming of age is a subject that never gets old. From sexual awakening to peer pressure to work responsibilities, it’s an endless source of material. In a collection of rare set shots, we see how generations of directors have handled it.
The Newsroom
With rapid-fire dialogue and complex visual schemes, The Newsroom was no easy assignment for director-producer Alan Poul and his team of directors. But no matter how big the stories, it's always about the characters.
Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy admires the storytelling skill and deep emotion of Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer, a film that's had a lasting influence on his work.
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray
Godard famously once said, "the cinema is Nicholas Ray," and for a remarkable decade from 1948-1958, it was—before he flamed out in true American fashion.
George Roy Hill The World of Henry Orient
The World of Henry Orient
Director George Roy Hill kicks up his heels while making The World of Henry Orient (1964) in New York.
DGA Quarterly Drawing Board Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
Having Nicole Kidman swing from the rafters in an early scene from Moulin Rouge (2001) required detailed planning by director Baz Luhrmann, with an assist from storyboard artist David Russell.
DQA Quarterly Ten Questions Uniersal Pictures Donna Langley
Donna Langley
As chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley talks about the state of the industry and how Hollywood can do more to help women.
Independent Voice Steve James Hoop Dreams
Steve James
Steve James has captured revealing personal moments in documentaries like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters. With a new film about Roger Ebert’s last days, he continues his exploration of lives in transition.
Mitch Hurwitz
Mitch Hurwitz
Mitch Hurwitz, the director and creator of Arrested Development offers some choice—and not so choice—words about meeting the demands of the job.
DGA Quarterly Holofcener
Nicole Holofcener
In films like Enough Said, Friends With Money and Lovely & Amazing, Nicole Holofcener has demonstrated a fearless talent for creating stories so achingly personal they have universal resonance. The joke’s on everyone.
Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater has always been fascinated by showing how lives change over a long period. In Boyhood, his latest and most ambitious film, he cast a young boy and watched him grow up—for 12 years.
DGA Quarterly Women's Movement 2014
Female Feature Film Directors
The numbers are appalling. In 2013, only nine percent of DGA features released in theaters were directed by women. To inspire, encourage, and hopefully promote change, we interviewed some of those who succeeded in getting their films made. Here are their stories.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Wes Anderson gets around in style in The Royal Tenenbaums.
Raider's of the Lost Ark
A mysterious stream of energy is returned to the Ark in Ed Verreaux's storyboards for Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
In his 50-year career, Sidney Lumet combined social issues with complex characters to make crackling entertainment. As time goes by, his body of work looks even more impressive-and unique.
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?
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.
Films from 1939
With 476 films released, and many of them classics, 1939 is often considered the pinnacle of Hollywood filmmaking. To celebrate that year’s 75th anniversary, we look back at directors creating some of the high points—from Mounument Valley to Kansas.
First Place
Mark Little went from managing a helicopter courier firm to a 20-year career as a 1st AD, working with directors such as Brett Ratner, Jay Roach, Thomas Carter, and the late George Hickenlooper.
Second in Command
2nd AD Hope Garrison thrives on big challenges, which makes her an ideal 2nd AD -- working on such diverse productions as Glee, Mud, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Musical AD
From variety, comedy, concerts, awards shows to the Olympics and even the Super Bowl, musicality has always been a key part of Associate Director Sandra Restrepo Considine's 20-year career.
Marc Forster
Marc Forster revisits Alan J. Pa