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Director Series: Kay Cannon on Modernizing Cinderella and Dealing with the Pandemic

September 1, 2021 | By
Director Series: Kay Cannon on Modernizing <em>Cinderella</em> and Dealing with the Pandemic

For many years, Kay Cannon was best known as a writer/producer on Tina Fey’s NBC show 30 Rock, followed by a stint on New Girl, or as the screenwriter of the Pitch Perfect movies. In 2018, she went behind the camera to direct the raunchy comedy, Blockers, and that’s all it took for her to... »

Director Series: The Flight Attendant‘s Emmy-Nominated Director Susanna Fogel

August 25, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>The Flight Attendant</em>‘s Emmy-Nominated Director Susanna Fogel

One of the biggest surprises on the television/streaming horizon over the past few months was The Flight Attendant. Starring and produced by Kaley Cuoco, it’s quirky, smart, imaginative, daring, violent, funny and at times thrilling, with top-notched (and Emmy-nominated) production values and a superlative performance by Cuoco in her first post-Big Bang Theory outing.... »

Director Series: Coda’s Siân Heder on Making This Year’s Crowd-Pleasing Sundance Hit 

August 11, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Coda</em>’s Siân Heder on Making This Year’s Crowd-Pleasing Sundance Hit 

When Siân Heder’s Coda (an acronym for Child of Deaf Adults) premiered at this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival, it took the venerable festival by storm, really blowing away everyone who saw it due to its originality and creative vision. When the awards were announced, Coda unsurprisingly ended up taking home not only the... »

Director Series: Chris McKay Transitions to Full-Sized Living Actors for The Tomorrow War

June 29, 2021 | By
Director Series: Chris McKay Transitions to Full-Sized Living Actors for <em>The Tomorrow War</em>

Director Chris McKay cut his teeth in animation, spending the second half of the ‘00s, as editor, co-producer and co-director, doing stop-animation series for the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” brand that culminated in the highly-popular Robot Chicken. In 2017, McKay directed The Lego Batman Movie, released by Warner Bros. Pictures, which was a much... »

Director Series: Jonathan Hensleigh on Creating The Ice Road’s Jaw-Dropping Action Scenes

June 23, 2021 | By
Director Series: Jonathan Hensleigh on Creating <em>The Ice Road</em>’s Jaw-Dropping Action Scenes

In the ‘90s, Jonathan Hensleigh was one of Hollywood’s go-to action screenwriters with the likes of Armageddon, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Jumanji on his resumé. In 2004, he took on directing with the Lionsgate film, The Punisher, which was followed in 2011 with the indie crime thriller, Kill the Irishman. Hensleigh’s latest... »

Director Series: Zach Braff brings Heart to Ted Lasso

June 18, 2021 | By
Director Series: Zach Braff brings Heart to Ted Lasso

The unexpected phenomenon known as Ted Lasso took the 2020 pandemic-ridden year by storm as the feel good and must watch show of the year. The Apple TV+ series is created by the brilliant writing team of Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly, who put their trust in Scrubs star and... »

Director Series: Will Gluck on Taking CG Characters Further with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

June 14, 2021 | By
Director Series: Will Gluck on Taking CG Characters Further with <em>Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway</em>

For Director Will Gluck, making Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway may have only slightly been easier than making its 2018 predecessor, Peter Rabbit, because he and his entire cast and crew were already used to dealing with the CG animal characters that Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson would be interacting with in almost every... »

Director Series: Kari Skogland Offers Insight into The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Spoilers)

June 11, 2021 | By
Director Series: Kari Skogland Offers Insight into <em>The Falcon and the Winter Soldier</em> (Spoilers)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Creator and Head Writer Malcolm Spellman leaned on Director Kari Skogland (The Loudest Voice, The Handmaid’s Tale) to stamp that signature Marvel brand, scope, and scale for the entire six episodes of the mini-series. Skogland is a previous Emmy nominee for the work on The Handmaid’s Tale. The... »

Director Series: Pen15’s Sam Zvibleman on Co-Creating the Hilarious Hulu Series

June 9, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Pen15</em>’s Sam Zvibleman on Co-Creating the Hilarious Hulu Series

For many directors, the road to directing their first feature can be a long and winding one. Fortunately, for Sam Zvibleman, he has spent the past twelve years working on a series of short films and webseries that prepared him for Pen15. Starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, the show’s co-creators and co-writers, the... »

Director Series: Profile Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov Explains Using Screenlife to Create Cinema

May 11, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Profile</em> Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov Explains Using Screenlife to Create Cinema

From his early days making epic (yet fairly low-budget) Russian blockbusters, such as Night Watch and its sequel, Day Watch, Director Timur Bekmambetov has constantly tried to push technological boundaries through his filmmaking. Although he has made numerous ventures into Hollywood with films like Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Bekmambetov never ventured far... »