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Director Series: Zach Braff brings Heart to Ted Lasso

June 17, 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... »

Director Series: Ben Wheatley Goes In the Earth For Latest Eco-Thriller

April 19, 2021 | By
Director Series: Ben Wheatley Goes <em>In the Earth</em> For Latest Eco-Thriller

Director Ben Wheatley might be seen either as Britain’s most prolific indie filmmaker or possibly the most eccentric, depending on who you ask and whether they appreciate his frequent forays into the odder side of genre filmmaking. His latest, In the Earth, begins with two rangers, played by Joel Fry and Ellora Torchia, venturing... »

Director Series: Neil Burger Tackles Coming of Age… In Spaaaace! for Voyagers

April 6, 2021 | By
Director Series: Neil Burger Tackles Coming of Age… In Spaaaace! for <em>Voyagers</em>

Director Neil Burger’s 30-year career has taken him through a fairly varied journey from his early days doing music videos to his first three very different feature films, all of which he wrote: Interview with the Assassin (2002), The Illusionist (2006) and The Lucky Ones (2008). From there, he had a sci-fi hit with... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: Tim Story Shifts to Animated Hybrid for Tom & Jerry

February 24, 2021 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Tim Story Shifts to Animated Hybrid for <em>Tom & Jerry</em>

Director Tim Story has been making movies for over two decades, but it wasn’t until around 2002 when Story’s ability with comedy came to the forefront as he directed Ice Cube’s Barbershop in 2002. That was followed by the odd couple pairing of Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah for a remake of Luc Besson’s... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: Kevin Macdonald Recreates, Captures Real Life in The Mauritanian, Life in a Day 2020

February 9, 2021 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Kevin Macdonald Recreates, Captures Real Life in <em>The Mauritanian</em>, <em>Life in a Day 2020</em>

Twenty years ago, Scottish director Kevin Macdonald won an Oscar for his documentary, One Day in September, but in the two decades since, he has successfully straddled the line between narrative and documentary with a filmography that constantly sees him trying new things. Macdonald’s latest film, The Mauritanian, allows him to continue to balance... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: George C. Wolfe on Adapting August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

January 25, 2021 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: George C. Wolfe on Adapting August Wilson’s <em>Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom</em>

If you were to judge a director by the number of movies they’ve released into movie theaters, you’d be paying a huge disservice to Director George C. Wolfe, who has won multiple Tony, Obie and Drama Desk Awards for his stage direction as well as a Directors Guild award for directing the 2005 HBO television... »