Category:Film directors from Los Angeles
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Francis Lawrence is an American filmmaker and producer, who has worked on films, television shows, and music videos. He is best known for directing three of the four films in the Hunger Games film series, Lawrence was born to American parents in Vienna, Austria. His father is a Theoretical Physicist who taught at California State University, Northridge and he moved to Los Angeles at the age of three. Lawrence worked as 2nd assistant camera on the feature Pump Up the Volume directed by Allan Moyle prior to earning his bachelors degree in production at Loyola Marymount University Film School. He went on to work as first AD on the feature Marching out of Time directed by Anton Vassil in 1993, Francis Lawrence joined ex-classmate Michael Jason Rosen in co-directing music videos. Lawrence directed his first music videos for the San Jose band and Lawrence made the two videos for a total of $3,000 with DP Jeffrey Michael Cutter, another ex-classmate, shooting for them. Lawrence and Cutter made a video for Michael Blakey, president of Atico Records and Tidal Force drummer for that bands single, Lawrence became known for his original and imaginative music video scripts and visual directing style.
In 2005, his film debut was Constantine based on the Hellblazer comic book. In 2007, he directed I Am Legend, with Will Smith, in 2011, he directed Water for Elephants. In 2012, Lawrence directed and executive produced the episode of the Fox paranormal series. He is currently signed to DNA Inc, in 2011, he won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form for directing Lady Gagas Bad Romance music video. In April 2012, Lionsgate Films announced that Lawrence had been selected to direct the adaptation of the novel Catching Fire. The book and film were the sequel to the hit, The Hunger Games. This film adaptation of The Hunger Games was directed by Gary Ross, Lawrence was officially confirmed as the director for the film on May 3,2012. He returned to direct the two parts of the series, The Hunger Games, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. Lawrence is currently working on an adaptation of the novel Survivor by Chuck Palahnuik. He is set to direct Red Sparrow, based on a book by Jason Matthews, the Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton star.
He is the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company, after being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs, Lasseter oversees all of Pixars films and associated projects as executive producer. In addition, he directed Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and he is currently directing Toy Story 4, scheduled for a 2019 release. Since 2007, Lasseter oversees all of Walt Disney Animation Studios films and he has won two Academy Awards, for Animated Short Film, as well as a Special Achievement Award. Lasseter was born in Hollywood and his mother, Jewell Mae, was an art teacher at Bell Gardens High School, and his father, Paul Eual Lasseter, was a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. Lasseter is a twin, his sister Johanna Lasseter-Curtis, who became a baker based in the Lake Tahoe area, is six minutes older.
Lasseter grew up in Whittier and his mothers profession contributed to his growing preoccupation with animation. He often drew cartoons during church services at the Church of Christ his family attended, as a child, Lasseter would race home from school to watch Chuck Jones cartoons on television. While in high school, he read The Art of Animation by Bob Thomas, the book covered the history of Disney animation and explored the making of Disneys 1959 film Sleeping Beauty, which made Lasseter realize he wanted to do animation himself. When he saw Disneys 1963 film The Sword in the Stone, Lasseters higher education began at Pepperdine University, which was the alma mater of his parents and his siblings. However, he heard of a new animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. During his time there, he produced two animated shorts — Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare — which both won the student Academy Award for Animation. Upon graduating in 1979, Lasseter immediately obtained a job as an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation mostly due to his success with Lady and the Lamp.
In the fall of 1979, Disney animator Mel Shaw told the Los Angeles Times that Johns got a feel for character and movement. In time, hell make a fine contribution, up to that time, the studio had used a multiplane camera to add depth to its animation. He knew adding dimension to animation had been a dream of animators. Lasseter and his colleagues unknowingly stepped on some of their direct superiors toes by circumventing them in their enthusiasm to get the project into motion, a few minutes after the meeting, Lasseter was summoned by Hansen to his office
Christopher Edward Nolan is an English-American film director, producer and editor. He is one of the directors in history, and among the most successful. The acclaim garnered by his independent films gave Nolan the opportunity to make the thriller film Insomnia. His nine films have grossed over US$4.2 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 26 Oscar nominations, Nolan has co-written several of his films with his younger brother and runs the production company Syncopy Inc. with his wife, Emma Thomas. Nolans films are rooted in philosophical and ethical concepts, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and his English father, Brendan James Nolan, was an advertising executive, and his American mother, worked as a flight attendant and an English teacher. His childhood was split between London and Evanston, and he has both British and American citizenship and he has an older brother, Matthew Francis Nolan, a convicted criminal, and a younger brother, Jonathan. He began making films at age seven, borrowing his fathers Super 8 camera, growing up, Nolan was particularly influenced by Star Wars, and around the age of eight he made a stop motion animation homage called Space Wars.
His uncle who worked at NASA, building systems for the Apollo rockets. I re-filmed them off the screen and cut them in, thinking no-one would notice, from the age of 11, he aspired to be a professional filmmaker. When Nolans family relocated to Chicago during his years, he started making films with Adrien. He has continued his collaboration with the brothers, receiving a credit for his assistance on their Oscar-nominated documentary Genghis Blues. Nolan worked alongside Roko on documenting a safari across four African countries, Nolan was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College, an independent school in Hertford Heath and read English literature at University College London. He chose UCL specifically for its facilities, which comprised a Steenbeck editing suite and 16 mm film cameras. Nolan was president of the Unions Film Society, and with Emma Thomas he screened 35 mm feature films during the school year, during his college years, Nolan made two short films. The first was the surreal 8 mm Tarantella, which was shown on Image Union, the second was Larceny, filmed over a weekend in black and white with a limited cast and equipment.
Funded by Nolan and shot with the equipment, it appeared at the Cambridge Film Festival in 1996 and is considered one of UCLs best shorts. After graduation, Nolan worked as a reader, camera operator. He made a short, about a man chasing an insect around a flat with a shoe
Iwao Takamoto was an American animator, television producer, and film director. He began his career as a production and character designer for Walt Disney Productions films such as Sleeping Beauty, Lady, he moved to Hanna-Barbera Productions where he designed a great majority of the characters, including Scooby-Doo and Astro and eventually became a director and producer. His father emigrated from Hiroshima to the United States for his health, at 15 years of age, Takamoto graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Takamotos family, like many Japanese Americans, was forced to move to an internment camp and they spent the rest of World War II in the Manzanar internment camp. It was there that Takamoto received basic training from two co-internees. Takamoto first entered the world after the end of the war. Without the benefit of a portfolio of his work, he created a sketchbook of, by his own admission. It was based on this sketchbook that he applied to work at the Disney studios and he was hired as an assistant animator by Walt Disney Studios in 1945.
Takamoto eventually became an assistant to Milt Kahl and he worked as an animator and character designer on such titles as Cinderella, Peter Pan and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Takamoto left Disney in 1961 and joined Hanna-Barbera Productions and he worked in several positions there, but is arguably best known as a character designer. He was responsible for the character design of such characters as Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons dog Astro. He worked as a producer at Hanna-Barbera, supervising shows such as The Addams Family, Hong Kong Phooey and he directed several feature length animated films, including Charlottes Web and Jetsons, The Movie. The inspiration for Scooby-Doos creation as a Great Dane came from an employee of the Hanna-Barbera company, Takamoto was Vice-President of Creative Design at Hanna-Barbera and was responsible for overseeing H-Bs many merchandising lines as well as design work for their Animation Art Dept. In 1996 he received the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement, in 2005 he received the Golden Award from the Animation Guild, to honor his more than 50 years of service in the animation field.
After Time-Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1996, Takamoto became Vice President of Special Projects for Warner Brothers Animation, Iwao Takamoto married Jane M. Baer in 1957. They met at Disney while working on the animated feature Sleeping Beauty and were married for almost seven years and they had one son together, Michael. In 1963 he met Barbara Farber who was the assistant to the public relations director at Hanna-Barbera, part of her job was studio tours, which was how she and Takamoto met. Takamoto married Barbara in 1964 and remained married to her for 44 years, Barbara had a daughter from a former marriage, Leslie
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an English film director and producer, at times referred to as The Master of Suspense. He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres and he had a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies and became renowned as Englands best director. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939, and became a US citizen in 1955 and he fashioned for himself a recognisable directorial style. Hitchcocks stylistic trademarks include the use of movement that mimics a persons gaze. In addition, he framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy and his work often features fugitives on the run alongside icy blonde female characters. Prior to 1980, there had long been talk of Hitchcock being knighted for his contribution to film, Hitchcock received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours. Hitchcock directed more than fifty films in a career spanning six decades and is often regarded as one of the most influential directors in cinematic history.
His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else, Hitchcocks first thriller, The Lodger, A Story of the London Fog, helped shape the thriller genre in film. His 1929 film, Blackmail, is cited as the first British sound feature film, while Rear Window, North by Northwest. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone and he was the second son and the youngest of three children of William Hitchcock, a greengrocer and poulterer, and Emma Jane Hitchcock. He was named after his fathers brother, Hitchcock was raised as a Roman Catholic, and sent to Salesian College and the Jesuit grammar school St Ignatius College in Stamford Hill, London. His parents were both of half-English and half-Irish ancestry and he often described a lonely and sheltered childhood that was worsened by his obesity. Around age five, Hitchcock recalled that to him for behaving badly. This incident implanted a lifelong fear of policemen in Hitchcock, and such harsh treatment, sources vary on Hitchcocks performance in school.
Gene Adair reports that by most accounts, Alfred was only an average, or slightly above-average, however, McGilligan writes that Hitchcock certainly excelled academically. When Hitchcock was 15, his father died, in that same year, he left St. Ignatius to study at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation in Poplar, London. After leaving, he became a draftsman and advertising designer with a company called Henleys. Hitchcock joined a regiment of the Royal Engineers in 1917
Sofia Carmina Coppola is an American screenwriter, director and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, in 2010, with the drama Somewhere, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Her father is director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, sofia Coppola was born in New York City, New York, the youngest child and only daughter of set decorator/artist Eleanor Coppola and director Francis Ford Coppola. Her father is of Italian descent, at fifteen, she interned with Chanel. Coppola is a 1989 graduate of St. Helena High School and she attended Mills College and the California Institute of the Arts. After dropping out of college, Coppola started a line called Milkfed. Coppolas acting career, marked by frequent criticisms of nepotism, began while she was an infant, the best known of these early roles is her appearance in The Godfather as the infant Michael Francis Rizzi in the baptism scene.
Coppola responded to a question about her role in The Godfather Part III in a 2013 interview, I didnt really think about the public aspect of it. People felt very attached to the Godfather films, I grew up with them being no big deal. I mean, I understand theyre great films but and it makes sense that people would have an opinion about it but I got a lot of attention I wasnt expecting. I was going to art school anyway so I was able to get back to what I was doing and it was before the Internet so magazines would come out but the next month they were gone. There wasnt even as much paparazzi around and she has since been quoted as saying that she was not hurt by the criticism from her role in The Godfather Part III, because she never especially wanted an acting career. Coppolas first short film was Lick the Star and it played many times on the Independent Film Channel. She made her film directing debut with The Virgin Suicides. It received critical acclaim upon its premiere in North America at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released that year and her second feature was Lost in Translation.
Coppola won the Academy Award for her screenplay and three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture Musical or Comedy. Her win for best original screenplay in 2003 made her a third-generation Oscar winner, in 2004, Coppola was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her third film was the biopic Marie Antoinette, adapted from the biography by British historian Antonia Fraser, Kirsten Dunst plays the title character, who marries King Louis XVI, played by Jason Schwartzman, Coppolas cousin
Paul Hunter is a music video director known for popular music singles. He has directed over 100 music videos, television advertisements and was nominated for an Emmy for Nikes Freestyle commercial, Hunter graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Radio, TV & Film. Hunter has worked with artists including Aaliyah, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Tyrese Gibson, Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz. Hunter made his feature directorial debut with Bulletproof Monk for MGM, starring Chow Yun Fat. Hunters directed the video of Michael Jacksons come-back single, You Rock My World
Fred J. Lincoln was an American director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer of pornographic films. Born as Fred Piantadosi, Lincoln grew up in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. His career in film and video was prolific, his filmography at the Internet Movie Database credits him as the director of 310 films, the producer of 42. In 1984, Lincoln won the Critics Adult Film Award as Best Director for his film and his credits in mainstream cinema are limited, although he did play the role of Weasel Podowski in Wes Cravens 1972 horror film, The Last House on the Left. He contributed to its DVD commentary track with costars David Hess, Lincoln is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame, and the XRCO Hall of Fame. Lincoln succeeded Larry Levinson as the owner of the 1970s and 1980s New York City sex club Platos Retreat, Lincoln was married several times, most notably to pornographic director Patti Rhodes-Lincoln and former pornographic actress Tiffany Clark. At one point, Lincoln lived in Ventura, California, in an apartment adjacent to pornographic actress Erica Boyer, Lincoln died on January 16,2013 at his home in Los Angeles from complications of emphysema and heart disease at age 76.
He is survived by his daughter Angelica and his son, Fred Lincoln at the Internet Movie Database Fred J. Lincoln at Find a Grave