Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan
was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ I don't think there is any question about how great this particular filmmaker is. Ever since Memento, he has proven himself to be something quite different from anything we have ever seen before in movies. No matter if he stands there as director, writer or producer, his films becomes masterpieces. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ I can not even start describing this genius. He is crazy, no doubt about it, but undoubtedly one of the very best filmmakers of all time. His writing is ingenious, with crazy stories and awesome dialogue unlike any other. His directing is new and exciting. All in all, he is a master. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Sure, he started his career with some pretty strange movies that aren't in my taste, but after the failure of The Frighteners he decided to adapat the stories of JRR Tolkien, Merian C. Cooper and Alice Sebold, and has since only created masterpieces. Using old, boring and dusty stories as ground, he adapts them into masterpieces. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ I can't even start describing this genius. He was one of the best filmmakers of his time, and made masterpiece after masterpiece. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Until this the second golden age in Hollywood, quite a lot of the screenplays were boring stuff about nothing. But that wouldn't matter, if the director's name was Alfred Hitchcock. He may well be the greatest director of all time, and when he gets to strut his stuff (in Psycho, Rebecca and so on), his movies become masterpieces. If only he had ever written the screenplays himself too, maybe he would have been the greatest filmmaker of all time. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch
shortly after he turned 21...
“ The very first few minutes of the first episode of Twin Peaks should be enough to convince us about the skills of this director. He has some strange taste, but a lot of skill. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Damon may prefer to sit in the chair of the writer and executive producer, but even so his skills come through to the finished product. Lost is a testament of this man's skills, and I very much look forward to seeing Cowboys & Aliens and Prometheus. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Similar to Hitchcock, Spielberg seldom writes, but even so, he manages to turn the screenplays into spectacular pieces of cinema, unlike most pictures one has seen otherwhere. From the moment he finished Jaws to the day he finished Tintin, he shows great skill. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
James Richard Kelly better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. Kelly was born James Richard Kelly in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Lane and Ennis Kelly. He grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, where he attended Midlothian High School and graduated in 1993...
“ Since Donnie Darko, he seems to have wandered off his path, and neither Southerland Tales nor The Box can match his debut. Even so, from his debut and onward, great skill as screenwriter and director is shown. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price
“ It is as most clear in Edward Scissorhands and Corspe Bride. When Tim sits in the director's and producer's chair, while simultaneously have been a part in the conception and early development of the project, he manages to create such characters, worlds and stories that it is impossible to not be amazed. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994. Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English. Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento
. Wrote the short story, "Memento Mori", on which the film Memento
“ Christopher's brother shows great skill as a writer. From his great short story "Memento Mori" to his screenplay for "The Dak Knight" he shows great skill and mastership. I can't wait to see "Person of Interest" and "Hell and Gone". ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Jackson's wife has been at his side as a writer, producer and songwriter for quite some time, and it is clear that without her the masterpieces of her husband's could never have been made. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ After producing his friend's Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels" he made a career on his own, starting up with the great crime film "L4yer Cak3" and continuing with "Stardust" and "Kickass". He truly is a filmmaker who can kick some ass, you ask me. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Abrams is a producer of some weight, and after a shaky beginning of his career he has produced some of the best TV-series and better films of the 2000s. Lost and Cloverfield are just two examples of films that show us his skill. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ The mind and heart behind Pixar has shown himself to be a great filmmaker. Starting his career with smaller short films, he has gone on to make films loved by everyone, toddlers and teenagers and grown-ups and retired people alike. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures
. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ Since Lasseter has withdrawn and started preferring working as an executive producer, it is up to Andrew (and Brad Bird and Pete Docter) to show the world what Pixar Animations can do. Starting up as a great writer, and now continuing as a great director, he has with Wall-E created one of the best animated movies of all time. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian Jewish descent...
“ I only need to watch Superbad and Pineapple Express to know that Seth Rogen is a great actor, producer and writer. Sure, he doesn't seem to know the meaning of the word "serious", but everything he has a had a part in - including commentary on the movies he's made - becomes hilarious and great. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. In 1988...
“ The creator of "The Simpsons"... Do I even need to explain why this guy is a genius? ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Say what you want about the screenplay for "Kingdom of Heaven" or the realism of the protagonist, but in it mr. Scott shows great skill as a director, similar to that of Gladiator, perhaps one of the greatest film of all time. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ I have yet to see any other creation of Welles than "Citizen Kane", but that is irrelevant. In that single film - directed, produced, written and acted by him at the age of 25 - is enough to show us what a great master of cinema he was. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in the propane business...
“ Another genius among animators has shown great skill in every awesome project made by him so far. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Together with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Philippa works as writer and co-producer, and is a part of creating some of the best movies of all time in her own way. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Perhaps Sweden's greatest filmmaker, Måns Mårlind is an imaginative and fresh new writer-director unlike any other. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
With Last Round
(Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular success followed with his breakthrough short fiction film...
“ Festen may well be one of Scandinavia's ever greatest picture, much thanks to its great writer-director. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to realize that his true love...
“ "The West Wing" and "The Social Network" are the great creations of this writer. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions
is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions
is the trilogy closed. Here, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August
play his mother...
“ The greatest Scandinavian filmmaker of all time? No.
The greatest Scandinavian director of all time? Yes. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film...
“ Since the beginning, little of interest have come from the desk of Mr. McQuarrie. But with "The Usual Suspects", he has shown a great skill in terms of screenwriting. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ With Cracker, perhaps the best-written and most well-made British crime series so far, McGovern has shown himself a great writer and producer. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman
started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's directorial debut...
“ Danny Elfman may be a film composer first and foremost, but his expertise as a filmmaker is seldom beat, and when teaming up with Tim Burton he has created some ingenious pictures. Without him, films like "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "Corpse Bride" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" would never have ended up as great as they are. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Drew Goddard was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He attended Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated in 1993. He then attended the University of Colorado, and worked as a production assistant in L.A. after graduation. A spec script Drew wrote based on Six Feet Under
came to the attention of both Marti Noxon
at Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and David Greenwalt
“ The great screenwriter behind some of my favourite episodes of Lost - as well as the great screenwriter behind Cloverfield - Drew Goddard is a filmmaker whose work I really look forward to seeing more of. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ In this day and age, many directors have the exact same "directing styles". A young filmmaker who has his own, unique style is Neill Blomkamp, whose commercials, short films and great feature debut all show great skill. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Amount of feature films made by Duncan Jones: 2
Amount of masterpieces made by Duncan Jones: 2
This should speak for itself. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ Until David Yates showed up, the Harry Potter film series was almost laughable. Now, with him teaming up with Steve Kloves, we have finally managed to get some balance in the series. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ There are few directors who work in so strange ways than Aronofsky, and yet his movies becomes awesome in every single way. If only he could go back to writing as well, I can see many great movies in the future. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ "Den Bästa Sommaren", "Smala Susie" and "Bröllopsfotografen" are all three examples of Sweden's five best movies, and I think we can thank this great filmmaker for that. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty
at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Generally, I think that a film can only truly be called "A film by" if the filmmaker in question has in some way been a part of the writing/conception process. David Fincher isn't a writer, but his style is still so original and so great, that his movies truly are HIS movies. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ So far the only film by Josh Olson that I have seen is "A History of Violence", but that film - with ingenious adaptation from the original graphic novel, alongside terrific characters and dialogue - tells me all I need to know about this guy's genius. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ The co-creator of Game of Thrones and screenwriter of Troy has shown great skills in adapting great tales into as good as the original and much better than the original, respectively. ” - anandpsivan-202-755728
“ The founder of independent film industry Snowgum films, this guy has made some of the best short films I've seen so far, including "Run Rincewind Run", "Goldilocked", "Snowgumalanche" and "Undead Ted". I really look forward to his and his team's upcoming "Troll Bridge". ” - anandpsivan-202-755728