“ Mary Poppins (1964)
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Love Bug, The (1968)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) ” - felix87
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, 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
“ Beetlejuice (1988)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Big fish (2003)
Alice in wonderland (2010) ” - felix87
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith
) and worked on making his own short films...
“ El laberinto del fauno (2006) ” - felix87
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...
“ Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
King Kong (2005) ” - felix87
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg
“ Unbreakable (2000)
Lady in the Water (2006) ” - felix87
“ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Jumanji (1995) ” - felix87
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ Jabberwocky (1977)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) ” - felix87
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Splash (1984)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ” - felix87
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer
started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre...
“ Neco z Alenky (1988) ” - felix87
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins
and Mark Lewman
) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Being John Malkovich (1999)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) ” - felix87
Indian director Tarsem Singh is the son of an aircraft engineer. He was educated at Bishop Cotton Boy's School in Shimla and relocated to the USA to study business at Harvard and, significantly, film studies at the Art Center College of Design in California. Upon graduating he embarked on a career as a director of music videos...
“ The Fall (2006)
Mirror Mirror (2012) ” - felix87
“ James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Monkeybone (2001) ” - felix87
Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation pictures, shot in ten days for $60,000...
“ Gremlins (1984)
Small soldiers (1998)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) ” - felix87
“ Back to the Future (1985)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Beowulf (2007) ” - felix87
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner
(née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner
. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ The Princess Bride (1987) ” - felix87
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...
“ The Fountain (2006) ” - felix87
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...
“ Hook (1991) ” - felix87
This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies. Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees. Both films had the military and scientists clash, also both had choppers all over the place...
“ Die unendliche Geschichte (1984) ” - felix87
“ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) ” - felix87
“ Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) ” - felix87
“ Stardust (2007)
Kick-Ass (2010) ” - felix87
“ The Goonies (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985) ” - felix87
“ Critters (1986)
101 Dalmatians (1996) ” - felix87
Describing his childhood as that of a typical Air Force brat and the oldest of 2 brothers and a sister, Kevin Reynolds graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.A. and then a J.D. (law degree) in the early 1970s. His father was a tenured psychology professor and University vice-president...
“ Waterworld (1995) ” - felix87
Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends
, a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work...
“ The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Dark Crystal (1982)
Labyrinth (1986) ” - felix87
“ Dark Crystal (1982)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
The Stepford Wives (2004) ” - felix87
“ Sixteen Candles (1984)
Weird Science (1985) ” - felix87
Steve Barron started in films as a camera assistant on epic productions such as Richard Donner's 'Superman', Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' and Ridley Scott's 'The Duellist's'. He began directing music videos in the early eighties for The Jam, Human League, and Adam & the Ants, his work helping to inspire the formation of MTV...
“ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) ” - felix87
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus
was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "Gremlins"...
“ Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) ” - felix87
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Elf (2003) ” - felix87
“ Casper (1995)
Lemony Snicket (2004) ” - felix87
A graduate of Prague's School of Arts and Crafts, in 1936 he created a puppet theater, which was disbanded after the outbreak of WWII. During the war he designed stage sets and illustrated children's books. In 1945 he set up an animation unit with several collaborators at the Prague film studio; they called the unit "Trick Brothers." Trnka specialized in puppet animation...
“ Sen noci svatojánské (1959)
Ruka (1965) ” - felix87
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ Toys (1992) ” - felix87
Ken Hughes was an award-winning writer and director who flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, though he continued directing into the early 1980s. Born in Liverpool, England, on January 19, 1922, Hughes decided early in his life that he wanted to be a filmmaker. When he was 14 years old he won an amateur movie-making contest...
“ Chitty chitty bang bang (1968) ” - felix87
“ The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) ” - felix87
“ The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
If Looks Could Kill (1991) ” - felix87
“ Howard the Duck (1986) ” - felix87
“ A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) ” - felix87
Jack Donohue started as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, continued as a dancer, dance director and dance teacher for tap dance (most prominent pupil: Eleanor Powell
) in New York and in London (he starred in the British film Rhythm in the Air
with his wife Tutta Rolf
). He began working in Hollywood in 1933 as a choreographer and dance director...
“ Babes in Toyland (1961) ” - felix87
A graduate of Carnegie Tech, Arthur Lubin entered films as an actor in the 1920s, and after appearing in many films turned to directing in 1934, mainly for Universal. His forte was light comedy, but he helmed many different types of pictures for the studio. Lubin was the director Universal entrusted with its new comedy team of Bud Abbott
and Lou Costello
; he didn't let the studio down...
“ Francis (1950)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) ” - felix87
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp
, was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he directed. He worked steadily thereafter...
“ The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) ” - felix87
“ The Ugly Dachshund (1966) ” - felix87
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe...
“ The Jungle Book (1994) ” - felix87
“ Babe (1995)
Miss Potter (2006) ” - felix87
Harold D. Schuster
A highly regarded editor (he cut the classic Sunrise
), Harold D. Schuster started out in films as an actor. It didn't take him long to abandon that career, and he turned to the production side of the business, working his way up to editor and eventually taking the reins as a director. While much of his directorial output is routine...
“ So Dear to My Heart (1948) ” - felix87
“ Space jam (1996) ” - felix87
“ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) ” - felix87
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. Born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Bakshi grew up in Brownsville after his family came to New York to escape World War II. Bakshi attended the Thomas Jefferson High School and was later transferred to the High School of Industrial Arts and graduated with an award in cartooning in 1957...
“ Cool World (1992) ” - felix87
“ Navigator (1986)
White Fang (1991)
Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) ” - felix87
“ Underdog (2007) ” - felix87
“ Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
The Secret of Moonacre (2008) ” - felix87
“ The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) ” - felix87
“ The Golden Compass (2007) ” - felix87
Softley was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing, London, and Queens' College, Cambridge University, where he was a member of the college's dramatic society, the BATS, and directed a number of highly-praised theatrical productions. He worked for Granada TV and the BBC before becoming a director of music videos and...
“ Inkheart (2008) ” - felix87