Visual and Fine Artists & Photographers & Designers & Graphic Designers & Performance Artists & Choreographers & Painters & Architects who became filmmakers

by John-564-342449 | created - 05 Mar 2017 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

I collect everyone who had a training in the Visual Arts, Fine Arts, Design, Sculpture, Fashion, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Performance Art, Choreography, Architecture etc. or who worked in one of these fields before starting to make films…

More suggestions are welcome! Please provide a credible source.

Thanks!

-- Mark Cousins' "The Eyes of Orson Welles" (2018) explores the connection between a fine arts education and filmmaking well.

-- more related film projects not on IMDB yet:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/mar/19/terror-nullius-controversial-australian-film-loses-funders-support

1. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

Turner Prize winner.

2. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...

3. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

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 ...

4. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

5. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

6. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Bad ma ra khahad bord

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

7. Mike Mills

Director | Beginners

Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.

He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker (2005). Architecture ...

8. Garth Davis

Director | Lion

Garth Davis is a renowned film, television and commercials director whose feature directorial debut Lion was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. For the first time in the history of the Directors Guild of America, Davis was nominated twice in the same year for Lion - for the ...

9. Jerry Schatzberg

Director | Scarecrow

Before going on to direct films in the 1970s, Jerry Schatzberg had already established a career as a professional photographer. His work appeared in many magazines including 'Vogue' and 'McCall's'.

10. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

11. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

see his IMDB quotes

12. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

13. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

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 ...

14. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

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 ...

15. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

16. Joseph Kosinski

Director | Tron

Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style has quickly made a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, "Tron Legacy" for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for ...

17. Chris Cunningham

Make_up_department | Judge Dredd

Chris Cunningham made his directorial debut in 1997 with the music video for "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin, which was instantly praised, banned, and raved about by many people in the business. He followed up by making the music video for "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin, and the astounding "All is Full...

18. Pipilotti Rist

Director | Pepperminta

Pipilotti Rist was born on June 21, 1962 in Rheintal, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Pepperminta (2009), Als der Bruder meiner Mutter geboren wurde, duftete es nach wilden Birnenblüten vor dem braungebrannten Sims (1992) and I'm Not the Girl Who Misses Much (1986).

19. Shirin Neshat

Director | Zanan-e bedun-e mardan

Shirin Neshat was born on March 26, 1957 in Ghazvin, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (2009), Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017) and Rapture (1999).

20. Anton Corbijn

Director | Control

Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).

21. Tom Ford

Director | A Single Man

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label.

Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were...

22. Miranda July

Writer | Me and You and Everyone We Know

Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004!

She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards.

Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard ...

23. Omer Fast

Director | Remainder

Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972, and grew up in Israel and Jericho, New York, USA. He is a contemporary video artist and filmmaker. His multichannel video installations blur the boundaries between documentary, dramatization, and fantasy. His feature film debut Remainder (2015) was presented...

Professor für Moving Image/Video, Karlsruhe, Germany

24. Saul Bass

Director | Why Man Creates

Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920 and is a widely acclaimed graphic designer with a career spanning over 40 years. Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his ...

25. Karl Lagerfeld

Costume_department | Tacones lejanos

Karl Lagerfeld was born on September 10, 1933 in Hamburg, Germany as Karl Otto Lagerfeldt. He is a costume designer and actor, known for High Heels (1991), The Tale of a Fairy (2011) and The Valet (2006).

26. Wolfgang Tillmans

Director | Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos

Wolfgang Tillmans was born on August 16, 1968 in Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a director, known for Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos (2003), Pet Shop Boys: Home and Dry (2002) and If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans (2008).

27. Andy Warhol

Director | Blue Movie

Andrew Warhol's father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavackyová Warholová, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During his teenage years...

28. Julian Schnabel

Director | Le scaphandre et le papillon

Julian Schnabel was born on October 26, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director, known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Before Night Falls (2000) and At Eternity's Gate (2018).

29. Derek Jarman

Director | Edward II

Derek Jarman was born on January 31, 1942 in London, England as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Edward II (1991), Caravaggio (1986) and Wittgenstein (1993). He died on February 19, 1994 in London.

30. Werner Nekes

Director | Hynningen

Werner Nekes was born on April 29, 1944 in Erfurt, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for Hynningen (1984), Beuys (1981) and Uliisses (1982). He was married to Dore O.. He died on January 22, 2017 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany.

31. Christoph Schlingensief

Director | Menu total

Christoph Schlingensief was born on October 24, 1960 in Oberhausen, Germany as Christoph Maria Schlingensief. He was a director and actor, known for Menu total (1986), Mutters Maske (1988) and Punkt (1980). He was married to Aino Laberenz. He died on August 21, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

32. Tristan Tzara

Director | Le coeur à barbe

Tristan Tzara was born on April 16, 1896 in Moinesti, Bacãu, Romania as Samuel Rosenstock. He was a director and producer, known for Le coeur à barbe (1930), Les statues meurent aussi (1953) and Tristan Tzara (1949). He was married to Greta Knutson. He died on December 25, 1963 in Paris, ...

33. Heinz Emigholz

Director | Streetscapes

Heinz Emigholz was born on January 22, 1948 in Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Streetscapes (2017), Sense of Architecture (2009) and Normalsatz (1982).

34. Agnès B.

Producer | Je m'appelle Hmmm...

Agnès B. was born on November 26, 1941 in Versailles, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France as Agnès Troublé. She is a producer, known for Je m'appelle Hmmm... (2013), Spring Breakers (2012) and Inland Empire (2006).

35. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

36. Weiwei Ai

Director | Human Flow

Weiwei Ai was born on August 28, 1957 in Beijing, China. He is a director and producer, known for Human Flow (2017), Ai Weiwei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 (2014) and Xi mei (2013). He is married to Lu Qing.

37. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

38. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Special Mention: He's not trained in any of these fields AFAIK, but he uses designer methods: I read he always creates a 'scrap book' as a visual reference guide for every one of his movies.

39. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

40. David Hamilton

Director | Bilitis

David Hamilton was born on April 15, 1933 in London, England. He was a director and writer, known for Bilitis (1977), Laura, les ombres de l'été (1979) and Un été à Saint-Tropez (1983). He was married to Gertrude and Mona Kristensen. He died on November 25, 2016 ...

41. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

42. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

43. Jean Negulesco

Director | Boy on a Dolphin

Jean Negulesco made his reputation as a director of both polished, popular entertainments as well as critically acclaimed dramatic pictures in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Craiova, Romania, he left home at age 12, ending up in Paris. He earned some money washing dishes, which paid for his art ...

44. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

Studied F/X.

45. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

Studied F/X.

46. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

47. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

48. Pitof

Director | Vidocq

Pitof was born on July 4, 1957 in Paris, France as Jean-Christophe Comar. He is known for his work on Vidocq (2001), Catwoman (2004) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).

49. Enki Bilal

Director | Tykho Moon

Born in Yugoslavia, his mother was Czech and his Bosnian father used to be Tito's tailor. His family fled the country to France in 1960, where Enki learns French and discovers cinema and comic books. In 1971, he wins a contest organized by the famous comics magazine Pilote with his first story "...

50. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

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 ...

51. Harmony Korine

Director | Gummo

Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids (1995) for director Larry Clark....

52. Julia Loktev

Director | Day Night Day Night

Julia Loktev was born on December 12, 1969. She is a director and editor, known for Day Night Day Night (2006), The Loneliest Planet (2011) and Moment of Impact (1998).

53. Laura Poitras

Producer | Citizenfour

Laura Poitras was born on February 2, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer and cinematographer, known for Citizenfour (2014), The Oath (2010) and My Country, My Country (2006).

...started her education by visiting experimental film courses in the San Francisco Art Institute. She defines herself today as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and artist.

54. Larry Clark

Director | Bully

Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids (1995). He was ...

55. Sam Taylor-Johnson

Director | Nowhere Boy

Sam Taylor-Johnson was born on March 4, 1967 in London, England as Samantha Louise Taylor-Wood. She is a director and producer, known for Nowhere Boy (2009), Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and Love You More (2008). She has been married to Aaron Taylor-Johnson since June 21, 2012. They have two ...

56. Donald Cammell

Director | Wild Side

British director Donald Cammell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1934, came from a wealthy shipbuilding family. He began his career as a painter and by the mid-'60s was celebrated among the "Swinging London" crowd. He made his foray into the film industry when he wrote the script for The Touchables...

57. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

58. Iain Forsyth

Director | 20,000 Days on Earth

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met at Goldsmtihs and have worked collaboratively as visual artists since the mid-nineties. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary art. Their work is collected by ...

60. Todd Haynes

Director | Far from Heaven

Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). ...

61. Alexandros Avranas

Director | Miss Violence

Alexander Avranas, born in Larissa in 1977. He started studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1998-2001) and then he continued at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. With his first film "Without" he win seven awards at the 49th Film Festival of Thesaloniki and suggested for the Best ...

62. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant ...

63. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

64. Marina Abramovic

Producer | Destricted

Marina Abramovic was born on November 30, 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is a producer and actress, known for Destricted (2006), Stories on Human Rights (2008) and Padre (2016). She was previously married to Paolo Canevari and Nesa Paripovic.

65. Helmut Newton

Eyes of Laura Mars

Helmut Newton was born on October 31, 1920 in Berlin, Germany as Helmut Neustädter. He is known for his work on Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Chanel No. 5: Whispered (1973) and Chanel No. 5: Mystery (1977). He was married to June Newton. He died on January 23, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

directed some commercials ?

66. Edward Lachman

Cinematographer | Carol

Edward Lachman was born on March 31, 1948 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Far from Heaven (2002) and Ken Park (2002).

67. David Byrne

Soundtrack | True Stories

David Byrne is an Oscar winning composer, songwriter and singer, best known for being frontman of the New Wave/punk band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Born in Scotland but raised in the United States in Maryland, Byrne began performing musically in high school.

Byrne ...

68. Brillante Mendoza

Director | Kaleldo

Brillante Mendoza was born on July 30, 1960 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He is a director and producer, known for Kaleldo (2006), Thy Womb (2012) and Kinatay (2009).

…worked as a production designer first.

69. Yong-Kyun Bae

Director | Geomeuna dange huina baekseong

Mr. Bae studied visual arts in South Korea and France, and he's an art professor in Korea. His first and the only feature length film, "Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?", probably is the only film in Korean film history to be released abroad first. Its sudden debut caused quite a stir Korea,...

Mr. Bae studied visual arts in South Korea and France, and he's an art professor in Korea. His first feature length film, "Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?" won the Golden Leopard at Locarno.

70. Ki-duk Kim

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...

71. Carolina Hellsgård

Director | Wanja

Carolina Hellsgård works as a writer and director in Stockholm and Berlin. After completing a MFA from the Berlin University of Arts in 2007, she received a DAAD-postgraduate artist grant for Los Angeles, where she studied film directing and screen writing at the California Institute of the Arts. ...

Born 1977 in Stockholm. Studied Experimental Mediadesign in Berlin & at CalArts.

72. Peter Lilienthal

Director | David

His family emigrated to Uruguay in 1939. 1956 scholarship at the Hochschule der Kuenste (HDK) in Berlin, Germany. Between 1959 and 1964 he worked at the German TV channel Suedwestfunk, first as an assistant, later as a director. 1967/68 he was lecturer at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in ...

73. Elfi Mikesch

Cinematographer | Execution: A Story of Mary

Elfi Mikesch was born on May 31, 1940 in Judenburg, Styria, Austria. She is a cinematographer and director, known for Execution: A Story of Mary (1979), Ich denke oft an Hawaii (1978) and Malina (1991). She has been married to Fritz Mikesch since 1960.

74. Jan Ralske

Director | Not a Love Song

Jan Ralske was born on March 7, 1956 in Wichita County, Texas, USA as Jan Stephen Ralske. He is known for his work on Not a Love Song (1997), Nicht besiegt (1990) and Badolato: Hoffen auf ein Wunder (2001).

BA in Design.

76. Ralitza Petrova

Director | Bezbog

Born in Bulgaria, Ralitza lives and works between Bulgaria, England, and France. In early life she studied Fine Art, and later Fiction Directing at the UK's National Film and Television School. Her films have won acclaim at Cannes, Berlin, and Locarno film festivals. In 2007 she was awarded the ...

77. Albert Serra

Director | La mort de Louis XIV

Albert Serra was born in 1975 in Banyoles, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for The Death of Louis XIV (2016), Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria (2006) and Història de la meva mort (2013).

78. Cristi Puiu

Writer | Aurora

Cristi Puiu was born on April 3, 1967 in Bucharest, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for Aurora (2010), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) and Marfa si banii (2001). He has been married to Anca Puiu since April 21, 1998. They have three children.

79. Isaac Julien

Director | Looking for Langston

Isaac Julien was born in February 1960 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Looking for Langston (1989), Derek (2008) and Young Soul Rebels (1991).

Turner Prize nominee.

Prof. at Karlsruhe Art & Design School now.

80. David LaChapelle

Director | Rize

By 2011, LaChapelle had a major exhibition of new works at The Lever House in New York and went on to have retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico, the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul, and Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague. In the following years, LaChapelle's works ...

81. Fatih Akin

Director | Gegen die Wand

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...

82. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

83. Bob Fosse

Director | Cabaret

Bob Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Louis Fosse. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979) and Lenny (1974). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

84. Chad Stahelski

Director | John Wick

He came from a kick-boxing background; he entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like Mission...

Fight & Stunt Choreographer.

85. David Leitch

Actor | Deadpool 2

David Leitch is an actor, stuntman, writer, producer, stunt coordinator and film director. He directed some scenes in John Wick (2014), and then went on to direct Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron.

Leitch was a stunt double for Brad Pitt five times and two times for Jean-Claude Van Damme...

Fight & Stunt Choreographer.

86. Robert Stromberg

Production_designer | Avatar

Robert Stromberg is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Maleficent (2014) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

87. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

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 advertising....

88. Milcho Manchevski

Director | Pred dozhdot

Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain(1994) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it ...

89. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

Still photography is important to him & key to his art. Training?

90. Lance Hammer

Director | Ballast

Lance Hammer is known for his work on Ballast (2008), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and Batman & Robin (1997).

He did F/X and design stuff before directing.

91. John Maclean

Soundtrack | Slow West

John Maclean studied BA drawing and painting at Edinburgh college of Art and MA at The Royal College of art in London. After graduating, he formed The Beta Band with friends, 1997 to 2004 and The Aliens 2005 to 2008. John made many of the band's music videos. In 2009 John made Man on a Motorcycle, ...

Maclean obtained his bachelor's degree (BA) in drawing and painting from Edinburgh College of Art, and his master's degree (MA) from The Royal College of Art in London.

He also was a musician, playing in bands.

92. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

Check: …went to a Liberal Arts College. Did theater work there, started filmmaking there.

93. Fred Kelemen

Cinematographer | Abendland

Born in Berlin (West), Fred Kelemen studied painting, music, philosophy, science of religions and theatre sciences and worked in different theatres as a director's assistant before he began his studies at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) in 1989. Since that time, he has made a number of ...

Studied Painting first...

94. Dennis Iliadis

Director | The Last House on the Left

Dennis Iliadis was born in Athens, Greece, and also grew up in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He attended Brown University in Rhode Island, studying film and political economy before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. Iliadis is quickly gaining a name in the film industry, having taken on ...

Trained at Royal College of Art in London, UK.

95. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

Trained at Royal College of Art in London, UK.

96. Oliver Hirschbiegel

Director | Das Experiment

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat.

Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some ...

97. Raymond Depardon

Director | Délits flagrants

Raymond Depardon is a photographer, a journalist and a filmmaker, but, above all, his eyes view humans with compassion. He respects others and is kind with the reality of their lives. He was born into a family of farmers in 1942 in Burgundy and went to Paris in 1958, wishing to be a photographer. ...

99. Laurie Simmons

Actress | Tiny Furniture

Laurie Simmons was born in Long Island, New York. She received a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1971 and later moved to New York where she lives.

Since the mid 1970s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, objects on ...

Mother of Lena Dunham.

http://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/my-art-review-1202661976/

100. Laurie Anderson

Soundtrack | Heart of a Dog

Began career as a performance artist in the late 1960s, began recording in the late 1970s. Rose to popularity in early 1980s when 8-minute single, "O Superman" made it to No. 2 on the British pop charts. Early magnum opus was the two-night extravaganza "United States Parts I-IV" in 1983. Latest ...

...won VR award at Venice 2017.



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