my favorite Writer & Director

by sailaway_rasmus | created - 11 May 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Oriol Paulo

Writer | El cuerpo

Oriol Paulo studied audiovisual communication at Pompeu Fabra University and film at the Los Angeles Film School.

As a scriptwriter, he wrote screenplays for small screen films such as Ecos (2006) and Codi 60 (2011), but is best known for his work in series such as Absolute majority (2004) and The ...

2. Mark Gatiss

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.

He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...

3. Steven Moffat

Writer | Sherlock

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland as Steven William Moffat. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Doctor Who (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He has been married to Sue Vertue since 1999. They have two children. He was previously married ...

5. Arthur Conan Doyle

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. He was a writer and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock (2010) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). He was married to Jean Leckie and Louisa Hawkins. He died on July 7, 1930 ...

6. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

8. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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,...

9. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

10. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

11. Josh Cooley

Writer | Toy Story 4

Josh Cooley is known for his work on Toy Story 4 (2019), Inside Out (2015) and Up (2009).

12. Meg LeFauve

Writer | Inside Out

Meg LeFauve is a writer and producer, known for Inside Out (2015), Captain Marvel (2019) and The Good Dinosaur (2015).

13. Ronnie Del Carmen

Director | Inside Out

Ronnie del Carmen joined Pixar Animation Studios in the summer of 2000 during the production of "Finding Nemo" and became a story supervisor on the film. He did production design on the Academy Award®-nominated short film, "One Man Band" and story work on Oscar®-winning, "Ratatouille." Del Carmen ...

14. Emma Donoghue

Writer | Room

Emma Donoghue is a writer and producer, known for Room (2015), Immaculate Conceptions: Inside a Lesbian Baby Boom (2007) and The Wonder.

15. Robert Schenkkan

Writer | Hacksaw Ridge

Robert Schenkkan was born on March 19, 1953 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Quiet American (2002) and The Pacific (2010). He was previously married to Maria Dahvana Headley.

16. Andrew Knight

Writer | Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Knight is a producer and writer, known for Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Water Diviner (2014) and Rake (2010).

17. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

18. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller...

19. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

20. Michael Arndt

Writer | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

21. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

22. Lawrence Kasdan

Writer | The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

23. Luke Davies

Writer | Lion

Luke Davies is a poet, novelist and screenwriter, known for Lion (2016), Candy (2006) and Life (2015). His books have won many awards, including the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry for his volume Interferon Psalms, and the Age Book of the Year prize for his volume Totem. He ...

24. David O. Russell

Writer | American Hustle

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...

25. Annie Mumolo

Actress | Bridesmaids

Currently a member of the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. Annie performed her first comedy act in the seventh grade. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She received theater training at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California before moving to Los Angeles. ...

26. Byron Howard

Director | Zootopia

Byron Howard was born on December 26, 1968 in Misawa, Japan as Byron P. Howard. He is known for his work on Zootopia (2016), Tangled (2010) and Bolt (2008).

27. Gauri Shinde

Director | English Vinglish

Gauri Shinde is a director and writer, known for English Vinglish (2012), Dear Zindagi (2016) and Oh Man! (2001).

28. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

29. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

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 ...

30. J.K. Rowling

Writer | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...

31. Carey W. Hayes

Writer | The Conjuring

Carey W. Hayes was born on April 21, 1961 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Whiteout (2009).

33. Charles Leavitt

Writer | In the Heart of the Sea

Charles Leavitt was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Blood Diamond (2006) and Warcraft: The Beginning (2016).

34. Jon Spaihts

Writer | Prometheus

Jon Spaihts was born in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Prometheus (2012), Passengers (2016) and Doctor Strange (2016). He has been married to Johanna Watts since October 1, 2011. They have one child.

35. Jessica Sharzer

Producer | Speak

Jessica Sharzer is writer, producer, and director best known for her work on Speak (2004), Nerve (2016), American Horror Story (2011-2015), and the new mystery thriller A Simple Favor (2018). Sharzer has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmy's for her work on American Horror Story. Sharzer is working...

36. Jonathan Aibel

Producer | Kung Fu Panda

One of the many screenwriters to submit a draft for the film Freddy vs. Jason (2003).

37. Eric Heisserer

Writer | Arrival

Eric Heisserer was born in 1970 in the USA as Eric Andrew Heisserer. He is a writer and producer, known for Arrival (2016), Hours (2013) and Bird Box (2018). He has been married to Christine Boylan since October 23, 2010.

38. Allison Schroeder

Writer | Hidden Figures

Allison Schroeder is known for her work on Hidden Figures (2016), Christopher Robin (2018) and Pineapple Express (2008). She has been married to Aaron Brownstein since January 17, 2016.

39. Drew Goddard

Producer | The Martian

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 (2001) ...

40. William Davies

Writer | Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

In the late 1990's Will Davies sold his spec script "Fool on the Hill" for $3 million against $4 million after Jim Carrey showed interest in starring. The project is still unproduced.

Will Davies also sold an "Untitled Romantic Comedy" in a deal worth $2.5 million. That project is also still ...

41. Chantavit Dhanasevi

Actor | Kuan meun ho

Chantavit Dhanasevi is an actor and writer, known for Hello Stranger (2010), One Day (2016) and Pee Mak (2013).

42. Taylor Sheridan

Actor | Hell or High Water

Taylor Sheridan is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for wrote the screenplay for Sicario (2015), and Hell or High Water (2016), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

He also starred in FX television series Sons of Anarchy, and ...

43. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Sinister (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

44. Jojo Moyes

Writer | Me Before You

Jojo Moyes was born on August 4, 1969 in London, England. She is a writer, known for Me Before You (2016), Head Full of Honey (2018) and Last Letter from Your Lover.

45. Mike Werb

Writer | Face/Off

A Los Angeles native, Mike Werb received his undergraduate degrees from Stanford, where he majored in one thing after another. He put his costly education to use by joining a New Wave garage band that never left the garage. Turning to writing, he began a burlesque climb up the well-greased ...

46. Chris Morgan

Writer | Furious Seven

Chris Morgan is a writer and producer, known for Furious 7 (2015), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

47. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015). He has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.

48. James Schamus

Producer | Wo hu cang long

James Schamus was born on September 7, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lust, Caution (2007) and The Ice Storm (1997). He is married to Nancy Jean Kricorian. They have two children.

49. Philip Roth

Writer | The Human Stain

Philip Roth was born on March 18, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Philip Milton Roth. He was a writer and actor, known for The Human Stain (2003), Indignation (2016) and Elegy (2008). He was married to Claire Bloom and Margaret Martinson. He died on May 22, 2018 in Manhattan, New York City, New ...

50. Allan Loeb

Writer | The Space Between Us

Allan Loeb is a writer and producer, known for The Space Between Us (2017), Collateral Beauty (2016) and The Switch (2010).

51. Eric Summer

Director | Crystal Inferno

Eric Summer starts his career in Brittany, France, directing shorts, advertising spots and corporate videos. He produces and directs « Phenomena », a four season series of documentaries. The series, filmed in the USA, have been sold in over 50 countries.

In 1998, he starts directing international TV...

52. Jane Goldman

Producer | Kick-Ass

Jane Goldman was born on June 11, 1970 in England. She is a producer and writer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). She has been married to Jonathan Ross since August 1988. They have three children.

55. David Ayer

Writer | End of Watch

David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, ...

57. James DeMonaco

Writer | The Purge: Anarchy

James DeMonaco was born in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016) and The First Purge (2018).

58. Katie Dippold

Writer | The Heat

Katie Dippold was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for The Heat (2013), Parks and Recreation (2009) and Ghostbusters (2016).

59. Wojciech Smarzowski

Writer | Dom zly

Wojciech Smarzowski is a famous Polish screenwriter and director. He studied filmmaking at the Jagiellonian University and the National Film School in Lódz. He started his film career as a video camera operator. He received Polish Academy Award for Best Director for 4 times (2004, 2009, 2011, 2017)....

60. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

61. 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 -...

62. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

63. Nadine Labaki

Actress | Et maintenant on va où?

Nadine Labaki was born on February 18, 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress and writer, known for Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Caramel (2007) and Capernaum (2018). She has been married to Khaled Mouzanar since October 2007.



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