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So… why can't the actors just get it right the first time? Well, quite often they can. They are professionals, they do this all day, every day. They have learned how to learn lines, follow direction, and 'do the job they're paid to do'. Of course, no-one is going to do this first time, every time, but why can't they do it even sometimes? They know their ...


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David Schwimmer, who gave the following response on the subject in an interview with the A.V Club, really wanted to try it: The A.V. Club: You directed some episodes of Friends. How did you go from cast member to director? David Schwimmer: Well, I made it clear to everyone that it was an interest of mine, and that I was really going to actively study. So I ...


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From alienseries, the producer blamed it on availability: In 1986 Bobbie Wygant asked Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd if Scott had turned down the opportunity to direct the sequel. “I’m not really sure,” Hurd answered. “I know that he was in post-production on Legend at the time we were in pre-production [on Aliens], so perhaps it was a result of his ...


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We don't know. Gale Anne Hurd said in 1986 I’m not really sure. I know that he was in post-production on Legend at the time we were in pre-production [on Aliens], so perhaps it was a result of his availability Ridley told The Hollywood Interview in 2008 They didn’t ask me! To this day I have no idea why. It hurt my feelings, really, because I thought ...


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First of all it is an allusion to Alfred's previous story: When Bruce was away for many years during the events of Batman Begins (when he was an outlaw and later trained by the League of Shadows), Alfred was every years on vacation in that restaurant and hoped for seeing Bruce sitting there happily. He just hoped that he would finally have found a way to ...


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He only planned on directing one. He took over when Collin Trevarrow was fired and presumably asked again. Rollingstone Magazine - December 6, 2017 J.J. Abrams couldn't resist returning for Episode IX, out in 2019. "I had no intention to return," says Abrams, who directed 2015's The Force Awakens. "But when the opportunity presented itself to finish ...


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Directors have, ultimately, artistic control over the final product. While acting can be a satisfying endeavor, the true artistic vision of a story comes from a director. There is also a degree of control over that final vision that no other role has. Many of those involved in acting want to either take a turn at, or, ultimately become directors. Robert ...


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Note: All information on box office come from BoxOfficeMojo, and was gathered by simply working my way down the list of highest grossing films of all time and checking who directed them, and if they'd previously directed anything else. Using those figures, the highest grossing film from a first-time director would be 2013's Frozen, which was directed by ...


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They wanted her to be like manga. James Cameron's words from Yahoo News: “I think Robert and I were both always in utter agreement that she should look like the character in the manga,” Cameron told us. “With our first trailer that went out, we weren’t quite there yet. And we got a lot of blowback from the fans. And there was a backlash reaction at ...


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The heads of Fox (which owned Alien) changed between the two movies. The previous heads didn't believe a sequel would be profitable. When Fox's interest in a sequel was reborn, they first needed a script and looked for a writer, and Scott does not write screenplays. Fox development executive Larry Wilson thought Cameron would be good to write the sequel ...


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Actors (and the legion of technical staff, as mentioned in Tetsujin's answer) can't "get it right" in one take because there's no singular "it" that they're aiming for. The final form of a movie is in constant flux, up to and even after its release date. Scenes may be cut for time, or budget, or scheduling problems. Stunts or effects ...


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The question focuses closely on the activities of the director that occur when on set shooting the movie, but this is actually quite a small part of the overall activities of making a movie. The overall process might be years long, with only a few weeks or months shooting 'film'. To quote from the first few lines of wikipedia's definition of Film Director: ...


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As per source for best directional debut, it is Tim Miller who directed Deadpool that grossed over $782.6 million. Timothy "Tim" Miller is an American film director and visual effects artist. He made his feature film directing debut with Deadpool (2016). Thanks to @nwellnhof. According to calculatorgames.info, the worldwide gross of Grease is $1,...


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The Walt Disney Company (Disney) bought Lucasfilm Ltd. including its subsidiaries in 2012 for roughly $4 billion USD. Star Wars was a property owned by Lucasfilm and so is now under control of Disney Management. For more information, see this USA Today article and this Bloomberg article. As for George Lucas not being in the Director's chair for Episodes V ...


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For most actors it's about branching out in their professional lives. Directing can give an actor a different perspective into the way that a show is created and put together, so it could be about seeing the other side of the lens and understanding how the director's decisions can influence their own acting. It could also be about taking on a new challenge ...


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I believe it's mainly because of time constraints. TV shows produce a lot of content in a fairly small amount of time. By having multiple screenwriters and directors, they can prepare more content simultaneously for eventually filming, and perhaps even overlap some of the filming if they schedule the actors and set use well. A movie might produce two hours ...


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It's not "Alfred's rendition of what "the end" should have been". It's what actually happened. Everyone thinks that Bruce Wayne is dead and so is Batman. That was Bruce Wayne's ploy. During the final 5 minutes it is revealed that "The Bat" had an auto pilot system. This proves that it is not necessary that Batman destroyed himself with the plane and the ...


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Cross fades and pans are more common in (low budget) television for some reason, and even more common in home video—I have my theories about the causes, but that does not affect this question. View any quality movie and you'll see that almost every cut (99+%) is a classic straight cut. For extra effect, maybe there is a fade to black or fade from ...


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Very quickly after posting this question, I found an interview where he discusses this. If you didn't see Static at the time (and let's face it, not many people did), the film's almost impossible to watch today. I bought a NTSC video copy from ebay several years ago for a small fortune because I'm a completist and was intrigued to see for myself what ...


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Tarantino was invited to direct a scene in "Sin City" (2005) by his friend and the film's co-director, Robert Rodriguez. As Tarantino generally has no interest in the use of digital cinematography, Rodriguez encouraged him to film part of 'The Big Fat Kill' so that his friend would have a chance to experiment with the format, with real actors, and all the ...


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Translated from a Dutch website: The original story was written by both Soeteman and Verhoeven shortly after the finishing of the series called 'Floris, which was made in 1969. It was originally called 'the mercenaries' (De Huurlingen in Dutch). It was supposed to be a medieval story about a number of soldiers that are paid to reconquer a city. After ...


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Unlike academia, the movie industry doesn't appear to have any definitive "rules" or "best practices" in place to handle this type of situation; I expect that the Wachowski sisters are going to be largely defining how this works based on how the industry handles it and how they react. However, there does seem to be a trend emerging that it's still ...


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Game of Thrones is actually three separate TV shows filmed and shot simultaneously, in different locations. There are three completely separate crews and teams known as "units". Many big films have a "second unit" with a less important director than the official one; who shoots establishing shots, minor locations and other scenes that the headline director ...


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A brief summary of Stanley Kubrick's Films: Sparatcus (1960) Nominated for 6 Academy awards, winner of 4. 96% on Rotten Tomatoes Lolita (1962) 4 Golden Globe award nominations 1 BAFTA award nomination 1 Academy award nomination 95% on Rotten Tomatoes Dr. Strangelove (1964) 99% on Rotten Tomatoes 4 Academy award nominations 7 BAFTA award nomibations (4 ...


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Yes he does work with NASA, Since 2005, see this article for more infos: Two years ago, not long after the Columbia accident claimed the lives of seven astronauts, Cameron attended his first meeting as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, a body that counsels the agency's administrator. Slowly, he became more engaged. Now, he's working as an ...


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There are two reasons. Both are discussed in this article about Cameron and the Terminator franchise The first is that he says he's creatively finished with the franchise. I've moved on creatively from The Terminator, so I'm not really interested in that imagery and even those ideas anymore - and I'm not sure the world is that interested either. It's run ...


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Box Office Mojo has a more comprehensive list of directors that you can sort by box office gross. As of this writing, The Wachowskis are the top-grossing female co-directors, since they both now identify as trans women (although much of their box-office gross was made when they publicly identified as men). They, of course, are the directors of The Matrix ...


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Many of the generation of the original Star Wars trilogy learned largely by watching "making of" videos and using Super 8 and newly introduced consumer video cameras to hone their craft. Kevin Smith is a member of this generation, and has said he was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing Richard Linklater's Slacker and recognizing you could make a ...


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Movies are always collaborative efforts, unless the writer, director and cinematographer are all the same person: The writer creates the story, so that's theirs. The screenwriter adapts the story from what's usually a novel, play or existing movie into a screenplay, a script with limited character interaction details. The amount they add to the project ...


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It doesn't answer your question directly and with a single term but I guess it couldn't/shouldn't be answered as such, too. "German Expressionism", "Gothic Suburbia" seem to be likely terms to distinguish his style. From the article written by Martyn Conterio: His visual style is unique, bringing together 19th and 20th century European art aesthetics ...


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