Do What You Know

At NYU they used to tell us to make films about what we knew. We had one teacher that was very forceful about that, and he also insisted that if a student said he wanted to direct, that he have a script in hand. If you didn't have one, he'd tell you to go write one, that if you want to direct, the script would have to come from you, you know. So, the filmmaker pretty much did all the scripting, as well as the editing. In some cases you even did your own photography. In fact I had a lot of...

Roger Corman Filmography

Five Guns West (1955) Swamp Women (1955) The Beast with a Million Eyes (uncredited, 1955) Apache Woman (1955) The Oklahoma Woman (1956) It Conquered the World (1956) Gunslinger (1956) The Day the World Ended (1956) Not of This Earth (1957) Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) Teenage Doll (1957) The Undead (1957) Sorority Girl (1957) Rock All Night (1957) Naked Paradise (1957) Carnival Rock (1957) Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957) War of the...

Academy Awards USA

Saving Private Ryan, Best Director, 1999 Saving Private Ryan, Best Picture (nominated, shared with Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon II, and Gary Levinsohn), 1999 Schindlers List, Best Director, 1994 Schindlers List, Best Picture (shared with Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig), 1994 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, 1987 The Color Purple, Best Picture (nominated, shared with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Quincy Jones), 1986 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Best Director (nominated), 1983 E.T. the...

Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro Jodie Foster Peter Boyle Albert Brooks Victor Argo Harvey Keitel Cybill Shepherd Joe Spinell. After I finished Boxcar, Brian De Palma showed me a script called Taxi Driver that was owned by Julia and Michael Phillips and Paul Schrader. Brian introduced me to Paul Schrader, who had just sold a script called The Yakuza to Warner Bros. for a record price, and they weren't about to let me do Taxi Driver based on Boxcar Bertha. At about the same time, I started to work on Mean...

Of Roger Corman

Roger Corman ranks as one of Hollywood's most incredible success stories. He has produced more than 550 films and directed 50 others, and his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood's most gifted and masterful filmmakers. Thanks to his keen ability to spot young talents, his most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers, and actors he has fostered. Born in Detroit, Michigan,...

Scream

Jackson Neve Campbell Courtney Cox Kevin Patrick Walls Jamie Kennedy David Booth Matthew Lillard Carla Hatley Rose McGowan Skeet Ulrich Drew Barrymore Lawrence Hecht Liev Schreiber W Earl Brown. Scream came to me at first from my director of development, Lisa Harrison. She told me that I had to read it over the weekend, that there was going to be a bidding war over it on Monday. I read it and it was ironic, but I felt I didn't want to go there. I felt it was so violent...

Note from the Author

Some years ago I created the award-winning television series The Directors, which is now in its fifth season on the Encore Cable Network and also runs in more than fifty-five countries around the world. As of this writing, we have completed fifty-two episodes and have twenty-six more in production. The Directors represents the most extensive series of programs ever assembled on film directors and has come to represent a forum where the art of filmmaking is discussed by directors, actors, and...