Sam Raimi – Oz: The Great and Powerful

Wunderkind Sam Raimi began making Super-8 movies in his teens. Barely in his twenties, he wrote and directed The Evil Dead (1981), an ultra-low-budget horror classic that pulled audiences headlong into the...

Gus Van Sant – Promised Land

Maverick filmmaker Gus Van Sant seems to switch seamlessly between edgy, youth-oriented indies like My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, and Elephant and studio films such as Goodwill Hunting and Finding...

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Taiwanese director Ang Lee has amassed a diverse array of Western film credits. Everything from the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility to an unflinching look at American social mores in The Ice Storm....

Rian Johnson – Looper

Writer/director Rian Johnson’s newest film, Looper, was one of the most talked-about fall releases before summer even began. Now that’s it out, critics say it looks, sounds, and feels like nothing...

Stephen Nakamura – Company 3

Viewers of The Hurt Locker probably had no idea of the contributions made in post to the final look of the six-time Oscar-winning film. Subtle touches in digital grading, like the saturation of the red wires...

Masaya Maeda – Canon

Prior to the start of our interview at NAB 2012, I presented Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Managing Director and Chief Executive of Image Communication Products Operations, with a few small gifts (standard at a...

Garrett Brown, ASC – The Steadicam

There are a handful of moments in cinema history that changed how we experienced movies, and they typically arrived with trumpets blaring: Al Jolson at the piano in a New York nightclub, Judy Garland waking up...

Peter Berg – Battleship

Director Peter Berg has worn many hats in the film business, working in various production capacities before beginning to land acting roles in the late 80s. After appearing in feature fare as diverse as A...

Douglas Trumbull – The Tree of Life

Talk about a résumé builder: Douglas Trumbull’s first feature-film VFX credit was Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking visual symphony, 2001: A Space Odyssey. No one would have been surprised if subsequent...

Andrew Stanton – John Carter

Andrew Stanton was the lead writer of Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story trilogy, and he wrote and directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E, two films that earned upwards of a billion dollars at the box office,...

John Cooper – Sundance

With this, his 22nd film festival, no one (save for founder Robert Redford) has been more intrinsically bound to Sundance than John Cooper. His tenure actually pre-dates Sex, Lies and Videotape, often cited as...