Directors Interesting

Steven Spielberg Panel at the DGA

The DGA recently paid tribute to Steven Spielberg with a panel event that included Michael Apted, James Cameron and J.J. Abrams.

Held on June 11th at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, it was part of their 75th Anniversary ‘Game-Changer’ series of events.

After an introduction from current DGA president Taylor Hackford, Michael Apted hosts a discussion which sees Abrams and Cameron ask Spielberg questions about his films and career.

It isn’t availabe as an embed but if you click on the image below, it will take you to the DGA page where – if you scroll down a bit –  the full video can be found, along with highlights and photos:

Lasting over 90 minutes, it is a fascinating talk and covers:

  • The famous boat scene in Jaws (1975)
  • Abrams coming across the script for Jaws at Spielberg’s house
  • Using motion capture on his upcoming film version of Tin-Tin (2011)
  • Cameron’s love of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and how it influenced him
  • The early visual effects Spielberg employed on Close Encounters and why he re-shot the ending
  • The classic fight scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and the fact that Spielberg didn’t get ill whilst filming in Tunisia because he had Sainsbury’s canned food shipped in from the UK.
  • Tips on directing children and how a fantastic preview screening of E.T. (1982) upset actor Henry Thomas
  • How he had to adapt his directorial style for Schindler’s List (1993)
  • The visual effects breakthroughs on Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Being inspired by the films of David Lean and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • How he edited on an Avid for the first time on the upcoming War Horse (2011)
  • How he was being glib when he once advised young directors to wear ‘comfortable shoes’
  • The importance of collaboration and listening to co-workers
  • How he loves shooting in England because the crew there call the director ‘Guv’.
  • JJ Abrams and James Cameron also have nice closing statements about how they have been inspired by him
  • Spielberg also closes by talking about his biggest regret, the film he’s proudest of and the one that most closely resembled his original vision.

[Via /Film]

> Steven Spielberg at Wikipedia and the IMDb

Awards Season

DGA Nominees Announced

The DGA nominees have been announced for this year and they include Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), David Fincher (The Social Network), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and David O’Russell (The Fighter).

The Coen Brothers are the surprise omission for True Grit, although I don’t imagine it will seriously dent that film from being a multiple nominee at the Oscars.

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film is traditionally a good barometer for who will win the Best Director Oscar.

Only six times have the DGA Awards not matched with the corresponding Academy Award:

  • 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
  • 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA’s nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
  • 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
  • 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
  • 2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
  • 2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.

The winner will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on 29th January 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

As of now, David Fincher seems the favourite for The Social Network.

> Official DGA Site
> Awards Season analysis at In Contention and Awards Daily

Awards Season News

DGA Nominations

The nominees for this year’s DGA Awards have been announced and they are:

It is seems highly likely that this will be the final five for the Oscars next month.

> Director’s Guild of America
> Find out more about the DGA at Wikipedia

Awards Season News

DGA Nominations Announced

DGA LogoThe DGA nominations have been announced and the final five directors are:

  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Gus Van Sant, Milk

The winner will be named at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31st, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

> Official DGA press release
> Find out more about the Director’s Guild of America at Wikipedia
> Listen to our interview with Danny Boyle abou Slumdog Millionaire