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Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Spike Jonze
It's pretty nuts," says Spike Jonze. "I still can't believe it. Not at all." Jonze is talking about receiving a Directors Guild of America nomination in the feature film category for Being John Malkovich (American Beauty director Sam Mendes won the award.) On the heels of that honor, he then...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Paul Giraud
There's a lot of fancy production gear around these days, and some directors will give any new gadget a try. But director Paul Giraud likes to keep it simple. Just hand him an Arri IIC-the camera used to shoot newsreel footage during World War II-and a couple of lenses, and he's off to the races...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Chris Hooper
In a business that can be a haven for egomaniacs, director Chris Hooper is something of an aberration. He doesn't take himself, or his job, too seriously. "This is the best job I've ever had. I'm really enjoying it," says Hooper. "That sounds like a good quote, doesn't it?" The self-described "spry...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Andrew Douglas
After two years of nonstop spot directing, Andrew Douglas needed a break. The London-based director had completed an array of spots-including two Super Bowl ads-and switched his representation from bicoastal/international Satellite to bicoastal Anonymous. But Douglas wasn't in front of a TV on...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Craig Gillespie
wave sense of humor to build a reputation as a wunderkind of art-directed comedy spots. Lately, however, Gillespie has become a very different kind of commercial director. "I stepped back one day and just stood there for a couple of months, looking at what I'd been doing," says the Australian...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Leslie Dektor
Athletes usually have their eye on the finish line, but John Davis, the wheelchair racer who starred in Coca-Cola's "Downhill Racer" had his eye on the sky. "He told me, 'I'd rather fly than walk,'" says Leslie Dektor of Hollywood-based Dektor Film, who directed the ad via Edge Creative, Santa...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Mark Celentano: Spot architect.
Pretty pictures are great, but what you can really get excited about is when an actor does something really great and you helped him or her get there," says director Mark Celentano of bicoastal WildLife Management, a division of bicoastal OneSuch Films. "I will always push everything visually, but...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Bryan Buckley
Even a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination for best commercial director has a downside, as director Bryan Buckley is quick to point out. "There's always the inevitable backlash-the people who are going to say, 'What's the big deal about this guy? He sucks! I can do better than that.' "...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Joe Schaak
a youngster. But I've got big plans," says director Joe Schaak of Minneapolis-based Twist. The 32-year-old Schaak makes no bones that directing comedy spots is his first, middle and last love. In fact, he is so committed to being funny, he can't even play his credits straight. Included in a...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: DIRECTORS - Ralf Schmerberg
Many of Ralf Schmerberg's commercials have a gritty, cinema verite feel. Their messages are conveyed not by scripted dialogue but by the visuals, which are supplemented by on-screen text and voiceover narration. But if the 35-year-old, German-born director is concerned about being hemmed in by a...

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