Author Topic: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?  (Read 1399 times)

But preferably, still movie related.

I was about to turn my computer off, but thought of this while I was finishing up a documentary on George Stevens and it sprung up this idea. I haven't given it much thought, but the first example was Martin Scorsese's work on restoring movies.

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 03:21:14 AM »
Plenty of director/actors; Welles, Allen, Herzog, Cassavetes, etc.

How about Howard Hughes?

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 03:34:59 AM »
Paul Schrader? He had a popular hit with American Gigolo but really he's a screenwriter- Taxi Driver, Raging Bull etc.

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 05:39:34 AM »
Steven Knight of Locke, Taboo, Peaky Blinders fame was one of the creators of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. That’s his important work.

I hear Tom Ford of Nocturnal Animals fame also made some T-shirts.

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 11:33:29 AM »
Walter Murch directed Return to Oz but probably better known for sound and editing on stuff like The Godfather, Apoc Now, etc

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 12:00:22 PM »
George Lucas? Disney didn't give him four billion dollars for his directorial skills.

It doesn't remotely overshadow his film work, but Cyril Endfield, of Zulu fame, also invented a miniature word processor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwriter

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 12:59:06 PM »
Plenty of director/actors; Welles, Allen, Herzog, Cassavetes, etc.

How about Howard Hughes?
Good example.

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 01:01:36 PM »
Ridley Scott and his ads

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 01:13:58 PM »
The ads that he directed?

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2020, 01:15:16 PM »
Someone already said George Lucas fuck.

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2020, 02:20:32 PM »
James Cameron found a bunch of old shit in the bottom of the sea

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2020, 03:28:59 PM »
Someone already said George Lucas fuck.
I didn't say fuck.

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 05:38:07 PM »
Paul Schrader? He had a popular hit with American Gigolo but really he's a screenwriter- Taxi Driver, Raging Bull etc.

He's a fine writer. He basically directed "Taxi Driver" with his descriptive script. Robert De Niro played the part perfectly, also.

 Fine director, too.

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 05:59:11 PM »
Ridley Scott and his ads

The ads that he directed?

You could say his production design and camera work - despite generally only being credited as a producer and director, on MOST of his films he's still a principal designer and (like Malick, Soderbergh, Michael Mann and occasionally Spielberg) regularly operates the camera, even though he's not credited.  Most people would agree (whether it's a positive thing or a criticism) that the look and feel of Scott's films is what makes them a Scott film, rather than the direction.

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2020, 07:01:35 PM »
Steven Knight of Locke, Taboo, Peaky Blinders fame was one of the creators of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. That’s his important work.

I hear Tom Ford of Nocturnal Animals fame also made some T-shirts.

Surely his most important work was co-writing Jasper Carrott's The Detectives? Loved that when I was a kid.

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Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2020, 04:35:01 AM »
All of The Monkees invented Tip-Ex or something.

Re: Popular Directors Who Important Work Was Outside of Directing?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2020, 02:42:51 PM »
Rob Zombie, Madonna, and Fred Durst have all directed films. Of those, only Zombie could claim to be popular, at least in a horror niche.

Or what about former Young British Artists Steve McQueen and Sam Taylor-Johnson? The latter directed 50 Shades of Gray but will hopefully be better known for other things.

Herk Harvey who directed Carnival of Souls had a day job as boss of an industrial film company and expanded to building his own studio.

Elem Klimov of Come And See fame became a communist bureaucrat under Gorbachev.

Romanian director Sergiu Nicolaescu was active in the 1989 revolution and became a politician and Senator.

Quite a few directors later became teachers. Douglas Sirk comes to mind; when the melodramas dried up, he moved back to West Germany and taught filmmaking.

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