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Visual History
VH146 Warren Adler
Visual History Interview
Former Associate National Executive Director, Warren Adler, shares invaluable insights about the Guild's negotiating history from his extensive involvement on 11 of the Guild's Basic Agreement and FLTTA negotiations cycles over a 32-year career at the DGA.
Agnès Varda Interview
Visual History Interview
French director Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Beaches of Agnès) discusses her long career creating documentaries, features, and mixtures of the two that pre-dated and inspired several film movements of European cinema.
Davis Interview
Visual History Interview
Andrew Davis discusses his transition from cinematographer to director under the mentorship of cinematographer/director Haskell Wexler. He discusses Chicago as a centerpiece in his filmmaking, as well as working with actors and visual design in films such as Under Siege (1992), The Fugitive (1993), and The Guardian (2006).
DGA Quarterly
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Legacy Franklin Schaffner
Franklin Schaffner
As we approach the centenary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his magnum opus Patton, the legacy of Franklin Schaffner looms larger than ever.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 At Work With Jennifer Reiss and Jason Melius
Rising to the Occasion
1st AD Jennifer Reiss and 2nd AD Jason Melius discuss the challenges of filming the season finale of CBS' All Rise, which was prepped and filmed entirely remotely.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Gadgets
iPhone Filmmaking Goes Pro
For directors Zack Snyder, Michel Gondry and Sean Baker, shooting a movie on a camera phone has gone from a novelty to a practicality.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 At Work With Jojo Connolly
Streamlining the Juggling Act
2nd AD Joann "JoJo" Connolly doesn't take any part of her work for granted.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Breakthrough Player Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman
With her third feature, indie provocateur Eliza Hittman solidifies her reputation for unvarnished drama and truthful performances.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 COVID Quarantine Not Lacking in Direction
DGA members reflect on how they have stayed productive during the COVID-19 quarantine.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Do the Right Thing John Turturro Spike Lee
Spike Lee's Inferno
J.C. Chandor discusses the bravura style and prescient politics of Do the Right Thing, and what he learned from it.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Penny Dreadful City of Angels Daniel Zovatto
Directors of neo-noir series find their expression in the City of Angels, where darkness is submerged in sunlight.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Unforgiven
For the cathartic shootout in Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood the director stuck to his guns, aiming for the gut rather than the intellect.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 No Way Out
No Way Out
As we gradually emerge from our quarantines, it’s worth taking a look at themes of isolation and confinement over the years, which served as a device for directors to study characters pushed to the breaking point.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Cinema Healing Paths of Glory Kubrick
Even during the worst of times, directors all around the globe found ways of coping with crisis by holding a mirror to society—for good and bad.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 News Crisis Management
Faced with reduced staffs and heightened safety measures, news directors maintain a ferocious pace at a time when Americans rely on their skills more than ever.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Melvin Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
Fifty years ago, Melvin Van Peebles shook up the establishment with his subversive comedy Watermelon Man, turning the tables on a racist society with an ingenious scenario of role reversal.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Better Call Saul
Directing Better Call Saul
Although it's a prequel, the directors of Better Call Saul treat the series like its own animal, with no detail too small, and no situation too outrageous.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Shot to Remember Lords of Dogtown Catherine Hardwicke
Lords of Dogtown
In Lords of Dogtown, director Catherine Hardwicke captures the '70s skateboard culture of L.A.'s Venice with kinetic energy, gritty authenticity and a local's knowledge of the scene.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Next Gen Josh and Benny Safdie
Josh and Benny Safdie
With Uncut Gems, Josh and Benny Safdie worked with a cushier budget, but their unvarnished style remained intact.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Directing Sports Mike Arnold
Miracle on the Gridiron
Director Mike Arnold and his colleagues chronicled an NFL playoff comeback for the ages as the Chiefs reversed a 24-point deficit into a rout of the Texans.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Photo Essay George Stevens
Against All Odds
Star-crossed romance has made for memorable drama over the years, proving that “happily ever after” doesn’t always apply.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Jay Sandrich
Recent TV Hall of Fame inductee Jay Sandrich emerged as a pioneering sitcom director, and he was generous in paying his knowledge forward.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 DGA Interview Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall
The director behind Chicago, Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns, knows a thing or two about musicals, thanks to his theatrical training and an ability to inspire by example.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Rachel Jaros
Staying 10 Movies Ahead of the Game
2nd AD Rachel Jaros keeps her game face on when it comes to assigning responsibilities on The Irishman.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Screening Room Apocalypse Now
Coppola's Heart of Darkness
Susanne Bier revels in the seduction of power and evil in Apocalypse Now.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Nate Hapke
Adapting on the Fly
Production associate Nate Hapke thrives on the fast paced environment at General Hospital
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 In Memoriam Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds, who passed away Feb. 3, served as DGA president from 1993 to 1997 and was instrumental in bringing more youthful, diverse members into the Guild’s ranks.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Succession
In search of authenticity, the directors behind Succession jettison the glitz by deglamorizing its rarified settings and capturing performances on the fly.
Empire's directors discuss how they used music to enhance the show's mix of dynastic drama and a fanciful take on the recording biz.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Amy Mancini
Crunch Time in the Late Afternoon
Late Night With Seth Meyers associate director Amy Mancini is usually busiest after three in the afternoon.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Known Unknowns
For Alex Rudzinski, directing The Masked Singer is like working with a blindfold, but he and his team were hooked by "this beautiful riot of color and craziness."
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 At Work With Eric Lasko
Rolling With the Punches
2nd AD Eric Lasko appreciates the unexpected, both in life and on set.
Directors Damien Chazelle, Jon M. Chu, Bill Condon, Dexter Fletcher, Adam Shankman, Barbra Streisand and Julie Taymor tackle the genre's suspension of disbelief in varying ways, making the internal external and lifting our spirits in the process
Don Mischer
Don Mischer
A live-event maestro bar none, Don Mischer was equally adept at directing fine arts.
World Series 2019
History in the Making
The Nationals, held in check for most of Game 7 of the Fall Classic, broke it open within the span of three batters, while Matt Gangl and his gang caught every angle.
Scott Z Burns directing The Report
For directors of fact-based dramas, fighting the good fight means knowing when to fortify the storytelling and when to pull their punches.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Music Legends
Far beyond the promo reels once popularized by MTV, the most penetrating documentaries underscore psychological insight and socio-political context.
David Auerbach
Thinking 10 Steps Ahead on The Today Show
Stage manager David Auerbach enjoys the choreographed chaos of a typical morning at The Today Show.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Patriot Act
With Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, director Richard Preuss and his team orchestrate and choreograph a show that gives new meaning to the term "multimedia."
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Network News
Network news directors Sarah Carlson Brooke, Brian Nalesnik, Rob Vint, Brent Holey and David Distinti must not only stay ahead of fast-breaking developments but also frame reporting in ways that underscore the human drama.
Richard Mercury Melendrez
On-Set Safety for Humans and Bears
Associate director Richard "Mercury" Melendez was tasked with creating and implementing a comprehensive safety protocol on Discovery's Man Vs Bear.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Location Managers NYC
NYC location managers do more than scouting and securing permits: They also iron out the logistics while keeping city leaders and residents happy.

Capturing Competition
Capturing Competition on Camera
For competition shows, directors still focus on the storytelling by concentrating on real people with relatable stories, whether it's an Iron Chef contestant or a singer on The Voice.
Jodie Taylor
Verbal Precision in Three Words or Less
"I think the less words you use on headset the better," says Desus & Mero associate director Jodie Taylor.
Gadgets Prime Lens
Prime Imagery
Large-Format Lenses Shape Visual Storytelling.
Stacy Talbot
Rebuilding a Show in Real Time
Real Time with Bill Maher associate director Stacy Talbot recalls her scariest moment on the show, from four years ago.
Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield
For photographer, documentarian and commercials director Lauren Greenfield, a picture is worth a thousand words.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Man on Wire
Davis Guggenheim
In viewing Man on Wire, Davis Guggenheim marvels in director James Marsh's deft reenactments, inspiring use of score and ability to build suspense.
Little Mermaid Live Hamish Hamilton Alan Menken
Hamish Hamilton navigated uncharted waters for a broadcast of the reimagined Disney musical, blending live action with animation.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Barry Sonnenfield
Barry Sonnenfeld wove together disparate elements into a unified vision for the fanciful TV series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Thin Blue Line Directed by Errol Morris
The Thin Blue Line
In the opening sequence of The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris enhances his quest for the truth with innovative, and controversial, style.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Late Scripts
Late scripts affect everything from casting, editing and performances to overall cost and safety, and can make the difference between mere competence and genuine artistry.
Love and Basketball
Michael Mann, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Ang Lee expound on their opening sequences for The Last of the Mohicans, Love & Basketball and Sense and Sensibility.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Photo Essay Made in Mexico Julie Taymor
Made in Mexico
The author of a recent book about filming south of the border examines the experiences of such directors as Julie Taymor, Mel Gibson and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 DGA Residuals
What drove over $400 million in revenue for Guild members in the last year alone, including over $70 million to the DGA's Basic Pension Plan? Residuals.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Malick A Hidden Life
A rare glimpse into Terrence Malick's process by the 1st and 2nd ADs of his most recent film, A Hidden Life.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Lina Wertmuller
Lina Wertmüller
We pay homage to the director of Seven Beauties, which earned her the first nomination by a woman for the DGA’s Feature Film award.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Photo Essay Leaders Ken Kwapis directing The Office
Leaders Out of the Gate
Looking back at select pilots launched since 2000, it's clear that the first decade of the New Millennium paved the way for the current Platinum Age of Television.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 Gadgets Arri Alexa
The Big Picture
In high-end capture, larger sensors are becoming the new normal.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019
The global market for SVOD programming is outpacing North America, and having a profound impact on the future of the film and television business.
Advent of TV final hero
Advent of TV
In TV’s Platinum Age, we look back on the nascent medium’s Golden Age, when live broadcasts ruled the roost and directors learned the ropes through trial and error.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2019 In Memoriam John Singleton
John Singleton
The impact of John Singleton, who passed April 28, continues to reverberate throughout the industry.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Gadgets Underwater Drones
Deep Dives
Underwater drones that probe unstable or dangerous sub-aquatic conditions gain traction among filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Tribute John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy Jon Voight
John Schlesinger
In the spring of 1969, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy was released to widespread acclaim, becoming the first and only X-rated film to win the Academy's best picture award, and earning the British filmmaker a DGA Award and an Oscar for directing.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Photo Essay Invented Worlds Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott
Invented Worlds
When it comes to fantasy and futurism, directors’ imaginations truly run wild. We glimpse a few examples of the big screen’s ability to transport us to realms that
only exist in the movies.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 5G Reality
At CES 2019, 5G—the fifth generation of cellular technology—was heralded as the solution for glitchy entertainment connections, and, for entertainment companies, a way to extend their reach and lure new audiences. We separate the wheat from the chaff.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 At Work With Gadgets
The Big Picture, Condensed
Portable monitors allow directors to avoid video village and stay closer to the action

DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Photo Essay All The Kings Men Sean Penn
Demagogues, Charlatans and Hucksters
The maxim that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" is proven by history, providing particularly ripe subjects for filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Photo Essay The End is Near
The End is Near
Earlier this year, there was a lot of tough talk traded back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang about nuclear arms, a subject that has inspired a few Hollywood doomsday scenarios over the years.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Gadgets
Tool Kit Reboot
Three cutting-edge software programs help enhance image, story and continuity with computing power.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Shot to Remember Chicago
Fantasy and Reality Intersect in Chicago
In Rob Marshall's feature debut, his musical mastery reaches its apex in a pivotal production number.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Game of Thrones
Vision Quest
Episodic television's current renaissance has more than a little to do with the increasingly cinematic approach to some of the medium's more ambitious series, some of which are glimpsed herein.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2018 Gadgets Celtx
Paper Trail that Saves Trees
Two script apps allow changes digitally without losing sight of previous drafts.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 What is Cinema?
As streaming services proliferate and court A-list filmmakers, the DGA Quarterly asked feature directors and industry leaders how directors intend for their films to be exhibited and what defines a theatrical film experience in 2018?
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Photo Essay Michael Curtiz Warner Bros Casablanca
Warner Bros.' Crown Jewel
One of WB's most prized contract players, Michael Curtiz directed such Golden Age classics as Casablanca and Mildred Pierce.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Net Neutrality
Eight years later, we find ourselves asking: "Why shouldn't net neutrality apply to the entire Internet?"
DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Gadgets Extended Reality
Extended Reality
Three state-of-the-art VR cameras enable filmmakers to shape virtual storytelling.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Photo Essay
Survival of the Fittest
The life-or-death struggle has been an integral part of drama since filmdom's origin, but when the bulk of the story involves simply staying alive, the stakes couldn't be higher.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Primer on the Spectrum
Given that in the new millennium, consumers access TV programming in myriad ways, we present a thorough rundown of how DGA members' content is delivered to viewers.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Your Future
With Big Tech becoming increasingly invasive on our economy and private lives, we look at how antitrust battles of the past are relevant to the present, and the consequences of a monopolistic world on entertainment.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2018 Gadgets
Viewfinders for the Digital Age
The tool most commonly associated with directors has been given various makeovers in recent years, as demonstrated by the latest apps from Artemis and Cadrage.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Streaming Content
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, networks like CBS, AMC and FX are getting into the custom streaming game, with exclusive content a primary selling point.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Book Review Joseph McBride on Movies
Joseph McBride
Joseph McBride, who has written magisterial biographies on John Ford, Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg, has put together a collection of his journalistic work through the decades.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Director Lasse Hallstrom
The Food of Life
When food and drink play an epicurean role in movies, the result can have a Pavlovian effect.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2017 Book Review Jerry London
Jerry London and Rhonda Collier
There's a sense of déjà vu in Jerry London's assessment of the smallscreen landscape when miniseries became all the rage.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2017 Gadgets LED Lighting
LEDs are changing the lighting equation.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017 Photo Essay Jonathan Demme
Demonstrably Demme
In the wake of Jonathan Demme's passing in April, we take a visual tour through his bracingly eclectic film canon.
DGAQ Magazine Summer 2017 gadgets
Vision Quest
Cutting-edge tools benefit workflow ease, visual playback and image-capture range.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Gadgets Turbo Ace Matrix X8
Floating on Air
We examine three drones and their capabilities to affordably heighten the director's canvas.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Photo Essay Music Biopics F Gary Gray Straight Out of Compton
Rhythm and Blues
The music biopic, with its rise/fall/redemption dramatic arc, is a ripe subject for directors.
DGAQ Red Camera
We’re talking bleeding-edge cameras—particularly two new models from Red and Lytro—that could promise to help directors take image capture to the next level.
Future World
Photo Essay
From Méliès to Spielberg, directors have long wondered what life would look like in the future. With the help of production and costume design, here’s how directors visualized the shape of things to come.
Susanne Daniels
Susanne Daniels
YouTube Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels is developing new programming for subscribers. Will the famously free service now challenge other SVOD platforms?
The Godfather
As the DGA celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, we decided to poll our members to see what they consider the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the Guild's founding in 1936.
DGAQ Photo Essay 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf Mike Nichols
Photo Essay
50 years ago, the New Hollywood was redefining the medium and echoing the tumult of the times.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2016 On The Job
80th Anniversary Edition
In quotes from previous issues, assistant directors, UPMs, associate directors, and stage managers, past and present, reflect on doing their jobs.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Stevens
Stevens Family
The story of the Stevens clan—from George to George Jr. to Michael—spans the 80-year history of the Directors Guild. It is not only a legacy of indelible films, but one of respect for service and responsibility.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Photo Essay Clint Eastwood
Photo Essay
Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate the remarkable careers of feature, television, news, and sports directors. Here are some of them creating their unique body of work.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Out of the Past
The Thin Man Goes Home
Director Richard Thorpe discusses the subtleties of a scene with Asta on the set of The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).
DGA Quarterly Magazine Classics Women Directors
In the 1970s a handful of female directors got a shot at making features. It didn’t change things, but it was a start. Film critic and historian Carrie Rickey looks at their accomplishments—and legacy.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2016 Independent Voice
80th Anniversary Edition
No two indie directors see things in the same way, but they all have a vision. Excerpts from 10 years of stories capture their passion.
DGA Quarterly Magazine
A Look Back at the Guild's Accomplishments
For the anniversary of the DGA, we present a timeline covering many of the high points and accomplishments of 80 years of Guild history. It’s the events and people that make the Guild what it is today.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Screening Room Nashville
Paris Barclay
Robert Altman’s Nashville, a brilliantly orchestrated tapestry of national malaise, never gets old. That’s why DGA President Paris Barclay has returned to it over and over again—for inspiration and a guide to great directing.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Ten Questions Jay D. Roth
Jay D. Roth
In his 20 years as national executive director, Jay D. Roth has helped navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing industry. As the DGA celebrates its 80th anniversary, he ruminates on the past and future of the Guild.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
80th Anniversary Edition
Directors have been describing iconic scenes from their films for years in these pages. In excerpts from those stories, they explain how they created some of cinema’s most famous moments.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2015 Photo Essay Costume Design
Directing Costume Dramas
Directors have long collaborated with designers to transport actors into the past in glorious costume dramas. Beneath the wardrobe, there is always a story to tell.
DGAQ Fall 2015 Ten Questions Ed Sarandos
Ted Sarandos
After changing the way people watch television, Netflix is moving into features in a big way. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos talks about the future of the company—and the industry.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2015 Classics Howard Hawks
In an excerpt from his latest book, Richard Schickel takes an intimate look at Howard Hawks—and what may be "the best filmography in the history of American cinema."
DGA Quarterly Drawing Board Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim
In storyboards by Rob McCallum, man and beast clash at sea in Guillermo del Toro’s homage to Japanese monster movies, Pacific Rim (2013).
DGAQ Photo Essay Summer Blockbusters Chris Nolan The Dark Knight
It’s the season for big movies and big hits—and the occasional sleeper. Here are directors living large in a selection of shots from some good old summertime films.
DGAQ Harry Potter Storyboards
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Storyboards by Jim Cornish show CGI crystal balls spilling from shelves as Harry and friends escape the Hall of Prophecy in David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
DGA Quarterly Angelina Jolie Feature
Actor, activist, and international celebrity, Angelina Jolie Pitt was surprised how much she’s loved being behind the camera for three serious-minded films—and counting.
DGAQ Out of the Past Wise Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Robert Wise confers with Bil Baird’s marionettes on the set of The Sound of Music (1965).
DGAQ Classics Orson Welles
He spent much of his career trying to salvage troubled productions. But in his centennial year, Welles’ glorious experiments are still thrilling to anyone who cares about directing.
DGA Quarterly BET Debra L. Lee
Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, says with audiences for television becoming more diverse, so should directors—and the talent is already out there.
DGAQ Drawing Board Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Storyboards by Charles Ratteray lead the vampire Spike to a heroic death as the Hellmouth collapses in Joss Whedon’s finale to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003).
DGAQ Photo Essay New Golden Age of TV
Episodic TV from the last 15 years
Television today—in all of its forms—may be better than ever. From The Sopranos to Fargo, here are directors working on some of the seminal series since 2000.
DGAQ Out of the Past Peter Gunn
Peter Gunn
Blake Edwards shows a stuntman how to take a fall in Peter Gunn (1958-1961).
DGAQ Spring 2015 The Industry
With Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and many others following suit, subscription video-on-demand is the new wave for content. But is it supplanting television as we know it, or a boon to production? It’s still too early to tell.
DGAQ Ten Questions Michael Lombardo
Michael Lombardo
HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo reflects on the industry’s changing business model and how directors have contributed to the new wave of quality television.
DGAQ Classics I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
It may seem old-fashioned by today’s standards, but as the first multi-camera series filmed live in front of an audience, I Love Lucy revolutionized how sitcoms were made—and created a blueprint for strong directors.
DGA Quarterly Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno
Firefighters attempt a daring rescue in a blazing elevator in a scene from John Guillermin’s The Towering Inferno (1974), as shown in storyboards by Joseph Musso.
DGA Quarterly David Lean
The Passionate Friends
David Lean (center) shot exteriors in the French Alps for The Passionate Friends (1949), his first film set outside of England.
DGA Quarterly Photo Essay
Depicting the machinations of filmmaking
With so much raw material all around them, directors can’t resist the temptation to depict the machinations of filmmaking—both on the set and in studio executive suites. The result is often great entertainment.
DGA Quarterly Ten Questions
Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula
Fox Searchlight Co-Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula talk about the challenges of the marketplace and making movies with a vision.
DGA Quarterly Independent Voice Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway took the genre into new territory with her groundbreaking transgender series, Transparent. The content might be different, but the emotions are real.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Drawing Board Fall 2014 Ali
Storyboards by Tim Burgard helped Michael Mann re-create Muhammad Ali battling Ernie Terrell at the Astrodome in Ali (2001).
DGAQ Photo Essay Shadowland
Film Noir
Influenced by German Expressionism and Old World ennui, Hollywood directors—many of them European émigrés—created the look and feel of film noir to express the fears and desperation of postwar America. It’s a genre that never dies—though its heroes often do.
DGA Quarterly 10 Questions Jon Feltheimer
Jon Feltheimer
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is not pining for the way the business used to be. Instead, he’s energized by the prospects of new content, new markets, and new media.
DGAQ Out of the Past Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze offers some acting tips to one of the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are (2009), an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Gail Mancuso
Gail Mancuso
When opportunity knocked, Gail Mancuso walked through the door, and she’s been directing hit comedies like Roseanne, Friends, and Dharma & Greg ever since. With her recent Emmy for Modern Family, she became the first female director to win twice for comedy direction.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Orange is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black
The popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black challenges directors with a large ensemble cast, nude scenes, stunts, child actors, and even insects. It may be hard work, but it’s never dull.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Brooklyn Nine Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine ADs Tony Nahar and Kenny Roth and their team keep the set relaxed and ready to go. They might even make the show funnier.
Saturday Night Fever John Badham John Travolta
Independence Day
Roland Emmerich pushed the bounds of special effects by combining exploding models with digital images and live action in the still-rousing alien attack in Independence Day.
DGA Quarterly Photo Essay Summer 2014
Coming of Age Movies
Coming of age is a subject that never gets old. From sexual awakening to peer pressure to work responsibilities, it’s an endless source of material. In a collection of rare set shots, we see how generations of directors have handled it.
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray
Godard famously once said, "the cinema is Nicholas Ray," and for a remarkable decade from 1948-1958, it was—before he flamed out in true American fashion.
George Roy Hill The World of Henry Orient
The World of Henry Orient
Director George Roy Hill kicks up his heels while making The World of Henry Orient (1964) in New York.
DQA Quarterly Ten Questions Uniersal Pictures Donna Langley
Donna Langley
As chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley talks about the state of the industry and how Hollywood can do more to help women.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Wes Anderson gets around in style in The Royal Tenenbaums.
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
In his 50-year career, Sidney Lumet combined social issues with complex characters to make crackling entertainment. As time goes by, his body of work looks even more impressive-and unique.
Films from 1939
With 476 films released, and many of them classics, 1939 is often considered the pinnacle of Hollywood filmmaking. To celebrate that year’s 75th anniversary, we look back at directors creating some of the high points—from Mounument Valley to Kansas.
Roy Price
Roy Price
By monitoring what his vast viewership wants to see, Amazon Studios head Roy Price is creating original series for the Internet Age.
Holiday Films
With lost kids, dysfunctional families and too much food, the holidays have always been a perfect backdrop for comedy, drama and even action. Here's how some directors have celebrated the occasion.
Bob Fosse
Teetering between exhaustive and exhausting, Fosse brings us the definitive portrait of a complex man and talented director.
William Wyler
William Wyler has often been excluded from auteurist circles, and by extension from serious film study, which, as Gabriel Miller argues, is a gross oversimplification.
Meet Me in St. Louis
Vincente Minnelli directs Margaret O’Brien and Joan Carroll in the Halloween scene from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes’ work was emotionally raw and intentionally untidy—and continues to influence directors with its passion and purpose.
Megan Clarken
Megan Clarken, Nielsen executive vice president of global product leadership, talks about the company’s plan to count mobile devices starting with the fall 2014 TV season.
The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock directs some of his fine feathered friends on the Bodega Bay set of The Birds (1963).
Horror Films
Fright—in all of its forms—has always been an essential part of the moviegoing experience. No wonder directors have figured out so many ways to horrify an audience.
West Side Story
Saul Bass’ storyboards helped Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins get West Side Story (1961) off to a rousing start on the streets of New York.
Stanley Kramer
Following World War II, a host of directors, led by Stanley Kramer, began tackling the hot-button issues of their day. We celebrate Kramer’s centennial with a look back at a time when movies mattered.
Rick Cotton
As former NBCUniversal executive vice president and general counsel, now head of its worldwide anti-piracy unit, Rick Cotton has been an industry leader in battling Internet theft. He reports on the latest from the front.
Jack Shea
The late Jack Shea served the Guild for nearly 50 years. Our national executive director fondly recalls his contributions—as a president and a person.
Raging Bull 1980
Filming Sports
With the built-in drama of competition, it’s no wonder directors have long been attracted to the world of sports. In a collection of shots, here are some of the triumphs—real and fictional—they’ve captured on film.
Edited by Peter Biskind
Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles had lunch together reguarly in 1983 and Jaglom began taping their conversations—right up until Welles’ death.
Alan Casty
Alan Casty tackles the often frustrating paradoxes of a man whose fundamentally American films possess a darkness that reveal the complex ideology of their volatile director.
Jaron Lanier
Who Owns the Future? is a cautionary tale, warning of an economic cataclysm and eradication of the middle class if the concept of “free” information keeps to its current trajectory
Peter Rainer
Critic Peter Rainer gives us a history of contemporary cinema; an insightful reflection on the evolution of the industry and the filmmakers who helped shape it.
The Ten Commandments
Cecil B. DeMille used epic staging and what was then state-of-the art special effects to show Moses parting the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments (1956), with an assist from storyboard artist Harold Michelson.
Preston Sturges
No one has put a spin on this crazy world quite like Preston Sturges. In a few short years, he created a benchmark for smart comedy that still stands today.

Nancy Tellem
Longtime network executive Nancy Tellem, now president of entertainment and digital media for Microsoft, talks about the expanding Xbox entertainment platform and what that might mean for directors.
Caleb Madison
Caleb Madison
Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh
From the silents through the studio days, Raoul Walsh perhaps made more movies than anyone, yet is largely forgotten today. In a personal appreciation, Richard Schickel considers the director’s contribution to film history.
Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier
Rabiger and Hurbis-Cherrier’s firsthand experience allows them to describe the day-to-day of directing in simple, uncomplicated terms, appealing to both the novice and seasoned pro.
Nat Segaloff
In a business where you’re only as good as your last film, it is surprising to learn that the final works of cinema’s greatest directors are often shrouded in mystery and relegated to the outskirts of their oeuvres.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Robert Aldrich shows Bette Davis how to step into a scene on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).
Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks, one of the founders of the Guild, had a long and varied career ranging from pioneering aerial films to screwball comedies and rugged Westerns. A collection of vintage shots shows him creating Hollywood history.
Les Blank
Documentary director Les Blank has followed his eyes, ears and stomach to capture the sights and sounds of American regional culture for over 50 years. His body of work is a unique and joyous record of how people live.
Jennifer Salke
President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke reflects on the precarious state of network television, the challenge of creating hit shows, and building greater diversity for directors.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Micky Moore
From Silents to Spielberg
If there were an Ironman award for production professionals, Moore would have won hands down. His career began in 1916 as a child actor.
Buster Keaton
As a director of almost geometric precision, Buster Keaton created the template for physical comedy. With a new Blu-ray box set, his genius looks as fresh as ever.
Akira Kurosawa directing Yojimbo (1961), about a town divided by two warring gangs in 19th century Japan.
David Luhrssen
His name does not conjure the almost automatic word association that comes with discussing film’s most legendary directors, but Rouben Mamoulian has remained something of a mystery. Until now.
DGA Quarterly 2013 Drawing Board There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
Shots for an oil well explosion and rescue are detailed in storyboards by Kevin MacCarthy for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.
A Global Community of Filmmakers
Directors have always been part of a global community of filmmakers. We present a photo gallery of international directors at work who have profoundly influenced the craft.
Crossword Puzzle
Caleb Madison
Bruce Rosenblum
Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group, considers the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.
Political Films
American movies have been portraying politicians on screen since the populist heroes of John Ford and Frank Capra. But it wasn’t until the advent of TV that filmmakers learned to capture the drama of the game.
Politics in Film and Television
Directors have long been fascinated by the workings of Washington. Here are some of them telling America's story in a collection of behind the scenes shots.
State of the Union
Frank Capra goes over the ballot with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in State of the Union (1948).
Caleb Madison
Howard Berman
California Congressman Howard Berman talks about issues facing the entertainment industry.
Bob Goodlatte
Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte talks about issues facing the entertainment industry.
David Thomson
A history of the motion picture industry—from its inception to Inception—an inspired study of its place in 21st century culture.
Betsy A. McLane
An account of the genre's history as context for the current state of documentary films, while considering the future of non-fiction films.
Nick Bamford
A straightforward, no-nonsense, hands-on television directors textbook which applies as much in the U.S. as the U.K.
Chris Bonura's storyboards helped director Robert Zemeckis meld archival and new footage in Forrest Gump.
John Frankenheimer
In his six decade career, John Frankenheimer was fascinated with the machinations of politics and approached it from all angles—and it never looked the same.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2012 Photo Essay New York City
New York City Filming Locations
Since the early days of filmmaking, New York has been the world’s biggest back lot. Here’s how some directors used the city to help them tell their story.
Photo Essay Outer Limits
Space Travel and Aliens
Starting with the silent era to modern CGI, space travel and aliens have always been a new frontier for directors to explore. As these behind-the-scenes shots show, the only limitation is the filmmaker’s imagination.
Drawing Board James Board
Tomorrow Never Dies
Roger Spottiswoode uses storyboards to plot James Bond's escape from a Bangkok skyscraper in Tomorrow Never Dies.
DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 My Life as a Mankiewicz
Tom Mankiewicz & Robert Crane
A self-effacing portrait of Hollywood insider Tom Mankiewicz, loaded with vibrant anecdotes.
Sam Peckinpah
With the orneriness of a cowboy, Sam Peckinpah chronicled the dying days of the Old West in films like The Wild Bunch and Ride the High Country. His take on values and violence is still influencing directors today.
DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 Film Noir
Alain Silver and James Ursini
A compilation of biographies, filmographies, and film-by-film analyses written by the who's who of film historians focusing on 30 key directors who helped shape the film noir genre.
DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 You're the Director
James Christie
A compelling study of Richard Donner, an ebullient, ballsy risk-taker who was a director even before he was aware of it.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2012 DVD Classics
Warner Archive Collection
The enterprising Warner Archive Collection offers unsung films by major directors.
Out of the Past Gene Kelly Hello Dolly
Hello, Dolly!
Director Gene Kelly gives Barbra Streisand a few pointers on the set of Hello, Dolly! (1969)
DGA Quarterly Summer 2012 10 Questions Tom Bernad Michael Barker
Tom Bernard & Michael Barker
Co-presidents Tom Bernard & Michael Barker have steered Sony Pictures Classics through the choppy waters of indie film for 21 years with a combination of business savvy and a respect for directorial vision.
Andrew Sarris
Andrew Sarris 1928-2012
Film critic Andrew Sarris expanded the appreciation of movies by advocating the “auteur theory,” which holds that a director’s voice is central to great filmmaking. Reposted here is an article he wrote for DGA Quarterly in 2006.
Zhang Yimou
Zhang Yimou
Once forbidden to travel outside his homeland, acclaimed director Zhang Yimou was recently in the U.S. to talk about his latest international epic. Does that mean a thawing in cinematic relations with China? Maybe. Maybe not.
Rock and Roll Photo Essay
Capturing the Beat
With the emergence of youth culture in the ’50s, rock ’n’ roll became an important element—and sometimes the subject—of features and documentaries. Here are some directors capturing the beat.
DGA Quarterly Crossword Puzzle Summer 2012
Caleb Madison
Drawing Board Spider Man 2
Spider-Man 2
In storyboards by Chris Buchinsky, Spidey battles Doc Ock on a speeding train in the climax of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2.
DVD Classics
Paramount and Universal Classics
As both Paramount and Universal Studios celebrate their centennials this year, it’s a fitting time to remember some of the directors who helped give the studios their identity.
Crossword Puzzle Spring 2012
Caleb Madison
DGA Quarterly Spring 2012 Fritz Lang
Fritz Lang
In a career that spanned the history of cinema from silent to sound, dodged the Nazis, and navigated the studios, Fritz Lang proved himself a master craftsman—and artist—for the ages.
Contemporary Film Directors Book
Annette Insdorf
Closely analyzing his films to date, Insdorf links Kaufman's versatile cinema by exploring the recurring and resonant themes of sensuality, artistic creation, and manipulation by authorities.
Luck and Circumstance Book
Michael Lindsay-Hogg
A magical dreamscape memoir of the acclaimed director's boyhood and coming-of-age as the son of movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television.
Great Moviemakers Book
George Stevens, Jr.
In this series of conversations held at the American Film Institute all aspects of work are discussed with men and women working in pictures, beginning in 1950 to Hollywood today.
10 Questions Mitch Singer
Mitch Singer
As chief digital strategy officer for Sony Pictures and leader of an industry-wide digital consortium, Mitch Singer talks about how the UltraViolet cloud could revolutionize home entertainment.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2012 DVD Classics Leo McCarey
Leo McCarey
With an improvisational style fashioned from silent films, Leo McCarey coaxed great performances from some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Yet his role as a master of American film comedy is often forgotten.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2012 Crossword Puzzle
Caleb Madison
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Feature Directors Panel
The feature directors panel on the morning of the annual awards has become one of the Guild's most popular events.
DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Internet Piracy
Internet Theft
Based on his recent book, Free Ride, author Robert Levine explains why it may soon become easier for consumers to buy content on the Internet than steal it.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Movies for Television
Some of the best films of the last 20 years have been made-for-television.
DGA Q Crossword Puzzle R-Rated Movies
Caleb Madison
DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Past Presidents
Guild Past Presidents
In the last two decades, Guild presidents have continued the fight for economic and creative rights.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Guild Diversity Committees
Over the past 30 years, Guild diversity committees have advanced the cause of women and minority members.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011 Interviews
Excerpts from DGA Interviews
For the last six years, the Quarterly has interviewed some of the most prominent directors in the business. Here are excerpts from each of them.
DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Books Directors Tell Their Stories
By Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli
Written by two top female TV directors, this is an indispensable handbook for the aspiring TV director and should find its place in the curriculum of any film school in the land.
DGA Quarterly Books Black Directors
By Melvin Donalson
An account of black film in America, beginning with the movies of Melvin Van Peebles and Gordon Parks, among the first African-American films to be seen by a large national audience.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011 Books
By Mary G. Hurd
Mixing biographical information with an overview of each career, Women Directors & Their Films identifies the commonalities and distinctions between the many female directors who’ve come to prominence.
DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Books The Sundance Kids
By James Mottram
A respectful and multileveled account of the generation of filmmakers spawned (in the main) by the Sundance Film Festival under the auspices of Robert Redford.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Award Winning TV Directors
DGA Award winners in comedy and drama showcasing how the range and quality of television has expanded in the last 20 years.
DGA 75th Anniversary Film Moments in Time
Guild History
Two films commissioned for the 75th anniversary commemorate the history of the Guild and the creative accomplishments of its members.
By Marilyn Ann Moss
A biography of maverick director, Raoul Walsh.
Jeffrey Meyers
A definitive biography of the larger-than-life career of legendary director John Huston.
By Steven J. Ross
A history of the relationship between Hollywood and Politics.
By Guy Magar
Autobiography from veteran feature and action TV director Guy Magar.
john huston
The Night of the Iguana
John Huston runs lines with a feathered friend during the filming of The Night of the Iguana (1964) in Mexico.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Photo Essay
Filmmakers from 1965-1989
Directors broke new ground from 1965-1989 — politically, socially, and sexually. These were no longer your father's pictures. Here's a cross section of some of the most memorable work of the period.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Robert Wise
An Appreciation
As chairman of the DGA’s Special Projects Committee for 24 years, Robert Wise guided the invaluable program and enriched the lives and careers of Guild members.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Crossword
Caleb Madison
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 The Industry
The Industry
When pay cable TV was in its infancy, the Directors Guild stood up to HBO, and after an eight-year battle, secured the creative and economic benefits members enjoy today.
Matt Loeb
IATSE president Matt Loeb looks at the challenges facing the industry and the people employed in it.
American Film Now: The People, the Power, the Money, the Movies
by James Monaco
A snapshot of Hollywood at the high noon of the American New Wave, this is a delightful time machine of a book showing us what was actually there before the steady encrustation of myth had taken hold.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Tough as Nails
by Douglass K. Daniel
We get to see beyond Brooks' barking autocrat and observe what several friends and co-workers call "the mischievous twinkle in his eye."
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Cinema Lonliness
by Robert Kolker
The most acute and perceptive critical study of some of the finest films and directors of the Hollywood New Wave of the 1970s.
Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director
by Patrick McGilligan
Nicholas Ray made movies about drug addiction, feminism, Mc-Carthyism, conservation, and ethnography years before anyone else.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Ten Questions Robert Daly
Robert A. Daly
As head of CBS in the ’70s and CEO of Warner Bros. for almost 20 years, Robert A. Daly oversaw an industry in transition. He looks back at the business as he knew it.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Drawing Board Star Wars
Star Wars
George Lucas mapped out where he was going in Star Wars with storyboards for everything from the opening credits to the climactic battle between the evil empire and the rebel forces.
Gil Cates Gallery
Gil Cates
Through changing times, for more than 50 years Gil Cates has been a steadying force and voice of reason in the Directors Guild.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
Before Hill Street Blues arrived in 1981, cop shows were tame by comparison. Using a realistic, in-your-face style, the directors helped pioneer a look and feel that has inspired countless crime series.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Blaxploitation
With sexy urban stories not seen before on American screens, blaxploitation pictures wowed a new audience in the ’70s. Behind the flashy clothes and cool music, directors helped create the genre’s unmistakable style.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 New Hollywood
New Hollywood in the Late 60s and 70s
Following the lead of the French New Wave, a restless generation of directors took Hollywood by storm in the late ’60s and ’70s, reflecting the climate of the country.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Internet Theft
Internet Theft
We asked a writer to search the Web and report on how shockingly easy it is to find illegal films. They could even be yours.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Loyalty Oath
The Effect of the Blacklist
Amidst the rumblings of the blacklist, the Guild's membership met on Oct. 22, 1950 and battled over whether to recall its president. It turned out to be a crucial moment in Guild history.
Advent of TV final hero
Advent of TV
As television arrived in the late ’40s and ’50s, the job of directing TV was defined. For young directors, it was the time of their lives.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 John Rich
John Rich
John Rich is a legendary figure in TV comedy, but equally important are his contributions to the Guild in 50 years of tireless service.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Merger
The RTDG-SDG Merger
The merger of East and West Coast directors in 1960 led to many of the benefits members enjoy today.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Film Noir
Film Noir
Film noir thrived in the dark of postwar America. But from the first flashing neon to the last crazy camera angle it was a director’s medium.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Kings of the Bs
Todd McCarthy & Charles Flynn
A landmark assessment of the independent sector of American filmmaking in the postwar decades, a teeming bestiary of risk takers, gore pioneers, and still-underrated auteurs.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Elia Kazan
by Elia Kazan/Richard Schickel
Kazan’s epic account of the century and his life is as magnificent an achievement as many of his plays and movies, and possibly the best autobiography ever written by a movie director.
DGA Quarterly 2011 10 Questions Fred Silverman
Fred Silverman
Former head of ABC and longtime TV executive Fred Silverman reflects on the medium’s coming of age.
DGA Quarterly 2011 Out of the Past Twighlight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Doug Hayes finds the actors on The Twilight Zone a tad stiff.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Drawing Board Spartacus
Famed title artist Saul Bass’ storyboards for Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Photo Essay Sunset Blvd.
Filmmakers from 1945-1965
Some of the most prominent directors from 1945-1965, seen in rare on-set shots, deal with new challenges on the job.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
Rarely does a book fully live up to the promise of its title, but Lumet’s memoir-cum-manual tells us in vivid and splendid detail how he does what he does.
DGA Quarterly 2011 Books Arthur Penn
by Nat Segaloff
Renowned primarily for detonating the 1970s Hollywood Renaissance with 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, Penn’s life was full of achievements no less potent and pace-setting.
DGA Quarterly 2011 Books Delbert Mann
by Delbert Mann
Former DGA president Delbert Mann was the first of the generation of Television directors to make a successful trek West to Hollywood.
New York
The SDIG-DGA Merger
The commercial and documentary directors in the SDIG were initially fearful of being swallowed by the West Coast directors, but a happy merger was finally reached in 1965.
DGA Quarterly 2011 An Appreciation George Sidney
An Appreciation
The Guild's youngest president was also a master craftsman and an unforgettable character, as a budding filmmaker recalls.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Ridgeway Callow
Nuts and Bolts AD
Callow was among the original ADs to join the Guild in 1938 and became one of the savviest nuts and bolts production pros in the industry.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Anthony Mann
by Jeanine Basinger
The undisputed master of three genres—film noir, psychological Westerns, and big-budget historical epic—Mann accumulated a majestic body of work.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 First Awards
Honoring Our Own
In 1949, the Guild launched its annual awards. Then as now, the idea was for directors to honor their own.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Screening Room Dr. Strangelove
Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan considers how Stanley Kubrick pulled off a daring mixture of tones in Dr. Strangelove.
DGA Quarterly 2011 DVD Classics Robert Wise I Want to Live
Robert Wise
A careful re-viewing of Robert Wise’s work reveals the imprint of an artist.

DGA Quarterly 2011 Books John Frankenheimer
Stephen B. Armstrong
The emblematic figure among the New York TV directors who made the journey to Hollywood in the 1950s, Frankenheimer refined his technique in live broadcasts before millions of viewers.
DGA Quarterly 2011 Books George Stevens
by Marilyn Ann Moss
As the son of theatrical tent-show performers, former DGA president George Stevens truly grew up with Hollywood.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Advent of TV
The first black member of the Screen Directors Guild and the second black stage manager to work in network television, Franklin was as determined as he was skilled.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Internet Theft
Internet Theft
Internet theft has clearly had a serious economic impact on mid-budget and large studio movies, but it’s independent films that may be damaged the most.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Crossword And the Winner Is
Caleb Madison
Ingmar Bergman
In a 1960 magazine article, Ingmar Bergman wrote how a film begins for him—with a chance remark, a few bars of music, a shaft of light across the street. His respect for the magic of movies remains an inspiration for directors today.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books City of Nets
Otto Friedrich
A rollicking account of mid-century Hollywood, City of Nets opens with the movie industry at the pinnacle of its success (1939) and ends 10 years later with the chaos of the HUAC hearings, the rise of television, and the Supreme Court’s antitrust decision.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Eric Stacey
Blowing in the Wind
With one letter of reference and a British taxi, Stacey arrived in LA from England and worked his way up to AD, a profession he chose because it paid $5 more per week than DP.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Arthur Jacobson
New York to Hollywood
Starting out cleaning lights at Biograph Studios, Jacobson worked his way up to 1st AD with on-the-fly solutions like substituting iced tea for whiskey to keep W.C. Fields sober.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2010-11 King Vidor
King Vidor
King Vidor helped bring directors together to form the Guild and became its first president during the early, perilous years. His legacy as a great filmmaker and fighter for directors' rights continues today.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Steven Ross
Steven J. Ross
Steven J. Ross, chairman of the history department at USC, looks at the labor conditions that contributed to the founding of the Guild.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Drawing Board
Gone With the Wind
Storyboards by William Cameron Menzies detail the burning of Atlanta scene from Gone With the Wind.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Chaplin
David Robinson
Originally published in 1985, Chaplin: His Life and Art offers a full immersion in the previously impenetrable method of Chaplin as a director.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Exiles in Hollywood
Gene D. Phillips
Exiles in Hollywood looks at Fritz Lang, William Wyler, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, and Otto Preminger, analyzing the profound effect they had on American popular cinema after leaving UFA Studios.
George Stevens
Directors in World War II
The Guild and many prominent directors volunteered their creative talents to help win World War II.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Chico Day
Gentleman AD
The first Mexican-American admitted to the Guild (in 1937), Day was known for his professionalism - so much so that C.B. DeMille told him he'd never do a picture without him.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Each Man in His Time
Raoul Walsh
For a personal insight into the buccaneering, freebooting youth of Hollywood, you can’t do better than the memoirs of the man behind the eye patch.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Photo Essay
Early Filmmaking
In the early days of filmmaking, directors were constantly expanding the possibilities of the young medium. In this selection of rare set shots, their sense of discovery is almost palpable.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 John Ford
Joseph McBride
Drawing on three decades of research, Searching covers Ford's directing, history as a co-founder of the Directors Guild, politics, and his wildly contradictory personality, valiantly attempting to separate Ford’s many masks from his actual visage.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Parades Gone By
Kevin Brownlow
Nearly forty years on from its original publication, Kevin Brownlow’s The Parade’s Gone By... still packs quite the Proustian punch, with its chorus of then venerable, now long-dead legends of the silent era reminiscing on experiences that even then were 40 years in the past.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Howard Hawks
Todd McCarthy
Hawks, a cofounder of the Directors Guild, was unusual in scrappy, knockabout early Hollywood; as an educated rich kid from Pasadena, he was slumming in what was still seen as a disreputable industry.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Oscar Micheaux
Patrick McGilligan
In his exhaustive biography of the shadowy, half-forgotten yet indomitable African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux, McGilligan deftly assembled the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into a compelling account of a quixotic life.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Piracy
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing presents an encouraging new business model for the entertainment industry, but it will require vigilance to protect intellectual property and compensation.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 John Ford Stagecoach
Serious Westerns
In an excerpt from a 1971 story in the DGA's Action magazine, John Ford and cast and crew reminisce about the making of Stagecoach.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 75 Years
Frank Capra's Fight
When President Frank Capra boldly threatened to boycott the Academy Awards in 1939, the Producers Association finally accepted the Guild.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Out of Past
Exquisite Summer
Josef von Sternberg delivers an important message on the set of Exquisite Summer.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 A Guild is Born
Take a look back at how the labor struggles of early Hollywood led to the founding of the DGA.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 DVD Classics
D.W. Griffith
Griffith's career will always be controversial but his pioneering contributions to the language of film are undeniable.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Pionereing Women
Pioneering Women
Any look at the history of directing should include Alice Guy-Blaché, Dorothy Arzner, and Ida Lupino. Not because they were women, but because of their contribution to the craft.
Caleb Madison
Mabel Walker Willebrandt
A key strategist in the final rounds of the battle to establish the Guild was its attorney, Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who arranged for the pivotal hearings before the National Labor Relations Board in Washington and also drafted the Basic Agreement of 1939, the Guild’s first contract with the studios.
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan called himself a "desperate beast" in his quest to get the deepest emotions out of his cast. And in an extraordinary career that revolutionized screen acting, he usually got what he was looking for.
The Seven Year Itch
Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe in the famed street scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955).
Internet Theft
In July, U.S. Immigration and Customs agents seized seven major websites. Here’s the blow-by-blow account of how it went down.
DGA Quarterly Crossword
Caleb Madison
Claudia Puig
Why the recent decline in film critics isn’t necessarily a good thing for directors.
Storyboards for Michael Bay’s Transformers visualized the battle between man and machine.
Nicholas Carr
Just as it has transformed our ways of doing business, of communicating with one another, and entertaining ourselves, the Internet, says Carr, by reference to countless neuroscientific studies, is also changing our brains, and not necessarily for the better.
Merrill Brockway
Merrill Brockway belongs to that bustling generation that returned from World War II, earned its education on the GI Bill (his at Princeton), and then moved into an optimistic postwar future where the maps were not yet drawn.
Apps for Filmmakers
New apps for the iPhone and iPad designed for filmmakers.
Scott Eyman
Eyman reminds us how DeMille's rise in early Hollywood not only paralleled the industry's ascent to global prominence, but was inextricably intertwined with it.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2010 Peter Sellers
Directing Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers may have been crazy, but he was also a great comic actor. Directors and others remember the highs and lows of working with him.
Gwynne Edwards
Luis Buñuel, like many great international filmmakers, still dwells, to a considerable extent, on the far side of a linguistic and cultural barrier. What we have until now lacked, however, is a study that relies primarily on Spanish-language sources, extensively researched and translated by the author.
Michael Powell
Michael Powell’s vivid palette comes alive in a magnificent restoration of his classic The Red Shoes.
Biz Stone
Twitter co-founder and creative director Biz Stone considers the impact of tweeting on the entertainment industry.
Dave Kehr
The DVD columnist for The New York Times considers why modern comedy has for the most part abandoned the long shot.
John Fithian
John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, talks about the future of moviegoing as we know it.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Nigel Andrews
The film critic for The Financial Times applauds minimalism.
2nd to None
Jennifer Truelove says she still remembers the moment when she told herself there was no way she would ever want to become an AD.
Caleb Madison
LA in Movies
Directors do love Los Angeles, and frequently use it as a backdrop-and even character-in their movies. We assembled a collection of behind the scenes shots of filmmakers at work on locations all over the City of Angels.
Nick Dawson
Time and again, Ashby stresses his desire to remain hands-off in his direction of actors and their instincts. Ashby may have been hands-off but, in the end, only Ashby carried the entire movie in his head.
The Sound of Music
Storyboards for the "Do-Re-Mi" number in The Sound of Music show how Robert Wise carefully orchestrated the scene.
James Naremore
Naremore's close-reading and contextualization of the film make Sweet Smell of Success seem like a heroic victory over its producers' own worst instincts and an even more remarkable achievement than we already believed.
John Huston
John Huston's restless nature animated all of his films. With a brilliant restoration of The African Queen, as well as his other films on DVD, the director's adventurous spirit endures.
Setting Precedents
When Josef von Sternberg's 1931 film An American Tragedy departed from Theodore Dreiser's novel, the author sued to protect his work. Dreiser lost, and the precedent-setting case established the right of studios and filmmakers to pursue their own vision.
Safety on the Set
The problem of long hours and worker safety is perhaps as old as the industry. Despite greater awareness, education, and various cautionary measures, it remains a complex, hard to solve issue.
Creating 3D Television
Manufacturers are marketing 3D TV sets in hopes that content will follow. In the meantime, directors are learning the ropes with sports and live concerts.
Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini, and Robert Porfirio
Weighing in at 500 pages, this venerable compendium subscribes to the idea that noir pertains to tone and features profiles of a wide array of films.
Orson Welles
Orson Welles is best known for two undisputed masterpieces—Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. But he continued to make interesting, innovative (if troubled) films around the world.
DGA Inititatives Internet Theft
Piracy by the Numbers
Figures don't lie. Here's why Internet Theft constitutes a critical problem for the industry.
DGAQ Out of the Past Blake Edwards
The Pink Panther
Blake Edwards makes himself at home with his stars Capucine and Peter Sellers on The Pink Panther (1963.).
Mark Griffin
Vincente Minnelli was a contradictory man, says Mark Griffin in his enlightening new biography of the director.
Caleb Madison
Marketing Movies
After working on a film for years, the last hurdle for directors is selling it to an audience. But sometimes that’s a process they have to fight to be a part of.
Anne Sweeney
Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, says we live in challenging times. That's why she's excited to come to work every day.
Storyboards by Sylvain Despretz for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator burst through the panels and suggest the intensity the director will ultimately deliver to the action.
Robert Aldrich
Robert Aldrich left a family fortune for a rough and tumble career in Hollywood. He became an industry leader, president of the Guild, and made some very good movies--and one masterpiece.
Edward Jay Epstein
Edward Jay Epstein's The Hollywood Economist proves a more reader-friendly follow-up to his previous book on film economics, The Big Picture.
Gene D. Phillips
Gene D. Phillips’ Some Like It Wilder is a critical-historical biography, with Wilder’s work very much taking primacy over his personal life.
From PC to TV
More and more new devices are speeding the movement of content from your computer to your TV set. Has the wave of the future finally arrived?
Deep Packet Inspection
With Internet theft and online crime on the rise, deep packet inspection is one effective tool to protect rights and intellectual property. Without it, the Internet as we know it could crash.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Terrence Rafferty
More and more new devices are speeding the movement of content from your computer to your TV set. Has the wave of the future finally arrived?
Peter Cowie
Peter Cowie celebrates Kurosawa's centenary with this exquisitely packaged, image-laden homage to the writer-director and his work.
Directing Sinatra
Working with temperamental, high-profile stars is never easy for a director, but Frank Sinatra took it to a new level. The war stories are legendary. Here are some of the best.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010 Drawing Board Psycho
In this new column, the Quarterly presents Alfred Hitchcock's original storyboards for the famed shower sequence in Psycho.
DGAQ Out of the Past - Luis Buñuel - The Milky Way
The Milky Way
Spanish director Luis Buñuel's inadvertent comment on the trials of being a film director.
DGAQ Technology - Hot Digital Cameras
Digital Cameras
Panavision's Genesis and the independently made RED ONE are two of the hottest digital cameras around. We asked directors about the pros and cons of each.
Film School Generation
Spurred by social changes in the mid-'60s, a new generation of directors pushed the boundaries of American filmmaking, producing some of the most provocative, exciting movies since Hollywood's heyday.
Gabriel Miller
Despite twelve best director nominations and three wins, Wyler resisted the title of "auteur," instead preferring to recognize the contribution of his collaborators. As the interviews in this book (which span from 1939 to Wyler's death in 1981) reveal, he felt the director should shape himself to the picture's needs.
DGAQ Books - Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir
Vincent Brook
In Driven, author Vincent Brook traces the role Jewishness played in the movies and sensibilities of UFA Studios figures such as Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Edgar Ulmer.
DGAQ DVD Classics - The Golden Age of Television
Golden Age of Television
The golden age of television presented exciting opportunities for a generation of young directors. A new box set revisits the art and innovations of early movies made for TV.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Scott Foundas
The former critic for LA Weekly pays tribute to the French New Wave and wonders what happened to that spirit in American filmmaking.
Net Neutrality
Andrew Keen cuts through the rhetoric and explains the concept of net neutrality and why its a critical issue to the entertainment industry and to the protection of DGA members’ work.
Singin' in the Rain
Fifty-seven years after it was made, Singin' in the Rain remains the high-water mark of American musicals. Stanley Donen remembers shooting the iconic sequence where Gene Kelly blissfully ignores the weather.
John Ford
Underdogs, families in trouble, and men at war inspired John Ford to create movies of grandeur, grace, and, yes, beauty. Here he is capturing the inherent decency of people in flims from his unparalleled body of work.
Charles Finance & Susan Zwerman
Finance and Zwerman have assembled an essential guide for both tyros entering the industry and established directors who want to feel more comfortable working in this brave new world of VFX.
James Schamus
James Schamus, chief executive officer of Focus Features and producer and/or writer of all of Ang Lee's films, looks at the specialty film business and sees a world in flux.
Mitchell Zuckoff
Resembling an Altman movie, dozens of figures (including the director himself) yak, yarn, kvetch, and carp in this epic oral biography put together by Zuckoff.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Don Siegel puts his cast in a most unusual position in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The Piracy Problem
The author of The Cult of the Amateur refutes the notion that all creative work on the Internet should be free, and urges the film industry to aggressively combat digital theft.
Victor Fleming
With special 70th anniversary editions of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, the time is right to reassess the career of the underappreciated Victor Fleming.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Jeannette Catsoulis
A reviewer for The New York Times wonders what's missing from today's romantic comedies from a woman's perspective.
The Piracy Problem
Digital theft poses the most serious threat to the livelihood of Guild members. This primer explains why.
Previsualization Technology
Previsualization is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for directors on large-scale films. But could it also benefit indie directors?
Working on Comedies
Over the years, it's the director's vision that has made many kinds of comedy come to life. In rare set shots, we capture filmmakers working on some of the most amusing movies ever made.
Tom Reilly
Assistant director Tom Reilly's labor of love, a lifetime’s experience generously distilled into practical advice for assistant directors—tyros and old hands alike.
Steve Organ
In these interviews, well chosen by editor Steven Organ, Lean also addresses the perceived divide between his early, intimate British work and his later, expansive inter-national epics.
Phil Hall
Throughout Phil Hall's survey, one is repeatedly struck by how many movies were independently produced: Griffith’s Intolerance, entire specialist markets ranging from “race movies” to Yiddish-language productions, and even James Cameron’s first Terminator.
Lauren Corrao
Lauren Corrao, president of original programming and development for Comedy Central, talks about directing comedy and what you can get away with on cable TV.
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin is usually remembered for the oversized character he created. But he was also a director of sublime gifts, as his beautifully restored films on DVD confirm.
UPM Animal Instincts
A lifelong animal lover, Michele considered vet school before finding her niche in talking animal films such as Dr. Doolittle 2 and the Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks franchises.
Blake Edwards
Inspired by the silent clowns, Blake Edwards created The Pink Panther franchise and some of the craftiest comedies to come out of Hollywood. But sight gags, mistaken identities and flying pies were not his only tricks.
Nick Dawson
Finally a biography of Hal Ashby, who made a series of remarkable movies during the 1970s before falling into disfavor and dying at 59. Ashby is the lost man of the Hollywood Renaissance.
Brian Lowry
The TV critic for Variety reflects on why TV series directors don't get the credit they deserve-and why they should.
Ingmar Bergman
With psychologically acute and philosophically challenging films, Ingmar Bergman helped the art-house picture. In The Ingmar Bergman Archives, we glimpse the director creating his remarkable body of work.
Hervé Dumont
Including a foreward by admirer Martin Scorsese, this biography (written in 1993 but finally translated from French) rescues the early Hollywood director from obscurity.
Tony Bill
Having been "on more sets than a lot of rental equipment," Bill is well-qualified to provide outsiders with this compendium of film lingo, made more complete with anecdotes involving names like Sinatra, Coppola, Malick and Spielberg.
David Shaheen
David Shaheen, head of JP Morgan Chase's Entertainment Group, reflects on what impact the economic crisis might have had on the industry and the $8 billion the bank has loaned it.
Carol Reed Conducts a performance from young Mark Lester in Oliver!
Robert Cornfield
Robert Cornfield edits Kazan on Directing, a deftly assembled collection of the great director’s instructions to his theater and film collaborators. Included are character biographies, costume suggestions and staging setups, as well as brutally frank postmortem examinations of his work.
William A. Wellman
In his raucous, unpredictable and often brilliant career, William A. Wellman, one of the Guild's founders, churned out crackling entertainments in nearly every genre.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Stephanie Zacharek
The critic for wonders why there's so much camera shaking going on.
Glenn Lovell
Lovell's evenhanded biography of John Sturges fills yet another gap in our knowledge of postwar Hollywood, tracing the life and work of the director of such films as The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape.
Alfred Hitchcock
New and improved DVDs of Hitchcock classics and rarities demonstrate the enduring appeal of the director's work.
Michael Sragow
Michael Sragow profiles the former auto racer, who Steven Spielberg once complimented as "one of the great chameleons. We honor his movies and don't know him - because he did his job so well."
Road Movies
Hitting the road - for fame, fortune, or to stay one step ahead of the law - has been a staple of American films for over 80 years. Here are some shots of directors creating those odysseys.
Richard Koszarski
The Rutgers film professor's richly detailed history is a New Yorker's passionate and unabashedly city-proud reclamation of film production in NYC, a ceaselessly eye-opening work of Gotham-based cultural anthropology and archeology.
Les Moonves
Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS, talks about the challenges of the Internet and why network television is indispensable.
Emanuel Levy
Levy's in-depth biography makes a convincing case for a revival of interest in the maestro's glorious body of work.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Former DGA President George Stevens looks over some unusual head shots for The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).
The Bride of Frankenstein
James Whale runs some lines with a very unusual star in The Bride of Frankenstein.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books Have You Seen...?
David Thomson
Possibly the greatest movie-related bathroom book of all time, "Have You Seen...?" has 1,000 alphabetical entries, each with a well-honed five hundred words that will have you running to your Netflix queue or yelling in dissent.
Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini created a visual style that was unmistakable in the history of cinema. In rare set photos, we capture the Maestro at work crafting some of his unforgettable images.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books X Films
Alex Cox
A conundrum among independent filmmakers, Cox has always done things his way. Appropriately, then, X Films communicates a tangible sense of filmmaking as adventure, more how-to than autobiography.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 The Industry
Indie Cutbacks
Cutbacks and a shrinking market have left the indie world in a quandary. So what's a director to do?
DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Ten Questions Grazer
Brian Grazer
Producer Brian Grazer talks about how he hires a director, the importance of vision, and why visiting the set is meaningless.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
John Anderson
A veteran critic considers how screen comedy has changed since the days of Preston Sturges-and not for the better.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 DVD Classics
Anthony Mann
Anthony Mann directed Westerns, film noirs and epics-all with his signature psychological intensity.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Photo Essay
The Hollywood musical has been declared dead countless times, only to rise up again singing and dancing. We take a look at the genre in its various incarnations over the years.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Owen Gleiberman
The reviewer for Entertainment Weekly muses about the relationship between directors and critics.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 10 Questions Chad Hurly
Chad Hurley
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley considers how the Internet site is trying to convert all those hits into a plan to make money.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Books
Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan
An oddly assembled, highly entertaining mess of a book, John Landis drives you out to rent every last one of the director's movies.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Luc Goddard
Richard Brody
The most satisfying and epic movie biography of 2008 thus far, Brody's Everything is Cinema divides Godard's career into distinct creative periods, integrating the oft-told stories of the Nouvelle Vague with new research.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 The Industry
Luxury Movie Theaters
New luxury theaters are featuring high-end amenities. But does this enhance or detract from the moviegoing experience?
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Books
Walter Mirisch
Over the course of 50 years, legendary producer Walter Mirisch went from teenage theater usher to one of the most respected producers in Hollywood.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
David A. Price
David A. Price's well-researched history of Pixar is also a history of the long march of CGI, with stops along the way, including the war between Disney and Pixar, embodied here by Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Photo Essay
John Huston
John Huston was a gambler, boxer, soldier, painter and actor in his 81 years. In photos from the set, here's a look at some of his cinematic adventures along the way.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Ten Questions
Ken Ziffren
Top entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren talks about his role in the DGA negotiations and where the industry may be headed.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Bert Cardullo
Containing interviews conducted between 1960 and 1983, Interviews demonstrates that Antonioni was, then as now, always one step ahead of his critics and interrogators.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Ty Burr
For a film to be critically successful, the ending doesn't have to necessarily be realistic and downbeat. It just has to be right for the material.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Richard Schickel
With over 60 reviews of books about film, Film on Paper offers a rich survey not just of the books, but also of the Time magazine critic's capacious and splendidly contrarian mind.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 DVD Classics
Ernst Lubitsch
Famous for his touch with sophisticated comedy, Ernst Lubitsch also laid the groundwork for the modern musical, as demonstrated in a new box set.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Legends Donovan
Legends of the Guild
Television and screen directors joined forces to form the DGA in 1960. We celebrate one of the men who helped make it happen.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Out of the Past
A Man For All Seasons
Fred Zinnemann puts Paul Scofield in a precarious position in the DGA Award winner A Man For All Seasons.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Anthony Mann
Jeanine Basinger
Originally published in 1979, this reissue of Anthony Mann (now expanded, restored and updated) remains the only serious book-length study of Mann's work in English.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Industry
Computer to Television
Eventually we will be able to connect our computer to our TV, but not just yet.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Leonard Maltin
The popular critic and author wonders if movies are getting too long.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books
Brian Dauth
A welcome addition to the University of Mississippi series of interviews with directors, Mankiewicz: Interviews continually draws fascinating material from the director with a little help from interviewers like Andrew Sarris and Michel Ciment.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Long Embrace
Judith Freeman
An enthralling academic detective story (with a marked resemblence to one of Chandler's novels), The Long Embrace is 2007's finest book about Los Angeles.
DGA Quarterly Photo Essay
DGA Awards' 60th Anniversary
Each year the DGA honors the greatest achievement in films. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Awards, we present a gallery of directors working on their winning pictures.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Awards
The DGA Awards' 60th Anniversary
Since the DGA Awards started in 1948, the show has evolved with the times, but the familial nature and collegial spirit have remained unchanged. Here's how it all happened.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 News
Directing Local News
Local news directors at stations around the country swap war stories and share their experiences dealing with the unexpected.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Ten Questions
Karen Stuart
Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agencies, reflects on the changing nature of an agent's job.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Hollywood Independent
Denise Mann
Deftly sorting out a complicated political and artistic saga, Mann concentrates on the business issues, the postwar political environment and the emblematic indies to trace how films reflect the often dissident circumstances of their creation.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 DVD Classics
Kino's Film Noir Box Sets
We never seem to exhaust our appetite for film noir, as two intriguing new box sets demonstrate
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Preminger
Foster Hirsch
Despite Preminger's difficult reputation, author Foster Hirsch provides a judiciously balanced, three-dimensional biography of the director who helmed Laura and Anatomy of a Murder.
Bergman & Antonioni
Two masters of the screen, Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, died on the same day last summer. Their introspection opened the way to a cinema of questioning and ambiguity.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 DVD Classics
Samuel Fuller
Newspaperman-turned-director Samuel Fuller used lurid, over-the-top plots and expressionistic filmmaking to create a body of work that still stings today.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Ten Questions Denson
Terry Denson
Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisitions for Verizon's FiOS TV, heralds the arrival of telcos and fiber optics in the home.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Robert Wise
Richard C. Keenan
A thoroughly researched critical survey of the former DGA President's five-decade career in Hollywood, Keenan's book contains clear and persuasive analyses of Wise's techniques, revealing an artist determined to let his material live and breathe.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Out of the Past
Harold and Maude
Hal Ashby serves up Bud Cort on a silver platter in Harold and Maude - literally.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Photo Essay War Zone
War Movies
Directors have been drawn to the battlefield since the early days of silent films. In a series of shots, we look at the view from the cinematic front lines.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Legends Walls
Legends of the Guild
Our celebration of the Guild’s 70th anniversary continues with one of the first African-American stage managers in television.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Hollywood Censor
Thomas Doherty
Though he never directed a millimeter of film footage, Joseph Breen left an indelible mark on every movie made from 1934 to 1954, essentially functioning as chief enforcer of the Hays Code.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 DGA Interview Lumet
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet has been exploring the moral contradictions of life, mostly in New York, for more than 50 years. At 83, he adds to his astonishing body of work with Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Action Directors
Directing Action Films
Directors of action films create some of the most spectacular-and innovative-footage on screen. All it takes is preparation, imagination and nerves of steel.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Industry
Film and TV on the Internet
Content is booming on the Internet almost daily. In our ongoing look at developments in new technology, we sort out some of the ways film and TV are reaching a new audience.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Jack Valenti
This posthumous memoir from the industry's dapper head of the MPAA details Valenti's eventful life, including his poor childhood in Texas, his time in the White House advising LBJ, and his stewardship of the (in)famous ratings association.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock always claimed that, for him, shooting was the least interesting part of filmmaking. But in a rare series of set shots, he appears totally engaged with cast and crew.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Peter Rainer
The critic for the Christian Science Monitor wonders why directors don't take their time to tell a story anymore.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
3-D Movies
3-D is roaring back-and it's not the clunky, campy version from the '50s. With new technology, 3-D is becoming a serious tool for filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007 Kubrick
James Naremore
Written in readable, jargon-free prose, Naremore's On Kubrick is the state of the art in deep Kubrick appreciation.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Quentin Falk
Clocking in under 200 pages, Falk's succinct biography displays deft command of the material, delivering a compressed tour through the life and work of the owner of the most recognizble silhouette in film.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns featured iconoclastic heroes, broad landscapes and unforgettable music.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
New Technology
Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. In the first of an ongoing series we break down changes in entertainment and the way film and TV will be delivered.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007 Books The Animated Man Walt Disney
Michael Barrier
Focusing on the improvisatory manner in which Disney and his partners turned a fledgling filmic entertainment into a global industry, Barrier's biography ultimately finds Disney an elusive figure beneath his workaholic tendencies and relentless optimism.
DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Barry Meyer
From tentpoles to cellphones, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer surveys the business.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Save the Day
Film Preservation in the Digital Age
Film preservation used to be for old films. Not anymore. In the digital age, directors need to take responsibility for saving their own work.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books French New Wave
Richard Neupert
Starting in the early '50s, Neupert situates the Cahiers graduates in a wider, richer portrait of French cultural history. The second edition includes a new chapter devoted to Left Bank filmmakers and a new afterword.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Photo Essay Out of Africa
Films Shot in Africa
With a slew of recent films, it might seem Hollywood has just discovered Africa as a location. But directors have been using the sweeping landscapes and dramatic terrain since the '30s.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Boooks Jean Renoir
Christopher Faulkner
A compact yet comprehensive survey of one of the great careers in cinema history, Jean Renoir shows the director's life in one clear, wide-angle shot, with frequent close-ups when necessary.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Scenes from the City
James Sanders
Filled with shots from famous New York movies and including an interview with Martin Scorsese (as well as comments and anecdotes from New Yorkers like Nora Ephron and Woody Allen), Scenes showcases the city's many faces and the filmmakers who capture it.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Digital Filmmaking
Mike Figgis
A trained jazz musician and veteran of live theater, Figgis aptly communicates in this short volume the excitement provided by digital technology in allowing more immediate expression.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Industry
The Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary, has long been friendly turf for American directors.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Lisa Schwarzbaum
The critic for Entertainment Weekly offers some helpful hints on how the species thinks.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 10 Questions Ted Sardanos
Ted Sarandos
Netflix's Ted Sarandos talks about how the online rental company has changed the video business...and what's next.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Women Filmmakers
Karen Ward Mahar
Thoroughly researched and powerfully written, Women Filmmakers offers stirring revelations that illuminate a forgotten pioneering spirit among early women filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 DVD Classics Janus
Janus Films
A collection of 50 classic pictures from Janus Films brings the art house to your house.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 George Sidney
Member, 1939-2002
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 A Guild is Born
Founding the Guild
The forward-thinking directors who came together to found the Guild in 1936 were seeking to protect the same creative rights the Guild fights for today.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books The Film Director Prepares
Myrl A. Schreibman
An adjunct professor at UCLA, Schreibman presents an essential outline - culled from his own experience in theater, film, and TV - of what is needed to get the unbelievably complex job done.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Ida Lupino
Member, 1950-1995
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 10 Questions Jack Valenti
Jack Valenti
Former MPAA President Jack Valenti defends the ratings system.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Industry
Working in a New Medium
As technological changes go, nothing can top the advent of television. Here's what it was like for its early directors.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Francisco Chico Day
Member, 1937-1995
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Leni Riefenstahl
Jurgen Trimborn
Admirably well-sourced, consistently evenhanded, and remarkably succinct, A Life is now the authoritative biography of an appalling, albeit fascinating, figure of cinema.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Tom Donovan
Member, 1960-Present
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 DVD Classics Frank Capra
Frank Capra
Think you know Frank Capra? Think again. A new box set of his Depression-era classics offers a chance for reappraisal.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Out of the Past Frank Capra & John Ford
John Ford & Frank Capra
Frank Capra flips for John Ford.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 John Rich
Member, 1953-Present
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Playboy Interviews
Stephen Randall & the editors of Playboy
With in-depth interviews of Billy Wilder, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman and more, you can read this Playboy offering "for the articles."
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Gil Cates
Member, 1960-Present
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Stanley Kauffmann
The longtime critic for the New Republic traces how the history of film criticism parallels the history of the Guild.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Sheldon Leonard
Member, 1952-1997
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Steady Growth
The Evolution of the DGA
Over the years, the Guild and its professional staff have had to adjust to changing times, an industry in constant flux and the evolving needs of its members.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Dorothy Arzner
Member, 1938-1979
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 The Early Show
Guild Founders On Set
The founders of the Guild were not labor leaders or businessmen - they were working directors. A selection of shots captures them on their day jobs.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Wendell Franklin
Member, 1960-1994
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Oscar Micheaux
Patrick McGilligan
In his biography of the half-forgotten yet indomitable African-American film pioneer, McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of several scholars into a compelling account of a quixotic life.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Bob Jeffords
Member, 1973-2002
DGA Special Projects Committee
70 Years of Milestones: 1970s
For more than 30 years, the Special Projects Committee has been providing Guild members with unique opportunities to get to know individual directors and their work, and to learn more about the craft.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 70 Years of Milestones
The Guild's history is a collection of accomplishments, big and small victories and extraordinary people who helped make it work. Here is a selective look at some of the highlights from the first 70 years.
DGA Independent Directors Committee
70 Years of Milestones: 1990s
The DGA established the Western Independent Directors Committee in 1998 and the Eastern Independent Directors Committee in 2002 to continue to address the needs of Guild members who work in the independent arena.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Visually Speaking
The Visual History Program
The Visual History Program preserves a living record of the Guild with an ongoing series of in-depth interviews with members.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
William Wellman, Jr.
Written by Wellman's son, The Man and His Wings is part fond memorial, part family scrapbook, packed with previously unseen photos, mementos of Hollywood's Golden Age, and letters from the front.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Almodovar
Pedro Almodóvar
With his latest film, Volver, Pedro Almodóvar-the most acclaimed Spanish director since Luis Buñuel-returns to his hometown to explore his cinematic roots.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books Chaplin
John Bengtson
A worthy companion piece to the Schickel collection, the deliriously obsessive and bracingly thorough Silent Traces scours the backgrounds of Chaplin's films to point out their exact locations, past and present, through photographs.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books John Rich
John Rich
A veritable Zelig of the industry, and an inexhaustible fund of good anecdotes (including one involving Shelley Winters and another involving a difficult Jerry Lewis), Rich remains fine company from first page to last in this chronicle of an epic life.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg extols the virtues of shooting in the Big Apple.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 The Industry
HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray
HD-DVD and Blu-ray may be battling it out for years for a share of the high-definition DVD market.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 DVD Classics
Akira Kurosawa
A new DVD of Seven Samurai demonstrates why the director was the amster of subtle spectacle.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Billy WIlder
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder created some of the most memorable-and cynical-characters on the screen. In a selection of rare shots, we visit the director at work on the set.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
Richard Schickel
Richard Schickel's excellent selection of critical and biographical essays is a fine place to begin for readers interested in learning more about the seminal cinematic figure.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
Bill Carter
Surveying Titanic flops, Himalayan egos and Vesuvian temper-tantrums, New York Times TV correspondent Bill Carter compiles a compelling portrait of the years leading up to the transformational 2004-2005 TV season.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Carrie Rickey
A critic wonders if movies change - or we do.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Interview Pollack
Sydney Pollack
From his early days in live TV, Sydney Pollack has been giving mainstream movies a good name. Now, after a low budget documentary about his friend Frank Gehry, he's thinking more indie.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Ten Questions
Dana Walden
Fox Television president Dana Walden talks about an industry trying to keep up with technology.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks
The first black director to make a studio film helped create a genre with Shaft. But his biggest contribution was opening the door for a new generation of black filmmakers.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Photo Essay David Lean
David Lean
From Summertime in Venice to Lawrence of Arabia in the desert, David Lean was one of cinema's great visual stylists. Here's a look at the great director at work.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 The Industry
Digital Exhibition
After years of wrangling, digital exhibition is about to arrive. Is it the biggest thing since talkies?
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Out of the Past
Sullivan's Travels
Preston Sturges takes a dip.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
John Anderson and Laura Kim
The film critic for Newsday (Anderson) and executive VP of marketing and publicity Warner Independent (Kim) throw a lifeline to young filmmakers and explain the film sales process.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 DVD Classics John Ford
John Ford
Two new box sets celebrate the great American director.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Bill Daniels, David Leedy and Steven D. Sills
If knowledge is power, then every player in Hollywood looking to gain the upper hand in dealmaking ought to dip into this book. Not that the book’s contents – like the studio accounting practices it depicts – will be fully understandable to anyone who’s not a CPA.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Simon Callow
Spanning the years 1941-1947, Volume 2 traces the larger-than-life director's career from Kane to his never finished documentary, It's All True, about life in Brazil.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
David Ansen
Here are a few things directors should not do anymore.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 In My Opinion
Mike Robe & Robert Markowitz
TV movies often get great reviews. How come they never mention the director?
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Robert Wise
Robert Wise
Robert Wise was the consummate professional. His body of work ranged from musicals - West Side Story - to film noir - The Set-Up - and everything in between. Here's a look at the director at work.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Bookes Lopate
Philip Lopate
Even the most critic-averse director will find something to savor in this comprehensive anthology of intelligent, thoughtful writing on film.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Moviemakers
George Stevens, Jr.
One part reminiscences, one part tricks of the trade, Conversations is a a must-read for those serious about directing and those who want to continue their film education.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Directors Close up
Jeremy Kagan
The second edition of the Kagan-moderated seminars with directors nominated for the DGA Awards' Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film includes fascinating remarks from directors including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and Ang Lee.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books MFT: 1964-2004
Alvin H. Marill
With 5498 entries from 40 television seasons, this five volume collection is the definitive resource on movies for television, listing title, airdate, network, cast, crew, and short synopsis.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 DVD Classics
Media Movies
Every generation makes its own movie about the media.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 10 Questions Gilmore
Geoff Gilmore
As director of the Sundance Film Festival for sixteen years, Geoff Gilmore has helped change the face of independent film. He surveys the current scene with Quarterly editor James Greenberg.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Documentaries
Documentaries and DV
These are not your father's documentaries. Digital technology has revolutionized the form and content of non-fiction films. But does that make them better?
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Citizen Cane
Cast & Crew
In 1969, the cast and crew of Citizen Kane were interviewed for the DGA's Action magazine about their experience working with the iconoclastic Orson Welles on his masterpiece.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Fellini
Tullio Kezich
Kezich seamlessly weaves together the life and work of this most autobiographical filmmaker, shedding new light on the films, and no doubt sending many readers straight to the video store to view Fellini's masterworks with fresh eyes.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 DVD Classics
Sci-Fi Films
Sure, 50s sci-fi films are fun, but the best of them are also smart, well-made and compelling even today.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Lawrence Turman
Written by the producer of The Graduate, So You Want To Be provides anecdotes while establishing the producer's function as one who starts the ball rolling and keeps it rolling.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Piracy
The Perils of Piracy
A movie can be for sale on the streets of Beijing the same day it opens in New York. Taylor Hackford learned all about the perils of piracy with his film Ray. Here's how it happened.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 10 Questions Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer
One of the busiest producers in town talks about finding new talent, the rise of TV and why he won't direct.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Scott Eyman
The biography of the founder of "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerland" illustrates how MGM took the studio system to its purest - and most infuriating - heights.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Interview Robert Altman
Robert Altman
At age 80, Robert Altman remains the iconoclast of American film. After directing more than 40 movies, he’s still worried about the next one.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 TV Movies
Four Decades of Directorial Excellence
Some of the most memorable films of the last four decades haven't been in theaters-they've been on television. It's about time the directors who made them got their due.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Kazan
Elia Kazan
Director Elia Kazan had the script of his life but couldn't find the money to make it. And, Brando wasn't interested. In this excerpt from Kazan: A Biography, the director puts the pieces together to create an American classic.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel
An invigorating addition to the "making-of" canon, Live Fast, Die Young is a well-researched portrait of creative minds navigating personal anguish to make great, iconic art.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Photo Essay Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick stamped his films with a unique visual style. A selection of photos from the new book, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, shows what the view looked like from the director's chair.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Out of the Past
The Misfits
John Huston shows Eli Wallach how to roundup horses-modern style-on the set of The Misfits.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Critics Corner
Kenneth Turan
The Los Angeles Times film critic suggests why directors shouldn't read their own reviews.
DGA Responds to the Controversy
The DGA addresses the controversy surrounding smoking in the movies.
Jed Dannenbaum, Carroll Hodge and Doe Meyer
Stressing the inner workings, motivations and artistic sensibilities of people who are passionate about film
David Fantle and Tom Johnson
Since the summer of 1978 David Fantle and Tom Johnson captured more than 200 performers and filmmakers on paper.
Alison McMahan
Alice Guy Blache is described as "a striking example of the modern woman in business ... succeeding in a line of work in which hundreds of men have failed."

One-Eyed Jacks
Marlon Brando lining up a shot on the set of the 1961 Western One-Eyed Jacks.
Peter Cowie
As lively as its title, free of ham-handed analyses, academic jargon or smug theories — no small feat when examining movies of the world within the political, social and artistic context of the turbulent '60s.
Written by The New York Times film critics; edited by Peter M. Nichols; and with a new foreword by A.O. Scott
That Certain Summer
Lamont Johnson talking with the stars of That Certain Summer; Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook.
In addition to providing artistic recognition for exemplary work, possessory credits in filmmaking are branding and marketing tools that are individually negotiated by the director with the company producing the film.
Staff of
Baseline Hollywood Film Director Directory, Edited by the Staff of
Colin MacCabe
Colin MacCabe presents us with Godard's daring shooting, lighting and editing techniques—some of the innovations that inspired filmmakers from London to Hollywood.
John Boorman
From a war-torn English childhood to dangerous locations for his movies, little about John Boorman's life and career could be called safe or comfortable.
Bob Willoughby
Beginning in the early 1950s, Bob Willoughby became one of the most successful photojournalists in the film industry and the first "outside" photographer to work on Hollywood's closed sets.
A diverse group of Guild members shared their thoughts on: "What do you know now about making an independent film that you wish you knew then?"
Distribution of one's film comes up time and again as a concern for the independent filmmaker. Here is one expert's perspective on approaches to consider when thinking through different options.
How appropriate that the perennial film location Vasquez Rocks gets its name from a charming ladies' man and bandit who rustled horses, robbed stagecoaches and hid from the sheriff among these breathtaking geological rock formations.
Legendary director Elia Kazan died in September, leaving behind a legacy of work that ensured his place among the greatest directors in film history. Brilliant and controversial, Kazan explored multiple facets of human nature in his films.
Just two miles northeast of Hollywood & Vine in a canyon on Griffith Park's western edge, the caves have served for almost 90 years as a set for everything from oaters to outer space serials.
Geographical stand-ins, doublings, have a winning way about them even when they get all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Ten Tall Men
This scene from Willis Goldbeck's 1951 film Ten Tall Men, though set in the Sahara, was shot at Bronson Canyon and Caves in Los Angeles.
The Art of Directing Musicals
From classics like Cabaret to recent successes such as Chicago and Moulin Rouge, musicals are a recurring theme in American moviemaking history.
David Weddle
Subdivided into parcels, a bit like Beverly Hills itself, David Weddle's study of a place, a concept, an idea, a dream; languidly unfolds, enveloping the reader in a gauzy, gaudy, seductive, sweet-scented cascade of words and weaving, twisting geography.
Champlin on Chaplin
In Chaplin's last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, he plays a steward in a scene which borders on self-effacement. Entering a room with his tray of drinks, he seems to stumble, but recovers with a grace that is charming to watch.
Many cinematographers said it was impossible to film multi-camera before a live audience. It just couldn't be done. But that was not a phrase in Desi Arnaz' vocabulary.
The business of trying to make people laugh, whether the medium be theatrical film, television sitcom or TV commercial, is surely no joke. It makes undergoing root canal work seem positively light and breezy by comparison.

Make Room for Daddy
On the set of Make Room for Daddy in 1959.
David Thomson
Stating at the outset that he is uncomfortable with the new title of "the" rather than "a" biographical dictionary, Thomson encourages his readers to compose their own responses.
Through words, visuals or something more mysterious, directors Robert Zemeckis, John Landis, Paul Mazursky, Brett Ratner and Spike Lee rely on a common language with their costume designer collaborators to get it right.
Sidney Lumet and Network
Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), arguably the most penetrating examination of the communications industry produced, inaugurated the DGA's "Under the Influence" series in New York.
Mel Stuart and Josh Young
Unlike most "making of" film books, Pure Imagination, is straight from the maker's mouth, offering the intimacy of a director's own viewpoint.
The Air Circus
On the set of The Air Circus in 1928, filmed at Clover Field in Santa Monica.
James Robert Parish
This hefty reference book looks at Hollywood's motion picture and television treatment of five ethnic groups: African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans.
Various colleges, universities, institutes, centers, museums, academies, and libraries in the U.S. house important materials of from historic directors that can be viewed on the premises.
Virginia Wright Wexman
This hefty reference book looks at Hollywood's motion picture and television treatment of five ethnic groups: African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans.
Ted Bergmann and Ira Skutch
Most people today under 50 are unaware of Du Mont as a fourth network — or that multitudes watched programs on Du Mont TV sets.
Samuel Fuller
Factual inconsistency is a recurrent feature of this dense text, but it matters not one bit really, as the facts and fiction here blur together into one seamless whole.
Ocean's Eleven
On the set of the classic Ocean's Eleven directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Frank Sinatra.
Charles Champlin on an icon of independent film
John Cassavetes was a fiercely independent spirit, conveying passion, defiance and anger with a violent energy concealed just beneath the surface — if it was concealed at all.
At a DGA seminar, the fastest growing editing system, Apple's Final Cut Pro, was explained, for those interested in learning about making the change from Avid to a cheaper, and, in some cases, more flexible system.
Acquiring distribution is not the last step on the path to getting an independent film into theaters. The act of distribution itself is a make-or-break process that encompasses everything from how a picture will open to the film's trailers, posters and ad campaigns.
Are there war stories to be told from the digital filmmaking battlefield? Undoubtedly. But you won't hear too many of them rolling out of the mouths of most directors and cinematographers who have collaborated in the still-infant medium.
Trader Horn
Director W.S. "Woody" Van Dyke, II utilizes some trees as a make-shift camera crane while shooting on location in Africa.