THR just edited an article’s emphasize on modern trend in Hollywood–hiring first time guys to direct big budget movies. And even more, here is another story about directors and a movement in the business, telling us neither of them are women.
Women are keeping out of the big budget directing business all together. Film Studios won’t trust women directors who haven’t made high-budget feature films but will trust a male who has just made a short and/or a commercial?
According to the article Universal recently hired first-timer Carl Rinsch to helm $170 million 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves. Rinsch has previously directed a short and a Heineken (and Nike) commercials. And he is not alone! Joseph Kosinski just got $200 million to direct Tron: Legacy for Disney, and Rupert Sanders will have $100 million to direct Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal).
Olivia Wilde, Joseph Kosinski and Jeff Bridges on the set of TRON LEGACY
This is not completely new trend, but back to turning nineteen’s commercial and music video directors including David Fincher (Alien 3, 1992), Michael Bay (Bad Boys, 1995), Gore Verbinski (Mousehunt, 1997) and McG (Charlie’s Angels, 2000) most of them did jump to features but with rather modest budgets.
Indeed, in the last five years technology has allowed rookie directors to practice their skills via FinalCut Pro, digital-video cameras and other effect tools from a young age, prompting budget-cautious studios to drool over what they can put on screen for a price.
A visionary director can just send a link to his short to an important person in the industry, and each one’s seen it within an hour.
I am pleased how they presume that imaginative director is always a male director. Do you feel the same?