John Landis

John Landis

American film director, screenwriter and actor
John Landis is the award winning director (and often writer or co-writer) of many acclaimed motion pictures including ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, TRADING PLACES, THREE AMIGOS, INTO THE NIGHT, SPIES LIKE US, COMING TO AMERICA and INNOCENT BLOOD among others. In 2004 the Independent Film Channel broadcast his feature length documentary on a car salesman, SLASHER, to great acclaim.So impressed was Michael Jackson with the lycanthropic masterpiece, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, he asked Landis to write and direct the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s THRILLER. Landis and Jackson later collaborated on the classic Michael Jackson’s BLACK OR WHITE.John Landis has been active in television as the Executive Producer (and often director) of the Emmy award-winning series DREAM ON. Other TV shows produced by his company St. Clare Entertainment (St. Clare is the patron saint of television) include WEIRD SCIENCE, SLIDERS, HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS, CAMPUS COPS and SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S THE LOST WORLD. He has acted in films as diverse as DEATH RACE 2000 and MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN!His many honors include several People’s Choice Awards, the prestigious W.C. Handy Award, several Cable Ace Awards and NAACP Image Awards, and various international film and television festival awards, He was made a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1985, and was awarded the Fredrico Fellini Prize by Rimini Cinema in Italy in the nineties. The Eastman House in Rochester, New York has named him a George Eastman Scholar.Innocent BloodA Retrospective of all his films was held at the Torrino Film Festival in Italy in 2004 and he was given the prestigious TIME MACHINE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain.He begins shooting his part of the MASTERS OF HORROR series this April from an original screenplay, DEER WOMAN, written by him and his son Max Landis. Other directors involved with Landis on this project include John Carpenter, Roger Corman, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Dario Argento, and Larry Cohen.Source:fearlesstales.com 
Truthfully, most directors don't direct actors. Every actor is different, so when you're asked, "How do you approach an actor?," it depends on the actor. With some, you do nothing. With some, you're very specific.More John Landis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm very lucky to have worked in the '70s. It's a different industry and distribution is in a state of flux. It's all different platforms, they're doing this video-on-demand thing and also playing the film theatrically. It's funny to me: In the States it's an arthouse movie.More John Landis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The pedigree's pretty high. For people who are really scary movie fans, this is nirvana. If you're in the mood to get scared, just watch this every week. It'll creep you out.More John Landis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In my career, my movies tend to polarize critics.More John Landis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Universal rushed us. We started shooting without a script that was totally completed.More John Landis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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