Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins

Director of 'Dangerous Game' (1987)
Stephen Hopkins had a diverse background in graphic design and storyboarding prior to taking off as director of Hollywood action features. Hopkins steadily gained clout through the 1990s, and in 2001 linked up with his most visible venture, serving as co-executive producer and director of about half the episodes of Fox's breakthrough real-time television drama 24.Hopkins was born in Jamaica and raised in England and Australia. He ventured out into the working world as a designer of album covers before getting in good with Australian director Russell Mulcahy, who was then working as a music video director. Hopkins worked as a storyboard artist for Mulcahy and set designer on his videos. Forging his own opportunity, Hopkins began directing videos and commercials himself, but eventually returned to Australia to serve as second-unit director on Mulcahy's cult hit Highlander (1986). This paved the way for his own directorial debut, Dangerous Game (1987).Upon migrating to Hollywood, Hopkins was quick to establish himself as an effective genre director with A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and Predator 2 (1990). His films increased in stature and budget, if not necessarily impact or ultimate success, as the 1990s progressed. He followed up the Tommy Lee Jones-Jeff Bridges bomber flick Blown Away (1994) with another high-powered duo, Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer, in the 1996 lion-hunting odyssey The Ghost and the Darkness. He graduated to genuine popcorn-flick status with the big-screen adaptation of the TV hit Lost in Space, released in 1998. The failure of that film dulled Hopkins' star a little, though he did end up dating star Heather Graham for a short period.When the Gene Hackman-Morgan Freeman thriller Under Suspicion (2000) slipped under the radar, Hopkins followed suit. But the director restored some urgency by becoming a main creative force behind one of the catchiest television gimmicks in years. 24 debuted in the fall of 2001 to the tune of great critical buzz about its real-time format, which included 24 hour-long episodes charting an exhausting day in the life of a targeted presidential candidate (Dennis Haysbert) and the counter-terrorist agent (Kiefer Sutherland) who tries to protect him from assassination. Source:
We shoot double episodes in 15 days in Los Angeles.More Stephen Hopkins quotes [08/30/2011 08:08:24]
Each environment has its own signature. Sound tells a story: You make choices about what you're hearing, where to look, how you want to feel about what's going on.More Stephen Hopkins quotes [08/30/2011 08:08:52]
I directed 24's pilot. I felt we should follow the characters around as if we were a documentary crew, using available light, hand-held cameras, split screens, sound that isn't always what it should be, to suit the reality of the premise.More Stephen Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on. I walked into the tent, and there were 150 people waiting for me, all wearing masks of my face.More Stephen Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've always been a bit of a sound freak in the movies I've done.More Stephen Hopkins quotes [08/30/2011 08:08:32]

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