SF Movie Directors

Until my teenage years, I did not pay much attention to movie directors. I did not really know what they actually do nor, for that matter, how movies come into being. I just enjoyed the show.



But under the influence of my friend, a few years my senior and already an SF movie buff, my perspective started to change.

Often her first question, after my exuberant description of a science fiction movie, was: "Who directed it?" and of course, I did not know the answer. At the time I had eyes just for actors.

Her question made me curious, though. It prompted me to find out more. Eventually I discovered a colorful world behind the curtains, which, needless to say, mesmerized me all over again.

End credits, suddenly, became much more than a long list of names. While I listened to the closing music, they didn't blur into a big mass of letters anymore. In the cinema, I started to sit through them reading as much as I could, and I marveled at the amount of work every person on that list put into the movie - often risking being the last one to leave the theater and sometimes getting impatient looks from the cleaning crew. :)




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I watched 'making of' documentaries on TV whenever I stumbled upon them and enjoyed watching them as much I enjoyed watching the finished piece.

Nowadays it is a special treat for me when DVDs come out with all kind of extras including werkfilm of the movie and director's comments.

Watching how movie directors and their crews create scenes I loved in an SF movie gives me a whole new sense of adventure.

When I learn how they made them, how much work and sweat went into them, or how much good ideas and solutions they had to come up with to solve a particular problem, I come to appreciate the movie even more and see it from an angle I did not consider before.

So here they are...



List of science fiction movie directors whose work enriched the genre we adore to explore

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James Cameron James Cameron (Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, Avatar)

John Carpenter John Carpenter (Dark Star, Escape from New York, The Thing, They Live , Starman, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A, Ghosts of Mars)

David Cronenberg David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome)


Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick (2001, A Clockwork Orange)

Fritz Lang Fritz Lang (Metropolis)

David Lynch David Lynch (Dune)


Georges Melies Georges Melies (A Trip To The Moon)

Andrei Tarkovsky Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris)

Ridley Scott Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus)


George Lucas George Lucas (THX 1138, Star Wars)

Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence )


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