Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis

Born: 14 May 1952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis was born on this day in 1952.

His early films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and Used Cars (1980) were critically successful but failed at the box office, making it difficult for him to find work in the early 1980s. His project about a teenager who is accidentally transported back to the 1950s was turned down by all the major studios and Zemeckis was forced to leave it on the shelf.

Zemeckis was without work until Michael Douglas hired him for Romancing the Stone (1984), a film that was expected to be a box office failure but became a hit, raising Zemeckis’ profile and giving him the opportunity to finally make his time-travelling film which would become the box office hit Back to the Future (1985) and earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film, and it’s sequels, demonstrated Zemeckis’ interest in using state-of-the-art special effects, incorporating computer graphics with live action footage. This combination was used again in his films Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Death Becomes Her (1992).

In 1994 he directed the highest grossing film of the year, Forrest Gump, and received the Best Director Academy Award.

Other films that he is well known for include The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007) and A Christmas Carol (2009) all of which used the pioneering performance capture techniques, where the movement of a person is captured by computer to create digital characters.

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