Production And Distribution Company And Director Research
Production and Distribution Company and
Production Company: Warner Brothers
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (also known as Warner Bros. Pictures, or simply Warner
Bros.—the shortened form of the former official, sometimes still used, formal corporate
name: Warner Brothers) is an American producer of film and television entertainment.
One of the major film studios, it is a subsidiary of Time Warner, with its headquarters in
Burbank, California and New York City. Warner Bros. has several subsidiary companies,
including Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video,
New Line Cinema, TheWB.com and DC Comics. Warner owns half of The CW Television
Founded in 1918 by Jewish immigrants from Poland, Warner Bros. is the third-oldest
American movie studio in continuous operation, after Paramount Pictures, founded in 1912 as
Famous Players, and Universal Studios, also founded in 1912. Some of its most notable
actors include Bette Davis, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day and more recently,
At Warner Bros. Entertainment, what's up is a horde of film and TV properties. Warner Bros.
Pictures produces and distributes flicks including the Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince), as well as The Hangover and Grand Torino. Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment distributes DVDs and has the world's largest film library. Warner Bros.
Television Group produces shows including The New Adventures of Old Christine (airing on
CBS) and Gossip Girl (The CW Network). Warner Bros. also owns movie studio Castle Rock
Entertainment, comic book company DC Entertainment, 50% of The CW Network, and video
game firm Midway Games. The company is a subsidiary of Time Warner.
Some gangster/action films produced by Warner Brothers
‐ Lethal Weapon
‐ Ocean’s Eleven
Distribution Company: Albert S. Ruddy
Albert S. Ruddy (born March 28, 1930) is a two time Academy Award winning Canada-born
Ruddy was born in Montreal and raised in New York City with his mother. Ruddy attended
Brooklyn Tech before earning a scholarship to allow him to study chemical engineering at
City College of New York. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of
Southern California and then he worked in the construction industry on the east coast.
After a short stint at Warner Brothers, brought about by a chance meeting with Jack Warner,
Ruddy moved on to become a programmer trainee at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica,
California. Returning to entertainment, Ruddy was a television writer at Universal Studios,
but left when Marlon Brando Sr., father of the legendary actor, hired him to produce Wild
Seed in 1965.
With this one film completed, Ruddy co-created Hogan's Heroes (CBS, 1965-1971), and
when the show's five year run was over, Ruddy produced his second film, Making It (1970),
about a sexually triumphant high school student who beds the gerontophobic wife of his gym
teacher. In 1972 he produced The Godfather and won his first of two Oscars for Best Picture.
In 1974, Ruddy produced The Longest Yard, which was also successful.
The following year, Ruddy produced director/animator Ralph Bakshi's satirical film
Coonskin. The film was extremely controversial and initially received negative reviews,
although it would eventually earn critical acclaim and develop a following with African
Ruddy went on to produce a long string of movies that, in most cases, failed to either make
money or please critics, or in some cases both. Though successful at the box office, The
Cannonball Run (1981) was not well received by critics. Following two financially
unsuccessful action flicks, Death Hunt (1981) and Megaforce (1982), Ruddy returned to
produce Cannonball Run II (1984), which was not commercially successful.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American film
director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. He is the founder of the World
Cinema Foundation, a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to
the cinema and has won awards from the Oscars, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors
Guild of America. Scorsese is president of the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization
dedicated to film preservation and the prevention of the decaying of motion picture film
Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Italian American identity, Roman Catholic
concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, and violence. Scorsese is widely considered to
be one of the most significant and influential American filmmakers of his era, directing
landmark films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas; all of which he collaborated
on with actor Robert De Niro. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The
Departed and earned an MFA in film directing from the New York University Tisch School
of the Arts.
Begins his films with segments taken from the middle or end of the story. Examples
include Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), and The Last
Frequent use of slow motion, e.g. Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging
Bull (1980). Also known for using freeze frame, such as the opening credits of The
King of Comedy (1983), and throughout GoodFellas (1990).
His lead characters are often sociopathic and/or want to be accepted in society.
His blonde leading ladies are usually seen through the eyes of the protagonist as
angelic and ethereal; they always wear white in their first scene and are photographed
in slow-motion (Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver; Cathy Moriarty's white bikini in
Raging Bull; Sharon Stone's white minidress in Casino). This may possibly be a
nod to director Alfred Hitchcock.
Often uses long tracking shots.
Use of MOS sequences set to popular music or voice over, often involving aggressive
camera movement and/or rapid editing.
Often has a quick cameo in his films (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The King of
Comedy, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ (albeit hidden under a hood),
Casino,The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York). Also, often contributes his voice
to a film without showing his face on screen. E.g., provides the opening voice-over
narration in Mean Streets and The Color of Money; plays the off-screen dressing room
attendant in the final scene of Raging Bull; provides the voice of the unseen
ambulance dispatcher in Bringing out the Dead.
Frequently uses New York City as the main setting in his films, eg. Gangs of New
York, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, After Hours, New York, New
Sometimes highlights characters in a scene with an iris, a homage to 1920s silent film
cinema (as most scenes at the time used this transition). This effect can be seen in
Casino (it is used on Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci), Life Lessons, and The Departed (on
Matt Damon). Iris is also the name of Jodie Foster's character in "Taxi Driver".
Some of his films include references/allusions to classic Westerns, particularly Shane
and The Searchers.
More recently, his films have featured corrupt authority figures, such as policemen in
The Departed and politicians in Gangs of New York and The Aviator.
Guilt is a prominent theme in many of his films, as is the role of Catholicism in
creating and dealing with guilt (Raging Bull, GoodFellas, Bringing Out the Dead,
Mean Streets, Who's That Knocking at My Door, etc.)
Slow motion flashbulbs and accented camera/flash/shutter sounds