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Guillermo del Toro

  1. 1. Background • Guillermo del Toro Gomez was born on October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother. His love for film work started in his teens. • He gains inspiration for his films through the works of: James Whale- best known as the director of Frankenstein 1931, Mario Bava- an Italian Horror director and writer, George A. Romera- the zombie movie legend, and Alfred Hitchcock- the Master of Suspense. • Although Guillermo is best known for his directing and screenwriting he also has a background in makeup. In the 80’s Guillermo del Toro spent nearly a decade forming and serving as a make-up supervisor of the company Necropia. • At the same time of his creation of Necropia, Guillermo was still producing/directing programs for Mexican television and taught film workshops. He co-founded Guadalajara’s Film Studies Center and the Guadalajara-based Mexican Film Festival, in effort to make his hometown a Mexican cinema mecca.
  2. 2. Continued • Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos (1993) was his first featured directing project. This film put him on the maps and he was labeled a Mexican film rising star. It was a winner of the critics’ prize at the Cannes. • He’s since gone on to produce, direct, and write many memorable films. He also collaborated with Guillermo Navarro- cinematogropher, Matthew Cullen- director, and Javier Jimenez-executive producer, in forming a production company names Mirada. Mirada found such success that it started the creation of another production company, Motion Theory. • Guillermo is married to his high school sweetheart and they have 2 children together.
  3. 3. Major Films Most recognizable films Guillermo del Toro has had a hand in.
  4. 4. Cronos (1993) • Written and Directed • Horror • His first written and directed film • Won multiple awards including: • DICINE Award at Guadalajara Mexican Flim Festival 1993 • International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film and Best Actor at Fantasporto 1994 • Best Direction at Fantafestival 1995
  5. 5. Blade ii (2002) • Screenplay/Director • Action | Horror | Sci-fi • Nominated for awards such as: • Best Horor Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2003) • MTV Movie Awards , Latin America 2002 for Best Mexican Working in a Foreign Movie-Won for Director Guillermo del Toro • Best Wide-Release Film at the Fangoria Awards (2003) • Top Box Office Films at the 2003 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards -Won
  6. 6. HellBoy (2004) • Screenplay/Director • Action | Adventure | Fantasy • Nominated for Awards such as: • Academy of Science Ficion, Fantasy &Horror Films, USA for Best Fantasy Film (2005) • Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay (2005) • Received 3rd Place at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best Screenplay (2005) • Won Best Director of a Feature Film at the Imagen Foundation Awards (2004)
  7. 7. PanS Labyrinth (2006) • Producer/Writer/ Director • Drama | Fantasy | War • Foreign film where the dialect is Spanish • Nominated for awards such as: • Best Writing, Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards(2007) • Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes (2007) • Won for Best Film not in the English Language at the BAFTA Awards (2007) • Best Screenplay- Original at the BAFTA Awards (2007) • Best Writing and Best Director at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2008) • Won the Nebula award for Best Script from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (2008)
  8. 8. Hellboy II: The Golden Army(2008) • Screenplay/Director • Action | Adventure | Fantasy • Nominated for awards such as: • Won Best Horror Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, USA (2009) • Received 2nd Place at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best Screenplay (2009) • Best Dramatic Presentation- Long Form for Guillermo del Toro (2009)
  9. 9. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) • Producer/Screenplay • Fantasy | Horror |Thriller • Collaborated on the screenplay with Matthew Robbins • This film was not directed by Guillermo del Toro but the creatures were all from his imagination. Terrifying children and adults a like. • Nominated and awarded 3rd place for Best Wide-Release Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (2012)
  10. 10. Pacific Rim (2013) • Producer/Screenplay/Director • Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi • Nominated for multiple awards including: • Best Science Fiction Film and Best Director at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2014) • Won Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2013) • Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for A Hollywood Movie Award at the Hollywood Film Festival (2013)
  11. 11. Guillermo del Toro’s Signature Styles • Guillermo del Toro is one of the great imaginative director and writers of our time. He is known for his impeccable storytellingskills. Creating wonder when he shows us new worlds terrifying us by the creatures designed in his head. • He is able to take images he sees in his mind and give us breathtaking films. • His main genres are fantasy and horror; where his love for the previous horror movie greats shows. • It is easy to spot a Guillermo del Toro films by the beautifully imaginative sets and character makeup. • He has his hand in nearly every step of the filmmaking process. • It also seems that actor Ron Perlman has a role and near all his films.
  12. 12. Sources Bozzola, Lucia. Movies & TV. Guillermo Del Toro. The New York Times, 2010. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. < Guillermo-Del-Toro/biography>. del torofilms., 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Feld, Rob. "Beauty and the Beasts." DGA Quarterly. DirectorsGuild of America, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. < 1401-Winter-2014/DGA-Interview-Del-Toro.aspx>. “Guillermo del Toro." Guillermo del Toro.,1990-2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <>. Video example: