Gareth Edwards (director)

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Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Edwards in 2013.
Born1975 (age 38–39)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK
NationalityBritish
OccupationDirector
Years active2002–present
 
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Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Edwards in 2013.
Born1975 (age 38–39)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK
NationalityBritish
OccupationDirector
Years active2002–present

Gareth Edwards (born 1975) is a British film director of Welsh parentage.[1] He is best known for directing the 2014 version of Godzilla but first gained widespread recognition for Monsters, an independent film for which he acted as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1975 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Since childhood he wanted to work in cinema to direct his own films, stating that "Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a filmmaker".[4]

Education[edit]

Gareth studied BA Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham, formerly the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 1996. In 2012 Gareth received a Master of Arts honorary degree from UCA.[5]

Career[edit]

He got his start in special effects; creating digital effects for prestigious shows such as Nova, Perfect Disaster and Heroes and Villains, the latter of which a series for which he made 250 visual effects which won international recognition.[citation needed] In 2008 he entered Sci-Fi-London, a 48 hour film challenge, where a movie had to be created start-to-finish in just two days, within certain criteria. Edwards won the contest and went on to write and direct Monsters, his first feature. Edwards personally created the special effects for Monsters using off the shelf equipment. Besides the two main actors, the crew consisted of just five people.[6]

The success of Monsters brought enough awareness in Hollywood to land Edwards a few major projects. After the film's release, he did interviews in Hollywood with several studios, including Legendary Pictures.[7] In January 2011, Edwards landed his first major Hollywood feature, as the director of the 2014 Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.[8]

In May 2014, it was announced that he would work on the first Star Wars stand-alone film with writer Gary Whitta, due to be released on 16 December 2016 and will direct two more Godzilla films as a trilogy.[9][10]

Three of his influences for film-making are George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleDirectorWriterExecutive producerOtherNotes
2005End DayYesYesTelevision film
2007In the Shadow of the MoonVisual effectsDocumentary
2008Factory FarmedYesYesCinematography, EditorShort film
2010MonstersYesYesDirector of photography, Visual effects, Production designer
2014GodzillaYes
2014Monsters: Dark ContinentYes
2016Untitled Star Wars stand-alone filmYes
2018Godzilla 2Yes
YearShowDirectorOtherNotes
2002–2003NovaAnimator2 episodes
2003Seven Wonders of the Industrial WorldVisual effects7 episodes
2006Perfect DisasterYesVisual effects2 episodes
2008Heroes and VillainsYesVisual effectsEpisode: "Attila the Hun"

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