VIEW Presenting Dan Attias

VIEW Conference

A new day, a new amazing guest that will appear at the VIEW Conference this October!

Director, Winner of the Directors Guild of America Award, Dr. House, The Sopranos, Lost, The Wire, Six Feet Under

Dan Attias has directed many of the most celebrated American television shows in recent history, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Lost, Six Feet Under, Homeland, Damages, Big Love, Dr. House, Alias, Heroes, True Blood, The Killing, Northern Exposure, and Entourage. He has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and has won the Directors Guild of America Award for Distinguished Directing in Episodic Drama.

He studied English literature at U.C. Berkeley and earned an M.F.A. in film production at U.C.L.A. Before starting his directing career, he studied acting for three years, then worked as an assistant director for, among others, Francis Coppola, Stephen Spielberg, Wim Wenders and Sam Fuller. He also enjoys oral storytelling, telling fairytales to thousands of children over a period of 25 years.

Telling The Tale at VIEW

[box] Dan will speak about his experiences directing a wide variety of television episodes over a 25-year career. He will describe the process he undertakes in preparing to direct a show. It is a process best described as a kind of inquiry into the material: what makes this story compelling? How can I deepen the experience of it? What is it about these characters that I can enjoy or care about? How might I stage scenes so behavior is as telling as dialogue? What world must I create for the story best to be received and understood? Dan will use examples from shows he has directed to illustrate this process, and to illustrate as well that everyone on the creative team has a chance to enrich the story from their particular area of expertise. Film is perhaps the most collaborative of all the arts, and the best collaborators are those who make inquiry themselves into how best they can serve the story.[/box]

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