There’s a new filmmaker popping from the womb every day. They may not know it for a few years, but for some, it’s a predetermined destiny. Some people were just born to make movies. There’s no telling who the cinematic prospects will be in 10 years, but we can see now who the current promising visionaries are. And we want to point them out to you, just you know who to look out for.
Dig on five filmmakers who are making a difference today, and more likely than not, will still be making a difference a decade from now.
Paul Hyett isn’t brand new to the world of cinema. In fact, he’s got a lot of experience under his belt. Most of that experience however, doesn’t come from directing films, it comes from working special effects (a gig he enjoyed for years, though he’s now called it quits in favor of directing), enhancing awesome movies like Attack the Block, The Descent, The Woman in Black, The Cottage and more. But thus far, Hyett has really proven that he’s got what it takes to direct high quality films. The Seasoning House and Howl are both fine features. Heretiks is on the way this year, and there’s hope for that film as well (while speaking with the man, he expressed his excitement about the film, but refused to disclose any details). If Hyett continues on the path he now ventures, we’ll be seeing some more superb work from the man.
Just a few years ago Fede Alvarez was a name no one would have recognized. Fast forward a few years and we’re now realizing that this gentlemen is special. His re-imagining of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead was brilliant. He’s since gone on to direct an episode of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and now he’s tapped to deliver another genre piece this year: Don’t Breathe, which sounds very promising. I’ve got nothing but faith in this gent.
The Paz Brothers
The Paz Brothers could end up being the skilled duo that we’d hoped the Vicious Brothers would be (or discovered that the Ford Brothers are). Thus far the brothers Paz have scored a success with the found footage film, JeruZalem. They’re also hard at work on a new thriller titled Plan A. Whether or not these two continue to live up to their promise, or will continue to team up for tense features remains to be seen, but they work well together, and they could have a bright future in regards to the horror genre.
Here’s a name that many will already recognize. Christopher Landon has handled writing duties for four Paranormal Activity flicks, the Shia LaBeouf vehicle, Disturbia and the werewolf flick, Blood and Chocolate. But he’s also done some directing as well. He helmed the forgettable Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones but turned around to deliver one of the best movies of 2015, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Here’s hoping Landon continues his trend of improving as a filmmaker. Scouts Guide was special and I’d love to see a high caliber follow up!
Richard Cranor dropped into the scene from what would seem to be No Man’s Land. In 2014 genre fans weren’t talking about Cranor. In 2015 fans were definitely chatting up the Cranor potential, as his indie alien weed flick Star Leaf was an absolute blast. It’s a very entertaining film that brought together laughs, chills, weed and some cool looking aliens. Cranor even goes so far as to make an appearance in the film. It’s obvious that he’s passionate, and that passion could very well take him far in this genre.