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Special interview Hollywood: Randal Kleiser

Randal KleiserRandal Kleiser, born in 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease (1978), the most successful movie musical ever made. Other credits include The Blue Lagoon, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Summer Lovers, Flight of the Navigator, White Fang, North Shore, Getting It Right, Lovewrecked and It's My Party. He attended the University of Southern California, where as a freshman he appeared in George Lucas's first student film "Freiheit," (1966); his own award-winning thesis Master's Thesis film there, "Peege", not only launched his film making career, but was selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Registry in 2007. Kleiser graduated from USC in 1968, after studying under a key mentor, Nina Foch, whose teachings have been influential in his own Master Workshops throughout Europe; he has gone back to his Los Angeles alma mater to teach a graduate course there. A cinematic visionary, Kleiser has been crucial in the development of many innovative digital technologies throughout his extensive directing, screenwriting, and teaching career: These include the first digital morphing in "Flight of The Navigator" (1986), as well as working in 70mm 3D for the Disney Studio's theme park project "Honey I Shrunk The Audience" which upon followed the success of his 1992 film, "Honey I Blew Up The Kid". Kleiser is the extraordinary 'master class' invitee of the Basler Gassli Film Festival this year, following in the illustrious footsteps of celebrated Robert Crumb, director Terry Zwigoff and the dean of UCLA cinema studies, Howard Suber. Xecutives.net founder and chief interviewer Christian Dueblin caught up with Randal Kleiser before the Festival to ask him a few questions about his own film career, advice he could give to student film makers, and the current Hollywood Zeitgeist. > The interview...

 

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