Charles de Lauzirika

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Charles de Lauzirika
Born (1967-08-17) 17 August 1967 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Filmmaker
DVD/Blu-ray Producer

Charles de Lauzirika is an American DVD and Blu-ray producer and filmmaker.

Early years[edit]

Lauzirika spent his early years in La Crescenta, California and attended Glendale College where he served as entertainment editor of In Focus, the college's weekly Public-access television show. He also contributed to the school's weekly, El Vaquero, receiving several JACC student journalism awards for his work as editorial cartoonist, entertainment editor and editor-in-chief. Lauzirika later attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he wrote and directed a fully funded 16mm sync sound film in the program's CNTV 480 Advanced Production Workshop; Lauzirika graduated in 1994.[1]

Film and DVD career[edit]

While attending USC film school, Lauzirika concurrently worked for numerous film companies, including Lucasfilm Ltd., Lightstorm Entertainment, Warner Bros., Silver Pictures and Scott Free Productions. While working as a story analyst for directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, Lauzirika was chosen by Ridley Scott to supervise and produce elaborate DVD special editions of Scott's classic films. Lauzirika's works have been nominated for Video and DVD Premiere Awards, and in 2003 his comprehensive nine-disc Alien Quadrilogy garnered the DVDX Award for Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie. In 2008, Lauzirika won two Saturn Awards for his work on Blade Runner (Best DVD Special Edition) and Twin Peaks (Best Retro Television Release).[2] And in 2011, he won his third Saturn Award for the Alien Anthology (Best DVD Movie Collection.)[3]

Lauzirika has been in charge of the restorations and new cuts of such as films as Alien³, Legend and Blade Runner: The Final Cut, each project requiring new visual effects and additional scenes which had to seamlessly blend in with existing footage. He has also directed several commercials and short films, as well as the music video for Montell Jordan's When You Get Home (1998) which featured Billy Dee Williams. Lauzirika himself occasionally serves as camera operator in his documentary interviews, thereby fostering a more intimate environment, allowing the interviewee to be more sharing on camera. Although his work has long been associated with the films of Ridley Scott, Lauzirika has also produced DVD content for the works of numerous other directors, including David Lynch, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, the Coen brothers, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez, Marc Webb, John Badham, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Mark Romanek and Tony Scott.[4]

In 2010, Empire Magazine reported that Lauzirika was working on a comprehensive Blu-ray release of the four Alien films, now known as the Alien Anthology. In addition to creating new content, he also oversaw a new sound mix of the Alien³ Special Edition which necessitated the return of certain actors to re-record their dialogue due to the poor production sound heard in the film's original rough assembly.[5] In 2011 it was reported that Lauzirika was working on DVD/Blu-ray special editions for such films as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus.[6]

Lauzirika made his feature directorial debut with the psychological thriller Crave which began shooting on October 23, 2009, in Detroit, Michigan, and stars Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, Edward Furlong and Ron Perlman. Lauzirika is also one of the film's producers and co-wrote the screenplay with Robert A. Lawton.[7] Crave had its sold out world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 24, 2012 and went on to win the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature Film.[8] The film had its sold out United States premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 22, 2012, with Lauzirika going on to win Best Director in the festival's Next Wave competition.[9] He is also attached to direct and co-write a feature adaptation of the Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon". [10] In 2013, Lauzirika was named Jury President in the First Feature category at the Fantasia International Film Festival, the same category that Crave won the previous year. [11]

Selected Works: Documentaries[edit]

Award-winning Blade Runner 5-disc Ultimate Collectors Edition set, restored and produced by Lauzirika
Year Title Original Source Credit(s)
2012 The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus Prometheus(2012, R. Scott) director, producer, camera operator
Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn The Amazing Spider-Man(2012, Webb) director, producer, camera operator
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon Transformers: Dark of the Moon(2011, Bay) producer, camera operator
2011 Alicia Florrick: Real Deal The Good Wife(2011, R. King, M. King) director, producer, camera operator
2010 Rise and Rise Again: Making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood Robin Hood(2010, R. Scott) producer, camera operator
Wreckage and Rage: Making Alien³ (Uncut) Alien³(1992, Fincher) director, producer, writer
2009 The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen(2009, Bay) producer, camera operator
Not A Love Story: Making (500) Days of Summer (500) Days of Summer(2009, Webb) producer
2008 Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster American Gangster(2007, R. Scott) producer, written by, camera operator,director
Flights of Fancy: The Politics and Paranoia of Capricorn One Capricorn One(1978, Hyams) producer
2007 Blade Runner: The Final Cut Blade Runner(1982, R. Scott) restoration producer
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Blade Runner(1982, R. Scott) director, producer, camera operator
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks Twin Peaks(1990, Lynch) director, producer, writer
2006 The Path to Redemption Kingdom of Heaven(2005, R. Scott) director, producer, camera operator
Ride with the Angels: Making Blue Thunder Blue Thunder(1983, Badham) director, producer
2005 Strength and Honor: Creating the World of Gladiator Gladiator(2000, R. Scott) director, producer
Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing Man on Fire Man on Fire(2004, T. Scott) producer, writer
Kingdom of Heaven: Interactive Production Grid Kingdom of Heaven(2005, R. Scott) director, producer, camera operator
2004 Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun Top Gun(1986, T. Scott) producer
Making the Amazing Spider-Man 2(2004, Raimi) director, producer, writer
Tricks of the Trade: Making Matchstick Men Matchstick Men(2003, R. Scott) director, producer, cinematographer
2003 Alien Quadrilogy:
      The Beast Within: The Making of Alien
      Superior Firepower: The Making of Aliens
      The Making of Alien³
      One Step Beyond: The Making of Alien: Resurrection
 
Alien(1979, R. Scott)
Aliens(1986, Cameron)
Alien³(1992, Fincher)
Alien Resurrection(1997, Jeunet)
 
director, producer, writer, camera operator
director, producer, writer
director,producer,writer
director, producer, writer
Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey Thelma & Louise(1991, R. Scott) director, producer, writer
Inside Die Another Day Die Another Day(2002, Tamahori) producer
2002 Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott & Kevin Reynolds The Duellists(1977, R. Scott) director, producer, camera operator
The Essence of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down(2001, R. Scott) producer
Inside Speed Speed(1994, de Bont) director, producer, written by
Legend: The Director's Cut Legend(1985, R. Scott) restoration producer
2001 Breaking the Silence: The Making of Hannibal Hannibal(2001, R. Scott) director, producer
2000 Style as Substance: Reflections on Tarsem The Cell(2000, Singh) producer
 
uncredited
credited as "Fredrick Garvin"

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