Joseph Kosinski

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Joseph Kosinski
Joe Kosinski by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kosinski at the Comic Con in San Diego, July 22, 2010
Born (1974-05-03) May 3, 1974 (age 39)
Iowa[1]
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Home town Marshalltown, Iowa[2]
Spouse(s) Kristin Kosinski
Website
josephkosinski.com

Joseph Kosinski (born May 3, 1974) is an American television commercial and feature film director best known for his computer graphics and computer generated imagery work. He made his big-screen directorial debut with the Disney Digital 3-D science fiction film Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 film Tron. His previous work has primarily been with CGI related television commercials including the "Starry Night" commercial for Halo 3[3] and the award-winning "Mad World" commercial for Gears of War.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Kosinski was born in Iowa, and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of Patricia (Provost) and Joel Kosinski, a doctor.[2][5][6]

His first major film was the special effects-laden Tron: Legacy.[7][8] Using high-speed digital cameras, such as Vision Research Phantom models, the film was in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, with a release of December 2010.[9]

After moving to Los Angeles, California, in 2005, he began writing a film treatment which would eventually develop into a graphic novel called Oblivion for Radical Comics.[10] In August 2010, Walt Disney Pictures acquired the rights.[11] William Monahan worked on the screenplay for a film adaptation.[7] In March 2011, it was reported that Karl Gajdusek would rewrite the screenplay.[12] Attempts to keep the film at a PG rating were unsuccessful leading to Disney giving up the rights, which were then acquired by Universal Pictures which agreed to a PG-13 rating. The $120-million-budgeted Oblivion began filming in October 2011, with Tom Cruise in the lead role, and was released in April 2013.[13]

Kosinski has been attached to several as-yet-unmade projects, including remakes of 70s science-fiction films Logan's Run,[14] The Black Hole,[15] the science-fiction film Archangels,[16] and The Twilight Zone.[17]

Academia[edit]

Kosinski is an alumnus of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), currently an adjunct assistant professor of architecture[18] where he helps students in 3D modeling and graphics.[19] In 2008, he spoke in detail about his education in architecture, pushing the technological envelope in commercials and his eventual progression to feature films.[20]

Awards[edit]

  • 2007 AICP Show – Best Visual Effects for the Gears of War commercial "Mad World"

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2008 TR2N Yes Short film
2010 Tron: Legacy Yes
2013 Oblivion Yes Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Director Joseph Kosinski on Tron: Legacy and the Limitations of CGI-Created Actors
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Brooks (December 3, 2010). "Cyberspace Gamble". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. AR1. Retrieved December 6, 2010. "Raised in Marshalltown, Iowa — population 26,000 — he [Kosinski] is quiet, polite and interested in other people's opinions in a way that is rare in moviedom's major leagues." 
  3. ^ Official website work portfolio.
  4. ^ 2007 AICP Show Best Visual Effects.
  5. ^ The building of a legacy
  6. ^ "Death Notice: CATHERINE JULIA PROVOST". Chicago Tribune. March 14, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Mottle, Jeff. "Interview with Joe Kosinski (Director of TRON Legacy)". cgarchitect.com. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "First Location Shot from 'Tron 2.0'". Robert Falconer. cinemaspy. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  9. ^ Comic-Con: Tron 2 Retitled TRON Legacy; IMAX 3D; Concept Art and New Scene Revealed. Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta on SlashFilm
  10. ^ Joseph Kosinski On Oblivion
  11. ^ Frappier, Rob (August 4, 2010). "Disney Acquires The Rights to Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' [Updated]". screenrant.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (March 16, 2011). "Karl Gajdusek Tapped to Re-Write Disney's Horizons (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 20, 2011). "Tom Cruise Commits To $100 Million Universal Sci-Fi Pic 'Oblivion' For Fall". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ Warner Bros. Bets on Kosinski for 'Logan's Run', by Chris McKeown, on 22-08-2007, Sci Fi Updates website.
  15. ^ Black Hole remake by Tron Team
  16. ^ "Agents Hunt Down Disguised Aliens in 'Archangels'". 
  17. ^ 'Tron' Helmer Joseph Kosinski to Direct 'Twilight Zone' Film (Exclusive)
  18. ^ "Faculty listing at Columbia GSAP website.". 
  19. ^ Beyond the Blob—Digital Technology in Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, from Columbia Interactive.
  20. ^ 5D Future of Immersive Design Conference

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