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Wingard at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
December 3, 1982|
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter Composer|
Adam Wingard (// WING-gard; born December 3, 1982) is an American film director, editor, cinematographer, and screenwriter. He is notable for his works in the horror genre, especially the films You're Next, The Guest, and Death Note.
Life and career
Wingard was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and graduated from Full Sail University in 2002. His first feature, the horror comedy Home Sick, starring Bill Moseley and Tiffany Shepis, proved to be a stepping stone to his second feature, the psychotropic ghost story horror film Pop Skull. Made on a total budget of $2,000, Pop Skull had its international premiere at the Rome Film Festival and its domestic premiere at the AFI Film Festival in 2007. A Horrible Way to Die (2010) and What Fun We Were Having (2011) followed.
The serial killer love story horror film A Horrible Way to Die premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in the ‘Vanguard’ section and was acquired by Starz/Anchor Bay at the festival for a North American theatrical and home media release. What Fun We Were Having is a 4-part anthology dealing with the taboo subject of date rape. The anthology had its premiere at the 2011 Fantastia Film Festival in Montreal where Wingard was honored by the festival with his very own sidebar section: “Medicated Monsters – A Spotlight on Filmmaker Adam Wingard”.
In 2011, Wingard co-directed Autoerotic with mumblecore icon (and frequent actor in Wingard films) Joe Swanberg. He was selected to direct one chapter of The ABCs of Death, a 26-chapter horror comedy anthology for Drafthouse Films and Magnet. A recent solo directorial effort, You're Next, a home invasion slasher, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the ‘Midnight Madness’ section. The film was acquired by Lionsgate, and received a wide release in August 2013 to generally favorable reviews.
In 2014, Wingard directed The Guest starring Dan Stevens, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, receiving wide critical acclaim upon its wider theatrical release in mid-September. Wingard directed Lionsgate's horror film Blair Witch, based on a script by Simon Barrett. The film is a sequel to the 1999 found footage horror classic, The Blair Witch Project and received mostly ambivalent reviews.
In 2015, Wingard had signed on to direct a live-action American film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's popular horror crime-thriller manga series Death Note. The neo-noir dark fantasy horror-thriller was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017 to a mostly mixed to negative reception, with criticism aimed at the number of changes from the source material, the gratuitous gore present, rushed plot, shallow execution, incoherent writing and pacing, while praise was aimed at Wingard's direction, the visual style, production design, soundtrack, performances of the cast, and it's dark, macabre sense of humor.
Awards and nominations
Feature films and television
|Pop Skull||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Role: Raymond|
|2010||A Horrible Way to Die||Yes||Yes||also camera operator and music supervisor|
|2011||Autoerotic||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||co-directed with Joe Swanberg|
also camera operator
|What Fun We Were Having||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Art History||Yes||Yes||Role: Bill|
|Caitlin Plays Herself||Yes|
|You're Next||Yes||Yes||also composer|
|60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero||Yes||Segment: "USA"|
also camera operator and sound designer
Segment: "Tape 56" / "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger"
|The ABCs of Death||Yes||Yes||Role: Adam|
Segment: "Q Is for Quack"
also set photographer
Segment: "Phase I Clinical Trials" / "Tape 49"
|24 Exposures||Yes||Role: Billy|
|Cheap Thrills||special thanks|
|The Last Survivors||Yes||Yes||Role: Compound Soldier|
|2016||Outcast||Yes||Executive Consultant||TV Series|
|Blair Witch||Yes||Co-Producer||also composer|
|Death Note||Yes||adaptation of the 2003 manga|
|2020||Godzilla vs. Kong||Yes|
|2004||The Little One||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film.|
|2005||The Girlfriend||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film.|
|2007||An Evening with P. Oswalt||Yes||Live comedy show.|
|1000 Year Sleep||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film.|
|2008||Laura Panic||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film.|
|Paradox Mary||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film.|
|Little Sister Gone||Yes||Short film.|
|2009||Her Name is Laura Panic||Yes||Short film.|
|2011||Ultra Modern||Yes||Short segment from the anthology film 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero.|
|2012||Tape 56||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short segment from the anthology film V/H/S.|
|Q is for Quack||Yes||Yes||Short segment from the anthology film The ABCs of Death.|
|2013||Phase I Clinical Trials||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short segment from the anthology film V/H/S/2.|
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- "Adam Wingard". NYTimes.com Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline).
- "Home Sick Comes Home Today!". Dreadcentral.com. August 26, 2008.
- "'Guest' Director Adam Wingard Goes Back to Horror with 'The Woods' (Exclusive)".
- "Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Take a Trip into The Woods - Dread Central". www.dreadcentral.com.
- "Adam Wingard Heads Into 'The Woods' - Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com.
- Adam Wingard to Direct ‘Death Note’. /Film, April 28, 2015.
- Kit, Borys (May 30, 2017). "'Godzilla vs. Kong' Finds Its Director With Adam Wingard (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
- "Review of Adam Wingard's brilliant POP SKULL". Quietearth.com. September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- Brown, Todd (December 9, 2007). "News: Adam Wingard Convinces Me I've Wasted My Life. Trailer And Stills From POP SKULL". Twitchfilm.com. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- Koehler, Robert (November 21, 2007). "Variety Reviews – Pop Skull – Film Reviews – AFI". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
- "indyfilmfest". Indianapolis International Film Festival. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- Everleth, Mike (March 28, 2008). "2008 Boston Underground Film Festival: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- "FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- "FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12.