|Founded||December 12, 1969|
|Francis Ford Coppola|
American Zoetrope (also known as Zoetrope Studios from 1979 until 1990) is a privately run American film production company, centered in San Francisco, California and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
Opened on December 12, 1969, the studio has produced not only the films of Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tetro), but also George Lucas's pre-Star Wars films (THX 1138, American Graffiti), as well as many others by avant-garde directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio. American Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of the earliest uses of HDTV.
Initially located in a warehouse on Folsom Street, the company's headquarters have since 1972 been in the historic Sentinel Building, at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco's North Beach neighbourhood.
Coppola named the studio after a zoetrope he was given in the late 1960s by the filmmaker and collector of early film devices, Mogens Skot-Hansen. "Zoetrope" is also the name by which Coppola's quarterly fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, is often known.
Zoetrope Virtual Studio
It also administers the Zoetrope Virtual Studio, a complete motion picture production studio for members only. Launched in June 2000 after more than four years work, it brings together departments for screenwriters, directors, producers and other filmmaker artists, plus new departments for other creative endeavours, offering e-collaborative tools. Filmmaker members can workshop a wide range of film arts, including music, graphics, design and film & video.
|1990||The Outsiders||characters by:
|Zoetrope Studios||Production Company||Fox||co-production with Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment|
|1997||The Odyssey||Andrei Konchalovsky
based on Odyssey by:
|American Zoetrope||Production Company (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)||NBC||miniseries; co-production with Hallmark Entertainment|||
|1998||Moby Dick||Anton Diether
based on Moby-Dick by:
|Production Company||USA Network||miniseries; co-production with Nine Network Australia and USA Pictures|||
|1998-2001||First Wave||Chris Brancato||Sci-Fi Channel||co-production with Sugar Entertainment|||
|UPN||co-production with The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation and Eye Productions|||
|2004-2007||The 4400||René Echevarria
|USA Network||co-production with Renegade 83, Viacom Productions (season 1), Paramount Network Television (season 2) and CBS Paramount Network Television (seasons 3-4)|
|2014-2018||Mozart in the Jungle||based on Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by:
|Amazon Video||co-production with Depth of Field, Picrow and Amazon Studios|||
The neighborhood is well known for its cafes and its writers. Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather in the nearby Caffe Trieste and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books is located up Columbus Avenue from the Sentinel Building.
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- Coppola stated this in an interview with Harry Knowles for Ain't It Cool News published on May 8, 2007.
- "American Zoetrope: Films", zoetrope.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- American Zoetrope [us]
- Zoetrope Studios [us]
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