David Karlak

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David Karlak
David Karlak portrait.jpg
David Karlak in late 2016
Born
OccupationFilm director
Websitehttp://www.davidkarlak.com/

David Karlak is an American director and writer, known for short films, The Candidate and Rise.

Biography[edit]

David Karlak is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California.[1][self-published source] In 2010 Karlak directed the short film The Candidate that went on to make the Viewfinder List in 2011.[2] Following The Candidate, Karlak sold an original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers titled Rise with Roy Lee producing,[3] and then a second original pitch titled Outliers to 20th Century Fox with Peter Chernin producing.[4] Karlak is attached to direct both films. In recent years, Karlak has been exploring the use of virtual reality to tell narratives, having directed a virtual reality experience set in the world of Rise[5] which premiered it at the Storyscapes series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.[6]

Karlak most recently has been working with 20th Century Fox to direct two virtual reality experiences for Ridley Scott's film Alien: Covenant.[7][8][9][10] The first experience, Alien: Covenant In Utero premiered April 26, 2017 for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.[11]

On March 3, 2017, Deadline Hollywood reported that Filmula's Johnny Lin and Cross Creek's Brian Oliver acquired the feature film rights to Rise from Warner Brothers with Karlak attached to direct.[12][13][14] Rise is about a dystopian future where robots are targeted for elimination after they develop emotional symmetry to humans and a revolutionary war for their survival begins. Anton Yelchin starred in the short, which was based on a screenplay Karlak penned with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw series).

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

  • The Candidate (short, 2011)
  • Rise (virtual reality experience, 2014)
  • Rise (short, 2016)
  • Alien: Covenant In Utero (virtual reality experience, 2017)

As writer[edit]

  • Rise (story by, 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "// about". DAVID KARLAK. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2011-12-09). "Best 2011 Short Films, Ads, Music Videos?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ Team, The Deadline (2011-12-13). "Warner Bros Buys Action/Sci-Fi Pitch 'Rise' For Roy Lee & Underground". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ "Fox Acquires 'Outliers' Pitch for Peter Chernin to Produce (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  5. ^ "I Lived Through a Robot Insurrection in Virtual Reality - Motherboard". Motherboard. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  6. ^ "How a Virtual Reality Demo Showed Us the Future of Movies | Movie News | Movies.com". Movies.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ Lieberman, David (2017-01-03). "Fox Plans Virtual Reality Experience For 'Alien: Covenant'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  8. ^ Roettgers, Janko (2017-01-03). "Ridley Scott, Fox Innovation Lab Team Up for 'Alien: Covenant' Virtual Reality Experience". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  9. ^ "Alien: Covenant is getting its own virtual reality experience". The Verge. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  10. ^ Kamen, Matt. "Alien: Covenant is getting a VR spin-off". WIRED UK. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  11. ^ Erbland, Kate. "Alien: Covenant Births New Virtual Reality Experience With In Utero for Oculus - Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (2017-03-04). "Filmula's Johnny Lin & Brian Oliver Acquire Rights To 'Rise' From Warner Bros". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  13. ^ "Sci-Fi Short Film 'Rise' Getting Feature Adaptation (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-03-04). "Anton Yelchin's Sci-Fi Short 'Rise' Being Developed Into Feature-Length Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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