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Roman Coppola was a producer and co-writer on Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.
Mr. Coppola grew up in the world of filmmaking, and has developed his directing skills by working in multiple capacities – from sound recordist to cinematographer, from writer and producer to inventor.
He began his directing career with visual effects direction and second-unit direction on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Special Effects. His first feature film, C.Q., world-premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and was well-received critically. He has lent his talents as second-unit director to, among other films, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette; and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
He is also the founder and owner of The Directors Bureau (TDB), an award-winning production company. It is through TDB that Mr. Coppola has directed highly acclaimed and influential music videos, for such bands as The Strokes and Green Day; and commercials, for such clients as Coca-Cola, Honda, and The New Yorker. His work has earned him various industry honors, including a Grammy Award nomination and two MTV Video Music Awards. His stream-of-consciousness music video for Phoenix’s “Funky Squaredance” track was invited into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Mr. Coppola is a founding partner of the Photobubble Company, which markets a newly patented inflatable film enclosure; details can be viewed at www.photobubblecompany.com.
He is president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope. Among his producing credits are Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (also for Focus Features), which won the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival. He also produced On the Road, the forthcoming film directed by Walter Salles, based on Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel.
His next film as director and writer is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jason Schwartzman.