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Roman Coppola


Roman 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. 

Mr. Coppola 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, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He was a producer and co-writer on Mr. Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.

He is also the founder and owner of The Directors Bureau (TDB), a prestigious and 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 Comcast. 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’ “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; more details can be viewed at

He has recently partnered with WTTW to produce a highly original children’s show, Mission to Planet 429, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is set to air on PBS in 2011. Not since Sesame Street over 40 years ago has the D.O.E. funded an educational show based on new teaching theories.

Mr. Coppola is president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope.