Film Industry Role: Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Producer
Major Works: Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, 2010), Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012), The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola, 2013), Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018)
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.
He began his directing career with visual effects direction and second-unit direction on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then came his first feature film, C.Q., that world-premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and was well-received critically. He then continued to 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. His most recent feature as director and writer was A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman.
Mr. Coppola was an Academy Award nominee, Writers Guild of America Award nominee, and BAFTA Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay category as co-writer, with director Wes Anderson, of Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom. The film received accolades including the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature, and their screenplay was honored by several critics’ groups.
He is also the founder and owner of The Directors Bureau (TDB), an award-winning production company, and the president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope.
As an executive producer of Amazon’s hit series Mozart in the Jungle, shared with his colleagues from the program a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series [Comedy or Musical]. As a co-writer, his latest work was on Wes’ new film Isle of Dogs, which premiered in March 2018.