How do you convey an international TV hit to the big screen? The multiple Emmy nominee Michael Engler directed episodes of well-known and pioneering TV programmes. This year on September 12th, the movie Downton Abbey will be released, featuring the complete original cast of this award-winning series.
As an American, Michael Engler is currently heading an English (TV) institution: the stately Downton Abbey. This TV series repeatedly managed to attract tens of millions of viewers. Engler previously directed several episodes of the series, but now he also takes this phenomenon to the cinema. And his track record stretches even further: he directed episodes of prime-time hits from Six Feet Under to Sex and the City, 30 Rock and Empire. Furthermore, he is active as a producer for projects such as The Big C with Laura Linney and the (nostalgia-filled, for many) teen series Party of Five.
In this masterclass, Engler answers the question how much freedom you have as a director of a TV programme with a fixed format. And he will obviously explain how to convey a popular TV success to the big screen: which dangers are lurking here?
This Masterclass is in partnership with NBCUniversal and Dutch Directors Guild (DDG).
Masterclass with Michael Engler, the director of the new Downton Abbey film