Influential figures

Key directors, actors, producers and institutions


Nick Cassavetes

is an American film actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. He has directed ‘The Notebook’ in 2004 and ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ in 2009, both of the films became very popular. He didn’t want to work in the film industry at first, but after rethinking his opportunities, he decided to follow his parent’s career path and go into acting.

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Michael Sucsy

is a Golden Globe and Emmy award winning film director, screenwriter and producer. He started off as a production assistant and then an assistant director of feature films, commercials and music videos. He was nominated for the Young Director of the year award. He has directed ‘The Vow’ in 2012.
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Adam Michael Shankman

is an American film director, producer, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He is a judge of a TV program ‘So you think you can dance’. He was a dancer in music videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He has choreographed and directed several films, such as ‘A Walk to Remember’ in 2002 and the remake of ‘Hairspray’ in 2007.
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The thing I like about these people is that they have produced many good romantic drama films and while watching them, the audience could get pulled into the movie and relate to it. The films ‘The Notebook’, ‘The Vow’ and ‘A Walk to Remember’ inspired me and Mariana to focus on the romantic drama genre and to create our own trailer for it because the directors reflected the reality and things that happen every day through these films and also how obstacles can affect two people and their feelings towards each other.


Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress who played in “The Vow” as well as “The Notebook”.

Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor, director, writer and musician. He has played in films such as “The Notebook” or “Crazy, stupid love”.

These actors have inspired me because of how well they have played their characters in “The Notebook”. Ryan Gosling played Noah very well, going with the stereotype of men being protective over the girl and masculine. Rachel McAdams has also followed the stereotype, playing a feminine, innocent character. This has made me realise that I want to use stereotypical characters in my opening sequence, the male being the masculine and protective one and the girl being innocent.

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Mark Johnson is an American film producer, famous for films such as ‘The Notebook’ or the ‘Rain Man’ which won 4 Oscars.

Gary Barber is an American film producer of South African descent. He is known for producing films such as ‘The Vow’.

These film producers have chosen certain scenes to go in the films which have given me an idea of what I could include in my trailer.

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Spyglass Entertainment is an American film production company. They have produced films such as “The Vow” or “No Strings Attached”.

Warner Bros. is an American producer of film, TV and music entertainment. They have financially supported “PS. I love you”.

The reason I have chosen to look at these two big institutions is because the films that have been financially supported by either of those, have achieved big commercial success. By looking at the films they have produced or financed, it gives me an opportunity to create a successful trailer of my own romantic drama film.

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