Joel Cohen

When Joel Coen was little, he, his brother Ethan, and their friend Mark would run around remaking movies they saw on television. Joel went on to study film at New York University. He developed a niche in film editing and was an assistant editor for Evil Dead. Three years later, Joel and Ethan got together to make Blood Simple. It was a formula that worked and eventually they made Raising Arizona, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski together.

John Carpenter

Always a fan of horror and science fiction films, Carpenter started creating his own films as early as junior high school. When it came time to apply for college, Carpenter first attended Western Kentucky University where he had an in because of his father. Realizing his true passion, he transferred to The University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. While there, he created a film called The Resurrection of Bronco Billy as a school project. The film was theatrically released and won an Academy Award. After graduation he worked on such films as Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, and Someone's Watching Me! before making his most famous movie, Halloween.

Martin Scorsese

Scorsese has the art of cinema in his blood. His mother and his father were actors. Scorsese had asthma and so his boyhood was spent inside watching movies instead of outdoors playing sports. These things combined, sparked a major interest in film. He first pursued an education in English receiving a B.A. from New York University. He went on to earn his MFA in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as a film major. His student films stood out to people like producer Roger Corman. After making Boxcar Bertha with Corman, Scorsese went on to make the films Woodstock, Taxi Driver, and later Goodfellas.

Steven Speilberg

Speilberg was a film creator and a businessman from the start. His teen years were spent making adventure films in his neighborhood and charging a 25 cents admission fee for home screenings. When he got older he applied to University of Southern California twice, but was denied, though they later presented him with an honorary degree. He went, instead, to California State University and interned at Universal Studios. It was there that he used his knowledge, experience, and education to make the film Amblin' which caught Universal's eye. They signed him right off and Speilberg left school behind to start his professional career. From there he made The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

George Lucas

Lucas was not a filmmaker from birth. In fact, in high school he was more interested in cars than cinema. He planned to become a professional racecar driver, but a near fatal accident changed his mind. Instead, he went to a junior college for anthropology. A combination of new friends and liberal arts classes lead Lucas to transfer to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His film THX: 1138: 4EB won the National Student Film Festival. He then gained a scholarship from Warner Brothers, which introduced him to Francis Coppola. Lucas's creativity was sparked and he went on to make American Graffiti and Star Wars.