Bad Drama Is Filled With False Moments – Dan Attias

Dan Attias, Director, Producer and Author: I’m always interested when those strategies fail. That to me is when the real story has a chance (a deeper story) has a chance to be unearthed. 

Film Courage: Why do we love other people’s stories? 

Dan: That’s a very interesting question. I think we’re drawn to other people’s stories because we get tired of our own. I think we’re narrative beings and that in so many ways who we take ourselves to be is really who we are cast in the story that we fabricate, that we’ve created at a very early age unconsciously, perhaps the family were born into and a whole narrative gets created that gives us I think the reassurance that we know who we are. But unfortunately (for most of us) I think the stories that we inherit don’t generally lead to happiness and I think the fascination we have in stories of any kind is we’d like to see alternative stories…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Dan Attias has worked as a director in the film and television industry for 37 years. As a director of series television he has received the Directors Guild of America award for outstanding direction of dramatic television and has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards for his comedy directing. He continues to work on some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed American television shows, including Homeland, The Americans, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Billions, and The Boys. Previously he has directed The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, True Blood, Entourage, The Killing, The Walking Dead, True Detective, Ray Donovan, Bloodline, Friday Night Lights, Northern Exposure, House, Lost, Alias, among many others. His first professional directing assignment was the feature film, Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, produced by Dino DeLaurentiis. Dan started his career studying acting, then worked as an assistant director on E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Airplane!, One From the Heart and several other feature films. He has taught acting and directing workshops in the United States, and has appeared as a guest speaker at festivals in Italy, Brazil, Greece, Mexico and Canada. Before working in the film and television industry, Dan was enrolled in a Ph.D. program in English literature at U.C.L.A., then transferred to the Theater Arts Department where he earned an M.F.A. in film production.





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