Top 10 Highest Paid Directors in 2016

Highest Paid Directors 2016, the 6th One Will Surprise You written by: johnknice

The film industry has grown immensely in the past century. It has seen directors of film and movie production earning a great fortune. The following is a list of highest paid directors 2016. Read on;

 

Steven Allan Spielberg

He was born on 18th December 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the Hebrew school between 1953 and 1957. His movie/film stardom began at the age of 12 when he made his train wreck homemade movie that involved his Lionel toys. In his days in high school, most of which he spent in Arizona, he made many 8mm adventure films that made him a serious amateur filmmaker.

At 16, Spielberg wrote and directed his first 140-minute adventure film- Firelight. That boosted his performance and made him strive to achieve his aim- being a film director. He was the youngest television director, for Universal, in 1969 and 1972 led the much-praised film-Duel. He is now a renowned filmmaker, producer, and director. Achievements like the Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and ET films and cofounding the DreamWorks Studio (1994) are attributed to him. He grosses at $9.246 billion.

 

Peter Jackson

Currently grossing at $6.518 billion, Peter was born on October 31, 1961, in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand. He attended Kapiti College where he dropped out at the age of 16. He wanted a job so as to save and buy his first equipment for his film production dream. However, like other successful directors, he began his career as a film amateur in his early years. Dramatizing the World War II with his childhood friends, they even dug trenches in Jacksons home.

He is popularly known for his film The Lord of the Ring; the fellowship of the ring and others like the Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug.

 

James Francis Cameron

James Cameron, alias Iron Jim, was born in Kapsikasing, Ontario, Canada on August 16, 1954. He became a truck driver, looking for money to support his screenwriting dream. Cameron debuted with the Piranha Part Two: The Spawning as director in 1981. The director is popularly known for his science fiction films like The Abyss (1989). Aliens (1986) and The Terminator (1984) that he wrote and directed, and The Terminator 2; the Judgment Day.

Additionally, he wrote and directed The Titanic (1997) that sprung as the most grossing movie of all time earning 11 Academy Awards. He is one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood today. His gross earnings stand at $6.139 billion.

 

Michael Bay

A graduate of the Wesleyan University majoring in English and film. He was born on 17th of February, 1965. He is known for his fast cutting use of special effects such as explosions in his films. His movie director career began in 1980, as an intern with George Lucas helping in the production of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Consequently, he wanted to be a film producer.

His work features the film hits Bad Boys, Armageddon, Bad Boys II, Transformers; the Revenge of the Fallen, the much-praised Transformers; Dark of the Moon, pain &gain. The commercial film and music director’s two film production companies have produced him a massive grossing of $ 5.776billion.

 

Christopher Nolan

Nolan began his filming at 7 with his father’s Super-8 camera. His birth occurred on July 30, 1970. He attended University College of London where he learned about guerilla techniques that when he shot 16 mm movies for the UCL’s society. His career hit the ground with Following (1998) from whence a stellar over 15 years period has followed featuring films like Memento 2000, Batman Begins 2005, The Dark Knight (2008) The Prestige ( 2006)that starred Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. He currently grosses at $4.222 billion.

 

David Yates

On November 3o, 1963, David Yates was born in Lancashire, England. He lost his parents early in his life. However, he attended St Helens College studying Sociology and politics. He later joined the University of Essex where he formed the Film and Video Production Society.

His excellence as director in the Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix (2007), the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2011), Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince 2009 has earned him a spot in the top most sought after movie and film directors. The St Hellen-born director’s earnings average at $4.176 billion.

 

Robert Zemeckis

The birth of Zemeckis on 14/5/1952 marked the birth of new special effects in the film industry. Robert went to the University of Southern California in the school of Cinematic Arts. He began his career as a director in 1980s writing scripts for other directors until 1984 when he was hired by Michael Douglas to help in filming Romancing the Stone.

He is from the Steven Spielberg camp and has managed to produce immense creativity in movies. That is evidenced in zany comedy in Romancing the Stone (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Contact (1997) and the likes of Cast Away, Beowulf and the Polar Express. It is no surprise that his earnings gross at $4.062 billion for his stellar career as a director.

 

Chris Joseph Columbus

As a kid, Chris liked horror movies and comic novels. That spelled his apparent urge to land in the film production industry. He was born on 10th of September 1958 in Pennsylvania. Raised in Ohio, he enrolled for filming at the New York University. Columbus made his debut as a director in Adventures in Babysitting in 1988. He has directed the production of two Harry Potter films; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and the famous Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). He is known to have sold his screenplay- Gremlins to Spielberg. He makes to the highest paid directors 2016 list with earnings of $ 3.815 billion.

 

Gore Verbinski

Born on March 16, 1964, Gore began his career as a guitarist for Punk rock bands like the Little Kings and Daredevils. He is known to have sold his guitar to buy his first camera. He attended the UCLA Film School graduating with BFA in Film in 1987.Right from producing his first films with his friends to director of the Pirates of Caribbean; Dead Man’s Chest, he has seen achievements. Part of which include; Mouse Hunt -his directorial debut- (1997), The Mexican (2001) and The Ring (2002) grossing a massive $3.725 billion.

 

Tim Burton

A successful screenwriter, painter, illustrator and producer, Timothy Burton is a film director who is known for his creativity in adding themes of fantasy to horror, producing excellent movies thereby. He was born on August 25, 1958, in California. He graduated in 1980 from California Institute of Arts as a major in Animation. He worked for Disney as an animator, a job with which he got tired of a year later and decided to shoot his first award-winning film Vincente in 1982.

Later, he produced the Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1986). Following his success, a ghost story marked an advancement of the stellar career of Tim in 1988 – Beetlejuice starring the likes of Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. Batman (1989), Frankenweenie, Big Eyes and Mars Attacks are part of the films that have contributed to his gross earnings of $3.635 billion.