They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? (About)

"Directing is a nice job. It's the best job for me. If I had to pay money to do it, I would do it. If they changed all the rules and they said, "You've got to stand in line to pay money to do this work, "I would be the first guy in line. It's problematical. It's disappointing often. It's very challenging. It's frustrating as hell. It's extremely demanding and totally satisfying work. And if I wasn't doing this, I would have to do legitimate work for a living. There are guys out there really working for a living, cleaning streets or coal mining, teaching. Directing is playing. Acting." - William Friedkin
As you have probably noticed, I am a long way from completing the current site in the new format. Currently, only the latest editions of the 1,000 Greatest Films, the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films, and a modest (but growing) collection of director pages are featured here. But, gradually, the rest of the old TSPDT, along with some planned new features, will be transcribed across to the new premises. In the meantime, all of the old TSPDT pages can still be accessed (however, there will be no further updates to them). Please note that, due to my work commitments, I will only be able to attend to TSPDT in my spare time. Hence, the rebuild of TSPDT will be, let's say, leisurely. Bill Georgaris
Most of the old TSPDT pages are still available - and will remain - until I manage to migrate them all across (which, knowing me, may take a few thousand years). Go here to view.
By Bill Georgaris
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? (TSPDT) is a modest, but growing, film resource dedicated to the art of motion picture filmmaking and most specifically to that one particular individual calling the shots from behind the camera - the film director. Amongst other content, TSPDT currently houses two of the most referenced film lists on the internet (The 1,000 Greatest Films and The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films) along with a growing set of director profiles. I like to view TSPDT primarily as a cinematic 'traffic cop'. In other words, TSPDT will guide you in the direction of each director's best work (both from TSPDT's perspective - e.g. the film guides on each director page - and also from a critical-acclaim perspective), helping you to avoid as many celluloid crashes as possible.

Please note that the directors listed (with individual pages) within this website are those directors whose work I am most familiar with. At this stage, over 1,200 director pages are planned.

TSPDT is currently in the process of being migrated to a new format, however, the content on the old site has been retained for reference purposes. Some links may take you to the old site or keep you here on the new one. It's pot-luck, I'm afraid.

Who, why, what?
TSPDT is primarily my part-time folly, with kind assistance from my partner Vicki Platt. We are both life-long film lovers based in Adelaide, Australia. TSPDT is a completely hobby-driven enterprise which merely aims to provide a reasonable cinematic resource for fellow enthusiasts.

My celluloid leanings…
Beyond the Canon (2009)
Sight & Sound (2012)
100 Evenings Illuminated (2013)

Many thanks to everyone that has supported and assisted TSPDT over the journey.

Thanks to Brandy Dean at Pretty Clever Films for a very cheery article on TSPDT.