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
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.

Who, why, where?
TSPDT is primarily my (Bill Georgaris) part-time folly, with kind (and important) 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.

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.