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3rd Apr '16 7:42:39 PM dinohunterpat
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* A trend that's becoming popular in recent years is to bring the directors of blockbusters back in exchange for agreeing to bankroll vanity projects that the directors might otherwise not get the chance to make. The vanity projects will typically be lower-budgeted, and the studios know they can eat the loss from the gross of the blockbuster sequel, so they give the director complete control. Creator/MichaelBay got this deal for ''Film/PainAndGain'' when he agreed to direct ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', but the REAL king of this is Creator/ChristopherNolan, who received $160 million to make ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and it grossed over ''800 million'' at the box office alone, which has secured his auteur ticket for the foreseeable future.

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* A trend that's becoming popular in recent years is to bring the directors of blockbusters back in exchange for agreeing to bankroll vanity projects that the directors might otherwise not get the chance to make. The vanity projects will typically be lower-budgeted, and the studios know they can eat the loss from the gross of the blockbuster sequel, so they give the director complete control. Creator/MichaelBay got this deal for ''Film/PainAndGain'' when he agreed to direct ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', but the REAL king of this is Creator/ChristopherNolan, who received $160 million to make ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and it grossed over ''800 ''$800 million'' at the box office alone, which has secured his auteur ticket for the foreseeable future.
3rd Mar '16 8:05:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/ChristopherNolan after ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. He purposefully took up the director's chair for the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' in order to gain the Auteur License (as well as large-scale filmmaking experience) to shoot his pet project that would need big-budget resources to realize fully: ''{{Inception}}''. When that proved a monster critically acclaimed Oscar nominated hit, Nolan's license was likely set for the rest of his career.
* Creator/FrancisFordCoppola earned his license by adapting, producing, and directing the awesome one-two punch of ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' and ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. He used his newfound clout and money to build his own studio, American Zoetrope, where he planned to house an artistic community, turning out medium-budget passion projects. Unfortunately, his first such film, ''OneFromTheHeart'', went cataclysmically over budget. Unlike the similarly out-of-control ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', ''Heart'' flopped mightily upon release, and Coppola pulled it from theatres after a few weeks. Zoetrope was sold, Coppola's license was revoked, and he spent a good chunk of the 80s and 90s as a director for hire, trying to forge his way back to financial solvency. He has recently taken to financing his films with the proceeds from his vineyard and winery.

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* Creator/ChristopherNolan after ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. He purposefully took up the director's chair for the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' in order to gain the Auteur License (as well as large-scale filmmaking experience) to shoot his pet project that would need big-budget resources to realize fully: ''{{Inception}}''.''Film/{{Inception}}''. When that proved a monster critically acclaimed Oscar nominated hit, Nolan's license was likely set for the rest of his career.
* Creator/FrancisFordCoppola earned his license by adapting, producing, and directing the awesome one-two punch of ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' and ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. He used his newfound clout and money to build his own studio, American Zoetrope, where he planned to house an artistic community, turning out medium-budget passion projects. Unfortunately, his first such film, ''OneFromTheHeart'', ''Film/OneFromTheHeart'', went cataclysmically over budget. Unlike the similarly out-of-control ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', ''Heart'' flopped mightily upon release, and Coppola pulled it from theatres after a few weeks. Zoetrope was sold, Coppola's license was revoked, and he spent a good chunk of the 80s and 90s as a director for hire, trying to forge his way back to financial solvency. He has recently taken to financing his films with the proceeds from his vineyard and winery.



* Creator/CharlieChaplin was among the first to demonstrate this trope in American film. With his films being fairly consistently hailed big hits, he could take chances like a straight drama for his first Creator/UnitedArtists film, ''AWomanOfParis'', keep ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' largely silent in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, make fun of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and do a BlackComedy in ''Film/MonsieurVerdoux''.

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin was among the first to demonstrate this trope in American film. With his films being fairly consistently hailed big hits, he could take chances like a straight drama for his first Creator/UnitedArtists film, ''AWomanOfParis'', ''Film/AWomanOfParis'', keep ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' largely silent in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, make fun of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and do a BlackComedy in ''Film/MonsieurVerdoux''.
24th Feb '16 11:01:03 PM Unknownlight
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7th Jan '16 5:25:56 AM sturmovik
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** By 2015, Quentin's license had earned endorsements that allowed him to not only shoot TheHatefulEight in 70mm Ultra Panavision, a film format that had not been used in nearly 50 years, but also get the film's distributor to pay to upgrade ~140 cinemas around the world for 70mm film projection. Keep in mind this took place several years after even basic 35mm film projection was phased out in favor of digital.
30th Dec '15 8:24:43 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* Creator/HideoKojima had this for a good while, leading to the current firestorm when Creator/Konami attempted to revoke it. Amusingly, it first came about when his superiors demanded he create a war game and proceeded to design one that discourages killing. Time will tell if Konami has any chance of recovering from the massive backlash surrounding this.

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* Creator/HideoKojima had this for a good while, leading to the current firestorm when Creator/Konami Creator/{{Konami}} attempted to revoke it. Amusingly, it first came about when his superiors demanded he create a war game and proceeded to design one that discourages killing. Time will tell if Konami has any chance of recovering from the massive backlash surrounding this.
24th Dec '15 2:52:02 PM crashkey
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* Creator/GoichiSuda manages to maintain this despite his games never managing to be that successful. They rarely lose money but in the current market it's rare for publishers to bother with niche market games that will "only" net them a mild profit; yet on he goes creating wonderful weird and wacky games that always gain a cult following.
1st Dec '15 1:27:38 PM Nohbody
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* Due to the success of the ''{{Franchise/Bioshock}}'' franchise, it would be safe to say that Ken Levine will be able to keep a hold of this for a while. Funnily enough, [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/15214/levine-dislikes-auteur-label-sounds-like-you-do-everything he dislikes being called an auteur]].

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* Due to the success of the ''{{Franchise/Bioshock}}'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' franchise, it would be safe to say that Ken Levine will be able to keep a hold of this for a while. Funnily enough, [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/15214/levine-dislikes-auteur-label-sounds-like-you-do-everything he dislikes being called an auteur]].auteur.]]
26th Nov '15 12:18:16 AM matteste
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* For ''Creator/TaroYoko'' this came into effect after ''Nier''. During the development of the first ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', Yoko had to continuously fight Square to keep his and the team's distinct artistic vision intact, because Square was afraid the game was too dark and nihilistic. After the game managed to win over a small but dedicated fanbase, Square was willing to fund a second game but wanted something more marketable, and to that end he was only lightly involved with Drakengard 2. However, this lead to one of the more divisive games in the series exactly because of its LighterandSofter nature, and as a result he was allowed back in the director's seat for the franchise with NieR, a GaidenGame. Though it wasn't very profitable it eventually became a CultHit and widely considered an amazing game. Due to its critical success Yoko has essentially been given free rein to do as he pleases, though it stands that his games still don't sell all that well, leading him to wonder if Square is insane for continuing to fund them.

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* For ''Creator/TaroYoko'' this came into effect after ''Nier''.''VideoGame/NieR''. During the development of the first ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', Yoko had to continuously fight Square to keep his and the team's distinct artistic vision intact, because Square was afraid the game was too dark and nihilistic. After the game managed to win over a small but dedicated fanbase, Square was willing to fund a second game but wanted something more marketable, and to that end he was only lightly involved with Drakengard 2. ''Drakengard 2''. However, this lead to one of the more divisive games in the series exactly because of its LighterandSofter LighterAndSofter nature, and as a result he was allowed back in the director's seat for the franchise with NieR, ''[=NieR=]'', a GaidenGame. Though it wasn't very profitable it eventually became a CultHit CultClassic and widely considered an amazing game. Due to its critical success Yoko has essentially been given free rein to do as he pleases, though it stands that his games still don't sell all that well, leading him to wonder if Square is insane for continuing to fund them.
18th Nov '15 12:31:09 AM jameygamer
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* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s movies [[CashCowFranchise were always successful]], but the success of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' grew their reputation from "the pioneers of CG animation" to "the best in the business right now". A few years later, the release of ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' turned them into "the biggest name in animation", which was cemented by follow-up films ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. Their reputation took a bit of a hit after that, but their Auteur License remains.

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* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s movies [[CashCowFranchise were always successful]], but the success of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' grew their reputation from "the pioneers of CG animation" to "the best in the business right now". A few years later, the release of ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' turned them into "the biggest name in animation", which was cemented by follow-up films ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. Their reputation took a bit of a hit after that, but their Auteur License remains.remains, and any questions about its viability have been answered with ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', which also scored the highest opening for an original movie in history.



* Rob Reiner had hit it big critically and commercially with films like ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', and was told that he could basically do anything he wanted next. When he told a film executive that he wanted to adapt his favorite book, ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', he was told "anything but that!" The rest, [[Film/ThePrincessBride however]], [[VindicatedByHistory is history]].

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* Rob Reiner had hit it big critically and commercially with films like ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', and was told that he could basically do anything he wanted next. When he told a film executive that he wanted to adapt his favorite book, ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', he was told "anything but that!" The rest, [[Film/ThePrincessBride however]], [[VindicatedByHistory is history]].
history]], although he got a severe setback when he abused the Auteur License with ''Film/{{North}}''.
31st Oct '15 8:38:01 AM LillyJade
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* ''Creator/HideoKojima'' had this for a good while, leading to the current firestorm when ''Creator/Konami'' attempted to revoke it. Amusingly, it first came about when his superiors demanded he create a war game and proceeded to design one that discourages killing. Time will tell if Konami has any chance of recovering from the massive backlash surrounding this.

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* ''Creator/HideoKojima'' Creator/HideoKojima had this for a good while, leading to the current firestorm when ''Creator/Konami'' Creator/Konami attempted to revoke it. Amusingly, it first came about when his superiors demanded he create a war game and proceeded to design one that discourages killing. Time will tell if Konami has any chance of recovering from the massive backlash surrounding this.
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