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"Everything that I've done so far has had a bigger budget than the last, but I've never ever felt the benefit of the bigger budget because the ideas always exceed the budget."
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Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974 in Poole, England) is a British director known for making stylish, genre-busting films, usually working with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He is also known for his surprising talent of making films that function equally well as both deconstructions and carefully crafted stories. He is One of Us, a very notable example of a film geek-cum-director a la Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, both of whom he is close friends with.


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Directed:

  • Dead Right - Hot Fuzz without the budget and with even more genre savviness.
  • A Fistful Of Fingers - A low budget Clint Eastwood parody.
  • Asylum
  • Spaced - Surreal Brit Com about a writer and a comic book artist living in a flat. Brimming with references to other TV shows and movies.
  • Shaun of the Dead - Guy tries to rescue his friends from zombies. He fails. Mostly.
  • Hot Fuzz - Skilled cop is sent to a sleepy town where no murders, but many accidents happen.
  • Don't - A trailer from the movie Grindhouse.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - An adaptation of the comic by Bryan Lee O'Malley. His first non-British film (shot in Toronto).
  • The World's End - A group of friends from childhood reunite to finish their epic pub crawl only to find that aliens have infiltrated their old town.
  • Baby Driver - his first American film, shot (and set) in Atlanta, Georgia. Takes Mickey Mousing to an extreme. Every scene is completely synced to the music, even the background noise!
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  • Last Night in Soho - Under wraps for now, but said to be a psychological horror film taking place in The Sixties and the current day.

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Tropes associated with his career include:

  • Mickey Mousing: There's always at least one scene in his movies where everything is timed to the music. Baby Driver takes this Up to Eleven and does it for most of the movie.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Loves treating simple tasks like filing paperwork with the same amount of fast-paced cinematic ecstasy as he would a car chase.
  • Older Than They Look: Is in his forties, but can pass as someone much younger.
  • Signature Style: Creative, stylized, Genre-Busting films with at least a bit of satire and clever editing. Main characters are likable whether their Nice Guy's or they are Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He homages clips from films into his own. He also takes old fashioned cliches into something overblown and fresh. Main action is not super realistic but creates a awesome movie experience. Also at least one Mickey Mousing scene where the action ties into the rhythem of the soundtrack, especially in Baby Driver.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Its pretty clear his movies lean a little more towards the idealistic end.
  • World of Ham: Every character in his films are basically live-action cartoon characters.

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