Lawrence Guterman

Lawrence Guterman

Lawrence Guterman is a Canadian film director.

Personal life

Guterman studied at M.I.T. his freshman year and transferred to Harvard University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in physics. While at Harvard he illustrated and wrote for the "Harvard Lampoon". He went back to school after working in animation and received a Master's degree in Film from the University of Southern California in 1996.


Guterman's directing career began when DreamWorks SKG partner Steven Spielberg hired him to direct the live-action portion of Dreamworks Interactive's "Goosebumps: Escape From Horrorland" game in 1996, after seeing Guterman's University of Southern California Master's thesis film "Headless!" The short had won the Grand Jury Prize for best Student Film at the 1996 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Based on his work on the "Goosebumps" game, Guterman was hired to direct sequences for DreamWorks' first computer-animated feature film, "Antz", featuring the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. He subsequently spent a year in pre-production as director of the combined live-action/CGI feature "Curious George" for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. When that version of the movie did not move forward at Universal, Guterman was hired to direct the feature film "Cats & Dogs" for Warner Bros. The movie netted $200 million in worldwide theatrical box office receipts. [BoxOffice] The BBC review of the film said that it "succeeds both as a parody of the spy genre, and in stretching the boundaries of what you believe is possible", and A.O. Scott of the "New York Times" called it "exuberant fun".Fact|date=March 2008

Guterman directed "Son of the Mask" (also known as "Mask 2") with Jamie Kennedy, which was released in 2005. Despite being poorly received initially, the film has since grossed nearly $100 million in worldwide theatrical and ancillary (video/dvd/network television sales) revenue. [DGA, Variety,] Guterman is now directing the film version of the novel Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer but the release date is still unannounced. []


As lead director

* "Cats & Dogs" (2001)
* "Son of the Mask" (2005)

As director of sequences

* "Antz" (1998)


External links

* [ IMDB entry]

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