A veteran commercial director who joined Ridley Scott Associates after training at Paris' Centre des Etudes Critiques and the American Film Institute, New England native Tom Dey had minimal credits ou...
|Directed Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro in the action comedy "Showtime"|
|Raised in New England|
|Moved to L.A. to attend the American Film Institute|
|While studying at the American Film Institute, worked as an intern at American Cinematography; wrote several articles|
|Directed an episode of the stylized Showtime vampire series "The Hunger"|
|Directed Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy, "Failure to Launch"|
|Produced and directed the live-action film based on the comic strip "Marmaduke," featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and George Lopez|
|Feature film debut as director, "Shanghai Noon"|
|Signed to a commercials director contract by Ridley Scott Associates|
|Spent two years in Paris studying at the Centre des Etudes Critiques|
A pet project of Chan's, "Shanghai Noon" proved a challenge for Dey, who rose to the occasion, dabbling in the Hong Kong action directing style and collaborating with both stars to create a smart, funny and well-paced film that was entertaining to both action and comedy fans alike. While the film was a hit, Dey was disappointed with its opening weekend, though the slightly lower than expected take could easily be attributed to fierce competition from the debut of "Mission: Impossible 2" starring Tom Cruise and directed by John Woo. Still, the longtime commercial director had hoped for a more active role in the feature's marketing and was unimpressed with the trailer, which touted "Shanghai Noon" as a fish out of water broad comedy rather than the charming and sharp buddy film it was.
Despite his dissatisfaction with "Shanghai Noon"'s early takes, the studio was pleased enough with the finished product and audience reaction to develop the sequel "Shanghai Knights" (lensed 2002), though Dey did not return as director. Instead the helmer moved on to "Showtime" (2002), arguably a project with even more commercial appeal. Starring box office draws Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro as a pair of LAPD detectives who become the subject of a reality TV show, "Showtime" took a skewed approach to the buddy action genre not unlike "Shanghai Noon" had done, and like his previous effort, the film relied on strong dialogue and chemistry between stars as much as the requisite fast-paced stunts.
|Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute|
|Centre des Etudes Critiques|
|"As a commercials director you're sent the worst scripts that are out there. Try to look past the language and all the awful things you see; if you can find the kernel of something interesting that you can develop, go for it." --Tom Dey quoted at a October 23, 2001 Directors Guild of America discussion posted on DGA.org.|
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