Carroll Ballard

Director, Camera operator, Producer
Meticulous American director of several lush, visually striking films since the late 1970s who made a memorable feature debut with "The Black Stallion" (1979), an exquisitely crafted tale of the far-flung adventures of ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (6)

Duma 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Fly Away Home 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Wind 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Never Cry Wolf 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)
Producer (1)

Harvest 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Meticulous American director of several lush, visually striking films since the late 1970s who made a memorable feature debut with "The Black Stallion" (1979), an exquisitely crafted tale of the far-flung adventures of a boy and a horse. Executive produced by Ballard's UCLA film school chum Francis Ford Coppola, the film was hailed both for its extraordinary attention to visual and behavioristic detail and as a beautifully realized adaptation of Walter Farley's classic 1941 children's novel. Four years passed until Ballard's next film, "Never Cry Wolf" (1983), an unusual and haunting nature tale featuring Charles Martin Smith, in a rare starring role, as a biologist investigating whether wolves are responsible for the gradual disappearance of the caribou herds. Two years of demanding production in the wilds of the Yukon and Alaska paid off to create a poetic work that easily transcended the standard qualities of a Disney nature picture (which it was, after all).

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
enrolled in the 1960s

Milestones

2005

Directed "Duna" a film about an orphaned cheetah that becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa

1996

Directed "Fly Away Home" starring Anna Paquin as a young girl who attempts to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air

1996

1992

Directed Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey in "Wind"

1986

Directed the feature production of "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture"

1983

Directed "Never Cry Wolf" starring Charles Martin Smith as a government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north

1979

Feature film directing debut, "The Black Stallion", produced by Coppola

1977

Worked as second unit camera operator on "Star Wars"

1967

Produced a documentary entitled "Harvest" for the US Information Agency; nominated for an Academy Award

1952

Moved to Marin County, California at age 15 (date approximate)

Enrolled in UCLA's film school in the early 1960s; same class as Francis Ford Coppola

Spent a year building a catamaran

Enlisted in US Army; worked as a film cameraman while stationed in the South

Spent childhood at Lake Tahoe where his father was a boat builder

Designed cars for a while after high school

Made numerous short narratives and documentaries, often using animals as his "stars"

Saw three films that revolutionized his notions about film: Teinosuke Kinugasa's "Gate of Hell" (1953-Japan), Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1957-US), and Carl Dreyer's "Ordet" (1955-Denmark)

Directed "Rodeo", a portrait of champion bull rider Larry Mahan

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