Wes Ball

Born in 1980, Wes Ball was raised on the films of Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, and James Cameron. He graduated from Florida State University with a BFA from the College of Motion Picture Arts in 2002. His final ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (3)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Maze Runner 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

A Work In Progress 2002 (Movie)

(Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

(OddBall Animation) (Visual Effects)

ER Retrospective 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Graphics
Producer (1)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Born in 1980, Wes Ball was raised on the films of Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, and James Cameron. He graduated from Florida State University with a BFA from the College of Motion Picture Arts in 2002. His final film for FSU was a hybrid of live action and computer animation called "A Work in Progress" (2003). Ball was awarded a Student Academy Award for the film, which opened a number of doors in Hollywood for the young filmmaker. Although none of the immediate offers turned into a film, Ball was undeterred, and opened a visual effects company, Oddball Animation, to play on his strengths in technology and animation. On the visual effects side, Ball was mostly responsible for creating graphics on the behind the scenes features for films and TV shows including "Beowulf" (2008) (directed by Zemeckis), and JJ Abrams' reboot of "Star Trek" (2009). The young filmmaker was not satisfied with his work on the sidelines and decided to create the short film "Ruin" (2011) with his FSU friend T.S. Nowlin. A computer animated proof of concept for a feature length post-Apocalyptic film, "Ruin" became an internet sensation and showed the Hollywood establishment that Ball was a filmmaker with vision. Fox bought the short film to develop into a feature and hired Ball and Nowlin to make the feature film adaptation of <i>The Maze Runner</i>. The film, released in 2013, was hugely successful, especially since Ball was able to create an effects driven event film on a budget under $50 million. The film grossed close to $350 million worldwide. The sequel, "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" (2015), also directed by Ball, was the number one box office draw on its opening weekend.

EDUCATION

Florida State University

2002

Milestones

2015

Directed the sequel to "The Maze Runner," "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials."

2014

Released his directorial debut, the teen-centric sci-fi book adaptation "The Maze Runner."

2011

Wrote, directed, and edited the short science fiction film "Ruin."

2009

Worked in the animation department on several documentary shorts accompanying a DVD release of the original "Star Trek" series.

2002

Wrote, directed, edited, and animated the short film "A Work in Progress."

Bonus Trivia

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""Jurassic Park" is probably the movie that got me wanting to make movies. It’s fun, but it’s not totally gruesome." - from collider.com, May 3, 2013

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Founded the production company Attraktion Films.

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Was brought on board to direct "The Maze Runner" after executives at Fox viewed his short film "Ruin."

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