Convention - WonderCon 2024:: Insights and Highlights from Hollywood's Leading Directors

By Mulder, Anaheim, Convention Center, 30 march 2024

The recently held WonderCon 2024 left an indelible mark on its attendees, particularly through the highly anticipated Directors on Directing panel organized by Collider. This engaging event, held on March 30 at the Anaheim Convention Center, brought together a quartet of contemporary cinema's most influential directors to share their insights, challenges, and visions for the future of filmmaking.

Wes Ball, the visionary behind Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, took center stage with his candid recount of the intricacies involved in marrying CGI with live-action. His enthusiasm for his craft was evident as he spoke about his ambition to immerse audiences fully into the Apes saga. Ball also offered a tantalizing glimpse into his upcoming project, the live-action adaptation of The Legend of Zelda, promising a respectful yet innovative approach to the iconic video game franchise.

David Leitch, who has transitioned from stuntman to director, shared his unique perspective on the art of action filmmaking. His latest project, The Fall Guy, serves as an ode to Hollywood's stunt community, and Leitch's discussion underscored the risks and dedication of these performers. His passion for creating visceral, heart-pounding cinematic experiences resonated deeply with the audience, emphasizing the unsung heroes behind the camera.

The panel also featured the dynamic directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from Radio Silence, renowned for their work on the Scream series. They delved into the challenges of continuing a beloved horror franchise while keeping it fresh for new and returning audiences. The duo also introduced their upcoming project, Abigail, a monster movie that promises to push the boundaries of the horror genre with its innovative storytelling and practical effects.

Moderated by Steve Weintraub of Collider, the panel was more than just a discussion; it was an exclusive peek behind the curtain of upcoming cinematic blockbusters. The audience was treated to previously unreleased footage sparking excitement and discussion among fans and professionals alike. This blend of insightful conversation and exclusive content highlighted the panel's unique value to both the industry and its dedicated fanbase.

The Directors on Directing panel underscored WonderCon's role as a vital nexus for the exchange of ideas within the entertainment industry. Beyond the revelations about upcoming films, the panel illuminated the personal journeys of these directors, from their initial inspiration to the realization of their cinematic visions. This personal touch added a layer of intimacy to the event, bridging the gap between creators and consumers.

As WonderCon 2024 wraps up, the lasting impact of the Directors on Directing panel is clear. It has not only provided an unparalleled insight into the process of filmmaking but also celebrated the collaborative spirit of cinema. The discussions from the panel resonate as a beacon of creativity, innovation, and passion, inspiring attendees and viewers beyond the convention's walls.

Looking ahead, the anticipation for WonderCon 2025 is already mounting. With the bar set high by this year's Directors on Directing panel, future iterations promise to delve even deeper into the art and science of filmmaking. WonderCon continues to affirm its status as an essential event for cinephiles, creators, and anyone passionate about the storytelling power of film.

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | Official Trailer

The fall guy

Wes Ball filmography : 
2011 - Ruin
2014 - The Maze Runner
2015 - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials    
2018 - Maze Runner: The Death Cure      
2024 - Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

David Leitch filmography : 
2014 - John Wick (Co-directed with Chad Stahelski)
2017 - Atomic Blonde     
2018 - Deadpool 2            
2019 - Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw    
2022 - Bullet Train
2024 - The Fall Guy

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Radio Silence) filmography  :
2011 - Chad, Matt & Rob
2012 - V/H/S (Segment 10/31/98)
2014 - Devil's Due            
2015 - Southbound
2019 - Ready or Not
2022 - Scream   
2023 - Scream VI
2024 - Abigail

Photos : Erika Creveling