Photos of 20 Directors Working on Their First Feature Films

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Every great filmmaker had to start somewhere. The Tumblr Cinephilia and Beyond shared some photos from the set of George Lucas’ directorial debut, the dystopian THX 1138, depicting a frightening future in which human emotions are suppressed through mandatory drugs and people are controlled by an android police force. The images inspired us to search for other snapshots of young filmmakers working intently on their debut features. The passion, dedication, and excitement is buzzing across these images that reveal budding filmmakers making their mark.

George Lucas, THX 1138

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fando y Lis

Stanley Kubrick, Fear and Desire

Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark (first solo feature)

Martin Scorsese, Who’s That Knocking at My Door

Spike Lee, She’s Gotta Have It

Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs

David Lynch, Eraserhead

More photos from the set of Eraserhead over here.

Nora Ephron, This Is My Life

Tim Burton, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket

Mary Harron, I Shot Andy Warhol

Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless

Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides

Peter Jackson, Bad Taste

Agnès Varda, La Pointe Courte

Claire Denis, Chocolat

Ingmar Bergman, Crisis

Roman Polański, Knife in the Water

Steven Spielberg, The Sugarland Express