Speaker: David Dobkin

David Dobkin

New Ways To Tell Old Stories: David Dobkin on Innovation in Hollywood

David Dobkin is an internationally known film director, producer and  screenwriter best known for directing Clay Pigeons, Shanghai Knights, The Change Up, Wedding Crashers, and EuroVision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. For more than twenty years, David has worked with A-List actors and writers to create some of the most memorable stories of our time. 

Dobkin made his music-video debut with a video clips for rapper Tupac Shakur.Fifteen more videos followed for such music groups as Extreme, Robin Zander, Sonic Youth, dada, Blues Traveler, and others.[citation needed] Dobkin’s music-video credits include George Thorogood’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” Elton John’s “You Can Make History”, and Coolio’s “1, 2, 3, 4”. Dobkin also collaborated with band Maroon 5 in their music videos “Sugar”, “Don’t Wanna Know”, “Memories”, “Nobody’s Love” and “Girls Like You”[citation needed] and an upcoming documentary film, which will be released in 2021.

After shooting television commercials, Dobkin broke into feature films with Clay Pigeons, for Scott Free, the first film produced at Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company that they did not direct. The black comedy about a series of small-town murders starred Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo, and was distributed by Gramercy Pictures. Dobkin next directed the comedies Shanghai Knights (2003), starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, and Wedding Crashers (2005), with Wilson and Vaughn.

Through his production company Big Kid Pictures, Dobkin both produced and directed Fred Claus (2007), starring Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, and The Change-Up (2011), starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. He co-wrote and was an executive producer of the film adaption of Dark Horse Comics’ R.I.P.D. (2013), Dobkin directed 2014’s The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall and 2020’s EuroVision: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. 

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