behind the scenes artists: directors, producers, creators, screenwriters, etc.
(See also Otakuphrenia: famous people)
(These people tend to be involved in a project in various ways: writing, producing, directing, visual effects, cinematography, etc. In many cases they outright created the project, as well as any other work they might do on it. It's all a bit confusing, so I'm not going to even try to keep track here of each role they played in getting stuff made. If they worked in any capacity on a project I've seen and enjoyed, I'll mention the project, without specifying their role in making it.)
Almost Human; Armageddon; Believe; Joy Ride; Lost; Revolution; Star Trek; Star Wars; Super 8; Undercovers; and a bunch of things I haven't seen but would like to.
Blazing Saddles; Get Smart; Life Stinks; Spaceballs; Young Frankenstein; and several things I hope to see someday.
Shorts like Vincent and Frankenweenie, as well as feature projects like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; the first couple of Batman movies; BeetleJuice; Big Eyes; Big Fish; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Corpse Bride; Dark Shadows; Edward Scissorhands; Frankenweenie; Mars Attacks!; The Nightmare Before Christmas; Pee-wee's Big Adventure; the Planet of the Apes remake; Sleepy Hollow; Sweeney Todd; etc.
The Abyss; Aliens; Avatar; Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away; Dark Angel; The Terminator; Terminator 2; Titanic;
Cannell, Stephen J.
21 Jump Street, The A-Team; The Greatest American Hero; Riptide; The Rockford Files; Silk Stalkings; Stingray; Wiseguy; etc. Plus hosting Scene of the Crime; appearing as himself on Castle; etc.
The Lone Gunmen; Millennium; The X-Files, etc.
Day, Felicia See favorite actors
Caper; Dragon Age: Redemption; The Flog; The Guild; Outlands; Spooked; Sword & Laser; Written by a Kid; etc.
Angel; Firefly; Supernatural; The Tick (the animated and live-action FOX series and the live-action Amazon series); Titan A.E.; The Venture Bros.
The Amazing Screw-On Head; Dead Like Me; Heroes; Mockingbird Lane; Pushing Daisies; Star Trek: Voyager; Wonderfalls
12 Monkeys; The Brothers Grimm (which I didn't care for at all); Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; The Fisher King; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Monty Python's Flying Circus; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Time Bandits; etc.
The Dark Crystal; Fraggle Rock; Labyrinth; Muppet Babies; The Muppet Show (and a bunch of Muppet movies); Sesame Street; The Storyteller; etc.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Dial M for Murder; Rear Window; Vertigo; etc.
Kelley, David E.
Ally McBeal, Boston Legal; Chicago Hope; Doogie Howser, M.D.; L.A. Law; Picket Fences; The Practice
Indiana Jones; Labyrinth; Star Wars; Willow; The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles; etc.
MacFarlane, Seth See voice actors M-N
He's done writing and/or producing and/or directing on episodes of other people's animated shows, including Dexter's Lab; Johnny Bravo; et al. But he's best known for his own animated creations, including American Dad!; Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy; The Cleveland Show; Family Guy; et al. He's also created and/or produced some live-action shows and movies, such as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; and The Orville. He's also an actor, and while some of it is live-action, I'm more familiar with his voice work (which is why I have his links there instead of here). Oh, and he's also a singer.
The Adventures of Tintin; The Curse of the Fatal Death; Doctor Who; Jekyll; Sherlock
Darkman; Drag Me To Hell; the Evil Dead movies; Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; Jack of All Trades; The Quick and the Dead; the Spider-Man movies; Xena: Warriror Princess
Andromeda; Earth: Final Conflict; Star Trek and some of its spin-off series and movies.
Gilmore Girls, which is pretty much all I know her for, but it's one of my favorite shows ever.
Shyamalan, M. Night
The Happening; Lady in the Water; The Last Airbender; Signs; The Sixth Sense; Unbreakable; The Village; Wayward Pines.
Chasing Amy, Clerks; Dogma; Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (which I haven't seen yet); Jersey Girl; Mallrats; etc.
The Social Network; Sports Night; Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; etc.
The Adventures of Tintin; An American Tail; Animaniacs; Back to the Future; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; Freakazoid!; The Goonies; Gremlins; Hook; the Indiana Jones movies; Invasion America; Jaws; Jurassic Park; Monster House; Pinky & the Brain; Poltergeist; Super 8; Taken; Tiny Toon Adventures; War of the Worlds, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, etc.
Straczynski, J. Michael
Babylon 5; Crusade; etc. And I'd like to read some of his comics someday....
Dexter's Laboratory; Hotel Transylvania; Powerpuff Girls; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; Sym-Bionic Titan.
Thomas, Rob (not the singer)
Cupid (1998); Cupid (2009); iZombie; Veronica Mars; etc.
Alien Resurrection; Angel; The Avengers; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Cabin in the Woods; Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; Dollhouse; Firefly; Roseanne; Serenity; Titan AE; Toy Story; etc.
The Back to the Future trilogy; Beowulf; Johnny Bago; Matchstick Men; Monster House; Tales From the Crypt; Who Framed Roger Rabbit