"It’s the way in which you see the world that’s going to inform what you do when you’re directing."
"If you already have a strong handle on the things you must have, you can feel free to improvise - it makes it a lot easier to be creative."
- Alan Poul, The Art of Television
As a director, producer and showrunner on HBO's acclaimed series' Six Feet Under, The Newsroom and Westworld, Alan Poul helped bring two unique and engrossing worlds to life. He lead the three shows to a collective 32 Emmy nominations, and secured his reputation for crafting engrossing, honest stories.
Six Feet Under.
Winner of 9 Emmy awards.
"The response is thrilling to me, because it’s causing people to debate these expectations—how do we watch a drama?"
- Alan Poul, New York Magazine
"The show is shot in a rather unusual way. We always work with multiple cameras. In general, rather than having our directors come in and stage a scene the way it’s in their mind, we try to let the action evolve organically, and then our cameras’ job is to figure out how to capture it.
So, doing that with multiple cameras and zoom lenses on very long pieces of track or board, our camera operators are able to follow the action in a more organic way, rather than forcing the actors to step into the camera. That gives you the sense of something that you’re overseeing, and it gives the show a lot of its sense of realism."
- Alan Poul, Collider
Nominated for 22 Emmy awards.
"Elegantly made; gets under your skin."
- The New Yorker
"Ambitious to the edge of a cliff, Westworld is an undeniably
exciting journey into the future cast through a filter of the past."
"A grand saga of gunslingers and robots."
- The Atlantic
Director. Producer. Showrunner.
When Alan was 8 he and his sisters staged a production of Bye, Bye, Birdie in their basement. The thrill he got from making something and showing it to an audience was electric and never left him. To this day he’s still guided by the desire to create something that wasn’t there to begin with. His love of theater remains just as strong and he’s acquired an almost encyclopedic knowledge of all things on and off Broadway. Alan’s cinematic world was unlocked in a unique way when he became an associate producer on Paul Schrader’s seminal
Mishima due in part to his knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. That set into motion a an eclectic career as a successful producer, director, and showrunner on everything from Six Feet Under to The Newsroom and he’s been awarded an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and three Peabodys. Alan specializes in discovering the intimate nuances of relationships. In all his work he connects us to something deeply human and incredibly real. The emotion is heartfelt and we connect to his characters in a way that makes them feel like family.