If there are any struggling wanna-be directors out there reading Cinematical, then this post is for you. Yet another person with no feature directing experience has been hired by a major film studio, in this case Columbia Pictures, to direct a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, first-time feature helmer Mark Teitelman has been hired by the studio to helm its teen comedy Big Man on Campus. The film, produced by Hal Lieberman and written by Gina Wendkos, concerns the struggle between several high school students, some beautiful and some smart, as they seek to define what it means to be 'popular' in today's school environment.
Actually, its not like Teitelman has never directed anything before this. He's done some commercials and teasers for Monday Night Football, so he's not a complete stranger to the director's chair. Plus, the film's writer actually has some credits, including The Princess Diaries and Coyote Ugly, so at least the screenplay may have something going for it. So, before I go ahead and condemn this project before it really gets going, I think I'll just wait and see how it develops.
Take the hiring of this director in one of two ways -- either it gives you hope that first-timers will keep getting hired and so, therefore, someday you might get your shot -- or, this just confirms what I sometimes suspect, that studio executives have no clue what they're doing and will keep giving directing gigs to pretty much anyone. Either way, it might help you in the long run. At the moment, there's no word on casting or a start date for the film.