Small Beginnings: Catherine Hardwicke

Let’s look at one of the many talented female directors in Hollywood, unfortunately not many are being promoted in the industry so far, so let’s give them a little bit more attention. Today, Small Beginnings explores a multi-talented, passionate woman who loves what she does: Catherine Hardwicke: director, producer, production designer and architect.

Helen Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21st in 1955 – either in Texas or Mexico (sources differ). Catherine studied art in Mexico and graduated in architecture at the University of Austin, Texas. As an architect, one of her biggest projects is a 20 hectare townhouse complex which she managed to power only by solar technique.

In the 1980s she started exploring the film industry, joining the University of California in L.A. From 1986 on she started working in set dec, first in independent projects and later in bigger budget projects like “Three Kings“ (1999) and “Vanilla Sky“ (2001). With 48 she finished her first feature called “Thirteen“, which she wrote together with Nikki Reed who also starred in it. “Thirteen“ was awarded at Sundance and well as nominated for an Academy Award.

Most of us know Hardwicke as director of “Twilight“ from 2008 which was her fourth feature work and became a worldwide commercial success. Her latest works include the TV series “Reckless“, the drama “Plush“ from 2013, and “Miss You Already“ from 2015.

Hardwicke is known to work with young people a lot and not going over budget during her productions. When she started going into directing, she asked friends like David O. Russel for help, but they all said “If you want to direct, you just gotta do it”, so she did. In an interview she gave advice for aspiring filmmakers, saying you just have to write your film so low budget that nobody can stop you from making it.

We thank Catherine Hardwicke for her boldness and hard work and wish her all the best for her career.

As a director, we work ridiculously hard on every detail,
and we do everything to the billionth degree,
and mostly people notice nothing.
– Catherine Hardwicke

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