Paul M. Sammon
Paul M. Sammon is an award-winning author, filmmaker, commentator and photographer.
As a writer, Sammon has authored over 30 books, including the best-selling Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner (HarperCollins 1996), Conan the Phenomenon (Dark Horse Books 2007), and The Making of Starship Troopers (Boulevard Books 1997); he likewise edited the cutting-edge horror anthologies Splaterpunks (St. Martins 1990) and Splatterpunks 2 (St. Martins 1995).
Paul Sammon is also a much-in-demand public speaker and DVD commentator. He has supplied supplementary interviews/commentary tracks for the likes of Warner Bros. 25th Anniversary Blade Runner DVD sets, the documentary Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story, and the recent Conan the Barbarian Blu-ray set (Lionsgate 2011).
Furthermore, Sammon is a professional filmmaker whose first industry job involved working on the 1972 science-fiction film Silent Running. Since then he has labored on over 100 films as a producer, director, computer graphics supervisor, actor, still photographer, writer and studio executive, for such companies as Disney, Universal, Orion, MGM and Warner Bros. Among the many films on which Sammon has worked (either as a studio rep or on-set crewperson) are RoboCop, Blue Velvet, Starship Troopers, Return of the Living Dead, and Conan the Barbarian (1982).
He has likewise co-produced numerous Japanese television programs, including the 200-plus episode run of the 1988-1992 TV Asahi series Hello! Movies. Sammon further has written/produced/directed dozens of “Making Of” featurettes and commercials, and was among the first wave of “genre marketers” to bring science fiction, horror and fantasy film previews to like-minded fan conventions (beginning in 1978 with Disney’s The Black Hole).
For this year’s Fest, Sammon will present a special program in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of Stereotypes. In 1988, Sammon traveled to Moscow, Russia, where he co-wrote/co-produced the first jointly created American/Russian animated film. Titled Stereotypes (“Стереотипы” in Cyrillic), this landmark production featured character designs by legendary cartoonist Jerry Robinson (creator of The Joker), and was shot at Soyuzmultfilm, Russia’s most famous animation studio. In addition, Stereotypes was directed by Yefim Gamburg, a well-regarded Russian “parody animator” whose satirical films sometimes found Gamburg jailed for his work’s stinging social satire. Join Sammon for a rare screening of Stereotypes, plus a behind-the-scenes slideshow wherein Sammon explains what it was like for an American to work on a film in the Soviet Union of the late 1980’s.