OLIVIER MEGATON (Director) takes his name from his birthday: the 6th of August
1965 is the 20th anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima A-bomb.
As a painter, Olivier Megaton was one of the pioneers of the graffiti movement,
distinguishing himself by his realist portraits of cultural icons such as Mao,
Jimi Hendrix, Nelson Mandela and the Mona Lisa.
He then decided to do some formal art training and his work began to appear on
the wall of art galleries rather than city streets. Jean-Baptiste Mondino
encouraged him to take up movies in the 1990s.
Following Mondino's advice, Megaton wrote the screenplay of his first short film
No Way, or Le Coeur du Phoenix, which received funding from the CNC. Completed
in 1991, the film went on to win several prizes at film festivals. Fourteen
other shorts were to follow.
At the same time, he made documentaries for the Georges Pompidou Center and
another one for the ARTE TV. His first novel Le Facteur humain (The Human
Factor) was also published in 1998. Exit, shot in 1999, is his first feature. He
then completed his adaptation of Maurice Dantec's novel The Red Siren in 2002.
In 2007, he directed the Second Unit of Hitman with Timothy Olyphant. In 2008,
he directed Transporter 3 for producer Luc Besson.
Megaton has also directed more than eighty music videos and commercials.
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