Roger CormanRoger Corman
is a producer and director of low-budget films; as such, he has apprenticed many now-famous directors, stressing the importance of budgeting and resourcefulness. Corman is probably best known for his filmings of various Edgar Allen Poe
stories, including The Pit and the Pendulum
and The Masque of the Red Death
Corman received an industrial engineering degree from Stanford University. He began his career in 1953 as a producer and screenwriter, and began directing in 1955. Until his retirement in 1971 he would produce up to 7 movies a year, his fastest film was perhaps The Little Shop of Horrors which was shot in 2 days and 1 night.
Directors that have worked with him include Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and John Sayles. One actor who started his career working for Corman is Jack Nicholson.