David Jackson

David Jackson

Director, filmmaker and screenwriter in Santa Monica, California

About David

Law? or Film? Architecture? or Film? Medicine or Film?
What's more fun? Yes, Film, when she's not a cruel mistress spurning your every attempt to get that next directing gig. There is never a day when I'm directing that I regret my choice to embrace Film. I love Directing, even on a super low budget project, even when an actor is being ridiculously narcissistic , even when it is too cold or too hot or too much to stuff in the too-small schedule. OK, maybe when the catering sucks, I don't love that. And maybe when the script is just SO bad that you can't fake your way out of a turd of a scene, but still, I try, selling the whole effort to my skeptical cast while we dazzle with a clever bit of staging or camera or a bit of contrived backstory for that character so that it just, dear god, makes sense. Because directing is managing time, talent, and personalities while keeping your eye on the possibilities of the moment and not forgetting what you wanted to say in the first place; in that ideal moment when the image first appeared in your private headspace and now, now, if you can just get that exquisite truth in the actor's eyes, you can share it with the world.


Name: David Jackson

Lives in: Santa Monica, California

Occupation: Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Awards

  • DGA nomination, Best Children's Program (Buffalo Dreams)

  • Mystery Writers of America, Edgar Award, Best Episodic Drama (The Equalizer)

Projects

  • The Cheerleader Murders

    The Cheerleader Murders (2016)
    Film (Thriller) Director Lifetime Movie

  • The Spirit of Christmas

    The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Romance) Director Lifetime Movie

  • Bloodlines

    Bloodlines (2015)
    Television (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy and Horror) Director

  • Twisted

    Twisted (2014)
    Television (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director

  • Promo Life

    Promo Life (2013)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Director web series

  • The Lying Game

    The Lying Game (2011 - 2013)
    Television (Drama and Mystery) Director ABC Family

  • Supah Ninjas

    Supah Ninjas (2011 - 2012)
    Television (Action, Comedy and Family) Director Nickelodeon

  • The Vampire Diaries

    The Vampire Diaries (2011)
    Television (Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and 2 More) Director CW

  • The Cape

    The Cape (2011)
    Television (Action and Drama) Director NBC

  • CSI: NY

    CSI: NY (2006 - 2010)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Director CBS

  • The Wishing Well

    The Wishing Well (2009)
    TV Movie (Drama) Director Hallmark Channel

  • Mental

    Mental (2009)
    Television (Drama) Director FOX

  • Street Warrior

    Street Warrior (2008)
    TV Movie (Action) Director Spike TV

  • One Tree Hill

    One Tree Hill (2006 - 2008)
    Television (Drama, Romance and Sport) Director CW

  • Return to Halloweentown

    Return to Halloweentown (2006)
    TV Movie (Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Director Disney Channel

  • South Beach

    South Beach (2006)
    Television (Drama) Director CW

  • Threshold

    Threshold (2005)
    Television (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director CBS

  • Supernatural

    Supernatural (2005)
    Television (Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and 1 More) Director CW

  • Locusts

    Locusts (2005)
    TV Movie (Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Director CBS Movie

  • Buffalo Dreams

    Buffalo Dreams (2005)
    TV Movie (Family) Director Disney Channel

  • Summerland

    Summerland (2005)
    Television (Drama) Director CW

  • Charmed

    Charmed (2004)
    Television (Drama, Fantasy and Mystery) Director WB

  • The District

    The District (2001 - 2003)
    Television (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Director CBS

  • Smallville

    Smallville (2003)
    Television (Adventure, Drama, Romance and Sci-Fi) Director CW

  • Do or Die

    Do or Die (2003)
    TV Movie (Sci-Fi) Director Sy-Fy Channel (I also wrote and produced)

  • For the People

    For the People (2002)
    Television (Drama) Director Lifetime Channel

  • The Nightmare Room

    The Nightmare Room (2001)
    Television (Family and Horror) Director Anthology series centered on teens facing supernatural threats, many based on the books by R.L. Stine. CW

  • Witchblade

    Witchblade (2001)
    Television (Action and Fantasy) Director TNT

  • The Lone Gunmen

    The Lone Gunmen (2001)
    Television (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director FOX

  • Nash Bridges

    Nash Bridges (1996 - 2001)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Director CBS

  • Dark Angel

    Dark Angel (2000)
    Television (Action, Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Director FOX

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man (2000)
    Television (Comedy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director Sy-Fy Channel

  • The Spring

    The Spring (2000)
    TV Movie (Drama and Sci-Fi) Director CBS (I also share writing credit)

  • The Jesse Ventura Story

    The Jesse Ventura Story (1999)
    TV Movie (Drama and Biography) Director NBC Movie

  • Atomic Train

    Atomic Train (1999)
    TV Movie (Action, Drama and Thriller) Director NBC Miniseries

  • The Wrong Girl

    The Wrong Girl (1999)
    TV Movie (Thriller) Director NBC Movie

  • The Pretender

    The Pretender (1998)
    Television (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director NBC

  • The Lake

    The Lake (1998)
    TV Movie (Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director NBC Movie

  • Profiler

    Profiler (1997)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director NBC

  • Home Invasion

    Home Invasion (1997)
    TV Movie (Thriller) Director NBC Movie

  • Code Name: Wolverine

    Code Name: Wolverine (1996)
    TV Movie (Thriller) Director FOX Movie

  • Dark Skies

    Dark Skies (1996)
    Television (Adventure, Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Director NBC

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime and 4 More) Director CBS Pilot

  • Voice from the Grave

    Voice from the Grave (1996)
    TV Movie (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director NBC Movie

  • The Making of Disneyland's 'Indiana Jones Adventure'

    The Making of Disneyland's 'Indiana Jones Adventure' (1995)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Producer CBS Special (I also wrote this)

  • Strange Luck

    Strange Luck (1995)
    Television (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director FOX

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1995)
    Television (Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance and 1 More) Director CBS

  • Detonator II: Night Watch

    Detonator II: Night Watch (1995)
    TV Movie (Action and Thriller) Director Feature (I also wrote this)

  • The Best of Taxi

    The Best of Taxi (1994)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Director CBS Special. I also wrote this

  • Detonator

    Detonator (1993)
    TV Movie (Action and Thriller) Director Feature (I also wrote this)

  • Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing (1990 - 1992)
    Television (Sci-Fi) Director UPN series

  • Voices that Care

    Voices that Care (1991)
    TV Movie (Documentary and Music) Director FOX documentary supporting Desert Storm

  • All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special

    All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Director CBS Special. I also wrote this.

  • DEA

    DEA (1990)
    Television (Drama) Director FOX series

  • Shades of LA

    Shades of LA (1990)
    Television (Drama) Director FOX

  • Wolf

    Wolf (1990)
    Television (Drama) Director NBC series

  • Island Son

    Island Son (1989)
    Television (Drama) Director CBS series

  • Microcops

    Microcops (1989)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama and 1 More) Director CBS Pilot that played as anthology series

  • The Equalizer

    The Equalizer (1989)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Director CBS

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street (1987 - 1989)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Director FOX series (seasons 1, 2, 3) I also have two writing credits

  • Top of the Hill

    Top of the Hill (1989)
    Television (Drama) Director CBS series

  • Booker

    Booker (1989)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Director FOX Series Pilot

  • Crime Story

    Crime Story (1987)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Director NBC Series, produced by Michael Mann

  • The New Mike Hammer

    The New Mike Hammer (1987)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director CBS

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice (1986 - 1987)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Director NBC Series, seasons 2, 3, 4. I also have two writing credits

  • Houston Knights

    Houston Knights (1987)
    Television (Action, Crime and Drama) Director CBS

  • Mystery Mansion

    Mystery Mansion (1983)
    Film (Adventure and Mystery) Writer

Education

  • University of Southern California

  • Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)

  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)

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