Eric Oliver

Eric Oliver

Assistant Director, Producer, Production Designer and Art Director

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About Eric

Long-time DGA assistant director with extensive experience in all manner of filmed entertainment. I've recently begun to branch out into producing and have brought my creative roots into the mix w/ some art department work and acting. Accomplished artist and photographer. Interested in collaborative projects and other worthwhile opportunities. Los Angeles/Atlanta

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  • Across the Tracks

    Across the Tracks (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Production designer Tara and Ella Hines are sisters living very different lives. Tara is a big city architect with a fighting spirit that has brought her great success. Ella, a few years younger, never left the hometown of their youth and has been the primary caretaker of the family. Estranged for 40 years, they are brought together finally with the death of their mother. Through a series of flashbacks, their childhood in rural 1960s Georgia unfolds. The "Coloreds only" bathroom and side entrance to shops. The train tracks that separated the town by skin color. We see them navigate this world full of inferiority and bullying, ultimately leading to Ella's decision to become white. As the sisters lay their mother to rest, the past rises up to meet them and we're finally shown the moment that tore their family apart. Written by K. James

  • The Brittany Murphy Story

    The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
    Film (Biography and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A chronicle of Brittany Murphy's rise to fame in the 1990s, her struggles with self-esteem, and her tragic early death.

  • Home

    Home (2013)
    Film (Drama) Production designer Home is the story of a man named Jack, suffering from mental illness, whose goal is to move out of the group home where he resides and into a home of his own. By doing so he hopes to rebuild his life, reconnect with his estranged son, and put himself back on a path to "normalcy." Written by Home

  • Machsom

    Machsom (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director "Machsom", the Hebrew word for "Checkpoint", tells the story of Yaniv Greenblatt, a barely 19 Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous such checkpoints along the West Bank. He would like to be a pacifist and struggles to be fair to the Palestinians, but has to contend with the prying eyes of his superiors. The problems Yaniv faces at home are no easier. His mother is a wheelchair bound hard-right-winger due to the same terrorist attack that killed her husband. The story centers on Yaniv's relationship with his younger brother, Avi, who attends one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab schools in Israel, and builds towards an incident at the checkpoint that challenges all involved to reconsider their previous resolve. Written by Anonymous

  • Good Knight

    Good Knight (2012)
    Video (Drama, Family, Fantasy and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Add a Plot »

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2012)
    Television (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Four average people own a pub in Philly. They always seem to get themselves in precarious positions through their stupidity and pursuit of the American Dream. They never seem to do anything right through Murphy's law. A lot of witty and dark humor, so if you are not a fan of that, then this is definitely not for you. If so, it's your dream show, with each episode giving you life scenarios dramatized and the most outrageous characters to play them. Written by unknown

  • Reed Between the Lines

    Reed Between the Lines (2011)
    Television (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Doctors Carla and Alex Reed, a psychologist and a professor, respectively, balance their professional lives with raising 3 children in a blended family.

  • Monk

    Monk (2008 - 2009)
    Television (Comedy, Crime, Drama and Mystery) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination. His condition costs him his job as a prominent homicide detective in the San Francisco Police Department, but he continues to solve crimes with the help of his assistant and his former boss. Written by Jwelch5742

  • Boston Legal

    Boston Legal (2007)
    Television (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Ethically-challenged attorney Alan Shore, formerly of Young, Frutt & Berluti, settles in at a wealthy and powerful firm focusing on civil cases. With some help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods. In doing so, he develops a rival in his colleague Brad Chase, who has been assigned to the office partly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric (and possibly senile) Denny Crane. Though his questionable conduct might make him a few enemies along the way, Alan's not one to be underestimated, nor will he let trivial things like honesty or integrity get in the way of winning a case. Written by Todd Smitts

  • P.N.O.K.

    P.N.O.K. (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Chronicles a day in the life of 2 soldiers on Casualty Notification Duty as they bear the grim news of 3 soldiers killed in Iraq to 3 families back home.

  • The Mission

    The Mission (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Add a Plot »

  • A Night at Sophie's

    A Night at Sophie's (2004)
    Film (Comedy) Production manager This bittersweet romantic comedy explores love, loyalty, success and friendship with an ensemble cast of dreamers and cynics on the eve of their friends' wedding. Harold, the most sensitive and level-headed of his friends, is in love with his best friend's girl. Complicating matters is the fact that he will be the best man at their wedding the next day, the Groom is missing, and the Bride is frantic. Things might not be the same by sunrise. Written by Scott Schofield

  • Deliver Us from Eva

    Deliver Us from Eva (2003)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Eva Dandridge is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to set her up with someone so she can leave them alone. They end up paying Ray, the local "playboy," $5,000 to date her. The plan goes by smoothly, but troubles comes when Ray actually falls in love with Eva. Written by Nadiya K. Edwards <nadiyae@clemson.edu>

  • Auto Focus

    Auto Focus (2002)
    Film (Biography, Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In 1965, Bob Crane, who had achieved some earlier success as a television supporting actor, was working as a successful morning radio DJ at KNX Los Angeles. Despite enjoying his work, photography (especially of the female form) and drumming, Crane wanted to be a movie star. So it was with some reluctance that he accepted the title starring role in a new television sitcom called Hogan's Heroes (1965), a WWII POW comedy. To his surprise, the show became a hit and catapulted him to television stardom. The fame resulting from the show led to excesses and a meeting with home video salesman and technician John Carpenter, with who he would form a friendship based on their mutual interests, namely excessive sex (for Crane, purely heterosexual sex) and capturing nude females on celluloid. His fame allowed Crane to have as much sex as he wanted, which was incongruent to his somewhat wholesome television friendly image, and the way he portrayed himself to almost everyone except Carpenter and his... Written by Huggo

  • The Window

    The Window (2000)
    Film (Short, Drama and Comedy) Art director Add a Plot »

  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball (2000)
    Film (Drama, Romance and Sport) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
    TV Movie (Biography, Drama, Music and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954 for "Carmen Jones", to her final demise to prescription drugs, which was debated whether it was suicide or accidental. Brent Spiner plays her faithful manager who stood beside her through all of the roller coaster of her career. The film also examines her love affair with director Otto Preminger, which is shown to have probably initially helped her career, but later probably led her to some wrong decisions. The film also examines 50's racism as the black star is not permitted to use white bathrooms or the Vegas pool. In the first situation, she was given a bathroom cup to pee in. In the second situation, the hotel drained the pool and scrubbed it after she dared put her foot in the water. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Arrangement

    Arrangement (1999)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Art director When a man confesses to his fiancée that he had a "one night stand," he's shocked when the fiancée accepts his suggestion that she see other men.

  • Rush Hour

    Rush Hour (1998)
    Film (Action, Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

  • Blackout Effect

    Blackout Effect (1998)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar contact with the cargo plane shortly before impact, when his screen "blacked out." On the other side, everyone else, including the controller's bosses and the media, put the blame on human error. The truth is soon to be uncovered, as the aging air traffic control facilities are on the verge of failing right in the middle of the busy Thanksgiving season. Written by Sergio Ortega

  • The Devil's Advocate

    The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Devil's Advocate thematically raises the preposition that 'is winning everything' in the legal profession.Does a lawyer commits the basic sin of Vanity if he believes his job is to win, as Kevin does. Further the movie in John Milton's trenchant speech questions the very notion of righteousness in the post-modern world. Milton's speech rips apart the whole discourse of religion when he presents the inherent contradiction of it. Kevin's dilemma reflects the modern man who accuses the circumstances for being what he is,the culture dominated by making money 'which build egos of the size of cathedral', the question is can one really call what one does 'freely-willed'?. The movie deals with these 'Hamltian questions' in a lawyer's mind. Written by amitbindal1857@gmail.com

  • Batman & Robin

    Batman & Robin (1997)
    Film (Action, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Batman and Robin are back working side-by-side to stop the villains of Gotham City, but is there tension appearing between them, especially when one villainess who calls herself Poison Ivy can make anyone fall in love with her...literally. Along with Poison Ivy, the icy Mr. Freeze is freezing anything which gets in his way from achieving his goal. Written by FilmFanUk

  • A Time to Kill

    A Time to Kill (1996)
    Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In Canton, Mississippi, 10-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously brutalized by two white racist rednecks -- James Louis "Pete" Willard and Billy Ray Cobb. Almost immediately after Tonya is found and rushed to a hospital, Pete and Billy Ray are found at a roadside bar, where they had been bragging about what they did to Tonya. Tonya's understandably distraught and enraged father, Carl Lee Hailey, remembers a case from a year ago, when four white men raped an African-American girl in a nearby town, and got acquitted. Carl is determined to not let that happen in this case. While deputy Dwayne Powell Looney is escorting Pete and Billy Ray up a flight of stairs to a court room, Carl emerges from the building's basement with an assault rifle, and he kills Pete and Billy Ray for what they did to Tonya. Carl is later arrested at his house by African-American sheriff Ozzie Walls, and Carl is scheduled to be placed on trial. Despite the efforts of the NAACP and local African-American leaders to ... Written by Todd Baldridge

  • The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.

    The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A. (1995)
    TV Movie (Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Rick Hunter is back. Now a lieutenant, he is considering marrying his girlfriend. But before he could, she is murdered. He suspects that it's probably her abusive ex-husband who is stalking her. But being a celebrity, Hunter's not sure if he will be tried much less convicted. But did he really, that's what Hunter is asking when someone calls him with first hand information about the murder. Written by Anonymous

  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

    Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
    Film (Adventure and Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Ace Ventura, emerging from self-imposed exile in a remote Himalayan hideaway, travels to Africa with explorer Fulton Greenwall to find a sacred bat which is told will avert a war between with Wachootoo and Wachati tribes. Of course, when Ace gets involved, all hell breaks loose... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
    Film (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director It is 1948 in LA and Ezikeal "Easy" Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran, is looking for work. At his friend's bar, he is introduced to a white man, DeWitt Albright, who is looking for someone to help him find a missing white woman assumed to be hiding somewhere in LA's Black community. This woman, Daphane Monet, happens to be the fiancée of a wealthy "blue blood," Todd Carter, who is currently the favorite in the city's mayoralty race. Daphane Monet is known to frequent the Black jazz clubs in LA. Easy, innocently, accepts Albright's offer; however, he quickly finds himself amidst murder, crooked cops, ruthless politicians, and brutalizing hoodlums. This is a Chandler-esque "who-done-it" with an African-American theme. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever (1995)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face incorrectly believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side; he has unleashed a reign of terror on the good people of Gotham. Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler he perfects a device for draining information from all the brains in Gotham, including Bruce Wayne's knowledge of his other identity. Batman/Wayne is/are the love focus of Dr. Chase Meridan. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne's ward and Batman's new partner Robin the Boy Wonder. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

  • Lily in Winter

    Lily in Winter (1994)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director New Yorkers report the kidnapping of their son who follows his nanny on a train taking her home to 1957 Alabama.

  • Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy

    Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy (1994)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Kristin (Danica McKellar), daughter of upper middle class parents, can hardly stand the immense pressure to fulfill her mother's (Dee Wallace Stone) dream of success in sports and high school. In this tense situation she gets emotional support by Kenny, who secretly plans to make her pregnant and sell the baby for adoption. Based on a true story. Written by Peter Reynders <100332.2035@compuserve.com>

  • Fatal Instinct

    Fatal Instinct (1993)
    Film (Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other sublots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun. Check the rating ! Written by Rob Hartill

  • In the Shadows, Someone's Watching

    In the Shadows, Someone's Watching (1993)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director There are a bunch on children in a suburban neighborhood getting hurt in unusual ways. One mother's child gets hurt and she goes looking for answers and finds them but its with twist no one would expect.

  • Point of No Return

    Point of No Return (1993)
    Film (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as a killer. She gets a new cover identity as saleswoman Claudia Anne Doran. She also finds a house-mate, building super J.P., a broad-minded, gentle photographer. The two fall in love, and that complicates her government assignments. His influence extends to breeding in her a conscience that supplants her violent tendencies and desire to continue work for the agency. Written by KGF Visser

  • My Life

    My Life (1993)
    Film (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Life is going well for Bob Jones: great job, beautiful loving wife and a baby on the way. Then he finds out that he has kidney cancer that will leave him dead within months. He sets out to videotape his life's acquired wisdom for his child, and ends up on a voyage of self-discovery and reconciliation. Written by Reid Gagle

  • Menace II Society

    Menace II Society (1993)
    Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. Written by Daniel Bredy <gt3655a@prism.gatech.edu>

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