How do you launch a new piece of technology (Google+ Hangouts) in an authentic and engaging way? Invite Roman Coppola and his friends to come play.
Roman was one of our more unique speakers. Not just because of his family and his work, but because he was the only 'remote' speaker we'd ever had at that point in time. Roman was beamed to Sydney via Hangout's for 90 minutes from The Directors Bureau studio in Hollywood. It did nothing to dampen what turned into an amazing presentation, with celebrity appearances including Roman's parents, Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola and actor Jason Schwartzman amongst others - a magic trick, a couple of songs performed and a Snow Leopard (the big cat variety) being fed by Roman himself to top it all off. Yep, it was unique that's for sure.
“I’m very pleased to be included in this and being linked up in this way is something I’m very curious about. It's fun to have the opportunity to share that with some of my friends, family and some new people.”Roman Coppola
The son of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola, Roman was born with a proverbial camera in his hand. With much of his family in the film industry -- cousin actors Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman and Marc Coppola, sister actress/director Sofia Coppola and grandfather film composer Carmine Coppola -- Roman had film running in his veins. His father felt it was important that family help one another out, so Roman began working on his father's films as a teenager.
Working on sound for the film The Outsiders (1983), followed by a stint as an associate producer on Rumblefish (1983), Coppola added to his hands on experience with a formal education at NYU Film School. Following graduation, he went right back into film -- producing five feature films.
With the industry at his beck and call, Coppola tested the water in a number of other jobs, including acting, writing, visual effects and directing. Although he earned his first award nomination for his efforts on Dracula's (1992) special effects, directing was what really caught his eye.
He moved into the field, directing music videos and working with such artists as Moby, Daft Punk and Wyclef, as well as the Grammy-nominated "Walking Contradiction" for Green Day and the notorious "Peaches" for The Presidents of the United States. In 1999 he earned three MTV Music Video Awards for directing Fat Boy Slim's "Praise You". In 1996, Roman established a commercial and music video production company called The Director's Bureau with Mike Mills, through which he has directed commercials for companies that include Levis, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and The Gap.