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Randal Kleiser          

Film Director, Writer, Producer; Known for "Grease," "The Blue Lagoon," "White Fang;" Virtual Reality & Virtual Production Expert

Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease. Other credits include "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," "The Blue Lagoon," "Summer Lovers," "Flight of the Navigator," "White Fang," "Big Top Pee-wee," "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid," "North Shore," and the 1996 AIDS drama, "It’s My Party."

With George Lucas, he produced the educational course: The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors. He has always been interested in cutting-edge technology. Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which ran for over a decade at the Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris. This led to the US government signing him to develop a virtual-reality simulator to train soldiers to deal with Improvised Explosive Devices in the Middle East.

In 2019, he released the 12-part virtual reality series "Defrost," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was shown at Cannes. Experimenting with Paramount and Intel Studios, he reimagined the Grease song “You’re the One That I Want” using volumetric capture technology.

Randal has served on the Sci Tech Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and at the Directors Guild of America as chairman of the Special Projects annual Digital Day, and on the National Board.

Speech Topics

The Making of Grease

A fascinating and uncensored behind the scenes of one of the most successful movie musicals of all time. From pre-production to present day: the cast, the musical numbers, the iconic costumes, locations, cars, and much more. Recommended for Grease fans and film buffs.

The Nina Foch Course with Randal Kleiser

A workshop designed to give a practical understanding of the director’s and actor’s crafts: how to break down a script, directing and acting techniques, casting tips, relaxation methods, etc. Recommended for film students and young filmmakers.

A Boomer in Hollywood: From film to digital.

An entertaining presentation filled with anecdotes and life lessons. From acting in George Lucas first student film and dancing in Elvis Presley movies, to directing Grease and studio pictures, to the digital revolution and directing virtual reality. Recommended for all types of audiences.

Making Personal Films

From a blank sheet of paper to the big screen. How to create your own movie based on your unique vision and personal experiences and make it stand out from the rest. Recommended to film students and young filmmakers.

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