Adam had the opportunity to sit down with the writer and director of Den of Thieves, Christian Gudegast. He explains just how difficult it is to make a realistic action movie in Hollywood and the extra steps he takes to ensure things are done correctly. They talk gunfights, tactics, special effects and everything in between. Enjoy this special episode as we take a dive into how movies are made.
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Christian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the UCLA Film School in 1992, top of his class. His thesis film, Shadow Box, won the award for Best Student Film that same year. He has since written for major movie productions, including Soldier of Fortune, A Man Apart, and London Has Fallen.
In 2018, he made his directorial debut with the film, Den of Thieves, starring Gerard Butler and Pablo Schrieber. It centers around an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew planning a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
From the gunplay and tactics to the undercover roles depicted by the actors in the film, this sits as one of the most realistic and true to life action films created. The follow-up to this film, Den of Thieves 2, is in pre-production and will begin shooting early 2020.
Christian's IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0345615/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
Den of Thieves: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259528/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_4