Even though you may not recognize the name, you’ll probably recognize some of the fantastic movies he has produced. Lawrence Bender has produced hit films over the years like Good Will Hunting, Inglorious Basterds, and Pulp Fiction. He has won a few awards in film and has been nominated for many more. In this article, I’m going to be breaking down Lawrence Bender’s bio and some of my favorite films produced by him.
Lawrence Bender was born in 1957 to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City, New York. Growing up, Bender wasn’t really all that interested in the arts. In fact, while Bender was attending high school, he actually wanted to pursue a career in civil engineering. One of the reasons was because his grandfather was a civil engineer. Another reason was that it offered great jobs in that field of study. In the end, Lawrence Bender graduated from the University of Maine in 1979. After college was when Bender started to get into the arts. It was his dream and goal to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, an injury permanently sidelined him which ultimately lead him into the film industry.
My favorite movie produced by Bender would have to go to Good Will Hunting. Growing up, Will Hunting is an orphan that is abused regularly. He has had cigarettes put out on him along with being verbally abused. Despite all of this, Hunting has a hidden strength: his intelligence. Hunting is a math wizard. While working at the University as a janitor one night, Bender was able to solve a very difficult problem in the hallway that not even professors could solve. After that, the professor who wrote the problem tracks Hunting down. After getting to know each other, the professor becomes his mentor. In fact, he becomes the father figure that Hunting never had. Will also faces challenges with his girlfriend, Skylar. He is very reluctant on opening up about his past, something Skylar needs to know to get to know Will. Ultimately, the challenges that Will faces in this movie and how he overcomes them is why I like this movie the best.
Daniel Arriaga, an alumni graduate from the Academy of Art University is getting a lot of attention for winning an Oscar in 2018. Upon graduating from the nations largest art and design school, Daniel Arriaga lands a job with Pixar as Senior Director. Every graduate’s dream is to create something that’s appreciated for years to come and Daniel has succeeded in just that. For an animated film director, he has accomplished the highest degree of honor. There is no question that Arriaga and his team did a phenomenal job in winning over the judges. Daniel put passion in this movie because he connected with the character’s culture, being from there himself. He wanted to be extremely accurate and authentic as possible so a lot of research and time went into designing the film. He poured so much life into this movie that you will forget that the characters are actually dead.
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