(Cinematographer, Director-Actor, Movie Editor)
Quick Facts of John Thompson Gulager
|Age:||63 years 9 months|
|Birth Date:||December 09, 1957|
|Full Name:||John Thompson Gulager|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, U.S|
|Net Worth:||$1.5M US|
|Height / How tall :||5 feet 9 inches (1.75m)|
|Profession:||Cinematographer, Director-Actor, Movie Editor|
|Father's Name:||William Martin ‘Clu’ Gulager|
|Mother's Name:||Miriam Byrd-Nethery Gulager|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Leo, Aquarius|
|Last Update:||September, 2021|
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“Clu, my father is a master filmmaker -- there's just no question that he needs to be making films and so we've been working with him. He writes and I do the cinematography, editing , music and Diane and Tom acts in it. And it's been that way for years and finally we had a couple of pieces to enter in there.”
“On the last two [Project Greenlight] shows, you'd almost never even know that there was anyone else besides the guy that wins. It's like they have no family. We work together….We don't call it nepotism. We call it working with the people you want to work with.”
“ You know it's just so bizarre and insane. I mean last year I was a bum. And this year I'm a mentor and an inspiration..”
“And we think Clu is absolutely the most talented. It hasn't worked out to this point. And he's made amazing pieces. We're so proud of him.”
“My brother [Tom] is a great filmmaker and he wrote this incredible script called American Standard. And there are some people that interested in it now.”
“There was a woman [Lindsay Doran] who wanted to get it made…[but] she didn't quite have the power yet to do it. And she went on to make Spinal Tap and she ran MGM-UA….But because of that connection way back, she read Tom's script and she's like 'Oh my God! I couldn't put it down.”
“When I was a teenager, my Dad tried to make a rock opera and I wrote the music for it. We acted in it. And Tom was in it.”
“It's hard. We never thought about doing other people's scripts. It's very difficult to adapt yourself to [someone else's vision]. Everything has always come from myself or if I work with my Dad, it's the same thing. We're in synch. But when I read someone else's script…”
“Oh and the worst is if they give directions on how to shoot it. I read a script the other day. It was about a violent subject. But on the inside of the script it said, 'None of the violence will be depicted on the screen. It will all be shown on the face of the [actors].' Someone said, 'Well, did you read it?' I said, 'No. I threw it across the room.' If it's going to start that early that people are going to tell you what you can possibly do…”
“We like all those 70's movies. We came of age in that period when everything was tough like French Connection, Clockwork Orange…”
“Inspiration can come from a dumpster.”
“want to make the last horror film [that did well at the box office] with all the right parts that make it commercially successful -- as if there was a formula.”
“The other thing is that there were seventeen producers on Project Greenlight.”
“The New York Times have said really great things. So every time we read something that's really horrible, there will be somebody that'll come out of the woodwork that will say something really wonderful and it'll balance it out.”
“I have no creative process. I just want to put on a show and have people love me.”In the Mood for Love was just beautiful….And then there's this movie, L'Humanite, that's probably my favorite film in that it's kinda like Being There, only it's really, really tough and rough and in your face -- and yet it's lyrical. It's such a weird combination. It won the Cannes Film Festival the year [David] Cronenberg was head of the jury. And everybody booed.
” “How many producers does it take to screw in a light bulb?”
“They got to have a happy ending. At home we were watching The Rainmaker again. And I said, 'See Diane, we still like the happy endings.' We're suckers. And yet with all the underdog hero stuff, we still felt there was enough truth to it.”
“We're suckers. When we go down to the Dome, we sit in the front row on Opening Night. We like the sound to blast us.”
“We love the auteurs especially. Like Tarantino and Rodriguez and people who actually get to do what they want to do.”
“Hopefully, if we make a movie the way we want to -- and Diane is always looking to have this happen -- maybe we'll come out with something that's not categorical. We'll make our own category. The Gulager film… the Gulageresque in Gulagerville.”
Relationship Facts of John Thompson Gulager
- John Thompson Gulager is married to Diane Ayala Goldner.
- He does not have any kids as of now.
- John Thompson Gulager is not having an affair with anyone presently.
- His sexual orientation is straight.
More about the relationship
John Thompson Gulager is married to Diane Ayala Goldner since 1986.
Diane Ayala Goldner-Gulager is an actor and prefers to stick with John and her father-in-law’s production, or as she calls it the ‘Gulageresque’ productions.
John and Diane Ayala first met at a hip but low-key Cuban café so many years ago. When John first brought Ayala to the sets, he would introduce her as ‘and this is Yoko’.
Today John and Diane Ayala remain faithful toward each-another. John has set his sights on adding newer experiences to his professional career. He can count on Diane to be at his side, he says.
- 1 Who is John Thomson Gulager?
- 2 John Thomson Gulager- Birth Age, Early Life
- 3 John Thomson Gulager- Professional Career in Cinematography
- 4 John Thomson Gulager – The Actor, 17 Credits
- 5 The Makings of a Winner- The Challenge
- 6 John Thompson Gulager- The Person
- 7 John Thompson Gulager –Awards
- 8 John Thompson Gulager -Net Worth, Earnings
- 9 John Thomson Gulager -Body Stats
- 10 Social Media
Who is John Thomson Gulager?
John Thompson Gulager is an award-winning cinematographer and movie director. As Director of Photography, John Thompson Gulager is involved in all the technical aspects of soundtracking and music. He is lovingly addressed by his nick, ‘Johnny Gluegun’ by his peers and colleagues
John is an actor, movie editor, singer, and voice-over too. He is well known for his Gothic, or rather Gulager-esque, gore and horror-filled cinematography that he experiments within his movies. It is characteristic of John and his legendary family who are directors of horror movies, the Gulagers.
As an actor, one of his characterizations is that of a psychologist in the movie ‘He Was a Quiet Man’. He is the office psychologist who watches Bob from the sidelines. The antagonist and lead actor is Christian Slater, who is in the part of Bob Mcconnell.
As of 2019, John has scored a feather in his technical cap as Best Director in ‘Piranha 3DD’, and ‘Feast’. The most productive collaborators for the movie, ‘Feast’ are Danielle Panabaker, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Matt Bush, and Chris Zylka.
John Thomson Gulager- Birth Age, Early Life
John Gulager was born John Thompson Gulager on December 9, 1957, in New York City in New York, USA. He is the son of William Martin ‘Clu’ Gulager and Miriam Byrd-Nethery Gulager, and they belong to the Danish-Native Cherokee American ancestry.
John has the performing arts in his veins. His ancestors belonged to the arts and performing arts. More about John Thompson Gulager’s family:
His great-grandfather Christian Gulager came from Denmark in the 18th Century. Christian was commissioned to paint a portrait of one of the early presidents of America, George Washington.
Paternal Grandfather- John Delancy Gulager of Holdenville, Oklahoma was a vaudevillian who worked with George M. Cohan. John Sr. later settled down to practice law in nearby Muskogee, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Paternal Grandmother- Martha Schrimsher Gulager was the sister of Mary Scrimshaw. Mary is Will Roger’s mother. This makes John Sr. and Will Rogers’ first cousins once removed. Will Rogers was a cowboy philosopher, actor, journalist, and political wit the Cherokee Nation had ever seen. Will’s legacy is celebrated in his hometown annually with rodeo and vaudeville shows.
John’s father William Martin ‘Clu’ Gulager is too is an award-winning renowned director and television and movie actor. Clu Gulager was born on November 16, 1928, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Clu is a native Cherokee name. Clu received credit for his performance as The Kid, in the 1960-62 television series about the American outlaw, ‘Billy The Kid’. Clu’s first major role in movies was in Don Siegel’s 1964 movie ‘The Killers’. Other memorable movies include ‘McQ’ opposite John Wayne; as Sam in the 1984 movie ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’; in the 2005 zombie movie and its sequels ‘Feast’, and the critically acclaimed 2015 movie ‘Tangerine’.
In 1966, Clu Gulager received a Bronze Wrangler Award for the television series ‘The Virginian’. He was nominated for the 1969 Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for ‘A Day With the Boys’, and a Saturn Award in 1986 for ‘Hunter’s Blood’. Fans lovingly call Clu Gulager the ‘Cowboy Entertainer’, just as they did his cousin Will Rogers.
Clu Gulager finished his education at Baylor University in Waco and received a one-year scholarship to study in France. There Clu worked under Jean Louis Barrault. Jean-Louis Barrault is the internationally known French actor and director. He introduced Clu to the ‘Theatre du Grand Guinol’ in Pigalle, France, and thus into the heart of dramatized and ghoulish French horror. Clu also served the country from 1946-48 in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time.
John’s mother Miriam Byrd-Nethery Gulager was another acclaimed actor. Miriam was born on May 17, 1929, in Lewisville, Arkansas, USA, Miriam’s television roles include the 1981 ‘Charlie’s Angels’ as Flo Bartlett, and the 1979 episode ‘The Dukes of Hazzard: Double Sting’ as Rose Ellen. She appeared in the 1990 movie ‘Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III’ as Mama Sawyer. One of Miriam’s final appearances was in the 2006 short movie, ‘Vic’ where she was Mary Kay.
John recalls that his father Clu and mother Miriam were terrified of the idea of their two sons, John and Tom having anything to do with movies. Clu, in fact, says that ‘actors (and actresses) chew you up’!
Miriam Byrd-Nethery died in Los Angeles on January 6, 2003, at age 73 of cancer. Up until the day Miriam died, Clu and Miriam trained aspiring newcomers in the art of ghoulish drama in their movie studio ranch. Clu stays fully occupied in his studio ranch with trainees.
John’s younger brother Tom Christian Gulager is another acclaimed actor and movie director in the family. Tom Christian Gulager was born on July 21, 1965, in Los Angeles County in California. Tom features regularly in all of his brother’s cinematographic endeavors in ghoul-ism. He acted prominently in most of John’s movies under the ‘Feast’ banner.
His first movie was the 1998 ‘Gunfighter’ as Jimmy, the Rider-Hustler at Bar 20. In the 2008 and 2009 movies ‘Feast II’ and ‘Feast III’, he is Greg Swank. Then he appears as the Prison Guard in the 2011 movie ‘White Knight’, and in the 2009 movie ‘The Collector’. These movies are some of Tom’s note-worthy performances.
John Thomson Gulager- Professional Career in Cinematography
Since 1969, John is professionally active in the movie industry as a cinematographer. As a cinematographer and/or the DP, the director of photography, John oversees the camera and light crews who work on the shoot and any other live-action. He is responsible for all the artistic and technical decisions related to the image or the scene.
The reason behind his nick ‘Johnny Gluegun’ is something to guffaw. Sage Stallone nicked him ‘Johnny Gluegun’ because each time one of his equipment like the camera, lens and such nicked and broke down the way they do, John whips up some hot glue and puts his equipment together. In addition, it works every single time.
John sums up his job as a cinematographer in the words of another well-known cinematographer. He says that a cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist. He moves the audience with the cinematography that he paints. He paints pictures in the dark and makes the viewer react to the whim of the all-knowing director.
His skill as a Cinematographer is seen in the following movies and series.
2002, The Poet Writes His Wife
2005, video La Lucha: The Struggle
John the Movie Director
2008, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds
2009, Feast III: The Happy Finish
2012, Piranha 3DD
2013, Zombie Night
2018, Children of the Corn: Runaway
Category Voice-over-‘He Was a Quiet Man’- The Movie. John is the Voice-over for the not-so-fish-like pet fish, Goldie.
John Thomson Gulager – The Actor, 17 Credits
In the 2007 movie ‘He Was a Quiet Man’, John is the protagonist Maurice Gregory. He is cast against the lead antagonist, Christian Slater. As an actor, John’s credits include-
2019, Post Production, The Exterminator in Utero,
2018, The Assessor, Hellraiser: Judgment (Video)
2017, Driver #1, Dances with Werewolves
2015, Mr. Johnson III, Whispers
2015, Shower Head, Tangerine
2013, Territorial (Short)
2012, Agent Gulager, The Collection
2010, Man in Elevator, The Candidate (Short)
2010, X ray, Ashes
2010, unaccredited, Nico Vega: Gravity (Video short)
2008, Man on Bridge, Pulse 2: Afterlife (Video)
2007, Television Evangelist, Broke Sky
2007, Goldie / Maurice Gregory, He Was a Quiet Man
2005, Man on television and crew members, Feast
2005, Himself, TV series Project Greenlight 3
2002, Dylan Thomas, The Poet Writes His Wife (Short)
1999, Rustler, Gunfighter
1999, Santa Claus, Palmer’s Pick-Up
1998, Rustler, Ballad of a Gunfighter the TV title
1969, Boy, A Day with the Boys (Short)
The Makings of a Winner- The Challenge
Bravo chronicled John Thompson Gulager as the Winner of ‘Project Greenlight’. Thereafter Miramax and Dimension through Neo Art and Logic financed John’s first studio movie ‘Feast’. It was John’s debut direction and he had seventeen producers to live up to. Moreover, they wrangled with everything that happened on the sets. Some of the producers included Wes Craven, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck. The Maloof family helped finance some of the production, and Joel Soisson and Mile Leahy supported John in more ways than one.
Added to the wrangling of these 17 producers were daily challenges. First, John faced an assortment of purse-strings related budgetary woes. Then there was the stubborn movie crew that would have put the mutineers of the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ to shame. Additionally, John’s casting agent was insidiously planning to bring her friend and supplant him. Moreover, production slip-ups gave him nightmares during the day. Additionally, there was a bomb scare, along with, now get this- a drunk actress to boot.
Thanks to his wife Diane Ayala’s emotional support and his father, Clu Gulager’s presence, John stayed focused. In this way, John kept his head above water. He stoically completed the direction of the horror and gore fest ‘Feast’ on time. John the director had arrived! It was his time.
John’s beloved wife Diane Ayala recalls in an interview, that all the 17 producers were supportive of John in their own way. However, Matt Damon was more affectionate towards John than the other producers. Matt Damon’s empathy was all that John needed. It strengthened his resolution to be the best director possible.
Director John T. Gulager 8 Credits
Besides working as a cinematographer, John is now a fully established a movie director. The release of ‘Children of the Corn: Runaway’ makes this abundantly clear. As a director, some of John’s movies of note are-
2019, Pre-production, Dead Friends Forever
2018, Children of the Corn: Runaway (Video)
2013, Zombie Night (TV Movie)
2012, Piranha 3DD
2009, Feast III: The Happy Finish (Video)
2008, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (Video)
2005, Project Greenlight TV Series
2005, Bridging the Gap
The Movie Editor John T. Gulager 3 Credits
As part of his professional experience, John debuted with the 2006 short movie ‘Vic’ as a movie editor. The other movies he edited are 2018, ‘Children of the Corn: Runaway’, and the 2012 movie ‘Moments’.
John T. On Soundtrack 2 Credits
John’s ever-expanding portfolio includes his work in soundtracks. Some of them are as the writer and performer of the soundtrack ‘Bartender Dad’ and ‘Forgive Me Tuffy, for the 2005 horror movie ‘Feast’. John is the writer of the soundtrack ‘Love Hunter’ and ‘Fish Hunter’ for the 2012 movie about nature’s predator ‘Piranha 3DD’.
Director of Photography, Camera, Electrical Department 2 Credits
Another skill that John is now experienced in is that of the Camera and Electrical Department. These too are a part of cinematography. The movies given here are proof of his additional knowledge and skill:
2018, Children of the Corn: Runaway, Video, Super 8 cinematography.
2009, The Collector, as an additional director of photography.
In the Sound Department 1 Credit
John’s additional technical responsibility is in the sound department. He is an accredited sound-recorder for the 2007 recording of ‘Willoughby’.
The Persona John Lent ‘He Was a Quiet Man’
John expresses himself through the persona of his character- human or otherwise. For example in the movie, ‘He Was a Quiet Man’, he is in a dual role. In one role, John is Goldie, the pet goldfish that the lead actor and antagonist, Bob Maconel keeps at his suburban home.
Bob Maconel, played by Christian Slater is a neurotic office worker, who is inwardly angry at the whole wide world, and plans to destroy anyone and anything that interferes with his self-pity. On the outside, he is a cowering worm, the kind of person better left alone. Moreover, to make matters worse, in the quiet of his own home, he hears his pet Goldfish taunt him as it goes round and round in its fishbowl.
Here, John as the pet Goldfish brings out the worst in Bob McConnell. John the actor is the voice of the pet goldfish. Goldie goads its owner to do things that only a fish can, from-the-inside-looking-out kinda’ sorta’ thing.
To summarize it up, the character Bob Maconel is in fact, the persona of John Gulager, a real person, a living, breathing individual. John lent Bob his persona and watches him unravel slowly. Such is the power that John wields over his actors when they are on the sets. Christian Slater has indeed done justice to John’s persona.
The cast includes Christian Slater as Bob Maconel, Elisha Cuthbert as Vanessa Parks, William H. Macy as Gene Shelby, Sasha Knopf as Paula, John Gulager in two roles, one of which is in the role of the pet goldfish Goldie, and Jamison Jones as Scott Harper. Frank A. Cappello is the director of ‘He Was a Quiet Man’. In addition, yes spoiler alert- it has two endings- take your pick.
John Thompson Gulager- The Person
There are times when John expresses his appreciation through documentaries. Here are some Special Thanks Documentaries that received 5 Credits.
2016, American Conjuring, Special thanks
2010, The Psycho Legacy, Video documentary, Special thanks
2008, One for the Fire: The Legacy of ‘Night of the Living Dead’, Special thanks
2006, Sundance 2006, TV, Special thanks
2005, Jacqueline Hyde, Video, Special thanks
Self-Expression by John T. Gulager- Self Accredited
These short series are documentaries containing John’s self-expression. In the performing arts, not everything is about to show and tell. Sometimes the artist resorts to self-expression. Here Gulager appears as himself or with a guest.
-Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film, post-production
– The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen, TV Movie, 2014
-Up Close with Carrie Keagan, TV Series, 2012
-Episode dated 1 June 2012
-Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles, TV Series, 2012
– PIRANHAS & GORE, 2012
-Inside Horror, V Series, 2012
– Animal Attacks, 2012
-Made in Hollywood, TV Series, 2012
– Episode #7.28, 2012
-This Week in Horror, TV Series, 2011
– Franchise Destination, 2011
-Attack of the Show! TV Series, 2006
-Episode dated 22 September 2006
-Project Greenlight, TV Series, 2005
-It’s a Wrap, 2005
-Vegas, Baby, 2005
-One Week to Wrap, 2005
-Halloween…The Happy Haunting of America! 1977
John Thompson Gulager & Diane Ayala Goldner- Partners in Reel Life and Real Life
John and Diane are teamed up for life since the day they got married in 1986. This is a rarity given the I-want-it-and-I-want-it now kinda-sorta environment we live in. John’s father and Diane Ayala’s father-in-law, Clu Gulager is the very much in demand patriarch and movie director. After his wife died, Clu provides the glue to John’s and Diane’s relationship and everything else that matters to the family.
Diane features in her husband’s numerous artistic endeavors. Some of them are the 1998 movies ‘Honeymoon’ as Laura; in the 2003 movie ‘Adam’s Apocalypse’ as the Boss; in the ‘Feast’ series as Harley Mom and Biker Queen; in the 2012 ‘Stay at Home Dad’ as Dr. Kravitz, and as Mrs. Dawkins in ‘Children of the Corn: Runaway’.
Diane sees John’s artistic cinematography as ‘Gulageresque’, instead of horror-esque and gore-esque, or maybe even Gothic-esque! She even jokes about their movie estate and movie academy as ‘Gulagerville’.
John Thompson Gulager –Awards
In 2005, Gulager was honored with the Best Director Award at the Fantastic Fest for ‘Feast’. He is the Winner of the 2011 series Project Greenlight.
John Thompson Gulager -Net Worth, Earnings
John has a net worth of $1.5 M US. His earnings as a cinematographer are $80 K US and more.
John T. Gulager is the acclaimed Best Director, and these numbers are based on credits from 5 movies. It has a worldwide aggregate at $7,221,668, and his box office rank is at #2,797.
The breakdown is as follows-
Top Grossing Director, Domestic Box Office- $427,035
Top Grossing Director, International Box Office- $6,794,633
Top Grossing Director, Worldwide Box Office- $7,221,668
John’s Highest Rated movies are the 2015 movie Tangerine at 96%. His Lowest Rated movie is Piranha 3DD at 14%.
John Thomson Gulager -Body Stats
He has auburn hair and blue eyes. His height is 5 feet 9 inches.
John has more than 243 K followers on Twitter and on Facebook, and more than 100 K views on his YouTube posts.