Doug has directed 13 feature films, 18 hours of network television, four commercials and 15 short subjects. His work has appeared in theaters and airwaves around the world. Domestically, CBS, HBO, Lifetime, Showtime, Fox, PAX-TV, The Family Channel and other networks have been home to Doug’s writing and directing. He has written 16 screenplays, eight of which have been produced as theatrical, cable, and direct-to-DVD features.
Doug has directed four features in the past three years. In the spring of 2009 he directed “Accused at 17,” a feature drama for Shadowland Pictures, starring William Moses, Cynthia Gibb and Barbara Niven, which airs on the Lifetime Channel. In February 2010 Doug finished up principal photography on another Shadowland project, the feature thriller, “Maternal Obsession,” which stars Jean Louisa Kelly (Yes, Dear), Kirsten Prout (Kyle XY) and Paula Trickey (Pacific Blue). It too airs on Lifetime. In January 2011 Doug wrapped “Home Invasion,” yet another Shadowland project, starring Lisa Sheridan and Haylie Duff. Doug recently wrapped “Betrayed at 17,” starring Alexandra Paul, Jake Thomas, Paula Trickey and Joe Penny. He is currently finishing post on the Japanese-language suspense thriller, “The Hammer,” produced by Barbara Arsenault, starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) and the late Yoshiko Tanaka (Best Actress, Japanese Academy Awards). Not only did Doug write, direct and edit the film, but he co-photographed it with award-winning German cinematographer Michael Nauroth.
“I really like working with actors,” Doug says. “To me, the whole project comes alive when you lock your cast. I’ve been lucky — I get a lot of compliments on the acting in my films. I think the secret to directing actors is to get a script that is solid, cast incredible talent, then you as the director need to shut up and trust your people. Sure, actors need a bit of guidance here and there, but on the whole, if you’ve cast the film correctly, then your job is to make everyone feel comfortable, feel safe, so they can explore and really reach for it. You’ve got to make it fun.”
Doug wrote and directed “Killer Flood” for Porchlight Entertainment in 2002, an action adventure. With a 17 day shooting schedule, “Killer Flood” is full of water effects and stars Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) Michele Greene (L.A. Law) Joe Lando (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman). “Flood” premiered on PAX-TV.
Doug had an absolute blast co-writing and directing “Trapped” for Porchlight Entertainment. Also premiering on PAX-TV, “Trapped” stars Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210). Working in Vermont and surviving a blizzard during principal photography was an experience he won’t soon forget.
Doug also made “The Tomorrow Man,” a sci-fi action drama he wrote, directed and executive produced under his own company banner. “The Tomorrow Man” stars Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) and was nominated for Best New Live Action Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay in the 2001 DVD Premiere Awards sponsored by Daily Variety Magazine in Hollywood. Doug took home the Best Director Award. “T-Man” enjoyed an independent Los Angeles theatrical run, premiered on Showtime and airs on The Movie Channel.