For more than two decades, as a director, producer and writer, Bob Degus has blended cutting edge technology and ideas with film and theatre, discovering new ways of storytelling, while shepherding numerous creative visions into the world.
I love the art of storytelling, turning our dreams into reality; making the seemingly impossible, possible. I believe that directors are no different than the shaman storytellers of old – walkers between our known world and that of the unknown, between the infinite and incomprehensible, part magician and part guide. The stories we tell ourselves become who we are as a society.
I love telling stories with strong female characters and working with diversely rich crews. I believe in inspiring and empowering all actors and artists to be our best selves.
I am a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and I’ve often served on the Foreign Language Film Award Nominating Committee, as well as the Short Film and Animation Nominating Committees. I’ve been an active member of the Executive Board of my branch for many years. I’m a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab. I completed the CTI Intensive on Commercial Theatre producing.
I’m currently a part-time Professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I teach traditional filmmaking as well as classes in creating virtual reality experiences. It’s wonderful to inspire the next generation of great storytellers.
I directed and produced the award-winning independent feature 9/Tenths of the Law starring Gabrielle Anwar, which, for its cultural significance, was honored to be included as part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
I’ve directed an off-Broadway play at Theatre Row in New York City, which was a profound learning experience.
I think I’ve probably produced or worked with more first-time directors than just about any other producer in Hollywood, most notably Gary Ross’ feature debut film, the triple ACADEMY AWARD nominated Pleasantville, which I produced alongside Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik. I was instrumental in helping to develop the world’s first digital intermediate. I produced Pleasantville’s Fiona Apple music video, Across the Universe, which was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
I’m the producer of two Academy Award nominated short films, a two-time Cable-Ace nominee, and a Golden Satellite nominee. My films have screened at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Austin, and Boston.
Over my career, I have been responsible for managing or overseeing more than a quarter billion dollars of film production; a sum that is just staggering to me. I’ve produced both low-budget and Hollywood studio films starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Paul Walker, Gary Sinise, Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, to name a few.
I’ve worked as a Production Executive at New Line Cinema, where I oversaw nearly 25 projects from Austin Powers, to Love! Valour! Compassion! to F. Gary Gray’s highly successful film, Friday. I also produced and conceived the centerpiece exhibit at Paul Allen’s music museum EMP, bringing together the likes of James Brown, George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Kahn, Maceo Parker and others in a 70mm, multi-screen, immersion into the funk.
Early in my career, I served as head of production at Chanticleer Films where I produced, post-produced, and/or was directly involved with more than forty 35mm shorts, made under the auspices of the award-winning The Discovery Program, for new and emerging directors, which received more than five ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS during the period I oversaw the program, and literally hundreds of other awards from film festivals throughout the world.
I have been a guest speaker or moderator at the Sundance Film Festival, Showbiz Expo, HD House–Park City, as well as writing articles for multiple industry publications.
I’ve worked as a film consultant for many years with independent filmmakers, companies and as an expert witness in legal arbitrations on cases concerning the filmmaking process.