Roman Coppola
Roman Coppola

Roman Coppola grew up in the world of filmmaking, and has developed his directing skills by working in multiple capacities: from sound recordist to cinematographer, to writer, producer and inventor.  He is president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope.

He began his directing career with visual effects and second unit direction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Visual Effects. His first feature film, C.Q., premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was well received critically. Roman lent his talents to 2nd Unit Direction on many productions, including: Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. He was a producer and co-writer for The Darjeeling Limited and co-wrote the screenplay for Wes’ film, Moonrise Kingdom for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Writer’s Guild Award. In 2012, he wrote and directed his second feature film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.

Roman is also the founder and owner of The Directors Bureau, an award-winning commercial and music video production company. It is here that Roman has directed his highly acclaimed and influential music videos and commercials, for bands such as The Strokes and Green Day, and for clients such as Coke, Honda and The New Yorker. His work has earned him various industry honors including a Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards. Also, Roman’s stream-of-consciousness video for the Phoenix “Funky Squaredance” track was invited into the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art.

Roman is a founding partner of the Photobubble Company, which markets a newly patented inflatable film enclosure. More details can be viewed at: Among his producing credits are Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, which won the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.  He is also producer on his sister Sofia’s upcoming film, The Bling Ring and On the Road, directed by Walter Salles, based on Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel.

In 2000, Roman worked with the winemaking team to create a unique Syrah, the RC Reserve. He also designed the label, selecting bold typeface and simple artwork to parallel the pure character and intense flavor of the bottle’s contents.