» John Badham
Professor

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
John Badham
Office Location:
Marion Knott Studios DMAC 111
Phone:
(714) 628-2798
Email:
Education
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts
Yale University, Master of Fine Arts in Drama
Biography
Everyone should have a poster over their desk: "Character, character, character."  So says John Badham, who has directed more than 39 feature-length productions and many television shows over a career that has earned him Academy Award nominations, international box office success and helped launch John Travolta as a major star.

Whatever the story—he has directed everything from action films (Point of No Return, Blue Thunder) to comedies (Short Circuit, WarGames) and dramas (Whose Life Is It Anyway?, American Flyers)—Badham always keeps his focus on character.

The core of the director's job, he says, is to "get inside a character and understand."  Thus he attributes much of the worldwide success and longevity of Saturday Night Fever to the fact that "I understood what was going on in those kids' hearts, even though I'd never been in Brooklyn—I grew up in Alabama."

"If you get the characters right, everything else falls into place," he says.  From there, the challenge is to work with actors to make the story come to life.  "Every actor has to be directed differently from every other actor," Badham advises.  "You have to make the set a comfortable place to be where it's okay to fail."

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
CONSTANTINE Episode 106 "Danse Vaudou", Director
12 MONKEYS Episode 107 "The Keys", Director
"John Badham on Directing" Michael Wiese Productions ISBN 978-1-61593-5 (PBK.)
NIKITA Episode 303 "Innocence" Director
NIKITA Episode 318 "Broken Home", Director
NIKITA Episode 402 "Dead or Alive" Director
SUPERNATURAL Episode 911 "Raised Cain", Director
Director : Psych 3 episodes, Trauma 2 episodes, The Event, Las Vegas.2 episodes.