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Gary Shore is an Irish film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his directorial debut film Dracula Untold. He has also directed commercials for a number of well-known brands including Gatorade, Adidas, and UGG.

Gary Shore
Born1981 (age 37–38)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Ciara Cullen (m. 2014–present)


Early lifeEdit

Shore was born in 1981 in Artane, Dublin,[1][2] and graduated in 2006 from the National Film School.[3]


Shore attended the National Film School in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated in 2006 winning the Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Drama for his short film, The Draft which he wrote, directed, and produced.[3] Also in 2006, the Cannes International Advertising Festival nominated Shore for the prestigious Young Director Award.[3] In 2009, he produced a faux film trailer, a science-fiction horror short film, The Cup of Tears.[3][4] This short led to a bidding war in 2010 resulting in a deal with Working Title Films to develop a feature version.[5]

In October 2012, Shore and fellow producer Jonathan Loughran founded a production company named ArtCastle Productions with offices in Dublin and Los Angeles.[6][7] Later, Shore and his company were signed by the William Morris Endeavor.[5]

In 2014, Shore made his feature film directorial debut with the action fantasy-horror film Dracula Untold based on the character Count Dracula.[8][9] The film starred Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon, and was scripted by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.[10] It was released on October 10, 2014 by Universal Pictures and grossed over $215 million.[11]

Also in 2014, Shore directed three sixty-second advertisements promoting the best-selling video game Game of War: Fire Age featuring supermodel Kate Upton reprising her in-game role as the goddess Athena.[3]

Shore directed the "St. Patrick's Day" segment in the XYZ Films' anthology film Holidays in July 2015, which was also produced through ArtCastle. The segment stars Ruth Bradley.[1][12]

He has also directed commercials for several large brands including Gatorade, Adidas, and UGG.[3]

Future or canceled projectsEdit

On May 18, 2011, Universal and Working Title acquired the feature film rights to remake Phasma ex Machina. [13] In August 2011, Shore was hired by Universal to direct Our House, a remake of the 2010 independent thriller film Ghost from the Machine, or Phasma Ex Machina, with Nathan Parker attached to write the script.[14]

They are also working together on a feature-length version of The Cup of Tears.[13]

In June 2014, Shore was reportedly hired to direct Gods and Men.[15]

In November 2016, Shore was set to direct an historical epic film for Cross Creek Pictures, titled The Great Game, from the original screenplay by Bryan McMullin.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Shore married his long time friend Ciara Cullen in October 2014.[2]


Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2006 The Draft Yes Yes Yes Short film
2009 The Cup of Tears Yes Yes Yes Short film
2014 Dracula Untold Yes No No
2016 Holidays Yes Yes Yes Segment "St. Patrick's Day"


  1. ^ a b Murphy, Niall (July 5, 2015). "Principal photography wraps on Gary Shore's St. Patrick's Day". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE! Dracula Untold director Gary Shore marries love Ciara Cullen in Irish wedding". November 2, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Gary Shore". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Billington, Alex (October 26, 2009). "Watch This: Stunning Samurai Sci-Fi Trailer The Cup of Tears". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (January 14, 2014). "WME Signs 'Dracula Untold' Helmer Gary Shore And His ArtCastle Banner". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Cummins, Steve (October 4, 2012). "Jonathan Loughran Leaves Irish Film Board Post". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Global Showbiz Briefs: ArtCastle Film Shingle, Saudis Vs. Web, 'Peter Panzerfaust'". October 12, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Molumby, Deirdre (October 1, 2014). "IFTN Interviews 'Dracula Untold' Director Gary Shore". Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2012). "Universal Revives 'Dracula Year Zero' With Director Gary Shore". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Lee, Michael (October 9, 2014). "Exclusive Interview: Gary Shore Talks 'Dracula Untold,' Monster Universe, What Dracula Means To Him, And More". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Dracula Untold (2014)". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 2, 2015). "Kevin Smith, Gary Shore & More Take 'Holidays' With XYZ Genre Anthology – Berlin". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Jacobs, Evan (May 18, 2010). "Gary Shore to Fill 'Cup of Tears'". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 11, 2011). "Universal To Remake 'Phasma Ex Machina' With 'Cup Of Tears' Helmer Gary Shore". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  15. ^ Murphy, Niall (June 23, 2014). "Casting masterclass at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh". Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Busch, Anita (November 21, 2016). "Gary Shore To Direct 'The Great Game' For Cross Creek". Deadline. Retrieved November 22, 2016.

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