Todd Strauss-Schulson (born June 24, 1980) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, and cinematographer, best known for directing the 2011 comedy film A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls. He has also directed episodes of the television series The Inbetweeners (2012) and Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (2013).
Strauss-Schulson in September 2015
Strauss-Schulson started his career directing short films such as Larceny (1997) and Backlash (1998). He then worked on music videos, which led to 6 months spent in China and Thailand, where he directed the third season of MTV Whatever Things (2005). The series became the most popular show on MTV Asia, with an international audience of over 250 million people. He has directed commercials for the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards, and clients including Pepsi, Lipton, Mountain Dew, Twix, Nestlé, Microsoft, Old Spice, and Sierra Mist, among others.
In 2008, Strauss-Schulson's short film Mano-a-Mano was selected to screen at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The following year, he went back to South by Southwest to premiere his short film Big Pussy, which was subsequently screened at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Strauss-Schulson's first feature film, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas for New Line Cinema and Mandate Pictures, was released by Warner Bros. on November 4, 2011. The film starred Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, and Patton Oswalt, and was met with a positive reaction from film critics.
His sophomore film, the horror comedy The Final Girls for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Groundswell Productions, premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival on March 13, 2015, to positive reviews. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, and Alexander Ludwig. It was released on October 9, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand by Stage 6 Films.
Strauss-Schulson's third feature film as director is the comedy Isn't It Romantic for New Line Cinema, starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra. The film was released by Warner Bros. on February 14, 2019.
|2007||Ace of Cakes||Yes||Episode: "Great Scot"|
|2010||Naked But Funny||Yes||TV film|
|2011||CollegeHumor Originals||Yes||Episode: "Sorority Pillow Fight"|
|2011||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Yes|
|2011||The Master Cleanse||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2012||Stevie TV||Yes||Episode 1|
|2012||The Inbetweeners||Yes||3 episodes|
|2013||Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous||Yes||3 episodes|
|2013||Betas||Yes||Episode: "One on One"|
|2014||All's Fair||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2015||The Final Girls||Yes|
|2019||Isn't It Romantic||Yes|
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- Kiebus, Matt (November 4, 2011). "Interview: 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' Director Todd Strauss-Schulson". Death and Taxes.
- Tewksbury, Drew (November 4, 2011). "'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas' Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Talks Fake Penises, Baby Cocaine And Danny Trejo's Face". Pro Box Office.
- Bloom, Nate (November 7, 2011). "Jewish Stars". Cleveland Jewish News.
Ever since his grandfather gave him a video camera for his bar mitzvah (after years of relentless pestering), Todd has been a one-man movie-making machine.
- Teixeira, Allison (November 3, 2011). "Alumnus directs feature film". Emerson College.
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- "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- Harvey, Dennis (March 14, 2015). "SXSW Film Review: 'The Final Girls'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- Collins, Clark (August 3, 2015). "Taissa Farmiga and Nina Dobrev go back to camp in slasher comedy The Final Girls". Entertainment Weekly.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 26, 2015). "TBS Orders, Casts Comedy Pilot From Todd Strauss-Schulson & Matt Fogel". Deadline Hollywood.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 3, 2016). "Matt Fogel Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward At TBS, To Be Shopped Elsewhere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (March 22, 2017). "Rebel Wilson's Romantic Comedy Draws Director Todd Strauss-Schulson". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2017.