Kim Manners is a director who has shot every third episode of The X-Files and Supernatural.
Chris Carter and Eric Kripke invented their own worlds, full of inexplicable phenomena, mysteries and extraordinary heroes, and what the creators fixed on paper were embodied on the screen by various directors. But, undoubtedly, it was Kim Manners who played the leading role in the development of the own visual styles of these two most popular TV shows of our time.
Grown up in a television show
Kim Manners was born in January 1951 in a family of prominent figures of American television. His father, Sam Manners, produced the well-known television shows Wild and Wild West and Highway 66. Brother Kelly, who followed the example of Manners Sr., became a producer, worked on the creation of Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tana, the elder sister, in the 1980s and 1990s was an indispensable assistant to the directors of television, and now she herself is directing popular television shows. Therefore, Kim from the age of three acted in advertising and could not imagine himself creating in another field.Perhaps Kim Manners, whose biography is directly connected with television, would not have become world-famous if he were born and brought up in a less creative family.
The first breakthrough and the continuation of a creative career
1978 was considered to be a significant breakthrough for the visionary, when he took over the production of the television film Charlie's Angels, combining the guises of the director and chief director. Literally two years later, he simultaneously begins work on creating three most popular projects at once: Star Trek: The Next Generation (IMDb: 8.60), Jump Street 21 (IMDb: 7.30) and Mission Impossible (IMDb: 8.00).
In 1993, Kim, following the advice of his father, agrees to remove 7 episodes of the fantastic action-western "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.". Two years later, giving in to the insistent requests of director Rob Bowman and scriptwriters G. Morgan and D. Wong, with whom he already had experience working together, Kim Manners joined the team of the X-Files series. However, in this project the indefatigable director performed not only his purely professional functions, he became one of the producers of the project. As a director, Kim filmed more than 50 TV series, including the final episode.
Kim Manners also shoots Supernatural from the very beginning.He joined the project on the third episode of the very first season. Up to this point, the director has decided to stop active creative work and relax a little "retired." However, his friend David Natter (also the director who shot the project pilot) suggested that Manners interrupt his pseudo-pension and assist in the filming of the series, Kim was unable to refuse his friend. Having mastered the new show, Kim almost immediately took over as chief director and trained less experienced visionaries who joined the team at various times. In this case, the director independently shot the first and last episodes of each season.
Starting to work on the 4th season of the Supernatural, Manners learned that he was mortally ill. He was diagnosed with lung cancer. In late January 2009, Kim Manners died in Los Angeles, cause of death - lung cancer of the 4th degree. About the loss of grieving all around. Eric Kripke spoke of the deceased as a great director, mentor and friend, according to Frank Spotnitsa, energy burned in Kim, inspiring the entire film crew, directed by Steve Boyum called the late mentor, an incredibly real treasure of experience and knowledge.
In the 15th series of Supernatural entitled “Death takes a day off” in the final credits photographs of Manners and an epitaph-dedication to the untimely deceased creator are shown.
In the 10th season of The X-Files in the third episode, the key male character, the unforgettable Fox Mulder, speaks with another tombstone at the cemetery, with the name and dates of Kim Manners’s life on it.
For almost forty years of creative career, the director managed to work with real stars of modern cinema, including: R. Patrick, D. Duchovny, M. Pileggi, D. Anderson, K. Lumbly, T. O'Queen, B. Campbell, P. Anderson , D. Hasselhoff, D. Depp and P. Stewart.
Rereading the memories of relatives, colleagues, actors who were lucky enough to interact with Kim Manners, admire his personal qualities, talent, ability to find a common language, sincerity, patience, desire to help in any situation. His name will live forever in the hearts of fans of those projects that he shot and produced.