Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead may be most recently known for directing episodes of the "Moon Knight" television series on Disney+, but the filmmaking duo started off in the indie world. Their pre-Marvel outings are notable for their genre-bending elements, films that use a sci-fi horror premise to focus on human relationships and drama. Despite their very specific filmography, however, the two cite "Adaptation," the Spike Jonze-directed meta-narrative starring Nicolas Cage in dual roles as the actual screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his fictional brother, as one of their biggest influences.
Before tackling Moon Knight alongside Mohamed Diab, directing duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson made a name for themselves by creating original and brain-twisting science fiction horror stories. Often working with low budgets, the directors are bigger on ideas than spectacle. Now, with their help in directing two episodes of Moon Knight, Moorhead and Benson will surely be able to grow and receive a chance to showcase their filmmaking abilities in front of a broader audience.
Say what you will about Kevin Feige (he's probably heard it all), but he and the other head honchos at Marvel Studios have a knack for pairing directors with the right project. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Taika Waititi making the vibrant, irreverent "Thor: Ragnarok" such a blast, just like it's hard to envision someone other than Chloé Zhao daring to mess with the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula the way she did with "Eternals." And let's not forget James Gunn, whose offbeat sense of humor and love of misfits made him the perfect choice for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies.
‘Moon Knight’ Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Joining the MCU, Helming Episodes 2 & 4, and ‘Loki’ Season 2
With Marvel’s newest series, Moon Knight, now streaming on Disney+, I recently got to speak with directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead about helming episodes two and four of the series. During the interview, they talked about how they got involved in Moon Knight, what surprised them about working with Marvel, why they wanted to take big swings with the series, how they ended up directing episodes two and four, and what it was like bringing Moon Knight to life in his first live-action role. In addition, with Benson and Moorhead co-directing a majority of the episodes of Loki Season 2, they talked about how they got involved in that series and why they’re excited to be part of that show.
TAMPA — The directing duo of Justin Benson and Tarpon Springs native Aaron Moorhead have lived up to a past boast. “Everyone wants to work on a bigger scale and have everyone see their movie, but we have to do it in a way where we are not totally sacrificing what we have spent years building,” Benson told the Tampa Bay Times four years ago when asked if they hoped to one day delve into the superhero genre.
Marvel has tapped Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead to direct the highly anticipated second season of Loki. The series is the first of its kind to receive a second season, as Wandavision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye were all produced as a limited one-season series for Disney Plus. According to Deadline, Benson and Moorhead will "co-direct a majority of the episodes for season two."
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Marvel has tapped directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead for season two of “Loki” on Disney+, Deadline reports. The first season premiered with success last summer, with all six episodes directed by Kate Herron. It was immediately renewed for a second season, but Herron chose to step down.
Sundance 2022 Interview: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead and David Lawson Jr. Discuss Going Back to Their Roots for SOMETHING IN THE DIRT
For me, it’s been a thrill to watch the evolution of both Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s careers for over a decade now, and with their latest project, Something in the Dirt, the DIY duo go back to their roots along with producer and fellow collaborator David Lawson Jr. to deliver yet another genre-bending viewing experience that gives viewers a lot to contemplate and enjoy.
With their latest feature together, DIY sci-fi directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead continue to make the low-budget thrillers that have gained them a dedicated fan base. Exploring the cults, phenomena, or time travel concepts that break brains and inspire documentaries, the actors take on the challenge of filling up most roles in a production, constantly highlighting their shared love of going out and making films with their friends. They champion this DIY style, stretching thin budgets and taking narrative risks with each successive film, unafraid to get more than a little weird, confusing, or plain bonkers.
'Something in the Dirt': Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Making a Sci-Fi Stoner Film and Working on 'Moon Knight'
Writer/director duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead may not be household names, but they are two of the best filmmakers working today. They first broke on to the scene with the 2012 horror film Resolution and since then they've made a series of mind-melting, genre-bending, kick-ass movies that all build a trippy shared universe. Their latest film, Something in the Dirt, just premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and it stars Benson and Moorhead as two neighbors who witness supernatural events in their apartment building in Los Angeles and decide to make a documentary about their experience and make some cash while they're at it, but they quickly find themselves spiraling out of control as they dig themselves deeper into a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories and strange mysteries. I got the chance to talk to Benson and Moorhead about the film ahead of its Sundance debut, and can already say this is unlike any film they've made, and whether you're already a fan or have never heard of them, you'll want to dive deep into the Something in the Dirt rabbit hole.
“It Was So Physically Demanding That It Almost Killed the Three of Us”: DP Aaron Moorhead on Something in the Dirt
Something in the Dirt is the fifth film that Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have directed together, but this one is paradoxically the most ambitious and the most intimate. Shot during the COVID pandemic, it by necessity made almost entirely by Benson and Moorhead, as well as their producer, David Lawson, and a production designer, Ariel Vida. Below, Moorhead discusses how they incorporated the isolation mandated by COVID into the film and disguised the conditions of the shoot with a bit of movie magic.
As corny as it might sound to describe Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson as indie auteurs, their track record of delivering minimalist yet high-concept sci-fi and horror features over the past decade is more than enough to back that claim up. Their first feature collaboration was 2012’s Resolution, a micro-budget...