David Yates is a British short film, movie and TV director. In his nearly thirty-year career, he has been engaged in several projects, the most famous of which were the final four Harry Potter movies. His work in the series got him mainstream recognition as well as many awards and other successful projects to work on. Beginning his career in 1988, he made a short film titled When I Was A Girl; it gained enough recognition to earn him a gig at BBC directing another short film titled Oranges and Lemons.
He continued working on short films, making another two of those, before landing a job at ITV, another prominent British TV station. He worked on directing certain episodes of a series called The Bill, a show based on police life. He broke into the film industry with The Tichborne Claimant, gaining himself more recognition in the process.
He returned to doing TV work, directing episodes of The Sins, a BBC miniseries, as well as The Way We Live Now, a show inspired by the book with the same title. He ended up working in a variety of shows including The Young Visitors and Sex Traffic before finally landing his big break: he was appointed a director of the fifth Harry Potter movie. Titled 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', the film was Yates’ first major budget film.
The movie was well received critically; however, it did receive fan backlash for not only running too short (it was the shortest running movie of the entire series so far, despite the fifth book being the most voluminous book of the lot) but also omitting many key storylines, including the Quidditch matches. The success of the film saw him reappointed to direct 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' which focused on a book which led to the downfall of Voldemort.
While some critics appreciated the film, it once again went down negatively with fans who rightfully felt that the movie script deviated too far from the book. Nevertheless, he was signed on to direct the last two movies; 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' and would be to be split into two parts so as to not exclude any important plotlines.
Both movies received plaudits aplenty, including praise from '
J K Rowling
' herself. Post-Harry Potter, Yates worked on 'The Legend of Tarzan', a film based on the cartoon character. It received mixed reviews but did well at the box office. He was subsequently signed on to direct three films based on the Harry Potter offshoot book writer by Rowling titled, 'Fantastic Beasts' and 'Where to Find Them', which will focus on the magical and non-magical creatures.