Dobkin made his feature directing debut with the 1998 dark comedy Clay Pigeons, which marked his first collaboration with Vaughn. The film also starred Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo. Dobkin then proved his ability to combine action and comedy in the hit film Shanghai Knights, the sequel to Shanghai Noon, reuniting Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan.
In addition to his feature film success, Dobkin is an award-winning commercial and music video director. He was awarded a Bronze Lion at Cannes for directing a Sony PlayStation spot, and his commercial for the Utah Symphony was named Spot of the Month by Adweek magazine and was featured in Communication Arts as one of the year's best. His other commercial directing work includes ads for such clients as Heineken, which earned him honors from SHOOT! magazine; ESPN; Carl's Jr.; Coke; Honda; and Coors Light.
Dobkin has directed music videos for such recording artists as Tupac Shakur, Elton John, Extreme, Robin Zander, John Lee Hooker, Sonic Youth, Dada and Blues Traveler, to name a few. Dobkin won an MTV Music Video Award for Best Dance Video for Coolio's 1, 2, 3, 4.
A native of Washington, DC, Dobkin graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1991 with a BFA degree in Film & Television. He had begun his career six years earlier as an assistant to the production manager on John Schlesinger's The Believers. While pursuing his film studies at NYU, he worked for Warner Bros. in development. His NYU thesis film, 57th Street Serenade, won several national and international awards including a 1992 CINE Golden Eagle and a Gold Award at the Edinburgh Festival. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a director.
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