At age eight, began making his own action-oriented movies using his father's 8mm Brownie camera
First substantial film, the 40-minute featurette, "Revenge of the Colossal Beasts"
While still a teen, formed own production company, Emerald Productions
Filmed the 40-minute short, "Warrior and the Demon"; this was Carpenter's first use of stop-motion animation
Made his last, and reportedly best short, "Gorgon the Space Monster"
Emerald Productions published the film fanzine, <i>Fantastic Films Illustrated</i>
Met future collaborator Dan O'Bannon while both were graduate film students at USC
Served as co-writer, film editor and music composer on the Oscar-winning short, "The Resurrection of Bronco Billy"
First major film as director, "Dark Star"; also co-wrote Dan O'Bannon
Wrote, directed and scored second feature, "Assault on Precinct 13"
TV-movie writing debut, "Zuma Beach" (NBC)
First mainstream Hollywood film, "Eyes of Laura Mars"
Wrote, directed and composed the score for his breakthrough film, "Halloween"
Directed Lauren Hutton in the NBC TV-movie, "Someone's Watching Me!"; first screen collaboration with future wife Adrienne Barbeau
Helmed the ABC biopic "Elvis"; Kurt Russell played the title role in their first collaboration
Formed own production company Hye Whitebread Productions with wife Barbeau
Directed, wrote and composed the score for "The Fog"; also made his screen acting debut
Second collaboration with Kurt Russell, "Escape From New York"
Directed first film he did not write, "The Thing"; again collaborated with Russell
Directed the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, "Christine"
Directed t"Starman," starring Jeff Bridges in his Oscar nominated role
Made debut as an executive producer, "The Philadelphia Experiment"
Directed Kurt Russell in "Big Trouble in Little China"
Returned to low-budget filmmaking with "Prince of Darkness"
Wrote and produced the Western comedy "El Diablo," for HBO
Executive produced and directed two segments of the Showtime anthology, "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags"
Re-teamed with Kurt Russell for the sequel, "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A."
Directed the film, "Vampires," starring James Woods as the leader of a band of vampire hunters
Wrote and directed the horror film, "Ghosts of Mars"
Directed "Cigarette Burns," an episode of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series
Produced the big budget remake of his film, The Fog"
Once again directed an episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, "Pro-Life"
Returned to directing with "The Ward"