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