- Daniella Kertesz
- David Morse
- Fana Mokoena
- Abigail Hargrove
- Sterling Jerins
- Ludi Boeken
- Fabrizio Zacharee Guido
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World War Z (2013)
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Rated: PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.
The story revolves former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock. An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam. As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos.
Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other - a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral. Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic. As the infected overwhelm the world's armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to return to his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production, a Marc Forster film, "World War Z." The film is being distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures Corporation, a Viacom, Inc. company.
About the Cast
Brad Pitt, (Producer/Gerry Lane) one of today's strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.
Last year, Pitt reteamed with Andrew Dominik for "Killing Them Softly." This is the second time Pitt has starred and produced a Dominik film, the first being 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," for which he was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. Following his work in "World War Z", Pitt played a supporting role in Cormac McCarthy's "The Counselor" directed by Ridley Scott and appeared in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," a film he also produced with his company Plan B.
In 2011, Brad gave two of his most complex and nuanced performances in Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" and Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," films he also produced. Brad won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for both roles. Additionally, Brad was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for his work in "Moneyball." The movie also received an Academy Award Best Picture nomination. "Tree of Life" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards as well. In previous years, Brad was an Academy Award® nominee for his performance in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys,' for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in Edward Zwick's 'Legends of the Fall' and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Babel.'
In 2009, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" as Lt. Aldo Raine; and appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy thriller 'Burn After Reading.' Opposite George Clooney, his 'Burn After Reading' co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's hits 'Ocean's Eleven,' 'Ocean's Twelve' and 'Ocean's Thirteen.'
It was Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award®-winning 'Thelma and Louise' that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award®-winning 'A River Runs Through It,' Dominic Sena's 'Kalifornia' and Tony Scott's 'True Romance.' Pitt also received critical acclaim for his performances in the two David Fincher films: 'Se7en' and 'Fight Club.' His recent films include Doug Liman's 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,' which was one of 2005's biggest hits and Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch.'
Pitt's Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and television projects. Plan B has thus far produced such films as Martin Scorsese's 'The Departed,' Michael Winterbottom's 'A Mighty Heart,' Robert Schwentke's "Time Traveller's Wife," Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Ryan Murphy's 'Running with Scissors,' Wolfgang Petersen's 'Troy,' Ryan Murphy's "Eat Pray Love," Mike White's "Year of The Dog" and Matthew Vaughn's "Kickass." The company is currently in post-production on Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," starring Michael Fassbender and pre-production on Rupert Goold's "True Story" starring James Franco and Jonah Hill.
Mireille Enos (Karen Lane) received both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for her role as detective Sarah Linden on AMC's "The Killing." As the first female lead in an AMC drama, the press has praised her performance in what The Hollywood Reporter has called her "breakout role." She is currently in production on Season 3, which will premiere June 2, 2013.
Enos was most recently seen in the Warner Bros. crime drama "Gangster Squad," for director Ruben Fleischer. The film, starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone, follows a specially recruited team of LAPD officers dedicated to combating the influx of East Coast gangsters to Los Angeles in the 1940 and 50s.
In addition, she has wrapped production on three other films including "Ten," directed by David Ayer starring Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard and Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Devil's Knot," and "Queen of the Night," both directed by Atom Egoyan. In "Devil's Knot," Enos stars opposite Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon playing Vicki Hutcheson, an important witness in the murder trial of the West Memphis 3. Egoyan was so impressed with her work in the film, he wcast her opposite Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller "Queen of the Night."
From 2007-2010, Enos starred in the HBO drama "Big Love." Impressed by her range and versatility, producers gave Enos a double role to play as twins Jodean and Kathy Marquart.
In 2009, Enos returned to the stage starring opposite Annette Bening, David Arquette and Julian Sands in Joanna Murray-Smith's comedy The Female of the Species at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2005, Enos won the role of Honey in the Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite industry veterans Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner. It opened to glowing reviews and earned her a Tony nomination for "Best Featured Actress in a Play." Enos joined the original cast when the play was transferred to London's West End in 2006. Born to an American father and French mother, Enos was raised in Houston where she attended schools for the dramatic arts. While studying acting during her third year at Brigham Young University, she was invited to join a two-month project at the Classic Stage Company in New York City. She bought a one-way bus pass and the rest, as they say, is history.
James Badge Dale (Speke) one of Hollywood's most respected young actors, is gearing up for an impressive 2013 as his work will be seen in four major and eclectic pictures, including "World War Z."
In Shane Black's "Iron Man 3"starring opposite Robert Downey, Sir Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau he plays the unique villain 'Eric Savin'. In Bruckheimer/Disney's "The Lone Ranger" directed by Gore Verbinski, Dale will star opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as 'Dan Reid,' the grizzled and morally flawed head of the Texas Rangers and brother to Hammer's title character.
Dale recently completed "Parkland." The film recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd 1963. Dale plays 'Robert Oswald' the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald in the ensemble cast alongside Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron and Marcia Gary Harden. Written and directed by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, the dramatic thriller is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Exclusive Media, and The American Film Company.
Dale was last seen in Paramount's "Flight" directed by Robert Zemeckis starring Denzel Washington in a role for which he was asked to transform himself, losing 20 lbs in six weeks in order play the memorable character 'The gaunt young man'. Within the past year, Dale starred alongside Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan" in "Shame," the much buzzed about controversial and sexually charged drama directed by Steve McQueen. He followed with Joe Carnahan's "The Grey,' starring Liam Neeson, a film centering on the survival of eight men in the wilds of Alaska hunted by a pack of wolves.
His other notable film credits include; Robert Redford's historical drama "The Conspirator," starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy and Martin Scorcese's Academy Award-winning film "The Departed."
On television Dale starred in AMC's critically acclaimed series "Rubicon." constructed in the vein of the political thrillers "Parallax View" and "Three Days of The Condor." His most recognized role in television was his lead performance as 'Robert Leckie' in the Emmy and Peabody awarded HBO's epic miniseries 'The Pacific.' The 10-hour event intertwined stories of three U.S. Marines in the Pacific battles against Japan during World War II. Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman.
Dale is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer, Grover Dale. He followed his parents onto the stage making his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company. Since then, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group and New World Stages.
Daniella Kertesz (Segen) was born in March 1988 in Jerusalem, where she was raised. She studied at the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy. She moved to Tel Aviv at age 14 and went on to study at the Ironi Alef School of Arts. At the same time, she appeared in her fist TV series, "Adumot." After graduating high school, she won lead parts in several television productions, including "Screens," "The Naked Truth," "Custody" and "Loving Anna." After a year and half trip to India and Nepal, she resumed her studies in Paris at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, which she completed in a year. She then attended the Berty Tovias International Theatre School in Barcelona. "World War Z" marks her movie debut. Her next film is the horror-thriller "AfterDeath."
Matthew Fox (Parajumper) was recently seen in the Summit Pictures film "Alex Cross" starring opposite Tyler Perry and opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the WWII feature "Emperor."
In spring 2011, Fox made is West End debut in the original play "In a Forest Dark and Deep" written and directed by Neil LaBute. The play starts with two sibling in a mid-western cabin during a violent storm. As the play goes on the audience soon realizes their assumptions about the characters are not what they seem.
Fox starred on the Emmy Award winning ABC adventure/drama 'Lost,' for six seasons. The story follows the battered survivors of a plane that crashed on a large, forbidding island somewhere in the South Pacific. Fox plays a doctor and the de facto leader of the group, striving to keep them together as stress and fear pull them apart. In 2005, Fox shared the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and was nominated for Golden Globe and Television Critics Association Awards for achievement in dramatic acting. In 2010 he was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Leading Man in a Drama Series."
Fox also starred in the Warner Brothers feature "Speed Racer," the live action update of the 1960's cartoon; the Sony thriller "Vantage Point" which depicts the attempted assassination of the president from five different points of view; "We are Marshall" about the 1970 plane crash that killed members of the West Virginia based Marshall Football team along with most of the coaching staff, sports commentators and many of the local boosters. He first drew critical and audience praise for his work in FOX Network's hugely successful series 'Party of Five,' winner of the 1996 Golden Globe for Best Drama.
Hailing from a ranch in Wyoming where his family raised horses and barley, Fox enjoyed the all-American upbringing that led him to play football at Columbia University where he also studied Economics. With every intent of being a successful Wall Street broker, Fox was instead swayed to modeling, leading to some commercial spots and he has been acting ever since.
David Morse (Burt Reynolds) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility in film, television and theatre. Morse made his motion picture debut in Richard Donner's acclaimed drama "Inside Moves" and then went on to star in two Sean Penn directed dramas, "The Indian Runner" and "The Crossing Guard" (Independent Spirit Award nomination -- Best Supporting Actor). Morse has starred in countless standout film roles such as Alex and Andrew Smith's independent film, "The Slaughter Rule" opposite Ryan Gosling; Scott Hicks' "Hearts In Atlantis" with Anthony Hopkins and Hope Davis; Frank Darabont's highly acclaimed prison drama, "The Green Mile" (Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance); Lars Von Trier's musical drama "Dancer In The Dark" (which won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival) opposite Bjork and Catherine DeNeuve; and Taylor Hackford's thriller "Proof Of Life" alongside Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. Morse's other feature film credits include: "16 Blocks," "Down In The Valley," "Nearing Grace," "The Dreamer," "Crazy In Alabama," "The Negotiator," "The Rock," "12 Monkeys," "The Good Son," "Personal Foul," "Disturbia," "Passengers" and the Oscar winning film "Hurt Locker."
Morse was most recently seen in Peter Hedges' "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" with Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton and "Shanghai" directed by Mikael Hafstrom and co-starring John Cusack. Morse recently wrapped production on a trio of films; Nick Cassavettes' "Yellow" co-starring Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta, Josh Waller's "McCanick" and Marc Forster's "World War Z" with Brad Pitt.
In television, Morse is currently on the HBO critically acclaimed series "Treme," created by Emmy Award Winner David Simon. As part of an ensemble cast that includes Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo and Khandi Alexander, Morse plays a police Lieutenant in a Post-Katrina New Orleans police precinct.
Morse portrayed George Washington in the HBO mini-series "John Adams" with Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Miniseries. He played a rival to Hugh Laurie's character in a multi-episode arc on the critically acclaimed television series "House," for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Appearance. Morse is best known for his role as Dr. Jack 'Boomer' Morrison in the Emmy- winning ensemble drama, "St. Elsewhere." His other TV series roles include CBS's "Hack, ABC's "Our Family Business" and the sitcom, "Big Wave Dave's." Morse also starred in the telefilms "Diary Of A City Priest," "Murder Live," "Prototype," "Stephen King's The Langoliers," "When Dreams Come True," "Six Against The Rock," "Down-Payment On Murder," "A Place At The Table," "Winnie," "Brotherhood Of The Rose," "Cry In The Wild," "Cross Of Fire" and TNT's "Tecumseh: The Last Warrior."
On stage, David starred in the Seattle Rep world premiere presentation of 'Redwood Curtain' and worked in over thirty productions from 1971 to 1977 with the Boston Repertory Company. He made his Broadway debut in the role of Father Barry in the theatre adaptation of 'On the Waterfront,' and triumphantly returned to the Off-Broadway stage in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, 'How I Learned to Drive.' For this starring role, Morse won the Drama League Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Obie Award. Additionally, Morse won DramaLogue and LA Weekly awards for his performance in the Los Angeles production of 'Of Mice and Men.' Other stage appearances include the Off-Broadway productions of 'The Trading Post,' 'Threads' and 'A Death in the Family.' Morse was most recently seen on stage in the Tony Nominated Broadway play, "The Seafarer", directed by Conor McPherson.
Fana Mokoena (Thierry) is a South African actor who won universal attention for his portrayal of General Bizimingu in the 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda," opposite Don Cheadle. He previously worked with director Marc Forster on his film "Machine Gun Preacher, " in which he portrayed John Garang, leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. Other film credits include supporting roles in "Inside Story," "Man on Ground," for which he received the Africa Movie Academy Award, "Safe House" and "Violence."
He is best known in South Africa for his lead roles in the television series "Yizo Yizo," "Generations" and "The Lab." He won the 2010 South Africa Film and Television Award for his work in "The Lab" and Best Supporting Actor Avante Award for "Yizo Yizo" in 1999. He earned an International Emmy Award nomination for his performance jn the miniseries "Hopeville" and had a starring role on the South African series "Soul City."
Abigail Hargrove (Rachel Lane) was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in the Dallas area until she was nine. She and her family relocated to Los Angeles where she began her acting career. Her previous credits include two independent films, 'I.D.' and 'Butterfly Circus." She also made an appearance on the long-running daytime drama "General Hospital."
The youngest of five daughters, Hargrove and her sisters sing in a band and she is studying drumming. Her hobbies include horseback riding, camping, skating, soccer and reading.
In addition to "World War Z," Sterling Jerins (Constance Lane) will be seen in James Wan's "The Conjuring" out this summer, as well as the independent features "Lullaby" and "Butterflies of Bill Baker." Most recently a recurring role of NBC's "Deception," Sterling is next set to lens Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes" starring opposite Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, shooting this summer in Connecticut.
Sterling was born in New York City, where she lives still with her family. Sterling's mother, Alana Jerins, was an actress in experimental theatre in both NY and Europe. Her grandfather is Latvian artist, Ansis Jerins, and her father is artist Edgar Jerins. Older sister, Ruby Jerins, is also an actress ("Shutter Island," "Nurse Jackie.") Surrounded by an artistic family and a city of high art & culture, it is no surprise that Sterling would step into the creative arena as well. Besides acting, drawing, and ballet, she also very much enjoys school, cooking, and playing with her family dog, Dotsy.
Born in Amsterdam, Ludi Boeken (Warmbrumm) started out as a war correspondent for BBC and Dutch TV in the Middle East and covered South and Central America and Africa .
He subsequently directed over 25 investigative documentaries (Emmy Award for 'Who Killed Georgi Markov' (BBC Panorama), the prize-winning 'The Other Face of Terror' (Channel Four) and 'Gypsyland' (Channel Four) covering Human Rights subjects as well as terrorism, arms trade, torture, etc.
He then produced many feature films such as 'Vincent and Theo' by Robert Altman (satrring Tim Roth), 'Silent Tongue' by Sam Shepard (starring Richard Harris, Alan Bates and River Phoenix), 'La Fracture du Myocarde' by Jacques Fansten, 'Train of Life' by Radu Milhaelianu, before directing his first feature film "Britney Baby One More Time." (Sundance 2002).
His second feature film was 'Deadlines' co-directed with Michael Lerner starring Anne Parillaud and Stephen Moyer ("Best Feature Film" -- Santa Barbara Film Festival 2005, 'Best European Film' award at the Avignon Film Festival 2004, 'Best British Feature Film" at the Cherbourg Film Festival 2005, "Best Actress' award for Anne Parillaud at the Paris International Film Festival 2004).
His latest feature film as director is "Saviors in the Night "(Unter Bauern), the award-winning tale of a group of German farmers who, throughout the Nazi period, save a Jewish family on their farm. The film stars Veronica Ferres, Armin Rohde, Lia Hoensbroech and Martin Horn, and is currently in the theatres in the USA, after having opened the NY and San Francisco Jewish film festivals.
Boeken produced Christian Duguay's "J'Appeloup," the horse jumping saga starring Guillaume Caneet and Daniel Auteuil, which was the top grossing French film of 2013. Boeken is preparing to direct "Un Mec Sympa," a French thriller, and "Nelson," a film about which he won't divulge a thing.
Fabrizio Zacharee Guido (Tomas) is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. At the age of 13 he has already produced, written, directed, and starred in a number of projects. He got his first credit at the age of four where he played Arturito in the short film "Juan the Brave." He has since worked on five other short films including "The Monster," where he played the lead. He made his television debut as Drew McNeil on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and appeared in Valeria Golino's" Opera Prima Miele." His first studio film is "World War Z." He is currently producing a short that will be shot on location in his grandmother's back yard.
With a notably versatile range of films to his credit, Marc Forster (Director) has persistently evaded categorization, having helmed a slate of major motion pictures of varying scale and genres for studios and independents alike, starring many of the industry's premier talent.
Acclaimed for his unique aesthetic and compelling visuals, Forster has tackled deeply emotional themes in his largely character driven films, ranging from stylish studio blockbusters to his modestly budgeted, Oscar-nominated Best Picture.
Forster's filmmaking style was clearly evident in his first film, "Everything Put Together," which he also co-wrote. This searing psychological drama was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and at the Independent Spirit Awards that year Forster won the 'Someone to Watch' award and was nominated for the Best Feature under $500,000 honor.
Forster broke through in a convincing way in 2001 with "Monster's Ball," which was a critical and commercial success and received two Oscar® nominations with Halle Berry winning for Best Actress. The film offered a powerful glimpse into the legacies of race, loss and redemption, as well as commanding performances by Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle and Sean Combs.
In "Finding Neverland," Forster recreated turn-of-the-century London, crafting the semi-autobiographical story of the inspiring friendship between J.M. Barrie, author of "Peter Pan," and the four young boys and single mother who lived next door. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie, "Finding Neverland" was one of the most celebrated films of 2004, earning Forster a DGA Best Director nomination. It was also recognized as Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, and received seven Academy Award® nominations, five Golden Globe® nominations, and 11 BAFTA® nominations, all including Best Picture.
Forster's next film was 2005's reality-bending thriller "Stay," starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling. He followed that with the imaginative comedy "Stranger Than Fiction," starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah. "Stranger Than Fiction" premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival to critical and audience acclaim, and earned a Golden Globe ® nomination for Ferrell.
In 2007, Forster adapted the New York Times best-selling and beloved novel "The Kite Runner." The film earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not In The English Language.
Following "The Kite Runner," Forster directed the 22nd James Bond franchise's "Quantum of Solace." The film, starring Daniel Craig, was the first Bond film ever to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget, and became one of the highest grossing films in the franchise's history, with a worldwide box office of more than $586 million.
Forster's gripping indie action drama "Machine Gun Preacher," released in September 2011, starring Gerard Butler, was based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who becomes a crusader for refugee children in Sudan.
Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, Forster came to the United States in 1990 to attend NYU Film School, graduating in 1993.
Matthew Michael Carnahan (Co-Writer) is an American screenwriter, producer, and soon to be director. In 2006, Matthew was named by Variety as one of Hollywood's "Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch.' His first produced feature writing credit, 'The Kingdom,' was commissioned and directed by Peter Berg and starred Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman. Matthew went on to write and produce 'Lions for Lambs,' starring Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep, and then went on to write 'State of Play,' which starred Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, and Rachel McAdams. Matthew adapted "World War Z" for Paramount pictures, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster. He recently completed adapting 'The Snowman' for Martin Scorsese and Working Title. Next, Matthew is set to make his feature directorial debut from a script he wrote, entitled 'Violent Talent,' with Garrett Hedlund attached to star and Tracy Falco attached to produce. He is also developing a pilot for HBO with director Steve McQueen. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Matthew resides in Virginia with his wife and three daughters.
In film, J. Michael Straczynski (Co-Writer) credits include five produced movies in six years: "Changeling" for director Clint Eastwood, "Ninja Assassin" for the Wachowkis, "Thor" for Kenneth Branagh, "Underworld: Awakening," and "World War Z" for Paramount and Brad Pitt. At present, he is writing the feature film adaptation of Valiant Comics "Shadowman."
In television, Straczynski has written over 300 produced episodes and six TV movies, creating and produced such series as "Babylon 5," for which he also directed a two-hour TV movie, "Crusade" and "Jeremiah." His other credits include "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Twilight Zone."
He has written over 300 published comics for Marvel, DC and Image, including "The Amazing Spider-Man" for seven years, followed by "Thor," "The Fantastic Four," and others. His "Superman: Earth One" hardcover graphic novel hit the NY Times Graphic Novels Bestseller List for thirty-two weeks and spawned a recently published sequel. He is currently writing volume three of that series and writing two new series for Dark Horse and Dynamic Comics.
In 2013, Straczynski launched Studio JMS, his own mini-studio/imprint. Through Studio JMS he is producing, writing and directing "Sense8" for Georgeville Television and Netflix in collaboration with the Wachowskis, and will soon be directing his first feature film, "The Flickering Light," financed by Motion Picture Capital.
This May, Straczynski debuted his Joe's Comics imprint (a subsidiary of Studio JMS) through a deal at Image Comics. Ten Grand, the first of four planned monthly comics, premiered to best-selling status, selling over 70,000 copies. The next title, "Sidekick," will debut in July 2013.
Born in New Jersey, Straczynski's family moved twenty-one times in his first eighteen years, which is how he developed a love of words and writing: the neighborhoods were always changing, but the books in the library were always the same. He received degrees in Psychology and Sociology from San Diego State University, and was a reporter for many years, publishing over 500 articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Writer's Digest, Penthouse, Twilight Zone Magazine, and TIME, Inc. He has also written a book on scriptwriting, three published novels and multiple published short stories.
In addition to being nominated for a British Academy Award for his screenplay for "Changeling," Straczynski has received the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the Saturn Award, the Hugo award (twice), the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Foundation Award, the Space Frontier Foundation Award and the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, in addition to a dozen other awards, including two Emmy's for Babylon 5.
He writes ten hours a day, every day, except his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.
Writer-director Drew Goddard (Co-Writer) was a key figure in four of the most popular television series of the late 1990s and early 2000s: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (The WB/UPN, 1997-2003), 'Angel' (The WB, 1999-2004), 'Alias' (ABC, 2001-06) and 'Lost' (ABC, 2004-2010). His association with those series and their respective creators, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, brought him not only the enduring admiration of the shows' rabid fan communities, but also several major industry awards. More importantly, his work on the series provided him with the pathway to success in feature films with the Abrams-produced 'Cloverfield' (2008) and 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2012), produced by Whedon. Goddard's exceptionally prolific and celebrated efforts, all completed over a fairly short period of years, made him one of the fastest-rising talents in the entertainment business.
Damon Lindelof (Co-Writer) earned a film degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before heading west to pursue a television writing career. His early credits include episodes of "Nash Bridges" and "Crossing Jordan"; in 2004 he began working with writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams to create a television series about the survivors of a mysterious plane crash in the South Pacific. "Lost" brought together a number of creative talents that would reteam for Star Trek, which represents Lindelof's first feature credit as a producer. Since then, he has worked as a writer and producer on Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' and most recently the anticipated sequel to Star Trek, INTO DARKNESS.
Max Brooks (Co-Writer) is the author of the two bestsellers 'The Zombie Survival Guide' and 'World War Z'. He has also written for 'Saturday Night Live', for which he won an Emmy.
Dede Gardner (Producer) is President of Plan B Entertainment where she oversees a wide range of film and television projects. Gardner produced Terence Mallick's 2011 Palme d'Or, winning The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn. The film was also nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Most recently, she produced Marc Forster's World War Z, starring Brad Pitt; Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Paul Giamatti; and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta.
In 2010, Gardner produced Ryan Murphy's Eat, Pray, Love based on the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert and starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and Richard Jenkins. In 2009, she produced Robert Schwentke's The Time Traveler's Wife, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, directed by Rebecca Miller and starring Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, and Blake Lively.
In 2007, Gardner produced the internationally acclaimed drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, the film received Best Film nominations from the Empire Awards and the London Film Critics Circle. In addition, Pitt earned the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival, and Affleck and cinematographer Roger Deakins received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. Also in 2007, Gardner produced the real-life drama A Mighty Heart. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Angelina Jolie, the film was an official selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. For her portrayal of Mariane Pearl, Jolie received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Gardner's producing credits also include the independent features Year of the Dog, starring Molly Shannon and Laura Dern, and Running with Scissors, starring Annette Bening and directed by Ryan Murphy.
Plan B Entertainment is currently in production on Rupert Goold's True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and on ABC's pilot The Returned, directed by Charles McDougall. The company is also in development on several other TV projects and on films with such directors as David Fincher, James Gray, and Greg Mottola.
Gardner received her degree in English from Columbia University before beginning her career as a location scout in New York City. She then took a position at Innovative Artists and subsequently joined the literary department at the William Morris Agency. Prior to her work at Plan B, Gardner served as executive vice president of production at Paramount Pictures. During her seven-year tenure at the studio, she was involved in the development and production of such films as Election, Orange County, Zoolander, and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.
Jeremy Kleiner (Producer) grew up in New York City and attended Harvard University. He began his career as an intern at Errol Morris' Fourth Floor Productions and then worked as a creative executive at Dick and Lauren Shuler Donner's company before joining Plan B in 2003. At Plan B, he produced Steve McQueen's forthcoming "Twelve Years a Slave," (Fox Searchlight/New Regency) and the forthcoming "True Story" (New Regency) starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. He was also an executive producer on Plan B productions "Kick-Ass," "Eat Pray Love" and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."
As a producer of DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' box office smash hits "Transformers," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Ian Bryce (Producer) was and is an integral component of the filmmaking team whose collective imaginations have brought the popular toys and comic book characters to the screen. Together they have created a fresh, new film franchise which has earned box office receipts well over $2.6 billion worldwide and is certain to continue to entertain audiences for years to come. This coming May 2013, the fourth installment of the highly-anticipated series will go before cameras with even more innovative characters, a brand new cast and the latest in 3-D technology.
Most recently Bryce produced Paramount's high octane "World War Z," starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos. The post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Marc Forster is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks. The film was shot on location in and around London and is slated to be released this summer.
Bryce is no stranger to big action adventure films. He produced Sam Raimi's mega-blockbuster "Spider-Man" starring Tobey Maguire as the web-casting superhero, which was the top-grossing film domestically of 2002. The following year, he produced Antoine Fuqua's drama "Tears of the Sun" starring Bruce Willis, and in 2005, he produced Michael Bay's "The Island." After producing "Transformers," he went on to executive produce "Hancock" starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman for director Peter Berg.
In 1999 Bryce won a Golden Globe Award and earned both Academy Award® and BAFTA nominations for his work as a producer on Steven Spielberg's widely acclaimed World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan." The movie won Best Picture honors from numerous critics' organizations, including the New York, Los Angeles and Broadcast Film Critics associations. Bryce also shared a Producers Guild of America Award for the film. He went on to produce Cameron Crowe's nostalgic comedy-drama "Almost Famous," which won a Golden Globe for Best Picture -- Musical or Comedy, and received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Picture in 2001.
Bryce's other producing credits include "Forces of Nature" starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock; the action thriller "Hard Rain" with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater; Penelope Spheeris' big-screen version of the classic television series "The Beverly Hillbillies"; and Jan de Bont's blockbusters "Twister" and directorial debut film "Speed."
Born in England, Bryce started his career as a production assistant on the third installment of the first "Star Wars" trilogy, "Return of the Jedi." He moved up to second assistant director on Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," and later served as a production manager on "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." In addition, Bryce served as the line producer/production manager on Philip Kaufman's "Rising Sun," and was an associate producer/production manager on Tim Burton's smash hit "Batman Returns." He also worked as a production manager on such films as Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," Ron Howard's "Willow" and Joe Johnston's "The Rocketeer."
In addition to overseeing several tent-pole projects for Paramount, Bryce is currently developing original motion pictures under his own banner via a first-look deal with the studio.
Brad Simpson (Executive Producer) is a film producer and partner in Colorforce. He began his career at the legendary New York independent production company Killer Films. He was an executive and producer there from 1996-2003.
While there, he co-produced "Far From Heaven," which was nominated for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. The movie was an Official Selection in the 2002 Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals and appeared on over 100 critics' top ten lists for the year. Simpson was an associate producer on Kim Pierce's acclaimed "Boys Don't Cry," for which Hillary Swank won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. "Boys Don't Cry" also played at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals. He also produced "Party Monster," which played in Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was featured at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. Simpson was a co-producer on "Home at the End of the World" and an associate producer on "Camp," which played in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
While working at Killer Films, Simpson was an executive on a series of acclaimed independent films including "Velvet Goldmine," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Happiness" and "One Hour Photo."
From 2003-2007 Simpson was president of Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company. While there, he moved the company into a permanent and successful relationship with Warner Brothers.
In 2008, he partnered with Marc Forster to form Apparatus. In 2010, he produced the sleeper hit "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for Fox 2000. In 2011, he produced the follow up, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," which made headlines for opening as a surprise number one at the domestic box office. He is an executive producer on Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was released by Relativity.
In March of 2012, Simpson joined Nina Jacobson's Colorforce as a partner. Founded by Jacobson in 2007, Colorforce is responsible for "The Wimpy Kid" franchise, "One Day" and "Hunger Garmes." In the summer of 2012, Color Force entered into a first look deal for cable television with F/X productions.
Simpson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. He serves on the Board of Directors of 826LA, Dave Eggar's Los Angeles based education charity. He is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.
David Ellison (Executive Producer) formed Skydance Productions to create and produce elevated event-level commercial entertainment. The company focuses on tent-pole action, adventure, science fiction and fantasy films along with modestly budgeted comedy and genre films. Skydance strives to be filmmaker friendly in a town where it is increasingly difficult to get films made. In 2010, Skydance entered into a four-year production, distribution and finance deal with Paramount Pictures. The first film to be released under the deal was "True Grit," Joel and Ethan Coen's take on the Charles Portis novel. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and earned $250 million worldwide.
Skydance produced the Paramount feature "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Brad Bird. The film was released on December 16, 2011, and made over $460 million worldwide. Skydance also produced the Christopher McQuarrie film "Jack Reacher," with Tom Cruise, the comedy "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.
Upcoming releases include, Star Trek: Into Darkness, starring Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, set for release on May 17, 2013, the Marc Forster thriller "World War Z,' starring Brad Pitt, which is set for release on June 21, 2013, and the untitled Jack Ryan project, directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Pine and produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld. Currently in development is "The Hitman's Bodyguard," written by Tom O'Connor. The company will also be co-producing "Without Remorse," written by Shawn Ryan.
Ever the film enthusiast, Ellison grew up in Northern California and attended the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. While in school, Ellison produced and starred in the World War I drama "Flyboys," which combined his love of film and aviation. He is an accomplished pilot with over 2000 flying hours, a commercial multi-engine instrument rating and a helicopter rating. In 2003, at 20 years old, Ellison was the youngest airshow pilot performer at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure Show in Oshkosh, WI, where he was one of six pilots performing as the "Stars of Tomorrow." Ellison is actively involved with Conservation International, where he is a member of the Board of Directors and sits on several committees.
Dana Goldberg (Executive Producer) joined Skydance Productions in 2010 as president of production. She was formerly president of production at Village Roadshow Pictures, where she was involved with the company's entire slate of films including the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, the "Matrix" trilogy, "Training Day," "Get Smart" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." She also served as executive producer on many of the company's films, including "I Am Legend," "The Brave One" and the Academy Award©-winning animated feature "Happy Feet." Prior to joining Village Roadshow in 1998, Goldberg spent three years with Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein at Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures where she was vice president of production. She began her career in entertainment as an assistant at Hollywood Pictures. Goldberg has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2007.
Recently, Goldberg produced through Skydance, the Christopher McQuarrie film "Jack Reacher," with Tom Cruise, the comedy "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, and "G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation," starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.
Upcoming films Goldberg executive produced through Skydance include "Star Trek: Into Darkness," starring Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, set for release on May 17, 2013 and the untitled Jack Ryan project, directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Pine and produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld.
Paul Schwake (Executive Producer) is the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for Skydance. Paul joined the company in 2009 and was instrumental in securing the co-finance, co-production agreement with Paramount Pictures. Paul secured Skydance's syndicated credit facility led by JP Morgan and six other banks.
Prior to joining Skydance, Paul partnered with producer Bill Todman, Jr. and real estate banking billionaire Edward Milstein and formed Level 1 Entertainment, where he served as COO. At Level 1, Paul produced the comedies "Grandma's Boy" and "Strange Wilderness," with Adam Sandler. He also produced "Rendition" with Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, and director Gavin Hood. Additionally, Paul led Level 1's television production activities.
Prior to joining Level 1, Paul helped form Spyglass Entertainment Group with producers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum where he served as CFO for seven years. During his tenure, Spyglass released over 20 films including "The Sixth Sense," "Bruce Almighty" and "Seabiscuit." Previously, Schwake served as vice-president of finance at Morgan Creek for seven years. During Paul's tenure, Morgan Creek produced and released over 30 films including "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Ace Ventura," "Last of the Mohicans" and "True Romance."
Schwake also served as an auditor at Price Waterhouse for five years auditing clients in the entertainment industry and worked at Walt Disney Studios in the accounting department for four years.
Graham King (Executive Producer) is an Oscar®-winning producer, who has worked with some of the industry's foremost talents on both major motion pictures and independent features. He is also a partner in GK Films, the company he founded with Tim Headington in 2007.
Most recently, King acted as an executive producer on the Warner Bros.' historical drama "Argo." The film won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Award, and BAFTA for Best Picture. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, "Argo" was named as one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the AFI Awards and by the Nation Board of Review, while also appearing on over 150 other critics' lists of the top ten films of 2012. To date, "Argo" has grossed over $231 million worldwide.
In 2011, King served as a producer on four very diverse films. He received Best Picture Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations, as a producer on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed fantasy adventure "Hugo." He also produced Gore Verbinski's animated comedy "Rango," featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. That same year, he produced Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and the independent drama "The Rum Diary," starring Depp. King was also a producer on Tim Burton's gothic supernatural thriller "Dark Shadows," starring Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter.
King previously won a Best Picture Academy Award® as a producer on Scorsese's 2006 crime drama "The Departed," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The film won a total of four Academy Awards®, also including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
He received his first Best Picture Academy Award® nomination, and won a BAFTA Award, for his producing work on Scorsese's widely praised Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," starring DiCaprio. Additionally, he was honored by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) with a Golden Laurel Award as Producer of the Year.
King has a number of other projects forthcoming that he will produce under the GK Films banner, including the screen version of the smash hit musical "Jersey Boys", based on the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and an untitled Freddie Mercury project. King will also serve as producer on the new action franchise "Tomb Raider." The film, which will be based on the Lara Croft video game franchise, will be distributed by MGM studios.
King's earlier producing credits also include the romantic thriller "The Tourist," pairing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie; Ben Affleck's crime drama "The Town," starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner; Martin Campbell's thriller "Edge of Darkness," starring Mel Gibson; the historical drama "The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt; and the drama "Blood Diamond," starring DiCaprio. In addition, he served as a co-executive producer on Scorsese's Academy Award®-nominated epic drama "Gangs of New York," starring DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
King was previously the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, which he founded in 1995. During King's tenure as President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, he served as an executive producer on such films as Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award®-winning® ensemble drama "Traffic"; Michael Mann's biographical drama "Ali," starring Will Smith in the title role; and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," produced by and starring Jodie Foster. King went on to executive produce the television miniseries "Traffic," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.
A native of the United Kingdom, King moved to the United States in 1982 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.
Tim Headington (Executive Producer) and Graham King formed the Los Angeles-based production company GK Films in 2007. Under the GK banner, he and King recently produced the Academy Award nominated Martin Scorsese 3-D adventure film "Hugo," and Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." Their previous productions include "The Rum Diary" starring Johnny Depp, "The Tourist" starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, "Edge of Darkness" starring Mel Gibson and the three-time Academy Award®-nominated romantic drama "The Young Victoria." Headington was an executive producer on Gore Verbinski's animated adventure "Rango" as well as Ben Affleck's "Argo," which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 2013.
Headington first met King in 2004 when he invested in King's former production company, Initial Entertainment Group, as it was financing and producing the award-winning film "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ben Seresin, ASC / BSC (Director of Photography) made his first foray into cinematography on a major studio motion picture working with director Michael Bay on the second installment of his blockbuster "Transformers" franchise, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Soon after, Seresin joined Tony Scott on the critically acclaimed, real-life action-adventure saga "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. His work can currently be seen in director Allen Hughes' thrilling crime drama "Broken City" starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Born and raised in New Zealand, to a Russian father and New Zealand mother, Seresin moved to Australia at the age of 18 to pursue a career in film. There he worked as an assistant for four years before relocating again to the UK. Seresin had no formal training in cinematography, but learned from studying the work of eminent cameramen, in particular Vittorio Storaro and Darius Khondji.
At age 17 he worked as an electrician on his first movie, and by the age of 19, was a first assistant cameraman on an Australian anamorphic feature. Over the next six years, Seresin spent his time working between the UK and Australia, initially as an assistant and then as an operator. In 1992, Seresin permanently relocated to the UK to pursue a career as a director of photography of commercials and independent feature films.
In 2000 Seresin worked as second unit DP on "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," followed the next year by shooting second unit for "Terminator 3." This led to regular US-based work. Seresin has spent subsequent years working and living between the US and the UK. In 2007 he spent five weeks overseeing principal photography on "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" for cinematographer Dariusz Wolski who needed to begin work on another project.
Seresin's work on the independent film "The James Gang," (his first feature film) earned him the Nestor Almendros Giovanni Autori della Fotografia Cinematografico Award from the Istituto Cinematografico Dell'Aquila and the A.I.C. (the Italian Association of Directors of Photography.)
He has been awarded many times for his commercial work and regularly collaborates with such notable commercial directors as Frank Budgen, Ringan Ledwidge and Fredrik Bond.
Nigel Phelps (Production Designer) has enjoyed a prodigious career as a production designer with credits encompassing a wide range of projects from Rob Cohen's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy," to Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "The Island" and "Pearl Harbor," and Phillip Noyce's "The Bone Collector."
Phelps began his career working with Academy Award® winner Anton Furst. He started as an illustrator on Neil Jordan's "The Company of Wolves," and then worked as assistant art director on Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Then Phelps served as art director for Furst on Tim Burton's "Batman."
Shortly thereafter, Phelps moved to Los Angeles, and designed cutting-edge music videos and commercials for a variety of influential directors, including Mark Romanek, Alex Proyas, Michael Bay and Joe Pytka. This work garnered Phelps multiple nominations for MTV Video Awards. His first feature credit as a production designer came on the futuristic science-fiction film "Judge Dredd." He followed with "Alien: Resurrection" for acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and he later renewed his collaboration with Neil Jordon on "In Dreams."
Currently Phelps is designing spectacular sets for "1950," a wartime drama chronicling the life of an American newspaper correspondent covering the Korean War. The film is set to be directed by Rob Cohen.
Roger Barton (Editor) began working in television in the editorial department of the hit series "Hart to Hart." He soon made the transition to motion pictures and in 1997 was an associate editor on the decade's biggest blockbuster, "Titanic." He quickly moved up the ladder, honing his skills on such films as Michael Bay's "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen," and "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.
Among his other films are "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" for George Lucas, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," for Jim Sheridan, "Speed Racer" for the Wachowski's, and "The Grey" for Joe Carnahan, to name a few. Roger is currently finishing Marc Forster's "World War Z."
Roger resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Andrea and son Aidan.
Matt Chesse, A.C.E. (Editor) is an Oscar nominated film editor from San Francisco, California. Born into a family of painters, actors and puppeteers, he grew up in Green Rooms, theater balconies and his grandfather's creative studio which produced a copious amount of paintings and puppets. His grandfather's work ethic and tireless pursuit of artistic expression made a deep impression. A proud member of the Bay Area film community, Matt began on sets and film shoots, as a production assistant. This is Matt's ninth film with Director Marc Forster, including "Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland," "Stranger Than Ficton" and "The Kite Runner." His other credits include Gavin O'Connors "Warrior" and Scott Coffey's "Ellie Parker," and numerous commercials. He is currently Co-Editng and Exec Producing the indie feature "Fort Bliss," starring Michelle Monaghan.
Scott Farrar (Visual Effects Supervisor) joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1981 as a camera operator on "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." In 1985, Farrar received an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects for his work on "Cocoon," and two years later he was promoted to Visual Effects Supervisor for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Farrar's ability to carry out the vision of filmmakers has earned him several additional honors including Oscar® nominations for "Backdraft" in 1991, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" in 2001 and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" in 2005. Farrar earned British Academy Award nominations for his breakthrough work on "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and his futuristic environments in Minority Report. In 2007, he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Visual Effects for his work on "Transformers". Most recently, Farrar was the Visual Effects Supervisor on "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" which was recognized for Best Visual Effects at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.
Prior to coming to ILM, Farrar worked as a freelance cameraman in the LA area. In 1975, he was invited to visit the set of the then unknown "Star Wars" and saw the first motion control system in action. Inspired by what he saw, he began work for Robert Abel and Associates, and eventually for Doug Trumbull working on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
A California native, Farrar received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts in Theater Design with an emphasis in Film from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Simon Crane (Stunt Coordinator, 2nd Unit Director) is one of the busiest action directors working today. Simon began his career as a stunt performer in England on films such as: 007's "The Living Daylights," "Indiana Jones - Last Crusade" and "Total Recall." He established himself as the leading stunt double for actors including: Timothy Dalton as James Bond, Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and Mel Gibson in "Air America" & "Braveheart."
He is famed for the world's one and only daring plane-to-plane transfer in "Cliffhanger" and is renowned for his unique style in an impressive array of stunt coordinating credits including: "Goldeneye," "Titanic," "The Mummy" and "The World Is Not Enough." His legacy took hold following the success of "Braveheart" and "Saving Private Ryan" where he was revered for his vision in creating battle scenes never before seen.
The films "Vertical Limit" in New Zealand and "Laura Croft: Tomb Raider" in the UK marked his start in action direction. Over the years he has added to these credits memorable films such as: "Terminator 3," "Troy," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "X-Men 3," "Jumper," "Quantum of Solace," "Hancock," "Salt," "MIB 3," "World War Z" and the most recent action/thriller, "All You Need Is Kill."
Simon currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Mexican born Mayes C. Rubeo (Costume Designer) is one of the most diverse and creative talents working in costume design today.
The daughter of Silvio Castillero, a photojournalist, and Esperanza Botello, a homemaker and mother of twelve, Mayes had a unique upbringing but one that gave her a solid grounding to realize her ambitions in life.
Having completed her studies in costume design at the Los Angeles Trade Tech, earning an Associate Arts Degree from UCLA, she later studied History of Art at the Institute Statale d'Arte in Italy. In the early days of her career, Rubeo credits Enrico Sabbatini as her primary mentor. She also worked as an assistant costume designer and costume supervisor for designers such as Shay Cunliffe, Erica Phillips and Ellen Mirojnick.
Although Rubeo boasts collaborations with main stream directors, such as Oliver Stone ('Born on the of July') and Paul Verhoven ('Total Recall,") it was working with independent filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi ('Men with Guns' 'Sunshine State' and 'Casa DeLos Babys') that really inspired Mayes as she learned invaluable lessons in the art of making quality movies on a shoestring budget.
In 2002, Rubeo garnered a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for the TV movie' Fidel,' starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The film covered fashion decades from the '30s to the '90s, exhibiting costuming styles from soldiers at war, to high society galas and Mambo dancing in Havana nightclubs. Most recently, she has worked on features with major directors Mel Gibson ('Apocalypto') James Cameron ('Avatar,' for which she was recently nominated for another CDG Award) James Wong ('Dragonball') and Andrew Stanton ("John Carter.")
A prolific, Italian-born film composer who had his start with the teen horror franchise 'Scream,' Marco Beltrami (Composer) was raised in the U.S. and underwent intensive musical training both abroad and at Yale University, composing music for symphonies and dance ensembles before entering the world of film and television scoring with projects like 'Hellboy' (2004) and blockbuster sequels such as 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' (2003). Outside of his genre work, Beltrami held that contemporary film music should include a variety of musical styles and instruments, which he put to use with his critically acclaimed work on the Scandinavian film 'I am Dina' (2002) before returning to mainstream films with his traditional sweeping music for '3:10 to Yuma' (2007). After writing the scores for the long-awaited sequel 'Live Free or Die Hard' (2007) and the comic book actioner 'Max Payne' (2008), he penned the Oscar-nominated music for 'The Hurt Locker' (2009), which propelled him onto the upper tier of Hollywood composers.