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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)
Release Date: July 3, 2012 (3D/2D)
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Marc Webb
Screenwriter: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MARC WEBB (Director) made his feature film debut with the acclaimed (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. (500) Days of Summer also earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Original Screenplay. For his work on the film, The National Board of Review presented Webb with The Spotlight Award, which honors outstanding directorial debuts.
Webb began his career as a director for commercials and for music videos for recording artists such as Green Day, Fergie and My Chemical Romance. He was honored with several MTV Video Music Awards, including the 2009 Best Director Award for Green Day's "21 Guns," Best Rock Video in 2006 for AFI's "Miss Murder" and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects' "Move Along." Also in 2006, The Music Video Production Association honored him as Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR and My Chemical Romance.
Webb attended Colorado College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and New York University.
JAMES VANDERBILT (Screenplay / Story) sold his first screenplay 48 hours before he graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program, because that will help you make friends at film school. The keynote speaker at his graduation was Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin.
Vanderbilt wrote and produced the true-life crime thriller Zodiac, directed by David Fincher and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Vanderbilt received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for his screenplay about the hunt for the serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco area in the 1970s, based on the book by Robert Graysmith. His most recent screenwriting credits include The Rundown and The Losers.
Esquire Magazine profiled him in their Genius Issue, calling him a Fearless Screenwriter. He is terrified of the following in no particular order: meeting new people, insects, dancing, the dark, Jell-o, werewolves, and the Rapture. He's generally considered a nice guy and will crush all those who oppose him.
ALVIN SARGENT (Screenplay) is a two-time Academy Award® winner for his screenplays for Julia and Ordinary People and an Academy Award® nominee for Paper Moon. He has won three Writers Guild Awards (for Julia, Ordinary People, and Paper Moon), a BAFTA award for Julia and, in 1991, received the Writers Guild Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. Sargent most recently wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and co-wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 3.
Sargent wrote the script for Unfaithful starring Diane Lane. His other films include Anywhere But Here, Other People's Money, White Palace, Dominick and Eugene, Nuts, Straight Time, Bobby Deerfield, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing, I Walk the Line, The Sterile Cuckoo, The Stalking Moon, and Gambit.
STEVE KLOVES (Screenplay) wrote the screenplays for all but one of the installments in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise, based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling. Kloves shared in BAFTA Children's Award nominations for Best Feature for his work on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber ofSecrets. He went on to script Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
He previously earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Curtis Hanson's acclaimed 2000 drama Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire and Frances McDormand. He also won a Critics' Choice Award and earned BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award nominations for his screenplay for the film.
Kloves began his film writing career in 1984 with the screenplay for Racing with theMoon, a World War II-era coming-of-age story, directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern and Nicolas Cage.
In 1989, he made his directorial debut with The Fabulous Baker Boys, starring Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film, which Kloves also wrote, garnered four Academy Award® nominations, including one for Michelle Pfeiffer, who also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her performance. Additionally, Kloves won a British Film Institute Award and received a WGA Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
He also wrote and directed the psychological thriller Flesh and Bone, starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow.
STAN LEE (Based on the Marvel Comic Book by / Executive Producer) is the Founder of POW! Entertainment and has served as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer since inception. Known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan Lee's co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange.
Now the Chairman Emeritus of Publishing and Marvel Studios, Lee first became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972. He is recognized as the creative force that brought Marvel to the forefront of the comic publishing industry. In 1977, he introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and now appears in more than 500 newspapers worldwide -- making it the longest-running of all super hero strips.
From June 2001 until the formal creation of POW! in November 2001, Stan Lee worked to form POW! and to create intellectual property for POW! and start the development of various POW! projects.
STEVE DITKO (Based on the Marvel Comic Book by) was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1927. He studied at the famous Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City, landing his first professional break in comic books in 1953. Amongst his influences were Mort Meskin, Jerry Robinson, Burne Hogarth, and Jack Kirby.
In a career lasting more than 45 years, Ditko has worked on titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Tales of the Mysterious Traveler, Captain Atom, The Question, Mr. A, The Creeper, The Hawk and the Dove, Shade the Changing Man, Static and numerous others.
Ditko lives in New York City, and continues to be prolific in his craft.
LAURA ZISKIN (Producer) established herself as one of Hollywood's leading independent producers and studio executives with a passion for discovering new talent.
Well known for her work producing the Spider-Man franchise, Ziskin oversaw one of the most successful film franchises in history. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide and Spider-Man 3, which broke box office records worldwide, has become the highest grossing film in Sony's history.
In 2007, Ziskin produced the Academy Awards® for the second time and instituted the first ever "Green" Oscar® ceremony. The show was nominated for 9 Emmy Awards. In March 2002, she produced the 74 th Annual Academy Awards® (the first woman to produce the awards solo) . The show was nominated for eight Emmy Awards including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
In 1984, Ziskin partnered with Sally Field in Fogwood Films and produced Murphy's Romance, which yielded an Academy Award® nomination for James Garner as Best Actor. She also produced No Way Out starring then newcomer Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. In 1990, she was Executive Producer of Pretty Woman, which remains one of the highest grossing films in Disney's history.
In 1991, Ziskin produced two films, the comedy hit What About Bob?, from a story by Ziskin and Alvin Sargent, starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss and the critically acclaimed The Doctor starring William Hurt and Christine Lahti under the direction of Randa Haines. In 1992, Ziskin produced Hero, which was also from a story by Ziskin and Sargent, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, and Geena Davis. In 1994, she produced To Die For starring Nicole Kidman (who won a Golden Globe as Best Actress – Musical or Comedy) and directed by Gus Van Sant. She also developed and served as Executive Producer of Columbia Pictures' As Good As It Gets, which garnered Academy Awards® for stars Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson.
In 1994, Ziskin was named President of Fox 2000 Pictures, a newly formed feature film division of 20 th Century Fox. Under her stewardship, Fox 2000 released such films as Courage Under Fire, One Fine Day, Inventing the Abbotts, Volcano, Soul Food, Never Been Kissed, Fight Club, Anywhere But Here, Anna and the King and The Thin Red Line, which garnered seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture.
In 2000, just after stepping down from Fox 2000 Pictures, Ziskin teamed with George Clooney to produce the live television movie "Fail Safe," directed by Stephen Frears. It was the first television movie to be aired live in over 35 years. It was nominated for six Emmy Awards as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Movie. It also received PGA and DGA nominations.
Ziskin also Executive Produced the Norman Jewison-directed HBO Film Dinner With Friends written by Donald Margulies from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette. The film was nominated for two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Ziskin was actively involved in issues that concern health, the environment, and families, having served on the board of Americans for a Safe Future, the National Council of Jewish Women and Education First. In addition she was honored by Senator Barbara Boxer as a "Woman Making History" and by the City of Hope as "Woman of the Year." She was also honored with Premiere Magazine's "Women in Hollywood" award, the Big Sisters of Los Angeles Sterling Award, Women's Image Network Award, Women In Film's Crystal Award, the Israel Film Festival's Visionary Award, The Wellness Community's Human Spirit Award, and The Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Award as well as the Visionary Award. Ziskin was a 1973 graduate of the University of Southern California USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she returned to teach the first class in the Peter Stark Producers program. She received the Mary Pickford Alumni Award from USC in 1999.
In 2008, Ziskin, along with like-minded women in the entertainment industry with a similar desire to make a real impact in the fight against cancer, founded Stand Up To Cancer. Ziskin executive produced the historic Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) televised event, simulcast on all three major networks on September 5, 2008 to raise awareness about cancer and funds to support groundbreaking cancer research. The one-hour special, which combined entertainment, education and musical performances, was the first ever "roadblock" event raising money to proactively combat a major public health threat (the only previous roadblocks had been in response to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina) . Over 100 celebrities donated their time to appear in the show and in public service announcements promoting it, including Academy Award®-winning actors Halle Berry, Josh Brolin, Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron and Forest Whitaker. Stand Up To Cancer is one of only eight programs from 2008 honored by the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences for having made "a significant impact on the viewing audience concerning vital issues." The SU2C initiative, which aims to accelerate the pace of cancer research in order to get more effective treatments to patients faster, awarded the first installments of over $70 million worth of three-year grants to a number of interdisciplinary, multi-institutional Dream Teams of researchers in 2009, one year after the initiative's launch. In 2010, on September 10th, the second Stand Up To Cancer televised event aired on all four major networks and over a dozen cable outlets, including HBO, Showtime and Discovery Health. Over 100 celebrities and musicians donated their time once again to promote the initiative, including Academy Award®-winning actors Denzel Washington, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sally Field, Renee Zellweger and Kathy Bates as well as Grammy-winning artists Stevie Wonder and Lady Antebellum. Ziskin was a founder of SU2C and a member of its Executive Leadership Committee.
Ziskin passed away from breast cancer in June of 2011. Her work with Stand Up to Cancer continues as the organization raises critical funds and awareness for accelerated cancer research.
AVI ARAD (Producer) was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Studios, the film and television division of Marvel Entertainment, and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment. In June of 2006, Arad branched off to form his own production company – Arad Productions, Inc. Arad has been a driving force behind bringing many of Marvel's most famous comic book characters to the screen, with a track record that has been nothing short of spectacular, including a string of No. 1 box office openings. As a producer or executive producer, his credits include Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 (Columbia Pictures), which was the top-grossing film of 2007; X-Men, X2: X-MenUnited and X-Men: The Last Stand (Twentieth Century Fox); The Hulk (Universal Pictures); Daredevil (New Regency); The Punisher (Lions Gate Entertainment); Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity (New Line Cinema); Elektra (Twentieth Century Fox); The Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Twentieth Century Fox); Bratz: The Movie (Lionsgate); Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance (Columbia Pictures); Iron Man (Paramount Pictures); and The Incredible Hulk (Universal) . Mr. Arad's current feature film slate includes The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures), Ghost In The Shell (DreamWorks), Lost Planet (Warner Bros.), Venom (Columbia Pictures), Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Columbia Pictures), Popeye (Sony Pictures Animation), Infamous (Columbia Pictures), Maximum Ride (Universal), Mass Effect (Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros.), and many more.
Arad has also been producing animation for over 20 years on such series such as "X-Men," "Fantastic Four," "Silver Surfer," "Iron Man," "Spider-Man," "Conan the Adventurer," "King Arthur & the Knights of Justice," "Bots Master," and on direct-to-video animated features such as "Avengers," "Iron Man" and many others.
Additionally, Arad created "Mutant X" and produced sixty-six hours of the live-action TV series for Tribune Entertainment. He also produced thirteen hours of "Blade", the live-action TV series for Spike TV. Currently Arad is producing the Pac-Man 3D CG animated show for Disney XD.
Born in Cyprus and raised in Israel, Arad came to the United States during his college years and enrolled at Hofstra University to study industrial management. He earned a bachelor of business administration from the University in 1972. A long-established expert in youth entertainment, Arad is one of the world's top toy designers. He has been involved in the creation and development of over two hundred successful products, including action figures, play sets, dolls, toy vehicles, electronic products, educational software and video games. In fact, virtually every major toy and youth entertainment manufacturer, including Toy Biz, Hasbro, Mattel, MGA, Nintendo, Tiger, Ideal, Galoob, Tyco, Sega and THQ, has been selling his products for more than 30 years.
In addition to his toy, animation, and film projects, today, Arad serves as the Executive Advisor of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings and as a Chairperson of Production I.G's American affiliate - Production I.G., LLC.
MATT TOLMACH (Producer) is president of Matt Tolmach Productions, which is based at Columbia Pictures.
Tolmach launched his company in late 2010 and is currently developing several high-profile projects for Columbia Pictures, including Kitchen Sink, Royal Wedding, Frankenstein, Moonwalking With Einstein, and The Slackfi Project.
From 2003 through 2010, Tolmach oversaw all production activity at Columbia Pictures, a post shared with Doug Belgrad. In 2008, Tolmach was named president of the historic label and for the better part of the past decade, he and Belgrad developed, championed and produced hundreds of films while also managing the creative staff at the studio. Prior to his appointment as president of Columbia Pictures, Tolmach previously served as president of production for the studio.
During his tenure, working under the leadership of Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, Tolmach was closely associated with Sam Raimi, Judd Apatow, Roland Emmerich, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Neal Moritz, David Fincher and David Koepp, among other filmmakers. He oversaw some of the most successful blockbusters in Columbia Pictures history, including the Spider-Man franchise, the worldwide hits The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, 21 Jump Street, Moneyball, Salt, The Other Guys, Zombieland, 2012, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, Superbad, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Panic Room, among many others. Under his stewardship of the Columbia banner with Belgrad, Columbia released 62 #1 movies at the box office was one of only two studios to reach the $1 billion plateau at the box office every year.
Tolmach joined Columbia Pictures in 1997 as Senior VP of Production. He was named Executive Vice President of Production in November 1999.
Tolmach graduated from Beloit College with a B.A. in English Literature in 1986. He began his career as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency and later ran Michael J. Fox's production company before joining Amy Pascal as Vice President of Production and eventually Senior Vice President of Production at Turner Pictures.
Over the past decade, KEVIN FEIGE (Executive Producer) has played an instrumental role in a string of blockbuster feature films adapted from the pages of Marvel comic books, including the hugely successful Spider-Man and X-Men trilogies. In his current role as producer and president of Marvel Studios, Feige oversees all creative aspects of the company's feature film and home entertainment activities. He is currently producing the next two projects from Marvel Studios including Iron Man 3 which is slated for release on May 3, 2013 as well as Thor 2.
Feige most recently produced the critically acclaimed Marvel's The Avengers which set the all-time, 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film shattered box office records becoming Disney Studios' highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Feige's other recent producing credits include Thor starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman which opened in theatres on May 6, 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones which was released on July 22, 2011, and Iron Man 2 which was released in theatres on May 7, 2010. The sequel to Iron Man, took the number one spot its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.
In the summer of 2008, Feige produced the summer blockbuster movies, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, which were the first fully financed and developed films by the new Marvel Studios. Iron Man, in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero's powerful armor for director Jon Favreau alongside co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, was released May 2, 2008 and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million its opening weekend and grossed over $571 million worldwide. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released The Incredible Hulk marking its second number one opener of that summer. The film stars Edward Norton along with William Hurt, Tim Roth and Liv Tyler. Director Louis Leterrier's spectacular revival of the iconic green goliath grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office receipts.
Feige previously served as executive producer on the second and third Spider-Man films, which took in combined worldwide box office receipts of well over a billion-and-a-half dollars. The Spider-Man series, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, are the three highest grossing superhero films of all time. Feige also co-produced X2: X-Men United, the second installment in the popular X-Men franchise, and executive produced X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Together, the two films, starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Ian McKellen, totaled $866 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Since joining Marvel in 2000, Feige has been involved in key capacities for all of the company's theatrical film productions. His credits include executive producing Fantastic Four and its sequel 4: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, which together grossed over $600 million worldwide. He also was the executive producer of Ang Lee's Hulk, starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly; Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner; and The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane. Additionally, Feige co-produced the 2003 hit Daredevil starring Ben Affleck.
After graduating from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, Feige worked for Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner at their Warner Bros.-based production company. During his tenure there, Feige worked on the action-adventure Volcano and the hit romantic comedy You've Got Mail. Transitioning into a development position, Feige earned his first producer credit on X-Men, a film that is credited with revitalizing the comic book genre. In 2003, Feige appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's annual "Next Gen" list of 35 top young executives poised to become leaders in the entertainment industry.
MICHAEL GRILLO (Executive Producer) most recently served as executive producer for Columbia Pictures' action comedy The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. Grillo received an Academy Award® nomination, shared with writer/director Lawrence Kasdan and Charles Okun, for 1988's The Accidental Tourist, which starred William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis.
Grillo served as head of feature film production management at DreamWorks from the company's inception in 1996 through 2005. He also served as the executive producer on DreamWorks' first feature film, The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. During his tenure at DreamWorks, Grillo shepherded such acclaimed films as Cast Away, Gladiator, American Beauty and Saving Private Ryan, and the popular hits Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Ring, Almost Famous and Minority Report. Grillo's credits as executive producer include DreamWorks' The Uninvited and multiple collaborations with Kasdan, including Silverado, I Love You To Death and Wyatt Earp. Grillo served as producer and first assistant director for Kasdan's Grand Canyon. He also produced the Albert Brooks comedy Defending Your Life, and writer/director David Koepp's The Trigger Effect.
Grillo worked his way up through the production ranks over the years, beginning his career as a DGA trainee on the classic films Young Frankenstein and The Towering Inferno. He served as assistant director on such films as New York, New York, The Deerhunter, Breaking Away, Heaven's Gate, Inside Moves, Body Heat, Cat People, Young Doctors In Love, The Man With Two Brains, The Woman In Red, Thief of Hearts, Irreconcilable Differences and The Big Chill.
Grillo is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He lives in the Los Angeles area.
JOHN SCHWARTZMAN, ASC (Director of Photography) is an Academy Award® nominee and winner of the ASC Award for his work on the film Seabiscuit. A veteran of comedy as well as big action films, Schwartzman experience also includes music videos and commercials. Most recently, Schwartzman shot The Green Hornet, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and The Bucket List.
A graduate of the University of South California, Schwartzman was previously nominated for the ASC award for his work on Pearl Harbor. Other notable credits include National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Meet the Fockers, Armageddon, Conspiracy Theory and The Rock.
Schwartzman's commercial work includes spots for a wide range of national and international clients such as HBO, State Farm Insurance, Capitol One, Blue Man Group, Pacific Life, Chevy, Visa, Toyota, Hershey's, American Express, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Buick, Honda, Nike, Victoria's Secret, Canon, Levi's Mercedes Benz, Jeep, Kodak and AT&T.
J. MICHAEL RIVA (Production Designer) is an Academy Award® nominee for his designs on Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. He most recently designed Iron Man 2. Riva is currently working on Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming Django Unchained. He also designed Iron Man, Seven Pounds, Spider-Man 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Stealth, Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and Ivan Reitman's Evolution. Riva has doubled as the production designer and second unit director on A Few Good Men, Radio Flyer, Scrooged and Goonies. Other memorable production design credits include Dave, Six Days Seven Nights, Congo, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 4, Ordinary People, Bad Boys and Brubaker.
Among Riva's television credits are the Emmy Award-winning telefilm "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The 74th Academy Awards®," for which he received an Emmy nomination.
With over 20 years of feature film editing experience, ALAN EDWARD BELL, A. C. E. (Editor) began his career with director Rob Reiner as an assistant editor on the feature films A Few Good Men, Misery and The American President. He later continued to work with Reiner as an editor on The Story Of Us and Alex And Emma.
Bell's recent credits include his collaboration with director Marc Webb on the critically acclaimed film (500) Days of Summer. Bell also edited Water for Elephants, The Green Mile and Gulliver's Travels.
Over the years, his diverse credits include such features as the action adventure Comedy Bait, starring Jamie Foxx, Hoot, and the sports comedy spoof The Comebacks. Bell also cut the critically acclaimed romantic comedy Little Manhattan for directing team Mark Levin and Jeniffer Flackett, which then led to a producing role on their next project, Nim's Island. Other credits include the award-winning documentary Wall Rats, and the independent film The Anarchist's Cookbook.
Bell's talent and interest in creating visual effects has led him to numerous visual effects supervisory roles, many of them on the films he has edited. When he is not in the cutting room, he is running Handmade Digital Inc., his visual effects company specializing in story based, performance-enhancing effects.
During his twenty-five-year editing career, PIETRO SCALIA, A. C. E. (Editor) has been an integral collaborator on films from acclaimed directors such as Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Oliver Stone, Gus Van Sant and Sam Raimi. The Italian-born Scalia was raised and educated in Switzerland before moving to the United States to pursue filmmaking, receiving his MFA in Film and Theatre Arts from UCLA in 1985.
Scalia began his career as an assistant editor for Oliver Stone on Wall Street and Talk Radio, then went on to contribute as an associate editor on Born On The Fourth Of Julyand as an additional editor on The Doors. In 1992, the then-31-year-old Scalia won his first Academy Award®, the A.C.E. Eddie Award and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Editing on Oliver Stone's JFK.
In 1998, Scalia received a second Academy Award® nomination for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting. He went on to edit G.I. Jane, Hannibal, Gladiator, Black Hawk DownandAmericanGangster for director Ridley Scott, garnering another Academy Award® nomination on Gladiator and winning his second Academy Award® for his work on Black Hawk Down.
Body Of Lies and Robin Hood are his latest projects with the prolific Ridley Scott. Scalia's other editing credits include Little Buddha and Stealing Beauty for Bernardo Bertolucci, The Quick And The Dead for Sam Raimi, Playing By Heart for Willard Carroll and Memoirs Of A Geisha for Rob Marshall. In addition, Scalia's efforts include stints as music producer with composer Hans Zimmer on three of Scott's films, served as a Jury member at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 and headed a seven member Jury for the "Swiss Film Prize" in 2006.
JEROME CHEN (Visual Effects Supervisor) is an Academy Award®-nominated senior visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Chen served as senior visual effects supervisor on Beowulf and The Polar Express and applied his outstanding talents on the two Stuart Little films, creating the first all-digital character to star in a live action film. He earned his first Academy Award® nomination for the groundbreaking visual effects in Stuart Little, recognizing his advances in the development of digital imagery techniques including innovations in digital lighting, compositing, fur and cloth.
His work on Stuart Little also was awarded with a Monitor Award for Best Electronic Effects in a Theatrical Release. For Stuart Little 2, Chen invented the complex feather systems and perfected the photo-real integration for the film, which won the Prix du Long Metrage (Best Feature Film) at the Imagina Awards in 2003.
His earlier film credits include Godzilla (Annie Award nomination for Best Special Effects Animation in a Feature Film), Contact (Monitor Award for Best Electronic Effects in a Theatrical Release), James and the Giant Peach, The Ghost and the Darkness, and In the Line of Fire.
Chen joined Sony Pictures Imageworks in its founding year, 1992, and worked his way up through the production ranks as a digital artist, senior animator, computer graphics supervisor, digital effects supervisor to his current position of senior visual effects supervisor. He is an acknowledged expert in the technique of integrating digital imagery with live action, especially in the area of photorealistic effects, and is known internationally for his presentations on the topics of digital character creation and imagery techniques.
KYM BARRETT (Costume Designer) attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, where her association with Baz Luhrmann led her to the U.S. and Mexico from her native Australia to work on Luhrmann's 1996 film Romeo + Juliet. The costumes she created for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in that film attracted attention and led to a meeting with the Wachowski brothers. The Wachowskis hired her in 1999 to design the costumes for The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – costumes that inspired fashion designers, other costume designers and consumers around the world.
Her other film credits include Three Kings (1999), starring George Clooney, the Hughes twins' From Hell (2001), starring Johnny Depp, the Wachowskis' Speed Racer (2008), and most recently, The Green Hornet (2011) .
For her work on screen, Barrett was nominated in 2001 by the Costume Designers Guild of America's Best Costume Award for The Matrix, and she won the guild's award for Best Commercial Costume Design in 2002. The same year she was nominated for a best costume design Golden Satellite Award for her work on From Hell and in 2007 she was nominated for excellence in costume design for the fantasy film Eragon.
Barrett designed the costumes for Cirque du Soleil's presentation "Totem," which reflected the creation and evolution of life and the development of civilizations on earth.
JAMES HORNER (Music by) is one of the most celebrated of modern film composers. Having created the music for dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past two decades, Horner was honored with two Academy Awards® and two Golden Globes for James Cameron's Titanic. In addition, he has earned Academy Award® nominations for his Original Scores for Avatar, House of Sand and Fog, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams and Aliens, and for the Original Song "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tale. He has also garnered eight more Golden Globe nominations and has won six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year in both 1987 ("Somewhere Out There") and 1998 ("My Heart Will Go On") .
In April 1998, Horner's Titanic soundtrack completed an unprecedented run of 16 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, setting a new record for the most consecutive weeks at #1 for a score album.
Known for his stylistic diversity, Horner's film credits include The Karate Kid, The SpiderwickChronicles, Apocalypto, All The King's Men, The New World, The Legend of Zorro, TheChumscrubber, Flightplan, The Forgotten, Troy, The Missing, Bobby Jones, Stroke ofGenius, Radio, Beyond Borders, Enemy at the Gates, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch StoleChristmas, The Four Feathers, The Perfect Storm, Freedom Song, Bicentennial Man, Mighty Joe Young, The Mask of Zorro, Deep Impact, The Devil's Own, Ransom, Courage Under Fire, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, The Spitfire Grill, Casper, Legendsof the Fall, Clear and Present Danger, The Pagemaster, Bopha!, The PelicanBrief, TheMan Without a Face, Patriot Games, Thunderheart, Sneakers, The Rocketeer, Glory, InCountry, Field of Dreams, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Land Before Time, Willow, AnAmerican Tail, The Name of the Rose, Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return, Gorky Park, 48 Hrs. and Another 48 Hrs., Star Trek II and Star Trek III. He also wrote the score for the 2006 film The Good Shepherd.
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