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Release Date: June 22, 2012
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
MARK ANDREWS (Director/Screenplay by) is the director of Disney•Pixar's next feature film, "Brave," which opens in theaters nationwide June 22, 2012.
Andrews joined Pixar Animation Studios in December 2000 and has worked on four of the studio's feature films. He served as story supervisor on the Academy Award®-winning feature films "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" and as a storyboard artist for the Golden Globe®-winning "Cars." Andrews also contributed to the story of the critically acclaimed, award-winning "Toy Story 3." In addition to his work on Pixar's feature films, Andrews co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award®-nominated short film "One Man Band."
Andrews also provided his talents to Walt Disney Pictures' "John Carter" as second-unit director and co-writer alongside the film's director and Pixar colleague Andrew Stanton.
Prior to coming to Pixar, Andrews lived in Los Angeles and was a storyboard artist on several animated films. For his work on "The Iron Giant," he received an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production. He was also a storyboard artist on several animated television shows such as "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," for which he was awarded an Emmy®, and the award-winning "Samurai Jack." Besides his work in the animation world, Andrews was a storyboard artist on Sony's blockbuster live-action feature film "Spider-Man."
Andrews earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1993. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their children.
BRENDA CHAPMAN (Director/Story by/Screenplay by) joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on the Academy Award®-nominated feature film "Cars." Upon completing her work on "Cars," Chapman stepped into the position of director after conceiving the unique story, characters and world for Disney•Pixar's upcoming feature "Brave." An epic adventure set in the mythical Highlands of Scotland "Brave" hits theaters on June 22, 2012.
Born and raised in Illinois, Chapman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She went on to start her story and directing career at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios where she worked as a story artist on a number of Disney's most beloved animated films including "The Little Mermaid," "The Rescuers Down Under," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Fantasia/2000." Chapman was the story supervisor on "The Lion King," which ultimately became the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time.
After nearly eight years at Disney, Chapman left to help launch a new animation studio – DreamWorks Animation Studios. At DreamWorks she directed the studio's 1998 release "The Prince of Egypt," which marked the first time a woman directed an animated feature film for a major Hollywood studio.
Prior to joining Pixar, Chapman worked as a directing and story consultant on various projects in development at DreamWorks, Universal Studios and Sony Animation.
STEVE PURCELL (Co-Director/Screenplay by) joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a story artist for the Golden Globe®-winning feature film "Cars." Purcell traveled down Route 66 on the production team research trip, and his discoveries introduced real heart and authenticity to the story of the film. In addition to his valuable work for the story team, Purcell produced concept art for the film, consulted on "Cars" toys and games, and offered his voice for a "moo-ing" role as one of the non-speaking characters in "Cars."
It was his adept storytelling talents, however, that lead Purcell to his next role as co-director on Disney•Pixar's upcoming feature film, "Brave," scheduled for release on June 22, 2012. As co-director, Purcell made significant contributions to the story and screenplay while working side-by-side with the film's directors and producer.
Having drawn for as long as he can remember, Purcell still has his very first drawings – Yogi Bear and Bozo the Clown. In his youth Purcell created his own storyboards and comics, made 8mm films at home, and was entertained by MAD Magazine, the Marx Brothers and Monty Python. His passion for filmmaking and drawing created a natural path to Pixar.
Along the way, Purcell worked as a freelance illustrator, character designer, comic book writer and artist. He was a computer game animator and designer for LucasArts, and supervised a network television animated series based on his own comic characters.
Purcell graduated from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, and has remained in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout his career. He currently lives in Petaluma, California with his wife and their two children.
KATHERINE SARAFIAN (Producer) has been an integral part of the success and growth of Pixar Animation Studios, holding a variety of key leadership positions that have culminated in her role as producer on Disney•Pixar's next feature film "Brave," scheduled for release on June 22, 2012.
Sarafian joined Pixar in 1994 as a production coordinator on the studio's first full-length feature film, "Toy Story." From there, she continued to develop her film production experience as production manager in Pixar's short film department, and as art department manager on the studio's second feature film, "A Bug's Life."
After completing her work on "A Bug's Life," Sarafian shifted gears and moved on to positions in the creative services and consumer products departments. She eventually became director of marketing for the studio.
In 2000, Sarafian transitioned back into production at Pixar, first as production supervisor on "Monsters, Inc." and then as production manager on the Academy Award®-winning feature "The Incredibles." She next took on the role of producer for the Academy Award®-nominated short film "Lifted," which screened in theaters worldwide with Oscar®-winner "Ratatouille" in 2007.
Prior to Pixar, Sarafian worked in development at Castle Rock Entertainment and in digital entertainment at Sanctuary Woods Multimedia.
Sarafian holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Critical Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught undergraduate film and television courses and has represented Pixar at a variety of film festivals throughout Japan, Europe and the United States. A native of Oakland, Calif., Sarafian is active in the San Francisco Bay Area theater, music and arts communities.
JOHN LASSETER (Executive Producer) is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and creatively oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Lasseter made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with "Toy Story," the first-ever feature-length computer-animated film and, since then, has gone on to direct "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2" and "Cars." He returned to the driver's seat in 2011, directing "Cars 2."
His executive-producing credits include "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL•E," "Bolt" and last year's critically acclaimed "Up," the first animated film ever to open the Cannes Film Festival and the recipient of two Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Lasseter also served as executive producer for Disney's Oscar®-nominated films "The Princess and the Frog" and "Tangled" as well as Pixar's Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, "Toy Story 3," which is based on a story written by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.
Lasseter wrote, directed and animated Pixar's first short films, including "Luxo Jr.," "Red's Dream," "Tin Toy" and "Knick Knack." "Luxo Jr." was the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® when it was nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 1986; "Tin Toy" was the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever to win an Academy Award® when it was named Best Animated Short Film in 1988. Lasseter has executive-produced all of the studio's subsequent shorts, including "Boundin'," "One Man Band," "Lifted," "Presto," "Partly Cloudy," "Day and Night" and the Academy Award®-winning "Geri's Game" (1997) and "For the Birds" (2000).
Under Lasseter's supervision, Pixar's animated feature and short films have earned a multitude of critical accolades and film-industry honors. Lasseter himself received a Special Achievement Oscar® in 1995 for his inspired leadership of the "Toy Story" team. He and the rest of the screenwriting team of "Toy Story" also earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, the first time an animated feature had ever been recognized in that category.
In 2009, Lasseter was honored at the 66th Venice International Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The following year, he became the first producer of animated films to receive the Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. Lasseter's other recognitions include the 2004 Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery award from the Art Directors Guild, an honorary degree from the American Film Institute, and the 2008 Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for career achievement and contribution to the art of animation.
Prior to the formation of Pixar in 1986, Lasseter was a member of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he designed and animated "The Adventures of Andre and Wally B," the first-ever piece of character-based three-dimensional computer animation, and the computer-generated Stained Glass Knight character in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced film "Young Sherlock Holmes."
Lasseter was part of the inaugural class of the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts and received his B.F.A. in film in 1979. Lasseter is the only two-time winner of the Student Academy Award for Animation, for his CalArts student films "Lady and the Lamp" (1979) and "Nitemare" (1980). His very first award came at the age of 5, when he won $15 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, Calif., for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.
ANDREW STANTON (Executive Producer) has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator and ninth employee to join the company's elite group of computer animation pioneers. As Vice President, Creative he currently leads the initiatives of and oversees all features and shorts development of the studio. Stanton wrote and directed the Academy Award®-winning Disney•Pixar feature film "WALL•E," for which he also received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar®-nomination.
Stanton made his directorial debut with the record-shattering "Finding Nemo," an original story of his that he also co-wrote. The film garnered Stanton two Academy Award® nominations (Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film), and "Finding Nemo" was awarded an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003, the first such honor Pixar Animation Studios received for a full-length feature.
One of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to "Toy Story," Stanton went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on every subsequent Pixar film – "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." Additionally, he served as co-director on "A Bug's Life," and was the executive producer of "Monsters, Inc." and the 2006 Academy Award®-winning "Ratatouille."
A native of Rockport, Mass., Stanton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), where he completed two student films. In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles animating for Bill Kroyer's Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi's production of "Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures" (1987).
PETE DOCTER (Executive Producer) is the Oscar®-winning director of "Monsters, Inc." and "Up," Pixar's tenth feature film.
Starting at Pixar in 1990 as the studio's third animator, Docter collaborated with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton in developing the story and characters for "Toy Story," Pixar's first full length animated feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on "A Bug's Life," and wrote initial story treatments for both "Toy Story 2" and "WALL•E."
Docter's interest in animation began at the age of eight when he created his first flipbook. He studied character animation at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, California, where he produced a variety of short films which have shown in animation festivals around the world, and won a Student Academy Award®. Upon joining Pixar, he animated and directed several commercials, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature for "Up" and "Monsters, Inc.," and Best Original Screenplay for "Up" and "WALL•E." Docter is currently working on an untitled Pixar movie that takes you inside the mind, slated for release in 2015.
He resides in Piedmont, Calif., with his wife and their two children.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Screenplay by Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi
John Lasseter .... executive producer
Katherine Sarafian .... producer
Original Music by
Film Editing by
Nicholas C. Smith
Emma Coats .... storyboard artist
Mark Cordell Holmes .... graphic artist
Jason Merck .... artist
Nick Sung .... storyboard artist
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
Sue Fox .... foley editor
Josh Gold .... sound effects editor
Nia Hansen .... assistant
E.J. Holowicki .... sound designer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dee Selby .... foley editor
Brad Semenoff .... supervising assistant
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Frank Aalbers .... simulation technical director
Amit Baadkar .... effects technical director
Stephan Vladimir Bugaj .... pipeline technical lead
Gordon D.B. Cameron .... technical development supervisor
Jiayi Chong .... technical development technical director
Pauline Chu .... sets production coordinator
Justine Codron .... lighting technical director
Jared Fong .... character modeler/rigger
Maël François .... lighting techical director
Michel Gagné .... pre-visualisation
Rogan Griffin .... simulation technical director
Emron Grover .... cloth lead
Dave Hale .... effects artist
Lou Hamou-Lhadj .... character modeling and articulation artist
Bernhard Haux .... character modeler/rigger
Allen Hemberger .... fx technical director
Katherine Ipjian .... lighting artist
Jason Johnston .... visual effects artist
Ben Jordan .... senior technical development technical director
David Lally .... simulation technical director
William Austin Lee .... character lead (as Austin Lee)
Holly Lloyd .... digital artist
Edward Luong .... technical development intern
Thomas Moser .... simulation technical director
Jonathan D. Penney .... stereoscopic rendering
Samantha Raja .... simulation technical director
Alex Seiden .... technical director
Gaston Ugarte .... modeling artist
Jeremy Vickery .... lighting artist
Bill Watral .... effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Anderson .... director of photography: camera
Simon Allen .... animator
Jude Brownbill .... animator
Courtney Casper .... animation fix coordinator
Andrew Coats .... animator
Robb Denovan .... animator
Curran W. Giddens .... animator
Tsung-Yin Hsieh .... fix and additional animator
Rich McKain .... animator
Erick Oh .... fix animator
Charlie Ramos .... layout artist
Jessica Sances .... animator
Mark Sanford .... layout artist
Michael Sauls .... crowd animator (as Mikey Sauls)
Benjamin Su .... animator
Saschka Unseld .... layout artist
Royce Wesley .... animator
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Sarah K. Reimers .... first assistant editor
Christopher Benstead .... music editor
Ashley Chafin .... music production coordinator
Rupert Cross .... music programmer
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Tricia Andres .... production office manager
Barbara Berkery .... voice and dialogue coach
Stephan Vladimir Bugaj .... team lead: production pipeline
Ryan Lynch .... story coordinator
Kirsten Peterson .... fx production coordinator
David Sotnick .... technical lead: network
Ian Westcott .... systems administrator
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