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THE HUNGER GAMES (2012)
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Director: Gary Ross
Screenwriter: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Four-time Oscar® nominee GARY ROSS (Director, Co-screenwriter) launched his career as co-writer of the original screenplay "Big." The film, starring Tom Hanks, garnered Ross his first Academy Award® nomination. Next, Ross drew on his knowledge and love of the American political process for his screenplay of the Capra-esque comedy hit "Dave," for which Ross received his second Academy Award® nomination and won the esteemed Writer's Guild Paul Selvin Award.
In 1998, Ross marked his directorial debut with the ambitious and critically-acclaimed "Pleasantville." In 2003, he wrote and directed the much celebrated, epic feature "Seabiscuit," starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations, including best picture and best screenplay for Ross. He also received DGA and WGA award nominations, the USC Scripter Award, and numerous other guild and critical awards. Most recently, Ross wrote and produced the animated adventure "The Tale of Despereaux," based on Kate DiCamillo's best-selling children's novel.
Bestselling author SUZANNE COLLINS (Co-screenwriter, based on the novel by, Executive Producer) first made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling "Underland Chronicles" for middle grade readers. Her debut for readers aged 12 and up, "The Hunger Games" (September 2008), was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called "addictive" by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, and "amazing" by Stephenie Meyer on her website. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years since publication, and there are more than 26 million copies of all three books in the trilogy, "The Hunger Games" (September 2008), "Catching Fire" (September 2009), and "Mockingjay" (August 2010), in print in the U. S. to date. Foreign publishing rights for The Hunger Games trilogy have been sold into 47 territories.
Suzanne Collins also had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy® -nominated hit "Clarissa Explains It All" and "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo." She received a Writer's Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed Christmas special, "Santa, Baby!"
In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list. In 2011 Fast Company named her to their 100 Most Creative People in Business. Suzanne Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
Billy Ray (Co-screenwriter) made his directorial debut with "Shattered Glass" for Lionsgate. The film, which he also wrote, stars Hayden Christensen,Chloë Sevigny andPeter Sarsgaard who was nominated for a Golden Globe®. Billy then wrote and directed "Breach" for Universal Pictures starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney. After "Breach," Billy co-wrote "State of Play," starring Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams for Universal.
Going into production in March is "Captain Phillips," which Billy wrote for Sony. Paul Greengrass will direct and Tom Hanks will star. Also going into production this year is "24," which Billy adapted for Fox. Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role in the film.
Billy recently finished writing "Neverland," the Peter Pan origin story at Sony Pictures, which Joe Roth will produce. He is currently writing the "Thin Man" remake for Warner Brothers which Rob Marshall will direct. Johnny Depp will star.
Billy is on the Board of Directors of the WGA. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
NINA JACOBSON (Producer) has built an impressive 20-year career as a senior film executive at three major motion picture studios.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was Jacobson's first film as a producer and the first production for her company, Color Force. A commercial success, the film grossed over $75 million worldwide and led to the production of the sequel, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," which opened at #1 at the box office and went on to gross over $70 million worldwide. A third film, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" is currently in production and scheduled for an August 2012 release.
In 2011, Jacobson produced "One Day," starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls which was released in August.
Prior to forming Color Force, Jacobson was president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, where she oversaw script development and film production for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. During her tenure, 15 of Jacobson's projects grossed over $100 million domestically.
At Disney, Jacobson oversaw and launched some of Hollywood's biggest family film franchises, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "The Princess Diaries." "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise became the highest grossing film in Disney's history, generating almost three billion dollars in worldwide box office.
In addition, she has spearheaded an eclectic range of films that includes titles such as "The Rookie," "Remember the Titans," "Freaky Friday," "Bridge to Terabithia," "Miracle," "Step Up," "Bringing Down the House," "Sweet Home Alabama," "The Prestige," "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."
Before joining the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, Jacobson was a senior film executive at DreamWorks SKG, where she developed "What Lies Beneath" and originated the idea of DreamWorks' first animated feature, "Antz."
In 1987, Jacobson joined Disney Sunday Movie as a story analyst. In 1988, Jacobson moved to Silver Pictures as director of development. She went on to head development at Parkes/MacDonald Productions, before leaving to join Universal.
Jacobson is a trustee at Wildwood School and is active with The Jewish Federation. She is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Brentwood with her partner Jennifer and their three children, Noah, Josie and William.
JON KILIK (Producer) has become one of New York's most notable film producers, collaborating with a wide range of auteur directors to create a body of work with an emphasis on human values and social issues.
In 1988, Kilik began his partnership with Spike Lee and has gone on to produce twelve of Lee's films. They include "Inside Man," "Clockers," "Malcolm X," and the groundbreaking "Do The Right Thing," which was recently selected by The Smithsonian Institute for The National Film Archives. Kilik also produced Robert De Niro's highly acclaimed directorial debut, "A Bronx Tale," based on the play by Chazz Palminteri.
In 1995, Kilik produced Tim Robbins' Academy Award® winner, "Dead Man Walking," based on Sister Helen Prejean's account of her work with Louisiana death row inmates, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. The same year he produced Julian Schnabel's directorial debut, "Basquiat," starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol. Next, Kilik teamed with Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh to produce Ross' directorial debut, "Pleasantville," a comic look at the alternate worlds of the American family in the 1950s and 1990s featuring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon.
In 2000, Kilik produced Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls," based on the autobiography of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, starring Javier Bardem. "Before Night Falls" premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor awards. The same year, Kilik also produced Ed Harris' directorial debut, "Pollock," starring Harris as American painter Jackson Pollock. Ed Harris and Javier Bardem were each nominated for the Best Actor Oscar® at the 2001 Academy Awards®.
Next, Kilik traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where he produced "Skins," directed by Chris Eyre. The film features Graham Greene as a Native American who returns home from service in Viet Nam but cannot survive in his Pine Ridge, South Dakota home. In 2004, Jon produced Oliver Stone's "Alexander."
Kilik returned to New York in 2005 to produce the very personal "Broken Flowers," by writer/director Jim Jarmusch, starring Bill Murray and winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2005.
Kilik began another international production when he partnered with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to produce "Babel." The shoot took place in Morocco, Mexico and Japan. The four uniquely interwoven stories are in Arabic, Spanish, English and Japanese. "Babel" premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it won the prize for Best Director, and went on to win the Golden Globe® Award for Best Feature Film Drama and was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.
In 2007 Kilik produced Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," based on the inspiring autobiography by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Kilik won his second Golden Globe® for "The Diving Bell" and the film was nominated for four Academy Awards®.
In 2008 Kilik produced the rock and roll documentary, "Lou Reed's BERLIN," directed by Julian Schnabel as well as executive producing Jim Jarmusch's "Limits Of Control," Spike Lee's "Miracle At St. Anna" and Oliver Stone's "W." In addition to "Biutiful," most recently Kilik has produced Julian Schnabel's "Miral" in Israel and Palestine.
Jon was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Millburn. He graduated from the University of Vermont and moved to New York in 1979 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He returned to his Vermont alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address to the class of 2003.
ROBIN BISSELL (Executive Producer) began his film career in 1998 as the Associate Producer on New Line Cinema's "Pleasantville." Then in 2003, he was the Executive Producer onthemotion pictureadaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling novel," Seabiscuit" - which garnered 7 Academy Award® nominations – including Best Picture. In 2007 Bissell produced the independent film "Just Add Water" starring Jonah Hill and Danny DeVito. His first foray into animation came with Universal's "The Tale of Despereaux," which he Executive Produced in 2008.
Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Bissell attended the prestigious prep school, Germantown Academy. Then prior to coming to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, Bissell studied at both the University of Maryland and Oxford University. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he formed the band "Everything" and released the 1994 album called "Oops" which was recorded at A&M Records. He made the switch to film in 1998 but has continued in music by composing and performing songs for several films, most notably "Pleasantville," "The Big Lebowski" and "Seabiscuit."
LOUISE ROSNER-MEYER (Executive Producer) was most recently an executive producer on Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher." Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon, "Machine Gun Preacher" is the true story of Sam Childers (Butler), an outlaw who becomes a warrior for the desperate and helpless children of a war-torn country in Africa.
Rosner executive produced "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," starring Jeremy Piven; and "Baby Mama," with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. "Baby Mama" marked Rosner's second collaboration with Fey and third collaboration with Lorne Michaels. In 2004, Rosner co-produced Fey's critical and box-office smash "Mean Girls." Her additional executive producer credits include "Paparazzi," "Firestorm" and "On the Line."
She co-produced "Hot Rod," starring Andy Samberg; "Fracture," with Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins; "Beauty Shop," with Queen Latifah; "Get Over It" with Kirsten Dunst and Ben Foster; and the teen favorite "She's All That." Additionally, Rosner line produced "A Kid in King Arthur's Court," "Boys and Girls" and "Leo."
Rosner produced "The Last Time I Committed Suicide" with Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves and Adrian Brody, and the Adam Rifkin Comedy "Denial."
Rosner cut her teeth as a production coordinator on several major projects, including "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Crush," "Imaginary Crimes" and "Silent Fall."
TOM STERN AFC, ASC (Director of Photography) earned both Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Cinematography for his work on Clint Eastwood's drama, "Changeling." Stern, who has enjoyed a long association with Eastwood, most recently lensed Eastwood's "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He was the cinematographer on Eastwood's "Hereafter," "Invictus," "Gran Torino," "Flags of our Fathers," "Letters From Iwo Jima," and the Oscar®-winning dramas "Million Dollar Baby" and "Mystic River." "Blood Work" marked Stern's first film as a director of photography.
Stern's other collaborations include Pavel Lungin's "Tsar," Susanne Bier's "Things we Lost in the Fire," Christophe Barratier's "Paris 36," Alison Eastwood's "Rails & Ties," Tony Goldwyn's "The Last Kiss," John Turturro's "Romance & Cigarettes," Scott Derrickson's "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and Rowdy Herrington's "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius."
As the chief lighting technician at Malpaso Productions, he worked on a wide range of films, including Eastwood's "The Rookie," "Unforgiven," "A Perfect Word," "True Crime," and "Space Cowboys," as well as Michael Apted's "Class Action," and Sam Mendes' "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition," among others.
A 30-year industry veteran, Stern's relationship with Eastwood began as a gaffer on such films as "Honkytonk Man," "Sudden Impact," "Tightrope," "Pale Rider" and "Heartbreak Ridge."
PHILIP MESSINA (Production Designer) is currently designing "Captain Phillips" for director Paul Greengrass and Columbia Pictures. In 2011, Messina designed Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler. Prior to that, Messina worked with M. Night Shyamalan to create the fantasy adventure "The Last Airbender." He has also frequently collaborated with director Steven Soderbergh, designing Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Eleven." The latter garnered Messina an Art Directors Guild nomination. They also teamed up on "The Good German," "Eros," "Solaris," "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich." They first met when Messina worked as the art director on "Out of Sight." Additional credits include Curtis Hanson's acclaimed drama "8 Miles," starring Eminem, and Gregory Jacob's directorial debut, "Criminal." Born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Messina graduated from Cornell University with a degree in architecture. His initial foray into films was as a set designer on "Mermaids," "School Ties" and "Housesitter," which were all filmed in the Boston area. Relocating to Los Angeles, he went on to serve as the art director on such films as "Hard Target," "The Neon Bible," "Reckless," "The Associate," "Trail and Error" and "The Sixth Sense." For television, Messina was the production designer on the series "Freaks and Geeks," created by Paul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow. Messina is married to set decorator Kristen Toscano Messina, with whom he frequently collaborates.
JULIETTE WELFLING (Editor) began her career with critically acclaimed director Jacques Audiard's "A Self-Made Hero," which was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. She has since cut all of his features, "Read My Lips," "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," and his most recent film, "A Prophet." "A Prophet" received several honors including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 and a Golden Globe® nomination. The film won several César Awards including best film and best editing, a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and took home the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Juliette has received six César nominations and won four times. She received an Academy Award® nomination for her editing on "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" for director Julian Schnabel. She went on to cut Schnabel's latest feature "Miral" about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, which screened at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. She worked with innovative director Michel Gondry on "The Science of Sleep."
Three-time Academy Award® nominee Judianna Makovsky (Costume Designer) has created costumes for an array of periods and genres of feature films. Her designs for "Seabiscuit," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Pleasantville" have been recognized with Oscar® nominations as well as being honored by her peers with Costume Designers Guild Awards for the latter two films. She also received a BAFTA nomination for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Most recently Makovsky designed the costumes for "The Last Airbender." Some of her other credits include "X-Men: The Last Stand," both "National Treasure" films, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Practical Magic," "Lolita," "Mr. Brooks," "A Little Princess," "The Quick and the Dead," "The Devil's Advocate," "White Squall," "Reversal of Fortune" and "Great Expectations." She has designed in the various mediums of film, television, theatre and opera.
Makovsky has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also attended The Goodman School of Drama as well as the MFA program at Yale University School of Drama.
T BONE BURNETT's (Executive Music Producer) 40 years of experience in music and entertainment have earned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate. Burnett's highly sought-after involvement in music, film, television and stage projects is marked by his uncanny ability to successfully combine his unique artistic sensibilities with massive commercial appeal. Just as importantly, T Bone Burnett is a champion for artistic freedom and independence, and a driving force in the elevation of our popular culture.
He is a 12-time Grammy® Award winner, earning numerous statues in 2009 -- including Album of the Year and Record of the Year -- for his production work on "Raising Sand," the worldwide smash album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. That same year, he was also awarded a Grammy® for Best Traditional Blues Album for his work on B. B. King's "One Kind Favor." He received two Grammys® in 2011 for his work on the music for the film "Crazy Heart," in the categories of Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for "The Weary Kind" and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album. He previously earned five Grammys® for his work on the 8-times Platinum release, "O Brother Where Art Thou?," which also spawned two highly successful national concert tours: Down From The Mountain and The Great High Mountain. Further Grammys® followed for his work on the platinum soundtrack to the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk The Line," and the platinum Tony Bennett / k. d. lang duets album, "A Wonderful World."
T Bone produced the critically acclaimed hit film "Crazy Heart," starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall, which was released by Fox Searchlight in December 2009. He also composed the film's score and co-wrote many of its original songs, including "The Weary Kind," which earned T Bone and co-writer, Ryan Bingham, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® Award and a Grammy® Award (plus an additional Grammy® for "Crazy Heart" as Best Compilation Soundtrack album). T Bone's work on that film also garnered him awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind"), as well as numerous other critics organizations throughout the U. S.
He was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2004, along with Elvis Costello in the category of Best Original Song for "The Scarlet Tide" from the film, "Cold Mountain." For his work on that film, Burnett also earned the BAFTAs Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
Burnett's work as an in-demand music producer spans three decades and has resulted in some of music's biggest-selling and most critically-lauded releases. His most recent music productions include bestseller "The Union" from Elton John and Leon Russell, which received universal critical raves and became the highest charting album for either artist in more than two decades; "Low Country Blues" from Gregg Allman, which became the artist's first Top 5 album, and garnered countless critical kudos; Willie Nelson's Grammy®-nominated "Country Music;" Steve Earle's "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive;" Elvis Costello's "National Ransom;" John Mellencamp's "No Better Than This" and "Women & Country" from Jakob Dylan.
He is currently producing album projects for Lisa Marie Presley and Jeff Bridges, which will be released in the second half of 2011. Burnett is also collaborating with Mellencamp and author Stephen King on "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," a play with music set in the fictional town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi.
Other major productions include best-selling albums from Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Los Lobos, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Orbison and Ralph Stanley.
T Bone's first major foray into film was his 1999 collaboration with the Coen Brothers on "The Big Lebowski," for which he served as Musical Archivist. He has since served as Executive Music Producer on numerous additional films, including "Across the Universe," the aforementioned "Walk the Line" (for which he also composed the score) and "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood."
He conceived and staged The Speaking Clock Revue in October 2010 that resulted in three special shows to benefit arts and music education programs in U. S. public schools. The shows featured performances from a stellar lineup of artists that included Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, Jim James, Jeff Bridges and newcomers Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters. Burnett is planning a new edition of The Speaking Clock Revue that will tour North America in the fall of 2011.
Born Joseph Henry Burnett in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948, T Bone grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he first began making records in 1965. His big break came in 1975, when he was asked by Bob Dylan to play guitar in his band on the now-legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
From that experience, he formed the Alpha Band with David Mansfield and Steven Soles, and the group made three acclaimed albums before Burnett went solo with the arresting "Truth Decay" in 1980, followed by the "Trap Door EP" (1982), "Proof Through the Night" (1983), the "Behind the Trap Door EP" (1984), an acoustic collection, "T Bone Burnett" (1986), "The Talking Animals" (1988) and "The Criminal Under My Own Hat" (1992).
T Bone emerged from a self-imposed 14-year hiatus as a recording artist in 2006 to release two highly-anticipated collections of music simultaneously: "The True False Identity," his first album of original songs since 1992, and "Twenty Twenty - The Essential T Bone Burnett," a 40-song retrospective spanning his entire career of music-making. In 2008, he released the album "Tooth of Crime," a vibrant outgrowth of his long-running collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard.
T Bone is married to Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and director Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise"). They make their home in Los Angeles.
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (Music by) is an 8-time Oscar® nominee and one of the industry's most versatile and in-demand composers, with more than 100 motion picture and television scores to his credit. Howard has received eight Oscar® nominations, including six for Best Original Score for "Defiance," "Michael Clayton," "The Village," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "The Fugitive," and "The Prince of Tides," and two for Best Original Song from "Junior" and "One Fine Day." In addition to the films mentioned above, Howard's long list of credits includes "Green Lantern," "Water For Elephants," "Salt," "The Dark Knight" (for which he won the 2009 Grammy® Award along with Hans Zimmer), "Blood Diamond," "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Sixth Sense," "Signs," "Freedomland," "Batman Begins," "The Interpreter," "Collateral," "Hidalgo," "Peter Pan," "Dinosaur," "Runaway Bride," "Primal Fear," "Outbreak," "Wyatt Earp," "Dave," "Falling Down," "Grand Canyon," "My Girl" and "Pretty Woman," among others. Also honored for his work in television, Howard won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme for the series "Gideon's Crossing" and earned Emmy® nominations in the same category for "ER" and "Men." His upcoming releases include Rupert Sander's "Snow White and the Huntsman," and Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy."
ALDRIC LA'AULI PORTER (Co-Producer) first developed a love for the industry when he worked at Osmond Studios during his time as a college student. Since those early days he has worked on everything from commercials to television shows to films.
As a first assistant director, Porter has worked on such award winning films as "Mississippi Burning," "As Good as It Gets," "Best in Show" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." He has worked closely with such esteemed directors as Alan Parker, Cameron Crowe, Ridley Scott, James Cameron and James L. Brooks. He has twice won the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Achievement in Motion Pictures for his work on "A Beautiful Mind," directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connolly; and for "Apollo 13," directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Bill Paxton.
In addition to his duties as Assistant Director, Porter has been an Associate Producer on many films including "Apollo 13," "Ransom," "EDtv," "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Missing." He has also been a Co-Producer on "Spanglish," starring Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni; "The Secret Life of Bees," starring Queen Latifa, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning; "How Do You Know," starring Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson; and "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
Porter has six children and four grandchildren. He enjoys cycling, watching his children play sports, and occasionally gourmet cooking.
MARTY COHEN's (Co-Producer) career commenced in 1978 as a production assistant for Ralph Bakshi Productions. He joined the Editor's Guild in 1980 as an apprentice film editor.
In 1982 he began work as an Assistant Editor. Among the projects Marty assisted on the following: "Meat Balls 2," "Best Defense," "Falling in Love," "The Goonies" and "The Color Purple."
In 1985, Marty edited the features "The Princess Academy" and "The Woman's Club." Moving to television, Marty participated in the editing of the miniseries "Amerika."
In 1987, he re-teamed with Michael Kahn as an Associate Editor on "Empire of the Sun" and later that year joined Amblin Entertainment as head of Post Production.
Marty joined DreamWorks Post Production serving as a Post Production Executive for DreamWorks Animation and Live Action films. In 2006 DreamWorks was sold to Paramount where Marty was promoted to Executive Vice President of Paramount Post Production, later becoming President in 2008.
Marty actively engaged and assisted many filmmakers serving as Executive Producer on the independent films "The High Line," "Mothman," "3 Cigarettes" and "Eyeball Eddie," as well as many other projects.
In December 2010 Marty exited Paramount Post to begin anew getting back to his filmmaking roots.
In 2011, his first project began directing the pilot for "Action Figures" a new Web series.
Marty has optioned a script titled "Redemption" and continues to work on the "Fort Santa" project, a story centered on two junior high school students proving the existence of Santa Claus, and plans to direct both projects.
Marty is married to Kathy and lives sometimes peacefully with his four children Maggie, Gabriel, Hershel and Elijah.
As Vice President of Production and Development at Color Force, BRYAN UNKELESS (Co-Producer) was the development executive on the wildly successful "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" franchise, which is based off of Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's books. The third film in the series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," starring Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris and Zachary Gordon will be released on August 3, 2012. Unkeless was a development executive on Lone Sherfig's adaptation of the best-selling novel "One Day" by David Nicholls. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, "One Day" was released by Focus Features on August 19, 2011. Prior to joining Color Force, Unkeless worked at Parkes-MacDonald Productions, where he was involved with projects such as "The Burning Plain," written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga, and "The Uninvited," directed by the Guard Brothers. A graduate of Duke University, Unkeless enjoys running, cycling and watching the Denver Broncos win.
After graduating from the University of Texas, DIANA ALVAREZ (Co-Producer) worked for playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith on the film production of "Twilight: Los Angeles," her play "House Arrest" as well as assisting her at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. Following her stint in New York, Alvarez moved to Los Angeles where she joined Gary Ross' Larger Than Life Productions as a production executive working on "Seabiscuit" and "The Tale of Despereaux."
Born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, DEBRA ZANE, C. S. A (Casting by) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She began her casting career as an assistant to casting director David Rubin. After seven years with David, ending with the happy collaboration as partners on such films as "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black," Debra created Debra Zane Casting in 1996.
Directors such as Bill Condon, Sam Mendes, Gary Ross, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg have regularly called upon Zane to collaborate on the casting of their films. Her list of credits include "Pleasantville," "American Beauty," "Galaxy Quest," "Traffic," "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "Ocean's Thirteen," "Road to Perdition," "Catch Me If You Can," "Seabiscuit," "Matchstick Men," "War of the Worlds," "Jarhead," "Dreamgirls" and "Rise of the of the Planet of the Apes."
A member of the Casting Society of America, Debra has been nominated for their Artios Award twelve times and has won three times. She was the recipient of the Artios Award in 2000 for Best Casting for a Feature Film Drama for "American Beauty," again in 2001 for "Traffic," and again for "Dreamgirls" in 2006. The Screen Actors Guild honored Debra as the casting director for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture for both "American Beauty" and "Traffic." In 2004 Debra was honored by the Hollywood Film Festival as Casting Director of the Year.
Debra is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®.
One of the most renowned Makeup Artists in the motion picture business, VE NEILL (Makeup Department Head) has set many standards of excellence in the makeup field. Over the course of her career Neill has won three Academy Awards®, two Emmy Awards®, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA Award, Local 706 Best Character Makeup Award and the first Artist to be awarded Hollywood Foreign Press "Makeup Artist of the Year" Awards well as the first Makeup Artist to be honored as Makeup Artist of the Year by MAC Cosmetics. That is a total of 21 international nominations and wins for her creative and innovative makeups. From her early career as a rock 'n roll stylist, Neill began to develop her skills as a designer and makeup artist. Specializing in concept, design and execution, Neill entered the film industry and discovered a talent for extreme fantasy makeup.
Neill created space travelers for the first "Star Trek" film and for the hit comedy "Galaxy Quest", rock 'n roll vampires for Joel Schumacher's "The Lost Boys" and visions of the Afterlife for Tim Burton's wacky comedy "Beetlejuice." She turned Johnny Depp into scissors wielding anti-hero for "Edward Scissorhands," Robin Williams into a Scottish nanny for "Mrs. Doubtfire," Martin Landau into horror king Bela Lugosi for "Ed Wood" and brought to life an onslaught of villains, beauties and super-heroes for Warner Brothers' early "Batman" series. She gave Patricia Arquette the "Stigmata," transformed Christine Baranski into the "Grinch's" sexy girlfriend, aged Johnny Depp 60 years for the film "Blow" and turned Jude Law into the perfect Love-Robot for Steven Speilberg's "A. I. ." Some of her other credits include "The Chronicles of Riddick," Danny DeVito's "Matilda," "Hoffa" and Spielberg's "Amistad." Neill continues her illustrious career with an assortment of new characters ranging from possessed beings in "Constantine" and a slew of dirty, drunken, barnacle encrusted camp Pirates that everyone adores for the "Pirates if the Caribbean" series. In 2007 she turned Johnny Depp into the infamous Butcher Barber of Fleet Street for the film musical "Sweeney Todd" and transformed Mike Myers into the "The Love Guru." She worked with Joe Wright (Director of Atonement) on the film "The Soloist" starring Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, and Catherine Keener. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor on the film "I Love You Phillips Morris." In 2009 there was "Priest" starring Paul Bettany, Maggie Qu, Carl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer and Lilly Collins. In 2010 she headed up the Special Makeup FX Dept. for the film "Thor." Last summer she reunited with Joel Schumacher for "Trespass." In the fall of 2010 she swung in to action as the Dept. Head for "The Amazing Spiderman."
Throughout her career Neill has worked with many of Hollywood's brightest stars. Jack Nicholson, Keira Knightly, Julia Roberts, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Johnny Depp, Uma Thurman, Orlando Bloom, Sigourney Weaver, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Keener, Jim Carey, Andy Garcia, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson have all called upon Neill for her expertise with Beauty, the Bizarre and lots of Wild Characters. This is a small part of the all-star list of clientele who enjoy the touch of Neill's magical brush.
LINDA FLOWERS (Hair Department Head) was a platform artist for many years, sharing the stage with talent such as Tony and Guy, Irving Rusk, Martin Parson and many more. As an innovative hair designer and stylist Linda was destined to flourish in film and television where she was nominated for 'best innovative hair styling'. The industry demands she be versed in all periods of hair styling, wigs & extensions, cut, styling and creating characters through hair design. "A hairstyle defines the character the second they appear on screen"; Linda demands her designs perform like her clients.
Linda's Feature Film credits include such notable projects as the award winning "Social Network" with director David Fincher, "Iron Man 2," "Angels & Demons" with director Ron Howard, and "There Will Be Blood" with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Her clients have included Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Keanu Reeves, Christina Applegate, Felicity Huffman and Jill Hennessey, amongst others. Linda has Department headed such television shows as "Samantha Who", "Entourage", "Heroes", "Crossing Jordan" and "Sports Night". Outside of designing hairstyles, Linda's hobbies include martial arts, where she is a 3rd degree black belt and internationally ranked as a #1 martial arts competitor. She is the inventor of 'Top Styler', the patent pending innovative hair styling tool.
LARRY DIAS (Set Decorator) was born and raised on a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley in California to Portuguese immigrant parents. After working in the family business until the age of twenty-two, he moved to Los Angeles to study fashion design at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Dias began his film career at the urging of a friend, who suggested that he try some film work over a summer vacation. He began as a set dresser moving furniture in the set decoration department, and was immediately hooked. Within a year he worked his way up the ladder to become a Set Decorator on commercials and television movies. He landed his first feature film as the set decorator on Diane Keaton's directorial debut, "Unstrung Heroes." Since then he has decorated over twenty-five feature films. Dias has had three nominations for an Art Director's Guild Award for his set decoration which include Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Steven Speilberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and most recently an ADG win with Christopher Nolan's "Inception." He has won international acclaim with a Goya Award for his set decoration on Alejandro Amenábar's "Agora," as well as a BAFTA win and an Oscar® nomination for his work on "Inception."
STEVE CREMIN'S (Special Effects Coordinator) diverse roster of credits includes collaborations with some of the most celebrated filmmakers working today.
Most recently, Cremin was the special effects coordinator on David Fincher's eagerly anticipated "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", which was released by MGM on December 21, 2011. Cremin previously worked with Fincher on "The Social Network."
Cremin's additional credits include Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek," Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," Sam Mendes' "Jarhead," Brian DePalma's "Mission to Mars" and "Snake Eyes," as well as all of M. Night Shyamalan's films: "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs," "The Village," "Lady in the Water," "The Happening," and "The Last Airbender."
Coming from a martial arts background, CHAD STAHELSKI (Stunt Coordinator / 2nd Unit Director) entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like "Mission of Justice" and "Bloodsport II& III," his first start as a stunt double came from the movie "The Crow," doubling late Brandon Lee whom he trained with at the Inosanto Academy. After Brandon Lee's lethal accident Chad was picked for his stunt/photo double because he knew Lee, how he moved, and looked more like him than any other stuntman.
His greatest break as a stunt man came when he worked with Keanu Reeves on "The Matrix." He worked as martial arts stunt coordinator in its following sequels and doubled Keanu Reeves for extreme shots. He also formed a company called Smashcut with his stunt colleagues which was responsible for great stunts in some of the greatest movies and series.
He is now co-owner in 87eleven Action Design, one of the premier action design and fight choreography companies in the industry. With 87eleven and its team of highly skilled stunt performers and coordinators, he now focuses is efforts into 2nd Unit Direction with movies such as "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows," "Safe," and "The Expendables 2." After almost 20 years in the film world he continues to give his best as a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and 2nd Unit Director and hopes to move on to directing his first major motion picture in the near future.
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