Texan Tim McCanlies began his career writing, performing and directing
live theatre. While working on his MFA in the Graduate Cinema
program at SMU, he completed several shorts including "Nicole
et Claude," which tied for first place at USC's Student Film
Awards and was sold to cable. After relocating to Los Angeles,
McCanlies signed a deal at the Walt Disney studios and, in 1987,
his screenplay, North Shore, was filmed for Universal (on which
he also received Associate Producer credit).
In 1998, he made his feature film directorial debut on his script,
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81. The film met with acclaim, played continuously
for seven months in his home state and premiered internationally
at the prestigious London Film Festival.
His screenplay for the critically lauded 1999 animated film The
Iron Giant earned McCanlies and director Brad Bird an Annie, BAFTA
Children's Award and a Nebula Award.
McCanlies' additional projects include screenplays for the live-action
The Night We Liberated Paris and Walden Media's Around the World
in 80 Days starring Jackie Chan. His additional feature film screenwriting
credits include Dennis the Menace Strikes Again.
David Kirschner (Producer)
David Kirschner executive-produced with Steven Spielberg the animated
smash hit An American Tail, which led to the sequel American Tail
2: Fievel Goes West, a Saturday morning animated series and the
direct-to-video features American Tails 3, 4 and 5. Kirschner
produced the Child's Play horror film series and created the film's
star, an animatronic doll called Chucky. Kirschner and his company's
additional feature film credits include Hocus Pocus, The Flintstones,
Once Upon a Forest, The Pagemaster, Cats Don't Dance and Titan
A.E. Kirschner most recently produced the critically acclaimed
Frailty for Lions Gate Films. Directed by Bill Paxton, the film
starred Paxton, Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe. Kirschner's
company is also in production on Universal Pictures' CGI film
adaptation of the children's classic Curious George, for which
he teamed up with Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
As Chairman of Hanna-Barbera, Kirschner launched a full slate
of animated television programs in the early '90s, including the
Emmy Award-winning "The Addams Family" and "Pirates
of Dark Water." He also created and produced a number of
innovative television specials including the Emmy Award-winning
"The Last Halloween"; the Emmy nominated "The Dreamer
of Oz"; and "The Halloween Tree," written and narrated
by Ray Bradbury, which won an Emmy Award for Best Animated Program.
Scott Ross (Producer)
Scott Ross is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Digital Domain,
Inc., one of the largest full-service digital production studios
in the feature film and commercial advertising industries. Ross
served in various positions at One Pass Film and Video, San Francisco's
legendary post-production studio. When he left, he was the company's
CEO. Recruited by Lucasfilm, Ross became Industrial Light and
Magic's General Manager. And in the reorganization of 1991, Ross
was named VP of the LucasArts Entertainment Group, which was comprised
of Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Commercial Productions, LucasArts
Attractions, Editdroid/Soundroid and ILM.
Founded in 1993, Digital Domain (Special Visual Effects and Digital
Animation) has established a world-class reputation for innovation
and artistry. Digital Domain's stunning work on James Cameron's
Titanic received the 1997 Academy Award for best visual effects.
In 1999, the company received its second Academy Award for best
visual effects for What Dreams May Come.
Digital Domain was also nominated for an Oscar for their work
on Armageddon, True Lies and Apollo 13, which earned the company
a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award. Their most
recent feature involvement was with Rob Cohen's summer blockbuster
XXX, starring Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson. Some of their
other feature film VFX credits include Interview with the Vampire,
Red Corner, Kundun, the BAFTA winner The Fifth Element, O Brother,
Where Art Thou?, X-Men and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Corey Sienega (Producer)
Corey Sienega heads up development and production for David Kirschner
Productions. Sienega produced Lions Gate Films' Frailty with Kirschner.
The two also teamed up on the box office hit Bride of Chucky for
Universal Pictures. Sienega is overseeing a full slate of projects
which she will produce with Kirschner, including Miss Potter,
a biography of famed children's author Beatrix Potter written
by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby ("Ain't Misbehavin",
"Miss Saigon") and to be directed by Bruce Beresford
(Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy); and "6 DaysTil Sunday,"
a six-hour television event for the SciFi Channel. Sienega is
also re-teaming with Kirschner and New Line on the feature adaptation
of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning short story The Martian Child.
Jack N. Green, ASC (Director
Jack N. Green,
ASC was nominated by the American Cinematographers Society for
Outstanding Achievement for his work on The Bridges of Madison
County, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award,
and won the Boston Film Critics award for Unforgiven, Green also
received The Society of Operating Cameramen Lifetime Achievement
Some of Green's
additional feature film credits include Girl Interrupted, Twister,
The Net and Space Cowboys.
David Moritz was the film editor for Wes Anderson's critically
acclaimed films Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. His most recent credits
include the comedy A Guy Thing, The Affair of the Necklace and
the New Line Cinema's Knockaround Guys.
include Town & Country, The Evening Star and the award winning
independent feature Broken Vessels. He was a co-editor on Jerry
Maguire and an associate editor on James L. Brooks' I'll Do Anything.
In his next
feature, he will be teaming up with Wes Anderson again for The
J. Bomba (Production Designer)
David J. Bomba continues to build a reputation in production design.
Most recently, David designed the Lousiana atmosphere for Callie
Khouri's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. He recently created
the 19th century Cuban environs for MGM's Original Sin, directed
by Michael Cristofer, which was filmed entirely in Mexico. The
two previously paired on New Line's Body Shots and on the acclaimed
HBO production, Gia, for which Bomba was nominated for an Art
Director's Guild Award.
the adaptation of Willie Morris' Mississippi childhood memoirs,
My Dog Skip. He also served as production designer on the independent
films Scenes from Everyday Life, Mind Twister and Todd Haynes'
As art director,
Bomba earned attention through his work on Ron Howard's acclaimed
Apollo 13, Steven Zaillian's A Civil Action and Robert Benton's
Twilight. Other art direction credits include Bruce Beresford's
Silent Fall, John Waters' Serial Mom, He Said, She Said, as well
as Chain Reaction, Cool World, Mother's Boys, The Adventures of
Huck Finn, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Miracle in the Wilderness
and John Schlesinger's Eye for an Eye.
Jones (Costume Designer)
Gary Jones is currently working on Spider-Man 2 and recently completed
the Garry Marshall comedy Raising Helen.
design credits cover a wide range of feature films for some of
the industry's most acclaimed filmmakers, including the Sandra
Bullock comedies Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Two
Weeks Notice, The Princess Diaries, Heartbreakers, Vanya on 42nd
Street, The Mosquito Coast and Trip to Bountiful.
a long creative collaboration with Ann Roth, and together they
worked on films including Primary Colors, The English Patient,
Sabrina, Postcards From the Edge, The Mambo Kings, Working Girl,
and Dressed to Kill. In 1999, Jones and Roth shared an Academy
Award nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Born in Scotland, raised in a musical family and educated at the
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Patrick Doyle first
began his professional career as a music teacher. His first foray
into professional composition was in 1976, after his graduation,
when he composed music for four shows at the renowned Edinburgh
Festival, including the 50s musical comedy "Glasvegas."
He subsequently joined the Citizen's Theatre Company in Glasgow,
where he served as a musical director and actor. John Byrne's
"The Slab Boys," the 1978 landmark theatre piece in
which Doyle portrayed the pivotal character Hector, opened the
floodgates to an entire wave of Scottish writers, won the coveted
Evening Standard Award and is now fixture in the university syllabus.
with actor/director Kenneth Branagh helped shape William Shakespeare's
prose with a modern musical context, first as an actor/composer
and musical director of Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company,
which Doyle joined in 1987. After writing and music directing
successful theatre compositions for Hamlet, As You Like It and
Much Ado About Nothing, among many others, Doyle later worked
with RTC director Dame Judith Dench on both the theatre and television
productions of "Look Back in Anger."
Branagh continued their collaboration in feature films, beginning
in 1989 with Henry V, Doyle's first film score. Its memorable
chorale theme, "Non nobis Domine," introduced on the
battlefield as the exhausted victors collected and buried their
dead, is now one of the most notable themes in modern classical
music. It was given the Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme,
is performed by master chorales on a worldwide basis and continues
to be a popular choice for university graduations.
another film for director Branagh, presented new challenges for
the composer. The modern mystery-thriller moved quickly from one
subplot to another, required Doyle to write music for an on-screen
composer, in addition to addressing the dramatic elements of the
film, which frequently changed time periods. At one moment, the
scene required a modern, jazzy edge and for the next, a 40s pastiche.
The film established Doyle as a versatile composer.
In 1990, Doyle
was commissioned to write a song cycle for soprano and chorus
by the Prince of Wales in honor of the Queen Mother's 90th birthday.
"The Thistle and the Rose" afforded him several trips
to his native Scotland to visit some of the Queen Mother's favorite
places. It was recorded as A Birthday Present for my Grandmother.
Face in the Lake" is Doyle's second recorded original concert
work. The piece was one of three written for the dramatic children's
story narrated by Kate Winslet. Doyle was unable to attend its
1998 world premiere at Carnegie Hall because he was undergoing
a harrowing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia. The CD, "Listen
to the Storyteller," won the 2000 Grammy for Best Children's
Spoken Word Album.
has been one of continuing success in relatively short period
of time. In addition to Branagh, (Hamlet was Doyle's second Academy
Award® nominated score), he has worked with a variety of distinguished
directors: Robert Altman (Gosford Park), Brian DePalma (Carlito's
Way), Alfonso Cuarón (A Little Princess), Ang Lee (Sense
and Sensibility, his first Academy Award® nomination) and
Régis Wargnier (Indochine and Est-Ouest). His upcoming
projects include Calendar Girls for Nigel Cole.