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Tim McCanlies (Writer/Director)

Fifth-generation 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 of Photography)

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 Award.

Some of Green's additional feature film credits include Girl Interrupted, Twister, The Net and Space Cowboys.

 

David Moritz (Editor)


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.

Other credits 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 Life Aquatic.

 

David 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.

He designed 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' Safe.

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.

 

Gary Jones (Costume Designer)


Gary Jones is currently working on Spider-Man 2 and recently completed the Garry Marshall comedy Raising Helen.

His costume 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.

Jones enjoyed 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.

 

Patrick Doyle (Composer)


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.

Doyle's association 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."

Doyle and 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.

Dead Again, 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.

"The 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.

Doyle's career 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.

 

Cast
Haley Joel Osment
Michael Caine
Robert Duvall
Kyra Sedgwick
Nicky Katt
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Christian Kane
Kevin Michael Haberer
Crew
 
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