Rome native Enzo Sisti is a veteran of worldwide film production.
He's a hard worker and passionate filmmaker with a great experience on Italian and International film sets.
From production manager to financial controller, to Completion Bond inc. controller, to production accountant to fiscal representative for foreign companies in Italy, to producer, he has worked on dozens of movies. The shoots have taken place in Tunisia, Morocco, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Colombia, Croatia, and all across Italy. Among the many films that Mr. Sisti has worked on are Desmond Davis' original Clash of the Titans; Richard Donner's Ladyhawke; Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Renny Harlin Cliffhanger, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; Martin Scorsese's Kundun and Gangs of New York; and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley and Best Picture Oscar winner The English Patient.
He was executive producer of Anton Corbijn's The American and Mel Gibson's worldwide phenomenon The Passion of the Christ; co-producer of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Mark Steven Johnson's When in Rome; and line producer on Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story and J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III (for the Italy setting of the shooting).
As dedicated filmmaker he was, more recently, executive producer on different types of International productions shot in Italy: the Italian segment of the worldwide hit Avengers: Age of Ultron; Guy Ritchie's take on the film version of The man from U.N.C.L.E.; The young Messiah , Ben Hur.
His last projects are Wonder Woman as line producer and the production of the first VR Film ever made 'Jesus - the story of Christ' where he got back to Matera, the city where he shot several international productions, starting with the work for Mel Gibson.
Enzo Sisti has been also consultant for the preparation of Academy Award winners Giuseppe Tornatore (The Best Offer) and Sam Mendes' 007 Spectre.
The incredibly wide and diverse audience that Tom Boyd reaches through his oboe performances on over 1400 motion picture film scores makes him one of the most heard oboe players on the planet today.
Mr. Boyd attended The Julliard School and shortly thereafter won the Principal Oboe position in The Honolulu Symphony at the age of 21. After performing the standard orchestral repertoire of beloved greats such as Beethoven and Brahms (and surfing almost every day for ten years!), he decided to move to Los Angeles to see if he could break into the commercial studio scene. Three weeks later he found himself under the baton of John Williams playing principal oboe on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Mr. Boyd was a professor of music at the University of Hawaii for ten years and has become the new Professor of Oboe at Azusa Pacific University. He teaches and coaches many young and up and coming musicians throughout the United States.
Some of his larger films include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, King Kong, the Jurassic Park and Lethal Weapon series, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away. Most recently, he can be heard on The Bucket List, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Rush Hour 3 (composed by Lalo Schifrin), The Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Water for Elephants, and the upcoming film Big Miracle staring Drew Barrymore. Mr. Boyd is also no stranger to television and has performed in many well-known ceremonies including the Grammys, the Oscars, and the Latin Grammys, and has been on The Tonight Show several times including an appearance in the orchestra with Neil Diamond. Mr. Boyd has also performed on many albums including those by singing legends such as Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole. He is currently involved in a recording project of John Denver songs with several world-class singers including Plácido Domingo and arrangements by Lee Holdridge. Those are just a few of the many enjoyable moments he has had in his musical career.
George Alan is from Detroit, Michigan. He was plucked from a local mall at the age of sixteen by a modeling scout and for the next decade worked in the major markets of New York, Miami, Chicago, Greece, Milano and cities throughout Asia.
He turned the tables and became a photographer for the Elite and Wilhelmina Agencys before moving to Los Angeles.
George worked on stage and in commercials until landing his first TV roles
He continued to work in television roles on Friends, Charmed, 24, Criminal Minds, Castle, Ben and Kate George played smaller roles in the features, and Richard Day, indie-favorite Straight-Jacket. He landed the lead role of Walter, the tough yet incompetent son of a Mafia kingpin opposite Twink Caplan in Sweet Tessie and Bags. This led to the juicy role of Drago, the foreign and very passionate movie director in the comedy Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse, with Twink Caplan and Stacey Dash, written and directed by Willard Huyck(Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).
Freud said, "Anatomy is destiny," however when you peel away the chisled good looks George is a goofball prankster with a comic's sensibility.
George is of Macedonian descent and cannot get over Oliver Stone allowing Alexander the Great to be a blonde.
David Manzanares has worked on over 50 films, from small independent to large studio blockbusters. He was the Location Manager of Scott Cooper's "Crazy Heart" which received 3 Academy Award nominations and won 2 Oscars including Best Actor for 2009 for Jeff Bridges and Best Song for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind". Other films that David has been involved with include, "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawk and Chris Pratt, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.
In 2015 David served as the Consulting Producer on several of Sony/Lifetime projects including "Beautiful & Twisted" with Rob Lowe and Candice Bergen, "Cleveland Abduction" with Taryn Manning and Raymond Cruz, "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" with Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall and Cole Hauser and continues to work on developing new projects.
David has composed and contributed music to multiple films and made for TV movies including Jim Sheridan's "Brothers", Sony/Lifetime's "Beautiful & Twisted" and "Cleveland Abduction" and his compositions have been played throughout the world including Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
In 2015, David acted in multiple film projects including "The Magnificent Seven" with Chis Pratt and Ethan Hawke, "The Ridiculous Six" with Adam Sandler, Luc Wilson and Steve Zahn, "Graves" with Nick Nolte and Skyler Austin and "Cleveland Abduction" with Raymond Cruz and Taryn Manning.
Notable filmmakers he's worked on projects with include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino, Antoine Fuqua, Carl Franklin, Jim Sheridan, Steven Soderburgh, James Mangold, Michael Bay, Timmy Van Patten, Simon Wincer, Dean Semler, and Janusz Kaminski.
A multi-generational native New Mexican, David grew up in Abiquiu, a small farming/ranching community 1 hr. North of Santa Fe. He attended High School in Espanola were he excelled in Basketball and Drama. His college years were spent at NMSU & Sonoma State University. He ultimately earned his BBA from NMSU with a double major in Marketing/Management and Sales & Promotion. He was introduced to the world of production when a UK based catalog crew unknowingly trespassed onto his family's ranch in Abiquiu. After reaching a successful settlement at gunpoint, David decided to jump head first into the unpredictable world of shooting, only this time, using a camera. Catalog's led to print Advertising, music video's, commercials... and eventually he found himself working in Television and on Features.
Over the years David has enjoyed wearing the different hats of Actor, Music Artist, Producer, Location Scout, Location Manager, Production Manager, Production Coordinator, AD, Production Supervisor, Music Producer/Supervisor and most recently Cultural Advisor and Consulting Producer. His favorite part of the industry is, "All of it! Being a part of a creative and collaborative team where everyone's contribution is recognized and valued...that can be very rewarding".
One of his mantras is, "The harder you work, the luckier you get", and so he has been lucky enough to list among his credits: Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull" with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, Steven Soderburgh's, "Haywire" with Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum, Carl Franklin's "Bless Me Ultima" with Mirian Colon, Luke Ganalon and Benito Martinez, Jim Sheridan's "Brothers" with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhall and Natalie Portman, James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma" with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, Simon Wincer's "Comanche Moon" with Steve Zahn and Val Kilmer, Michael Bay's "Transformers" with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, Walt Becker's "Wild Hogs" with John Travolta and Tim Allen, Wai-Keung Lau's "The Flock" with Richard Gere and Claire Danes, the Polish brother's "The Astronaut Farmer" with Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Willis and Virginia Madsen, Steven Spielberg's "Into the West" with Tom Berenger, Josh Brolin and Wes Studi, Breck Eisner's "Sahara" with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn, Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses" with Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz and Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp" with Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Gene Hackman. He is happy to count as his past clients, "Pepsi/Pytka", "Jeep/Satellite Films", "Pace Picante Sause/Directorz!" "Victoria Secret/Lighthouse Pictures", "Ford/The Dxtrs", "Nike/Radical Media", "Wrangler/RSA London, ABC, NBC, BBC, Tim McGraw, Dona Karan/Cate Blanchette, Randy Travis, Will Smith, Clink Black, Ted Nugget, Guns N Roses, Michael Jackson, Porsche, Calvin Klein, Marlboro, and countless of magazines and catalogs.
A native of Abiquiu, NM, he currently (2016) resides in Santa Fe and continues to write, produce, act and compose music. Presently (2016) he is very excited about translating a 1,000 + yr. old adventure story that has been passed down in his family for generations... and if that isn't enough to keep him occupied, he still finds time to perform and record with the band that he and his brother Michael helped popularize - "Manzanares". David show's no sign of slowing down anytime soon and is always ready for the next celluloid adventure!
Career Highlights . Acting opposite Shirley MacLaine for the German Travel show - Voxtours. . Performing original music for Muhamad Ali. . Being directed by legendary film director Jim Sheridan for the film "Brothers" and having his song "Rocky Mountain Man" used in the scene. . Acting along side Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall in the film "Crazy Heart" . Performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas while touring with his and his brother's band "Manzanares" . Being directed by film director Antoine Fuqua and acting along side Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt for the film "The Magnificent Seven". . Acting opposite Nick Nolte for the television series "Graves". . Watching his son Max perform with his band "The MaxPack" at Zozobra for a crowd of 53,000. . Having his song "One More Time" used for the Sony/Lifetime movie "Cleveland Abduction". . Having he and his brother Michael's song "Vera Cruz" used in the Sony/Lifetime movie "Beautiful and Twisted" . Having he and his brother Michael's song "Gitarra Mia" used in the Sony/Lifetimes movie Cleveland Abduction". . Having he and his brother Michael's song "Muchacha" used in the film "Dorm Daze II".
|Brett Matthew Tomberlin
Brett Tomberlin is the Co-Founder and President of Production/Acquisitions at Imagination Design Works (IDW), a next-generation production company and studio in Orange County, California.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Tomberlin has been a successful producer, director, and studio executive, with credits from the worlds of stage, screen, theme parks, and special events. Upcoming films and television series include the paranormal thriller based on the Winchester Mystery House starring Helen Mirren; and "Vessels," a film set and filmed on the historic RMS Queen Mary ocean liner.
On the television front, Tomberlin is in development on an untitled basketball drama with Showtime Networks, Los Angeles Lakers executives Jeanie Buss, Kurt and Linda Rambis, and legendary coach Phil Jackson. Additionally, he is producing a "Showtime Lakers" documentary with Haven and Time Magazine about the franchise in the 80's and its legendary owner, Dr. Jerry Buss.
Tomberlin's background also includes stage and event productions with the following executive producer credits: ASIFA Hollywood's 33rd Annual Annie Awards, An Evening with George Costanza, Late Night, Laughs, and Leno, and Fright Nights, a nationally-rated Halloween special event.
He began his career in the film industry as a Production Coordinator with "The Tonight Show" and legendary television director, Andy Ackerman ("Cheers," "Wings," "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine"). He has also served as Creative Director of Master Replicas, which focused on developing, producing, and distributing high quality consumer products involving such studio franchises as "Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and "Walt Disney Classics Collection."
Tomberlin is a graduate of Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business majoring in marketing with emphasis in Operation Management and Information Systems. He was raised in Laguna Hills, CA where he currently resides.
|Paul F. Bernard
Paul Bernard is an established producer, director and assistant director in film and television. Having over 20 years of experience in the industry, he lived and worked in New York City for 15 year, before relocating to Los Angeles 7 years ago, and has traveled all over the world producing film and television. Along with his producing partner, James Scura, Bernard specializes in producing studio quality movies on independent budgets, but is no stranger to working on films with $100 million budgets.
Throughout the years, Mr. Bernard has had the opportunity to work closely with many talented directors and producers, such as Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Michael Ritchie, Brian DePalma, Tim Burton, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Peter Berg, Neil Jordon, Michael Mann, James Brooks, John Singleton, Doug Liman, James Wong, Cameron Crowe, among many others, and has maintained good working relationship with all of them.
Between 2008-2012, Bernard produced and co-executive produced five seasons of the TNT hit television series, Leverage, executive produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot), created by John Rogers (Transformers), and starring Academy Award Winner, Timothy Hutton.
During the fall of 2011, Bernard co-executive produced a FX pilot, Legit, while simultaneously producing a CBS pilot, Scent of the Missing, for Executive Producer, Carol Mendelsohn (Executive Producer of CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York).
In 2010, Bernard produced White Irish Drinkers, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by the creator of Ghost Whisperer, John Gray, the film features the talents of Stephan Lang (Avatar) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and was nominated for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film "Genius Award."
Other notable credits of Mr. Bernard's include, A Fork in the Road, directed by Jim Kouf, featuring Jamie King; Follow the Profit, directed by Drew Ann Rosenberg, featuring Robert Chimento, Diane Venora, Annie Burgstede; Blank Slate, directed by John Harrison, featuring Eric Stoltz, Clancy Brown; The Air I Breathe, directed by Jieho Lee, featuring Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Brendon Fraser; The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, directed by Jonathan Frakes, featuring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar; Trust the Man, directed by Bart Freundlich, featuring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup; Venus and Vegas, directed by Demian Lichtenstein, featuring Donald Faison, Jamie Pressly; Passionada, directed by Dan Ireland, featuring Jason Isaacs, Sophia Milos, Emmy Rossum; and Loose Woman, directed by Mr. Bernard himself, featuring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Giancarlo Esposito.
In addition to Producing, Mr. Bernard has accumulated numerous Assistant Director credits in both TV and film throughout his career. Such credits include, Leverage, White Irish Drinkers, Sugarloaf, The Marc Pease Experience, Dragonball Evolution, A Fork in the Road, Follow the Prophet, The Air I Breathe, The Kingdom, Ghost Whisperer, Trust the Man, NYPD Blue, Raising Helen, Spanglish, Leo, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, The Patriot, Any Given Sunday, Three Kings, The Siege, Godzilla, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, City Hall, Die Hard With A Vengeance and Interview With A Vampire.
In addition to his background in film production, Mr. Bernard also has experience producing music events and concert tours, serving as Line Producer and Production Manager for the Grateful Dead Summer Tour 92', Billy Joel PBS Concert 93' and Pete Towndsend's Psychoderelict 93'.
Mr. Bernard graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film from the University of South Carolina.
James Kahn is an American medical specialist and writer, best known for his novelization of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Born in Chicago on December 30, 1947, Kahn received a degree in medical studies from the University of Chicago. His post-graduate training, specializing in Emergency Medicine, was completed at USC-LA County Hospital and UCLA. His original work includes three novels in the New World series: World Enough, and Time (1980), Time's Dark Laughter (1982), and Timefall (1987). As well as Return of the Jedi, he wrote the novelizations of the films Poltergeist and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He has also written for well-known TV shows such as Melrose Place and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was the producer of Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998.
Reinout Oerlemans has worked in the media and entertainment business for 25 years. Launching his career as an actor and on-air host, he transitioned early to become one of the industry's most successful producers and directors of global unscripted and scripted content.
In 2009, Oerlemans made his debut as a feature film director with Academy Award winning producer Hans de Weers, delivering the highest-grossing Dutch movie of the decade, STRICKEN (Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Dokter, starring Carice Van Houten). In 2011 he brought to the Dutch cinema its first movie in 3D: Nova Zembla (starring supermodel Doutzen Kroes in her first on screen appearance), which sold close to a million tickets in the BENELUX.
His love for drama turned Oerlemans into an active, award-winning producer in the scripted space- producing numerous feature films, including The DINNER (with director Menno Meyes, writer of the Color Purple and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), New Kids Turbo (over 1.5 million tickets sold in Holland, Germany and Belgium), and JACKIE (featuring Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter).
In 1989, while studying law at the University of Amsterdam, Oerlemans was "plucked off the street" and cast as a lead in the first Dutch daily, prime time drama ("Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden"). Following six years on the hit series, he became one of Holland's most successful TV personalities, hosting a variety of entertainment shows including the first cycles of American Idol in Holland. He also hosted the hit series Strictly Come Dancing, as well as many seasons of his own talk show, PULSE, for biggest commercial network RTL.
In 2001, Oerlemans founded his own production company, Eyeworks. With a vision to turn the company into a major player in the global TV industry, Eyeworks grew to encompass 16 companies across continental Europe, Scandinavia, South America, New Zealand, Australia and the US- making it one of the top 5 of biggest independent production companies in the world.
Oerlemans created such successful formats as Test The Nation, broadcast in more than 50 territories, as well as Who Wants to Marry My Son, (16 territories) the scripted series COPS Maastricht (100 episodes) and Celebrity Splash for ITV and ABC in the US (sold to 25 territories in total).
In February 2014, Oerlemans sold the Eyeworks group off to Warner Bros. Television Group. The acquisition encompassed all Eyeworks territories outside the United States. After the transaction Oerlemans moved with his wife (former professional cyclist Danielle Overgaag) and their 4 children (Thijmen, Fiene, Ben and Kate) to Los Angeles to 'live the dream', becoming Chairman of his Company Eyeworks USA. In January 2015, he rebranded the company 3 Ball Entertainment (a nod to the original US production company, 3 Ball Productions, which Eyeworks acquired in 2006) and serves as that company's chairman.
3 Ball Entertainment is one of the largest reality producers in the USA- credits include the hit series Extreme Weight Loss (the show also airs as Obese in 150 countries worldwide) and Bar Rescue, (100 episodes for Spike) among many other titles.
Reinout's domestic and international success in film and television has allowed him to transition seamlessly between each medium. If he has an interest in something, he won't let it go and is passionate about everything he does. As a producer and director, he is positioned (and determined) to strike in his next venture in American cinema.
David Hatcher Childress, known as the real-life Indiana Jones to the many fans of his books, is a captivating individual. He has traveled the world several times over, seeking adventure and the answers to the mysteries of mankind's past. His popular Lost Cities books (7 in the series) present fascinating information on the advanced technology and anomalous architecture of our predecessors around the globe.
David has a wide scope of interests, and is a recognized expert not only on ancient civilizations and technology, but also on free energy, anti-gravity and UFOs. After more than 30 years of investigating these arcane subjects, David finds his unique views and ideas are gaining popularity. He is a featured guest on The History Channel's popular series Ancient Aliens, and has also appeared in other History Channel documentaries. Other television work includes a Disney special, Fox and NBC TV specials, and several segments on the Discovery Channel, TNN and A&E. His publishing company, Adventures Unlimited Press, was the subject of a segment on the show Wild Chicago, airing on PBS.
He continues to explore, write and excite people about discovery through his magazine, World Explorer, his publishing company and his video production company, Adventures Unlimited Media.
Connor Holden is an actor born and raised in Rhode Island. He has been fascinated with the world of acting since before he could walk. He remembers being dragged by his mother to live theatre shows as a kid. To his surprise, Connor was intrigued by the talented actors on stage. In his home he spent his time in front of the TV wishing he could be acting side by side with Macaulay Culkin or Indiana Jones. Connor acted on stage in children plays for many years until the awkward stage of middle school. Feeling too "cool" or rather "shy" to perform, he mostly kept to himself but continued to admire acting as a viewer. After years of growing up and feeling more comfortable in his skin, Connor knew he had to return to his true calling in life. Once he graduated high school in 2014, he set out to audition for as many plays as he could find. From that point Connor has been in 8 different theatre performances and 3 different movie roles where he had small brief appearances. There are a variety of roles Connor can play. Some of his past roles in theatre include a young farmer named George Gibbs in Our Town, a satanic Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, as well as a perverted portrayal of Professor Plum in Stadium theatre's production of CLUE. Connor believes there is no escalator to success, you have to take the stairs. His goal is to keep chasing his dream by letting his small film appearances grow into featured roles. Connor wishes to pursue a career in acting both in front of cameras and on the stage. He now lives with his parents in Coventry Rhode Island.
Okan Bayülgen was born on March 23rd, 1964 in Istanbul, Turkey, as the son of a lawyer father and a painter mother. After graduation from the Galatasaray High School, which is one of the most renowned and influential high schools in Turkey, he moved to France to study photography. At the Tours University in France he initially started studying law, but later transferred to the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. After a year studying economics, he returned to Turkey and attended the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. In 1989 he graduated with a bachelor's degree and later also earned a master's degree from the Mimar Sinan University.
Bayülgen started his career as the youngest director of the State Theatre in 1989, where he also worked as an actor. In 1991 he began his broadcasting career by hosting his own radio show at Kent FM. He quit the State Theater of Trabzon shortly after having been appointed to it due to the cancellation of his first play by the executives of the theater.
He took part in the American TV series "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992) while it was filming in Istanbul.
After a successful radio career, Bayülgen created his own late-night TV show called "Gece Kusu" (The Night Bird) in 1995, bringing him to fame. In 1996 he hosted a new late-night TV show called "Televizyon çocugu" (Television Kid). After a two-year break, he returned to the TV-screens with a show called "ZAGA", which also instantly became a success.
In 2004 he created an intellectual show program called "Herkes Bunu Konusuyor" (Everybody Is Talking about this). In 2005 he created and hosted the late-night TV show "Televizyon Makinasi" (Television Machine), a revolutionary TV concept on Turkish television.
Bayülgen's acting career started in 1996 with the movie "Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda". In 1997 he won the Sadri Alisik Acting Awards' Best Actor Award for his role in "Agir Roman". He is also one of the most popular dubbing performers of Turkey. Additionally, Bayülgen is also a well-known photographer.
Legendary clarinetist, composer ("At the Woodchoppers' Ball"), singer and bandleader (the Thundering Herd(s) ), educated at Marquette University. He was a clarinetist in the orchestras of Joey Lichter, Harry Sosnik, Gus Arnheim, and Indiana Jones, then formed his own orchestra, appearing in hotels, theatres and ballrooms. He toured Europe in 1954, Europe, and Latin America in 1958 (under the auspices of the US State Department), and made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1945, his chief musical collaborators included Chubby Jackson and Ralph Burns, and his other popular-song and instrumental compositions include "Apple Honey", "Goosey Gander", "Northwest Passage", "River Bed Blues", "Blues on Parade", "Blowin' Up a Storm", "Music by the Moon", "Early Autumn", "A Kiss Goodnight", "Your Father's Moustache", "Wild Root", "I Remember Duke", and "Misty Morning".
Ever since the 1984 film "Ghostbusters", Brandon Kleyla knew what he wanted to do: act. He first professional job came in 1991 when he was in a local theater production of "Evita". That winter, he went on to portray "Tiny Tim" in "A Christmas Carol" and "Jacob Rothchild" in "The Rothchilds." He soon signed with The Christensen Group talent agency in Winter Park, Florida. From then on, he worked regularly at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando on such projects as the pilot episode of "Gullah Gullah Island", "Nick News", and "All That." He landed his first film role in the 1995 hit NOW AND THEN, starring Demi Moore, where Brandon plays "Bobby Fricker, " a character that was originally dropped from the script but later restored just for him. While filming NOW AND THEN in Savannah, Brandon worked with Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birch & Ashleigh Aston Moore. A few months after filming NOW AND THEN, Brandon auditioned for CHILDREN OF THE CORN - MILLENNIUM'S CHILD. Soon after he auditioned, he found himself flying to Austin, Texas for production. In the film, which is now known as CHILDREN OF THE CORN - THE GATHERING, Brandon plays the very demon that Stephen King originally created in his short story. In this film, Brandon worked with the legendary Karen Black, Naomi Watts (Tank Girl), Samaria Graham (NOTHING TO LOSE), Brent Jennings (ANOTHER 48 HRS.) and William Windom. During filming, Brandon was turned over to the artists at Sota FX, who transformed him into "Josiah", the amazing boy preacher who is wrongfully murdered by the townspeople. After CHILDREN OF THE CORN - THE GATHERING, Brandon and his family moved to Los Angeles where he contacted Roy Knyrim at Sota FX, the studio that did his makeup in "Corn" and started helping out around the shop. He soon was auditioning for casting director Valorie Massalas for the film FATHER OF FRANKENSTEIN (later retitled GODS AND MONSTERS) -- by coincidence Sota FX was working on makeup effects for the film. Brandon went into his audition not knowing that Valorie Massalas was also one of the casting directors for one of his favorite films of all time, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. Brandon says "If I had known that when I went in, I probably would have made a real fool of myself." He went on to land the role of "young James Whale, " in GODS AND MONSTERS. During the filming of GODS AND MONSTERS, Brandon certainly did is part and more to help with the production. In addition to playing the "young James Whale, " he helped Sota FX with makeup. Very soon after wrapping production on GODS AND MONSTERS, he was on his way to the El Rey Theater on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles to help out his friends Robert Bayer Burnett and Mark A. Altman, by doing a small cameo in their film FREE ENTERPRISE starring William Shatner. You can also see Brandon in a variety of television commercials including "Got Milk -Monster Trapping" and "Holiday Inn Express."
Vivien Taylor was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has enjoyed performing from a young age, starting dance classes at the age of three. She reached professional levels in her Royal Academy and Imperial Society ballet, tap and modern exams. During this period she appeared in many stage shows, both dancing and acting. It was in her teenage years that she developed a real interest in acting and whilst studying for her MA (Honours) Degree in Film and Television and Theatre at the University of Glasgow she attended an open call for a TV commercial. Although Vivien didn't book the role, the casting director told her that she wanted to represent her as her agent and help her lay the foundations of an acting career. It was at this time Vivien started booking parts in commercials and small roles in television programmes, as well as her first leading roles in several short films. She also attended acting classes from Mark Westbrook as well as various screen acting courses run by Equity. From then on her acting career gained momentum, when Vivien was cast as female lead, Dr Elizabeth Lawrence in Indiana Jones fan film, 'Treasure of The Templars.' Although she had studied film acting, it was during this six week shoot that Vivien had the opportunity to hone her film acting skills, being pushed to levels that she didn't think were achievable. Soon after this she was cast as third female lead, Tamara in _Cycle(2006)_ which was shown, much to Vivien's delight at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, she has expanded her spectrum of roles in theatre, television, radio, short and feature films and prides herself on the variety of character types she has played. She has also does a lot of voice work for adverts and animations. Vivien's most recent highlights were as drug addict Sheena in Wayne Thallon's dark comedy feature film A Spanking in Paradise which along with The Dunwich Horror (in which Vivien played Lavinia Whateley) gained 'Best of the Fest' at the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival. After showing how physically versatile Vivien was whilst appearing as a host of characters in CBBC's Hedz, she was cast as the grotesque zombie matron in Outpost: Black Sun, and appeared as the same character in pre-zombie form the following year in the prequel, Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz which was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2013. Vivien has recently been attached to a number of feature film projects with Thunderball Films which are scheduled to be going into production in the very near future.
Writer, director and producer Hal Barwood was born and raised in Hanover, New Hampshire. His father ran a local movie theater. Barwood graduated with honors with a BA in arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Hal then attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, where he first met both George Lucas and future frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins. Barwood and Robbins wrote the screenplays for Steven Spielberg's debut theatrical feature "The Sugarland Express," the amiable sports comedy "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings," the magical science fiction classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (Hal also has a small role in this film), and the bio epic "MacArthur." Moreover, Barwood both co-wrote and produced two films that Robbins directed: the charming teen coming-of-age winner "Corvette Summer" and the first-rate fantasy cult favorite "Dragonslayer." Barwood made his sole foray as a director of a theatrical feature with the excellent and underrated medical horror chiller "Warning Sign." From 1990 to 2003 Hal worked as director, producer and scriptwriter for the video game company LucasArts; he's perhaps best known for his work on the 1992 game "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis." He was named one of the top 25 game designers in America in the August, 1999 issue of the magazine "PC Gamer." The video games Barwood has designed include "Star Wars: Yoda Stories," "RTX Red Rock," "Zengemsi," and "Mata Hari." Hal Barwood resides in Portland, Oregon and works as a freelance independent contractor for his company Finite Arts.
Actor/Producer/Activist Ethan Marten formed Light Age Films in 2010. The development and production company is in post production for two films: Eyes of the Roshi starring Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Star 80, Pope of Greenwhich Village); and the documentary feature White Buffalo: An American Prophecy. White Buffalo, shot throughout the Americas, seeks to locate the source of peace and harmony found in Native American Spirituality for the benefit of all humankind. In Development are two features: Lost April, a suspense-thriller; and The Perfect Breed - a Vampire Thriller set against historic backdrop of Medieval Europe and the American Civil War. Marten Produced and Executive Produced the sci-fi thriller Atlantis Down starring Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder, JFK, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer) and "Atlantis Rising: The Making of Atlantis Down". Reality never looked as good as when Marten co-created, produced, and was 2nd unit director of "Tanners Point", a reality-based television series shot in Virginia. Marten hosted a panel discussion on marketing and motion pictures during the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival while bringing home three Best Of awards from the festival for Tanners; Best Reality Show, Best Ensemble, and Best Soundtrack. While Producer/Co-Founder of Star Circle Pictures Marten made "Samaritan," "Player's Joy," and "Revolver" with partners Richard Marten and Kimball Carr. Samaritan was credited by Panasonic as being the first motion picture completed with the AG HVX-200 using all digital technology. Star Circle edited on set and wrapped with a rough cut of the movie. Marten was Vice President of Marketing for Atlantic Film Studios - Virginia's first full-service motion picture studio. As Vice President of Atlantic Entertainment Inc., Marten was distributor of such films as "What Ever Happened To..?" starring Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, "In The Deep Woods", starring Anthony Perkins, and "Our Sons", starring Hugh Grant, Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret. Artistic Director/Co-Founder Norfolk's award winning 2nd Story Theatre. Publisher/Co-Founder OnStage Magazine, Virginia-based arts and entertainment 1986-1993. As an Actor Marten has worked with Harry Dean Stanton, Frank Langella, Academy Award winners Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, Jose Ferrer and Whoopi Goldberg. He has also been featured as John Todd, Jr. in the PBS episode of Dolley Madison on The American Experience; John Taylor in First Landing for ABC Family; Irving Berlin in George Lucas's Young Indiana Jones Chronicles for ABC Television; and in the Hollywood Pictures film Eddie. His Stage credits span more than thirty years and have seen him in Festival Productions of Shakespeare's Tempest, Equity Productions of Hamlet, and New York's Emelin Theatre Productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream as Oberon and Bottom. Marten first started working behind the camera in 1988 with Craig and Mark Fincannon on Buzz Kulick's "Too Young the Hero." He has since worked in front of or behind the camera with Lucas Films, Hollywood Pictures, Discovery Channel, Family Channel, New Dominion Pictures, and NASA. Marten received Secret Service clearance, and was one of the youngest print journalists covering the Presidential Campaign of 1980 in Sacramento.
Terrie Batson began dancing at the age of 5 and began teaching at 15 for the Baldwin-Copeland Studio of Dance. She taught students of all ages Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Clogging and Acrobatics. In 1989 Terrie moved to Atlanta and then to Raleigh where she taught dance classes at several studios. Upon her return to Wilmington, at age 26, she continued to instruct students privately for pageants and dance competitions. Under her instruction many dancers have won numerous awards, scholarships and recognition in the dance arena and some have opened their own dance schools. Her routines and dancers have been awarded regional & national honors for choreography, dance spirit, overall placements, grand championships, etc. In 1993 Ms. Terrie opened Techniques In Motion School of Dance in Wilmington, NC. Model, dancer and actress, Terrie Batson's diverse artistic career includes being a Runway and Print Model as well as featured in several area & National TV Commercials & National Print Ads. She has acted in major feature films including Mary in "Cyborg" with Jean Claude VanDamme, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, "29th Street" and in several Wilmington area Independent feature films. Her acting career also includes appearances in Television productions such as "Young Indiana Jones", "In A Childs Name", "Bitter Blood" and most recently in "One Tree Hill", and recent featured roles in Wilmington, NC film productions of "The Gritters" and "Change". Theatre productions include Thalian Hall Theatre productions of "Chicago", "West Side Story" and BrownCoat Theatre productions "Namaste, Indiana", "Catastropolis" and "Monk's Brew".
She is starring in and reprising her role as "Mary" in the feature length film entitled "Rise of the Slingers" Cyborg Sequel directed by Albert Pyun and set to be filmed in Vancouver, Canada this fall.
|Anouar H. Smaine
Anouar H. Smaine was born in Algiers, Algeria. He is the son of a French Professor, and an Actor, Director and Playwright. As both parents were busy with their respective careers, his father would often take him to different film sets and theatrical rehearsals he was involved in. It is at the age of 9 that Anouar took his first acting steps in "Cri de pierre" (Translated as "Screaming Rock"); a social drama . A few years later, Anouar moved to Paris where he learned more about the impact of the arts on the human condition, human history and world cultures. Under the influence of his father and some family friends, he became more acquainted and drawn into the world of theater and drama (among those are Algerian comedians Fellag and Hassan Belhadj, french playwright Henri Cordreaux, and french painter JP. Bellan). In his late teen years, Anouar moved to the US and began a long journey of education which will ultimately earn him two Masters degrees in Political Science and French respectively. Anouar's passion for filmmaking and drama however never faded. With all his formal education completed, Anouar moved to Hollywood, attended film school (New York Film Academy at Universal Studios), and received his training in Filmmaking (Directing, and Producing). After Directing, Producing, and acting in multiple short films, Anouar writes, directs and produces "Axis of Evil" which tackles the stereotyping of minorities and immigrants in post 9/11 America. The film immediately catches the attention of festival audiences in the US and abroad. It will screen in South Africa, in Toronto, Canada, in Philadelphia, and in Los Angeles where it earns Anouar an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards film festival. A year after "Axis of Evil's" success, Anouar collaborates with one of Hollywood's top acting coaches and film director Kimberly Jentzen on the multiple award winning and Oscars' qualified film "Reign" about casualties of the Iraq war. On set, Anouar will have the unique opportunity to work alongside Academy Award Nominated cinematographer Jack Green (Unforgiven, Space Cowboys), Academy Award Winning Sound Designer David MacMillan (Indiana Jones, Paranoia), and acclaimed character actor Will Wallace (The Thin Red Line, The tree of life) among others. Such experience would not only prove to be valuable but also decisive for Anouar's next film; "Sharia", which he writes, directs, and produces. A film about the complexity of inter-cultural relations within couples of different backgrounds, and hints at the importance of dialogue between cultures and civilizations. The film screens at many US and European film festivals including the world famous Cannes Film Festival Short Corner and will win numerous Awards among which "Best Film", "Best Director", "Best Producer", "Best Actress", and "Best Actor". Through film, Anouar aims to give a voice to those who do not have one by bringing to the big screen thought provoking and timely stories that are not typically "popular" by Hollywood standards.
John Paval's most recent role is that of John Walsh, personal physician to Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) who comes to her aid that fatal night of November 22, 1963 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, in Pablo Larrain's "Jackie" (2016). Previously, the legendary film maker Costa Gavras cast him in the role of Paul Frost, the power broker from Goldman Sachs who ruthlessly sets in motion the takeover of a major European bank, in Costa Gavras' financial thriller 'Le Capital' (2013), appearing beside Gabriel Byrne and Gad El Maleh. John began his film acting career in Los Angeles playing the role of Indiana Jones in a series of short films (and a Super Bowl commercial) co-produced by Lucasfilms in 1995 and still running at Disneyland to this day. In 1996 he moved to Paris, France where he has worked with a series of French and international film directors, including Raoul Peck (Palme d'Or, Cannes 1990), Colline Serraut (who directed the original 'Three Men and a Baby' in French), the Greek expatriate Robert Monthoulis, and James Ivory. For Raoul Peck, he played a New York City cop trying in vain to keep his partner from killing an innocent black women in 'Corps Plongés' (1998). For Colline Serraut, he played an international arms merchant in 'Lumières sur un Massacre' (1998). Robert Monthoulis called on John to play an American film producer trying to green-light a film project about the military coup by the Greek colonels in 'Lilly's Story' (Venice Film Festival, 2003). James Ivory films in which John has appeared include 2003's 'The Divorce' and 'A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries' (2001). French language film and television projects have included the role of a wealthy American businessman in the highly successful film 'Tanguy' (2002) directed by Etienne Chatillez. French television viewers first discovered John in the miniseries 'Un et Un Font Six' (France 2, 1998-1999) in the recurring role of the charming but mysterious John Guerini, an American film maker who travels to Paris for the love of a Frenchwoman who helped him recover from alcoholism. An avid theater actor, John recently did a turn as Harrison Howell in Lee Blakeley's staging of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" at the prestigious Chatelet Theatre in Paris. His work is well known to festival goers at the Avignon Theater Festival where his leading roles in Albert Gurney's "Love Letters" (1999-2002) and Hjalmar Söderberg's "Docteur Glas" (2011-2014) led to repeat engagements to sold out houses and critical acclaim. John is represented by Monita Derrieux of Agence A. in Paris, France.
|Patrick Michael Strange
Actor, model, writer, producer, publisher, photographer, teacher... the list goes on for Patrick Michael Strange... most just call him, The Golden Child... and he is the personification of the multi-hyphenate. He is a creative genius who is able reach deep inside his soul to bare the imagination that lies within us but few of us are able to tap into.
Patrick Michael Strange was born on November 9, 1977 in San Diego, California. He is the first of two children; his younger sister is Michelle Lynn Strange. His father, Samuel Arthur Strange, is a retired US Navy sailor hailing from San Francisco, California; while his mother, Dianalyn Llamado Fiandler, was born in Cavite City, Philippines.
At an early age, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations of creativity. He astounded his family and friends with his pencil drawings and other artistic creations. He played dress-up frequently and acted out characters such as Zorro and Batman. As the son of a military man, Patrick and his family traveled frequently. After leaving San Diego, he lived in Sigonella, Sicily (Italy); Winter Harbor, Maine; Goose Creek, South Carolina; Gulfport, Mississippi and Port Orchard, Washington. With all these moves, friendships were lost and life grew further difficult for him. To help with the transitions, friends became the characters in the books that Patrick read and were ones that he could always take with him. Book after book was gobbled up with intensity. Later, a love for art arrived that eventually melded these passions in the form of comic books. Patrick grew an immense love & appreciation for the sequential art form. Adding to the mix, the original "Star Wars" trilogy and films such as Indiana Jones and E.T. opened his eyes to even deeper imagination and storytelling... the world of cinema.
Born of mixed heritage (Filipino, Irish & German), his upbringing was also a search for identity that would eventually become his greatest strength and motivation. From youth to teen years, where-in race and social classification grows rampant, his "outsider" persona - being that he was always the new kid in school and even simpler "different" race-wise, kept him out of many things. However undeterred by the ignorance of others, books helped him find the meaning of his self and a social awareness of others. He developed an appreciation for history and knowledge. Sir Francis Bacon's quote, "Knowledge is power" is one of his favorites. Reading bore into him a deeper world view and an optimistic vision of the future and along with his creativity a desire to entertain as well as educate in art, comics, photography and film.
While in school, Patrick began his first pursuits into comics, music and film. He submitted his art portfolio at comics shows and conventions and was selected for a gifted arts program. Throughout his school years, he participated in Concert Choir and was selected as a Tenor to the All-County Choir. In his junior year, he took up drama and performed in the Mr. Goose Creek High School pageant. It was through this performance, that he was selected to work on the film, "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" the sequel to the first film, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" starring Jim Carrey. In the film, Patrick was a background actor playing a Tibetan monk.
In 1996, he graduated from Goose Creek High School and enlisted in the US Navy along with his best friend, Mike Agojo. While at boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, Patrick grew upset with his decision to enlist, due to scholarship offers he had turned down. However, Patrick later credited his military experience to further opening his eyes to the world and strengthening his relationship with his father; whom he grew despondent to in his youth. After boot camp, Patrick attended Yeoman school in Meridien, Mississippi and Submarine School in New London/Groton, Connecticut. His first duty station was onboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) aka the "Sammy B."; whose homeport was located in Norfolk, Virginia.
While onboard the "Sammy B.", Patrick served two deployments out in the Persian Gulf region. During his first deployment, the pressures of life and his current situation took its toll. While on watch, Patrick nearly committed suicide out on the flight deck. In this lowest moment of life, he found his meaning and threw the knife into the water.
In 1999, Patrick met Ebony Braxton, whom would later become his wife; and in 2000, Patrick was honorably discharged and found the freedom to finally pursue his goals and dreams.
2001 birthed Temple Far East Entertainment (Temple Studios and Far East Films), Patrick's media company and dream realized. First, came the hip hop mix tape CDs featuring popular artists and his undiscovered talented friends, and then his first self-published comic, Blood of Onyx, debuted at the Baltimore Comicon in Baltimore, Maryland. The success of Blood of Onyx led to Patrick's autobiographical comic, The Adventures of Thong Raider and a selection as a contributing comic creator to Sky Dog Press' Comics Legal Defense Fund benefit graphic novel, More Fund Comics featuring Patrick's "The Who'Whats!?". At a signing at Howard University, the Time Dollar Institute's Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, approached Patrick after reading 'Blood of Onyx" and that relationship grew into the comic, "Time Dollars". Patrick later worked with the Anime USA convention as both their Art Show & Artist Alley Director for 2002 & 2003 and with Capicons' Tysons Corner Comics Show as a featured guest and assisted Capicons in attaining guests. Through the relationship with Capicons, Patrick partnered and hosted his own pop culture comics convention, Americon bringing a San Diego Comicon style experience to the east coast. Patrick and his company also appeared at Small Press Expo (SPX), Orlando Megacon and Wizardworld East in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 2006, Patrick jumped back into acting and the film industry after many contacts pursued him with film interests for his comics properties. Not wanting to let his characters freely go without a better idea of the industry, Patrick began working in multiple TV & film projects both in front of and behind the camera to gain experience and later joined both the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
|Michael Dean Russell Jr.
Michael has lived, worked, and traveled throughout the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia-Pacific, while serving in the US military since 1996.
Born on September 26, 1973, Michael started making movies as a teenager with those big VHS home video cameras with his neighborhood friends. They would reenact scenes from Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars to Cocktail, showing his extreme interest in acting and filmmaking at an early age.
Despite being very shy in elementary school and glued to the TV watching his favorites of Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplain, The Three Stooges, and any Warner Brothers cartoons, especially Bugs Bunny, Michael's mom encouraged him to act in local school plays to help him open up to others, since he use to hide under his high chair when someone would ring the doorbell at his home.
Although Michael was never a child nor teenage star, Michael didn't land his first real TV role until he was serving in the US military at the age of 32 in Miami, FL.
After being cut out of this role, 'Aquaman', Michael then landed a movie role as a father on the beach with Harland Williams in the sequel to an old 1980s comedy hit, 'Bachelor Party', starring Tom Hanks.
Following these great experiences and opportunities, Michael received orders to serve overseas and had to take a break from acting to serve his country and family.
During his off-duty hours overseas, Michael began to study and Master the art of filmmaking, where he would begin to learn the craft of directing, writing, and acting that he dreamed of studying. At this time, Michael's dream was starting to come through, something he admired doing after serving his country.
Just recently he wrapped up a terminal Masters in Fine Arts in Motion Pictures and Television, retired from the US military, and moved to Los Angeles with his son, Parker, also an actor to pursue their dreams in the 'City of Angels'.
Richard Hymns has journeyed from film studio tea-boy to Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor. He got his start as a 16-year-old at Elstree Studios in London running tea service to film editing crew members on their breaks, becoming an apprentice editor soon after.
He rose through the ranks and found his niche in motion picture sound editing, primarily at Skywalker Sound in Northern California. As Supervising Sound Editor of such films as Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Backdraft, A River Runs Through It, Jumanji, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, War Horse, Lincoln and All is Lost among others, Hymns established and continues a formidable career predicated on building authenticity and subtlety of sound in service of a director's storytelling vision. From the roar of weaponry to the quiet splash of a fly-fishing lure upon rushing water, a commitment to creative quality is a hallmark of his work.
Hymns has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Roman Polanski, Ron Howard, George Lucas, Chris Columbus, J.C. Chandor, Robert Townsend, Tony Richardson, Alan Parker, Joe Johnston, Brad Silberling, Philip Kaufman and Kevin Smith among others.
He has won three Academy Awards from a total of nine nominations, four Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards and a BAFTA Award.
As the creator of 'Scrooge McDuck', Carl Barks did more than any other comic book artist to widen the popularity of Donald Duck, bringing in the process a vast array of memorable supporting characters into the Disney universe, among them Uncle Scrooge himself, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose (and his Little Helper), the Beagle Boys, and the Junior Woodchucks.
Unlike many other artists working (all anonymously) for the Disney company, Barks did not mindlessly churn out condescending, forgettable stories of a childish nature during his 24-year stint on the Disney Ducks. He consistently produced delightful top-quality material, both in his scripts and in his art as well as in his dialogues, which echoed with deep human resonance. "I polished and polished on the scripts and drawings until I had done the best I could in the time available", he said. In both types of stories -- the 10-page comedies and the longer adventure stories -- he produced between 1942 and 1966, he managed to convey the intricacies and subtleties of the full scope of human emotions (from envy and cynicism and alarm and desperation to joy and scorn and triumph and smugness) while capturing the essence of exotic locations from the four corners of the world (from scorching deserts and primal forests to humid jungles and freezing snow-clad mountains through the urban setting of Duckburg).
His mastery at this is witnessed to by, among others, Newsweek's homage to his artistry and by Time's conclusion that "Scrooge and his creator Carl Barks belong in the great mainstream of American Folklore." Beyond that is the plain fact that he was known to his readers simply as "the good artist" (a descriptor necessary during a time when the Disney company didn't identify any of its cartoonists). His publishers tried in the early '50s to replace him on the 10-page comedies in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories so that he could concentrate on the longer adventure epics in Donald Duck and Uncle $crooge (these were the three titles that contained the bulk of Barks' output through the years); they were promptly flooded with a barrage of pleading and irate letters from readers demanding that "the good artist" be brought back.
Among his many fans were George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, who were inspired by the adventure comic books. One South American adventure in particular ("The Prize of Pizarro", Uncle $crooge nr 26, June-August 1959) inspired sequences in all three Indiana Jones films (the booby traps both in the lost temple in the opening pre-credits sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and in the final scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as the flood through the mines of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). In an homage printed in Uncle Scrooge: His Life & Times (edited by Edward Summer and published by Gary Kurtz), Lucas writes that when he discovered the McDuck character as a kid, he liked him "so much that I immediately went out and bought all the Uncle $crooge comics I could find on the newsstand. My greatest source of enjoyment in Carl Barks' comics is in the imagination of his stories .... The stories are also very cinematic .... these comics are a priceless part of our literary heritage." Indeed, the titles of his adventures (many of which were inspired by the National Geographic) duly resonate with exoticism and adventure: "The Mummy's Ring", "Terror of the River", "Mystery of the Swamp", "Ghost of the Grotto", "Lost in the Andes", "Sheriff of Bullet Valley", "Trail of the Unicorn", "The Golden Helmet", "The Seven Cities of Cibola", etc...
His stories were constantly reproduced in Disney comics across the globe, after his retirement in 1966 (the same year that Walt Disney, who was born nine months after Barks, died). And soon his 6,371 comics pages (according to one count) from some 450 comic books were being reprinted (by then computer-colored) in impressive coffee-table volumes and hand-sewn hardback tomes, not just in the United States, but throughout the western world (Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, etc...).
Certainly the most widely read comic book artist of all time, Barks is also in all probability, what with Disney being the world's largest publisher of children's magazines and books (every year over two billion people around the globe read a Disney book or magazine, the company claims), the most widely-read author of any type of reading material of the 20th century.
Born to a homesteading family in Oregon on March 27, 1901, Carl Barks left school at 15 and spent the next two decades "in grim and demanding jobs" (to quote Michael Barrier's "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book". These included rancher, logger, railroad repairman and printer. During the Depression, he went on to become an illustrator for a humor magazine, eventually becoming its most productive member. He joined the Disney studio in 1935, where he became a story man on the animated cartoons of a character created a year earlier (a duck by the name of Donald) and worked with such people as Harry Reeves, Chuck Couch, Jack Hannah, Homer Brightman and Nick George. Health problems eventually forced Barks to leave the Burbank studio during World War II for the dry air of the California desert, where he made the transition to comic books.
And so, it was after the age of 40, in an era when most people had little more than a third of their lives in front of them, that Carl Barks made the fateful jump of his life, the one that would leave his name an immortal one in the annals of what the French call "le neuvième art" (the ninth art form). And yet, it would not be until after his retirement that his name would, slowly but surely, become known to the mainstream public. It was during the 1960s that persistent fans (among them his official biographer, Michael Barrier) finally managed to identify "the good artist" (also dubbed the Duckman and the comic book king), become his correspondents, and proceed to make his name known to the outside world.
Despite having retired (and as his name was slowly becoming famous), "Unca Carl" did not remain inactive. He turned to painting, specifically signed oil paintings of his Disney Ducks, paintings that today easily fetch thousands of dollars and whose prices have occasionally topped $100,000. Indeed, it is easy to forget that Barks' retirement years lasted far longer than his comic book career and he spent many more years before the canvas than he did over the drawing board. In fact, Barks lived to the ripe old age of 99, and it is somewhat amazing to realize how vast an amount of time this actually means. His life spans such an extensive amount of time that his date of birth is further removed from that of his death than it is to the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the untamed wilderness west of the Mississippi (including Oregon, the region where the Barks family would eventually settle).
He was sprightly and active until the very last. People half his age reported that he could remember events they had long forgotten. His pace was such that during his 1994 trip to Europe (his first outside North America) to celebrate Donald's 60th birthday, young Disney handlers and PR staff (imagine yuppies in their 30s) at Paris' Euro Disneyland had to quicken their pace to keep up with the then-93-year-old man. His philosophy could be summarized in these words: "I worked hard at trying to make something as good as I could possibly make it... I always tried to write a story I wouldn't mind buying myself."
Born in Texarkana,TX, on March 1st 1979. Tony Gibson with his older brother and mother lived in many small towns through out the US including Burbank, Ca. Oklahoma City, Longview, TX, and surrounding NE Texas small towns growing up. Tony always felt acting and theatrics was his calling, even as a child. Being one of those kids laid out in the floor with ketchup and playing Indiana Jones with his older brother, transforming the house into secret temples and lava pits. At the age of 23, Tony began his career performing in several theater productions while attending Kilgore College. Including "Arsenic & Old Lace", "Lie of The Mind" "and "The Laramie Project" in which multiple roles where given to perform in front of large audiences. Tony Moved to Austin TX in early 2005 to pursue the filming industry. He landed his first role as a club thug in "Jumping Off Bridges". He then met with a local Director and writer, Scott Rice. Who cast him on the hit short film episodic of "Script Cops" picked up by Sony in which Tony played a police officer who spear tackled bad movie writers, for writing bad movies. Tony went on from there working on the set of Trouble Maker Studios, under Director: Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino in the "Planet Terror" version of "Grind house" Starring Bruce Willis, Rose Mcgowan, and Freddy Rodriguez. Followed by the set of Paramount Pictures "Stop loss" Directed by Kimberly Pierce. Tony played a office meps soldier. Experiencing the way professional sets came into play, different from independent film making, Tony took notes and mental record of the what and what nots working along side cast and crew starring: Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gorden Levitt, and Channing Tatum. Tony was then cast as a Reporter in the Burnt Orange Productions of "Elvis and Anabelle" Directed by Will Geiger, starring Blake Livley, Max Minghella, Mary Steenburgen, and Joe Mantegna. Tony followed up with season 2 of "Script Cops" Directed by Scott Rice, and played another police officer in the 6th Street films production of " The Overbrook Brothers" Directed by John E Bryant. Tony pursued writing and film making before moving back into NE Texas where he made his Directorial Debut with the film "Something in The Woods" also playing the role of Carl. With the project on a shoe string budget and very little chance of success to complete, Tony put in his years of set life experience and brought to life the thriller that writer and lead actor David Ford had put together. Tony was then cast as the role of Satan in "Saint Thaddeus and the Holy Shroud" Directed by Josiah Missick. Followed by the role of Jake in the short film "Body & Soul" Directed by Tammy Cromer. Tony looks to bring out the first of several movies in which he has written and looks forward to future projects and sharpening his craft, which he has had since childhood. " You are the only one responsible for following your dreams, no one else can take that step but you." Tony Gibson
Donna Keegan, Emmy Award Winning Producer/Director, CEO of Controlled Chaos Productions, a multi-faceted entertainment company is producing the new hit cyber-series, Hardknocks With The Averys. The one-hour informational, adrenaline driven, Hollywood shop-talk - "frat house" social hour hosted by the acclaimed Avery Men ... Rick, Brian and Mike. The show is a comedic mix of film set banter with Celebrity guests from film and TV to the most elite athletes and sports figures today ... They've got them all! Recently, Donna Keegan joined forces with Rick Avery, to create Check 6 Productions. Ms. Keegan has taken on the charge of distribution of the long anticipated documentary, Raiders Remembered. Donna has written, produced and directed several music videos, all airing on national television. You may have seen the music video project, The Inkspot's, Purple Rain on BET or on Entertainment Tonight during Black History Month. Ms. Keegan has had the honor and privilege to direct President George HW Bush, Sr. in the White House for the Straight Holiday Telethon, she also Executive Produced, THE GHOST, a feature film starring Michael Madsen, Cary Tagawa and Richard Hatch. No stranger to the world of action, adrenaline junky Donna Keegan is a thirty-year veteran of the stunt world where she has performed as both as Stunt Performer and Stunt Coordinator. She possesses a few hundred credits, including True Lies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Angels and Demons, and The Aviator, in which she has doubled for over 100 actresses including Jaime Lee Curtis, Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone, Kelly McGillis, Debbie Mazur, Rachel Welch, Kate Capshaw, and Nicolette Sheridan. She is the proud recipient of the Diamond in the Raw Action Icon Award of 2009. Donna has been a board member of the Screen Actors Guild appointed for two consecutive terms a National Chairperson for Stunts and Safety, served over ten years on the AMPTP/SAG Labor Management Safety Bulletin Committee, and works as an Expert Witness when injury or death occurs on the film set. She is a member of the DGA Women's Committee, Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women in Film, and past American Film Institute Associate. She received her certification as a Chef, graduating in the top class of Le Cordon Bleu, CA. Among her other past accomplishments: Dept. Head of Celebrity Products division of Home Shopping Network which was based out of Hollywood, in the HSN Entertainment, Owner, Celebrity Advantage, and International Springboard and Tower Diving Champion.
|Michele L. Jennings
Michele Jennings was born in Sacramento, California and has been entertaining audiences nearly her entire life. She began performing for family functions and then graduated to performing throughout the city. A dancing prodigy, Michele's dancing talents were amazingly impressive and she soon became the dominant dancer with rap superstar "McHammer". McHammer along with his other back-up dancers and singers had the chance to share the stage with incredible opening acts like EnVogue, Jodeci, Boys 2 Men and TLC.
It was a good friend who officially brought Michele to McHammer's attention and by 1989 she was on the road back-to-back performing hits like "You Can't Touch This", "2 Legit 2 Quit". As a product of the 80s, Michele had emerged as one of the most accomplished black dancer in hip-hop music history, successfully evolving from street-like dancer to a professional phenomenon.
Solo success for Michele is inevitable and by the mid 90s, she had become infinitely more excited about breaking away from the nest that she had known since she was 17. Dancing (with other Artist) and Commercial ("The Indiana Jones Ride") gigs consistently orbited, culminating nice residuals to cover any down time she might encounter. A TV natural, she ventured into films, TV & Plays, such as playing a Gang Member in "Strange Days" and a Black Panther in "Panthers", Charlotte in "Beyond Therapy" and Doris in "Owl and the Pussycat". Michele is on her way to acting in elaborate films.
Another good friend of Michele introduced her to one of the Executive Producer's of the hit TV show,"Proud Family, The" (2001)_, who brought Michele on board as a Voiceover Actor. Since then, Michele has added more acting gigs to her credits. Along with being Development Director of Jambalaya Studio and Associate Producer on a film called "Marigold" which was released August 2008.
Despite it all, Michele's skills as a dancer, actor and business person is unparalleled, and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevail over the negative aspects of her life.
Ned Gorman is an award-winning visual effects producer with credits on blockbuster films such as Star Wars: Episode I, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghost, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Men in Black II and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest-for which he won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in the category of Best Single Visual Effect.
In addition to his work as a visual effects producer, Ned wrote the screenplays for theme park attractions produced in the Showscan format: Space Race and Alien Encounter.
Ned began his show business career as an actor at age 14, working in regional theater and studying in New York City.
|Louis G. Friedman
Louis G. Friedman, President of Production Logistics is a San Francisco native and cum laude graduate of the University of California. He began his career with Alfred Hitchcock's Assistant Director at Universal Studios. As a Production Supervisor for George Lucas' Lucasfilm in San Rafael, California Louis contributed to 'The Empire Strikes Back', 'Return of the Jedi', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' and 'More American Graffiti'. Friedman also worked with James Cameron as a Production Executive on 'Titanic', which grossed $2.2 billion worldwide.
As an Executive Producer, films include Mark Wahlberg's true Boston bombing story 'Patriots Day'' and 'Lone Survivor' which earned $200M worldwide box office. Additional film credits as Executive Producer include 'American Pie III, IV', 'Piranha', 'Into the Blue', 'Blue Crush', 'How High', and 'Accepted'. Louis served as Production Executive on 'Starship Troopers' for Director Paul Verhoeven which was Oscar nominated for Best Visual Effects.
Past credits include '2 Guns' and as Co-Producer on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', the original 'American Pie' and 'Slackers'. On the television side, Friedman's extensive credits include 'Blood & Oil', 'The Office', 'JAG', 'L.A. Law', 'Murder She Wrote', 'Hunter', 'Out of Time', 'Gun', various Movies of the Week, 'Sesame Street' and live performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. As a seasoned Producer, Co-producer, Line Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director, Friedman has extensive expertise in working with worldwide film commissions in order to select U.S. and international locations that maximize investment tax credits and cash rebates.
As a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America, he has also served as a faculty member for the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, Maine where he taught Budgeting and Scheduling for Motion Pictures. Friedman's feature films have grossed over $6B worldwide. More recently, he was sought after by China's film studios to assist with planning of the Wuxi Chinawood Sound Stages in the Jiangsu Province of China which is now completed.
With a breadth of more than three decades experience in the motion picture industry, he's worked with many of the American Film Market's most accomplished directors, producers, writers and actors. Contributing to fifteen feature films that have each grossed over $100M box office, he has worked on over 70 films, earning 37 Oscar nominations and 21 Oscar wins and his television projects have received a total of 352 nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 12 Golden Globe awards and 25 Emmy awards.
Born and educated in the UK, David knew from age 9 he wanted to be a photographer.He started in the stills department at MGM studios in the UK, rapidly making the transition to shooting stills and forging a career as a renowned stills and specialist photographer. The genres of War,Sci-Fi and Musicals are his personal favorites and have resulted in multi award- winning images that include his work on Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Minority Report, Oblivion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Star Wars The Force Awakens, as well as blockbuster TV mini series Band of Brothers and The Pacific. These projects include his 11 collaborations to-date with Steven Spielberg and musicals ranging from Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Shall We Dance, and Hairspray, to Nine , Rock of Ages and Dreamgirls...in which he had his only credited acting role..as a photographer. Science Fiction includes Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow, both starring Tom Cruise with whom he has collaborated on 14 projects to date, plus the famed photograph of Tom atop the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. More recent work covers Unbroken,Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Star Wars - The Force Awakens, , Jack Reacher - Never Go Back and Star Wars VIII and the upcoming Doug Liman directed features The Wall and American Made. David relocated his family to U.S.A , retaining dual UK and USA citizenship. Based in Los Angeles, he works internationally on feature, television, marketing/advertising and publicity projects .He is the winner of numerous accolades and awards including 2006 ICG/Publicists Guild Award for Excellence in Unit Stills Photography and the 2011 S.O.C. Lifetime Achievement Award for Still Photography. David James is also the author of thirteen photography books including the best selling Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull Photo journal and the Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol , A Shooting Diary. His work is exhibited in galleries, international collections and published around the globe. including in the archives of the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library, and the Professional Photographers of America. David is a founding member and also past president of the Society of Motion Picture Stills Photographers (SMPSP).
Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska where his parents own a gymnastics club, Nick focused his training on becoming a national level gymnast. By the time he graduated high school he had achieved both state and national titles. After college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, he moved to Florida to begin his pursuit of doing stunts in major motion pictures.
Doing gymnastics for so many years gave Nick valuable skills needed to be a stuntman. He is just as comfortable on his hands as he is his feet. "Air Sense" is like second nature to him, and there is a constant desire to learn more.
Living in Florida gave Nick a chance to perform for a number of live shows including; "The Indiana Jones Stunt Show" (Disney's MGM Studios), "The 8th Voyage of Sindbad" (Universal Studios), "Festival of the Lion King" (Disney's Animal Kingdom), and numerous other contracted and seasonal shows. He has even introduced new shows to theme parks around the country when he put together a high energy, high flying trampoline show, in which he also performs.
Some of the skills Nick has learned along his way are; Fire Burns, High Falls up to 100ft, Air Ram, Ratchets, Russian Swing, pretty much anything and everything he could possibly learn.
Thinking there was more than just performing Nick began studying safety and rigging underneath John Zimmerman and Stunt Dynamics. His desire to understand rigging, stunts, and safety continues to grow.
His eyes are now set on Los Angeles and hopefully many future films. This is just the beginning of his journey as there are many more goals he has yet to accomplish.
Selena Vidya was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and was working on set from the age of 2, with some of her earliest work in Day-o, A Hudsucker Proxy, and the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
She had theatrical training in Belgium in her early teens, where she performed in a Midsummer Night's Dream, among other features, in order to further pursue her craft and begin working when she came back to the states. Over the years she's been in numerous short films, campaigns and commercials.
|Kevin D. Benton
Kevin D. Benton was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the middle of three children of Patricia and David Benton Sr. from Philadelphia. Kevin caught the acting bug early while appearing in student stage plays in grade school, which he really enjoyed. Several years later, as an adult, Kevin's passion for acting gradually renewed while spending some time with family in Tampa, Florida in the summer months. During this time, Kevin made his way to Orlando, Florida where he was continuously cast as a featured extra in the Disaster Movie "Mutha Nature" at Universal Studios as well as The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and The Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios respectively. Kevin played his first role as the Casino Security guard in the multi-short film festival winner, Misfits (2015). Kevin's first paid acting role was when he was cast as a fight fan in the MGM featured film, CREED (2015), starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. CREED was produced by Sylvester Stallone and written and directed by Ryan Croogler, who also wrote and directed "Fruitvale Station." The film was regarded as a "Rocky" spin-off movie where Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, is now training and mentoring his late friend Apollo Creed's son, Adonis Creed, played by franchise newcomer, Michael B. Jordan. This experience reignited Kevin's passion for acting from a professional standpoint and he immediately enrolled in acting classes to hone his craft. Afterwards, Kevin purposed to continually grow and develop as an actor and to pursue screen opportunities in earnest. He is known for his roles on the TV Series, True Crime Epic Mysteries, House of Cards Season 4, feature films and a host of short films.
Phrederic Semaj is a native of San Diego, California. He has trained with instructors such as; Larry B. Scott (Revenge of the Nerds), Chris Barnes (ABC's Life with Bonnie), Tasha Smith ("Tyler's Perry; For Better or Worse" and "Why Did I Get Married"). After a few years of studies, Phrederic was cast in the nominated play "To Kill A Mockingbird", which led to him winning the Inland Theater League Award for Best Actor. After some television appearances, Phrederic landed the lead role for the HBO short, "Let's Love Hate", which was directed and written by famed actor Shia LeBeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones and Wall Street). In 2014, Phrederic was cast as the lead in the controversial play "The Good Negro" which was based on the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight to end segregation in the South. This opportunity got him nominated "Best-Lead Male" for The NAACP Theatre Awards and rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Backstage West, and LA Weekly. A firm believer in "Work Begets Work", Phrederic Semaj first leading role in a film was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner in France. While this year he was voted one of the Top 10 Plays in LA by Stage Raw for his leading role in Michael Phillip Edward's "Blood" Phrederic Semaj isn't just another face showing his versatility on film, television and stage. His plan is to continue to grow and develop his craft and he thanks God for the opportunity to share his talents with the World.
Blake Gordon Reading was born on July 12, 1990 in Pittsburgh, PA to Tom and Tracey Reading. He has one sibling, a brother, Spencer. When Blake was in second grade, he saw the first Indiana Jones film. When the film was over, he knew he was going to be in the film industry.
In high school, Blake decided to step up his game in acting and filmmaking. He auditioned for every play held at his school and bought camera, lighting, and other equipment to make short films that would help him get into a top film school when he graduated. Blake applied and got into Syracuse University, where he was also a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Since attending Syracuse, Blake has been been in the "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Following those jobs, he was hired as Matt Damon's double for the film "Promised Land." Shortly after, Blake auditioned for a role in the film "The Lifeguard" and ended up acting alongside Kristen Bell.
Following his work on set, Blake was hired to work with top level industry executives and producers at FilmEngine Entertainment. Two years later he worked for Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, producers of the highly successful "Transformers" and "GI Joe" film franchises. Following his graduation from Syracuse University, Blake decided to take a job working for The Gersh Agency in Beverly Hills.
It's always been Solomon's boyhood dream to be an actor, ever since he saw Star Wars Episode 4: "A New Hope." His first acting role was as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessop in his high school's production of A Few Good Men. Solomon followed that role a year later, playing the villain Iago in his (high school) Shakespeare class production of Othello.
Solomon studied theater acting and majored in cinema studies at Brooklyn College with Tom Bullard, Margaret Linney, and David Garfield. Solomon has appeared in numerous independent films including starring in the short film, It's All Relative, which won a certificate of merit from the 2004 Rochester International Film Festival. Solomon and his sister, Sandy, produced It's All Relative, which she wrote the screenplay. Besides acting, Solomon is also involved in film production work and won first place in the 8mm category at the 1996 Brooklyn College Film Festival for directing and producing the short film, The Letter.
Both Solomon and Carlos E. Pardo produced the short films Billy's Choice, The Interrogation of Clark Grant. Solomon wrote the screenplay for The Interrogation of Clark Grant. Solomon and Carlos also produced the feature length improv film, David's Apartment, which was filmed in 2003 and completed in 2007. In 2005, Solomon was the associate producer on E. Fitzgerald Productions, a weekly talk show focusing on independent filmmaking.
Also in 2005, Solomon created a New York City film event called "Sundays in the City Movie Marathon," which took place in the month of March. Independent features, shorts, animation, and documentaries have screened at this film event. The event was very successful and has become an annual event since. This event lets filmmakers screen their films in a non-competitive and fun environment, which provides networking with industry, actors, and fellow filmmakers. The event has helped many filmmakers, actors, singers, and comedians. Celebrities, casting agents, and production company representatives have attended the event each year.
In the fall of 2007, Solomon did crew work on a Batman fan film, The Amazing Adventures of Little Batman, directed by Joe Valenti of Valenti Vision Films. This film was produced by Jordan Wachtell of Wachtell Studios. The film pays homage to the Adam West 1966 TV Show. This marked the first time that Solomon has worked with Jordan and the amazing set and prop designer Ross Chirico. It has been shown at several top film festivals across the US to standing ovations.
In January of 2008, Solomon did crew work on a documentary short film Lisa Loeb Songwriting Just Like You, directed by Joe Valenti for Valenti Vision Films. The documentary focuses on singer Lisa Loeb, who teams up with the Manhattan New Music Project to bring the art of songwriting to public school children.
From the summer of 2008 to the fall of 2008, Solomon was the associate producer for the short fan film, Little Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Magic Scrolls, for Wachtell Studios. Jordan Wachtell, who produced The Amazing Adventures of Little Batman, which Solomon did crew work for, asked Solomon to come on board and be involved in the creative process for his Indiana Jones fan film. Solomon developed with Jordan the story line for the film. Solomon was able to make recommendations in assembling cast and crew for Little Indy. Solomon loved working again with Jordan and the set and prop designer, Ross Chirico. It was an amazing experience for Solomon, especially this time around being involved in the creative process of making a fan film.
In the fall of 2009, Solomon helped out his friend Lorrayne Mercier on an event that she was in charge for the men and women of the U.S. Army and their families. The event featured plenty of activities for the entire family. Over 200 people showed up to this event in New Jersey. Solomon was able to make recommendations for this event. His contributions for this event included a music performance by Michele "Fuchsia" Mupo, photographer Barry Brown covering the event, and a screening of the fan family short films, The Amazing Adventures of Little Batman and Little Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Magic Scrolls. Solomon had an amazing experience participating in this event and contributing to the joy and happiness of the men and women of the U.S. Army and their families that attended. This event, he will never forget.
Also in 2009, Solomon was one of the producers for the horror short film, Clive Unger's Madame X, which was written, edited, co-produced, and directed by Brian DeCicco. Despite the fact, that Solomon has acted in 2 horror short films, he has never produced a horror short film and he was not a fan of horror films. However, after reading the script and doing this film, Solomon has a new respect for the horror film genre. Scream Queens Debbie D and Tina Krause were casted in the film in supporting roles thanks to Solomon's suggestion to Brian to cast both actresses in the film. In addition, Solomon was also able to make some recommendations for assembling of the cast and crew of this film. Solomon especially enjoyed working with the set designer, Deanna R. Frieman, who Brian brought on board the film, and did an amazing job with each set that she worked on. The film was shot on the Sony dvcpro HD camera and was shot on location in New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Long Island. On June 17th, 2011 at Gizzi's Cafe in Manhattan, there was a promotion party for the film which was well attended and got people excited to see the film on the film festival circuit. The film premiered at the Macab Faire Film Festival in January 2013, in Long Island. Dan Cullen, who played Clive Unger in the movie, won best actor at the Winter Film Awards Festival 2013. The film also screened at the Yellow Ape Film Festival in July of 2013 and Bizarre A.C. Film Festival in December 2013.
In the fall of 2010, Solomon was the associate producer and casting director, for the independent dramatic short film, A Story About Ian, directed by Filip K. Kasperaszek. One reason that Solomon came on board this film was cause it was being shot with the famous RED Mysterium-X Camera, which is a camera that Solomon always wanted to do a movie with. Solomon was amazed at the quality of the footage shot from this camera for the film. He loved working with cinematographer Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, who in his opinion is one of the best cinematographers that he has worked with so far. The film was shot on location in New York City. Solomon casted the majority of the film and even got to play a supporting role in the film. The film has an ensemble of familiar names such as Lauren Francesca, Evan Ginzburg, Barry Brown, Hector Bosa, Michele Mupo, Dawn Marie, Debbie D, Melissa Coates, Tina Krause, and Gary Scudero. Solomon got to even co-direct with Barry Brown the Dean Roderick commercial that appears in the film. Solomon had an amazing time working with Filip and doing this film. On March 25th, 2011 at Gizzi's Cafe in Manhattan, there was a promotion party for the film which was well attended and got people excited to see the film on the film festival circuit. The film premiered at the Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece in October of 2011. The film has it's U.S. premiere at the Winter Film Awards Festival 2013.
In the summer of 2011, Solomon was one of the producers for the independent dramatic short film, The Nowhere Room, directed by Alessandro Mini. This was the second time, that Solomon produced a film for a foreign filmmaker and with the RED Camera. He loved working with cinematographer, Luigi Benvisto. The film was shot on location in New York City. Solomon got Evan Ginzburg and Armond Cecere to join the cast of the film. He also helped casted the actors in the photomontage sequence of the film and helped organize and supervise the photomontage shoot for the film. The film has actress Brandi Bravo in the leading role. On April 27th, 2012 at Gizzi's Cafe in Manhattan, there was a promotion party for the film which was well attended and got people excited to see the film on the film festival circuit. The film premiered at the Pollygrind Underground Film Festival in October 2012 in Las Vegas. Brandi Bravo won best actress in a short film at the Macab Faire Film Festival in January 2013, in Long Island. The film was nominated for best student film at the Winter Film Awards Festival 2013.
In the fall of 2011, Solomon was one of the producers for the the independent Scifi/Action short film, The Cost of Living, directed by Robert Linsley. This was the third time, that Solomon produced a film for a foreign filmmaker and with the RED Camera. This was Solomon's first time producing a Scifi/Action short film. Science fiction is one of Solomon's favorite genres and that was one of the reasons he came on board as a producer for the film. He also enjoyed working with the director Robert Linsley. Both Solomon and Robert have famous relatives. The film was shot on location in New York City. Solomon gave his feedback on each draft of the script. He helped with the casting of the film. Solomon got Stacy Kessler, Scott Epstein, Christine Marie, Barry Brown, Dave DeCicco, Dean Curtis, Hector Bosa, and a few other actors to join the cast of the film. Solomon enjoyed working with Kazy Tauginas, who choreographed the big fight in the movie, as well as, appearing in the film. He also enjoyed working with John William Larkin, who played the evil dictator/general in the movie. The film stars Penny Bittone. On May 25th, 2012 at Gizzi's Cafe in Manhattan, there was a promotion party for the film which was well attended and got people excited to see the film on the film festival circuit. Coincidentally, this was also the last film promotion party that Solomon did at Gizzi's Cafe, which closed in November of 2012. The attendance at this film party was bigger than the others that he did at Gizzi's. The film premiered at the Winter Film Awards Festival 2013.
In the fall of 2012, Solomon did voice over work for the comedy short film, iLove. This is the second time that Solomon has done voice over work for a film. His first time was for the movie, David's Apartment, where he did a voice over narration for that film. The film reunited Solomon with Luis Enrique Rivera Cuyar, who did crew work on Robert Linsley's film, The Cost of Living. Solomon enjoyed working with Luis, this time, as his director for the film. He also enjoyed working with Yanina Shatvoryan. Solomon was very happy with the finished product and looks forward to doing more voice over roles. The film screened at the 2013 NYC Independent Film Festival, the 2013 International Film Festival Manhattan, and Cinema Night.
Jim Jones was born during the Great Depression, the only son of James Thurmond Jones and Lynette Jones (neé Putnam). His father was an alcoholic Klansman and he claimed his mother was part Cherokee Indian. He spent most of his formative years in conservative rural Indiana. His father struggled to earn a living as a mystic fortune teller. His parents separated in 1948 and he went to live with his mother in Richmond, Indiana. Jones also worked as an orderly at a local hospital. He got married young, to a nurse 4 years his senior, and adopted 3 children of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Jones began working as a Methodist minister in Indianapolis in the early 50s. In 1954, when he claimed he had met God on a train ride near Philadelphia, he was defrocked. The charismatic leader then founded his own gathering - the Community National Unity Church. By 1955 he had renamed it the People's Temple Full Gospel Church. He set up a soup kitchen, gave away groceries and clothes to the poor, and established two nursing homes, while preaching messages of apostolic socialism and racial equality. Secretly, he also joined the Communist party on the side. He was appointed director of the Indianapolis Human Rights Commission in 1961. Jones began a dubious path as a "spiritual healer" by planting actors among his believers and miraculously 'healing' them. Jones was getting richer and more popular.
In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, Jones had a vision of apocalyptic destruction. Jones took the vision seriously and decided to move his congregation to Ukiah, California, in the Redwood Valley region north of San Francisco. This area was believed to be one of 9 places on earth that would be safe during a global nuclear war. He then moved to San Francisco's Fillmore district in 1965. Over the next 10 years, his 'flock' of believers reached a peak of 3,000. Jones could be heard on regular radio broadcasts over KFAX radio in California. However, there were occasional bizarre behaviors as well: in April 1968, when Dr. M.L. King had been assassinated, Jones staged a fake attempt on his own life.
Jones received several humanitarian awards in Northern California for his work with the poor. In 1976, he was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority by the Mayor George Moscone for his commitment to social activism. However Jones was becoming more and more of a dictator. He demanded sexual favors from some young women, was the only person who could decide if a couple in his congregation could get married, and often separated children from their parents. In 1973, eight close aides defected from his camp and revealed these details to the press, including allegations of misuse of church money. Very soon after, Jones had begun making plans to move his congregation to the socialist nation of Guyana in South America. By 1974, fifteen of Jones' followers had negotiated a lease for 27,000 acres on Guyana's western border with Venezuela, and began clearing the jungle for what would become the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, or "Jonestown." Jones eventually relocated to Guyana in July 1977. In December 1977, his mother Lynetta Jones died at Jonestown.
In 1978, a group of ex-members calling themselves the Committee of Concerned Relatives published literature that likened Jonestown to a concentration camp, complete with torture. Jones began teaching his followers about mass suicide and held practice drills to test his members' loyalty for the "White Night". In November 1978, U.S. House Representative Leo J. Ryan visited the compound and sought to bring back several defectors, including an ex-member's child. Leo's entourage, along with fifteen defectors, were ambushed and killed by Jones' people on the airstrip as they attempted to leave. The next day, the entire community of 914 'followers' (including 276 children) drank a deadly potion of Fla-Vor Aid laced with cyanide poison. Jones' wife was among them. After the mass suicide of his followers, Jones and a close aide shot themselves.
Christine was born in London, England and raised near Pinewood Studios in the village of Farnham Common. Her father was an Architect, Writer, Surveyor and Editor of the Estates Gazette. Her mother was the well-renowned Chief Make-up Artist Connie (Constance) Reeve who, Chiefed the original 'Moulin Rouge 'and 'Beat the Devil' for John Huston and 'The Tales of Hoffmann' for Micky Powell of the Powell/Pressberger Archers team. Her uncles Harold and Gerald Fletcher were also make-up artists. Harold trained Connie, who in the early 50's was the first woman to be trained at Shepperton Studios. Christine's Aunt, (Connie's elder sister) Eileen was also a make-up artist, but more notably Eileen was a painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art. Christine was educated privately at Dair House, Farnham Royal, Brigitine Convent, Windsor and St. Helens and St. Katherine's, Abingdon, after such refined private establishments, upon her parents divorce Christine went to a couple of very forgettable, rough state schools at which she endured some bullying for being well-spoken and POSH, so to fit in and to her mother's horror she quickly learned to affect an Oxfordshire twang and not wear black patent leather shoes! Gleefully leaving after half-hearted 'A' levels in an uninspiring environment, Christine went to a private secretarial college in Cheltenham where she also took Bel Canto singing lessons. Shorthand was a huge mystery for a whole term but to her surprise Christine was nominated at Graduation from the year-long course for a Student of the Year Award in recognition of her perseverance and final grades. After her first and only interview Christine joined Oxford University Press as a secretary in the Educational Books Department and after a short while this included working for the legendary, bemusing and off-beat Chief Editor Ron Heapy of the Children's Books Department. The job was interesting enough, but at OUP unless you had a degree you were going nowhere. One day, the palms of her hands itched and 'switched on' and she knew she had to leave an office world of key clacking and paper shuffling and go to work in film as a make-up artist or possibly Continuity Supervisor. Connie had taken Christine to many sets as a child and in 1963 Christine was cast as Baby Walker in the TV series 'Swallows and Amazons' while Connie Chiefed the make-up - the role offered great childcare. Hardly surprising then that after visits to many sets including 'Cromwell', 'Space 1999', 'The Slipper and the Rose', 'The Bitch' (which included a chat with the Continuity Supervisor Ceri Evans about a career in Continuity), a spell as an extra on 'Barry Lyndon' and in 1981 a visit to the set of 'Clash of the Titans' and Ray Harryhausen's work shop, that Christine was drawn into the film industry, specifically and ultimately into make-up because it was the artistry of make-up that interested and excited her. Her first work was a daily make-up artist doing body make-up on the 1981 version of 'Clash of the Titans', and after other daily work was contracted as Make-up Assistant onto 'The Draughtsman's Contract' to work with Lois Burwell (with whom she is still in touch). Christine then got a job on 'Return of the Jedi' where the legendary Stuart and Graham Freeborn trained her in some of their skills and talents. She also did dailies on 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' on which she was also trained by Tom Smith ('Gandhi') and other members of the team. When offered 2 jobs at the same time one on 'Greystoke' with Rick Baker to build gorillas or to go onto 'Never Say Never Again' she chose to go with the job that offered working with actors rather than creature building. On 'Never Say Never Again she looked after Klaus Maria Brandauer and did Kim Bassinger's body make-up. She Chiefed her first film 'Party Party' at the age of 22 for Terry Winsor. This film kick-started a lot of young talent. Later Christine worked as make-up assistant with Make-up Chiefs Peter Frampton and Paul Engelen two make-up legends from whom she learned a lot. In 1985 when 2 Chiefs had been fired off 'Full Metal Jacket', Christine got a call to go work on the picture for a couple of days as the remaining assistant Jenny Boost was struggling on her own. After 2 days Stanley asked if Christine would do a bullet hit test and upon seeing her test he asked her to stay which she did in a Co-Chief situation doing Matthew Modine's make-up as well as other cast. Christine has often said that working with Kubrick, the level of concentration and discipline on the set was the most enjoyable experience of her career. When Christine went to say goodbye to Stanley at the end of the contract, he said 'You did a great job'. Other features followed, and her first BAFTA nomination in 1989 but seeing that so many make-up artists (who were also trained in hair), were being let go from the BBC and other major TV studios, Christine realized she needed to learn hair in the long term. Perhaps this was a calculated backwards step, because Christine had excelled only in make-up previously, but it offered her the potential of being able to design the 'whole head'. This in turn would enable the understanding and practical skills needed have a say in 'join-up' in the areas that can often look separated, specifically sideburns in various periods and the balancing of wigs with complexions and brows. Sometimes these and can go awry when Hair and Make-up don't communicate or work closely together. Doing hair also began Christine's passion for naturalistic and convincing hairlines on wigs - especially the challenge she set herself for 'The Falling' for which she designed a huge beehive for Maxine Peake, which was achieved with a wig taking the hair straight back off the lace practically all the way around the hairline without any sign of lace, glue or edge anywhere, even on some very big close ups. Christine has also been very successful in special and casualty effects and has been hired to do work to be shot in macro and to design the Zombie make-up for the BAFTA Award Winning series 'The Fades', which she was asked to do without prosthetics to save time on the shooting day. Christine was nominated for an RTS (Royal Television Society) Award for her work on 'The Fades'. In the early 1990's she invented a very realistic way of doing wounds on black skin, which she ruefully observes a number of recent big pictures could have used - but still - her secret method is still not out and on screen! Perhaps one day soon she'll get the chance to put it on the big screen. She also has a passion for and is widely acknowledged as being excellent at doing facial hair, laid on hair and did the first fully wrapped Sikh beard on British TV. She was also the Designer behind the 2005 TV series 'Casanova' which broke the trend of being 'a slave to the period' having outrageous fun and a fashion twist with it - this predated the Kirsten Dunst 2006 'Marie Antoinette' by a year. Christine is passionate about film and loves being part of a harmonious, dedicated, creative team. She has 3 BAFTA nominations. Outside of make-up Christine has helped one very successful actor on his way by recommending him for a role which he won and which set him off on his stellar career. She also helped find the last tranche of finance for an Independent Feature but sadly did not cut herself in contractually and as a result of trusting to the honorable nature of the Producer concerned lost her finders fee - lesson learned! She subsequently studied at The National Film School attending the short course 'How to Produce a Low Budget Feature' in order to better understand the Production process. She is also a full voting BAFTA member and can often be seen there enjoying screenings, events and the company of friends.
Born in Surrey, British Columbia, Andrew Samuel Tkach first fell in love with the idea of becoming an actor when he saw Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade as a young boy. Prior to performing in his dad's annual plays for the local Mormon church Andrew's first designation was to hold up cue cards at the front of the stage during the actual live performances. When he was 18 he studied for several months at The Bruhanski Acting Studio in nearby Vancouver and continued, into his twenties, to engage himself in many plays in the greater Vancouver area. He would then go on to study film technique with the likes of Marc Baur, Mark Brandon and Peter Bryant as well as immersing himself in the vibrant, independent local film scene.
Gordy Haab is a Los Angeles based film, television and multi-media composer.
Gordy's diverse music is featured in a variety of professional productions, ranging from recent theatrical films, "Good Luck Chuck" and Jet Li's "War", to LucasArt's "Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings", VH-1's "Scream Queens", "Paris Hilton's My New BFF", NBC's "Kath and Kim" and ABC's "Greek", to name but a few. Gordy has composed original scores for over 60 films, including Anchor Bay's rave reviewed theatrical film, "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon", Directed By Scott Glosserman, "Dave Barry's Guide to Guys" (Starring, John Cleese - Directed by two-time Academy Award/Golden Globe Nominee, Jeff Arch), "3 Below" (Starring Academy Award-Winner, Ernest Borgnine), and the recent theatrical documentary, "At the Edge of the World", Directed by Dan Stone. Gordy is co-head of orchestral music and original scoring for "DP Music", an exclusive music content provider for Lionsgate Pictures, and is published by Cherry Lane Music Publishing.
Gordy's honors include: First Place; The ASCAP National Composers Award, The BMI/Warren International Film Composers Award, The ASCAP International Jazz Composers Award, The ASCAP Henry Mancini Composers Award, "Best Score"- Spotlight LA Film Festival, and "Best Score"- California Independent Film Festival. Gordy co-founded the Novo Philharmonic Orchestra for which he currently acts as Composer, and Artistic Director. Novo is 95-member rock/pop/film orchestra in Los Angeles comprised of some of the world's most cutting-edge musicians. Gordy and his music have been featured in interviews and articles in many of the industry's most highly regarded publications, including among others, "Variety", "The Hollywood Reporter", "Game Spot", "Ain't it Cool News", "Fangoria" and "Music 4 Games" - and recently, "Film Music Magazine", where Gordy was named one of the "Top 10 Film Composers to Watch For".
With over 15 years of live performance experience, Josh Petro has spent the last 10 years of his career focused on stunt work and in front of camera projects.
Film as his passion, the past year has afforded Josh the ability to land recent roles in The Last Time, as a principal stunt double and Transporter 2, as a precision driver.
As a Stunt Performer for the Walt Disney Company and NBC-Universal, Josh is an accomplished stuntman. From his live performance venues of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad, Josh has proven his ability to entertain hundreds of thousands each year.
In addition, he Stunt Coordinated the independent film entitled Still Green that encompassed skate ramps, water safety, and fight scenes.
His expertise varies within many disciplines: Full Body Burn, Power Tumbling and Acrobatic Proficiency, 60' High Fall, Stage Combat, Ratchet Pull, Teeter Board, Mini-Tramp, Wake Boarding, Fire Diver, and varying degrees of Precision Driving.
Industrial Showcases for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Software to Terminator 2 3-D - Battle Across Time, Pirates Dinner Adventure, as well as numerous commercials for Delta Airlines, Walt Disney World and Nickelodeon - Josh's unique ability to always deliver has made him a seasoned professional within all aspects of the industry.
Josh also brings the dedicated skill sets to the following: Coaching competitive Cheerleading for over five years, Tumble Trac, Rappelling (all), In-line Skating, PowerSkips, among others.
His vast rigging background is inclusive of the following certified safety elements: Stunt Rigging and Equipment, Pick Points, Scaffolding, Air Bags, Wirework, Bungee, stunt-based maintenance, etc.
Josh's television credits include: What You Should Do? (Lifetime), All That and My Brother and Me - Nickelodeon, Thunder In Paradise for Bonan Productions, MTV's - Sink or Swim, and MXC with Spike TV.
Porter Brooks is a world-renowned celebrity taste-maker, bestselling author, TV host, and lifestyle expert. Sharing his contagious love for both food and entertaining, Porter touches the hearts of millions through his eclectic palette of innovative recipes, culinary techniques and design ideas recognized by foodies and style influencers alike. Porter is known as a true soul chef, bringing his American roots and diverse cross-cultural European influence to the American table for more than two decades. His on-camera energy and unparalleled flair has led him to become a favorite on live television, demonstrating his craft and expertise through various television series, print and online publications. Porter began his culinary affair at the age of five, growing up in the kitchen of his grandparents' Los Angeles steak and seafood restaurant. A natural cook since childhood, Porter brings his lifelong memories and spontaneous travel adventures to his viewers, empowering them to entertain with jaw-dropping style and ease. Often coined as a cross between Martha Stewart and Indiana Jones, Porter brings his fearlessness and finesse into all aspects of his work. He is the creator and host of breakout TV show Entertaining People (2007), now in domestic release and airing in more than 100 million cable homes nationwide. Porter is also the creator and host of Urban Bite (2015), a hip food TV series for the home cook and entertaining enthusiast. He is a regular lifestyle correspondent on network television and at major live events, as well as an EMMY judge. The bestselling author of Parties & Celebrations Cook Book (2014), Porter also created home and accessories line, Modern Luxury and line of wines, Porter Estate Vineyards. His websites include PorterBrooks.com, EntertainingPeople.com, EatDrinkCritique.com among many others. Porter has worked for multiple charities throughout his career with a special interest in the arts, pediatric AIDS and child abuse prevention and hunger organizations. He is the founder of the teen-focused support organization SeeItSayIt.org. Porter currently resides in New York City and Palm Springs with his dog, Reddman.
|Sean Patrick Kennedy
Sean Patrick Kennedy was born in Massachusetts. The son of Ballet Mistress Lynda DeChane,
Sean has worked in and around showbiz his whole life. Being cast as Indiana Jones at Disney M.G.M. Studios, turned into an unexpected career. Sean began working on TV in the B.S.B. production Thunder in Paradise (on Disney property) under the wing of Executive producer Tom Greene as an outside contractor/Story Board artist.
While at "Thunder in Paradise" Disney/MGM sound stages, Mr. Kennedy had the great fortune to work with a young up and coming Producer Kevin Beggs. Kevin is now the President of TV for Loinsgate Entertainment.
While working with Mr.Beggs, Sean was asked to promote Thunder in Paradise at SCI-FI conventions, by providing them with talent and screenings.
After T.I.P. had wrapped it's first season, Sean joined the art department for Steven Speilberg's Seaquest DSV. When the show arrived at Universal Florida, Sean helped in the re-fit and design of the new ship's bridge after its season 1 destruction. The show lasted in Orlando for two seasons.
Sean moved to Los Angeles and quickly got work as an actor in Guardian of the Realm and Reflections of Evil. He then joined the cast and crew of the SoCalfim Group founded by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio (Writers of Mask of Zorro, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2,3,4,5,6-) where he learned the in's & out's of how independent films are made in Hollywood.
As a jack of many trades Mr. Kennedy began working on props for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and building the 1967 Mustang "Hero Car" for Fast & Furious III: Tokyo Drift.
After a Car Accident caused a 5yr hiatus, Sean began acting again in 2009 and earned the lead roll in "Bye Bye Birdie" paying Albert Peterson. He then followed it up with a 2nd stage lead as Jeff Douglas in "Brigadoon." He then won the high stakes roll of a lifetime playing Sky Masterson in "Guys & Dolls" to finish out 2010. In 2011, Sean stretched his acting muscles starring in "The Secret Garden" as the evil Dr. Neville Craven and during the 2012 Presidential election season, Sean challenged his acting chops by playing a "win at any cost" Presidential candidate, (lead) Joe Cantwell in the Gore Vidal Classic "The Best Man" for which he won the W.I.T.A. Award for best actor.
Sean Patrick Kennedy is the Creator/Author of: Sam Savage: PI, The Coffee Shop, Nightmare at 35000, Feet Rocky Raccoon Ebbets Deli, Coming of Age, P.R., The King vs... and the new reality TV show, Movie Houses Unknown with Sean Patrick Kennedy.
Austin had his first professional photo shoot just two months before his 4th birthday for the Chiquita Company's 2005 annual report. So began Austin's modeling career at age three which gradually turned into television commercials and shows, to voiceover projects and on-screen principal roles, and live theater performances beginning at age 6. "Whip It", directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page, was a wonderful first film experience as Austin played Kristin Wiig's 6 year old son Riley. Though his lines were cut from the film he was given the opportunity to film 4 different scenes with all three of these terrific ladies rather than the original two planned. Drew Barrymore was the perfect first director for Austin since they could bond about having been so young in their first films. Austin also loves to perform musical theater, comedy, and action adventure, dreaming of someday doing more extensive film adaptations of the Young Indiana Jones book series from age 9 through the teen years. One day, Austin hopes to perform his own stunts and direct films. Austin's other interests and hobbies include ventriloquism, piano, singing, photography, and various sports including archery, basketball, soccer, fencing, golf, swimming, and diving.
Kyle Newmaster, a composer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota has been providing music for film, television and the concert stage for over 15 years. Newmaster holds a bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master's degree in Composing for Contemporary Media from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Newmaster is primarily active in film scoring. He recently composed music for the hit drama "Where Hope Grows," (2015) starring William Zabka, Danica Mckellar, Kristoffer Polaha and David DeSanctis; Horror/Thriller feature "Something Wicked (2014)," Brittany Murphy's last film; "The ABC's of Death 2, Segment E," (2014) directed by Alejandro Brugues; the vampire action feature "Blood Shot," (2014) starring Lance Henriksen, Christopher Lambert and Brad Douriff ;" "Channeling," (2013) an edgy futuristic Drama; and Sundance Select's "The Myth of the American Sleepover," (2011) which was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Festival du Film. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the teen coming-of-age drama, "Poetic... A lovely, gentle and very true film."
Also busy writing music for games, Kyle helped bring the pop culture phenomenon back to avid gamers in the LucasArts' title "Kinect Star Wars"(2012). Kyle Co-scored the game which was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Newmaster also recently provided additional music and orchestrations for a variety of titles including the most recent EA title "Star Wars: Battlefront"(2015) , "Star Wars: The Old Republic" (2011), "Spy Hunter" (2012), "Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings" (2010) and "The Walking Dead: Survival instinct" (2013).
Born and raised in Minnesota, Kyle's deep-rooted interest and talent in music comes from his family. His great grandfather was a published composer for military bands, and his father studied classical music and played a key role in Newmaster's musical training at a very young age.
Kyle's broad musical range and experience throughout his career has given him an advantage in being able to adapt to the ever-changing film/music industries. In 2009, Newmaster arranged and orchestrated for composer Tyler Bates' edgy score to Rob Zombie's animated film, "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto." Additionally, he completed a variety of string and horn arrangements for "LAX," the third studio album for hip-hip artist The Game and also provided horn arrangements and recorded for Susan Tedeschi's Grammy nominated contemporary blues album, "Back to the River". Newmaster also continues to compose and arrange regularly for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and has provided music for a variety of the ensemble's guest artists including Roy Hargrove, Mavis Staples, Ann Hampton Calloway, Branford Marsalis, and many more.
When he is not writing music, Newmaster is an active professional trumpet player who performs and records in a variety of groups. He has performed with bands such as "The Brian Setzer Orchestra" and the "Seth Macfarlane Big Band" and has recorded for numerous TV shows and films including Family Guy, Cleveland, America's Got Talent, The Middle and American Dad. He also frequently gives lectures on composing and the music business at the University level. These speaking engagements recently included an online talk at the University of Pennsylvania Pembroke and he was guest lecturer at his alma mater, UW-Eau Claire.
|Warren Raven Neal
Son of NFL Football Player Richard Neal, Warren showed promise from a young age... Not only in size and strength but also in personality and determination. Warren was born June 23rd in New Orleans, Louisiana but spent the later years of his childhood in Orlando, Florida. Always having the goal in sight to be the best stunt man he could be, Warren worked hard and sought out every opportunity learn and mold his craft. Because of this sheer determination not only did Warren train with the best stunt men in Orlando but he also broke barriers by being cast as the German Mechanic in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Florida.
Max Chicco was born in October 1968. He grew up watching Happy Days on TV and Indiana Jones and Star Wars at the cinema. At the age of fifteen he began participating in all editions of Italy's Young Film Festival, producing a number of Super8 shorts and winning in 1994 with the documentary Il signor Rossi prese il fucile (Mr Rossi took up his gun), produced for the Rai 2 Tv programme, Mixer. In the meantime Max was enrolled at Turin University (studying Cinema History and Criticism) where he graduated with a thesis entitled Da Cabiria a 'Cinema Giovani'. Fare e vedere cinema a Torino (From Cabiria to 'Young Cinema. Making and watching films in Turin). In 1994 he obtained a diploma from Daniele Segre's School of Social Documentary Video, participating in the production of Crotone, Italia e Milano 30 luglio 1993 (Crotone, Italy and Milan July 30, 1993) for Rai 3. His professional career officially got underway in 1995 with the Meibi. Produzioni Audiovisive foundation, when he worked on Tv commercials for Martini & Rossi, Lovable, Lattes Editori and as a freelance director with RAI TV. Since 1998 he has been working freelance with Raisat in the dance, theatre, classical music and cinema sectors. But he certainly hasn't forgotten his first love: fiction films. In 1996 he took the first step every budding film-maker dreams of taking: filming in 35mm. Lunedì mattina (Monday morning) was presented at many festivals and won the New Proposals Award at the 48th Montecatini Terme International Festival and the Quality Award from Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage. This was followed by another 35mm film, Sospetto, Decibel e Topi d'albergo (Suspicion, Decibels and Hotel thieves). He lives in Turin, where Meibi is headquartered, but from time to time visits New York, the city where he obtained a Masters in Film Direction in 2000 from the New York Film Academy, winning the end-of-course 2001 International Internet Award with the work Chocolate and Flowers. He was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and the suffering and desolation of that experience led to the documentary Twin Towers: an American tragedy, a film shown at the Toronto Reel World Film Fest (April 4-8, 2001). The documentary was distributed by O2c, Los Angeles. In 2006 his first feature film "Saddam".
Peter Crosman is a Visual Effects Designer and Second Unit Director whose feature film credits include a diverse range of genres such as the Beatles-scored musical extravaganza Across The Universe, fantasy comedies Scooby Doo (I&II) and Flubber, dramatic narratives Horse Whisperer, Idlewild, and sci-fi thrillers Independence Day, Broken Arrow and Tank Girl.
He has collaborated with acclaimed directors Robert Redford, Lawrence Kasden, Nick Cassavetes, Julie Taymor, John Woo, Henry Selick, and Roland Emmerich, as well as Tank Girl comic strip creator Jamie Hewlett (aka : the creative force behind the Gorillaz).
Crosman began his career in visual effects as an animator at Industrial Light & Magic, working on the Back to the Future, Star Trek and Indiana Jones feature series. He spent his early freelance career supervising and directing title sequences, commercials, pop promos, TV IDs and stings. His independent animation work includes a CLIO award winning series of MTV IDs with Henry Selick, and a series of commercial spots for director Jake Scott, featuring RCA's canine mascots in outer space.
He wrote and directed a concise history of the evolution of the horse, that concluded a continuous 28 year run in the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History in Washington DC in 2015.
Nicola Scott is an experienced actress, singer and dialect/dialogue coach. She has a successful acting career in theatre (Royal National Theatre,Repertory Theatres, and Queensland State Theatre), television and film. (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Duel of Hearts (1991).) She has worked with directors such as Howard Davies, Tom Gutteridge, Rolf de Heer, Nick Hytner, Peter Rix and Steven Spielberg.
As a dialect coach Nicola has worked with actors such as Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Harrison Ford, Anna Friel, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, Hans Matheson, Rosamund Pike, Karel Roden and Karl Urban.
Brian Ian Muir, perhaps one of the most respected sculptors and artists in the industry has been working in film for over 40 years in a career spanning since 1968.
As a teen Brian started a 4 year apprenticeship in woodwork and sculpture design at the Associated British Production Corporation (Elstree Studios), talent and clearly gifted Brian at the age of 20 was hired by Bradfords, London, UK where he was instructed to design a Coat of Arms for the Crown Court and a Plaque for the New London Stock Exchange, which was unveiled by the Queen of England.
During his time at ABPC, Brian was commissioned to work on a number of films, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow and more.
Brian then went on to form his own design company (Elstree Design and Construction) which he ran successfully for over 10 years, in which he was responsible for the modeling of countless films, such as the James Bond series.
Brian has created many recognizable characters, sets and props for adverts, TV, film and out of industry work. He is perhaps most famous for his work on Star Wars as the sculptor of 'Darth Vader's helmet'.
In 2009 Brian wrote his autobiography 'In The Shadow Of Vader' which has been rated with 5 stars on online shopping store, Amazon for over 2 years. It tells the story of Brians time in the film industry.
A native of Los Angeles, Jack Cooperman, ASC developed an interest in theatrical lighting and set design in high school. He then focused on these specialties while attending the University of Southern California and its Drama Department. Jack began his career as a Lighting Designer for plays and operas. From there he went on to shoot documentaries and feature films. He then worked on many high-profile commercials and feature films. During the 1970s, he earned a reputation as a versatile visual effects cameraman with a special talent for underwater, aerial and miniature cinematography. A short list of Cooperman's special photographic credits includes: Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Trek IV, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Contender, Death Becomes Her, Big Trouble in Little China, Hook and Top Gun. His work on the visual effects photography for the movies BlueThunder and War Games were both considered for Academy Awards, with the latter earning a BAFTA nomination. Jack Cooperman was the Director of Special Visual Effects Photography for the miniseries Winds of War, which won an Emmy in that category. Cooperman's cinematography credits also include episodes of the classic TV series Hill Street Blues. Presently his work can be seen in several of Disney World's Epcot Center Pavilions. Highlights of his career include service as Vice-President of the American Society of Cinematographers, and being chosen to participate in the selection of the first films to be put on the Library of Congress National Film Preservation List.