Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University. At NYU, he served as Assistant Director on Spike Lee's student film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. After Lee wrote a couple of screenplays, he eventually appeared on the film scene with Pushing Hands (aka Pushing Hands), a dramatic-comedy reflecting on generational conflicts and cultural adaptation, centering on the metaphor of the grandfather's Tai-Chi technique of "Pushing Hands". The Wedding Banquet (aka The Wedding Banquet) was Lee's next film, an exploration of cultural and generational conflicts through a homosexual Taiwanese man who feigns a marriage in order to satisfy the traditional demands of his Taiwanese parents. It garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The third movie in his trilogy of Taiwanese-Culture/Generation films, all of them featuring his patriarch figure Sihung Lung, was Eat Drink Man Woman (aka Eat Drink Man Woman), which received a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination. Lee followed this with Sense and Sensibility, his first Hollywood-mainstream movie. It acquired a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and won Best Adapted Screenplay, for the film's screenwriter and lead actress, Emma Thompson. Lee was also voted the year's Best Director by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. Lee and frequent collaborator James Schamus next filmed The Ice Storm, an adaptation of Rick Moody's novel involving 1970s New England suburbia. The movie acquired the 1997 Best Screenplay at Cannes for screenwriter James Schamus, among other accolades. The Civil War drama Ride with the Devil soon followed and received critical praise, but it was Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (aka Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that is considered one of his greatest works, a sprawling period film and martial-arts epic that dealt with love, loyalty and loss. It swept the Oscar nominations, eventually winning Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director at the Golden Globes, and became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in America. Lee then filmed the comic-book adaptation, Hulk - an elegantly and skillfully made film with nice action scenes. Lee has also shot a short film - Chosen (aka Hire, The Chosen) - and most recently won the 2005 Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain, a film based on a short story by Annie Proulx. In 2012 Lee directed Life of Pi which earned 11 Academy Award nominations and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2013 Ang Lee was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Adil was born in Assam, a North-eastern state of India and is currently based in New Delhi. Since his childhood, he acted in many plays and later appeared in television, film, radio plays and stand up comedy performances. He was awarded a scholarship to study acting at the National School of Drama, New Delhi and then went on to England for further training at the Drama Studio London, London. He pursued his acting training under the guidance of his teachers Khalid Tyabji and Shaupon Boshu. In 1997 and in 2007 he played the lead actor in a production called 'The Moeder India' produced by the International Danstheater, Holland.
He became well known in India as a stage actor after his internationally acclaimed performance as Othello in Roysten Abel's production of 'Othello- A play in Black and White' which was awarded a Fringe First in 1999. Later he played lead roles in television series and independent film productions such as 'Jasoos Vijay', 'In Othello', 'Iti Srikanto', 'For Real' etc.
He entered into the Hindi film industry with his roles in 'Ishqiya' and then in 'Agent Vinod'. His role in the Indo-Italian production of 'Gangor' was praised highly by the Hollywood Reporter in 2010. His first Hollywood production was 'Life of Pi' directed by Ang Lee, where he plays Pi's father.
Apart from being an actor, he has regularly engaged as a work-leader with young actors to share his experiences at the National School of Drama, New Delhi and at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He started acting in a theatre production, 'Karmnishtha', a dialogue between Krishna and Arjun on the battlefield, with his guide and friend, Dilip Shankar in 2011.
He speaks English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese fluently.
Joy Ellison was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is known for her work on Life of Pi (2012), Kick-Ass (2010), and Brokeback Mountain (2005). She was previously married to Dino Dos Santos. She attended LACC Theatre Academy and The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Lived also in Hamburg, Germany.
Tom Rothman was recently named Chairman of Tristar Pictures, a joint venture with Sony Pictures Entertainment to make movies and television distributed worldwide by Sony under a revived Tristar Pictures banner. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000-2012. He left FFE January 1, 2013, following the most profitable decade in the company's history and after its split from parent News Corporation and reorganization into 21st Century Fox. In his capacity, he oversaw one the world's largest producers and distributors of motion picture and television product, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Searchlight (which Rothman founded in 1994 and which won the 2008 Best Picture Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Blue Sky Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Together those entities have yearly revenues over $8 Billion, operate in more than 70 countries worldwide, and have been at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Profit margins under Rothman and his co-chairman James Gianopulos were consistently the highest in the sector and its 2012 operating profits were the best of any studio.
Rothman's tenure at Fox spanned more than eighteen years, longer than any creative head in the studio's history, with the exception of the legendary Darryl F. Zanuck. Before becoming Chairman, he held the positions of President of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, President of Production for Twentieth Century Fox and President of Fox Searchlight. A few of the many varied and enduring films made under his oversight, include: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012), Life of Pi (2012), The Descendants (2011), Cast Away (2000), Master and Commander (2003), Black Swan (2010), Walk the Line (2005), Juno (2007), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Borat (2006), The X-Men series, Marley and Me (2008), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Minority Report (2002), Moulin Rouge (2001), Boys Don't Cry (1999), Sideways (2004), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Ice Age series, The Simpsons Movie (2007), Something About Mary (1998), The Crucible (1996), and the top two grossing movies of all time: Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). Fox films during his time were nominated for over 150 Academy Awards, won three Best Picture Oscars, and earned in excess of $40 Billion in worldwide box office. Current hit series from TCFTV include: Modern Family (2009), Glee (2009) and Homeland (2011). Under Rothman, for the first time in Hollywood history, all four of the company's major film production divisions were headed by women executives, all of whom had been mentored through the ranks at Fox.
Prior to Fox, Rothman was President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company. While at Goldwyn he was responsible for such films as Henry V (1989), Longtime Companion (1989), Truly Madly Deeply (1990), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Wild at Heart (1990), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), The Wedding Banquet (1993) and The Madness Of King George (1994). He discovered and championed numerous filmmakers who went on to great international acclaim, including Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, and Kenneth Branagh. During his tenure, the company's pictures won the Palme D'Or at Cannes three times.
Rothman came to Goldwyn in 1989 from Columbia Pictures where he had been Executive Vice President, working for David Putnam and Dawn Steel. Before joining Columbia, Rothman was a partner at the New York entertainment law firm of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz where he represented numerous major industry figures in all arts-related fields including publishing, theatre, film, television, music, dance and photography, along with many independent filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch. In 1986, he co-produced Robert Frank's Candy Mountain (1988) and Jarmusch's Down By Law (1986), which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
He began his work life as an English teacher and soccer and lacrosse coach at the Salisbury School in Connecticut and was later a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
Rothman graduated from Brown University in 1976, with Honors in English and American Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was an All New England selection in Division I Lacrosse. In 1980 he graduated from Columbia Law School, as a two-time James Kent Scholar, the school's highest academic distinction.
Rothman has written and hosted a television series entitled Fox Legacy, which includes almost fifty essays on the history of classic films. The show has received favorable notices in many publications, including the New York Times.
He has spoken to both undergraduate and graduate students on many occasions including classes and lectures at UCLA, USC, NYU, Brown, AFI and Columbia. He is a contributor to the Movie Business Book edited by Jason E. Squire', which is a reference used at film and business schools worldwide.
Among his many awards and distinctions are lifetime achievement recognitions from the IFP, the world's leading independent film organization, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and the Israeli Film Festival. He has received showman of the year awards from Variety and the Publicist Guild and been named one of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Columbia University honored him with the Arthur B. Krim Award for outstanding leadership in entertainment, and he was recently given the Corwin Award for Human Relations from the American Jewish Committee. He is a longstanding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is currently producing Steven Spielberg's film Robopocalypse and he serves on the Board of Directors of Priceline.com, a public company and the world's leading online travel agency.
Walt Jones is a visual effects supervisor and creative director with over 20 years of experience in production and design. He has contributed to over a dozen feature films in the past decade alone, as well as numerous music videos and commercial projects. Mr. Jones has worked extensively with international teams throughout Asia, North America and Europe. He was nominated for Visual Effects Society awards for the digital ocean work on "Life of Pi" and his work on "The Lost Temple" and was part of the teams that won Academy Awards for their work on "The Golden Compass" in 2008 and "Life of Pi" in 2013. Other feature film work includes key roles on films such as "Superman Returns," "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Happy Feet" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."
Marmee Cabildo Cosico was born on November 10, 1969 at around 12pm in San Pablo City, province of Laguna in the Philippines. She was raised by the late Atty. Regino S. Cosico and Marina C. Cosico in the small town of Alaminos in the province of Laguna which is located in Luzon. She studied elementary and high school in Canossa College which is also located in San Pablo City. She earned her BS Psychology in University of Santo Tomas. In her fourth year college, she became a production staff in Teatro Tomasino, which is the only theater group in the university. Marmee further studied MA in Clinical Psychology in the same university. She also studied Doctor of Medicine in Fatima University. While she was attending medical school she worked as a court psychologist and an Expert Court Witness in various Regional Trial Courts in the Philippines in order to support her medical education. She reduced into writing psychological case reports on civil cases focusing on Annulment of Marriage. Marmee Cosico is currently an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association, a member of the American Society of Pharmacy Practitioners and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician here in the USA. She has been living in New York since September,2002. She pursued a career in acting in the latter part of 2005. In mid-2009,she started doing television commercials on foreign language voice overs (Tagalog language). In November 2, 2009,she was accepted as an online media writer for healthy living in New York City in examiner.com. In 2010,she wrote 3 articles on a free daily paper, Brooklyn Voice. In February, 2011, she was cast as the wife of an Asian dignitary played by the Japanese actor, James Saito (Life of Pi) in the HBO TV Film, "Too Big To Fail" (www.imdb.com/title/tt1742683/?ref_=nv_sr_1). Too Big To Fail was aired on HBO TV channel in June,2012. In July,2012,she was accepted an an online media writer for health in Los Angeles, California in examiner.com. In February 16,2103, she enrolled in an online ProSeries 44 class in screenwritingu.com and became an Alumni Member in November,2013. In October,2013, she was listed as one of the producers among some international filmmakers in limesfilms.com/#team where they are currently filming this year a documentary in the Vatican, City. She is now living in Astoria,New York and hopes to market her current screenplays in Hollywood this 2014.
Catherine was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley as an only child. She grew up in a rough neighborhood, where performance, activism and art were her most cherished forms of escape. She worked her way up to VP of business development at an advertisement company before she left this position in 2014 to pursue acting full-time in Los Angeles. She discovered her passion for storytelling through her imaginary siblings and her family who immigrated to the USA, "Life of Pi" style. She is currently performing, co-directing, and producing for LaughtivismLA. She is the Director of Diversity Outreach at iO West.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, J.D. Funari got his start during the summer of 2000, when he made his first movie, the dark dramatic short Seven O'Clock. The following year, J.D. directed, shot, and edited Evening Message, which he self-distributed in March 2002. The short was met by enthusiastic reception at numerous NY screenings and hailed by FilmThreat.com in a four star review as "...required viewing for any grass-roots filmmaker."
J.D. relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue a career in entertainment, where he has since worked primarily as a TV & film editor on projects for a number of major networks, studios, and filmmakers.
2010 marked J.D.'s first feature length movie, the screenwriting documentary Tales from the Script, directed by Peter Hanson and released theatrically by First Run Features. The movie was praised by national critics, earning a 75% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, featured on Leonard Maltin's TV show Secret's Out, and recommended on Twitter by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
At the end of 2010, J.D. was one of the lead editors on the launch campaign for Conan on TBS.
In 2011, he joined acclaimed trailer editor Skip Chaisson's company Skip Film, where he enjoyed opportunities to work on campaigns for Gravity, The Life of Pi, and The Dark Knight Rises among others.
Since 2013, J.D. has been an editor at Mark Woollen & Associates, one of the premiere movie marketing agencies in Los Angeles. He has edited Key Art Award winning trailers for the movies Don Jon, Only God Forgives, and Simon Killer.
Ms. Kadem recently marked her debut in Indian cinema, portraying the tour de force lead role of an Indian, Iranian young woman in the feature film, Nawal the Jewel. She shot the film bilingually in both Malayalam (the language of Kerala, India) and English versions, working opposite acclaimed Indian actors such as Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Shweta Menon (Salt n' Pepper) and Anjali Upasana (Ben), being directed by Renjilal Damodharan. Nawal was the first synced sound film in cinema history, to be simultaneously shot in two languages. Ms. Kadem learned Malayalam for the role, spending several months of preparation on the script before her arrival to India. She makes history as the first American actor in a lead role to use her own voice as a non-fluent speaker in Mollywood Cinema.
She is also one of the main stars of the film, Blood On Wheels, handpicked by director, Melanie Atikenhead (Actors Anonymous, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?) and actor/producer, James Franco (Spider-Man, 127 Hours) to portray Nona, one of the lead motorcycle gang members, in the gritty, terrorizing story of a female gang, and their revenge against the men that did them wrong.
She began her training ground in theater at the age of 14, and has studied with greats like: BAFTA & Emmy Nominated Actor Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Raiders of The Lost Ark), Julliard Alumnus & SAG Nominated Actor Jack Stehlin (Weeds, General Hospital), Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), and long-time method acting teacher & successor to Stella Adler and former classmate of actors such as Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Salma Hayek, Carey Scott (God's Not Dead 2, Big Love).
Along with her career as an actress, she is also an award winning screenwriter, having received her BFA in the field. She has been a work-for-hire, had optioned material, and has consulted on various projects.
She been endorsed as a script consultant by some of Hollywood's most creme de la creme, including Academy Award and Emmy Nominated industry.
In cinema, Dilip is known for introducing new exceptional talent as a Casting Director. He has worked with some of the world's most talented directors. His casting credits include Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, Florian Gallenberger's Shadows of Time, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Ashvin Kumar's The Little Terrorist, Pan Nalin's Valley of Flowers, Mike Cahill's I Origins.
He was Associate Director with Pan Nalin on Faith Connections, a docu-feature on the Kumbh Mela. The film opened to rave reviews at the Toronto International Festival 2013. He has been Line Producer on three feature films -Ayurveda - Art of Being, Samsara and Valley of Flowers, all by Pan Nalin.
Dilip Shankar is an actor and director in the Delhi theatre scene.
As an actor, he is known for essaying a variety of roles - Cassio in Roysten Abel's award winning William Shakespeare's Othello-a play in black & white, Raju Guide in Sanjoy Roy's adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Guide, Jawaharlal Nehru in Pramila Le Hunte's Nehru-His Inner Story. He has worked with directors B. V. Karanth, Anamika Haksar, Abhilash Pillai, Bertina Johnson.
A theatre director of note on the Delhi theatre scene, he has directed a number of plays, and has written 36 plays so far. He was also Show Running Director for Zangoora - the Gypsy Prince at the Kingdom of Dreams from 2010 till 2012.
Award-winning producer Jane Startz is the president of New York-based film and production company Jane Startz Productions, Inc. (JSP), which acquires, develops and produces high-quality intellectual properties across all media platforms.
Among Startz's credits are the major theatrical releases Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Indian In The Cupboard, The Mighty and The Baby-Sitters' Club.
Startz also developed and served as Executive Producer on the long-running international hit television series, Charles In Charge (126 episodes) and the multi Emmy Award-winning television series, The Magic School Bus, which became a major franchise and the longest-running science series in broadcast history. Startz also has produced over 50 award-winning television productions adapted from high-profile children's and young adult novels for HBO, CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS and NBC.
Before forming her own independent production company in 1997, Startz co-founded and served as the creative head and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Productions, the film and television division of Scholastic Inc. During her tenure, the company grew to be one of the world's major suppliers of family entertainment.
In April, 2015, A&E/Lifetime Movies premiered two films that Startz executive produced, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday (sequels to the VC Andrews novel-based Flowers in the Attic, which in 2014 was the most viewed movie on cable television since 2012). In March 2015, Startz commences production on another V.C. Andrews' novel, My Sweet Audrina, the phenomenally successful author's most popular stand alone title.
Other book-based properties Startz is producing include the NY-Times bestselling trilogy, The School for Good and Evil with Joe Roth for Universal Pictures, Hell or High Water in partnership with Zoe Saldana for Lionsgate TV and Televisa, The Aviator's Wife in partnership with and starring Jennifer Garner, Lord of the Nutcracker Men adapted by David Magee (Oscar-nominated writer of Finding Neverland and Life of Pi), Stolen in partnership with Ryan Kwanten, The Ultra Violets for Amazon Studios, Einstein: The World's Smallest Stallion, Lllama, Llama, with Genius Entertainment, Otis with 9 Story Media Group and The Extincts with Moonbot Studios.
Startz is the creator of the Disney Press book series Amigas Inc. and is partnered to produce a television series adaptation with Jennifer Lopez and her company, Nuyorican Productions.
Recently Startz sold the high concept book series, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, to Disney/Hyperion. The books focus on the galaxy's best babysitter, a 12-year-old girl who lands a job working for an agency that caters to troublesome alien children. The series has been optioned by The Disney Channel.
Startz and her company have partnered with Penguin Young Readers on a memoir about the celebrated 13-year-old phenom-driven heavy metal band, Unlocking the Truth, written by Pulitzer Prize wining author, Charisse Jones, as well as teaming up award-winning YA writer Elise Allen with Disney celebrity Bella Thorne to pen the popular TV star's first young adult book series, Autumn Falls, published in 2015 by Random House.
Presently, Startz serves as film, branding and media consultant for the international publishing house, Penguin Group, and the UK-based publisher The Chicken House.
Startz is also a founding partner and co-creator of Ridemakerz, a chain of entertaining and educational experience-based stores and a web-based destination where guests design and customize their own individualized cars. Build-a-Bear is Startz's financial partner in this venture. Ridemarkerz's vehicles can be found in over 1,500 Toys R Us stores, at Disney World and Disneyland flagship stores at Ridemakerz headquarter shops in Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and at FAO Schwarz.
Startz is a member of the Association of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Producer's Guild. She is the recipient of over 50 major awards in children's and family programming, including 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 6 Emmys, 10 Emmy Nominations, 2 Ace Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Family Film, Parents Choice Gold Awards, a Leo Award for Best Children's Program and an Action for Children's Television Award.
Startz and her company are presently producing a broad range of film and television projects, including the 2014 Emmy Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling book series by author Christopher Pike, Spooksville, which has aired 22 episodes in 2013-2014 to become one of the top-rated and most decorated series on the Hub Network, garnering the most Young Actor Awards nominations out of any other program in television, winning a Parents' Choice Award, an Emmy Award and the 2014 Leo Award for Best Original Children's Program and Best Performance in a Children's Program.
|Christina Lee Storm
Christina Lee Storm is an international independent producer who has collaborated with filmmakers from around the world. While living in Hong Kong she was Head of Creative Development for legendary Hong Kong director Johnnie To working with local screenwriters and directors.
Some of Christina's recent producing credits include The Least of These, To Save A Life, Flesh: Bought & Sold in the U.S. (a documentary about the widely overlooked, yet widespread practice of human trafficking in the U.S.), and most recently the short documentary Life After Pi that went viral on YouTube.
Christina was Production Supervisor for 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist. She was Manager of Digital Production at Rhythm & Hues Studios (the visual effects studio which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi) where she worked on over a dozen feature films.
Christina has a passion for making films with profound themes and is an alumnus of Act One: Writing for Hollywood. She has served on the Producers Guild of America's National Board of Directors and AP Council Delegate for 6 years.
With great honor, Christina received the PGA's AP Council Commitment Award in 2013. Christina is Co-Chair/Mentor for the PGA's Diversity Workshop, a member of the Women's Impact Initiative, Digital VIP Committee, International Committee, and was most recently elected Treasurer of the Producers Guild of America.
Steven Adams serves as VFX Executive Producer for Digital District whose credits include the Academy Award winning features "The Artist" and The Intouchables".
Founded in 2008 Digital District has outstanding expertise in both feature films and advertising and services include concept design, shoot supervision, 2D compositing, 3D video effects, 2D and 3D animation, and digital grading amongst many others.
DD has offices in Paris, Brussels, Montreal and Shanghai.
Adams previously served for four years as VFX Executive Producer for French VFX house BUF. His projects include Thor for Marvel Studios, James Cameron's Avatar, Stephen Somers' Odd Thomas, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and Ang Lee's Academy Award winning Life of Pi amongst others.
As President of FilmPro Finance Events and Conferences, clients included Bloomberg/Cite's predecessor the International Film & TV Finance Summit, Film Production Capital and various film commissions and festivals.
As President of Luna Ray Films Adams produced A Huey P. Newton Story with Starz/Encore. "Huey" directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee and adapted from Roger Guenveur Smith's Obie Award winning solo performance, won the Peabody Award & Best Adaptation at the Banff Television Festival. Other Luna Ray Films credits include God's Waiting List and Justice.
TV credits include The Culture Clash Show and Dead Souls broadcast by NBC/Universal's Chiller Network. Under the Christai Productions, Adams co-produced the web series Dr0ne with Executive Producer Justin Lin (Fast and Furious franchise), starring Lance Reddick.
David James Bartlett (born February 5, 1959) in Seattle, Washington, raised in Beaverton, Oregon, is an American filmmaker, actor, teacher and human rights activist. His films range from comedies and dramas to documentaries and music videos. His focus has been human stories with redeeming characters and a hope for a better future. He has taught filmmaking at every major film school in Los Angeles and has been a champion of the orphans of the world for years. His charity Orphans In The Storm provides human rights education to orphans all over the world.
D. Bartlett's started his career in school by making films and working in every aspect of theater, including acting. He directed the full-length play The Wind In The Willows while still in High School. He worked in movie theaters as a projectionist and manager for three years and then made his move to Los Angeles. He drove there not knowing anyone or having any connections in the industry to see Academy Award winning director William Friedkin speak at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College.
Two weeks in Hollywood Bartlett met four-time Academy Award winning producer and director Robert Wise and worked with him on a promotional film for the Motion Picture Home Hospital. Mr. Wise became his first advisor, and Bartlett took his advice. He said: "If you want to get a job as a director write the Great American Screenplay they want so badly they will let you direct it, but if you want to learn how to be a director be an editor, as the editor knows exactly what works and does not work in the film."
David has now worked on over 200 productions, and over 120 of them features. He worked as set carpenter at Roger Corman's New World Studios with production designer James Cameron. He has worked with Quentin Tarantino on "Pulp Fiction", Joel Silver on "Predator 2" and Action Jackson, William Friedkin on The Guardian, Paul Verhoeven on Total Recall, Gale Anne Hurd on Tremors, Katherine Bigelow on Point Break, and Brian De Palma on Bonfire Of the Vanities. He has worked with actors such as Morgan Freeman, Goldie Hawn, Lawrence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Patrick Swayze and 5 time Emmy winner Doris Roberts.
D. Bartlett has won over 50 film festival awards and many other nominations, including an Emmy nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing of the mini series Space, his work as a sound editor contributed to the Academy Award nominated Total Recall and the Academy Award winning Speed. He has produced, directed, written, done cinematography, editing and music on over 60 features, shorts and documentaries. His films have screened at festivals all over the world including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, London, Beverly Hills, Worldfest Houston, New York, Maui, Los Angeles and many others. Festival award wins include Burbank, Worldfest Houston, Beverly Hills, Montreal, Moondance and AOF Action On Film.
D. Bartlett's film Change, Orphans In The Storm has been screened at 12 film festivals and has won 7 awards. Has acted in 3 independent features, (Cartel War, Nowhere Fast and A Voice In The Dark,) 3 short films and an original musical (Divine Lust).
He went around the world twice as a volunteer with a human rights activist filming and shooting stills, and was inspired to start the charity project - Orphans In The Storm to help save the 152 million orphans of the world by giving them human rights education.
David's brother Ron Bartlett is an Academy nominated sound mixer for the Life of PI (2012). His nephew James Bartlett is a film composer and won Best Score for The Algerian (2014) at a film festival.
David Bartlett is currently in production as the line producer of the sci-fi series Space Command, slated for release in 2016.
Bartlett has also been a teacher of filmmaking and has taught screenwriting and film production at every major film school in Los Angeles, including The American Film Institute, USC, UCLA, The Los Angeles Film School and The New York Film Academy. He has also taught at the Sherwood Oaks College, his alma mater, and has now come full circle.
Michael Nowak is a Hollywood studio conductor and musician, the Artistic Director of Orchestra Novo and Music Director of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society.
Michael previously served as Music Director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony from 1984 to 2015. During his tenure he led the Symphony on four successful tours-to Spain in 1996, New York's Carnegie Hall in 2001, the Sydney Opera House in 2006 and Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2008. His many contributions include making music education a priority and helping to build the Symphony's many programs to their current level, reaching over 16,000 children and adults every year. In addition, Nowak has served as Assistant Conductor and violist with the Dallas Symphony, conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation Début Orchestra and the Monterey Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared in guest conducting engagements with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the University of Southern California Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Michael conducts for ABC's Once Upon A Time and American Crime, as well as a numerous Hollywood films, such as the Academy Award winner Life of Pi, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Hangover, Bedtime Stories and more.
Siddhartha Nuni is an Indian Cinematographer based out of Mumbai, India. He has worked on films and documentaries across various genres and themes for the past ten years. He enjoys working on projects which require powerful visual storytelling. He also loves exploring the world of digital film technology and visual effects. An engineer- turned-cinematographer; Siddhartha Nuni graduated in electrical engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras). He then studied at the Mindscreen Film Institute run by the eminent Indian cinematographer, Rajiv Menon, to pursue his passion for film making. Siddhartha finished the Cinematography course at Mindscreen Film Institute in 2007. Siddhartha worked on some of the most path-breaking films to come out of India in the last few years as the director of photography. The crowdfunded, breakaway kannada film 'Lucia' being one of his most noticeable work to date. Siddhartha has worked in the on-set VFX crew of Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi'. Siddhartha was featured in the India Today magazine as one of 37 young Indians making a difference in their field of work in 2013. His interviews have featured in Filmmaker magazine and Rediff.com.
|Barry J. Spinello
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Spinello attended PS 99 and Midwood High School where he was president of the band and orchestra and co-captain of the track team. He was a child radio actor on WNYE and WNYC FM, in New York City.
At Columbia University Spinello changed his major five times and graduated in the fifth quintile (so did Barack Obama), concentrating mostly in English, music and painting. Amazingly, he won a scholarship to the architecture school also at Columbia but left after two years to study painting independently in Florence, Italy.
Spinello's entire interest at this time was in combining music and painting into a single, integrated art form. For this purpose he started making experimental animated films - drawing both sound and picture directly onto clear 16mm leader. John Cage featured Spinello's animated work in the influential Source Magazine: Issue Number Seven. The definitive book: Experimental Animation, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976; Da Capo Press, 1988, includes a chapter on Spinello's work. And in 2013 two PhD theses (M. Puetz, University of Chicago; Gregory Zinman, New York University) include chapters on Spinello's 1969 film Soundtrack. The Museum of Modern Art in New York holds three of Spinello's early filmpaintings in their collection for purposes of preservation.
By 1972 handpainting films had run its course. A grant from the National Council of Churches sponsored Spinello's first "camera" film: "Broken Soldiers".
For the next 15 years Spinello made award winning documentaries and other films from his boutique studio in Emeryville, California.
In 1986 Spinello was hired to write: "Adrian and the Toy People". The script was optioned but went into turnaround due to a lawsuit started by Spinello against Amblin/Universal. Spinello lost in arbitration.
Disillusioned and broke, Spinello left Hollywood and for the next ten years worked at a non industry job interviewing people for the Department of Commerce.
Spinello married, helped his wife through medical studies, a Residency, a Fellowship; had a daughter, built a house, got a life.
In 2002 Spinello returned to his roots in experimental animation, introducing the ideas of filmpainting into a computer environment. The resulting film Towards features the voices of Gertrude Stein and T. S. Elliot arguing while trapped inside a Jackson Pollack painting. The film is working its way through the world of avant-garde animation.
At present, disproving F. Scott Fitzgerald's adage: "There are no second acts in American lives" Spinello has rewritten Adrian and the Toy People -
On page one, Adrian Carmelotti wins the Nobel Prize for literature. On page two, he returns to his ancestral home in northern California to bury his father. When the assembled family kids, arrived for the funeral, beg their famous uncle for a story he proceeds to tell them the true story of what happened to him, so many years before.
It is Life of Pi meets Toy Story by way of Hans Christian Anderson. Spinello is seeking production for this and other projects.
Born in Singapore and bred in the beautiful sea side town of Pondicherry, a former French colony in India, Samir Sarkar was educated right from kindergarten to college at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. His keen interest in photography, music and film making drove him further to educate himself in the fields and earn him a degree in film production at the national film school of France, LA FEMIS, in Paris.
After a year of training in the films department at Contract Advertising's (WPP Group Mumbai office, Samir realised his passion lay in world of cinema. He joined "Bollywood" at the age of 22 and for the next 10 years worked in several capacities on diverse major productions. He has been closely associated with some of the finest names in the Indian film industry including Shekhar Kapur, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Mani Rathnam, Santosh Sivan, M F Hussain, Farah Khan, Ram Gopal Varma, Rajiv Menon, Nagesh Kukunoor, Shahji Karun, Mahesh Mathai and many others. During the same period he also worked on several successful TV commercials, documentaries and music videos.
His flair for languages and his keen interest in travel also got him involved him on many international advertising, documentary, and feature film projects including Gaumont's "Hanuman", Pandora Films' "Samsara" and Ang Lee's "Life of Pi".
In 2008, after working for more than 10 years as a freelancer he founded Magic Hour Films, an award winning film production company with offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Singapore. Magic Hour Films produces Feature Films, TV Commercials, Documentaries and Photography Campaigns.
|Luize Joyce Margaret
Joyce Luize is from Bombay (Mumbai), India. Joyce became a hairdresser in 1994. After assisting she became a well known hair stylist in 2001. Started with tv series named 'Thief of Baghdad' And owns a hair makeup and beauty course workshop in juhu, jvpd Andheri ( west ). Mumbai Joyce has done Many Bollywood movies as a Hair designer and also personal hairstylist with Anju Mehendroo, Tisca Chopra, Upasna Singh, as well as known Hollywood movies like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel part 1 and part 2 with Daniel Phillips, Life of pi with Fae Hammond, Zero dark 30 with Daniel Parker, West is West with penny Smith etc. Many ad films like talwarsons jewellery 2013, Nivedita saboo collections 2013, Mahindra bike 2014 print shoot etc.
Amadeo Lopez Mariscal started with his music studies in the Superior Institute of Music of the UNT (Tucuman National University) at the age of 13, studying Instrumental Musician and Piano. During these years, he acquired knowledge and tools about music composition. He made his early composition works at the age of 17 in audiovisual productions of severals countries such as: England, EEUU, Cyprus, Canada, among others. In the year 2014, he received his first international mention, being nominated two times for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards" in the "Best Classical Contemporary/Instrumental" category. He was also semifinalist in the "Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest", among 400 contestants from all over the world, were he received a review from the composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi). That same year, he made one of his most promising works, when he composed the San Pablo -T University anthem.
Stephan Willing is a film composer based in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied education music with the focus on classical and jazz music and completed his Master's Degree in Trossingen.
Afterwards he took a short trip to the media industry whilst he scored various commercials and image clips for brands like Mercedes Benz or Audi. During the new experience of creating music harmonizing the visual atmosphere of images he discovered his passion for film music and started his career as a film composer. In addition to scoring the first cues he successfully participated in several workshops and competitions.
The most remarkable films Willing worked on are "Without Sunlight" directed by Konstantin Korenchuk and "Carino Corazon" from Fabian Froehlich. Willing's current project is the feature film "Calvin Fragmenti" directed by Philipp Westerfeld and Manuel Ostwald which is a psycho thriller shot in Hamburg.
In 2014, Stephan Willing took part in the Oticons Faculty International Film Music Competition and made the 8th place. The Faculty assembled a high-ranked jury including Oscar Price Winner Rachel Portman, Hélène Muddiman, Harry Gregson-Williams and others. As one of the Top-10 composers of the Oticons Faculty, Willing's proposal was released on the varied soundtrack album. Furthermore the composer participated in the Young Talent Award of the Krakow Festival and ASCAP. The resulting prize, the FMF Master Classes, were lectured by well-known composers like Garry Schyman, Richard Bellis, and representatives of ASCAP. At the Master Classes he had the opportunity to attend to talks of successful people in their field. He followed a orchestra recording session from the audio engineer Brad Haehnle (22 Jump Street, Life of Pi).
Over years Willing attended several workshops and Master Class of the german film music composer Marcel Barsotti (Pope Joan, Das Wunder von Bern). They treated with the analysis of cues and film dramaturgy as well as the scoring of different genres like drama, comedy, and TV movies.
Willing's musical career is rooted in the time of being a singer and keyboarder in a band. Thereby he discovered his passion for songwriting and started collaborations with songwriters like David Neisser, Paul Oxley and the lyricist Charlie Mason. Willing is experienced in conducing choirs and orchestra and took singing lessons himself. More than one decade of training piano including lessons with Peter Nelson made him a virtuoso pianist.
Scot Byrd is a graduate of the CalArts BFA Acting program, and UCLA's MFA Screenwriting program. Scot recently teamed with Buzz Aldrin, the legendary Apollo 11 astronaut, and producer Rupert Hitzig, ("Jaws 3D," "Wolfen," "Electra-Glide in Blue") to adapt Aldrin's science fiction adventure novel "Encounter with Tiber" as a limited TV series. Scot is currently developing a number of projects for film, television and the web.
Scot began his film career as a development intern at Debra Hill Productions. In 1999, he joined Rhythm & Hues Studios, the world-renowned visual effects production company, as a marketing and development assistant but was soon promoted to head of publicity for the studio. For more than a decade, Scot spearheaded PR and media relations for R&H's rapidly expanding film, advertising and theme park divisions, working closely with the major movie studios and entertainment trade media outlets, and contributing to more than 100 feature film publicity campaigns, including Academy Award® winners "Life of Pi" and "The Golden Compass," and Oscar® nominees "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."
While still a UCLA film student, Scot reached out to one of his childhood heroes, rock star David Crosby, asking if anyone had thought about writing a screenplay of his life. "Croz" replied favorably, saying there had been interest but that both he and his "Long Time Gone" co-author Carl Gottlieb were busy, and encouraged Scot to give it a try. Thus began a multi-year correspondence during which Scot wrote "Shadow Captain: The Amazing Journeys of David Crosby." The script was selected as a finalist by a panel of industry judges for the program's Spotlight Award, recognizing it as one of the top five screenplays of the year.
A multi-talented artist with entrepreneurial sensibilities, Scot is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and recording artist. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Born in Quebec City, Quebec. Graduated from college in Graphic Design and work in the industry for several years before moving in Vancouver in 1996 to realize one of his child dream to work in the movie industry. Knowing that the future lays in computers, Martin tried to find a school that taught visual effects. He enrolled at The Art Institute of Vancouver - Burnaby and graduated in the Visual Effects Digital Animation Masters program.
He later went to work at Stargate Digital Vancouver. Where he took the position of lead of the 3D department. Working on such projects as The Dead Zone, Jake 2.0, E.R., Las Vegas, C.S.I., Carrie, Helen of Troy, white noise, Treat Matrix, and more.
He moved on a few years later to start the 3D department at a new branch of Spin VFX in Vancouver. Working on more television series but also lots of commercials and a few features. Also getting to move on and work on set as an assistant supervisor on the film "Like Mike 2: streetball" and set supervisor on commercial for subway and others.
After a few years at spin, Martin moved on to become a freelancer working on many projects at a few different company. Starting with Blades of glory at Rainmaker, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean 3 at Industrial Light and Magic, and a few features for Technicolor. He also supervised on Set for a couple features for the Sci-Fy network. After that he went back to ILM to work on the last installment of Indiana Jones. His last completed project was for MPC Vancouver on the Watchmen.
In September 2011, he moved on to the next project at Rhythm and Hues, doing water simulation for the dolphin stampede on Hang Lee "Life of Pi", using Naiad and Houdini. Moving on after that on destruction for the movie R.I.P.D. After Rhythm she Hues bankruptcy, Martin shortly return at Prime Focus to do effects on white house down. And then moved on to zoic studio to work on multiple TV shows. In July 2014, he joined Scanline vfx team as a flowline artist. Creating simulation on movie like Exodus, San Andreas, The 5th Wave, Batman vs Superman and independence day 2.
Erin Kanoa was mentored by matte painting legend, Matthew Yuricich. She has trained with Eric Chauvin, Rocco Gioffre, Michele Moen and Bob Scifo in addition to other great matte painters. She specializes in creating photo real environments, built or natural and was a main contributor to the sky painting crew, and lead sky placer for the Life of Pi.
R Amarendran's foray into film acting started in 2008 when he landed the main villain's role in the movie Bale Pandiya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar a first-time director. Initially taken on as a script consultant and writer for the film he was later on offered the role of AKP - a hit man. Due to the success of the role he was offered various off-beat roles with negative shades. He has acted in the Tamil movies Andhra Mess, Vidyum Munn, Jil Jung Juk, and most recently in the blockbuster Tamil movie Kabali.
He has played the role of a history teacher in the Internationally acclaimed Hollywood film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee.
Attended Mayo College, Ajmer. Later went on to study Computational Media at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. After graduating from Georgia Tech, completed Visual Effects TD course at Escape Studios, London.
Currently employed at Rhythm & Hues Studios, India as a Matchmove Technical Director and recently finished matchmove work on Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi'.
Tony Hasnath turned professional by accident.
It was only when a customer, coming into a his Comic Book Shop (Brighton), mentioned that Twisting Yarn Theatre Company were looking for 'an Asian lad' to star in the first world premier stage production of 'The Life Of Pi'. He asked for a casting and the rest they say is... Luck!
Training in China, London and on the job, Tony Hasnath has been working professionally for over 16 years with a string of renowned theatre companies to his name- National Theatre (Nation), Birmingham Stage (Jungle Book), Phizzical (Cymbeline) and Pilot Theatre (Lord Of The Flies) to name a few.
A strong history in Martial Arts and Free Running, you can often find him jumping and falling off the roof-tops of London.
Versatile in style he flickers now from Theatre to Film. His first Big Feature Film coming to cinemas 2016- The Black Prince by Kavi Raz.
Born in 1981 in Taipei, Taiwan, Ian Chen developed a interest in the movies while young. Graduated from Department of Radio, TV & Film of Shih-hsin University in Taiwan, he shows various capacities in the field. He's been a photographer, a film editor and a director of short films and TV advertisements during these years. Beside Movies, Ian Chen is also keen on politic activities and issues, which goaded him into the participation of the student demonstration to recall the then president Chen Shui-bian in 2006 in Taiwan. Now he serves as Assistant and Translator of the Department of Special Effect in "Life of Pi", directed by Ang Lee.