Born in Schenectady, New York but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jamal Hill was fascinated with all types of art particularly film and music. Later in life he pursued acting, but after this didn't pan out as expected Hill decided "If you can't beat em join em". As a result he studied writing and directing . After three years of learning his craft Hill and his mother produced a small $10,000 independent film entitled "Money Power Respect" from a 75 page script he wrote. He shot it in 11 days with three of his film buddies and local Philly theater actors. The film won Philly Underground Film fest and was ultimately distributed by Jeff Clanagan's company Code Black Entertainment. Soon after it's release a Will Smith and Overbrook Films associate Charlie Mack reached out to Hill about his talent. Hill has been with the Overbrook camp ever since, working on films such as I Am Legend, Hancock, Iron Man and directing Lady Gaga's "The Fame" short concert movie. In 2010, Hill returned to Philadelphia to directed the feature film "Streets" starring Meek Mill released nationally by the BET network in 2012.
Bruce Berman is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has a successful joint partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has executive produced such wide-ranging successes as Clint Eastwood's Oscar® nominated "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper; the animated adventure "The Lego Movie," directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; director Baz Luhrmann's box office hit "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire; director Guy Ritchie's hit action-adventure "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law and its sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,"; the "Ocean's," series starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney; the acclaimed drama "Gran Torino," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; the blockbuster "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; and George Miller's Oscar® winning animated adventure "Happy Feet."
Berman's upcoming credits include George Miller's post-apocalyptic action-adventure "Mad Max: Fury Road," starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron; Brad Peyton's action-thriller "San Andreas," and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; Ron Howard's action-adventure "In the Heart of the Sea," based on the Nathaniel Philbrick's bestseller about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex starring Chris Hemsworth; and "Concussion," a National Football League sports drama starring Will Smith.
Berman was named Chairman and CEO of VRP in February 1998. Previously, he spent 14 years at Warner Bros., joining the company in 1984 as Production Vice President and then serving as Senior Vice President of Production. In September 1989, he was named President of Theatrical Production and two years later, Worldwide President of Theatrical Production. During his tenure at Warner Bros. he produced and distributed numerous films including "Twister," "A Time to Kill," "Batman Forever," "The Fugitive," "The Client," "Outbreak," "Disclosure," "Dave," "The Bodyguard," "Under Siege," "Malcolm X," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Goodfellas," "Presumed Innocent," and the Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy." In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company based at Warner Bros.
Berman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1975 with a degree in United States History. He also attended Cal Arts Film School and Bennington College. Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978. Moving to Universal, he worked his way up to a production vice president in 1982.
Darrell Foster is the influential and inspirational force behind some of the most successful people in the world. He is a Mentor and Life Coach, as well as a Fight and Fitness Expert, who has worked with notable names across multiple fields of excellence - from World Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to Oscar nominated actor, Will Smith.
Growing up, Darrell spent most of his time reading and studying boxing and martial arts. This passion led Darrell to work with Sugar Ray Leonard for 18 years, helping lead him to multiple world boxing titles. Darrell holds black belts in multiple martial arts styles, having traveled to the Far East parts of the world, training in the most prestigious dojo of Japan.
This vast realm of professional fighting, boxing, mixed martial arts and self-defense has allowed Darrell to create his own unique training methodology, E2: Enlightenment and Exercise. Darrell uses E2 to help his clients achieve their goals by focusing on the precise conditioning of both the brain and body.
Aside from working one on one with his clients, Darrell's expertise has permeated the film industry in a variety of ways. Working as Stunt Coordinator, Darrell ensures the safety and efficacy of all action sequences/stunts for his films through his precise Action Scene Analysis. Not only responsible for training and transforming Will Smith into Muhammad Ali, Darrell has worked with Hollywood's Top Talent such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Antonio Bandares, Nick Cannon, Tyrese Gibson, Virginia Madsen, Alice Braga, Terrence Howard, Mykelti Williamson, Woody Harrelson, Molly Allen, Spencer Breslin, Lolita Davidovich, Duane Martin, Bridget Moynahan, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Phillips, Caleeb Pinkett, Ving Rhames and Blair Underwood; working also with top film directors and producers, Gabrielle Muccino and Ron Shelton and owner of the New York Giants, Steve Tisch.
In 2011-2012, Darrell coached Will Smith on Men in Black 3 and is working with him on the film, After Earth (2013).
Equally notable, Darrell is an experienced and trained actor who has studied with acting coaches, Tom Todoroff and Aaron Speiser and has had supporting role in movies such as Hitch, I am Legend and Hancock that have generated Billions in box-office profits.
Working to expand his realm of influence, Darrell is set to release his first in a series of books, titled BREATHE: Your Choices Determine Your Success, in 2012.
RJ grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He has a long history in local theater including playing the Artful Dodger at the Walnut Street Theater. He writes and sings original music and has performed at New York City clubs, such as Joe's Pub and Le Poisson Rouge. RJ's credits include Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, Team Toon, Nintendo, Jest and Collegehumor, I am Legend, Standing Ovations, Disney Theatrical's "Newsies" where he originated the role of Les. Oxygen Network's "The Next Big Thing NY" chronicles the real life struggles of young and up coming actors in New York City as they work with their coaches and audition for opportunities that may change their lives. He is currently working on the film "Last Vegas", where he plays a young Robert De Niro.
Aaron Sims is one of the most innovative and versatile concept artists working in films today. To industry insiders, he is revered for his multi-faceted approach to creature development and design. To audiences, he is the genius behind many of today's most memorable movie monsters.
Sims' youth in Arlington, Texas was filled with animation and highly detailed pencil renderings of nature that his father produced professionally, motivating Sims to follow his interests in art and animation. As a teenager he began working for the renowned illustrator Don Ivan Punchatz. In the mid-80s, Sims moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a special effects makeup artist for the film industry. His work quickly attracted the attention of legendary Academy Award winner Rick Baker, with whom Sims collaborated for the next twelve years. During that time, Sims served as a leading special effects artist on some of the most popular, defining movies of the 1990s: Gremlins 2, Batman Forever, Mighty Joe Young, Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Men in Black.
A pivotal event in defining Sims' future occurred when Baker introduced him to a new digital imaging program called Adobe Photoshop. Sims embraced computer technology with enthusiasm and began to combine Softimage 3D animation software, Photoshop's painting capabilities and his knowledge and experience as a special effects artist.
In the late 1990s, Sims started working for another Academy Award winner, Stan Winston, who encouraged Sims' pioneering methods. With advanced computers and cutting-edge software, Sims altered forever the industry's process of design and development. In 2000, working through the Stan Winston Studio, Sims introduced his visionary design process to Steven Spielberg, and became the lead character designer for Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Sims created unprecedented designs for all of Spielberg's robot characters and, in doing so, validated his groundbreaking approach to character creation. Having thus raised the bar in the concept design industry, Sims took the Stan Winston Studio to the forefront of innovative film design. During this exciting time, Sims co-founded Stan Winston Digital and led the studio, as art director and head concept artist, on such films as Constantine, Fantastic Four, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Eight Below, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and Tim Burton's Big Fish.
Sims' creative approach to concept design using digital technology has had significant affects on the film industry. Softimage development teams have advanced aspects of their software from Sims creative use of their product. Sims has also inspired many of the current techniques used by top artists and designers in the entertainment industries. The demand for training in his methods has led to an ongoing partnership with Alex Alvarez and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects on a series of instructional DVDs.
With the same adventurous spirit that fueled his willingness to embrace digital technology, Sims decided to leave the Stan Winston Studio to work as an independent concept artist on 30 Days of Night, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. In 2007, he co-founded White Rock Lake Productions with business partner and long-time friend John Norris while also opening his own fully capable design studio, The Aaron Sims Company.
Angel Oquendo was born and raised in The Bronx, New York and has traveled the world while proudly serving in the U.S. Army. He's worked at the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and held Top Secret security clearances. He's had a number of diverse and interesting jobs to include time as a telecoms engineer, a full-time instructor at the National Cryptologic School, a licensed real estate agent, and even a radio disc jockey. Then he found his true calling - acting.
On Film, Oquendo has been quietly amassing an impressive body of work alongside some of Hollywood's most talented Oscar® winning and nominated actors/directors with supporting roles in "Ocean's 13", "1408", "King of California", "Post Grad" and "Shadowboxer" to name a few.
On TV, Oquendo has had a number of guest appearances on Emmy® winning and nominated shows including: "House MD", "The Mentalist", "Dexter", "Nip/Tuck", "Everybody Hates Chris" and many more.
You can also hear Oquendo's voice-over work on "Happy Feet Two", "The Dark Knight", "Changeling", "Terminator Salvation", "I Am Legend", "Cloverfield" "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins", "El Cantante" and many other amazing Films, TV shows and video games.
With many ongoing projects in the works, Oquendo doesn't have much spare time. When he does get a break, he volunteers to work with children through the SAG Foundation's BookPALS program and enjoys making a difference in their lives.
Steve Niles is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence. Currently writing "Wake the Dead", "Freaks of the Heartland", "Fused: Think Like a Machine" and "Love Me Tenderloin: A Cal Macdonald Mystery" for Dark Horse Comics and "Hyde" and "Dark Days" for IDW, Niles also recently released his third "Cal MacDonald" illustrated prose novel, "Dial M For Monster".
His "30 Days of Night" comic is also being developed as a major motion picture, with Spider-Man's Sam Raimi producing. Also in pre-production are adaptations of his "Wake The Dead" and "Hyde", and also a "Criminal Macabre" movie, for which he will write the screenplay as well.
Niles got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison. IDW recently released a hardcover collection of Niles' adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend".
Niles has completed a wide array of projects, including "Remains" and "Aleister Arcane" from IDW and "The Nail" (with Rob Zombie), "Fused: Dazed and Confused" and "Fused: Machinehead" from Dark Horse Comics. Additionally, he is hard at work on another "Cal MacDonald" novel, "Last Train To Deadsville" and a second "30 Days of Night" sequel entitled "Return To Barrow".
Ari B. Rubin has written screenplays for actor/director Robert Redford at Wildwood Productions, actor Tom Cruise at Paramount Pictures, director John Hillcoat (The Road) at 2929 Productions and director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at Warner Brothers.
In addition to his work as a screenwriter, Ari consults for political organizations and candidates. He most recently served as policy co-director for Janice Hahn for Congress in California's 36th District.
Ari received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002 in history, government, social theory and economics. He taught as a flight instructor in New York and Connecticut. He is also a licensed EMT and avid marathon/triathlon racer.
|Jonathan Gabriel Charles
Jonathan Gabriel Charles, born and raised in Haiti for the first ten years of his life, immigrated to New York with his parents at the age of 10, Queens to be exact. As a graduate from the New York Film Academy, and studies from the historic HB Studio, Jonathan booked his first acting role in 2007, in a NIKE commercial with Amar'e Stoudemire. With his love of sports already in place, growing up playing soccer and basketball, the commercial was meant to be and the stepping stone for plenty more roles to come; advertisements for Footlocker and Converse to name a few. Acting as his own agent, Jonathan networked his way into major studios and landed a role in one of the biggest movies, "I Am Legend", starring one of his idols. His lists of accomplishments is nowhere near its end; film, commercials, print, music videos; Jonathan Charles is open to it all.
Apache Gonzalez AKA Apache Prinze Born Apache Gonzalez was born in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn NY. were he at a young age learned to worked on his writing skills because the streets weren't a safe place to be. His father a singer also, who had a single out in the 80"s, saved what little money he could in order to give his son every possible opportunity. he arranged for Apache to start taking piano lessons. to keep him off the streets. Apache started doing shows with a band that his father used to manage, he got his first tastes of being on stage at the age of 9. as he got older Apache realized this was what he wanted to do. He performed in Hs talent shows and plays. For the next few years after HS Apache was acting and singing doing bit parts and back ground roles in major films. paying his dues till he got that role so he could finally be accepted in Screen Actors Guild. While doing background work for $30 for the day he finally got his break Apache was playing a drug dealer opposite Alexis Cruz (Stargate,Why do fools fall in love)Isaiah Washington, Nestor Serrano and Troy Winbush (Cosby show) Apache got his big break when he was giving lines by the director (Jesus Salvador Trevino,Star Trek:TNG,DS9,Voyager) and on that day he went from just back ground to principal actor. Apache thought to him self that if it wasn't for him going to work that day for just $30 he would have never gotten his break. the rest is history. Apache has played along side Samuel Jackson, Jeffery Wright, Vanessa Williams and Busta rhymes in SHAFT, Jennifer Lopez, Stanley Tuck and Ralph Finnes in Maid In Manhattan, Jessica Alba in fantastic four, Toby McGuire in Spiderman 2, TV Shows Like Sex In The City ,Sopranos. He has also worked on the Production side on I Am Legend, American Gangster , Bourne Identity Julie Julia, What happens in Vegas, Baby mama, White collar, ugly Betty, Empire Boulevard, How to make it in America and so on.
Apache has also been in the studio finishing up his new album. After years of bit roles and paying his dues in he industry Apache is hoping that by 2013 his career will have the jumpstart he's been waiting for . Apache has recently moved to Hazleton PA a small town were he can enjoy the piece an quiet an still be close enough to the big Cities to continue his acting and Movie career.
Joe Harkins grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He began painting and drawing at a young age, and showed a strong interest in animation. He also showed a strong interest in programming, and began writing computer code at the age of 12. After high school, Joe attended Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where he received a degree in Computer Animation, combining his interest for programming and art.
He went on to do work in commercials and visual effects at Reel FX, near his hometown in Dallas, TX. Joe moved to California to work at Tippett Studio, in Berkeley, where he began his career in feature film visual effects. His list of credits while at Tippett, includes The Matrix Revolutions, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy, and Constantine.
Joe then moved to Los Angeles to work for Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he became a senior artist working on such films as Open Season, Ghost Rider, and Beowulf. While on Beowulf, Joe was tapped to supervise the creature development on Warner Brothers tent-pole project, I Am Legend.
Joe left Imageworks to head up digital character work at Hydraulx, a visual effects company in Santa Monica, where he helped acquire new work for the studio, and complete large sequences on feature film projects. His credits at Hydraulx include 300, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, and Battle:Los Angeles.
In 2010, Joe became a freelance CG Supervisor and worked with various clients including THQ, Articulate, and Uncharted Territory, on various film and video game projects. While at Uncharted Territory, Joe worked on a visual effects sequence for Hugo, as well as pre-production for several unannounced Roland Emmerich films.
In late 2011 Joe became a freelance VFX Supervisor.
Paradox is an actor,producer and movement director. He has worked directly with some of the biggest names in film including actors Robin Williams, Will Smith, Rene Russo, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, directors JJ Abrams and Kenneth Branagh, as well as legendary stunt coordinator and second-unit director Vic Armstrong.
Pollack began his theatrical work in circus, and enjoyed a successful career that spanned over 20 years. He was a writer, director, and performer in dozens of shows and toured nation-wide as a dancer, contortionist, and whip-wielding ringmaster.
He was a co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco). He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil and performed with many other companies, including Circo Zero (San Francisco),Bindlestiff Family (New York), Lucent Dossier (Los Angeles), and Cahin Caha (France). His extensive background in the performing arts created the foundation for his work as a fight choreographer and movement director for feature films.
Pollack specializes in a variety of dance styles, stage combat, and performance-capture techniques, and for the past 7 years has worked with both film veterans and upcoming young stars to build their on-screen movement and fighting styles.
Pollack's first film role was in What Dreams May Come, as a hellion that torments Robin Williams and Max von Sydow. He went on to work on I Am Legend, where he helped choreograph all zombies featured in the film, and served as stunt-double for the main zombie who faces off with Will Smith's character. He helped develop the character movement for the alien races in JJ Abrams' Star Trek, as well as the supernatural monsters and Asgardian Gods in Kenneth Branagh's Thor.
Paradox's current projects include directing the music video Cat Skillz for Beats Antique, the movement direction and fight choreography for Batgirl: The Webseries and is excited to bring his sensibility to the initiation rites of Stephanie Brown, the young Batgirl into her adulthood in the world of Gotham. Pollack has taken on the role of producer, joining the team that is developing Starhawk's beloved novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, into a major motion picture. He is deeply committed to this particular story because it perfectly addresses the political, cultural, and spiritual issues we face in our rapidly changing world.
Sven Faulconer, born and raised in Belgium, is a Los Angeles-based composer for film and television. He employs a wide and unique range of musical styles, as reflected in the remarkable list of credits acquired by him over the years.
In particular, a keen sense for collaboration and strong story-telling skills have earned him music credits on such blockbuster movies as The Hunger Games series, Nightcrawler, The Bourne Legacy, The Green Hornet and Parkland. His original approach in independent productions has resulted in numerous scores with a very distinctive character.
Beginning formal music training at age 8, Sven showed an early knack for improvisation and was soon writing his own pieces. Over the years he has also become a passionate clarinet player and performed a number of solo concertos with symphonic orchestra. His studies took him on an exciting journey starting in Ghent, later moving to Rome to conclude his academic career in Los Angeles at the renowned UCLA Film Scoring Program. As always, he was driven by the powerful synergy of music and film, paired with the fulfillment that the film scoring process brought to him.
Since his move to Los Angeles, Sven has had the pleasure of learning from several A-list composers - more specifically his experience at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions and his ongoing collaboration with James Newton Howard, composer of films such as The Hunger Games series, Maleficent, The Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight and I Am Legend.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Greg Wattkis relocated to the U.S. as a child, where he pursued and excelled in a myriad of athletic pursuits,that included gymnastics, track and field, baseball and basketball.
As a result of his love for sports and continued physical training Greg began to pursue a career as a stunt performer and actor. Training in (ShotoRyu Karate Boxing) and (Japanese Ju-Jitsu) has afforded him the agility to perform the necessary work on film and television.
After appearing in the feature film "I Am Legend" he was honored to be among those nominated at the SAG Awards for "Best Stunt Ensemble".
His continued training and experience drives his goal to work along side, and for the top of the industry in Film & Television and in the world of stunts. To date, he is a stunt coordinator, stunt performer and actor.
Mr. Barry was born in New York in the later part of the 1970's to Dr. Dana Barry, Space Scientist and creator of the first Moon and Mars Mission (Clarkson University) and James F. Barry, III. (Retired Chemistry Professor)
He broke into the acting industry as a print model beginning in 1985 for science text and lab books used in middle and high schools throughout the United States. He can been seen in numerous publications as a student doing lab experiments.
Brian also had a profound interest in music and art from a young age and pursued both of those fields as well. He holds two Master Degrees from Hofstra University. The first was conferred in 2006: Masters in Fine Arts, Humanities and Creative Arts and Culture. The second MA was bestowed on him in 2008 in Speech, Rhetoric, and Performance Studies and Documentary film.
The latter degree enabled Mr. Barry to create a documentary film entitled: "Going Against the Grain: American Pop Culture" which featured interviews with founding member of Sha Na Na, Dr. Robert Leonard; and member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Inventions. In addition it featured the late George E. Nahas and Timothy Carey, whom produced the film "The World's Greatest Sinner" which was the first film in 1957 which Frank Zappa scored a soundtrack form. Barry's film is available on DVD.
Early connections with WWF Wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duggan (whom Brian's mom worked with his sister) helped secure work for Mr. Barry in X-Files, Sopranos, I am Legend, The Balloonist, and other work.
In 1995, Brian was part of a family project to record a music album. The Album entitled "The Barrytones: Chemical Sensation" was recorded live in the studios at W.S.L.U. Fm Radio at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. and features Mr. Barry on guitar, harmonica, and vocals. The album helped promote science education in the classroom and was produced by Dr. Barry.
Mr. Barry is current a principal Actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA. He also holds a lifetime "Class A" FCC Radio License which he earned in March of 1995.
Marco Marenghi was sat on the sofa watching cartoons. The unemployed electronics engineer was forced into redundancy when the technology firms that dominated his area in Wales, UK moved on to cheaper labor in foreign countries. His wife, Joanne, noted that Marco wasn't much of a TV guy but when cartoons were on he was mesmerized - the animation seemed to captivate and hypnotize him. She suggested that he go back to college and learn a new trade in this field that he found so fascinating. Despite the fact that he was one of the most promising artists in high school, Marco had not picked up a pencil in 15 years so he found this suggestion as quite absurd. Joanne persevered as she saw in him something that he did not. In 1995, Joanne visited the Glamorgan College for Art and Design Technology (GCADT) and was very impressed by their new animation course. She pleaded with Marco to go check it out until he eventually caved in and agreed - anything for a peaceful life. During the visit, Marco met Pete Hodges and Chris Webster - who were both about to have a profound affect on his life, though he didn't know it yet. Like Joanne, the course content blew Marco's mind and he could now see what his wife was pushing toward. Alas he had no portfolio, no sketchbook, nothing he could show to the course leaders that proved he had the talent. What he did have, however was tenacity. Both Pete and Chris recognized this and sent him away with a mission: spend the weekend sketching and come back on Monday to show us what you did. So that weekend, while working on his parents ice-cream truck, Marco took out his pencils and drew for the first time in 15 years - for once thankful that it was raining and business was quiet. On the Monday he returned to GCADT and showed his work. Both Pete and Chris agreed that he'd be a fine candidate but there were currently no open positions so they agreed to put him on the wait list. Marco was feeling pretty low but as he left the office, the phone rang. Pete gestured for him to hold on.... someone was calling to cancel and there was now a position available. Did Marco want it? You betcha!
Marco's time at GCADT was a mixed bag of emotions. Here he was surrounded by younger artists with incredibly impressive portfolios while he clutched the little sketchbook he had started in the ice-cream truck. He quickly realized however that the younger students did not share his knowledge of life and what the big-wide world had in store for them. Marco's tireless work ethos meant he quickly progressed and his maturity (!) led to mentoring many students. At the start of the course, the students were given 2 months instruction for each of the animation genres: drawn, stop-motion and computer. Marco gained a creditable pass at drawing, a distinction in stop-motion but barely scraped through the computer section. But what the other disciplines had failed to do was challenge him so he decided to major in computer animation and bought his first P.C. Before the end of the animation course, Marco had been selected by Framestore in London to work on the groundbreaking "Walking with Dinosaurs" series. It was agreed that he would be released early and assessed on his development by Framestore's head of CG Mike Milne. He passed, of course, with flying colors and his new career was born. Under Mike's leadership, Marco quickly developed as an artist and was made a lead animator for the 4th episode of "Walking with Dinosaurs: A Cruel Sea". Upon release, Walking with Dinosaurs became a worldwide sensation, revolutionizing TV and raising the bar for VFX based shows. It was this exceptional realism of blending high-end VFX with live action backgrounds that Marco would specialize in for the rest of his career. With numerous awards - including the prestigious AoC Gold Award which he received in 2000 at the UK Senate - and 3 Emmy wins, the phones began to ring. In April 2000, Marco and his family relocated to the Bay Area in California. In his new job with PDI/Dreamworks CAFE (Creature and Feature Effects), Marco worked on the movies "Evolution" and directly with Steven Spielberg for "Minority Report", as well as several commercial spots. When Dreamworks closed it's CAFE division mid-2001, Marco was loaned to Electronic Arts where he worked on cinema tics for the games "Freakstyle", "Lord of the Rings" and James Bond "Nightfire". In 2003, Marco landed a job at Sony Pictures Imageworks to work on Robert Zemekis's "The Polar Express" and the family relocated to Los Angeles. During this transitional period, the BBC filmed "The Marco Marenghi Story" - a 30 minute documentary on his journey from humble unemployment in Wales to working in the cutting-edge Hollywood visual effects industry. Marco's hard work and "can-do" attitude meant that he quickly rose through the ranks and attained the position of Animation Supervisor for "Ghost Rider", "I am Legend", "Speed Racer", Tim Burtons "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Green Lantern". Other credits include "Bewitched", "The Watchmen", "Spiderman 3", "Valkyrie" and "2012". During his time at SPI, Marco was awarded "The Friz Frieling Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Animation" in 2008 and in 2009 he was bestowed an "Honorary Doctorate in Technology" by the Glamorgan University of Wales. In 2011 the "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" movie was announced and immediately sparked Marco's interest. In June that same year, Marco started a 20 month dream assignment as Animation Director in Sydney, Australia at Animal Logic. While there, his creativity blossomed as he oversaw multiple departments for the show. Both the production and director had great faith in his creative decision making, allowing him to expand and experiment with tremendous results. After nearly 2 years away from home, 2013 saw his return to Los Angeles and the chance to take a bit of a hiatus and spend some much needed family time.
A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Anthony Vasto began his career working for Academy Award winning Writer/Producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Hancock, The DaVinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) at his Warner Bros. based Weed Road Pictures. As an executive Anthony contributed to the development of feature films such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Constantine and Starsky & Hutch. In 2005 he founded Instrumental Management, a literary management company focused on developing emerging screenwriters and their careers.
|Michael Del Rossa
Multivision Fx founder Michael Del Rossa, originally from Rochester, NY was fascinated by the effects in horror films at an early age and began creating his own in his early teens. After he moved to Los Angeles in 1995, Michael started his own company Multivision Fx, through which he has contributed to numerous productions such as "Spawn," "Gods and Monsters," "Bicentennial Man," "The Fallen Ones," and "Afterimage" for which he produced and directed the documentary "Portrait of Death" (The Art of Special Effects Makeup) and several more since. His credits also include such high profile films as: "The Passion of the Christ,""The Watchmen," "300," "I am Legend," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and many, more. Recently he brought his innovative and ground breaking ideas to the TV series "The Deadliest Warriors" in which he brought a whole new level to" Ballistics Science Testing Models" a high bred mix of prosthetic makeup techniques, Ballistics technology, and anatomy to create effects ballistics torsos that propelled the viewing of the series. Constantly searching for innovative and creative ideas, Michael is currently looking into directing as well, "I will always do makeup effects and looks forward to the future challenges and working with creative productions and directors.
Find out more on IMDB.com or his company website at: Multivisionfx.com
|Jim Cody Harrington
Cody Harrington is a multi-disciplined digital effects artist/technical director with an extensive background in film production, visual effects, broadcast television, and interactive multimedia.
2009 - present - staff at Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA
2010 - Cars2, as fx technical director, 2009 - Toy Story 3, as fx technical director
Previous projects: Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, CA., specialty: 3d volumetric atmospheric and elemental effects (clouds, tornadoes, hurricanes, avalanches, snow, dust, rain, and fire), as seen in feature films such as: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" (2009), I am Legend, Beowulf (2007), Spiderman 3 (Sandman team,SPI, 2006), (Triple-X, StarTrek Nemesis, Daredevil, Stealth, and The Day After Tomorrow -- Digital Domain, Venice, CA).
He has also worked with Disneys Imagineering group (R&D), consulted and lectured for various organizations (Apple Computer, Mirador/e2 productions), and is on the advisory board of Stanford University's Academy for New Media (Philip Gibson, director). He has also produced numerous documentary-styled promos and interviews of educators for Apple Computer and Stanford University. He has presented on behalf of Apple Computer for key educational accounts at industry conferences, universities, and user groups (AFCI,Quicktime Live Panel on New Media Tools, Macworld Panel, New Paradigms in Content, New Media Conference Univ. of CA. MB, College of Santa Fe Digital Media School, CUE conference, NECC, others.)
Cody's interest in film centered on cinematography and visual effects. In 1985 he worked for Richard Edlund (Star Wars IV Visual Effects Supervisor) at BOSS Film in Marina Del Rey learning camera motion control and blue-screen optical compositing techniques. His numerous feature film credits include (digital) xXx (avalanche seq.)(rob Cohen), Daredevil, Star Trek Nemesis, The Day After Tomorrow (tornadoes), Stealth. (pre-digital): The Abyss, Date with an Angel, Die Hard, Leonard V1, King Kong Lives, Manhunter, Vibes, Weeds, At Close Range, Year Of The Dragon, Cats Eye, Firestarter, Earthstar Voyager, Teenage Vampire.
Cody worked at Boss Film Effects for 3 years in Marina Del Rey, CA., with Richard Edlund, Bill Neil, Neil Krepala, Thaine Morris, Mat Beck, Mark Stetson, Pat Mclung, and Larz Anderson, creating practical magic in the pre-digital twilight of optically composited 65mm motion control based effects.
Cinematography references: Alex Thompson, Mikael Solomon, Pete Romano, Ron Garcia, Walt Lloyd, Reed Smoot, Jan Weinke, James Bartle, Alec Mills, Juan Ruiz Anchia, Dante Spinotte, Jack Cardiff, Guiseppe Russolini, Mike Fash, Kelvin Pike, Bill Neil, John Fante.
Chris Sergi is a Los Angeles based producer and business administrator, who has a developed a reputation for hard work and commitment in the entertainment industry, by working with a diverse and successful roster of production companies and producers. Mr. Sergi's unique professional background crosses music, film and television.
He began his film career after following a promotional tour for the acclaimed documentary feature Pick Up The Mic (LOGO TV, 2005). After that he moved on to work for Tall Black Skinny Boy Productions (Noah's Arc, LOGO TV 2005-2007).
In 2007, he produced his first short film, Mista Nice Guy. In addition he worked with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment on the internet digisodes for the feature film I Am Legend (SONY, 2007)
In the same year he also began working as a Talent Manager under the company Modern Artists working with such actors/comedians as Jason Stuart, Judy Tenuta, Alexandra Paul as well as celebrity photographer, Miguel Starcevich. He also produced the re-shoots for Jada Pinkett-Smith's writing and directorial debut The Human Contract.
Over the past few years, Mr. Sergi has merged with several production companies including actress, Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Superstar) and her production company, EHx Productions, Rockmond Dunbar's (The Family That Preys, Prison Break) company, Flypaper Entertainment as well as becoming partner in New Found Productions, a production company created by Darrin "DeWitt" Henson (Stomp The Yard, Tekken).
The upcoming year looks promising as he recently completed producing an instructional DVD entitled Get Fit & Stay Fit as well as Associate Producing for Moore Vision Media (The Confidant). He will also be teaming up for the thrillers David, written and directed by Chris White (My Super Psycho Sweet 16) and The Bystander Effect starring Elaine Hendrix and Darrin Henson.
Zion DeBeatham is an American Director/Writer/Actor born in the Bronx but raised in the Caribbean (Jamaica). The vast differences in the two cultures by which he was exposed to gave life to his creativity and vast experiences for story development. Raised by his beloved and 'quite strict' grandmother 'Bunny', Zion was never allowed to step foot in a movie theater or hang out with the local young crowd. It was strictly school during the week and church on Sunday. His primary source of entertainment was working the farm with his grandfather, playing with one of their many animals or sitting by the radio listening to stories being read over the air with his grandmother. He accredits this with where he earned his masters degree in writing and his innate ability to bring a story to life. In 1977 Zion stepped foot on US soil for the first time since his birth. It was during that summer that he was bitten by the movie bug when his mother took him to a movie theater for the first time to see 'Star Wars'. After serving several years as a United States Marine, the martial arts instructor enrolled in The Center For Media Arts in New York City to pursue his passion until his life plan took a detour and he took on the life of a family man when he met his former wife with whom he shares 3 children. Zion's talents made it's way through several film festivals, creating a buzz and gaining notoriety until his creativity and drive caught the attention of Production Designer 'Wynn Thomas' who took Zion under his wing and mentored him in the movie business. One year later Zion got his first big break on Hunger Games 'Catching Fire'. It was on this film that Zion got to meet and be further inspired by director, Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend, Like Water For Elephants).
John Stewart "Jack" Williamson was a prolific fiction writer of novels and short stories in the science-fiction genre. He replaced Robert A. Heinlein as the "Dean of Science Fiction" in 1988.
His novel "Darker Than You Think" (1948) is perhaps his best known and has since been included in the Gollancz SF and Fantasy Masterworks collection that also includes Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and Richard Matheson's 1954 masterpiece "I Am Legend". "Darker Than You Think" is the tale of an ongoing war between humankind and werewolves, that latter living hidden amongst the former.
Jack Williamson sadly passed away in 2006, but will be remembered as one of the best science-fiction authors of all time.
Shaun Mackey was born and raised in New York City. He's worked in the online industry for the past 11 years. During that time, he's worked directly with Will Smith and the cast and crew on I Am Legend. He runs his own company providing training and video lessons to help people become successful online. Shaun lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Steve Calapai was born and raised on Long Island New York. Steven started his career as an actor/print model at a very early age working with top TV & Film Companies, agents and managers. He was represented by the same organizations that represented Menudo and Rickie Martin. Following a successful career in acting/print, Steve tried his hand in a career in The Music Industry where he was a great success. Working as a producer, session drummer, Grammy Member, and studio owner, Steve has had the privilege to manage 2 Time #1 recording artist Freddie Scott. Mr. Scott's hits included: ("You Got What I Need"-Sampled By rapper Biz Markie), (#1 hit song "Hey Girl", #1 R&B hit, "Are You Lonely For Me Baby") and another 10 top thirty hits. While working with Scott Steven set up numerous public appearances, red carpet events and concerts. Steven is proud to have worked with and appeared with, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Cuba Gooding Sr., Solomon Burke, Johnny Winter, Bruce Springsteen, Gary Us Bonds, Atlantic Records, Elijah Records and many more... As his popularity grew in the industry Steven turned his talents to managing actors. Having managed Cable Ace Award nominee, Billy McNamara, Steve was introduced to the world of film and Television where his passions grew. Mr McNamara's credits include: "Doing Time On Maple Drive", which was the most highest rated TV program in Lifetime TV's history, "Brylecream Boys", Showtime's, "Beggars and Choosers", "Copy Cat" and many more. Steve has handled press and pr for many well known celebrities and has worked with top organizations and celebrities in TV and Film including, The Michael Awards, starring Regis Philbin, Playboys 50th Anniversary hosted by Pamela Anderson, Reality Cares with an award going to Mark Burnett, Omarossa, Gideon Horowitz from NBC's The Restaurant Series, Tommy Davidson from In Living Color, and many more... Steve created the TV concept "Reality Rewind" starring Gideon Horowitz and has interviewed the likes of Mark Burnett and Donald Trump. Steve worked with producers Michael Tadross Jr and Mark Lipsky at EMPI, Entertainment Management Partners in NY City. Mr. Lipsky produced "The Arsenio Hall Show". He has also provided management and business management for Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, John Belushi and numerous cast members from Saturday Night Live. Steven worked with the son of famed Beatle Producer George Martin while at EMPI also, Greg Martin. Steven has has sold and written numerous TV projects to Networks over the passed few years and is continuing a career as a Producer for TV with Michael Tadross Jr and Philip Ferrara. Mr Tadross comes from a family of billion dollar grossing producers in Hollywood. They have produced the films, "Hitch", "I Am Legend", "The Thomas Crowne Affair", "Sherlock Holmes" and "Arthur" just to name a few. Steve is privileged to work with and be partnered on a handful of TV projects with such a great friend and professional in Michael Tadross Jr. With his knowledge and experience in Hollywood and by surrounding himself with top professionals, Steve's successes will continue to grow through 2011. As of late 2010, Steve has 3 TV shows in development with a top NY City Production Company/Network with his partners. Steve has been responsible for above and below the line duties and continues to run several successful companies in Entertainment.
Domi Piturro, company president of Icon Imaging, was also the co-founder of Paraform and inventor of the original 3D scan data surfacing technology. In 1994, Domi was one of the first team members to be brought on to do R&D and help create 3D graphics pipelines for both Sony's Playstation and Imageworks divisions. Having started his artistic career originally in sculpture and architecture, Domi began studying and teaching at Pratt Institute in the late 1980's.
During this period he started working in collaboration with Cyberware, one of the first 3D scanner manufacturers. In the early 1990's, he helped develop the first 3D scan based, animation ready, digital human. With his systems, Domi's first body scans were of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Star Trek cast in 1995. He then oversaw R&D projects using his human model systems for Cyberware, Motion Analysis, and Maya. This ground breaking development became the basis for human character modeling and animation in Maya 1.0. It was shown at SIGGRAPH 1998 as the Maya Dancer Cloth Demo.
Domi then joined with Stanford University developing his process further. This research and process ultimately developed into 3D scan data "Surfacing" also known as "Retopology" technology. Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft became aware of Domi and his revolutionary work and wanted to invest in the team and the company behind the pioneering technology, in 1996 Paraform was then founded. The technology and systems were used on films such as: Harry Potter, Spiderman, Star Wars, X-Men and Hollow Man. In 2000 the work for Paraform won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for this groundbreaking work in film. Surfacing and Retopology technology are still the core of the industry and fully in use today.
After Paraform Domi was invited to again join Stanford for a historic project. This was to produce High Resolution 3D scans of Michelangelo's David and other classic statues in Florence. These works were presented at SIGGRAPH 2000.
After this massive project and many years of doing research and technology development, Domi returned to his roots in artistic production. In 2000 he formed Icon Imaging Studio. He has worked on projects such as: I am Legend, Superman Returns, Madden NFL, Guitar Hero, Fantastic Four, Fight Night, Def Jam, X-Men, Batman vs. Superman, Battlefield Hardline, Dead Space as well as many others.
Currently Icon imaging is working in collaboration with the USC-ICT Graphics Research Lab doing R&D on new advanced human imaging systems. The collaborative research project is involved with both academic and applied production projects.
Mark Jones is of Irish, Welsh and German descent. Raised in Seneca Falls, NY, Mark found himself creating movies as a teen involving all his family and friends. Being the youngest of six children, he always sought ways to use his brothers and sisters in his early projects as well as his closest friends from church.
Studied film and production in Buffalo, NY and performed in the university's theatre productions. One them was "T.V. Land" for The Buffalo Ensemble Theater where his role was of Bob, the life of a man from a different prospective.
One of his pride and joy as a film-maker was his sci-fi "Journey To Where" mini series which aired on a local television station where he portrayed Commander Jack Kominski. Having rave reviews, Mark set out to move to New York City to pursue his career as an actor and film maker.
In 2004, Mark was cast as a prison warden for Lyfe Jenning's music video to "Must Be Nice" and still to this day, people recognize him from the video.
While in NYC, Mark has been able to work on many films such as "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", "I Am Legend", "Perfect Strangers" and others as an extra. He joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 2006 and is searching for leading roles in indie films as well as major motion pictures.