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CAREY W. HAYES & CHAD HAYES (Screenwriters)
BRIAN ROUSSO (Story)
JOEL SILVER (Producer)
ROBERT ZEMECKIS (Producer)
SUSAN DOWNEY (Producer)
HERBERT W. GAINS (Producer)
ERIK OLSEN (Executive Producer)
STEVE RICHARDS (Executive Producer)
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer)
RICHARD MIRISCH (Co-Producer)
PETER LEVY (Director of Photography)
GRAHAM “GRACE’’ WALKER (Production Designer)
COLBY PARKER, JR. (Editor)
JEFFREY KURLAND (Costume Designer)
JOHN FRIZZELL (Composer)
STEPHEN HOPKINS (Director) won an Emmy Award for his directorial work on the critically acclaimed biopic “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron and Emily Watson. The film garnered a total of 16 Emmy nominations, winning nine, and was also nominated for four Golden Globes, winning two, including Best Motion Picture Made for Television. Hopkins was also nominated for a DGA Award and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.
Prior to that, Hopkins directed the pilot episode for the hit drama series “24” in 2001 and went on to serve as both director and co-executive producer for the first season.
He received a DGA Award nomination for directing the pilot, as well as dual Emmy nominations for directing and producing. Following “24,” Hopkins also received another Emmy Award nomination for his work as a director and a producer on the 2004 miniseries “Traffic.” In addition, his early TV work includes directing three episodes of HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt,” and writing and directing a short film for the acclaimed collection of shorts called “Tube Tales,” which screened at Cannes in 1999.
Hopkins made his feature film directorial debut with the heist thriller “Dangerous Game,” followed by “A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child”; “Predator 2,” with Danny Glover and Bill Paxton; “Judgment Night,” starring Emilio Estevez, Denis Leary, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Stephen Dorff; “Blown Away,” with Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones; “The Ghost and the Darkness,” starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas; and “Lost in Space,” with Gary Oldman and William Hurt. He then directed and produced “Under Suspicion,” starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman, which debuted at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Hopkins was born in Jamaica and raised in England, and began his career as a comic-book storyboard artist and later as an art director for numerous commercials and music videos. He then went on to direct music videos, commercials, and stage plays in Australia and Europe before starting his television and feature film career in the U.S.
CAREY W. HAYES & CHAD HAYES (Screenwriters) wrote the screenplay for the 2005 remake of the 1953 horror classic “House of Wax,” from Dark Castle Entertainment and producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis.
Currently, the Hayes brothers are working on a horror thriller called “The Innocents,” based on Henry James’s classic tale “The Turn of the Screw,” as well as a remake of “The Blob.” Additionally, they are currently adapting the Tahir Shah novel “The Caliph’s House,” which will mark their directorial debut.
Coming from the television world, they are credited with working as writers on such shows as “The Crow,” “Ghost Stories” and “Mysterious Ways,” as well as having written eleven television movies.
BRIAN ROUSSO (Story) has worked in the entertainment industry on both the creative and business ends for more than 15 years. As a professional screenwriter, he has sold scripts and rewritten projects in the horror and comedy genres for such producers as Joel Silver, Joe Wizan and Broadway producer Willette Klausner.
Rousso is currently developing a horror thriller project for up-and-coming Latino rapper Ghostman, whose music is featured on the “Ghost Rider” soundtrack.
Prior to becoming a screenwriter, Rousso was a story analyst and creative executive at such film studios and production companies as Miramax, Jersey Films, Fox, Propaganda and TriStar.
Rousso was also a Director of Business Development for Edgework Productions, where he produced the “Three Mo’ Tenors” live album and concert DVD; negotiated mechanical, digital and sync royalties rates with the record labels and publishing houses; secured corporate sponsorship; and expanded the content distribution network through a grassroots marketing campaign involving PBS.
JOEL SILVER (Producer), one of the most prolific and successful producers in the history of motion pictures, has produced over 50 films, including the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, the blockbuster four-part “Lethal Weapon” franchise, and the seminal action films “Die Hard” and “Predator.” To date, Silver’s catalog of films has earned nearly $10 billion in worldwide revenue from all sources.
Silver most recently produced the action thriller “V For Vendetta,” starring Natalie Portman. Silver is currently producing a wide range of features, including “The Invasion,” a sci-fi thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig under the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel; the psychological thriller “The Brave One,” directed by Neil Jordan and starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard; the comedy “Fred Claus,” starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti under the direction of David Dobkin; and the live-action adventure “Speed Racer,” to be written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, who previously collaborated with Silver on “The Matrix” movies.
Silver recently structured a deal for his Dark Castle Entertainment production company, which gives him green-lighting power and creative control of all films produced under the banner. The first Dark Castle film to go into production under the new structure will be “Whiteout,” a thriller to be directed by Dominic Sena, and starring Kate Beckinsale as the lone U.S. Marshal in Antarctica who has three days to solve a murder before winter’s darkness closes in, leaving her stranded with the killer.
Formed by Silver and Robert Zemeckis in the spirit of the late horror impresario William Castle, Dark Castle previously produced a string of hit films beginning with the record-breaking release of “House on Haunted Hill,” which opened at number one in 1999, followed by “Thir13en Ghosts” in 2001, “Ghost Ship” in 2002, “Gothika” in 2003 and “House of Wax” in 2005.
Silver’s 1999 production “The Matrix” grossed over $456 million globally, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the studio’s history at the time of its release. Universally acclaimed for its innovative storytelling and visuals, “The Matrix” won four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Visual Effects. The first DVD release to sell one million units, “The Matrix” DVD was instrumental in powering the initial sale of consumer DVD machines.
The second installment of the epic “Matrix” trilogy, “The Matrix Reloaded,” earned over $739 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing R- rated film of all time. The opening weekend box office receipts for “The Matrix Revolutions,” the final explosive chapter in the trilogy, totaled a staggering $203 million worldwide. To date, “The Matrix” franchise has grossed $3 billion from all sources worldwide.
While overseeing production on “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” Silver produced the integral video game “Enter the Matrix,” which features one hour of additional film footage written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Wong, who reprised their roles from the films. He also executive produced “The Animatrix,” a groundbreaking collection of nine short films inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power “The Matrix.”
More recently, Silver produced the action comedy thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” written and directed by “Lethal Weapon” screenwriter Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan. He also produced the hit films “Romeo Must Die,” starring Jet Li and Aaliyah; “Exit Wounds,” starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and “Swordfish,” starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.
Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he ultimately ascended to President of Motion Pictures. During his tenure, he associate produced “The Warriors” and, with Gordon, produced “48 Hrs.,” “Streets of Fire” and “Brewster’s Millions.”
In 1985, Silver launched his Silver Pictures production banner with the breakout hit “Commando,” followed by “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Predator.” Silver Pictures solidified its status as one of the industry’s leading production companies with the release of the “Lethal Weapon” series, and the action blockbusters “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder.” Silver also went on to produce “The Last Boy Scout,” “Demolition Man,” “Richie Rich,” “Executive Decision” and “Conspiracy Theory.”
A successful television producer as well, Silver executive produces the hit UPN television series “Veronica Mars,” the critically acclaimed crime drama starring Kristen Bell. Silver also executive produced, with Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill and Robert Zemeckis, eight seasons of the award-winning HBO series “Tales From the Crypt,” as well as two “Tales From the Crypt” films.
As a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1967, Silver and a group of his friends developed a game called Ultimate Frisbee. The fast-moving team sport has since become a global phenomenon supported by tournaments in 50 countries.
ROBERT ZEMECKIS (Producer) won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of America Award for Best Director for the hugely successful “Forrest Gump.” The film’s numerous honors also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis has since re-teamed with Hanks on the contemporary drama “Cast Away” and the motion-capture animated hit “The Polar Express,” based on the classic children’s book. Most recently, Zemeckis served as an executive producer on “Monster House,” which received Oscar, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Annie Award nominations for Best Animated Feature.
Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed “Back to the Future,” which was the top-grossing release of 1985, and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He went on to helm “Back to the Future, Part II” and “Part III,” completing one of the most successful film franchises ever.
In addition, Zemeckis directed and produced “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan, and the macabre comedy hit “Death Becomes Her,” starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. He also directed the box office smash “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” cleverly blending live action and animation. He then directed the romantic adventure hit “Romancing the Stone,” pairing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and co-wrote (with Gale) and directed the comedies “Used Cars” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”
Zemeckis also produced “House on Haunted Hill” and executive produced such films as “The Frighteners,” “The Public Eye” and “Trespass,” which he also co-wrote with Gale. He and Gale previously wrote “1941,” which began Zemeckis’ association with Steven Spielberg.
For the small screen, Zemeckis has directed several projects including the Showtime feature-length documentary “The 20th Century: The Pursuit of Happiness,” which explored the effect of drugs and alcohol on 20th century society. His additional television credits include episodes of Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt.”
In 1998, Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke partnered to form the film and television production company, ImageMovers. The first film to be released under the ImageMovers banner was the thriller “What Lies Beneath,” directed by Zemeckis and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
In March 2001, the USC School of Cinema-Television celebrated the opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. This state-of-the-art center was the country’s first fully digital training center and houses the latest in non-linear production and post-production equipment as well as stages, a 50-seat screening room and USC student-run television station, Trojan Vision.
Zemeckis’s other recent credits include “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, and the Queen Latifah comedy “Last Holiday.”
Currently, Zemeckis is directing and producing a new CG-created 3-D version of the classic “Beowulf,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Robin Wright Penn. The film is set for release in November of this year.
SUSAN DOWNEY (Producer) began working at Silver Pictures in 1999, when she joined the company as Vice President of Production, overseeing the development and production of such projects as “Thir13en Ghosts” and “Swordfish.” She went on to become a co-producer on “Ghost Ship” and “Cradle 2 The Grave,” a producer on “Gothika” and “House of Wax,” and an executive producer on “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.”
In her current role as Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures, she is developing a diverse slate of films, including “Wonder Woman,” “Sgt. Rock” and “Dirty Dozen.” Additionally, Downey serves as a producer on Neil Jordan’s psychological thriller “The Brave One,” starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, and as an executive producer on the sci-fi action thriller “The Invasion,” starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Both films are set for release later this year.
Downey was also recently named Co-President of Dark Castle Entertainment, the production entity formed in 1999 by Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, which recently structured a deal with CIT Group Inc. to finance the production of 15 films over the next six years. Under the new arrangement, Downey runs both creative and production divisions for the company. She is currently producing the action thriller “Whiteout,” starring Kate Beckinsale, to be directed by Dominic Sena.
Prior to her tenure at Silver Pictures, Downey worked on the hit films “Mortal Kombat” and “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” spearheaded the development of its spin- off live action and animated TV series, and associate produced the feature film “Beowulf” for Dimension Films.
Downey is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
HERBERT W. GAINS (Producer) currently serves as executive producer on the upcoming Neil Jordan psychological thriller “The Brave One,” starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, set for release later this year. Prior to “The Reaping,” he served as executive producer on “House of Wax,” starring Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray. He also executive produced the 2004 romantic comedy “Little Black Book,” with Brittany Murphy, and served as producer on Michael Tollin’s sports drama “Radio,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris.
Gains’s other film credits as executive producer include “Cradle 2 The Grave,” starring Jet Li and DMX; Jake Kasdan’s comedy “Orange County”; “Hardball,” starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane; and “Summer Catch,” starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jessica Biel. Gains counts among his co-producing credits “Varsity Blues,” with James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight and Amy Smart; “Ready to Rumble” and Rob Cohen’s “Daylight,” starring Sylvester Stallone.
Previously, Gains was production manager for such films as “The Negotiator” and “Mouse Hunt.” As assistant director, he worked on a variety of films, including “Natural Born Killers,” “Heaven & Earth,” “Point Break,” “Pacific Heights,” “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,” “Dirty Dancing” and “The Fan.”
ERIK OLSEN (Executive Producer) is currently Senior Vice President of Production for Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment. He began working with Silver in 1998 as an intern and worked his way through the ranks to his current position. During his tenure, Olsen helped develop numerous films, including “Thir13en Ghosts” and “Gothika,” and served as associate producer on the 2005 remake of the 1953 horror classic “House of Wax.” With Silver’s other production entity, Silver Pictures, Olsen has worked on such films as “Exit Wounds,” “Swordfish” and “Cradle 2 the Grave.” Currently, he is developing the World War II adventure “Sgt. Rock,” based on the DC comic book, and supernatural thriller “The Summoner,” which is to be directed by Victor Salva.
STEVE RICHARDS (Executive Producer) was recently named Co-President of Dark Castle Entertainment, and is in his thirteenth year working with producer Joel Silver. He was instrumental in developing the business plan for Dark Castle and in forging the financial partnership with CIT Group Inc., which will finance the production of 15 films over the next six years.
Richards has served as executive producer on all of the films under the Dark Castle banner, including “Thir13en Ghosts,” “Ghost Ship,” “Gothika” and “House of Wax.” During the formation of Dark Castle in 1999, Richards organized the foreign financing and distribution of the shingle’s first film, the remake of William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill.”
In 1995, Richards joined Silver Pictures and is currently Co-President/COO of the company. He counts among his film credits with Silver Pictures “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Animatrix,” and two installments of the “Dungeons & Dragons” fantasy game film adaptations. Additionally, upon joining Silver Pictures, Richards aided in the launch of Decade Pictures and served as executive producer on “Made Men” and as associate producer on “Double Tap.”
Richards began his career as a production executive for Tony and Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free.
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. Village Roadshow will co-produce 60 theatrical features in a joint partnership with Warner Bros. through 2007, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The initial slate of films produced under the pact included such hits as “Practical Magic,” starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; “Analyze This,” teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; “The Matrix,” starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; “Three Kings,” starring George Clooney; “Space Cowboys,” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and “Miss Congeniality,” starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has subsequently executive produced such wide-ranging successes as “Training Day,” for which Denzel Washington won an Academy Award; “Ocean’s Eleven,” starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; “Two Weeks Notice,” pairing Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; “Mystic River,” starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar-winning performances; the second and third installments of “The Matrix” trilogy, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”; Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Johnny Depp; “The Dukes of Hazzard”; “The Lake House,” reuniting Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves; the award-winning animated comedy adventure “Happy Feet”; and the romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics,” pairing Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.
Village Roadshow’s upcoming projects include the third installment of the “Ocean’s” franchise, “Ocean’s Thirteen,” starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino; the romantic drama “No Reservations,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart; and the psychological thriller “The Brave One,” starring Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster.
Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. 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.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production Vice President, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989, and, in 1991, was named President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, where he served through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as “Presumed Innocent,” “GoodFellas,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Batman Forever,” “Under Siege,” “Malcolm X,” “The Bodyguard,” “JFK,” “The Fugitive,” “Dave,” “Disclosure,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Outbreak,” “The Client,” “A Time to Kill” and “Twister.”
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company at Warner Bros. Pictures. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
RICHARD MIRISCH (Co-Producer) served as co-producer on Dark Castle Entertainment’s “Gothika,” “Thir13en Ghosts,” “House of Wax” and “Ghost Ship.” He has also served as associate producer on The Wachowski Brothers’ award-winning sci-fi epic “The Matrix,” and the highly successful HBO series “Tales from the Crypt.”
Mirisch counts, among his other production credits with Silver Pictures, “Ricochet,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood.”
Mirisch began his career in filmmaking working for The Avnet/Kerner Company, where he served as director Paul Brickman’s assistant on “Men Don’t Leave,” starring Jessica Lange.
PETER LEVY (Director of Photography) counts “The Reaping” as his eighth feature film project with director Stephen Hopkins. For his most recent collaboration with Hopkins, the biopic “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” Levy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography and received a nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
In 2002, Levy garnered his first ASC Award nomination for his work on the pilot of the hit series “24,” also directed by Hopkins. Levy’s other credits with Hopkins include “Under Suspicion,” “Lost in Space,” “Blown Away,” “Judgment Night” and “Predator 2.” In 1991, Levy received the Australian Cinematographers Society’s Cinematographer of the Year award for “Predator 2.”
Levy’s other film credits include “Torque,” “Broken Arrow,” “The War at Home,” “Cutthroat Island,” and “Ricochet.” He also lensed the pilot for the hit crime drama series “Without a Trace.”
A four-time Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominee, Walker was awarded Best Achievement in Production Design for “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.” He garnered other AFI Award nominations for production design on Phillip Noyce’s “Dead Calm,” Dusan Makavejev’s “The Coca-Cola Kid” and “The Chain Reaction.”
Walker’s other film credits include “Queen of the Damned”; “Pitch Black,” starring Vin Diesel; “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer; Peter Faiman’s “Crocodile Dundee”; “The Sum of Us,” starring Russell Crowe; and George Miller’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
Walker recently completed work on the action thriller “The Condemned,” and is currently in pre-production on Dark Castle’s “Whiteout,” starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Dominic Sena.
COLBY PARKER, JR. (Editor) began his editing career in commercials and music videos, collaborating with such renowned directors as Terry Richardson, Mike Mills, Little X. and “Little Miss Sunshine” directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton.
In 2000, Parker transitioned into editing longform projects with an offer to cut Peter Berg’s television series “Wonderland,” and followed up with work on the Berg- directed actioner “The Rundown,” starring The Rock, Christopher Walken and Rosario Dawson. Parker also edited the critically acclaimed hit sports drama “Friday Night Lights,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke.
Following “The Reaping,” Parker’s work can be seen this September in the upcoming drama thriller “The Kingdom,” starring Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper.
Born and raised in New York City, Parker is a graduate of the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
JEFFREY KURLAND (Costume Designer) has devoted much of his career to designing the costumes for many of Woody Allen’s films. He received an Academy Award nomination for his costume designs for the director’s “Bullets Over Broadway” and a BAFTA Award for his work on “Radio Days.” His work with Allen also includes “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Husbands and Wives,” “Shadows and Fog,” “Alice,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “New York Stories,” “Another Woman,” “September,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Broadway Danny Rose.”
Kurland more recently designed the costumes for Michael Mann’s dramatic thriller “Collateral,” Joe Johnston’s action adventure “Hidalgo,” and the thriller “Criminal,” produced by Steven Soderbergh. He has also worked with Soderbergh on the hit films “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Erin Brockovich,” earning a Costume Designers Guild Award for the latter. His additional film credits include Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon,” Richard LaGravanese’s “Living Out Loud,” Neil Jordan’s “In Dreams,” P.J. Hogan’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” and the Nora Ephron films “This Is My Life” and “Mixed Nuts.”
JOHN FRIZZELL (Composer) has created scores for films as varied as the dark and violent “Alien: Resurrection,” the off-beat cult hit comedy “Office Space,” the historical epic “Gods and Generals” and the intimate period drama “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.” He has also collaborated with the producing team of rap star DMX on the score to the action crime drama “Cradle 2 the Grave” and composed the score for the Looney Tunes characters in the short film “The Whizzard of Ow.” For television, he created the score for the award-winning film biopic “James Dean” and the acclaimed telefilm “Crime of the Century,” to name only a few.
Born in New York City, Frizzell began his music career singing in the chorus of the Paris Opera Company and the Metropolitan Opera Company. He studied at the University of Southern California School of Music as well as the Manhattan School of Music, and met his mentor, guitar legend Joe Pass, during his college years.
After college, he worked for acclaimed producer/vibraphonist Michael Mainieri, who owned a Synclavier, the first digital music workstation. Frizzell became a master synthesist, which led him to work with Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, for whom Frizzell provided orchestrations to Oliver Stone’s landmark miniseries “Wild Palms.” Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, Frizzell was introduced to composer James Newton Howard, who championed him. The two went on to collaborate on the music for the feature films “The Rich Man’s Wife” and “Dante’s Peak.” Frizzell’s additional film credits include “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Beautiful” and “Thir13en Ghosts.”
A proponent for film music issues, Frizzell serves on the Executive Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, instructs graduate students at USC Thornton School of Music, and was the Honorary President of the International Film Music Conference in Ubeda, Spain.
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