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About the Crew Release Date: August 12, 2011 (3D/2D and IMAX)
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Steven Quale
Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer
Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R


STEVEN QUALE (Director) marks his feature film directing debut with "Final Destination 5." He has worked in visual effects, cinematography and directing for over 20 years, including serving as second unit director on the two highest grossing films of all time, "Avatar" and "Titanic."

A longtime collaborator with James Cameron, Quale first served in Cameron's art department on "The Abyss," where he helped design complex action sequences by building and filming study models of various sets with a miniature camera. After a summer working at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, Quale was called back to work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," where Cameron enlisted his help in shooting second unit sequences.

Quale next served as director of photography on Alex Graves' "The Crude Oasis." He also performed a multitude of duties on the special edition of "The Abyss," including picture editing and the insertion of all new music.

For "Titanic," Cameron recruited Quale to join his select crew aboard the Russian research ship Academik Keldysh, for the diving expedition to explore the wreckage. When principal photography began one year later, Quale directed a large second unit shoot that by many standards was bigger than most first units. He designed and executed the Engine Room sequences, the Boiler Room and all of the below-deck flooding shots as the Titanic strikes the iceberg. Quale also supervised the visual effects for the Engine Room sequence. The film won an Academy Award® for its visual effects.

After "Titanic," Quale continued his second unit work on "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" and "The Haunted Mansion." In addition, he shot commercials and music videos, working with such artists as Eminem, Dream and Montell Jordan.

In 2001, Quale directed the ABC TV movie "Superfire," for which he created a blazing inferno in the woods of New Zealand. The film, with its spectacular fire sequences, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

In 2004, Cameron asked Quale to return to the Russian research ship Keldysh to co-direct the 3D IMAX documentary "Aliens of the Deep." Bitten by the documentary bug, Quale next directed "The Box and Beyond: Training our Troops for Iraq," for the History Channel. For this project, Quale embedded with the Army's 2/7 Cavalry during their training at Fort Irwin's high-tech emulated Iraqi battlegrounds for a solid month of grueling hand-held shooting in record-breaking heat.

Cameron called Quale back to work on "Avatar" as second unit director and visual effects supervisor for non-Weta effects. Quale became an expert on the revolutionary performance capture technology that allowed the film's actors to convey nuanced and emotional performances on digitally rendered creatures. On "Avatar's" second unit, Quale applied all the knowledge he gained shooting 3D on "Aliens of the Deep" and took it to the next level to create stunning 3D action sequences.

Quale has established himself as one of the leading pioneers in directing natively shot 3D material in a stunning yet organic manner that complements the storytelling process in major motion pictures.

ERIC HEISSERER (Screenwriter) wrote the upcoming film "The Thing," with Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. directing and Marc Abraham producing. Prior to that, he wrote the screenplay for the recent "A Nightmare on Elm Street," starring Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Freddy Krueger.

Heisserer currently has the actioner "Seized" in development, based on the book by Max Hardberger. Also in development is Heisserer's "Inhuman," with Takashige Ichise producing, as well as "Hours," based on his short story for Popcorn Fiction. Heisserer will make his directorial debut with the project.

He also wrote for the television series "Stranger Adventures," an interactive show that received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement for Enhanced or Interactive Programming: New Delivery Platforms, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Video Content for Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms and Outstanding Broadband Program - Drama.

Heisserer grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Houston after high school. He worked for Space Industries at NASA as a computer artist for space program technologies before pursuing creative writing through tabletop gaming publications such as Cyberpunk 2020.

CRAIG PERRY (Producer) is a partner at Practical Pictures, a feature film and television production company founded in 2004 with Sheila Hanahan Taylor.

Previously, Perry partnered with Warren Zide in 1997 to form Zide/Perry Entertainment. The company debuted with the successful action film "The Big Hit," and went on to produce the successful "American Pie," "Final Destination" and "Cats & Dogs" franchises, as well as the features "Little Black Book" and "Repli-Kate."

Perry's upcoming projects include the latest feature film in the "American Pie" series, "American Reunion," currently in production under the direction of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg; the family comedy "The Pet"; and the sci-fi comedy "Alien at Large," based on the graphic novel from Platinum Studios.

Perry served as Vice President of Development for Scott Rudin Productions and Director of Development for Silver Pictures. He was an associate producer on "The First Wives Club," and worked in developing such films as "Rules of Engagement," "Sleepy Hollow," "A Simple Plan," "The Truman Show," "In & Out," "Ransom," "Clueless," "Lethal Weapon 3," "Executive Decision," "Richie Rich" and "Demolition Man."

WARREN ZIDE (Producer) is President of Zide Pictures, a motion picture production company. Zide is currently serving as producer on the feature film "American Reunion," the latest feature film in the popular "American Pie" series. He most recently served as producer on the comedies "High School," "Demoted" and "Extreme Movie," and will produce the upcoming action thriller "Bat Out of Hell" and the horror comedy "The Harvard Zombie Massacre."

Zide partnered with Craig Perry in 1997 to form Zide/Perry Entertainment. The company debuted with the successful action film "The Big Hit," and went on to produce the successful "American Pie," "Final Destination" and "Cats & Dogs" franchises, as well as the features "Little Black Book" and "Repli-Kate."

RICHARD BRENER (Executive Producer) has been a New Line Cinema veteran for more than a decade, and currently serves as president of production for the company.

During his tenure at New Line, Brener has overseen and served as executive producer on many of the company's most successful films, including such blockbusters as "Sex and the City," the "Harold & Kumar" franchise, "Wedding Crashers," "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "The Wedding Singer," "Monster-in-Law" and the "Final Destination" franchise. Other successful films Brener worked on include "The Butterfly Effect" and "Boiler Room." He recently executive-produced "Horrible Bosses" and "The Rite," and is currently producing the comedy "Burt Wonderstone."

Brener joined the company as a temp in 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks, from story editor to senior vice president. Over the course of his career, Brener has overseen the studio's relationships with much of its key talent, including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and the late Ted Demme.

Born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Brener graduated with a BA in history from Yale University in 1994.

WALTER HAMADA (Executive Producer) currently serves as New Line Cinema's Senior Vice President of Production. Films he has previously supervised include "The Final Destination," "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th." He is presently serving as Executive Producer on "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves.

Prior to joining New Line in 2007, Hamada spent four years as a partner at H2F Entertainment, a management/production company he co-founded. While there, Hamada helped build the careers of such writers as Chris Morgan ("Fast 5" and "Wanted"), Brad Gann ("Invincible"), and Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson ("Four Christmases"). He also produced the indie horror film "Whisper" for Universal.

A graduate of UCLA, Hamada began his career as an assistant at TriStar Pictures, where he quickly rose through the ranks and ultimately served as Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures. While there, he oversaw the development and production of such films as "The Big Hit," "Vertical Limit," "Godzilla" and "S.W.A.T."

DAVE NEUSTADTER (Executive Producer) has been a development executive with New Line since 2007. He currently serves as a production executive for the studio, where he is developing projects such as the comedy "Burt Wonderstone," with Steve Carell attached to star. He most recently produced the romantic comedy "Going the Distance," starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, and the contemporary re-imagining of the seminal horror classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.

Neustadter began his career at New Line in 2003, as an intern in the development department and then as Richard Brener's executive assistant. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

ERIK HOLMBERG (Executive Producer) was the President of Physical Production for New Line Cinema from 2001 to 2008. While there he oversaw dozens of pictures including "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the "Austin Powers" franchise, "Hairspray," "Sex and the City," "Wedding Crashers" and "Wag The Dog." He was the executive on all four of the previous "Final Destination" films, and most recently served as associate producer on "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Before joining New Line in 1996, he worked as a freelance production manager and as a production executive at Walt Disney Studios.

SHEILA HANAHAN TAYLOR (Executive Producer) is partner and producer at Practical Pictures, a feature film and television production company founded in 2004 with Craig Perry. At Practical Pictures, Hanahan Taylor most recently executive produced "The Final Destination," and has a wide range of feature and television projects in development, including the teen psychological thriller "The Seminar" and the sci-fi feature "Alien at Large," based on the graphic novel.

While working as a development executive at Zide/Perry Entertainment, Hanahan Taylor collaborated on many successful projects, including the "American Pie" franchise and "Cats & Dogs," and ultimately grew into the role of co-producer or associate producer on a number of films, including "Repli-Kate," "Final Destination 2" and "Final Destination 3." Additionally, she oversaw the development of several screenplays that went on to be award-winners.

Prior to her time at Zide/Perry, Hanahan Taylor worked with Garry Marshall and the Zucker Brothers on such movies as "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Rat Race." She began her career in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where she often performed in national commercials and radio spots. During high school and college, she went on to work at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and perform in theatre and commercials in New York City while under contract with The Ford Agency.

Hanahan Taylor was recently granted a visiting fellowship at Cal State Fullerton, where she designed and taught an undergraduate Business of Film course for both the Film and Communications departments. Prior to that, she spent seven years as a thesis chair and visiting professor at UCLA's film school, where she taught numerous core classes and oversaw thesis projects in the MFA Program for Producing. In addition to guest lecturing at colleges and universities, appearing on industry panels, and running workshops at various film festivals around the country, she serves as a judge for a number of screenplay contests and also regularly guest teaches abroad at Sorbonne University.

BRIAN PEARSON (Director of Photography) began working as a camera assistant in the `90s on commercials, music videos, television and features. He purchased a Super-16mm camera package shortly afterward and began to shoot short films, music videos and low-budget features in between assisting jobs. Within two years, his DP work overtook his assisting work and Pearson began working full time as a camera operator and cinematographer on a variety of different projects, including commercials, feature films and second units.

Some of Pearson's feature films as director of photography include "The Butterfly Effect 2," "The Long Weekend," "Urban Legends: Final Cut," "After Alice," "Looking for Leonard" and "Tail Lights Fade," and the video "Devour." For his work on the small screen's "Dark Angel," he won a CSC Award for Best Cinematography in a TV Series.

Pearson has also overseen the cinematography for the second unit action sequences of several features, including the blockbuster "I Am Legend," "Underworld: Evolution," "Meet Dave," "I, Robot," "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "Charlie St. Cloud."

Pearson first began shooting in 3D on the box office hit "My Bloody Valentine," directed by Patrick Lussier. His more recent film, "Drive Angry 3D," marked his second time shooting with 3D cameras, and his third collaboration with director Lussier. "Final Destination 5" marks his first collaboration with director Steven Quale.

DAVID R. SANDEFUR (Production Designer) hails from the Boston area and studied architecture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He first worked as an architect in Philadelphia, before launching his entertainment career in set decoration and set design on the 1998 thriller "Wicked." He graduated to assistant art director and worked on such films as "Best Laid Plans"; Renny Harlin's nautical thriller "Deep Blue Sea"; Dominic Sena's crime thriller "Swordfish"; Peyton Reed's period romantic comedy "Down With Love"; Steven Spielberg's futuristic thriller "Minority Report"; and Wolfgang Petersen's seafaring adventure "The Perfect Storm," for which Sandefur shared an Excellence in Production Design Award nomination from the Art Directors Guild.

He moved into art direction with F. Gary Gray's actioner "The Italian Job"; the showbiz comedy "Showtime," Richard Donner's sci-fi feature "Timeline"; Michael Bay's "The Island"; Peyton Reed's romantic comedy "The Break-Up"; Joel Schumacher's dark thriller "Number 23"; and Doug Liman's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Sandefur designed his first feature film in 2001, "Ricochet River." He served as production designer on Eric Brevig's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and most recently completed work on "Yogi Bear," re-teaming with director Brevig. His other credits as production designer include the sci-fi thriller "Repo Men," starring Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Forest Whitaker, and the pilot episode of the hit TV medical drama "HawthoRNe."

ERIC SEARS (Editor) received his masters in film from the University of Southern California, and began his career as an assistant editor for filmmaker Martin Scorsese on "New York, New York" and the documentary "The Last Waltz," and for Franco Zeffirelli on "The Champ."

As a film editor, his credits include the generational comedy feature "Dad," directed by Gary David Goldberg, as well as Goldberg's romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs"; "Encino Man"; "Original Sin"; "Final Destination 2" and "Cellular," both from David R. Ellis; Antoine Fuqua's "Shooter"; and "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising." For his work on the small screen, Sears won both the Emmy Award and American Cinema Editors "Eddie" Award for HBO's "Gia" and the ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11." He also received Emmy Award and ACE Eddie nominations for the telefilms "The Rat Pack" and "Cheaters," and an ACE Eddie nod for "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom."

He most recently edited "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and the series "Crash," for which he received his latest ACE Eddie nomination. His additional television credits include the ACE-nominated TV films "Baby M," "Queenie," "Into Thin Air" and "North and South, Book II," and the Emmy-nominated "The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson."

Sears serves on the Board of Directors of American Cinema Editors and is an active member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

ARIEL VELASCO SHAW (Visual Effects Supervisor) has been at the forefront of the visual effects community for over 25 years. Shaw's career began in 1984 when he joined the prestigious New York Institute of Technology, one of the premier computer graphics facilities in the world. His early research in digital imaging established the foundation for today's revolutionary digital imaging production process.

In 1989, Shaw was asked to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation for the purpose of designing a digital-imaging department, which resulted in "The Rescuers Down Under," the first full-length animated film to be digitally post-produced. This breakthrough technology launched the highly regarded digital ink and paint system known as CAPS, Computer Animation Production System. During his tenure as the Digital Imaging Supervisor, Shaw worked on such Disney classic feature films as "Beauty and The Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." His Disney career culminated in an Academy Award® nomination in Visual Effects for his break-through work on "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

In 1994, Shaw left Disney and lent his expertise to Boss Film Studios, where he assisted in the company's transition to a fully functioning digital effects studio. While there, Shaw supervised the feature films "True Lies," "The Scout" and "Drop Zone."

After a successful stint at Boss Film Studios, Shaw then segued over to Warner Digital Studios, where he worked on "Batman Forever," "My Fellow Americans," "Vegas Vacation" and "Contact." Later, at Pacific Title/Mirage, Shaw handled the visual effects for "Lethal Weapon 4," "Armageddon" and "Soldier," and received an Emmy Award nomination for Tom Hanks' HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon."

Since leaving Pacific Title/Mirage, Shaw has continued to work as an independent, with credits that include "300," "Final Destination" and "Final Destination 3," "Bones," "Freddy vs. Jason," "Scary Movie 2," "Dragonball: Evolution," "Jonah Hex" and HBO's "Carnivale," for which he received a Visual Effects Society Award nomination.

JORI WOODMAN (Costume Designer) is an Emmy Award-nominated costume designer. She developed her interest in costumes during her studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she designed various costumes for the campus theatre productions, as well as for independent student films.

Her career in film and television began with Stephen J. Cannell's series "Wise Guy." From there, she designed numerous TV movies and pilots, including "A Girl Thing," "My Brother's Keeper," "Dr. Who" and '"12 Men of Christmas." Her Emmy nomination was shared with friend and colleague Joe I. Tompkins on the television miniseries "Titanic."

Woodman's feature film credits include the first two "Final Destination" films, "Lake Placid," "The Guilty," "Eight Below," "White Chicks," "Little Man" and "Are We Done Yet?"

BRIAN TYLER (Composer) is a composer of more than 50 films, with four nominations for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association. He composed and conducted the scores for "Eagle Eye," for producer Steven Spielberg; the box-office hits "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"; "The Expendables" and "Rambo," directed by Sylvester Stallone; "Law Abiding Citizen," starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler; the Keanu Reeves thriller "Constantine"; and most recently, the epic science-fiction film "Battle: Los Angeles"; as well as the hit television series "Hawaii Five-0." His music will next be featured in the upcoming film "The Expendables 2."

He began scoring features shortly after he received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his master's degree from Harvard University. Tyler won a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 as well as the World Soundtrack Award for Best New Film Composer of the Year for his score to Bill Paxton's "Frailty." The following year, he received an Emmy nomination for his score for "Fitzgerald" and has since won five ASCAP Film Music Awards, for "Eagle Eye," "Fast & Furious," "Law Abiding Citizen," "The Final Destination" and "Constantine."

Tyler is a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, piano, guitar, orchestral and world percussion, bass, cello, GuitarViol, charango and bouzouki, among others. After he composed the score for "The Hunted" for Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin, Tyler found himself on the cover of Film Score Monthly magazine and was dubbed as "the future of film scoring." His score for "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" hit number one on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, and his soundtrack for "Children of Dune" was the number four bestselling album on in March 2003.

He served as both executive producer and composer for the thriller "Columbus Circle," and his other credits include the science-fiction film "Timeline," directed by Richard Donner; "AVPR: Alien vs Predator—Requiem"; "Star Trek: Enterprise"; "The Greatest Game Ever Played"; the animated series "Transformers Prime"; and Steven Spielberg's series "Terra Nova." His music has been used in a multitude of film trailers, including "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Departed" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Tyler was recently inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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