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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012)
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Director: Drew Goddard
Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
MPAA Rating: R
DREW GODDARD (Co-Writer and Director) began his career as a writer on the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He went on to write and produce television shows such as "Angel," "Alias," and "Lost," and he penned the feature film "Cloverfield."
Emmy® and Oscar® nominee JOSS WHEDON (Co-Writer and Producer) is one of Hollywood's top creators, scripting several hit films and creating one of television's most critically praised shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Born in New York June 23, 1964, Whedon is a third-generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both successful sitcom writers on shows such as "The Donna Reed Show," "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Golden Girls."
After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon landed his first writing job on the staff of the top-rated series "Roseanne." He later pulled double duty on the series "Parenthood," co-producing and writing a number of episodes.
After creating "Buffy" as a feature film script, Whedon brought it to television in 1996, where it became a cult phenomenon. In 2000, Whedon garnered his first Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode entitled "Hush." In 2002, he wrote, composed and directed a Broadway-style musical episode entitled "Once More, With Feeling" which received worldwide recognition and spawned an Original Cast Recording soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 CDs worldwide. In a New York Times Magazine profile, "Buffy" was called "one of the most intelligent, and most underestimated, shows on television." The show won several awards over its run including, Emmys®, Saturns, SFXs and a Hugo in its seventh and final season.
In 1998, Whedon developed and produced "Angel" through 20 th Century Fox Television and his production company, Mutant Enemy. The "Buffy" spin-off gained a loyal following of its own and ran for five seasons on the WB. In 2002, he followed up with the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama "Firefly" for the Fox network. In addition to serving as creator and executive producer on "Angel," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Firefly," Whedon also wrote and directed multiple episodes of each series. He earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay with Disney's box-office smash "Toy Story." His other feature writing credits include "Titan A.E.," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Speed," and "Alien Resurrection."
In fall 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with "Serenity," based on the "Firefly" series. Whedon's musical internet series titled "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" made its debut online in 2008 and became a smash success, winning numerous awards such as an Emmy® win for "Outstanding Special Class Short-Format – Live Action Entertainment Program." Concurrently, Joss finished his second season, working as the creator, writer, and director of his Fox television series "Dollhouse." Following "Dollhouse," Whedon teamed up with fellow "Dr. Horrible," Neil Patrick Harris, to direct an episode of Fox's critically acclaimed series, "Glee."
In the fall of 2011 Whedon and his wife Kai Cole announced the formation of their micro-budget studio, Bellwether Pictures along with the completion of principal photography on the modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The studio's next project is an original script penned by Whedon entitled "In Your Eyes."
Whedon is currently in post-production on "The Avengers," Marvel's signature superhero ensemble, which Whedon wrote and directed and which will be released on May 4 th, 2012. In addition to his television and feature writing, Whedon created "Fray" for Dark Horse comics, wrote "Astonishing X-Men," "Runaways" for Marvel and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" seasons 8 and 9 for Dark Horse Comics.
Hands-on creative producer JASON CLARK (Executive Producer) is currently in pre-production on "42" starring Harrison Ford for Legendary films and post-production as producer on "Ted" for MCR/Universal Pictures, slated for release July 2012. "Ted" is Seth Macfarlane's directorial debut starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth Macfarlane. In addition, Clark is in pre-production, producing with Macfarlane a 13 part miniseries reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" for Fox Broadcasting including an IMAX 3D movie based on the same material. Clark executive produced the recently released, "Act of Valor" from Relativity Films. "Act of Valor" is a cutting-edge action picture starring active duty U.S. Navy Seals, directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, filmed around the world on the Cannon 5-D digital cameras. Clark is also producing a feature length animated version of Jay Ward's classic "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" directed by Rob Minkoff, and to be released by Dreamworks Animation in 2014. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is Clark's third collaboration with Minkoff following the wildly successful "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2."
Always an innovator in cutting edge technology, Clark headed up Dreamworks Animation Studio's move into stereoscopic 3D cinema, as well as executive producing (with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis) the groundbreaking, Oscar® nominated, motion-capture animated, 3D stereoscopic film, "Monster House." Clark regularly consults for Relativity Pictures in stereoscopic 3D conversion. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in economics, Clark worked for the amazing director Walter Hill. He worked his way up in production, eventually producing several action pictures around the world, gaining rich production experience in Asia and Europe. Clark has kept a hand in independent film financing and has produced several independent films including "Happy Texas," which sold for a record-breaking price at the Sundance Film Festival. Clark is a founding member of the design organization 5D: The Future of Immersive Design and remains an active member of the DGA, PGA and International 3D Society. He lives in LA with his beautiful wife Kimberly Beck and their two sons.
PETER DEMING, ASC (Director of Photography) most recently served as the cinematographer on the "Wizard of Oz" prequel, "Oz, the Great & Powerful" for director Sam Raimi and Walt Disney Studios. Prior to that, he photographed the film "Last Night" with Keira Knightley, directed by Massy Tadjedin; and Sam Raimi's psychological thriller "Drag Me to Hell," starring Allison Lohman. Other works include the ‘40s crime drama "Married Life," starring Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Cooper; Curtis Hanson's romance dramedy "Lucky You," with Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore; David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees;" Rob Reiner's comedy "Rumor Has It…;" and Philip Kaufman's "Twisted." Deming has collaborated multiple times with several directors.
He won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for his work on David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," and also worked with Lynch on the film "Lost Highway" and the television series "Hotel Room." He teamed with director Jay Roach on "Mystery, Alaska," starring Russell Crowe, and the hit spy spoofs "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember." Deming has also lensed the Wes Craven films "Music of the Heart," "Scream 2, 3 & 4" and he was an additional director of photography on the first "Scream." Deming's other film credits include Daniel Algrant's "People I Know," starring Al Pacino; the Hughes Brothers' Jack the Ripper saga "From Hell," starring Johnny Depp; "The Jacket" with Adrian Brody and Keira Knightley; "My Cousin Vinny;" "Scorchers;" "Drop Dead Fred;" "Book of Love;" "House Party," which won the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival; Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle;" and Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead II," which marked Deming's first feature film.
MARTIN WHIST (Production Designer) is a production designer and artist based in Los Angeles who studied fine art in Vancouver and Toronto, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He then completed his Masters in Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. He has shown his paintings and sculpture internationally. For the last 16 years Whist has worked in all aspects of the art department from carpenter to production designer on feature films and commercials. In 2011 he designed "Super 8," directed by J.J. Abrams and "Warm Bodies," directed by Jon Levine. His recent credits as a production designer include "The Factory," "Devil," "The Promotion," "Cloverfield," "Smokin' Aces" and "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny."
He has also been an art director on the feature films "The Island," the Academy Award®-nominated and Art Director's Award winner "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Along Came Polly," "Down with Love" and "Phone Booth."
LISA LASSEK (Editor) is a frequent collaborator with writer-director Joss Whedon, having worked with him most recently on Marvel's "The Avengers," and on his previous film "Serenity" as well the series "Firefly" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Other credits include the critically acclaimed series "Community," "Wonderfalls," the Emmy®-winning "Pushing Daisies," and the Internet sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." A native of Philadelphia, Lassek studied film at Vassar College and Boston University.
SHAWNA TRPCIC (Costume Designer) was born in Artesia, California on October 18, 1966. Her mom started her career as a Physical Education teacher at Columbus Jr. High that same year to support sending her to Pinecrest - a private school in the San Fernando Valley. There she would find great joy in ballet classes and dance recitals. In her late elementary years Shawna transferred to public school where rock and roll replaced Swan Lake. But every weekend - as her mom volunteered for different physically handicapped friends, she was glued to channel 5 watching old Doris Day, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly type movies. Audrey Hepburn held her the most captivated. In 11th grade a high school art teacher, Mr. Gene Gill, saw something in her beyond the Stevie Nicks/David Lee Roth/Cowgirl exterior. He entered her into the advanced placement art class saying she had a stick to it ness that was needed to learn. He helped her learn the basics and she quickly found a great love for all kinds of art. By senior year he helped her to put together a portfolio that got her summer scholarships to Art Center in Pasadena and Otis in Los Angles. She took classes at both to check them out - choosing Otis because you could go bare foot on campus (always the intelligent one).
Shawna's high school art teacher then told her to go into fashion, because she loved drawing the figure. Having never seen a Vogue magazine, Shawna was far behind the class in every respect to fashion. She would stay after school and practice and by senior year caught up to the best in class. She was chosen to be on Bob Mackie's team for the senior design project and fell in love with creating fine art for the figure. She had worked at fashion design houses while in school and realized that it was too much a 9-5 job for her. She wanted to go into costume. Where Otis was located they would often shoot "Simon and Simon" and "Moonlighting." She would sit on the set for hours watching and learning. Everything about the movies fascinated her. She even had the opportunity to model for Theodora Van Runkle's drawing "club" that she holds at her home on the weekends. Finding out from David Levy that she also drew, Theodora invited Shawna to join the amazing group of artist and illustrators. Her drawings are so alive and inspirational Shawna learned a great deal just from being a part of that group. May Routh would later recognize Shawna on the Executive Board of the CDG (Costume Designers Guild) as the model she drew so long ago.
Senior year Shawna went to the American Film Institute and asked the student directors if she could design their student films. They hired her and after doing a first year project she did a second year project - always working for free. But when they graduated, Shawna got real movies and worked steadily until she worked on the pilot and first 40 episodes of "Power Rangers" and decided that she had worked enough for non-union wages and hours. Shawna joined 892 around 1991. Her first union film was "Toys" with Albert Wolsky as designer, which was nominated for an Academy Award®. Working with Albert fulfilled every childhood dream of the glamour of the movies. Shawna went back to school in 1995 to get a two-year diploma in Theology, which included religious and language studies. She constantly updates her artistic skills as well. She is a watercolor and acrylic painter as well as a potter and a ceramic tile muralist -the latest class taken was figure and portrait sculpture. But Shawna's greatest joy is touching those in need, which constantly stretches and challenges her to reach to greater heights.
Shawna was married February 2001 to a man she met during a stint of no work. She took a job as an accounts payable assistant and ended up meeting her husband. As soon as they became a couple she got work as a Costume Design Assistant on "State of Grace" with Ann Majors. God had me there just long enough to meet Joe and fall in love. As well as the new family obligations, she also volunteered at a Juvenile Hall encouraging young women of their worth to our society. Being in the film business opens allot of windows of opportunities to witness to them and encourage them. She also teaches art at a men's maximum-security state prison in Northern California. In 2003 Shawna had her first child after completing 13 episodes of "Firefly." Her water broke on the set of "Angel" in 2005 she had her second child just after finishing "Point Pleasant." With her second child, she took two years off to raise the kids. She started back to work on "Madness of Jane," a pilot for Lifetime, then onto "K-Ville" which moved her family to New Orleans for 5 ½ months, then back to California after the writers' strike to start new Joss Whedon adventures – "Dr. Horrible" and "Dollhouse" for Fox TV.
DAVID JULYAN (Music by)
DANA SONO (Music Supervisor)
TODD SHIFFLETT (Visual Effects Supervisor) is the Rhythm and Hues visual effects supervisor on "Snow White and the Huntsman," a Universal Pictures production releasing on June 1st, 2012. Todd also served as co-vfx supervisor on "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel" for Fox. His additional vfx supervisor credits include "Cirque du Freak," "Charlotte's Web" and the Academy Award® winning "Happy Feet" (2006, Best Animated Feature). Since joining the studio in 1993, Todd has been an integral part of many of the high profile projects that have cemented Rhythm and Hues Studio's reputation as an industry-leading producer of effects and animation for movies and commercials. Among his earliest assignments as a digital artist was on the Coca-Cola Polar Bears campaign. Soon after, as CG supervisor, Todd led the development of the pipeline and software on the Oscar® winning "Babe," making the project technically possible. Prior to joining Rhythm and Hues, Todd worked at the renowned New York advertising agency R/Greenberg and Associates, while attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he where he received degrees in both Film & Television production as well as Computer Science.
JOHN SWALLOW (Co-Producer) As an independent producer, John Swallow has co ‐ produced "Hellboy II," "The Golden Army," "Cirque du Freak," "Land of the Lost" and the upcoming feature "Red Dawn." During his thirteen years as Executive Vice President of Production Technology for Universal Pictures, John worked closely with many of today's leading filmmakers, overseeing visual effects for the studio. Titles released during his tenure include the "Bourne" series, "King Kong," "The Incredible Hulk," "Jurassic Park 2 & 3," the "Mummy" series, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the "Nutty Professor" movies, "Gladiator" and more. Prior to joining Universal, John served as Executive Producer at the effects house Pacific Data Images in Hollywood, and as Vice President of Production at Apogee Productions. Feature film work during those years included effects for "Natural Born Killers," "Carlito's Way," "Toys," Lorenzo's Oil," "Twin Peaks," "Gremlins 2" and "Die Hard 2." John was also the Effects Producer for the film "Dragonheart." He holds a degree in Design and Photography from California State University, Long Beach and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visual Effects Branch, serving on their Executive and Steering committees. He also serves as on the Board for Vital Ground, a land ‐ trust working to preserve grizzly bear habitat and is a board member of The Cougar Fund, a non ‐ profit organization promoting education and awareness of the plight of the cougar in the United States.
AMY MCINTYRE BRITT (Casting by)
ANYA COLLOFF (Casting by)
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