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JOHN CARTER (2012)
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Andrew Stanton
Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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CREW INFO

Multi-award winning writer and director ANDREW STANTON (Director/Co-Screenplay by) made his directorial debut with "Finding Nemo," an original story that he also co-wrote. The film garnered him two Academy Award® nominations (Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film), winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003—the first such honor ever received by Pixar Animation Studios for a full-length feature.

In 2009, Stanton was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Animated Film for "WALL•E," and was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the film. "WALL•E" became the most critically acclaimed motion picture of the year, sweeping all the major film awards.

In addition to his work as a writer/director, Stanton has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator and ninth employee to join the company's elite group of filmmaking pioneers. As Vice President, Creative, he currently oversees all feature and shorts development for the studio.

Stanton was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for
his contribution to "Toy Story" and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on numerous subsequent Pixar films: "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." Additionally, he served as co-director on "A Bug's Life," and was the executive producer of "Up," "Monsters, Inc." and the 2006 Academy Award®–winning, "Ratatouille."

A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, Stanton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles animating for Bill Kroyer's Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi's production of "Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures" (1987).

JIM MORRIS (Producer) has worked as a producer and production executive in the motion picture industry for many years. Having most recently produced Pixar's film "WALL-E," he now serves as Pixar's General Manager/EVP production, and is the production executive on all Pixar's films, including "Up," "Toy Story 3," "Cars 2," and "Brave."

Prior to Pixar, Morris worked for Lucasfilm, and it's divisions, for seventeen years; he served as President of Lucas Digital Ltd. for eleven years where he was responsible for Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound. Concurrently, Morris served as ILM's General Manager, where he supervised a staff of more than 1400 artists and technicians, and guided the largest visual effects facility in the entertainment industry. Under Morris' leadership, ILM created the groundbreaking, Academy Award®–winning visual effects seen in "Jurassic Park," "Death Becomes Her," "Forrest Gump" and over 150 other films.

Morris first joined ILM in 1987 as a producer of visual effects for films and commercials, including "The Abyss" effects for Jim Cameron, which also earned an Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and "Always" for Steven Spielberg. Morris went on to serve as ILM's Executive in Charge of Production. Amongst the dozens of film projects completed under his supervision are "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which won an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, "Hook," "Star Trek VI," "The Rocketeer," "Backdraft," and "Die Hard 2."

Before joining ILM, Morris was Executive Producer at Arnold & Associates, where he produced national commercials for clients such as Atari and Chevron. He was Executive Producer at One Pass Video, where he headed the commercial production department. He also worked in the production departments at J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco. Earlier, Morris was a producer-director for PBS, creating documentaries and educational programs for the network. He launched his career as a cameraman and editor at the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, New York.

Jim Morris earned a B.S degree in film, from the Newhouse School, Syracuse University, and holds a M.S. in television and radio from the same institution. He has served as president of the San Francisco Film Commission, and was the founding chair of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

COLIN WILSON (Producer) was born and raised in North London and got his start in the film industry at an early age as an apprentice film editor on "Superman." After a distinguished period as an Associate Film Editor working on features such as"Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Empire of the Sun" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," Wilson made the move into film production. He has been producing films for 14 years and has headed-up both critically acclaimed pieces and cutting edge VFX blockbusters. Credits include "Casper," "Jurassic Park: Lost World," "Amistad," "Troy," "War of the Worlds," "Munich" and, most recently, "Avatar."

LINDSEY COLLINS (Producer) joined Pixar Animation Studios in May 1997 and has worked in various capacities on a number of Pixar's feature films to date including "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," the Academy Award®–winning "Finding Nemo" (directed by Andrew Stanton) and "Rataouille." Collins also provided the voice of the character Mia in Pixar's 2006 release, "Cars."

"John Carter" reunites Collins with producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton after she co-produced their 2008 Golden Globe® and Oscar®-winning animation feature, "WALL-E."

Prior to joining Pixar, she worked at Disney Feature Animation for three years managing the creative teams on "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and "Hercules."

MARK ANDREWS (Co-screenplay by) earned his BFA in Film from the California Institute of the Arts in 1993. He went on to attend Disney's summer internship program under such mentors as Glen Kean, Ed Gombert, and Steve Huston. After completing the Disney program, he began his career in the animation industry working freelance (in development) for Chuck Jones Film Productions and in television (he storyboarded five episodes of "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest").

Andrews moved into feature animation storyboarding on "Quest for Camelot," the first animated venture from Warner Brothers, followed by the critically acclaimed "Iron Giant," for which he received an ANNIE award for outstanding individual achievement in storyboarding.

Soon after, Andrews became head of story on "Osmosis Jones." He then moved toward
live-action storyboarding, working on the box-office blockbuster "Spiderman." He returned to animation, teaming with Pixar Animation Studios' Brad Bird, as head of story on "The Incredibles."

During this time Andrews kept busy working as a freelancer in animation for television doing boards on "Samurai Jack" and "Star Wars: Clone Wars," for which he earned an Emmy®. Andrews received an Oscar® nomination for his animated short film "One Man Band," which opened for "Cars" worldwide. He and Bird teamed again as head of story for "Ratatouille," after which Andrews began developing his own feature film ideas at Pixar.

Andrews lives in Oakland with his wife, four kids, three dogs and a cat. In his copious amounts of free time, he works on his comic books and practices various forms of sword fighting.

Pulitzer Prize–winning author MICHAEL CHABON (Co-screenplay by) has been writing what the LA Times calls "pitch perfect fiction" for the past twenty years. Chabon's first novel, "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" (1988), was originally written for his master's thesis at U.C. Irvine and became a New York Times bestseller. "Wonder Boys" (1995) followed and was made into the critically acclaimed film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire.

Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 with "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"; it also gained him the American Library Association's honor as one of the Notable Books of 2000, the New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal. In 2004, Chabon wrote "The Final Solution," winning him the 2005 National Jewish Book Award and the 2003 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction by The Paris Review. In 2008, his New York Times bestseller "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" won the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Most recently, he released a collection of essays entitled "Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son," which the New York Times deemed "wondrous, wise, and beautiful."

Born in South Africa, DAN MINDEL, ASC, BSC (Director of Photography) studied in Australia and the UK before exploding in to the commercial world under tutelage of Tony and Ridley Scott. He worked as a loader and shot unit on such films as "Thelma and Louise" and "Crimson Tide" before earning his first sole credit on the action thriller "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith. Mindel's partnership with Tony continued on "Spy Game" and "Domino," which allowed him the creativity to service the director and story while further expanding his filmmaking palette in photographic experimentation. Their inclusion of period hand crank cameras, cross process reversal stock and HD cameras—all in nearly impossible places to light—helped create a unique, kinetic look by incorporating equipment from both the past and present.

Mindel's international prowess and proficiency with ever-changing technological advances won him the job on the Tom Cruise top-liner "Mission: Impossible III." Most recently, he lensed Paramount's "Star Trek," his second collaboration with director J.J. Abrams, the co-creator and producer of ABC's serial hit, "Lost."

Other notable credits include the Jackie Chan starrer "Shanghai Noon," "Stuck on You," directed by the Farrelly Brothers, and Iain Softley's "The Skeleton Key."

Multi-award winning NATHAN CROWLEY (Production Designer) has been honored several times for his collaborations with director Christopher Nolan. He earned an Academy Award® nomination for his design work on the period drama "The Prestige," and previously received a BAFTA Award nomination for "Batman Begins." In addition, Crowley garnered Art Directors Guild Award nominations for both films. He first teamed with Nolan on the director's crime thriller "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.

Crowley's other film credits include the romantic drama "The Lake House," biopic "Veronica Guerin" directed by Joel Schumacher, the war drama "Behind Enemy Lines," and Barry Levinson's Ireland-set comedy "An Everlasting Peace."

He previously served as an art director on such films as "Mission: Impossible II," directed by John Woo, "Assassins" by Richard Donner, "The Devil's Own," directed by Alan J. Pakula, and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart."

In addition to his film work, Crowley was the production designer on the BBC television series "The Ambassador."

Mexican born, MAYES C. RUBEO (Costume Designer) is one of the most diverse and creative talents working in costume design today.

The daughter of Silvio Castillero, a photojournalist, and Esperanza Botello, a homemaker and mother of twelve, Mayes had a unique upbringing but one that gave her a solid grounding to realize her ambitions in life.

Having completed her studies in costume design at the Los Angeles Trade Tech, earning an Associate Arts Degree from UCLA, she later studied History of Art at the Institute Statale d'Arte in Italy. In the early days of her career, Rubeo credits Enrico Sabbatini as her primary mentor. She also worked as an assistant costume designer and costume supervisor for designers such as Shay Cunliffe, Erica Phillips and Ellen Mirojnick.

Although Rubeo boasts collaborations with main stream directors, such as Oliver Stone ("Born on the of July") and Paul Verhoven ("Total Recall"), it was working with independent filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi ("Men with Guns," "Sunshine State" and "Casa De Los Babys") that really inspired Mayes as she learned invaluable lessons in the art of making quality movies on a shoestring budget.

In 2002, Rubeo garnered a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for the TV movie "Fidel," starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The film covered fashion decades from the '30s to the '90s, exhibiting costuming styles from soldiers at war, to high society galas and Mambo dancing in Havana nightclubs.

Most recently, she has worked on features with major directors Mel Gibson ("Apocalypto"), James Cameron ("Avatar," for which she was recently nominated for another CDG Award) and James Wong ("Dragonball").

EAMONN BUTLER (Animation Supervisor) spent 10 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked on a number of productions, including "Fantasia 2000," "Dinosaur" and "Reign of Fire."

In 2006 Butler joined Double Negative, a British full-service visual effects/computer animation company located in London and worked as animation supervisor on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and "10,000 BC." In 2008 Butler became head of the animation department at Double Negative.

Over the past 12 months, Butler has worked with his team on many projects, including "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Paul," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Wolf Man," "Kick-Ass," "Sherlock Holmes," "The Green Zone," "Angels & Demons," "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," "The Boat that Rocked" and "Fast & Furious." They are currently in production on "John Carter," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and "Attack the Block."

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