George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an Academy Award-nominated American film producer, screenwriter, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd. He is best known for being the creator of the epic science fiction franchise Star Wars and joint creator of the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Today, Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful independent directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.0 billion as of 2009.
James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and inventor. His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), ' (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). In the time between making Titanic and his return to feature films with Avatar, Cameron spent some years creating documentary films, and also co-developing the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System.
Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American sound effects editor, film editor, film producer and director. He won Academy Awards as Best Director for The Sound of Music (1965) and West Side Story (1961) as well as nominations as Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and Best Picture for The Sand Pebbles (1966).
Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed "King of the Bs" for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this as inaccurate), is an Academy Award-winning American producer and director of low-budget movies, some of which have an established critical reputation: his cycle of films derived from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe for example.
Robert Lee "Bob" Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of the comedic time-travel Back to the Future movie series, as well as the Oscar-winning live-action/cartoon epic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), though in the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.
Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's company holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits.
Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. She has worked as producer on many films, especially with Steven Spielberg and her husband Frank Marshall. She is well known for producing the Jurassic Park films and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As of 2008, Kennedy is the most successful film producer of all time in terms of domestic box office receipts with totals at just over $5 billion.
Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as "the King of the Hollywood musicals". His most famous work is Singin' in the Rain (1952), which he co-directed with Gene Kelly.
Saul Zaentz (born February 28, 1921) is an American film producer and former record company executive. He has won the Academy Award for Best Picture three times and in 1996 was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Zaentz's film production career is marked by a dedication to the adaptation of the novel. A prolific reader, Zaentz typically does not produce original screenplays.
Michael Kahn (born in New York, December 8, 1935) is a widely recognized film editor. His credits range from TV's Hogan's Heroes to feature films directed by George C. Scott and Steven Spielberg, with whom he has had an extended, notable collaboration over more than thirty years.
Stuart Baird (born 30 November 1947) is an Academy Award-nominated English film editor, producer, and director who is mainly associated with action films. He has edited over twenty major motion pictures.
Sally Menke (born December 17, 1953) is an American film editor with more than 20 film credits since 1984. She has had an extended, notable collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino, having edited all of his films. Menke was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, of which Variety's Todd McCarty wrote, "Sally Menke's editing reps the definition of precision. " Menke was born in Mineola, New York.
Founded in 1950, American Cinema Editors (ACE) is an honorary society of film editors that are voted in based on the qualities of professional achievements, their education of others, and their dedication to editing itself. The society is not to be confused with an industry union, such as the I.A.T.S.E. (specifically the Motion Picture Editors Guild or MPEG) of which an editor might belong. The current President of ACE is Randy Roberts.
Thelma Schoonmaker (born 3 January 1940) is an American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over thirty-five years. She has edited all of Scorsese's films since Raging Bull. Schoonmaker has received six Academy Award nominations for best editing, and has won three times. Schoonmaker was married to director Michael Powell from 19 May 1984 until his death in 1990.
Herbert L. Strock (January 13, 1918 - November 30, 2005) was an American television producer and director, and a B-movie director of titles such as I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957), How to Make a Monster (1958) and The Crawling Hand (1963). Strock was born in Boston, and moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 13. By 17, while a student at Beverly Hills High School, Strock was director of gossip columnist Jimmy Fidler's Hollywood segments for Fox Movietone News.
Wendey Stanzler is an American television editor, director and producer from Flint, Michigan, where she was co-editor and associate producer of Michael Moore's documentary, Roger & Me in 1990. She also co-edited Moore's only fiction film, Canadian Bacon. Stanzler was hired as an editor for Sex and the City and went on to be a guest director during the final season of the show.
Hughes Winborne is a Hollywood film editor. He has edited 20 films, including Crash, for which he won an Oscar for film editing in the 78th Academy Awards. He also edited Sling Blade (1996) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Hughes graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1975 (with a bachelor's degree in history). After working for several years, he enrolled in a film program at New York University and discovered film editing.
Richard Francis-Bruce is an Australian film editor who has received several nominations for the Academy Award for Film Editing. Francis-Bruce aspired to be a cinematographer like his father, Jack Bruce, who worked for Hollywood players like Cecil B. De Mille and the Famous Lansky Players. Nonetheless, Richard's aspirations landed him an editing gig at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Sydney, where he spent 15 years honing his craft.
Jamie Selkirk is a film editor and producer who has worked primarily in New Zealand. He is particularly noted for his work on the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which he co-produced with Peter Jackson. He received the Academy Award for Film Editing for the last film of the trilogy, ' (2004). He began his work in the entertainment industry with the New Zealand Broadcasting Company.
Stephen Mirrione (born February 17, 1969 in Santa Clara County, California) is an American film editor. He won an Academy Award for his editing of the film Traffic (2000). Mirrione attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1991. He moved to Los Angeles, and began a collaboration with Doug Liman, who was then a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Mark Goldblatt is an Academy Award nominated, American film editor, and director. A graduate of the London Film School, he is a member, and a former president, of the American Cinema Editors, or ACE society, as well as, a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the father of actor and director Max Goldblatt.
Mark Helfrich is an ACE (American Cinema Editor)-certified film editor. He has edited over thirty films, such as the cult classic Showgirls (1995) with Mark Goldblatt. Helfrich is also the primary editor for director Brett Ratner's films, such as Money Talks (1997), Rush Hour (1998), The Family Man (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Red Dragon (2002), and After the Sunset (2004). He has also edited the pilot episode for Prison Break, a TV prison drama produced by Brett Ratner.
Peter Honess (born 1945) is a British film editor with more than thirty film credits dating from 1973. Honess received the 1997 BAFTA Award for Best Editing for his work on L.A. Confidential. Honess was educated at Queen's College, Taunton from 1956-1963. He then became an apprentice editor at the United Kingdom branch of MGM, where his father was working.
John Wright is an ACE-certified film editor. Wright has received two Academy Awards nominations for his work on The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Speed (1994). He has worked twice with director Mel Gibson, editing The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.