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For your consideration in all categories
Best Picture of the Year &
Best Production Design
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song
Performed by Renée Fleming
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Richard King
Best Visual Effects
Visual Effects Supervisor
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC
ABOUT RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS from DreamWorks Animation SKG is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch threatens to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children everywhere.
Directed by Peter Ramsey, produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, the film is executive produced by William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS features the voice talent of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman.
- Alone in the World
- Walk Thru Jack/Title Card
- Pitch on the Globe
- Calling the Guardians
- Sandy Notices the Moon
- Moon Reveals Jack
- Wind... Take Me Home!
- Invisible Jack Sting
- Jack Watches Bedtime
- Dreamsand To Nightmares
- Jack Meets Bunny
- Hijacking Jack
- Jack Meets the Guardians
- Fanfare of the Elves (Full Version)
- Fanfare (Film Version)
- Fanfare #2 (Interruptus)
- You Were Chosen
- Busy Workshop
- The Center
- Sleigh Launch
- Attack - Tooth Palace
- Tooth Collection
- Nightmare Jumps
- In Jamie's Bedroom
- Easter Bowl
- Chasing the Nightmares
- Sandy Fights
- Sandy Killed
- Sandy's Memorial
- Guardians Regroup
- Sophie's Surprise
- Bloody Teeth and Gums
- Jack Digs for his Memories
- Jack Betrays
- Jack Rejected
- Kids Don't Believe in Guardians
- Seduction + Breaking Staff
- Jack's Memory
- Staff Mended
- Pitch at the North Pole
- Jamie Believes
- Little Bunny + Pitch
- End of the Rope
- Jack Throws 1st Snowball
- Dreamsand Miracles
- Pitch in the Hole
- Oath of the Guardian
Alec Baldwin (North)
Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (North) began his prolific career in television, appearing in series such as "Hotel" and "Knot's Landing" before seguing to roles on Broadway and in film. His feature credits include John McTiernan's The Hunt for Red October, the David Mamet-penned Glengarry Glen Ross, Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated, among many others. In 2004, Baldwin received an Academy Award® for his role in The Cooler. In 2008, he lent his voice to the DreamWorks Animation feature Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Since 2006, Baldwin has played the charismatic Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy "30 Rock," a role that has garnered him two Emmy® Awards and six Screen Actors Guild Awards. Broadway roles include his 1992 Tony Award-nominated performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Baldwin is a 1994 BFA graduate of Tisch School of the Arts and received an honorary doctorate in 2010. He is also the radio announcer for, and a board member of, the New York Philharmonic.
Chris Pine (Jack Frost)
Chris Pine (Jack Frost), who has emerged as one of Hollywood's hottest young actors, is currently shooting Jack Ryan, slated for a December 2013 release, assuming the mantle of the Tom Clancy action hero previously portrayed on film by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Most recently, Pine was seen opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde in the Touchstone Pictures drama People Like Us, and co-starring with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in the 20th Century Fox action-comedy This Means War.
Previously, Pine starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 20th Century Fox action film Unstoppable, directed by the late Tony Scott. In 2009, Pine starred as James T. Kirk in Paramount's boxoffice smash-hit feature film Star Trek for director J. J. Abrams. The film chronicles the early days of Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crewmembers. He will reprise the role in two upcoming sequels of the franchise.
Pine's additional feature credits include the Paramount Vantage film Carriers, the educational animated feature Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, Bottle Shock for writer/director Randall Miller, the independent feature Small Town Saturday Night for writer/director Ryan Craig, Joe Carnahan's gritty ensemble drama Smokin' Aces for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures, Blind Dating co-starring Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jane Seymour, and the Fox/New Regency romantic comedy Just My Luck opposite Lindsay Lohan. Pine made his feature film debut opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
On the stage, Pine was most recently seen starring in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In March 2011, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle honored him with their Best Lead Performance award for his work in Inishmore.
Pine also received a 2009 Ovation Award nomination for his performance in the drama Farragut North starring opposite Chris Noth at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. His additional stage credits include the Neil LaBute play Fat Pig, also at the Geffen Playhouse, and The Atheist, a one-man show performed off-off-Broadway.
Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in English and studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater and University of Leeds in the U.K. His extensive theater work includes performances in productions of Our Town, American Buffalo, No Exit, Waiting for Godot, and Orestes.
Pine comes from a performing family. His parents are actors Gwynne Gilford and Robert Pine, and his late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a film actress of the '30s and '40s.
Dakota Goyo (Jamie Bennett)
Dakota Goyo (Jamie Bennett) hails from Toronto, Canada. At an early age, Goyo discovered an appetite for acting and playing in front of the camera. This passion, along with his tremendous work ethic and natural acting talent, led him to a burgeoning film career at the young age of 11.
Goyo recently wrapped shooting Darren Aronofky's Noah in Iceland, in which he plays the young version of Russell Crowe's title character. He is currently shooting Dimension Films' Dark Skies, opposite Keri Russell.
In 2011, Goyo starred opposite Hugh Jackman in DreamWorks' Real Steel, for director Shawn Levy and executive producer Steven Spielberg. He also portrayed Young Thor opposite Anthony Hopkins in the Paramount/Marvel box-office hit Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Goyo's other feature credits include Resurrecting the Champ, starring opposite Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson, Emotional Arithmetic, opposite Susan Sarandon, and Defendor, opposite Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings.
Hugh Jackman (The Easter Bunny)
Hugh Jackman (E. Aster Bunnymund, aka The Easter Bunny) made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the X-Men franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Most recently in the franchise, he played Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009. Audiences will see Jackman in the role again in the next X-Men chapter, The Wolverine, which is currently filming in Australia.
Jackman recently wrapped production on the much-anticipated film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper and co-starring Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. The film is slated for a December 25, 2012, release.
Last year, Jackman was seen on the big screen in the DreamWorks action film Real Steel, for director Shawn Levy, which led the box office two weeks in a row in fall 2011.
In October 2011, Jackman, a Broadway veteran, made his return to the Big White Way in his oneman show Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway. Backed by an 18-piece orchestra, the revue, which previously opened to rave reviews during its limited engagements in San Francisco and Toronto earlier that year, was comprised of both Broadway hits and a selection of some of Jackman's personal favorite standards. Although the show ran only until the end of the year, Jackman's continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman hosted the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from the former Kodak (now Dolby) Theater in Hollywood, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn't, however, Jackman's first foray into awards-show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003–2005, earning an Emmy® Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th annual ceremony and an Emmy® nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th annual ceremony.
In late 2008, Jackman starred opposite Nicole Kidman in 20th Century Fox's romantic action-adventure epic Australia, directed by Baz Luhrmann. In the film, set in pre-WWII northern Australia, Jackman portrayed a rugged cattle driver who assists an English aristocrat in driving a herd of 2,000 cattle across hundreds of miles of rough terrain where they also face the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Australia.
Additionally, Jackman has starred in Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and Woody Allen's Scoop. He has also lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet and Flushed Away. Other credits include leading roles in Deception, Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing and Kate and Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe® nomination.
In fall 2009, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the Keith Huff-penned A Steady Rain. Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play told the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.
For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.
Previous theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (receiving a MO Award, Australia's Tony Award) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (MO Award nomination).
Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings.
Isla Fisher (Tooth Fiary)
Isla Fisher (Tooth Fairy) recently completed work on The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, in which she stars with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, as well as the independent comedy Bachelorette, written and directed by Leslye Headland and starring Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Fisher recently completed Now You See Me, an independent thriller with Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent and Morgan Freeman. Fisher also has a number of comedy projects in development at Universal including Cookie Queen, which she is also producing, Desperados and Life Coach.
Fisher is most widely recognized for her critically acclaimed performance as Vince Vaughn's off-kilter love interest in the blockbuster Wedding Crashers. Her additional film credits include Gore Verbinski's award-winning animated feature Rango, opposite Johnny Depp; John Landis's Burke and Hare with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis; Confessions of a Shopaholic, based on the best-selling book series by Sophie Kinsella; Definitely, Maybe, a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds; the critically acclaimed film The Lookout, written and directed by Scott Frank and also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels; Horton Hears a Who, with Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell; the comedy Hot Rod with Andy Samberg; Wedding Daze with Jason Biggs and written and directed by Michael Ian Black; David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees; and Scooby-Doo. She also starred in the scripted/improvisation TV series, "Pilot Season," with comedic actors David Cross, Andy Dick and Sarah Silverman.
Born in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, Fisher's family moved to Perth in Western Australia when she was a young girl. At the age of nine, Fisher was already appearing in commercials broadcast on Australian television. She then became best known for her role as Shannon Reed in the popular soap "Home & Away," which also helped launch the careers of Guy Pearce, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger. While working on the set of "Home & Away," she also found the time to write and release two best-selling teen-themed novels.
Jude Law (Pitch)
Jude Law (Pitch) is considered one of Britain's finest actors, with a wealth and variety of film and theater performances to his credit.
In November 2012, Law will star opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina. Last year, he reunited with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, reprising his role from the global box-office success Sherlock Holmes; starred in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet; and starred in Fernando Meirelles's 360 with Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins. He recently performed in the West End's Anna Christie to rave reviews.
In 2009, Law starred in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, first in London's West End and then reprising the role on Broadway, earning him a second Tony nomination.
On the big screen, Law first drew major critical attention for his performance as Oscar Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, in 1997's Wilde, for which he won an Evening Standard British Film Award. He went on to earn international acclaim for his work in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Law's performance as doomed golden boy Dickie Greenleaf brought him both Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations, as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Law was later honored with Oscar®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for his role in the 2003 Civil War epic Cold Mountain, also directed by Minghella. He also earned a Golden Globe® nomination for his role in Steven Spielberg's AI: Artificial Intelligence.
In 2004, Law starred in five very different films, including two for which he shared acting ensemble honors: Mike Nichols' acclaimed drama Closer, also starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, with whom he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble; and Martin Scorsese's epic biopic The Aviator, for which he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. That same year, Law starred in Alfie, playing the title role under the direction of Charles Shyer; David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees; and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which he also produced. In addition, he lent his voice to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
His wide range of film credits also includes Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus; Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth, which he also produced; Wong Kar Wai's first English-language film, My Blueberry Nights; Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy hit The Holiday, with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black; Breaking and Entering, which reunited him with Anthony Minghella; Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition, with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman; Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates; David Cronenberg's eXistenZ; Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; and Gattaca, which marked his American film debut.
Law began his career on the stage, acting with the National Youth Theatre at the age of 12. In 1994, he created the role of Michael in Jean Cocteau's play Les Parents Terribles, for which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. The play was renamed Indiscretions when it moved to Broadway, where Law received a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His subsequent stage work includes `Tis Pity She's a Whore at London's Young Vic Theatre and a highly acclaimed performance in the title role of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, both directed by David Lan. Law was recently closely involved in the fundraising efforts for the major refurbishment of the Young Vic Theatre.
In 2007, the French Academy awarded Law a César d'Honneur in recognition of his contribution to cinema, and the government of France named him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his artistic achievements.
Alexandre Desplat (Composer/Songwriter)
Alexandre Desplat (Composer/Songwriter) is a four-time Academy Award® nominee, who is one of the most coveted film composers, noted for his creative collaborations with some of the world's top filmmakers. He received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner The King's Speech, for which he also won a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award and earned a Golden Globe® nomination. He previously garnered Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his score for the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox; Oscar®, Grammy, Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations for David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; and Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Stephen Frears' The Queen.
In addition, Desplat won a Golden Globe® Award for John Curran's The Painted Veil and also received Golden Globe® nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan's Syriana and Peter Webber's The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Born to a Greek mother and French father, Desplat grew up in France with a love for Hollywood film music and broke into the French film industry in the 1980s. In his native France, Desplat won the César Award for his score for The Beat That My Heart Skipped, which also earned him a Silver Bear from the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. He received his latest César Award nomination for his score for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. Desplat has earned four more César Award nominations, including one for the Oscar®-nominated 2009 French film A Prophet.
His other film work includes the Chris Weitz-directed films A Better Life, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass; Jonathan Glazer's Birth; Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia; Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel and Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. He also composed the scores for the two-film finale of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 and 2.
Desplat more recently created the scores for the critically acclaimed features The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick; George Clooney's The Ides of March; Carnage, which reunited him with Roman Polanski; Stephen Daldry's Oscar®- nominated Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and Ben Affleck's Argo. His upcoming projects include Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.
Christina Steinberg (Producer)
After a long career in live-action filmmaking and feature film development, Christina Steinberg joined DreamWorks Animation in 2005 to produce Jerry Seinfeld's first computer-animated comedy, Bee Movie, and received a Producer of the Year nomination from the Producers Guild of America. Steinberg is currently producing DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians, slated for release on November 21, 2012.
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Steinberg ran Junction Entertainment, a production company she formed with director Jon Turteltaub in 1998. Together they produced a wide range of feature films, such as the blockbuster Jerry Bruckheimer film National Treasure, starring Nicolas Cage; Disney's family-friendly The Kid, starring Bruce Willis; and the Anthony Hopkins starrer Instinct. Before teaming up with Turteltaub, Steinberg served as a senior vice president of production at Touchstone Pictures, where she worked with such key talent and filmmakers as Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer on Up Close and Personal, director Penny Marshall on The Preacher's Wife and John Travolta on Phenomenon.
Steinberg graduated from Cornell University and started her career in publishing, as an assistant editor at Harper's Bazaar.
David Prescott (Visual Effects Supervisor)
From a career in live action visual effects and feature film, David Prescott joined DreamWorks Animation in 2008 to explore visual effects in feature animation. He is currently working on Rise of the Guardians slated for release on November 21, 2012.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Prescott served as visual effects supervisor at Digital Domain collaborating with many directors on feature films including Michael Bay's Transformers, as well as working with Karyn Kusama on the effects and design elements for Aeon Flux.
Between projects at Digital Domain, Prescott worked closely with the research and development teams. He designed a pre-visualization system allowing motion control model sequences to be determined prior to shooting on stage, ultimately shaving weeks off the schedule. Moving into the afterlife for Vincent Ward's What Dreams May Come, he created the first L-System tree ever to be used in visual effects. The work in the film went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects. Prescott has earned a reputation for working closely with filmmakers to help design, create and bring new ideas to the screen.
Prescott graduated with a BA in graphic design. He continues to develop his passion for art, photography and wildlife. He and his wife take every opportunity to get back to the red dirt of his native Africa and disappear into the African bush to work on their wildlife photography books.
Guillermo del Toro (Executive Producer)
Since winning the Critic's Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and nine Mexican Academy Awards for his first feature Cronos, Guillermo del Toro (Executive Producer) has established himself among the most critically and commercially successful international writerdirectors.
Del Toro has built his career by moving between independent, Spanishlanguage films and increasingly big budget studio productions. His films include Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade 2, Hellboy and its sequel Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.
His 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth received six Academy Award® nominations (including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay for del Toro) and won three Oscars®. It was also the recipient of three BAFTA Awards, seven Goya Awards, a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and was selected by the National Society of Film Critics as the best film of the year. It is the highest grossing Spanish language film of all time in the U.S. and the fifth-highest grossing foreign language film in U.S. box office history, with $37.6 million in box office receipts.
In 2007, del Toro produced the Spanish supernatural thriller The Orphanage, which is currently the highest grossing local language film in Spain's history, with more than $80 million in worldwide box office. His other producing credits include Rudo y Cursi, directed by Carlos Cuaron and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna; and Alejandro Gonzalez-Iñarritu's Biutiful, which was featured in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and received Academy Award® nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor.
In 2010, del Toro named DreamWorks Animation his home for animated feature film projects. Last year, he executive produced the year's highest grossing animated film, Kung Fu Panda 2 as well as the smash hit Puss in Boots.
Apart from his film work, del Toro is co-authoring the horror trilogy The Strain with acclaimed novelist Chuck Hogan. The first book in the series was published by William Morrow in 2009. The second volume, The Fall, debuted at No. 8 on the New York Times Bestseller List in October 2010.
Max Boas (Art Director)
Max Boas (Art Director) began his career at DreamWorks Animation in 2003 as a layout artist and background painter on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. He went on to work as a visual development artist on Over the Hedge, where he helped design locations, create production illustrations and color keys for the lighting department and design a plethora of props found in the suburbia scenes. Boas also worked as a visual development artist on Flushed Away and the Academy Award®–nominated Kung Fu Panda. Boas was most recently art director on Shrek Forever After.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Boas studied illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors distinction in 2002. Before Art Center, Boas spent two years at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied illustration and general foundation in art.
Boas graduated from Fairview High School in 1996 in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1978 and spent his first five years in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nancy Bernstein (Producer)
Nancy Bernstein is currently producing DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians. The CG-animated feature is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes—each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The film is slated for release on November 21, 2012.
Prior to her producing role, Bernstein served as head of production at DreamWorks Animation's Glendale campus, overseeing all aspects of physical production in Glendale. Bernstein came to DreamWorks Animation from Digital Domain. While there, she led the studio's feature effects production on the Academy Award®–winning What Dreams May Come and the Academy Award®–nominated I, Robot. She has worked as the visual effects executive producer on more than 30 films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, A Beautiful Mind, and Aeon Flux. She also oversaw visual effects production on seven of Academy Award®–winning director Ron Howard's films.
Prior to joining Digital Domain in 1997, Bernstein spent ten years at R/GA Digital Studios. As head of production, she was responsible for feature films, commercials and new media, and she served as the visual effects producer on such films as In the Line of Fire and Last Action Hero. She was also instrumental in transitioning R/GA from optical imaging to digital production.
Patrick Marc Hanenberger (Production Designer)
Patrick Marc Hanenberger (Production Designer) began his vocation in design at young age, drawing caricatures of his teachers and building vehicles and environments for his action figures. After several internships in advertising and production companies in Europe and an education as an industrial designer at the University of Michigan, Hanenberger realized that his true passion was to work in film. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles to study entertainment design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. During that time Hanenberger interned at Pixar Animation Studios, which set his path to work as a designer in feature animation.
After graduating Art Center and freelancing for a year, Hanenberger joined DreamWorks Animation in 2004 where he worked as a visual development artist on Over the Hedge, Bee Movie and Monsters vs. Aliens. After the latter, Hanenberger worked as the art director on the TV short "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space."
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Hanenberger worked as a concept artist in Los Angeles for several clients including Rhythm and Hues, Lego Concept Lab and Hot Wheels and was a storyboard artist for various commercial projects.
In 2007 Hanenberger launched PatrickHanenberger.com with the ambition of expanding into new fields of art and design around the world. He currently teaches at Art Center and recently taught a workshop at the renowned Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Hanenberger was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Peter Ramsey (Director)
Peter Ramsey is currently directing DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians. Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The feature film is based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood series of children's books and is set to be released on November 21, 2012.
Prior to his involvement with Rise of the Guardians, Ramsey directed the hit Halloween special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space." He also served as head of story on DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens and has worked as a storyboard artist on a number of live-action feature films, which include Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Cast Away, Fight Club, Men in Black, Independence Day and Batman Forever, amongst others.
Having grown up in Crenshaw, Ramsey is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Palisades High School and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
William Joyce (Executive Producer)
William Joyce (Executive Producer) has achieved worldwide recognition as an author, illustrator and leader in the digital animation industry. He was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the 100 People to Watch in the New Millennium and recognized as the Louisiana Author of the Year in 2008. He is also a cover artist for The New Yorker and a member of both the Producers and Writers Guilds of America. His projects have been sought after, as well as produced, by nearly every major animation studio including Disney, Fox/Blue Sky and DreamWorks. Projects based on his works have been successfully translated into feature films and television shows, including Robots, Meet the Robinsons and the Emmy® Award– winning television series "Rolie Polie Olie" and "George Shrinks." Joyce co-directed the Academy Award®–winning short film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." He is also the writer, producer and production designer on the 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios feature film Epic, based on his book The Leaf Men.
David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenwriter)
David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenwriter) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Good People, premiered on Broadway last season and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize and The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award; it also garnered two Tony nominations. Theater Communications Group recently named Lindsay-Abaire as the most produced playwright in America for the 2012-13 season, and Good People as the most produced play. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award.
Lindsay-Abaire was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Tonys for his work on Shrek The Musical: Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. Prior to that Lindsay-Abaire was awarded the Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. His other shows include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Lindsay-Abaire's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman – Oscar® Nomination), as well as the upcoming feature Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks.)
Gabe Hordos (Head of Character Animation)
Gabe Hordos is currently working as head of character animation on DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians, which is scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012. The film is an epic adventure in which the classic childhood heroes are re-imagined and united for the first time ever to battle the forces of evil and protect the children of the world. Prior to his role on Rise of the Guardians, Hordos served as the supervising animator of "Toothless" on 2010's Academy Award®-nominated How to Train Your Dragon. His work was recognized with the Annie Award for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production and with a VES Award for Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. Additional credits at the studio include 2007's Bee Movie as supervising animator, 2006's Flushed Away as animator (for which he won the Annie Award for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production), 2004's Academy Award®-nominated Shark Tale as animator and 2003's Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas as lead animator.
Prior to joing DreamWorks Animation, Hordos worked as an animator on 2002's Eight Crazy Nights, 2001's Osmosis Jones and 2000's direct-to-video release Joseph: King of Dreams. Hordos has been animating since he was 10 years old.
Michael Siegel (Executive Producer)
Michael Siegel (Executive Producer) has a literary management and production company that represents leading children's authors including the estate of Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach), William Joyce (Santa Calls) and Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola). He helped establish Moonbot Studios, which won the Academy Award® for best animated short film for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" and was an executive producer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Siegel is also a founding member of 5D, a group of forward-thinking scientists, designers and storytellers.
Roger Deakins (Visual Consultant)
Roger Deakins (Visual Consultant) ASC, BSC, is an award-winning cinematographer who has been honored by the American Society of Cinematographers, BAFTA, BSC, NBR and the Independent Spirit Awards. He has also been nominated nine times for an Academy Award® for his work on Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men; Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese's Kundun; Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry's The Reader (shared credit with Chris Menges); and Joel Coen's Fargo, The Man Who Wasn't There, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and True Grit. He received the ASC's Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.
Born in Torquay, Devon, England, Deakins began his career in still photography after attending art college and the National Film School. Many of his first cinematographic projects were documentaries lensed in Africa. He also covered the Whitbread Round the World Yacht race, which required him to work for more than nine months as a crewmember while filming and directing the documentary.
Other credits include Norman Jewison's The Hurricane, Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, and Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road. His work will next be seen in Mendes' Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, slated for release on November 9.
Deakins has been the visual consultant on a number of animated feature films including Disney-Pixar's Wall-E, Paramount's Rango, and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon and the upcoming The Croods.
“‘Guardians’ is the ‘The Avengers’ of animated movies, with stunning and sweeping visuals. Both the song [Still Dream] and Desplat's sweeping orchestral score would seem ripe for Oscar® nominations.”
- Pete Hammond, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
“‘Rise of the Guardians’ is jaw-dropping and full of visual wizardry. Particularly fascinating is the way that the Sandman conjures images and dreams – they're kind of grainy swirls of pure imagination.”
- Drew Taylor, INDIEWIRE.COM
“‘Rise of the Guardians’ is imaginative, exciting and just plain wonderful. This one is timeless.”
- Steve Pond, THE WRAP
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