About the Filmmakers of "Extraordinary Measures"
Tom Vaughan (Director) Born and raised in Scotland, Tom Vaughan began his film career as a teenager. Earning money from appearing on a TV drama, Vaughan bought a video camera to pursue his burgeoning interest in filmmaking.
He spent the rest of his teenage years remaking his favorite movies starring his friends and family. After studying drama at Bristol University, Vaughan moved to London and started making short films.
His first short film, Super Grass, executive produced by Mike Leigh’s producer Simon Channing Williams, went on to win a distribution deal with Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.
The film played in theaters across the UK as well at film festivals and was bought by Film Four and shown on national and international television. With casting director Stephanie Duala, Vaughan ran an acting workshop at the Holburn Centre for Performing Arts from which came the ideas and characters for his next short film, Box.
A devised piece set around a phone box over one night in London, the film caught the attention of the organizers of a Levi’s sponsored short film program. Vaughan’s comedy Still Buzzin’ became the first film made under this scheme and was shown at festivals around the world. It too won a theatrical distribution deal, this time in front of Richard Linklater’s movie Suburbia. On the strength of Still Buzzin, ad agency St. Luke’s approached Vaughan to produce a short film they were producing as part of a 32 campaign for BBC Radio 1.
The resulting film, Plotless, was again shown at cinemas across the UK and the four TV spots shot as part of the production went on to win Vaughan a Creative Circle Award for Best Newcomer. This lead to further success in UK commercials. He was named by Campaign as one of the UK’s Hottest Directors and was selected as part of Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors’ Showcase at Cannes.
Film Four fully financed Vaughan’s next short film Truel, a period drama based on a game theory problem, and he took time out of commercials to direct the hit TV show “Cold Feet”. Since then, Vaughan has successfully balanced incredibly busy parallel careers directing commercials with TV dramas. This included, among other projects, a four hour period adaptation for the BBC starring Bill Nighy, Anna Massey, Stephen Moore and Laura Fraser called “He Knew He Was Right,” based on the book by Anthony Trollope.
His first feature film was the coming of age comedy Starter for Ten, based on David Nicholl’s best-selling book of the same name. Set in an English college town in 1985, Starter for Ten starred a host of then new British talent including James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, and Dominic Cooper. The film was financed by HBO Films and BBC Films and produced by Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes. The success of Starter for Ten led to Vaughan being asked to direct Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in the hit comedy What Happens in Vegas.
Released in the summer of 2008, the movie was a huge commercial success, making $220 million at the worldwide box office. The producers of Extraordinary Measures also approached Vaughan after seeing Starter for Ten back in early 2007 and he was attached to the project.
Michael Shamberg (Producer) Michael Shamberg is a partner in Double Feature Films with Stacey Sher. Shamberg and Sher have produced a number of movies inspired by true stories including Freedom Writers, World Trade Center, the Academy Award-nominated Erin Brockovich (along with Carla Santos Shamberg), and Man on the Moon. Shamberg‘s other credits that were inspired by true stories are Eight Seconds and Heartbeat. Shamberg has also produced Academy Award-nominated films Pulp Fiction and The Big Chill.
Among his other credits are the hits Along Came Polly, Garden State, Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool, and A Fish Called Wanda. In addition, he and Sher produced the science-based thriller Gattaca. Shamberg currently resides in Los Angeles.
Stacey Sher (Producer) Stacey Sher is a partner in Double Feature Films with Michael Shamberg. She has produced such Academy Award nominated films as Erin Brockovich and Pulp Fiction.
In 2007, she and Shamberg produced Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, about a young teacher who inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. Freedom Writers was chosen as the 2007 recipient of the Humanitas Prize.
Their film World Trade Center, starring Nicholas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Oliver Stone, is based on the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno (the last two men rescued from Ground Zero), their families, and the rescuers who found them. World Trade Center was chosen for the 2006 Christopher Award. Sher is a producer on the hit Comedy Central show “Reno 911!: Miami” currently in its sixth season.
Sher’s other credits include the 2005 Independent Spirit Award 34 winning Garden State, Along Came Polly, Out of Sight, Reality Bites, Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool, Gattaca, Camp, Man on the Moon, Living Out Loud, How High, Feeling Minnesota, Caveman’s Valentine, Matilda, and Skeleton Key.
Sher and Shamberg were honored by the ACLU for their commitment to films and television that are empowering, inspirational and thought provoking, dealing with issues from public safety to education, social justice to censorship. Sher is also the recipient of the 2002 Mary Pickford Award from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the 2000 Women in Film Independent Vision Award.
Stacey currently resides in Los Angeles. Carla Santos Shamberg (Producer) Carla Santos Shamberg is currently the Executive Vice President of Double Feature Films. In addition to Extraordinary Measures, Santos Shamberg has set up, developed and executive produced films including the Academy Award-nominated Erin Brockovich. For her achievements, Santos Shamberg was awarded with the 2000 Environmental Media Association Award and currently serves on the Board of the Environmental Media Association. Harrison Ford (Executive Producer)
Nan Morales (Executive Producer) Nan Morales most recently executive produced Dimension Films’ Youth In Revolt, starring Michael Cera as well as Management, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. 35 Morales’ executive producer credits also include The Marc Pease Experiment, starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman, for Paramount Vantage; Year of the Dog, written and directed by Mike White and starring Molly Shannon for Paramount Vantage and Plan B; and Freedom Writers for Paramount Pictures, directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank.
Morales also co-produced the box office hit Coach Carter for Paramount Pictures, directed by Thomas Carter and starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Morales was previously Vice President of Feature Production Management at Paramount Pictures, where she supervised the box-office hits Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Save the Last Dance, Sleepy Hollow, Runaway Bride, Election, Face/Off, In & Out, Star Trek: First Contact, Primal Fear, and Clueless. Jordana Glick-Franzheim (Associate Producer) Jordana Glick-Franzheim was an associate producer on the feature film Youth In Revolt, starring Michael Cera, for the Weinstein Company; Management, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; The Marc Pease Experience, directed by Todd Louiso and starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwarzman, for Paramount Vantage; and Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank, for Paramount Pictures. Josh Rothstein (Associate Producer) Josh Rothstein is currently Vice President of Double Feature Films. Rothstein, who has been with the company since 2005, began at Double Feature as assistant to Stacey Sher. Prior to Double Feature, he was at William Morris.
He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. 36 Karen Willaman (Associate Producer) Karen Willaman is currently Chief Accounting Officer at DreamWorks Studios. Previously, she was the Chief Accounting Officer at 2929 Entertainment and Landmark Theatres. While at Double Feature Films, Willaman was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, after beginning as its Vice President of Operations and Finance. She has her MBA and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Robert Nelson Jacobs (Screenwriter) Robert Nelson Jacobs grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious income.
His love of movies brought him to California, where it took a number of years for his writing to finally start paying the rent. Jacobs’ script for the film Chocolat was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. His other produced screenplays include: Out to Sea, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, Flushed Away, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Andrew Dunn, BSC (Director of Photography) Andrew Dunn was born in London, England.
He’s loved telling stories through the medium of film for as long as he can remember. He joined the BBC as an editor, continuing to develop and shoot his own projects. While practicing his craft as a cinematographer, he has been nominated for 5 British Academy Awards, and won 3, as well as the prestigious London Evening Standard Award for Technical Achievement and The British Society of Cinematographers’ Best Cinematography Award.
He has worked with many notable directors such as Stephen Frears, Richard Eyre, Martin Campbell, Nicholas Hytner, Robert Altman, Mick Jackson, Andy Tennant, Bill Forsyth and Dennis Potter. His most notable films are Edge of Darkness, L.A.Story, The Bodyguard, The Madness of King George, The Crucible, Gosford Park, The Count of Monte Cristo, Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama, Miss Potter and most recently Precious. Comedy or Drama, there is still a strict philosophy behind whatever Dunn does and it’s all a part of how he approaches each picture, how he finds ways to support the story.
It starts with immersing himself in the story, understanding the director’s vision, then communicating with the other departments to be absolutely sure of the best tools to use to bring everything together for each sequence, and then into a whole. It’s about finding a visual language to support the story, no matter what genre it is. He is comfortable going from comedies like Hitch or Ever After, to thought provoking stories like Stage Beauty, The History Boys and an intense drama like Precious.
He is also comfortable moving between the independent world, where artists are basically allowed to create their project, knowing they need to produce with limited resources and a great passion for the story and big studio productions where more resources are available. Dunn spends his time between homes in the South West of England and Los Angeles with his wife Emma, and his two children, Max & Grace.
Anne V. Coates, A.C.E. (Editor) Academy Award winner for David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Anne V. Coates was born in Reigate, Surrey, England. Her first love was ballet, which later turned to horses, setting her sights on being a race horse trainer.
Then she fell in love with movies, and after a short time as a nurse, she managed to get a job in religious films. 38 She worked as a projectionist, sound assistant and began sending films out to churches, and repairing them on their return the old way with scrapers and glue! Coates finally managed to get a job as an assistant in the cutting rooms at Pinewood Studios by slightly exaggerating her experience. After working for a few years as an assistant editor, she got a big break on cutting all the second unit sequences on Walt Disney’s Robin Hood, and soon after that, she was offered the job on Picwick Papers as editor.
Among the films she edited in England are The Truth About Women, The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and an A.C.E. nomination, Young Cassidy, The Bofors Gun, The Eagle Has Landed, Murder on the Orient Express, for which she received a BAFTA nomination, The Elephant Man, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, an A.C.E. Award nomination, and a BAFTA nomination, Greystoke, The Story of Tarzan and the Apes, Ragtime, and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.
She produced and edited Medusa Touch. She also worked with David Lean as an editorial consultant on the 1989 restoration of Lawrence of Arabia. Coates moved to Los Angeles in 1986 where she continued editing such films as: Raw Deal, Master of the Universe, I Love You to Death, What About Bob?, Chaplin, In the Line of Fire, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, an A.C.E. nomination, a BAFTA nomination, and winner of the British Editors Society Award, Congo, Out to Sea, Out of Sight, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, and A.C.E. nomination, Passion of Mind, Erin Brockovich, for which she received a BAFTA nomination, Sweet November, Taking Lives, Catch and Release and The Golden Compass. 39 Coates was awarded the A.C.E. Career Achievement Award in 1995, The Women in Film Crystal Life Achievement Award in 1997, and the Women in Film Channel 4 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Coates was married to the late director Douglas Hickox. Her two sons, Anthony and James, are directors and her daughter, Emma, is an editor. In 2005, Coates was honored with the Order of the British Empire, and in 2007 was a BAFTA Academy Fellow recipient.
Deena Appel (Costume Designer) Deena Appel has explored a diverse range of time and style in the varied costumes she has designed for both feature films and television.
Appel has received numerous accolades and set many trends with her original designs for each of the three Austin Powers films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. She also collaborated with Powers’ Director Jay Roach on Mystery, Alaska, starring Russell Crowe, centering on a small Alaskan town’s love of their Saturday hockey game.
Appel most recently designed the romantic comedy, License To Wed starring Robin Williams, John Krasinski and Mandy Moore. She had the pleasure of pairing with Sandra Bullock for the dramatic love story, The Lake House (also starring Keanu Reeves) and the comedic sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. The multifaceted Farrelly Brothers’ film, Stuck on You, was an unusual love letter to conjoined twins, and Harold Ramis’ devilish Bedazzled covered a broad spectrum of fantasy worlds with stars Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley.
For the retelling of H.G. Wells’ classic, The Time Machine, Appel created the historical period costumes for all of the 1899 sequences. In Now and Then she focused on the innocence of a small town in 40 1970. A Hutterite colony became the backdrop for Holy Matrimony, while rodeo was the arena for John Avildsen's 8 Seconds.
Appel’s television credits include HBO’s “Weapons of Mass Distraction,” “A Mother’s Instinct,” “A Kiss to Die For,” “Indecency” and Diane Keaton’s directorial debut, the 1930's drama, “Wildflower,” starring Patricia Arquette. Appel also serves on the Executive Board of the Costume Designers Guild and as the Editor/Photo Editor of The Costume Designer magazine.
Derek R. Hill (Production Designer) Derek R. Hill recently served as production designer on Oliver Stone’s W prior to his work on Sean Penn’s acclaimed feature Into the Wild. It was Hill’s fourth collaboration with Penn; his association began on Penn’s directorial debut The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard and he continued to work with the actor on his film Hurlyburly, directed by Anthony Drazan.
Hill has an equally long relationship with Oliver Stone. He was set decorator on Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July and Talk Radio, and art director on JFK and Any Given Sunday. His most recent work as art director was on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Hill has worked on more than 50 films in his career and has many television credits, including the award-winning television series “House,” for which he received an Emmy nomination for his production design.
John Pritchett (Sound Mixer) John Pritchett is one of the industry’s leading sound mixers.
The Green Hornet directed by Michel Gondry, marks Pritchett’s 90th movie. Pritchett was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for Road to Perdition, and again in 2006 for Memoirs of a Geisha. He also received a BAFTA nomination in 2007 for There Will Be Blood.
Discovered by director Robert Altman while working as a recording engineer in Dallas, Texas, Pritchett made seven pictures with Altman, including The Player, Short Cuts, and Kansas City. He was the second soundman in Hollywood to go digital, with Altman’s Short Cuts in 1993. Known for his successful working relationships with some of Hollywood’s most creative directors, Pritchett has made four movies with director Lawrence Kasdan, including Wyatt Earp, and French Kiss; four with writer-director David Mamet, including The Spanish Prisoner and State and Main; two with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, including Magnolia and There Will Be Blood; and two films for Oliver Stone: World Trade Center and W. He was also the sound mixer on such hits as The Break-Up, Miss Congeniality, French Kiss and Dirty Dancing.
Pritchett is known for his expertise in handling complex technical requirements during production, including music, as with the ongoing jam session he recorded during Kansas City and with the songs he edited to fit Dirty Dancing.
While working on the 2006 film, World Trade Center, Pritchett mixed gigantic sound effects with dialogue and because of the difficult situation the actors were in trapped beneath rubble, he also extracted one actor’s performance from his close-up and replayed it so only one actor had to be in the scene. Pritchett, who was born in Santa Monica, California, is currently based in Austin, Texas. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Screen Actors Guild and the Cinema Audio Society.
John Richardson (Art Director) John Richardson began his career as a construction manager working with the great architects of New York. After ten years in the field, he decided to transfer those skills to the stages of Hollywood. He intended on splitting his years between Livingston, Montana and Los Angeles, though that plan is rarely met.
Richardson has spent the past sixteen years as an Art Director. He thoroughly enjoys the constant challenges of his daily tasks as well as the endless opportunities for adventure, travel and most of all, learning. The opportunity to work with skilled and talented filmmakers like Rick Baker and Barry Sonnenfeld on Men in Black II, Sean Penn on Into The Wild and Oliver Stone on W, has been like a graduate degree in filmmaking and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to have a career in movies.
From 1992-1994, he ran Richardson Construction as construction manager in the Livingston, Montana area. From 1985-1992 he served as Project Supervisor for Clark Construction, a deluxe, high end Manhattan construction management company, specializing in architecturally significant projects. From 1990-1991, Richardson was assistant basketball coach at Columbia University.
He received a B.A. in Economics and English in 1984 from Rutgers University. Richardson is a member of Art Director 800, Construction Coordinators Local 44 CCA, Local 339 (Montana), and the Screen Actors Guild. He is the founder of the Livingston (Mt.) Film Festival (1993-Present) and was a board member of Trout Unlimited from 1992-1995 in the Livingston, MT Chapter.
Denise Pizzini (Set Decorator) Denise Pizzini is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Set Decorators Society of America. Denise has decorated a wide variety of major motion pictures, including Thirteen Days, The Italian Job, Life as a House, Be Cool, School for Scoundrels, The Express and most recently The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Pizzini is also an award-winning Production Designer, having received the Ariel Award for Best Art Direction for Like Water for Chocolate.
In addition to a variety of 43 television projects, Pizzini also designed the films Still Breathing, Thick as Thieves, 10 Items or Less with Morgan Freeman, and the cult Sundance hit, Black Dynamite, soon to be released by Sony Pictures.
Dr. Hung Do (Lab Technical Advisor) Dr. Hung Do is currently the Director of the Discovery Biology Department at Amicus Therapeutics, a New Jersey biopharmaceuticals company.
He has a PhD in medical biochemistry and genetics with extensive training in the areas of protein synthesis, folding, and trafficking. Dr. Do uses this knowledge and experience to better understand how inherited DNA mutations effect the resultant proteins which lead to reduced biological activity and ultimately disease. He and his colleagues utilize this information to develop new therapeutic approaches for various genetic diseases including Pompe disease.
Dr. Do was introduced to Pompe disease in 2000 at a pharmaceutical company where he was then working. It was also at such company where Dr. Do met John Crowley, the company’s CEO, and learned about John’s desperate search for a treatment for his kids Megan and Patrick. The company was firmly committed to working around the clock and to do everything humanly possible to develop an effective medicine for John’s children and others afflicted with Pompe disease. The company made substantial progress towards this goal in a very short time and was ultimately acquired by another pharmaceutical company that was also developing a drug for Pompe disease. Dr. Do stayed on for the next 4 years as the project leader for the second generation drug.
Dr. Do rejoined John Crowley at Amicus Therapeutics in 2005. He currently leads the discovery research at Amicus developing small molecule treatment approaches for various lysosomal storage diseases including Pompe. These compounds are designed 44 to aid mutant proteins to fold more stably and efficiently and thereby increase cellular biological activity for individuals afflicted with these metabolic diseases. Dr. Do and his colleagues are now utilizing similar strategies to develop novel treatments for other diseases such as Parkinson’s.
Melanie Sanders RN, BSN, CPN (Pompe Technical Advisor) Melanie Sanders is a pediatric registered nurse and the staff educator for the Pediatric Acute Care units at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Her current role includes providing bedside nursing to children admitted to inpatient units, educating parents and caregivers about their child’s diagnosis and specialized care needs. In addition to providing on-going professional development to the staff on her units, she also contributes to training new nursing staff. Before becoming a nurse in 2003, Sanders worked for several years as a social worker. She was involved in programs that provided care to children in foster care and those with developmental disabilities.
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