Film: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth Movie

The Filmmakers

filmmakersPhoto: (left to right) Star Anita Briem, director Eric Brevig and star Brendan Fraser on the set of New Line Cinema's release JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. © MMVII New Line Productions, INC. and Walden Media, LLC. Photo credit: Sebastian Raymond/New Line Cinema.

ERIC BREVIG (Director) makes his directorial debut with "Journey to the Center of the Earth." He has also been honored for his groundbreaking efforts as a visual effects supervisor.

Brevig received an Academy Award for Special Achievement in Visual Effects for Paul Verhoeven's 1990 hit "Total Recall," for which he also received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He subsequently earned Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects for Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor." For his special effects work in Barry Sonnenfeld's smash hit sci-fi comedy "Men in Black" Brevig received nominations for a BAFTA Award and a Saturn Award. He also received Saturn Award nominations for "Scrooged" and "The Indian in the Cupboard."

His many feature credits as visual effects supervisor also include Michael Bay's "The Island"; Roland Emmerich's blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow"; Jim Cameron's "The Abyss"; "Peter Pan," directed by P.J. Hogan; "Wild Wild West," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; Brian De Palma's "Snake Eyes"; "Disclosure," directed by Barry Levinson; the sci-fi comedy "Earth Girls are Easy"; and the hit comedy "Big Business," which featured Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as mismatched sets of identical twins.

In addition to his visual effects work, Brevig has served as second unit director on several of his films, including "The Island," "Pearl Harbor," "Wild Wild West," "Men in Black" and "The Indian in the Cupboard."

MICHAEL WEISS (Screenwriter) is a former film executive whose last desk job was as Vice President of Production for Miramax Films. His previous writing credits include "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" and "The Butterfly Effect 2." He is currently writing a soon-to-be classic for Cartoon Network called "The Thing That Came from Jason's Nose."

Journey to the cnter of the earthPhoto (left to right) Anita Briem stars as “Hannah” and Brendan Fraser stars as “Trevor” in New Line Cinema’s release of Eric Brevig’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. © MMVII New Line Productions, INC. and Walden Media, LLC Photo credit: Sebastian Raymond/New Line Cinema

JENNIFER FLACKETT & MARK LEVIN (Screenwriters) have been working as a creative team for over twelve years. "Nim's Island," their second directorial collaboration, was released in April 2008. Based on Wendy Orr's beloved novel, the comedy adventure film stars Abigail Breslin, Gerard Butler and Jodie Foster, and to date has grossed over $75 million at the worldwide box office.

Flackett & Levin first collaborated as directors on "Little Manhattan," a first-love romantic comedy based on their original screenplay and starring Josh Hutcherson, Cynthia Nixon and Bradley Whitford.

Their joint feature film careers began when they sold their first screenplay, "Drive," to producer Scott Rudin. They subsequently adapted the classic children's book Madeline to the big screen, which was released in 1998 starring Frances McDormand. They also co-wrote the romantic comedy "Wimbledon," starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany.

Flackett & Levin's feature film credits follow accomplished careers in television. They have written and produced pilots for all the major broadcast networks, including ABC's "Roadie" and "Born in Brooklyn," CBS's "The Mysteries of 71st Street" and FOX's "The Third Degree."

Before getting married and beginning their exclusive collaboration, Flackett & Levin wrote separately. Flackett, a graduate of Wesleyan University, began her career as a writer on Steven Bochco's series "Civil Wars" and "L.A. Law," among others. Levin attended Yale School of Drama as a playwright, then went on to write and produce the much-loved series "The Wonder Years" for over fifty episodes. He also created and executive produced the NBC series "Earth 2."

CHARLOTTE HUGGINS (Producer) was recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter's "Digital 50," a group comprised of producers and innovators who have distinguished themselves in the realm of new media storytelling in 2007.

In addition to "Journey to the Center of the Earth," Huggins also recently produced "Fly Me to the Moon," a 3D digitally animated film featuring the voice talents of Tim Curry, Nicollette Sheridan, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd and Trevor Gagnon, with a cameo performance from famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The film is set for release on August 8.

Huggins began her career writing-producing the docu-drama "Interview 15," which won several awards, including Best Educational Film at the New York and Berlin Film Festivals. She went on to serve as story editor and writer for television legend Roy Huggins on the hit NBC TV series "Hunter."

Huggins later served as a producer at Boss Film Studios, where she produced national Clio Award-winning commercial for such clients as Magnavox and United Airlines. At Boss, she also produced the main ride simulation film at the World Expo '93 in South Korea, "Journey to Technopia." She went on to work on a number of highly successful large format films, including Disney's 3D theme park attraction "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience," the 3D film "Wings of Courage," LG Group's 35mm 3D attraction "Ahead of Time," and the "King Kong" sequence in WGBH/NOVA's "Special Effects: Anything Can Happen."

As one of the founders of nWave Pictures, a Brussels-based digital studio, Huggins held the position of President and Head of Production for 10 years, serving as producer of all of nWave's special venue and giant screen productions, including "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun," "3D Mania: Encounter in the Third Dimension," "Alien Adventure (3D)," "Haunted Castle (3D)," SOS Planet (3D)," "Misadventures in 3D" and "Wild Safari 3D."

Huggins has held positions on the Boards of Directors of nWave Pictures, the Visual Effects Society and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a member of the Producers Guild of America, where she serves on the New Media Council Board, and an emeritus member of the Writer's Guild of America West.

BEAU FLYNN (Producer) & TRIPP VINSON (Executive Producer) launched their production company, Contrafilm, in March 2004. Since Contrafilm's inception, Flynn & Vinson have earned over $500 million in worldwide box office gross.

The first film released under their banner was "After the Sunset," helmed by Brett Ratner. It was followed by "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," produced in conjunction with Lakeshore and directed by Scott Derrickson, which grossed in excess of $130 million worldwide and was one of the most profitable and successful films of 2005.

As partners in Contrafilm, Flynn and Vinson went on to produce the 3D CG film "The Wild," featuring the voice talents of Kiefer Sutherland, Janeane Garofalo and Jim Belushi; "The Guardian," directed by Andrew Davis and starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher; and Joel Schumacher's thriller "The Number 23," starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen.

Flynn & Vinson's next producer credit is Contrafilm's upcoming comedy-drama "Choke," from writer-director Clark Gregg, based on the acclaimed Chuck Palahniuk novel and starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston. The film world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and is slated for release this fall. Additionally, Flynn & Vinson are in production on the upcoming action-thriller "Conrail" and the comedy "The King of Kong," among other projects.

Prior to forming Contrafilm, Flynn was a partner at The Firm, where he ran the motion picture and television production divisions. He also produced the critically acclaimed films "Tigerland," "Requiem for a Dream," "The House of Yes," "The Alarmist," "Guinevere" and "Johns." After his graduation from NYU, Flynn began his career in the film industry as producer Scott Rudin's first assistant.

Vinson first worked with Flynn in 2000 at Bandeira Entertainment, then went on to head up Firm Films. He started in Hollywood at Jerry Bruckheimer Films following his graduation from USC.

TOBY EMMERICH (Executive Producer) is President and COO for New Line Cinema. In January 2001, he was named President of Production and oversaw the most successful period in the company's history.

Since Emmerich took the production helm, New Line has released such hits as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"; 2005's highest-grossing comedy, "Wedding Crashers"; "Monster-in-Law"; "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; "Elf"; "The Notebook"; "Hairspray"; and "Sex and the City."

A long-time studio veteran, Emmerich previously served not only as President of New Line Music, but also as an accomplished screenwriter and producer who wrote and produced New Line's sleeper hit "Frequency," starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.

Emmerich joined the company in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. In his position as President of Music, he oversaw the development of Platinum or Gold-selling soundtracks such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Elf," "Freddy vs. Jason," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Next Friday," "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," "Love Jones," "Who's the Man?," "Menace II Society," "Above the Rim," "The Mask," "Don Juan DeMarco," "My Family," "Friday," "Dumb and Dumber," "Now and Then," "Mortal Kombat" and "Seven," among others.

Prior to his posts at New Line, Emmerich was an A&R representative at Atlantic Records from 1987 to 1992. He attended the Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1985 with honors in English and concentrations in Classics and Film.

Emmerich lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julie, and their two daughters. An avid motorcycle enthusiast and art collector, he also enjoys long-distance running. He serves on the board of directors for both the Neil Bogart Foundation and the American Cinematheque, and is on the board of trustees for The Calhoun School in New York City.

MARK McNAIR (Executive Producer) recently wrapped work as executive producer on "Soul Men," directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. The music-themed comedy is due in theaters this November.

Previously, McNair served as co-producer on the hit comedy "Meet the Spartans," directed by Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, which opened number one at the domestic box office in January 2008.

His credits as associate producer include the Los Angeles unit of the action film "The Marine," starring John Cena; "Joy Ride," directed by John Dahl, with Paul Walker, Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski; Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty," starring Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock; and the comedy "The Big Tease," directed by Kevin Allen, starring Craig Ferguson.

McNair's credits as line producer include the independent features "Thursday," directed by Skip Woods, with Thomas Jane and Aaron Eckhart; Jill Sprecher's cult favorite "Clockwatchers," starring Toni Collette, Lisa Kudrow and Parker Posey; the Western "Los Locos," with Mario Van Peebles; and "My Generation."

He also served as Head of Physical Production at Intermedia Films, working on such projects as Oliver Stone's "Alexander," starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie; "Basic Instinct 2," directed by Michael Caton-Jones and starring Sharon Stone; and Billy Ray's espionage thriller "Breach," starring Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe.

For television, McNair produced the first season of the CBS drama series "That's Life," starring Paul Sorvino, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Dillon, Debbie Mazar and Heather Paige Kent.

CHUCK SCHUMAN (Director of Photography) is a trailblazer in the field of visual effects cinematography. He served as a director of photography for the miniatures unit of Peter Jackson's blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. His work on the lava sequences in the trilogy's third film, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," earned him a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects.

Additionally, Schuman has worked on many films that employ state-of-the-art special effects as a crucial storytelling element, including "The Indian in the Cupboard," and James Cameron's critically acclaimed smash hits "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "The Abyss."

Schuman's feature credits also include "Wild Wild West," "Con Air," "The Ghost and the Darkness," "Terminal Velocity," Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and "Total Recall."

DAVID SANDEFUR (Production Designer) has served as art director on several features, with credits including the thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey; "The Break-Up," with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; Richard Donner's sci-fi adventure "Timeline"; F. Gary Gray's hit crime thriller "The Italian Job," starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron; and the Robert De Niro-Eddie Murphy action comedy "Showtime."

Sandefur's credits as supervising art director include "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and Michael Bay's "The Island." As assistant art director, he contributed to such varied films as the 1960s-set romantic comedy "Down With Love," Steven Spielberg's ultra-futuristic "Minority Report," the crime thriller "Swordfish" and Renny Harlin's nautical thriller "Deep Blue Sea."

For his work on Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm," Sandefur was nominated by the Art Directors Guild for an Excellence in Production Design Award, an honor he shared with the art direction team.

Sandefur is currently at work as production designer of the sci-fi film "Repossession Mambo," starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, which is set for a 2009 release.

PAUL MARTIN SMITH (Editor) is known for his work with George Lucas, having worked for five years with Lucas Film Ltd.

His many film credits include "Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace"; Renny Harlin's "Mindhunter," starring Val Kilmer; the war drama "Behind Enemy Lines," starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson; the romantic comedy "The Matchmaker," starring Janeane Garofalo; and the thriller "Venom."

Smith designed (in collaboration with David Dozoretz) and edited three key sequences for the animated feature "Titan A.E." He served as the consulting editor on Ernest Dickerson's crime drama "Never Die Alone," and edited four films in the video feature franchise "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones." Additionally, he has edited over 30 documentaries, including "Gunfight U.S.A." and "Cold Spring New Dawn."

For television, Smith edited the telefilms "Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father" and "Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies," as well as episodes of the acclaimed ABC series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." His other television credits include the telefilms "Country Justice," starring George C. Scott; "Unforgiveable," with John Ritter; and "The Canterville Ghost," starring Patrick Stewart, as well as the NBC sci-fi series "Earth 2."

Smith is a member of the Guild of British Film Editors (GBFE), English cousin to American Cinema Editors (ACE). He has also worked on several award-winning television programs in Great Britain, including "The Driving Force," for which he won the British Industrial and Scientific Film Association (BISFA) Best Editor Award.

DIRK WESTERVELT (Editor) has enjoyed repeat collaborations with several filmmakers throughout his career.

He edited George Tillman Jr.'s acclaimed biographical drama "Men of Honor," starring Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Charlize Theron, and was associate editor on the director's hit comedy-drama "Soul Food," which featured an ensemble led by Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long. He is currently at work as editor of Tillman's widely anticipated drama "Notorious," which explores the life of the late rap star Notorious B.I.G. and stars Angela Bassett and Derek Luke, due in theaters January 16, 2009.

Westervelt served as visual effects editor of Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi adventure "Hellboy" and his action-thriller "Blade II."

For writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Westervelt edited the romantic comedy "Brown Sugar," starring Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah, and served as additional editor on the coming-of-age tale "The Wood."

He has twice collaborated with F. Gary Gray, as associate editor on the filmmaker's acclaimed drama "Set It Off" and as first assistant editor of his hit comedy "Friday," starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

Additionally, Westervelt served as director of photography on director Kate Haug's lauded short film "PASS," which screened in the New Directors/New Films festival at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He splits his time between New York, Los Angeles and Prague.

STEVEN ROSENBLUM (Editor) has had a long and fruitful association with director Edward Zwick, dating back to the television series "thirtysomething," for which Rosenblum won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing for a Series. Their first feature film collaboration was the Civil War drama "Glory," which brought Rosenblum his first Academy Award nomination for Best Editing. Rosenblum earned his second Oscar nomination for his work on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Braveheart," directed by and starring Mel Gibson, and a third nomination for Zwick's "Blood Diamond."

Rosenblum has also edited the Zwick-directed features "Legends of the Fall," "Courage Under Fire," "The Siege" and "The Last Samurai." In addition, he worked on Marshall Herskovitz's directorial debut feature, "Jack the Bear."

His collaborations with other directors include Bryan Singer's "X-Men," Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers," Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor," Tom Dey's "Failure to Launch" and Lee Tamahori's "xXx 2: The Next Level."

Rosenblum is currently at work on Zwick's WWII drama "Defiance," starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell, due in theatres this December.

ANDREW LOCKINGTON (Composer) began his career in film music working with fellow Canadian composer Mychael Danna, and his subsequent work as an orchestrator/conductor or composer's assistant led to collaborations with such acclaimed directors as Joel Schumacher, Denzel Washington, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Ang Lee and Atom Egoyan, with feature credits including "8MM," "Antwone Fisher," "Girl, Interrupted" and "Monsoon Wedding."

In recent years, Lockington has segued from orchestration to composing for feature films, and he has received accolades for his work on "Skinwalkers," "Cake," "Saint Ralph," "Touch of Pink" and "Xchange," as well as the HBO feature "Stranger Inside." As a songwriter, Lockington often contributes at least one song to the soundtrack of his films.

His most recent credits as a composer include the Sundance Film Festival hit "How She Move" and the upcoming independent feature "One Week," directed by Michael McGowan.

Lockington was born and raised in Toronto, and began playing music when he was only three years old. He studied composition and orchestration in the prestigious music program at Wilfrid Laurier University, and released his debut solo CD, "Dream," in 1994. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto, where he resides with his wife and 3 children.

CHRISTOPHER TOWNSEND (Visual Effects Supervisor) has worked as a visual effects artist and supervisor on some of the most influential visual effects movies of our time, including the re-release of the original "Star Wars" and the most recent trilogy in the "Star Wars" franchise. His additional credits include "Mission: Impossible"; "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"; "AI: Artificial Intelligence"; "Hulk"; "The Day After Tomorrow" and "The Island," on which he collaborated with Eric Brevig in the visual effects department; "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Townsend graduated with a Graphic Design Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in England in 1988. He spent the next six years traveling and working in various countries, including China, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, specializing in broadcasting and television advertising. He then moved to the United States to work on feature films at George Lucas' esteemed Industrial Light and Magic.

Townsend most recently served as the on-set visual effects supervisor for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," directed by Gavin Hood and slated for release on May 1, 2009.

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