"SHREK THE THIRD" Meet the Filmmakers
CHRIS MILLER (Director/Screenplay) makes his feature film directing debut with “Shrek the Third.” Miller joined DreamWorks Animation in 1998 as a story artist on the studio’s first animated comedy, “Antz.”
He subsequently went on to work as a story artist on the Academy Award®-winning hit film “Shrek,” while also writing additional dialogue and providing the voice of the hilarious Magic Mirror as well as Geppetto. He then went on to serve as head of story on the blockbuster “Shrek 2,” which went on to become the highest- grossing animated film of all time. In addition to providing various voices for the Shrek films, he also voiced Kowalski the penguin in “Madagascar.”
A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts’ Animation/Film department, Miller is also a longtime collaborator with the Helios Dance Theater, for which he has created sets, films and projections on numerous occasions. Miller has worked on a wide array of features, commercials, videos and internet projects, including a short for Steven Spielberg entitled "Steven’s Dream." His commercial work includes spots for Coca-Cola, Canon, The Comedy Channel and FILA, for which he won a Clio Award for best animated commercial. Miller has also produced several independent animated projects which have been featured on MTV and in festivals throughout North America and Europe.
ARON WARNER (Producer/Screenplay) returns to take the reins as producer of “Shrek the Third” after winning an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature as a producer of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” and also producing “Shrek 2.” He joined PDI/DreamWorks in 1997 to serve as a producer on the computer animated hit “Antz,” which marked the first collaboration between PDI and DreamWorks. Warner went on to become head of PDI/DreamWorks from 2000 to 2002.
Warner had previously held the post of vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he supervised production on such films as “Independence Day,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Crucible,” “Alien Resurrection,” “Volcano” and the number one blockbuster of all time, “Titanic.”
A graduate of UCLA Film School, Warner started out as a production coordinator at Empire Pictures, gaining experience on low-budget horror and sci-fi films. He then moved on to a position at Film Finances, a completion bond company, where he worked on more than 50 films.
Warner began his career as a producer on the horror hit “Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.” He then served as supervising producer on John Dahl’s “Red Rock West,” before beginning his relationship with Twentieth Century Fox as the line producer on Rachel Talalay’s “Ghost in the Machine.” He later executive-produced “Tank Girl,” also directed by Talalay. In addition, he oversaw production on James Cameron’s blockbuster “True Lies.”
ANDREW ADAMSON (Executive Producer/Story by) continues his role in the fabled series as executive producer on “Shrek the Third.” He made his directorial debut on the first “Shrek,” which won the first Academy Award® presented for Best Animated Feature. He then went on to direct the blockbuster sequel, “Shrek 2,” which went on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. He followed that accomplishment with his first live-action directorial achievement, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which, in addition to its commercial success, won the Oscar® for Best Makeup and collected two additional nominations for visual effects and sound. He is currently directing the sequel, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”
Adamson began his career in computer graphics 20 years ago in his native New Zealand, working as a computer animator at a local animation company called The Mouse That Roared. In 1986, he moved on to the post of design director/senior animator at Video Images Ltd., where he worked on a variety of broadcast logos and television commercials.
He first joined PDI/DreamWorks in 1991 with an extensive background in visual effects. His credits as a visual effects supervisor with PDI/DreamWorks have included the films "Angels in the Outfield" and "Double Dragon." He has also worked on the visual effects for such films as "True Lies," "Heart and Souls" and Barry Levinson’s "Toys,” and served as a key member of PDI/DreamWorks' commercial division on numerous award-winning spots, including Converse's "Planet Kevin," Dow's "Scrubbing Bubbles Greatest Show" and Miller Genuine Draft's "Juke Box."
Apart from PDI/DreamWorks, Adamson's work as a visual effects supervisor includes the features "Batman Forever” (for which he shared a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror), "A Time to Kill" and "Batman & Robin."
His list of awards and nominations includes an Annie Award for Best Directing for an Animated Feature and Best Animated Feature for “Shrek” and a pair of nominations (for directing and writing) for “Shrek 2.” He took home the BAFTA Children’s Award for “Shrek” and was twice nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for both “Shrek” features. Additionally, he shared a Camie Award for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and shared a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for “Shrek 2.”
JOHN H. WILLIAMS (Executive Producer) served as a producer on both the Academy Award®-winning animated comedy “Shrek” and its blockbuster sequel, “Shrek 2.” Williams started Vanguard Films in 1981. His first production was Steppenwolf Theater’s “True West” with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, followed by “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Rocket to the Moon” starring John Malkovich and Judy Davis. Vanguard then went on to produce A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” with William H. Macy, G.B. Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” with Rex Harrison and Amy Irving, “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket” with Tom Hulce and “The Terrors of Pleasure” with Spalding Gray.
Vanguard then went on to produce commercials through a joint venture production company with Virgin Records. Commercial directors included Tim Pope (“The Crow” sequel), The Brothers Quay (“Frieda,” “Streets of Crocodiles”) and Reggie Hudlin (“House Party”, “Ladies Man”). Vanguard has also produced documentaries on John F. Kennedy, Aretha Franklin, George Gershwin and the history of the blues.
Vanguard’s feature film production credits include the Miramax release of Errol Morris’ feature documentary “The Thin Blue Line” with American Playhouse and Channel Four/U.K, “Sarafina” starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Seven Years in Tibet” starring Brad Pitt and “The Tuxedo” starring Jackie Chan. Williams was one of the first producers to get an overall first-look deal with DreamWorks.
Williams is also the producer of Vanguard’s “Valiant”, the CG animated feature released by Disney, featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, John Cleese, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent, and the CG animated feature “Space Chimps” which will be released by Twentieth Century Fox in July 2008.
RAMAN HUI (Co-Director) has been a major force at PDI/DreamWorks for more than 15 years, guiding the animation team from commercials and shorts to feature films. He started at the studio in 1989 working on various commercials and award-winning short films, which led to his position as lead character designer/supervising animator on PDI/DreamWorks’ first full-length computer-animated feature film “Antz.” From there he went on to serve as supervising animator on the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster “Shrek,” as well as the follow-up Universal Studios theme park attraction “Shrek 4-D®.” He also went on to serve as one of the supervising animators on the blockbuster sequel “Shrek 2,” which went on to become the highest grossing animated film of all time. For a brief time he served as director of animation on DreamWorks Television & NBC’s primetime animated comedy “Father of the Pride.”
During the past decade at PDI/DreamWorks, Hui has worked on a variety of 3D characters, including a CG Mickey Mouse for Jim Henson’s “Muppetvision,” the first CG Pillsbury Doughboy and a helmeted Martian who interacts with a live-action earthling for Hanna-Barbera’s television special “The Last Halloween.” Hui also directed, wrote and produced the celebrated PDI/DreamWorks short film “Sleepy Guy,” which has received awards at the London Animation Festival, the US International Film & Video Festival and won first place at Imagina in 1995. His latest in-house short, “Fat Cat on a Diet,” has been screened at many festivals and conferences, including the London Effects and Animation Festival (LEAF), Anima Mundi and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Hui began his animation career in Hong Kong at Quantum Studio where he worked as a cel animator. Later, he moved to Canada to study computer animation at Sheridan College.
DENISE NOLAN CASCINO (Co-Producer) joined DreamWorks Animation in 1996 when she took on the role of layout supervisor for the studio’s first CG-animated movie “Antz.” She served in the same capacity on the Academy Award®-winning “Shrek,” and later became a senior production manager on “Shrek 2,” the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Cascino worked on the ABC stop motion television series “Bump in the Night” first as a Post-Production Supervisor, and later as Co-Executive Producer. She also worked as a line producer at Varitel Video, a San Francisco post-production facility. She began her career as a master control operator and eventually became an editor for KOFY TV20 in San Francisco.
Cascino received a BA in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
JEFFREY PRICE & PETER S. SEAMAN (Screenplay) began on the road to “Shrek the Third” in 1986 with their writing of the groundbreaking animation/live action film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” for which they were nominated for WGA and BAFTA awards. Writing partners since 1979, the team has also been responsible for “Doc Hollywood” and “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” among numerous other credits. They also wrote and produced the short-lived television series “Johnny Bago,” which had a strong cult following among the inmate population, and wrote and directed two episodes of “Tales from the Crypt.” Their latest feature was the remake of the 1950 film “Last Holiday” starring Queen Latifah.
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Music) is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers, working on a variety of high-profile projects, both animated and live-action.
Over the last few years, Gregson-Williams has scored some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters, including “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” (for which he received nominations for a Golden Globe and Grammy), “Shrek” (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), “Shrek 2” and “Chicken Run.” He has collaborated on several movies with director Tony Scott including “Man on Fire,” “Domino,” “Spy Game” and “Déjà Vu,” as well as three films with Joel Schumacher: the thriller “Phone Booth,” “Veronica Guerin” and most recently “The Number 23” starring Jim Carey. His other film credits include “Seraphim Falls,” “Kingdom of Heaven” (nominated for a Classical Brit award and winning a Golden Satellite award), “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” “Enemy of the State,” “The Replacement Killers,” “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” and “Antz,” among others.
Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a scholarship from the music school of St. John’s College in Cambridge at the age of seven. By age 13, he had been a soloist on over a dozen records, and then earned a coveted spot at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He started his film career as an orchestrator and arranger for composer Stanley Myers, and went on to compose his first scores for the veteran English director Nicolas Roeg.
Gregson-Williams’ initiation in Hollywood film scoring was then facilitated by his collaboration and friendship with Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer. This resulted in Gregson-Williams providing music for such films as “The Rock,” “Broken Arrow,” “The Fan,” “Muppet Treasure Island,” “Armageddon,” “As Good as It Gets” and “The Prince of Egypt.”
Upcoming projects for Gregson-Williams include Ben Affleck’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”
GUILLAUME ARETOS (Production Designer) continues leading the design on the “Shrek” series after having served as production designer on the blockbuster hit “Shrek 2” and also as art director on the original “Shrek,” for which he won an Annie Award for Outstanding Production Design. He also worked on PDI/DreamWorks’ first computer-animated feature film “Antz.” Prior to joining the studio, Aretos designed numerous mythical beasts for animatronix developer Edge Innovation, which can be seen in such projects as “Deep Blue Sea” and "Dinotopia.”
Aretos’ career in entertainment spans three decades, and includes both writing and acting for television. In the late 1980s, in his native France, Aretos was well-known for his work as an actor on the television show “L’homme à tout faire,” the French version of “Three's Company.”
Apart from his film and television work, Aretos’ paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited in France, at galleries including the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Musée d'Art Moderne Albert Chanot. In addition, his illustrated books, including Le Livre Secret des Fourmis (The Secret Lives of Ants), have been published in France and Korea. He has also contributed to the magazines Ciel et Espace, Science et Nature and Métal Hurlant (Heavy Metal).
PHILIPPE GLUCKMAN (Visual Effects Supervisor) most recently served as the visual effects supervisor on the hit jungle comedy “Madagascar.” He previously served as co-visual effects supervisor on “Shrek 2” and as a sequence supervisor on the original “Shrek.” He also served as associate visual effects supervisor on PDI/DreamWorks’ first computer-animated feature, “Antz.”
Gluckman joined PDI/DreamWorks Animation in 1994 as a senior animator/technical director working on such projects as “Batman and Robin,” “Batman Forever,” “Marvin the Martian” and numerous commercials.
Before joining the studio, Gluckman worked as senior animator at Ex Machina in Paris on projects ranging from commercials to theme park rides. He began his career as a traditional 2-D animator as a partner with Storyboard and as an assistant animator at Cartoon Farm, both located in Paris. Gluckman holds a degree in graphic arts from the Ecole Nationale d’Arts Appliqués, Paris.
TIM CHEUNG (Head of Character Animation) began his career at PDI/DreamWorks on the studio’s first full-length computer-animated feature film “Antz.” He then went on to work as lead animator on the original “Shrek” and continued work on the series as a supervising animator on the hit sequel “Shrek 2.” Also while he’s been at the studio, he wrote and directed the award-winning animated short “Gabola the Great.”
Tim joined the PDI/DreamWorks animation team in 1995 after receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in computer graphics from Pratt Institute and his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Taylor University.
NICK WALKER (Head of Layout) most recently worked as a rough layout artist for “Madagascar.” He also served as a layout animator on the hit comedy “Shrek 2,” as well as on the Academy Award®-winning original, “Shrek.”
Walker first joined PDI/DreamWorks Animation in 1997 as an assistant animator in the modeling department for the studio’s first computer-animated feature film “Antz.” He then went on to work on the traditionally animated film, “The Road to El Dorado,” as well as numerous other commercials and short films for the studio.
Prior to joining PDI/DreamWorks, Walker worked as a model builder and freelance computer animator after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
PETER ZASLAV (Art Director) joined PDI/DreamWorks Animation in 2001 as a storyboard artist and matte painter in the studio’s commercial division working on projects such as Intel’s alien commercials. He then took on the role of production illustrator on the blockbuster hit “Shrek 2.” Following “Shrek the Third,” he will serve as the production designer on the ABC Christmas special “Shrek the Halls.”
Prior to joining the studio, Zaslav was a freelance print illustrator and a medical illustrator at UCLA Medical School. He also created storyboards and backgrounds for two animated/live action films, “This Guy Is Falling” and “Doppleganger.” Peter earned his BS from UCLA in physiological science.
MATT BAER (Effects Supervisor) most recently served as the supervising effects lead on the hit jungle comedy “Madagascar,” as well as on the animated mini-movie “The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper.” He also worked as an effects developer on the blockbuster hit “Shrek 2” and as an effects animator on the original “Shrek.” While at the studio, he also worked on the Universal Studios theme park attraction “Shrek 4-D®” and the live action feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”
Prior to joining PDI/DreamWorks Animation, Baer was an effects animator at Tippett Studios, Santa Barbara Studios and Electronic Arts and was a software consultant for Alias/Wavefront in Santa Barbara. Baer graduated with an MA in business and arts from Westmont College, Santa Barbara.
LAWRENCE D. CUTLER (Character TD Supervisor) has been with
PDI/DreamWorks Animation since 2001. He most recently served as the
supervising character technical director on “Shrek 2."
Prior to joining PDI/DreamWorks Animation, Cutler worked at Pixar Animation Studios as a technical director on the computer-animated films “Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 2” and “A Bug’s Life.”
Cutler began his career working on virtual reality research at Stanford University, after holding software development internships at Silicon Graphics and the Microsoft Corporation. Cutler also served as the co-founder and president of HyperJive, Inc., a start-up company developing mobile information-sharing applications. He attended Stanford University and graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in computer science.
LUCIA MODESTO (Character TD Supervisor) most recently held the role of supervising character technical director on the hit comedy “Shrek 2,” as well as on the Academy Award®-winning “Shrek.” Specializing in character set-up, Modesto is responsible for supervising and setting up the animation joints, motion animation controls, facial animation, deformations, hair and non- dynamic clothing setups.
Modesto initially rejoined PDI/DreamWorks Animation in 1997 to work on the company’s first computer-animated feature “Antz,” after having spent almost two years in the early 1980s developing technology for some of their first animation projects for TV Globo.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Modesto was educated as an electronic engineer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She later received a Masters degree in quantum electronics and applied optics at UCLA. She also served as an intern at the National Film Board of Canada on a jointly granted scholarship by the Canadian and Brazilian governments.
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Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
• Plot Outline An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.
• Plot Synopsis: Shrek is a big ogre who lives alone in the woods, feared from all the people in the land of Duloc. When Lord Farquaad, the ruler of Duloc, exiles all the fairy-tale beings in the woods, Shrek looses his peaceful life and his home becomes a refugees camp. So, he sets to find Lord Farquaad and convince him to take the fairy-tale beings back where they belong, and leave him alone. Lord Farquaad accepts, under one condition. Shrek must first go and find the beautiful young princess Fiona, who will become Farquaad's bride. So, the big Ogre begins his quest, along with his newfound donkey friend...
• Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
• Theatrical Release Date: May 18, 2001
• Rating . Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor.
Shrek/Shrek 3D Double Bill (2001)
• Number of discs: 2
• Studio: DreamWorks
• DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
• Run Time: 109 minutes
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• DVD Features:
• Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
• Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
• Contains two DVDs:
• Shrek (Full Screen Single Disc Edition)
• Shrek 3-D (a new 15 minute short in 2.35:1 widescreen)