The Film Makers
TIM BURTON, Director
(Left to right) Director Tim Burton, composer Stephen Sondheim and actress Helena Bonham Carter during rehearsals for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Originally Staged by Harold Prince from an adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The film’s producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. This film has been rated R for graphic bloody violence. Photo Credit: Leah Gallo © 2007 by DreamWorks LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
In 2005 Tim Burton directed the fantasy adventure "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl classic, the film achieved impressive critical and box office success and continues to entertain audiences everywhere. That same year he also directed and produced the dark, romantic animated feature "Corpse Bride," featuring the voice talents of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Burton's previous film was "Big Fish," a heartwarming tale of a fabled relationship between a father and son. The film was hailed as Burton's most personal and emotional to date, earning respectable reviews and box office. "Big Fish" starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange and Billy Crudup.
Prior to "Big Fish," Burton directed a remake of "Planet of the Apes," a project that brought him together with producer Richard D. Zanuck, the former 20th Century Fox studio head who had greenlit the original film in l968. Burton's remake starred Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kris Kristofferson and was a summer 2001 box office hit.
All of Burton's films are well known for the highly imaginative and detailed world he creates to surround and inform the story. They include "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Beetlejuice," "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Ed Wood," "Mars Attacks!" and "Sleepy Hollow."
Burton began drawing at an early age, attended Cal Arts Institute on a Disney fellowship and, soon after, joined the studio as an animator. He made his directing debut with the animated short "Vincent" narrated by Vincent Price. The film was a critical success and an award-winner on the festival circuit. Burton's next in-house project was a live-action short film called "Frankenweenie," an inventive and youthful twist on the Frankenstein legend.
In 1985, Burton's first feature film, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," was a box-office hit and the director was praised for his original vision. "Beetlejuice (l988)," a supernatural comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder, was another critical and financial success.
In 1989, Burton directed the blockbuster "Batman" starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger. Following the triumph of "Batman," the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) awarded Burton the Director of the Year Award. The film also won an Academy Award(R) for Best Art Direction.
"Edward Scissorhands," starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Diane Wiest, was one of the big hits of the 1990 Christmas season and acclaimed for its original vision and poignant fairy tale sensibility. In 1992, Burton once again explored the dark underworld of Gotham City in "Batman Returns," the highest grossing film of that year, which featured Michelle Pfeiffer as the formidable Catwoman and Danny DeVito as the Penguin.
In 1994, Burton produced and directed "Ed Wood" starring Johnny Depp in the title role. The film garnered Academy Awards(R) for Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi) and Best Makeup.
Burton conceived and produced the stop-motion animation adventure "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," an original holiday tale that has become a seasonal perennial. He also produced 1993's "Cabin Boy" and 1995's summer blockbuster "Batman Forever," as well as the 1996 release of "James and the Giant Peach," based on Roald Dahl's children's novel.
Burton produced and directed "Mars Attacks!," a sci-fi comedy based on the original Topps trading card series, starring an elite array of 20 leading players including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito and Annette Bening.
In 1999 Burton directed "Sleepy Hollow," which was inspired by Washington Irving's classic story and starred Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Michael Gambon. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards(R), including Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography and won the Oscar(R) for Best Art Direction. Honors from BAFTA included Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Burton authored and illustrated a children's book for "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," released in conjunction with the film. His next book of drawings and rhyming verse, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories, was praised by the New York Times for "conveying the pain of an adolescent outsider."
JOHN LOGAN, Screenplay by/Producer
John Logan's work as a screenwriter includes "The Aviator," "Gladiator," "The Last Samurai," "Any Given Sunday," "The Time Machine," "Star Trek: Nemesis" and "RKO 281." He has been twice nominated for the Academy Award(R) for Best Original Screenplay.
He has also written 14 plays including "Never the Sinner" which has appeared in London's West End and in New York, Chicago, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Austria, Ireland, South Africa and Uruguay. His new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "The Master Builder" recently appeared in the West End.
STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Music and Lyrics
Stephen Sondheim is one of the world's best known and respected composers and lyricist of our time.
In 1979, he wrote the music and lyrics to the original production of "Sweeney Todd," which featured a libretto by Hugh Wheeler and was based on a play by Christopher Bond. It opened on Broadway in 1979 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award.
Sondheim's credits include writing the music and lyrics for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1962), "Anyone Can Whistle" (1964), "Company" (1970), "Follies" (1971), "A Little Night Music" (1973), "The Frogs" (1974), "Pacific Overtures" (1976), "Sweeney Todd" (1979), "Merrily We Roll Along" (1981), "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984), "Into the Woods" (1987), "Assassins" (1991), "Passion" (1994) and "Bounce" (2003), as well as the lyrics for "West Side Story" (1957), "Gypsy" (1959), "Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for "Candide" (1973). "Side By Side By Sondheim" (1976), "Marry Me a Little" (1981), "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" (1983), "Putting It Together" (1993/99) and "Moving On" (2001) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist.
For motion pictures, he has composed the scores of "Stavisky" (1974) and co-composed "Reds" (1981), as well as songs for "Dick Tracy" (1990), for which he won an Academy Award(R) for Best Original Song. He also wrote the songs for the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966), co-authored the film "The Last of Sheila" (1973) and the play "Getting Away With Murder" (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays "The Girls of Summer" (1956), "Invitation to a March" (1961), "Twigs" (1971) and "The Enclave" (1973). "Saturday Night" (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999.
In addition to "Sweeney Todd," Sondheim has won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for "Passion," "Into the Woods," "A Little Night Music," "Follies" and "Company." They all won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as well, as did "Pacific Overtures" and "Sunday in the Park with George," the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1985).
Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981.
WALTER PARKES AND LAURIE MACDONALD, Producers
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are two of the most active motion picture producers working in Hollywood today. Films produced or executive produced by the duo include the "Men in Black" series, "The Ring" films, "Catch Me If You Can," "Gladiator," "Minority Report," "Awakenings," "Amistad" and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events." They have collaborated as producers with director Steven Spielberg on four films: "Amistad," "Minority Report," "Catch Me If You Can" and "Terminal." Earlier this year, Parkes and MacDonald produced "The Lookout," the directing debut of screenwriter Scott Frank. The team's most recent release was "The Kite Runner" based on Khaled Hosseini's acclaimed novel and directed by Marc Forster. Upcoming is the thriller "A Tale of Two Sisters."
In addition to their producing work, Parkes and MacDonald served as the co-heads of DreamWorks Pictures from the inception of the studio until mid-2005. They were responsible for the development and production of the company's diverse slate of films, which achieved both box office success and critical acclaim, including -- for only the second time in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- three consecutive Best Picture Oscar(R) winners: "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind," the latter two produced in partnership with Universal. Other critical and commercial successes produced during their tenure include: Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous," Robert Zemeckis' "What Lies Beneath," Adam McKay's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," Michael Mann's "Collateral" and Steven Spielberg's Academy Award(R) and Golden Globe-winning drama "Saving Private Ryan," which was the top-grossing film domestically of 1998.
MacDonald began her producing career as a documentary and news producer at KRON, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. She later joined Columbia Pictures, where she served as a Vice President of Production. After four years, she started a production company with Walter Parkes. Immediately prior to joining DreamWorks, MacDonald oversaw development and production at Amblin Entertainment.
Parkes is a three-time Academy Award(R) nominee, earning his first nomination as the director/producer of the 1978 documentary "California Reich," which exposed neo-Nazi activities in California. He garnered his second Oscar(R) nomination for writing (with Lawrence Lasker) the original screenplay for "WarGames," and his third nod for his work as a producer on the Best Picture nominee "Awakenings." Parkes also co-wrote and produced the thriller "Sneakers" starring Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier.
Parkes and MacDonald are involved in a wide range of non-profit activities, including positions on the boards of the Para Los Ninos Charter School, which provides services for children of the immigrant working community of downtown Los Angeles; the Starbright Foundation, which develops and provides products for chronically sick children; and the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free provider of health services in the nation. Parkes is also the President of the University Council of Yale University.
RICHARD D. ZANUCK, Producer
In a career as celebrated as it is accomplished, Richard D. Zanuck commands a distinguished reputation in the motion picture industry as one of its most progressive and honored leaders.
Pre-eminent as an independent producer and former studio head, Zanuck has earned numerous awards and citations for his achievements in his more than 40 years of filmmaking. Among them, perhaps the most significant and the one that bears the greatest testament to his well-earned stature is the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which was bestowed upon him and long-time associate David Brown in 1991. This illustrious accolade, given only 36 times in the Academy's history, recognizes Zanuck as "a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production." A precedent-setting honor and personal milestone as well, this particular Thalberg Award makes Zanuck the only second-generation recipient ever, in company with his father, Darryl F. Zanuck.
Only one year prior, Zanuck, along with Lili Fini Zanuck, took home an Oscar(R) as producer of the Academy Award(R)-winning Best Picture of 1989 "Driving Miss Daisy," for which he also received a Golden Globe Award, The National Board of Review Award and Producer of the Year honors from the Producers Guild of America. Zanuck's Driving Miss Daisy win set another industry precedent - making Richard and Darryl Zanuck the only father and son in motion picture history to both win Best Picture Oscars.(R)
As head of his own production entity, The Zanuck Company, in which he is partnered with his wife, Lili, Zanuck continues a successful career forged on a solid foundation. Upon graduation from Stanford University and military service as an army lieutenant, Zanuck joined his father as a story and production assistant on two 20th Century Fox films, "Island in the Sun" and "The Sun Also Rises." At 24, he made his debut as a full-fledged producer with the feature film "Compulsion," which went on to win the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for the ensemble work of its stars Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman. He followed that with "Sanctuary" based on the William Faulkner novel and "The Chapman Report" directed by George Cukor.
At 28, Zanuck was named president in charge of production of 20th Century Fox and became the then-youngest corporate head in the Hollywood annals. During his eight years at the helm, the studio recaptured the luster of its heyday and received an unprecedented 159 Oscar(R) nominations. Three of the films, "The Sound of Music," "Patton" and "The French Connection," went on to win Best Picture of the Year Oscars(R). Other successes include the "Planet of the Apes" series, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "M*A*S*H."
Zanuck subsequently moved from Fox to become senior executive vice-president at Warner Bros., where he and soon-to-be partner David Brown oversaw production of such box office hits as "The Exorcist" and "Blazing Saddles."
With the formation of the Zanuck/Brown Co. in 1971, one of the motion picture industry's most distinguished and successful independent production entities was born. Over the ensuing decade and a half, Zanuck/Brown was responsible for such critical and box office hits as "Jaws," a triple-Oscar(R) winner and Best Picture nominee; "Jaws II"; "The Sugarland Express," the Best Screenplay winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Steven Spielberg's first feature directorial effort; "The Sting," winner of seven Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture; and "The Verdict," nominated for five Academy Awards.(R) Along with Lili Fini Zanuck, Zanuck/Brown also produced the double Oscar(R) winner "Cocoon" and its sequel "Cocoon: The Return."
The Zanuck Company, formed in 1988, scored a phenomenal success with its debut production "Driving Miss Daisy." Nominated for nine Academy Awards(R) and winner of four, including Best Picture, the Pulitzer Prize winning play-turned-feature film grossed in excess of $100 million at the domestic box office and, with its cost of $5 million, now ranks as one of the most profitable releases in Warner Bros. history.
Zanuck followed up the major success of "Driving Miss Daisy" with the critically acclaimed "Rush" starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric, based on the best-selling book by Kim Wozencraft. The film marked the directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck, and its score by Eric Clapton ("Tears in Heaven") became one of the most acclaimed of 1992.
Other producing credits with Lili Fini Zanuck include "Rich In Love," which reunited the "Driving Miss Daisy" creative team of the Zanucks with director Bruce Beresford and writer Alfred Uhry, and "Wild Bill," Walter Hill's fact-based look at the legendary frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok. The film starred Oscar(R) nominee Jeff Bridges and won widespread critical acclaim, as did "Mulholland Falls," a drama set in the fifties about a team of elite L.A. police officers featuring an all-star cast including Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith and John Malkovich.
"Deep Impact," Zanuck's release for DreamWorks SKG and Paramount, grossed $350 million worldwide, making it the first bona fide blockbuster of the 1998 summer season. "Rules Of Engagement," which Zanuck produced with Scott Rudin, and starred Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel Jackson, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, and was also successful.
In 1999, The Zanuck Company joined forces with Academy Award(R) winner Clint Eastwood to produce "True Crime," a suspense thriller based on Andrew Klavan's best-selling novel, in which Eastwood also starred and directed for Warner Bros.
In March of 2000, Richard and Lili Zanuck produced the 72nd annual Oscar(R) presentation, which garnered 9 Emmy nominations and earned the highest network rating in the last six years.
Zanuck's re-imagining of "Planet of the Apes," directed by Tim Burton, was released by 20th Century Fox in July 2001 and became one of the top-grossing films of that year in both domestic and international markets. Other recent projects from the Zanuck Company include DreamWorks' critically acclaimed "The Road to Perdition" directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, as well as Tim Burton's star-studded "Big Fish" featuring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Alison Lohman.
In 2005, Zanuck and Burton's third collaboration together Warner Bros.' "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," based on Roald Dahl's classic novel and starring Johnny Depp, grossed over $600 million worldwide.
PATRICK MCCORMICK, Executive Producer
Patrick McCormick has worked on a wide range of films with many top actors and filmmakers.
In 2005, he executive-produced Tim Burton's fantasy adventure "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp. His many credits as producer and executive producer include P.J. Hogan's "Peter Pan" starring Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave and Richard Briers, "Stepmom" starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon; "Donnie Brasco" starring Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Anne Heche; and "The Juror" starring Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin and James Gandolfini.
Other credits include Barry Levinson's "Bandits" a comic caper starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett; "Everlasting Piece" a comedy set in 1980's Belfast and starring Barry McEvoy, Brian F. O'Byrne, Anna Friel and Billy Connolly;"Liberty Heights," the fourth in Levinson's Baltimore series starring Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth and Joe Mantegna;"Boys on the Side" starring Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Matthew McConaughey;"Angie" starring Geena Davis; "A Shock to the System" starring Michael Caine;and "The Last Rites" starring Tom Berenger.
DARIUSZ WOLSKI, ASC, Director of Photography
Most recently, Dariusz Wolski completed work with director Gore Verbinski on the swashbuckling adventure films "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," both starring Johnny Depp. Wolski also collaborated with Verbinski on the first "Pirates" film, "The Curse of the Black Pearl," as well as on "The Mexican" starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.
Other feature film credits include Alex Proyas' "The Crow" and "Dark City," Tony Scott's "The Fan" and "Crimson Tide" (for which Wolski was nominated for an ASC Award), Andrew Davis' "A Perfect Murder," John Polson's "Hide and Seek," Joel Schumacher's "Bad Company," Peter Medak's "Romeo Is Bleeding" and Evelyn Purcell's "Land of Little Rain."
In addition to his film career, Wolski has worked with such artists as Neil Young, Keith Richards, Sting, Aerosmith, Traveling Wilburys, Eminem, Dido and Van Halen, shooting more than 100 music videos.
DANTE FERRETTI, Production Designer
Dante Ferretti is one of the world's finest and most sought-after production designers, having worked with some of cinema's visionary directors such as Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terry Gilliam, Neil Jordan and Martin Scorsese.
In 2004, he won the Academy Award(R) for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Scorsese's "The Aviator," an honor he shared with set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo. Ferretti and Scorsese have previously collaborated on "Casino," "Bringing Out the Dead" and the Academy Award(R)-nominated, "Gangs of New York," "The Age of Innocence" and "Kundun."
His other film credits include "Cold Mountain," Anthony Minghella's screen adaptation of Charles Frazer's civil war novel, Julie Taymor's "Titus," Martin Brest's "Meet Joe Black," Jean-Jacques Annaud's "The Name of the Rose," Ettore Scola's "La Nuit de Varennes," Liliana Cavani's "La Pelle" and Elio Petri's "The Working Class Goes to Heaven," as well as Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" and Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," which all received Academy Award(R) nominations.
Ferretti designed five films for Pier Paolo Pasolini: "Salo," "Arabian Nights," "The Canterbury Tales," "Decameron" and "Medea," and five for Federico Fellini: "La Voce Della Luna," "Ginger and Fred," "And the Ship Sails On," "City of Women" and "Orchestra Rehearsal."
Ferretti has been nominated eight times for an Oscar(R), for "Gangs of New York," "Kundun" (for which he received two nominations, one for Best Costume Design), "Interview with the Vampire," "The Age of Innocence," "Hamlet," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "The Aviator," which he won. He also won two BAFTA awards, one for "Interview with the Vampire" and the other for "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."
CHRIS LEBENZON, A.C.E, Editor
Chris Lebenzon previously collaborated with Tim Burton on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," "Big Fish," "Planet of the Apes," "Sleepy Hollow," "Mars Attacks!," "Ed Wood," "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Batman Returns."
Lebenzon has teamed up many times with award-winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer, working with him on "Pearl Harbor," "Gone in Sixty Seconds," "Enemy of the State," "Armageddon," "Con Air," "Crimson Tide," "Days of Thunder," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "Top Gun." He has also collaborated with director Michael Bay and, most recently, director Tony Scott on "Deja Vu."
Lebenzon is a two-time Academy Award(R) nominee for "Crimson Tide" and "Top Gun" (co-editor). His other credits include "XXX," "Radio," "The Last Boy Scout," "Revenge," "Midnight Run," "Weird Science" and "Wolfen."
COLLEEN ATWOOD, Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood won her first Academy Award(R) for her work on "Chicago" after previously being nominated for "Sleepy Hollow," "Beloved" and "Little Women." In 2005, she won her second Oscar(R) for her work on "Memoirs of a Geisha," and also won a BAFTA Award. In 2004, she was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for her work on "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
A frequent collaborator with Burton, Atwood began her association with the director on "Edward Scissorhands" and has worked with him on "Ed Wood," "Sleepy Hollow," "Mars Attacks!," "Planet of the Apes" and "Big Fish." Atwood won a BAFTA for her work on "Sleepy Hollow."
She has also worked regularly with director Jonathan Demme, beginning with "Married to the Mob" and including his Oscar(R)-winning "Silence of the Lambs" and multiple award-winning "Philadelphia."
Atwood began her career as a wardrobe assistant in 1982 on the romantic comedy "A Little Sex" and became a designer only two years later on the Michael Apted drama "First Born." She gained notice in 1986 as designer on Michael Mann's highly praised "Manhunter" and followed with features such as "Married to the Mob" and Apted's "Critical Condition."
Among Atwood's other credits are "Mission Impossible III," "The Mexican," "Gattaca," "Buddy," "That Thing You Do," "Wyatt Earp," "Lorenzo's Oil" and "Joe Versus The Volcano."
Atwood has also done many music videos, as well as live entertainment, her most recent assignment being the Ringling Brothers Circus.
KATTERLI FRAUENFELDER, Co-Producer
Katterli Frauenfelder was part of the team led by director Daniel Petrie that won the 1985 DGA Award for "The Dollmaker."
Frauenfelder previously worked with director Tim Burton on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (as co-producer and first assistant director), and as associate producer and first assistant director on "Big Fish" and "Planet of the Apes." She is currently co-producer on the upcoming "Yes Man."
As a first assistant director, Frauenfelder's credits include "The Adventures of Rocky & Bulwinkle," "Snow Falling on Cedars," "Sphere," "That Thing You Do!," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Congo," "Silent Fall," "Alive" and "Driving Miss Daisy," among others. Her credits as a second assistant director include "Touch and Go," "Legal Eagles," "St. Elmo's Fire," "Ghostbusters" and "Bad Boys," to name a few.
Frauenfelder got her start as a production assistant on "The Blues Brothers."
© 2008 Film Entertainment Magazine / EMOL.org. All rights reserved.