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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS (Writers / Directors / Executive Producers) were born and raised in Chicago and have been working together for more than 30 years. Prior to making The Matrix trilogy, the Wachowskis wrote and directed their first feature film, Bound, a thriller starring Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly and Joe Pantoliano. Little else is known about them.

One of the most prolific and successful producers in the history of motion pictures, JOEL SILVER (Producer) has produced a catalog of over 40 films, which have earned a combined gross of close to $5 billion worldwide, averaging over $100 million per picture.

Silver’s groundbreaking 1999 production The Matrix grossed over $456 million globally, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the Studio’s history at the time of its release. Universally acclaimed for its powerfully innovative storytelling and visuals, The Matrix won four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Visual Effects. The first DVD release to sell one million units, The Matrix DVD was instrumental in powering the initial sale of consumer DVD machines.

To date, the second installment of the epic Matrix trilogy, The Matrix Reloaded, has earned over $735 million in worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2003 and the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, both domestically and internationally. Reloaded also scored the record for the largest single week ever with $158.2 million and reached $150 million in a record-breaking six days domestically; internationally, it is the 10th highest grossing film of all-time, and is the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend.

In addition to producing The Matrix Reloaded and the final explosive chapter in the Wachowski Brothers’ saga, The Matrix Revolutions, Silver produced the trilogy’s integral video game, Enter the Matrix, which features one hour of additional film footage written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Wong, who reprise their roles from the films. Silver also executive produced The Animatrix, a groundbreaking collection of nine short films inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power The Matrix.

Silver is currently producing the supernatural thriller Gothika, starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz, through his Dark Castle Entertainment division. Formed by Silver and Robert Zemeckis in the spirit of the late horror impresario William Castle, Dark Castle has produced a string of hit films beginning with the record-breaking release of House on Haunted Hill, which opened at number one on Halloween of 1999, followed by Thirteen Ghosts in 2001 and Ghost Ship in 2002.

Most recently, Silver produced the hit films Cradle 2 the Grave, starring DMX and Jet Li; Swordfish, starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry; Exit Wounds, starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and Romeo Must Die, featuring Jet Li and Aaliyah.

While at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he began his career and ultimately ascended to president of motion pictures, Silver associate produced The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 HRS., Streets of Fire and Brewster’s Millions.

In 1985, Silver launched his Silver Pictures production banner with the breakout hit Commando, followed by Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Predator. Silver went on to produce the four-part Lethal Weapon series, as well as Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, The Last Boy Scout, Demolition Man, Richie Rich and Conspiracy Theory. He executive produced, with Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill and Robert Zemeckis, eight seasons of the award-winning HBO series Tales From the Crypt, as well as two Tales From the Crypt films.

While a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1967, Silver and a group of his friends invented a game called Ultimate Frisbee. The fast-moving team sport has since become a global phenomenon supported by tournaments in 42 countries. One of the fastest growing sports in the world, Ultimate Frisbee was played as a medal sport in the 2001 World Games held in Akita, Japan. In 2003, players representing 46 countries competed in the World Flying Disc Federation’s World Disc Games in Santa Cruz, California.

In addition to The Matrix Reloaded, GRANT HILL (Executive Producer) most recently produced Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line for which he was honored with an Academy Award nomination. Previously, Hill served as the co-producer on James Cameron’s Titanic and The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer.

After completing his law degree in 1978 at the University of Melbourne, Hill moved to the Middle East where he worked for a year before relocating to Asia. Based in Thailand, he worked extensively in South Asia before returning to his native Australia in 1983. After completing a graduate degree at the newly established Australian Film School in Sydney, Hill started working in the film industry as a location manager and then as a production manager. Upon moving to the United States in 1992, he served as head of production for Village Roadshow Pictures in their Los Angeles office.

In 1999, in association with Terrence Malick, Hill set up Elizabeth Bay Productions, which currently has projects in development at several studios.

BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) joined the production division of Warner Bros. Pictures in 1984 and rose through the executive ranks to become President of Worldwide Theatrical Production in 1989. Under his aegis, the studio produced and distributed such titles as the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, as well as GoodFellas, Presumed Innocent, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Batman Forever, Malcolm X, The Bodyguard, JFK, The Fugitive, Dave, A Time to Kill and Twister.

In 1996 Berman started Plan B Entertainment, the Warner Bros. Pictures-based independent production company that was later acquired by Village Roadshow Pictures. Village Roadshow Pictures, where Berman now holds the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, currently has 20 projects in various stages of development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Most recently, Berman executive produced the immensely successful The Matrix Reloaded, Ocean’s Eleven, Training Day, Two Weeks Notice, Cats & Dogs, Three Kings, The Matrix and Analyze This through Village Roadshow’s partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as the hit comedy Miss Congeniality, produced jointly with Warner Bros. Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment.

Berman will serve as executive producer for the upcoming movies from Village Roadshow, which include Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, the thriller Taking Lives, starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, the sequel to Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Catwoman, starring Halle Berry, all for 2004.

After filming Bound with Larry and Andy, BILL POPE, A.S.C. (Director of Photography) took the red pill and has been a captive of the Wachowskis for the last 5 years. With the completion of Revolutions and Reloaded, he has finally taken the blue pill and will return to blissful ignorance.

He has actually worked on other films as well, including Clueless, Army of Darkness, and Spider-Man 2.

OWEN PATERSON (Production Designer) won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Production Design for Stephen Elliot’s The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Among his other credits are Red Planet, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Stephen Elliot’s Welcome to Woop Woop, Race the Sun, Minnamurra, The Place at the Coast and Traveling North. Paterson also worked as art director on the Australian feature Bliss and The Coolangatta Gold.

His television credits include Noriega: God’s Favorite, The Beast and the telefilm The Riddle of the Stinson.

ZACH STAENBERG, A.C.E. (Editor) won an Academy Award and an American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for his work on Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix. Before editing The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Staenberg edited AntiTrust, directed by Peter Howitt. He started with the Wachowski Brothers on their first feature film, Bound. His first credit was the original Police Academy.

Staenberg also received an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award and an Emmy nomination for his work on the HBO film Gotti, starring Armand Assante (who actually won the Emmy).

Staenberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He’s crazy about his seven year-old son. Not much more is known.

DON DAVIS (Music Composer and Conductor) previously collaborated with the Wachowskis when he scored their films Bound, The Matrix, and The Matrix Reloaded, as well as The Animatrix project and the video game Enter The Matrix.

His composing credits include Behind Enemy Lines, Jurassic Park III, AntiTrust, The Unsaid, House on Haunted Hill, Valentine, Warriors of Virtue, Route 9, The Lesser Evil and Blackout, as well as the telefilms Weapons of Mass Distraction for HBO, starring Ben Kingsley and Gabriel Byrne, Murder in Greenwich, Race Against Time, starring Eric Roberts, Personally Yours, Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story, starring Ann-Margret, The Lake, In the Company of Spies, starring Tom Berenger and Ron Silver, A Match Made in Heaven, starring Olympia Dukakis, The Alibi, Not in this Town, In the Lake of the Woods, Leave of Absence, Murder of Innocence, A Little Piece of Heaven, Woman with a Past, Home Fires Burning and A Stoning in Fulham County.

He also composed the music for such miniseries as The Third Twin, House of Frankenstein, Robin Cook’s Invasion, Pandora’s Clock, The Beast and In the Best of Families, as well as for the TV series SeaQuest DSV, Capitol Critters, My Life and Times, Tiny Toon Adventures, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Beauty and the Beast.

After winning an Academy Award for his work on The Matrix, JOHN GAETA (Visual Effects Supervisor) rejoined the Wachowski Brothers for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Prior to completing this landmark trilogy, Gaeta enjoyed a career in a little-known industry called therapeutic shock graphics. Part military intelligence, part counter-culture, he pioneered the depths on non-sensical simulation and alter-logic entertainment in pursuit of the ultimate social tranquilizer. Despite colossal failure to legally broadcast on commercial television, Gaeta looks upon his research fondly – and occasionally with some fear.

In his off time, Gaeta likes to parasail, high dive, speed skate and is a member of the local polar bear club. He’s a bad artist, an amateur hypnotist and generally distracted by the volatile machinations of unleashed Hollywood power.

Gaeta’s other film credits include acting as director on the documentaries How to Subvert a Friendly Well-Meaning Population and Why Being Struck by Lighting is Fun; as a greensman on "W" is a Dirty Word, and as a production assistant on Citizen Kane, Gaeta’s first job in Hollywood.

In addition to her creations for The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions, KYM BARRETT (Costume Designer) most recently designed the costumes for Gothika, starring Halle Berry, and From Hell, directed by the Hughes brothers and starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Her previous credits include Three Kings and Red Planet. Barrett was nominated for the CDG Award for Excellence for Costume Design for Feature Film – Period/Fantasy for her work in The Matrix. Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet served as Barrett’s first feature film as costume designer.

Academy Award-winning sound designer and supervising sound editor DANE A. DAVIS, MPSE was born quietly in La Mesa, California in the late fifties. From then on he was always noisy. In early adolescence Davis borrowed reel-to-reel tape recorders and experimented with ways to use them improperly. Other than his Grandfather’s clarinet, his access to legitimate musical instruments was very limited so he built and converted various illegitimate (mostly unplayable) instruments to use in conjunction with partially disassembled tape decks. His mother moved him into the garage where he continued to live noisily for more than a decade.

In high school Davis began making super-8 movies, which became a good excuse to make seemingly purposeless audio assemblages that could be repurposed as movie soundtracks. This aural intent took him to the film school of California Institute of the Arts where he confronted modular synthesizers and many new noise-producing tools. While making his own films, he continued to create soundtracks for student films and eventually mixed most of the films being made at the school.

After matriculation into the real world, Davis continued making mostly non-musical soundtracks for experimental short films and started working as a sound editor on various longer film projects. In 1986 he founded Davistracks in Hollywood in a closet of the company he worked for during the day as a sound transfer operator. As more sound design and editing work for low-budget independent movies passed through his closet, he quit his day job.

Davis continues today working primarily as a Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor on feature films as varied as The Matrix trilogy, Treasure Planet, and 8 Mile. He also creates sound design for TV ad campaigns like Nike Shox (Boing!) and the herd of Pirelli tires rolling across the country.

Along the way, Davis became enamored by the audio seduction of interactive game play. He still gets the shivers when reminded of how evocative the music and sound design of Myst and Doom felt in the context of exploring an unknown world. Today Davis and Davistracks are active in exploring the psycho-acoustic boundaries of interactive media as the platform technology approaches the depth and detail potential of motion pictures. He considers the application of the subjective emotional and dramatic principles of cinema sound design to the non-linear paths of game play to be the challenge of the current decade.

YUEN WO PING (Fight Choreographer) recently served as the Fight Choreographer on The Matrix Reloaded and on the celebrated Academy Award-winning Ang Lee film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Prior, Wo Ping collaborated with the Wachowski Brothers and choreographed The Matrix, which won him worldwide attention.

Wo Ping was born in Guangzhan, China in 1945, the eldest of 10 children. He studied Peking Opera and Kung Fu under the tutelage of his father, Yuen Siu Tin, who was also a father figure to the young Jackie Chan. Yuen Siu Tin brought his son to the attention of the well-known Wong Fei Hung series producers and Wo Ping worked on some of their films during the 1960s. He subsequently worked as a Kung Fu fighter and stuntman at Shaw Brothers and can be seen in films such as Wang Yu’s The Chinese Boxer.

By the age of 26, he had earned his first film choreography credits with the early Kung Fu hits of Ng See Yuen including Mad Killer, Bloody Fists and Secret Rivals 2. For the Shaw Brothers, Wo Ping arranged the fights for Chu Yuan’s films The Lizard and The Bastard.

In 1978 Wo Ping directed his first film, the hugely successful and influential The Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring the now legendary international star Jackie Chan. He went on to direct another Jackie Chan feature, Drunken Master, as well as Dance Of The Drunk Mantis which starred his brother, Sunny Yuen. Wo Ping also worked for Golden Harvest, directing the Wong Fei Hung films Magnificent Butcher and Dreadnought.

In 1979 Wo Ping formed his own company and produced and choreographed Tsai Siu Ming’s Buddhist Fist the following year. He directed his protégé, Donnie Yen, in Drunken Tai Chi, followed by Tiger Cage, In The Line Of Duty 4 and Tiger Cage 2.

The revival of traditional Kung Fu movies saw Wo Ping work on the fight sequences of Tsui Hark’s Once Upon A Time In China films with Jet Li, and on Wong Ching’s Last Hero In China. His other credits include the Kung Fu epics Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun. In 1993, Wo Ping directed one of his finest films, Iron Monkey, again starring Donnie Yen, and in 1994, he was fight choreographer on the film Fist of Legend. It was his work on this film that first caught the attention of the Wachowski brothers.

Wo Ping’s current projects include Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

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