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Barry Levinson
film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer

Barry Levinson is an American screenwriter, Academy Award winning film director, actor, and producer of film and television. His most notable films include Diner, The Natural, Good Morning, Vietnam starring Robin Williams, Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman, Bugsy, and Wag The Dog.

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Brenda Chapman
animation director, storyboard artist

Brenda Chapman is an American writer, storyboard artist and animation director. In 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt. She also co-directed the Pixar film Brave with Mark Andrews, becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. (source:

Movies by Brenda Chapman:

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David Fincher
film director

David Andrew Leo Fincher is an American film director, film producer, and music video director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for the films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010). On the latter film, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. His most recent film is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Fincher will follow this up with an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl. (source:

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George Lucas
film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur

George Lucas is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company located in northern Marin County as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012. He also led LucasArts a video game development company.  He is best known as the creator of the space opera series Star Wars and also the adventure series about an archaeologist character named Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry’s most financially successful filmmakers and has been nominated for four Academy Awards.  (source:

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Books on George Lucas and his films include:

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Heather Kessinger
film artist, photographer
Heather Kessinger is a film artist and still photographer, working out of her studio in Sausalito, California.  Her works include the PhotoSF documentary films, The Most Fearless, and  In the Shadow of Buddha.
Jim Karageorge
photographer, filmmaker, videographer

Jim Karageorge is a film maker and photographer. His photographs include people at work, portraits, places and products. He has a Masters in documentary film from Stanford. A quote from the filmmaker: “Film taught me how to create a visual narrative… I love telling stories that compel people to think and connect, stories that teach and have substance.”

John  H. Maxwell
collage artist

John Maxwell is a mixed media, collage artist. He studied photography and general art at the San Francisco Art Institute and was an Art Director for Arts & Leisure Publications in San Francisco. His most recent works are digitally scanned collages, enlarged and printed on canvas with further collage and painting techniques applied.
John retired at the end of 2013 from the motion picture industry having been an on-set dresser on feature films based out of Hollywood. His film credits over the past three decades include Father of the Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bridesmaids, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, As Good As It Gets,  The Nutty Professor, Stuart Little, Seven, Ocean’s 13, Tropic Thunder  and  Apollo 13.

John Alan Lasseter
animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer

John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer for Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. He has won two Academy Awards for the Animated Short Film Tin Toy, as well as a Special Achievement Award for the movie Toy Story.  (source:

Movies and Animation directed by John Lasseter include:
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Books about John Lasseter and Pixar Animation Studios include:

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Jon Francis
artist, art director, film maker

Jon Francis is an artist of Stinson Beach, California and known for his landscapes, urbanscapes and figurative paintings. He was born and raised in the art colony of Laguna Beach, and earned a B.A. in Advertising Design from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He went to New York to work in advertising and art directing, and established John Francis Films. Finally he settled California and now concentrates on his fine art.

Kevin Lima
film director

Kevin Lima is an American film director who has directed a number of Disney films including his debut film A Goofy Movie in 1995, followed by Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians, and Enchanted. Lima studied film and animation at the California Institute of the Arts, during the mid-80′s. (source:

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Lee Unkrich
film director, film editor and screenwriter

Lee Unkrich is an American director, film editor and screenwriter. He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He is known as a co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, and Finding Nemo. He made his solo directorial debut with Toy Story 3, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2011. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990. (source:

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Leslie Ann Pelle
independent animator

Leslie A. Pelle is an independent animator, and a digital artist specializing in both low and high polygonal modeling for environments, assets and characters. She has worked on the following shows both as an animator and modeller: Reboot, Shadow Raiders, Heavy Gear, Max Steel, Beast Machines and Weird-Oh’s. She formerly worked at Mainframe Entertainment, Inc.

Russ Johnson
photographer, writer, film and video producer

Russ Johnson has worked as a photographer, writer, film and video producer, broadcaster and voice over talent. Johnson founded Travelmedia in 1984. It has taken him to 59 countries on film, video, photography and writing assignments. His editorial work includes award winning television series.

Stephen Olsson
film director and producer

Stephen Olsson is the president of CEM Productions, and has directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters. Stephen’s work has won numerous national and international awards, including the National Emmy Award for Outstanding Director, the Du-Pont Columbia Award for Excellence in broadcast journalism and the George Foster Peabody Award.