Men in Black: About The Filmmakers

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BARRY SONNENFELD (Director) most recently directed the hit comedy Get Shorty, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy and a Golden Globe Award for John Travolta. Sonnenfeld earned acclaim for his innovative work on the box-office success The Addams Family, which was his feature film directorial debut. He later directed the sequel Addams Family Values. Both films starred the late Raul Julia, Angelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd, and created a new generation of fans for the uniquely macabre family created by cartoonist Charles Addams and first immortalized in the classic television series.

Sonnenfeld also directed the comedy For Love or Money, starring Michael J. Fox. Prior to becoming a director, Sonnenfeld was an award-winning cinematographer. He collaborated with Danny DeVito on Throw Momma From the Train. He also lensed When Harry Met Sally... and Misery for director Rob Reiner and Big for Penny Marshall. His additional film credits as a director of photography include the Coen brothers' Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing and Phil Joanou's Three O'Clock High.

In addition to his film work, Sonnenfeld has directed numerous commercials, two of which have won Clio Awards: Doa for Nike; and Tennis Balls for Reebok.

Sonnenfeld was also honored with an Emmy Award for his cinematography on the 1985 ABC special Out of Step.

Producer WALTER F. PARKES is a three-time Academy Award® nominee: as director/producer of the feature length documentary The California Reich (1978); as writer, with Lawrence Lasker, of the original screenplay for War Games (1983); and as producer of Awakenings (1990), nominated for Best Picture.

His other credits include Sneakers (producer/co-writer), Volunteers (producer), Project X (producer, co-writer) and True Believer (producer).

He executive produced To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, How to Make An American Quilt and the summer blockbuster Twister. Parkes joined Amblin Entertainment as president in 1994. He and Laurie MacDonald currently head the Motion Picture Division of DreamWorks SKG.

Producer LAURIE MacDonald began her career as a news and documentary producer for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, eventually producing SFO, a nightly news and entertainment magazine show in the Bay area. In 1984, she moved to Los Angeles and became a creative executive at Columbia Pictures and was promoted to vice president of production one year later.

MacDonald first collaborated with Parkes in 1988 on True Believer, and soon after, they formed Aerial Pictures. She was executive producer with Parkes on their television show Birdland, which was developed prior to their association with Amblin Entertainment.

MacDonald also executive produced To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, How to Make An American Quilt and the summer blockbuster Twister. She first joined Amblin Entertainment as executive vice president in 1994. She is currently co-head with Parkes of the Motion Picture Division of DreamWorks SKG.

RICK BAKER (Special Make-up Effects Artist) has been nominated five times and won three Academy Awards® for his work in the films Ed Wood, Harry and the Hendersons and An American Werewolf in London. In addition to being nominated for an Academy Award®, he also received a BAFTA Award for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. His other films include the upcoming The Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy, Just Cause, Batman Forever, Baby's Day Out, Wolf, The Rocketeer, Gorillas in the Mist, Coming to America, Starman, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Star Wars (cantina sequence) and King Kong.

For television, Baker received a Cable Ace nomination for John Carpenter Presents Body Bags: Hair and an Emmy Award for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Other television credits include Something is Out There, Thriller (Michael Jackson music video) and Beauty and the Beast.

ERIC BREVIG (Visual Effects Supervisor) began his professional career in visual effects while completing his Master's degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. Brevig worked on a number of projects, including Blade Runner and Magic Journeys, a 3-D film exhibited at EPCOT Center in Florida, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

In 1984, Brevig joined Dream Quest Images where he worked on Buckaroo Banzai, D.A.R.Y.L. and Steven Spielberg's television series, Amazing Stories, as an optical cameraman. He was promoted to Visual Effects Supervisor for The Lost Boys. In 1988, Brevig and his camera crew shot underwater for several months for the film The Abyss, which captured the 1989 Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

In 1990, Brevig received a Special Achievement Academy Award® for his work on Total Recall. Shortly thereafter, he joined Industrial Light & Magic as Visual Effects Supervisor on Hook, which was nominated for an Oscar® in the visual effects category.

His recent feature credits include The Indian in the Cupboard, on which he also served as second unit director, Disclosure, Wolf, Honey, I Shrunk the Theatre (Disney 3-D theme park film) and The Nutcracker.

For two decades, INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. Now at the forefront of the digital revolution, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effect.

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM has produced visual effects for over 100 feature films, including Mars Attacks!, 101 Dalmatians, Twister, Mission: Impossible, Dragonheart, Jumanji, Casper, Forrest Gump, The Mask, Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series and the Star Wars trilogy. ILM has played a key role in 6 of the top 10 box office hits of all time, winning 14 Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and 12 Technical Achievement Awards.

With its many technical and creative innovations, ILM has helped drive the evolution of visual effects. Beginning with a mastery of the traditional arts of blue screen photography, matte painting and model construction, ILM pioneered the development of motion control cameras, optical compositing and other advances in effects technology. Since the 1980s, ILM has led the way in the use of computer graphics and digital imaging in feature films, developing breakthrough software techniques such as morphing, enveloping and film input scanning.

Today, ILM features the largest and most advanced digital effects system in the entertainment industry. From the creation of wholly computer-generated characters to life-like distortions of the human body to startling 3-D computer animations seamlessly mated with live action footage in such films as Jurassic Park and Twister, ILM is constantly expanding the possibilities of digital imagery.

BO WELCH (Production Designer) most recently was nominated for an Academy Award® for his work on A Little Princess. In addition to this nomination, Welch won the 1995 L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Art Director. He also served as second unit director on the film.

Welch designed Mike Nichols' comedy hit The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and previously worked with Nichols on the romantic thriller Wolf. Acclaimed as an innovative designer with an exceptional ability for blending fantasy and reality, his imaginative designs have also set the tone for such distinctly stylish Tim Burton films as Edward Scissorhands, for which he won a BAFTA Award, Beetlejuice and Batman Returns. His additional film credits include Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist, John Patrick Shanley's Joe Versus the Volcano and Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys.

Prior to making the transition to production designer, Welch received an Academy Award® nomination for his art direction on Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. Earlier in his career, he worked as an art director on such diverse films as Swing Shift, Mommie Dearest, Chilly Scenes of Winter and The Star Chamber.

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