After attending West Surrey College of Art film school in 1987, Alison joined the BBC as a editing trainee. For many years she edited and assistant edited various drama and documentary programs including the Emmy award winning Peoples Century in 1995. Later she became a senior BBC technology manager specializing in new technologies for program making and post-production.
In 2005 she cut the teaser film of MUTANT CHRONICLES that her partner Simon Hunter was to direct. In 1996 when MUTANT CHRONICLES was in post-production she joined as editor and oversaw the postproduction of the picture until the film was completed in late 2007.
RICHARD WELLS - Music
Richard began his professional music career as a programmer, keyboard player and engineer. His credits included work on tracks by Dominic King/Bugatti (My Simple Heart), John Moss (Culture Club), Andy Reynolds (World’s Apart), Talk Talk and Clan of Xymox. He joined Xymox as Keyboard player/ programmer on their 1991 tour of the U.S.A. and later engineered and mixed their 1992 album Metamorphosis.
Richard then met games composer Dave Punshon in 1994 and their collaboration as Bling resulted in original soundtracks for over 30 computer games.
Richard’s break into films came in 1998 when he scored Jake West’s cult debut feature Razor Blade Smile. His collaboration with Jake continued with the horror film Evil Aliens, which won the Raindance award at the British Independent Film Awards in October 1995.
In 2001 Richard commenced working with Brian White then of Hong Kong Legends. They worked successfully together on a succession of trailers for well-known Asian films, including The Grudge, Brotherhood and The Warrior. Richard’s collaboration with Brian continued when Brian joined The Weinstein Company as label manager for Dragon Dynasty.
Richard has written several albums of production music for KPM/EMI and is currently working on a new horror release.
In 2005, Contender Entertainment Group commissioned Richard to completely re-score the Thai martial arts feature film Ong Bak. After a successful theatrical release, the UK version of Ong Bak has sold more than 500,000 units on DVD.
Also in 2005, Richard scored the teaser for Simon Hunter’s MUTANT CHRONICLES. This led to him scoring the feature film.
JANICE GINSBERG - Music Consultant
Ginsberg’s 20+ year career includes working with musical artists of all genres as a talent acquisition executive, music supervisor, music publisher and documentary/performance producer. Ginsberg’s experience encompasses many credits in radio/TV, feature films, and soundtrack albums. Consultancies include Italy's CAM Original Soundtracks, Carlin America, The UK's Recorded Picture Company and GreeneStreet Films.
Producer credits include: Standing in the Shadows of Motown-The Story of the FunkBrothers , Strange Brew: The Story of Cream ,Deep Purple: Heavy Metal Pioneers ,The Yardbirds, Black Sabbath Parts 1 & 2 , Let the Good Times Roll: The Roots of American Music...New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Les Paul: He Changed The Music, King Biscuit Flower Hour .
Music Supervisor and consultant credits include: MUTANT CHRONICLES, Sisters, The Hip Hop Project, All The Real Girls, Snow Angels, Borderland, Carlito’s Way-Rise To Power, The Dreamers, Young Adam, Back to Gaya, Sexy Beast, Brother, Coastlines, The Blackout.
SIMON CARR - Visual Effects Supervisor
Simon Carr brought more than fifteen years' experience working in VFX to the MUTANT CHRONICLES production. Starting as a runner in a Motion Control studio in London, 1991, Simon has worked as a Digital Compositor and VFX Supervisor in the UK, Australia, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Lithuania.
Having earned his stripes in the tough world of London's commercials industry with Cell Animation (providing support for their Henry suites and teaching himself how to composite) Simon moved to Animal Logic in Sydney, taking on the role of TD (Film) and helping to develop their film department. Whilst there, he worked on a number of Australian pictures including Not Fourteen, Again, Heaven's Burning and Black Rock; before completing the titles and opening seven minutes of John Woo's Face/Off. This included work on the 'flashback' look of the pre-title and grappling with producing seven continuous minutes of digital output on a system only capable of holding two minutes at a time.
Returning to the UK in the summer of 1997, Simon completed shots on Seven Years in Tibet for The Magic Camera Company before signing up for Lost in Space with Framestore, completing more than 40 shots on the Quantel Domino system and helping to put the UK VFX industry on Hollywood's map. Since then Simon has completed compositing work on a number of films includingThe Legend of 1900, The Beach, The 51st State, In America, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and United 93.
Since 2000, he has also worked extensively as a VFX Supervisor on major TV shows Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (moving Middlesborough's transporter bridge to Arizona), and Dr Zhivago (starring Keira Knightly) before moving on to movies with Young Adam, Tooth, Spirit Trap and An American Haunting. He likes to work with productions to help bed the VFX into the drama of a story and avoid effects for effects-sake, often working as an effects designer on world/environment design, as well as finding cost-effective solutions to VFX problems, making VFX more accessible to lower budget film-makers.
MICHELE BAYLIS - Hair and Make-Up Designer
Michele Baylis has worked for 20 years in the fields of movies, music and commercials; her major break was designing the movie Sexy Beast for director Jonathan Glazer which went on to be a huge success and a cult hit. While working on Sexy Beast, Baylis forged a strong relationship with Sir Ben Kingsley and went on to become his personal hair and make up artist for a few films, namely Oliver Twist directed by Roman Polanski for which she designed the wigs and make up for Kingsley’s character Fagin (which took 2 hours to apply). Baylis also worked with Kingsley on Mrs. Harris in Los Angeles for which she garnered an Emmy nomination.
In the meantime, Baylis met Thomas Jane and worked with him on both Stander and The Punisher, gaining her union card for the U.S., as well as a social security number.
Her second Emmy nomination came for her design of hair and make up on The Ten Commandments for ABC with Omar Sharif and Dougray Scott.
Shortly after this Baylis joined MUTANT CHRONICLES after being highly recommended by Thomas Jane.
Since Mutant Chronicles, she has toured exclusively with George Michael as his personal hair and make-up artist around the U.K. and Europe, including Russia. This year they hope to come to the States.
PAUL HYETT - Special Make-Up and Mutant Effects Designer
Paul Hyett has been steadily working in the special make up effects field for fifteen years in the areas of film, television, commercials and music promos. Hyett had worked as a technician on the make-up effects departments on many films including Gladiator, The Hours and The Visitors but turned to heading up his own projects soon after.
His past film projects as Head of Department include The Descent, WAZ, Straightheads, The Wilderness, Spirit Trap, Sickhouse, Lighthouse aka Dead of Night and One Point Zero. Singling Hyett out as one of the most in demand Make-Up Effects Designers in the UK are his upcoming releases including Neil Marshall’s Doomsday, The Wesley Snipes undead western Gallowwalker, Pathe‘s The Cottage, Celador Films Eden Lake, Warp X‘s Donkey Punch and the upcoming MUTANT CHRONICLES..
Hyett has been nominated for two awards for The Descent--Best Make-Up Award at the 33rd Annual Saturn Awards and Best Creature/ Make-Up Effects Award at the LA Fangoria Awards.
YVES BARR - Costume Designer
Yves was born in Macon a town situated on the edge of Burgundy in France. His colorful childhood to the late teens covered Paris, the Auvergne and the mountainous Pyrenees region on the Spanish border.
It is at that time he discovered the theatre, his first love, and made the decision to emigrate to England. Yves has, from adolescence, always felt a very strong attraction towards Anglo Saxon culture. Inevitably, London with its unique place in visual arts and theatre design became his home and still is to this day.
Art school completed, Yves entered the Arts Council Bursary of that year, when he met the renowned and influential theatre designer Nicholas Georgiadis with whom a productive partnership began.
The next six years proved to be a crucial and formative time spent as Georgiadis’
assistant. It was a true apprenticeship, participating on new major ballet productions such as The Tempest, The Nutcracker and Raymonda--all choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Also Orpheus and a remount of Romeo and Juliet both choreographed by Sir Kenneth Macmillan. This was part of a period spent employed in opera houses across Europe, Japan and the U.S.
The next step involved joining the BBC which offered great opportunities to develop and adapt his craft for the screen. Yves experienced a high caliber of work associated with this centre of excellence. He was involved in costume dramas, comedy, fly-on-the-wall gritty productions and progressed from an assistant to full-fledged designer. He collaborated on Shakespeare’s Henry IV directed by John Caird, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice directed by Simon Langton, to Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia directed by Roger Michell.
Early in his freelance career Yves teamed up with Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, The League of Gentlemen. Their dark and surreal comedy set in society’s underbelly won every major award for its writers/performers. It gave Yves full reign to his ability and artistic skills to create a unique in-depth range of characters. The three principal artists covering some one hundred and twenty roles over three series--one TV film, two stage tours and a feature film, Apocalypse, were all directed by Steve Bendelack. This body of work with its high production values and cinematic qualities set new bench marks in the genre. It brought Yves three nominations with two awards, a BAFTA and an RTS.
Throughout his career Yves’s portfolio has shown versatility and breadth of design from the feature film The Lazarus Child (director Graham Theakston), an intensely moving, poignant psychological thriller, to Kombat Opera the TV series, a succession of five musicals (Terry Jones among the directors).
Other nominations were two RTS for Ted and Alice and Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, both directed by Steve Bendelack.
MUTANT CHRONICLES, a sci-fi action picture, offered a wonderful challenge. The director Simon Hunter was very specific in his brief as to the visual concept to focus on regarding the characters inhabiting this world set two thousand years in the future. Barr used retro inspirations to create a sense of timelessness with his design.
Yves is an associate lecturer in costume design at Central Saint Martin’s, The London College of Fashion and the University of the Arts London.
JEREMY ZIMMERMAN - Casting
Jeremy Zimmerman is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on international productions for the past twenty years with such notable directors as Peter Yates, Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro, and Richard Attenborough. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1995 for Outstanding Individual Achievement for the casting of Joseph, a TV movie.
Following an early career in international marketing, Zimmerman changed direction to become an actor, studying at the Drama Centre. After graduating, he spent ten
years working in repertory theatre, television and film, and also took an opportunity to work behind the cameras with a commercial film company. He eventually turned down an offer to join the National Theatre Company to pursue this alternative career in films. Zimmermanwent on to join forces with Noel Davis (also an ex-actor) to start their own casting agency, Davis & Zimmerman. After ten years in partnership, Zimmerman opened his own company, Jeremy Zimmerman Casting.
To date Zimmerman has worked on such features as Legend, Willow, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Blade 2, Keeping Mumand more recently MUTANT CHRONICLES, Hellboy 2 and My Life in Ruins.
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