Born in Texas, Sean Bobbitt began his career as a news cameraman in the early 1980s working with the major networks and covering the major hot spots of the world. He went on to shoot documentaries, working with suchdirectors as Angus McQueen, Nick Read, and Jonathan Miller; and with companies such as Brook Lapping.
In the late 1990s, he began working as a cinematographer on narrative features for film and television. Among his first credits was Wonderland, directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Laurence Coriat, which won the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best British Film. Mr. Bobbitt has worked with the director several times since, including on the recent feature Everyday, the latter also with Ms. Coriat.
Among his other feature credits as cinematographer have been Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes; Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton; Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal; The Situation, directed by Philip Haas and starring Damian Lewis and Connie Nielsen; The Baker, directed by Gareth Lewis and starring Damian Lewis; and Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution, directed by Bille Eltringham and starring Catherine Tate. He also shot, for the latter director, the miniseries The Long Firm, starring Mark Strong, for which Mr. Bobbitt received a BAFTA Award nomination.
He was the cinematographer on director Steve McQueen’s debut feature Hunger, starring Michael Fassbender, which earned worldwide acclaim and won, among other honors, the Camera d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as a BIFA for Best Technical Achievement, awarded to Mr. Bobbitt. He has since reteamed with the actor and the director on the films Shame, for which he won a European Film Award and received an Evening Standard British Film Award nomination, and Twelve Years a Slave; the latter, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor,. He has also collaborated with McQueen on several of the latter’s art installations, including the 2009 Venice Biennale piece Giardini.
Bobbitt was an Emmy Award nominee for shooting the miniseries Sense & Sensibility, directed by John Alexander and starring Hattie Morahan and Charity Wakefield.
Sharon SEYMOUR (Production Designer)
Sharon Seymour has worked with Ben Affleck on all three of his films: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and most recently the highly lauded Argo. She has been nominated for Art Directors Guild awards for both The Town and Argo. Her work with Smokehouse Pictures also includes George Clooney’s Ides of March, and Grant Heslov’s Men Who Stare at Goats.
Seymour began her career working in theater. After graduating from Ithaca College, she moved to New York City and a job on George Romero’s Creepshow led her to Los Angeles, and a Masters in Production Design at the American Film Institute. Her design career started with The Ben Stiller Show, followed by Reality Bites, and The Cable Guy. She has also served as the production designer on such movies as Love Happens, Because I Said So, Friday Night Lights, Bad Santa, The Rules of Attraction, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Novocaine, Duets, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, and Don Juan DeMarco.
Ruth CARTER (Costume Designer)
Ruth Carter is a two time Oscar® nominated costume designer for Malcolm X and Amistad. She began her career with Spike Lee 25 years ago on Lee's first studio film, School Daze, and has collaborated with the director on ten feature films. Carter recently completed The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and directed by Lee Daniels of Precious. She resides in Los Angeles, California, and holds a BA in Theater Arts from Hampton University.
Mark NORBY (Stunt Coordinator)
All stunt people have interesting backgrounds, and Mark Norby is no exception. Having hitch-hiked and train-hopped from the Straits of Magellan back to Texas in his early 20s, he got his first job as a stuntman jumping from one train to another on a friend's recommendation to the film’s coordinator. The former hobo now has over 70 feature film credits, having doubled Matthew McConaughey and Josh Brolin for a combined 20 films on titles like Sahara and Tropic Thunder, to No Country for Old Men, and Gangster Squad.
The father of two young boys, Mark is doing more coordinating than doubling these days, though he quickly admits that nothing can compare to the adrenaline rush of jumping from a Malian racing camel to a fast-moving freight train.
JJ PERRY (Fight Coordinator)
JJ Perry began studying martial arts in Houston, Texas at the age of eight. He competed throughout his adolescence and joined the Army at age 18. While in the Army, Perry qualified for the elite athlete program for tae kwon do, where he traveled and fought in competitions around the world. Upon completing his military service, Perry pursued a stunt career in the motion picture business in the early 90's.
Perry's career and great reputation quickly took off, and he won numerous awards for his work as a stuntman. He has had the opportunity to work on over 100 feature films in 26 countries. As a result of his visionary eye towards action, his extensive camera knowledge, and his innovative approach to choreography, Perry has become one of the most sought after stunt coordinators and fight choreographers in the business. His recent work designing stunt and fight action includes films such as: Django Unchained, Warrior, Argo, and Wolverine to name a few. Perry is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and has also directed action units on numerous films to date.
Kim TAYLOR-COLEMAN, CSA (Casting Director)
After a stint at Creative Artists Agency, Kim Taylor-Coleman began her casting career as an intern on the feature film SE7EN. She has worked as an assistant and associate on a variety of diverse projects including Enemy of the State, Amistad,High Fidelity, Bringing Down The House, Akeelah & the Bee, The Last Samurai, & The Secret Life of Bees. She has gone on to cast movies such as Inside Man, She Hate Me, Public Enemies, Miracle at St Anna, Smashed, Big Momma's House: Like Father & Son, & Good Deeds. Additionally some of her feature films recently released are: Baggage Claim, Peeples, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor &Single Mom’s Club. Kim has also casts TV pilots, among them Da Brick, Bashir & Diallo for HBO, Everybody Hates Chris, Shark for CBS, Sleeper Cell for Showtime, and most recently The Real Husbands of Hollywood for BET and The Haves and the Have Nots for OWN/TPS. Kim is based in Los Angeles but casts at least one project per year out of New York.
Barry Alexander BROWN (Editor)
Barry Alexander Brown has worked in documentaries and feature films for nearly thirty years. He was nominated as a producer and director for an Oscar for his first feature length documentary, The War At Home.
Barry started a long working relationship with the director Spike Lee when both were young struggling filmmakers in the early eighties. Barry was the sound editor for She’s Gotta Have It, and the picture editor for Spike's next movie School Daze. Since, he has cut many of Mr. Lee's feature films including Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Summer Of Sam, 25th Hour, and Inside Man. Most recently, they collaborated on the critically acclaimed feature documentary Bad 25, the story of the making of Michael Jackson's Bad album 25 years ago.
He has also worked regularly for two other outstanding directors: Mira Nair, on such films as Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding, and Amelia; and Tony Kaye on Detachment.
Brown is also is a writer and director in his own right. He directed the critically acclaimed features Lonely In America and Winning Girls. His third feature, Last Looks, was made to be a part of a trans-media novel, which he wrote. Last Looks will be released as a tablet application later this year.