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					         “All men are created equal…then a few become cheerleaders!”
                          - Cheerleader Rallying Point




                          Production Notes

       Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are top
scorers on the Ford High School football team…both on and off the field. As
adept with a ball as they are with the ladies, they‟ve conquered the school‟s
hotties and are approaching girl boredom as they‟re faced with another scorching
stint at summer football camp. But then they overhear the girls talking about
cheerleading camp, and Nick hatches a scheme for them to join up: instead of
running around in the sweltering heat with a bunch of sweaty guys, they‟ll be
awash in a sea of gorgeous, athletic young women who can all do back flips and
the splits. Shawn and Nick trade their footballs for pom-poms and prepare to get
FIRED UP!
       At first their plan works like a dream – cheer camp becomes a blur of lips,
lifts, and launches as the cheerleaders succumb to the guys‟ charms one after
another. But when it becomes clear that the addition of the guys has given their
school‟s historically awful cheer squad a chance at success, the guys‟
participation becomes more than a lark. And when Shawn actually falls for
squad captain Carly (Sarah Roemer), who‟s been suspicious of their motives
from the start, their real reason for attending camp becomes apparent and
threatens to topple the squad‟s newfound success. Ultimately, to win Carly over,
the boys must learn some new moves and unleash their inner spirit to prove their
intentions before the all-important cheer competition finals.
       Will Gluck makes his feature directorial debut with FIRED UP, starring
Nicholas D‟Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, Danneel
Harris, Adhir Kalyan, AnnaLynne McCord, with Philip Baker Hall and John
Michael Higgins. The screenplay is by Freedom Jones, and the film is produced
by Matthew Gross, Peter Jaysen, and Charles Weinstock. Gluck also executive
produced the film along with Paddy Cullen, Marcy Gross, and Ann Weston.
      The film‟s behind-the-pyramids creative team includes director of
photography Thomas Ackerman, ASC, production designer Marcia Hinds, editor
Tracey Wadmore-Smith, A.C.E., and costume designer Mynka Draper. The
music is by Richard Gibbs, music supervision is by Wende Crowley and casting
is by Lisa Miller Katz, CSA.
      The running time is 94 minutes.


                  “Wimps lift weights. Cheerleaders lift people.”
                                 – Stephanie, PA

STARTING THE FIRE


      Rough-and-ready football players attending cheerleading camp? Sounds
as likely as a cheer champion without school spirit, but the funny of Fired Up was
actually inspired by real-life experiences. While in high school, producer
Matthew Gross and best friend Phil Needleman decided to broaden their dating
pool by attending their high school cheer camp. Where better, they thought, to
meet beautiful young girls with very few guys as competition?
      “It was actually Phil‟s idea,” says Gross. “A girl on our high school squad
mentioned to Phil it would be great to have guys on the squad, so he asked if I‟d
like to join the squad with him. I thought he was nuts until he mentioned going to
cheer camp with a thousand girls…genius! I told him I was in.
      “We were only thinking about the cheerleaders,” continues Gross. “The
part we didn‟t realize was that we were going to have to cheer.”
      At camp, “the morning stretches were my favorite part of the day,” says
Needleman. “It‟s like you never saw anything in your life. We would stand back
and stretch…”
      “Our eyeballs,” Gross interrupts. “We‟d stretch our eyeballs.


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       “The problem was the cheering,” Gross continues. “The girls said, „You
didn‟t come just to camp with a thousand girls, did you?‟ We said, „No, we‟re
serious about this – we live to cheer.‟
       “When we came back to school there was this big pep really, and we were
backstage before the curtain went up, and I just remember this feeling in the pit
of my stomach. „I can‟t do this,‟ I thought. „This is not me.‟”
       “People didn‟t know exactly how to act,” says Needleman. “The student
body didn‟t get the idea.”
       “I was getting in fights every day at school and ending up in the principal‟s
office,” says Gross. “We finally said, „It‟s not working out for us.‟”
       Though the experience didn‟t lead to a lifelong love of cheering, with great
foresight Gross‟ mother, veteran producer Marcy Gross, told her son to take lots
of notes and photos at cheer camp. “I thought it would make a good film,” she
says. Cheering didn‟t work out, but years later that idea for a dudes-at-cheer-
camp film is a fully-realized movie.
       “The idea always stayed with me,” continues Gross‟ son. “I laid out the
story and partnered with my friend, Maxim‟s Peter Jaysen, because I felt the
story was perfect for Maxim‟s demographic and audience. The first place we
went with it was Screen Gems.”


                     The first cheerleader in history was a guy:
                    on November 2, 1898, Johnny Campbell led
        the first cheerleaders (also all male) at a Minnesota football game.
                     Women didn’t join the sport until the 1920s.

THE SQUAD


       Director Will Gluck was thrilled to pick up his megaphone for Fired Up. A
television comedy veteran making his feature directorial debut, Gluck‟s
experience and comic sensibility seemed a perfect fit for the film.




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        “Will is someone who has really strong opinions and choices, and they
tend to be right on the mark,” says Jaysen. “He has a terrific sense of timing
and comedy, and a great confidence that the actors really thrive on.”
        To play Fired Up‟s best friends, the filmmakers cast handsome up-and-
coming actors Nicholas D‟Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen as lead characters
Shawn (the character based on producer Gross) and Nick, respectively.
        “We‟re very fortunate to have Nick and Eric as our leading men,” says
Gross. “They have such camaraderie, they have unbelievable chemistry – you
can‟t believe they haven‟t been friends their whole lives. The film relies upon that
chemistry and on the friendship of these two characters.”
        “We play a couple of guys who love women, and they also happen to be
great football players for their high school team,” says D‟Agosto. “That in itself
was a glorious thing for me to have the opportunity to play,” he laughs. “In reality
that couldn‟t be further from the truth, so it was great to do football scenes where
we were made to look really athletically gifted!”
        D‟Agosto enjoyed the male duo dynamic that came from working with
Olsen. “We had a few weeks of cheer camp before filming – you‟ll bond in the
middle of that,” he laughs again. “Eric and I had a really good time. We have
two very different energies, but a similar idea of the kind of fun we wanted to
have. He‟s great at making people laugh and cracking jokes out of nowhere –
lots of improvisation and just a real free spirit. It‟s wonderful to have somebody
like that.”
        As Nick, Olsen is more of the lead instigator of the two friends – it‟s his
idea to infiltrate cheer camp, and his ideas generally lead to unexpected and
hilarious adventures.
        “Nick is the catalyst for all of the bad decision-making,” says Olsen. “The
wonderful thing about Nick is that he has this confidence that‟s totally unfounded.
His perspective is zero, but he believes in it so much he convinces Shawn to do
all of these crazy things.”
        Of working with D‟Agosto, Olsen echoes D‟Agosto‟s great-partner praise.
“Nick has a great ability to adapt and improv in the moment,” he says, “and I think



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that‟s where you find gold, especially in a buddy comedy. Instead of two
intersecting monologues, we were able to play off each other and have a true
conversation in a scene.”
       Sarah Roemer plays Carly, the head cheerleader who is very suspicious
of Nick and Shawn‟s reasons for attending cheer camp.
       “Sarah is a great „girl-next-door,‟ yet she has a kind of unattainable
quality,” says Gluck. “Guys will watch the movie and say, „I could get that girl.‟
No, you couldn‟t, but you think you could. Sarah is very talented and when
Shawn falls for Carly – much to his surprise – he realizes he‟s found a smart,
challenging and funny romantic interest, rather than a potential conquest.”
       “My character does not really accept the idea of the boys coming to cheer
camp,” says Roemer, “because she sees right through them. She knows exactly
why they‟re going, and she frowns upon it, because she takes the cheerleading
very seriously.”
       Fired Up also features a wealth of top acting talents in key supporting
roles, including John Michael Higgins as the cheer camp‟s Coach Keith and Molly
Sims as his wife, Diora, the camp‟s lead counselor. Higgins kept the cast and
crew laughing with his portrayal of a lifelong cheerleader with Sansabelt pants
exhorting his charges to “feel the fire within” as they performed their routines.
       “Coach Keith is a man who has a great deal of energy – a lot more energy
than I have,” says Higgins. “He was born cheering – his mother swears the first
thing he did with his little baby hands was spirit fingers.”
       “Keith was the first male cheerleader to ever go to nationals,” Higgins
continues. “He‟s spent his whole life thinking about cheering and absolutely
nothing else. When you‟re like that, you‟re an outcast and don‟t even know it.”
       As camp director, Coach Keith has to demonstrate a cheer to his charges,
so Higgins had to prepare and learn some moves. “In high school, the purpose
of a cheer uniform was to imagine its absence,” he says. “I try not to prepare for
anything. It‟s always a mistake and takes time out of my busy sitting-around
schedule, which is packed.




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       “They sent choreographers over, but they couldn‟t catch me at first,”
Higgins continues. “They finally tackled me and taught me the cheer. I did the
cheer; it went fine. I get home – can‟t move. Can‟t think. Can‟t breathe. Lying
facedown on the dining room floor. „Honey,‟ I call to my wife. „Honey, drag me
into the kitchen. I‟m starving.‟ She couldn‟t care less. She‟s like, „You could do
a few days without eating.‟ I couldn‟t move for three days.
       “When I did those six or seven leaps at the end of „The Fire Within‟
routine,” he says, “I knew, airborne in the third leap, that this was the end of a
pretty good run for me. I‟ve been an actor since I was ten years old, and while I
was in the air I looked around and time froze. I surveyed the blasted moonscape
that was my career and just saw a smoking ruin. It was a historical moment for
me. By the time I got to the sixth leap, it was sheer dada-ism. My thoughts were
opaque.”
       Higgins learned that demonstrating the ever-important camp philosophy of
“The Fire Within” can be a painful process, best left to the younger cast
members. “As far as I‟m concerned,” he says, “„The Fire Within‟ involves
destroying every muscle in your body. All of them – not just the hamstrings, the
ones you‟d expect, but the muscles that move the little cilia in your ears, the
muscles that allow you to flare your nostrils. All of them…toasted.”
       Molly Sims plays Coach Keith‟s wife, Diora, who runs the cheer camp with
her husband. She was able to draw a bit on past experience for her role.
       “I was a cheerleader in my sophomore and junior years,” Sims says. “I
didn‟t make it my freshman year. Then after a couple years I didn‟t try out my
senior year. But I loved it at the time”.
       “The girls take it very seriously,” Sims continues. “I look back at my days
of cheering and I marvel at how cutthroat it was and how much it meant to me at
the time.”
       Of her co-star, Sims says, “John Michael Higgins is a phenomenal actor,
and one of the funniest men I‟ve ever worked with! Hysterical, to the point where
I had to dig my fingers into my hands trying not to break character in mid-scene.”




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       Rounding out the cast are the Ford High School Tigers cheer squad
members: Margo Harshman as Sylvia, a relative introvert who is prone to
occasional out-of-context utterances; Hayley Marie Norman as Angela, the most
athletic of the Tigers; and Danneel Harris as Bianca, who develops an attraction
to an unlikely member of her own squad. 12-year-old Juliette Goglia plays
Shawn‟s young sister Poppy, a negotiating savant always on the lookout for a
financial opportunity. Edie McClurg plays the Tigers cheerleading coach Ms.
Klingerhoff, and Philip Baker Hall plays the Tigers football Coach Byrnes.
       On the other side of the cheer mat is AnnaLynne McCord as Gwyneth, the
head cheerleader of the elite – and chock full of “mean girls” – Panthers cheer
squad; the Panthers are the Tigers main rivals for top honors at camp. David
Walton plays Rick, Carly‟s pompous boyfriend, a pre-med student who insists on
being called “Dr. Rick.”


                      Pom-poms were invented in the 1930s.
                             - Cheerleading fact

STRATEGICALLY PLACED POM-POMS…


       One of the comic centerpieces of Fired Up is a certain cheer delivered
much more revealingly than your run of the mill Rah-Rah-Siss-Boom-Bah. The
film‟s male leads had to bare more than their souls in this particular acting
exercise.
       “At cheer camp, Nick and Shawn are at the pond, skinny-dipping with
some girls, and when they get out of the water to grab their clothes, the clothes
are gone,” says Eric Christian Olsen. “So D‟Agosto and I go racing naked
through the woods to get back to our cabin and we run into Coach Keith, who
demands that we do a cheer. It was quite something to behold!
       “It wasn‟t in the script when we signed up for the movie,” Olsen continues.
“As soon as we finished our deals, they wrote this scene where we‟re running
around naked, doing cheers. It took about nine hours to shoot, it was very cold –




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and it is very funny!” The two actors had to rely on each other for proper pom-
pom placement, as they performed the cheer “al dente.”
       “We had to do a 200-yard sprint, then begin doing this cheer for Coach
Keith,” says D‟Agosto. “Eric and I looked at each other at the beginning, and we
had this moment where we had to accept the fact that we‟d be outside, naked all
night, dancing in front of everyone – it was hilarious!
       “I sucked it up – and I feel pretty good about it,” D‟Agosto laughs.
       “My mom‟s going to be super proud of me,” says Olsen. “Nothing like
watching your son do a naked cheer. I can‟t imagine what those dailies look like
– I hope they‟re burned and buried six feet underground.”


            There are at least four million cheerleaders in 31 countries.
                                 - Cheerleading fact



REAL-LIFE CHEER CAMP


       Before they began principal photography, the young cast of Fired Up was
subjected to two weeks of cheer rehearsals on the Sony lot under the tutelage of
choreographer/coach Zach Woodlee. Director Gluck wanted to ensure that every
cheer performance shot for the film was real.
       “I wanted to be faithful to the sport, so all of the main actors in this movie
had to know what they were doing,” says Gluck. “It was fun to watch these guys
and girls who four weeks beforehand couldn‟t even do a back flip now not only
doing back flips but practicing after we‟d wrap at night to make sure their lifts
were correct. Almost every shot of our final performances reflect our actual
actors performing, because they wanted to do it themselves – and they did really
well. They‟re fearless.”
       “Nick and I are both pretty athletic and thought it would be a cakewalk. Uh
– it‟s pretty difficult,” Olsen admits. “These girls, you‟re literally throwing them 15
feet in the air and they‟re doing back flips. You‟re catching them, and there are
shoes coming down in people‟s faces – it‟s nonstop. I took about seven hits on


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the right side of my shoulder. Groin pull. My left calf twisted. We were all
trainwrecks.”
       Danneel Harris had been a cheerleader in high school. “But as far as the
actual physical cheerleading we did in this film,” she says, “I was not prepared for
it. Luckily, Zach really helped us out.
       “Cheer boot camp was intense,” Harris continues. “It was around eight
hours of cheering a day. But it was an amazing experience, bonding with the
cast like that. When we arrived on set the first day of shooting, everyone had
their hair and makeup done, and I looked around and thought, „Wow, we all clean
up pretty well!‟”
       “I thought I was going to be the pro at cheer camp because I had a dance
background,” says Hayley Marie Norman. “I thought, „I‟m going to show all these
people up and be amazing!‟ Um…no. Thirty minutes after we arrived on the first
day they were throwing us up into the air – but it was awesome! What you see
on screen is actually us doing the cheering and stunts.”
       “On the day we were shooting our big climactic cheer performance, every
move had been choreographed and rehearsed. But suddenly, Danneel said,
„Watch this!‟ and proceeded to show me she could tumble and do handsprings,”
laughs choreographer Woodlee. “Danneel actually does flips in the movie, and
all of our main actors go up in the air – they did a great job.”


        “The refs have always been blind. It’s our job to make them deaf.”
                            - Tenet of Cheerleading

READY. AIM. FIRED UP!


       Principal photography began on March 3, 2008, on a neighborhood street
in Pasadena, California, for scenes with Nick and Shawn eluding the furious
fathers of two young girls they‟d been pursuing. Later in the week, production
moved to a residence in Beverly Hills. Locations also included The Arboretum of
Los Angeles County in Arcadia, Occidental College, and three Southern




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California high schools: Long Beach Poly High in Long Beach, Burroughs High in
Burbank, and Calabasas High in Calabasas.
       Shooting during winter and spring for a film set in the heat of summer
presented a few challenges for filmmakers and crew. For a balmy summer night
bonfire party sequence, the production spent two nights at the Hansen Dam
Recreational area, where the temperatures plummeted as the night wore on and
shivering actors and background artists raced for down jackets during breaks.
       “There were some less-than-ideal weather conditions,” notes Jaysen.
“Some nights our cast was very scantily clad, doing some of the fun summer
pranks you see on screen while temperatures were hovering around freezing.
Some days at the Arboretum, they went through hours of strenuous cheer
performances during 100˚ temperatures. These guys were champs.”
       And it wasn‟t just weather that caused problems. “I would say one of the
biggest challenges for me on this film was subduing my horror when, during our
actors‟ more emotional scenes, the Arboretum peacocks began howling,” says
producer Weinstock. The peacock population at the Arboretum is quite large,
and the cacophony of their piercing shrieks was a continual presence during the
weeks the production shot cheer competition scenes there.
       “The peacocks were always prancing around the set,” says Olsen, “but
one of their favorite things to do was wait until they‟d say „Action!‟ and then…”
[Olsen makes peacock sounds.] “I had dreams about killing peacocks.”
Production assistants were occasionally pressed into service to keep the birds
from strutting into a scene.
       When production designer Marcia Hinds talked with director Gluck about
the look of the film, “He told me he really wanted a „blue skies‟ movie, outdoors
and open, and you can‟t get that on a stage. As we scouted various universities
to find a location for the cheer camp, we chose Occidental College, which had a
relatively „clean palette,‟ compared with UCLA or USC, which have been used so
much in films. Occidental is a small, gorgeous campus.”
       Hinds and her team combined elements of the college with The Arboretum
of L.A. County in Arcadia to serve as the setting for the film‟s cheer camp. At the



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Arboretum, a 127-acre horticultural and botanical center, an outdoor performance
area was created for the film‟s cheer competition scenes. Hinds and her team
installed a “spring floor,” used by cheer teams and gymnasts, which provided
cushioning and bounce for the hard-impact moves the cheerleaders were
required to perform. The spring floor was surrounded by a border of water,
similar to a moat, and provided a unique setting for the cheer competition.




CHEERWEAR


       Costume designer Mynka Draper researched cheer regulations when
creating costumes for Fired Up, which had to be attractive as well as flexible for
the athletic maneuvers the cast performed.
       “I didn‟t know a lot about cheerleading before I began this movie. There
are all sorts of rules I discovered,” says Draper. “For instance, cheerleaders
don‟t wear jewelry when they cheer, and they all wear white shoes which must be
perfectly flat on the sole so they can easily stand on each other‟s hands during
stunts. I was hoping to outfit one of the teams with boots, but I learned that
although some NFL cheer squads wear boots it‟s not done in high school
cheerleading.”
       Draper and her team created approximately 4,000 costume pieces – each
team had multiple pieces for their uniforms, as well as regular casual wear.
       “Each of the main cast had about forty wardrobe changes, so we had a lot
of costumes to create, along with duplicates of most items,” says Draper. “We
had specific color palettes for the various teams, as well as reserving certain red
tones for the film‟s Diora (Molly Sims), the resident sex symbol of the camp.
Diora is going to pop from the background as our source of heat in the film.
       “We had a logo that was developed by the art department with a little tiger
face, so we incorporated that into the uniform – orange, yellow, and black tiger



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colors,” Draper continues. “Orange can be a hard color for a lot of people to
wear, so we had to actually create oranges that looked good on different skin
tones, dying and aging and even spraying.”
        Mascots also attend the film‟s cheer camp, so Draper did research in that
area as well, arranging for costumes to be manufactured by companies that
specialize in team mascot attire. Included in the mascot menagerie are a tiger, a
panther, an eagle, a panda, a beagle, and a dragon, who towered above the
other mascots with his long neck and wings. “I love the dragon – he‟s such a
different shape than the rest of them, and his wings make me laugh!” says
Draper.


ENJOY GETTING FIRED UP


        Although Fired Up takes a bit of comic and creative license with the actual
cheer camp experience of producer Matt Gross, in summing up the final product
the filmmakers feel it does reflect the spirit of that time.
        “There were certain aspects of the story I knew we were going to
embellish, but there are other aspects that are pretty accurate,” says Gross. “We
were so enthralled with the notion of going to cheerleading camp – the two of us
with all these girls – we didn‟t realize what we were getting into. It was great at
first, but then the hunter became the hunted. We got more than we bargained
for.”
        “It‟s a funny, funny movie,” says Gluck, “and there‟s a pretty cool love
story as well.”
        “This is a fantasy movie for every guy who ever wanted to go to camp with
a thousand girls, and it‟s a girl‟s fantasy movie for every girl who has wanted to
meet a really nice guy,” says Jaysen. “It‟s hilarious, but it has a lot of heart.”
        “I think when people see Fired Up,” says John Michael Higgins, “they will
have tremendous nostalgia for a life they never even led, which is what the best
Hollywood movies are able to do – make you feel a pang of loss for a life you
never had. In this case, you‟re young, you‟re beautiful, you‟re at cheer camp,



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you‟re physically fit, the food is free. You couldn‟t keep a calorie on your body if
they put a gun to your head, and you‟re fired up. You‟ve got the fire within.”
       Molly Sims says, “You‟re gonna get some hot girls, some mean girls,
some sexy footballers, some comedy, some sass – and you‟re gonna have a lot
of fun.”
       D‟Agosto sums it up more simply: “It‟ll really make you laugh.”




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ABOUT THE CAST


      NICHOLAS D’AGOSTO (Shawn Colfax) is a compelling and critically
acclaimed young actor whose credits span both television and feature film.
      Most recently he completed shooting starring roles in two films for Screen
Gems Fired Up and Mardis Gras. Fired Up will be released in February of 2009
and Mardi Gras will be released in August of 2009.
      D‟Agosto first came to audience attend when he starred in Rocket
Science, which was written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz. The film premiered at
the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Dramatic Prize for Directing.
      He is also no stranger to the small screen. Most recently he starred on the
second season of the hit NBC series, “Heroes.” He played „West,‟ a love interest
to Hayden Panettierre‟s „Claire.‟ Prior to Heroes he appeared on numerous
television series including “The Office,” “Six Feet Under,” “Cold Case,” “Without a
Trace” and “House.”
      A native of Omaha, Nebraska, D‟Agosto found acting through competitive
speech tournaments and improvisation classes in grade school. While a senior at
Creighton Preparatory School he landed his first professional role as „Larry
Fouch‟ in Alexander Payne‟s Election. He spent his next four years at college,
graduating cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with
degrees in History and Theatre.
      Among many plays performed during that time, D‟Agosto had the great
honor of helping originate, as well as dramaturge and perform, a play with the
late Milwaukee avant-garde troupe, Theatre X. The play, Chomsky 9/11, based
on Noam Chomsky‟s post-9/11 writings, opened at the beginning of 2002 with
resounding success and took an extended run.
      Before graduating, he also studied poverty and race in the Dominican
Republic for a semester – an experience for which he will remain forever grateful.




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      ERIC CHRISTIAN OLSEN (Nick Brady) most recently appeared in Eagle
Eye starring Shia LaBeouf and is in the upcoming independent comedy Sunshine
Cleaning starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn and Clifton
Collins, Jr. He will soon be seen as “Lloyd” in the upcoming The Six Wives of
Henry Lefay. Olsen played “Carlisle” in the comedy License to Wed opposite
Robin Williams and Mandy Moore, and he starred in Beerfest for director Jay
Chandrasekhar. He also appeared in the Tony Goldwyn-directed drama The
Last Kiss, with Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck and Rachel Bilson; and
he portrayed Lloyd in the comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.
Olsen‟s other film credits include Cellular, Not Another Teen Movie, The Hot
Chick, and the independent features Local Boys and Mojave.
      For television, Olsen recently joined the cast of the ABC drama “Brothers
& Sisters” in a recurring role as a new business associate of Sarah‟s (Rachel
Griffiths). Olsen starred in the sitcom “The Loop,” which was co-created and
executive produced by Fired Up director Will Gluck. His other television credits
include appearances on “Get Real,” “24,” “Smallville” and “ER.”


      SARAH ROEMER (Carly) With her striking beauty and sincere talent,
Sarah Roemer is quickly emerging as one of Hollywood‟s most sought out
actresses.
      Later this year, Roemer can be seen in the family drama Hachiko opposite
Richard Gere and Joan Allen, the Paradigm/North by Northwest Entertainment
film Falling Up and the independent drama Waking Madison.
      Roemer is best known for her role in the hit film, Disturbia opposite Shia
LaBeouf. In 2007, Sarah was also recently seen in the short film, Cutlass,
opposite Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell. Her other film
credits include Asylum and The Grudge 2.
      Native of San Diego, Roemer was always an avid athlete and then started
a career in modeling at the age of 15. She currently resides in Los Angeles and
enjoys surfing and horseback riding in her spare time.




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      MOLLY SIMS (Diora) who successfully transitioned from supermodel to
actress, most recently played the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on
NBC‟s hit television series, “Las Vegas.” In addition to her successful television
career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including the
2008 hit, Yes Man starring Jim Carrey, The Benchwarmers, produced for
Revolution Studios by Happy Madison Productions‟ Adam Sandler and Jack
Giarraputo, as well as Starsky & Hutch. Molly has also been cast in the
independent film, Hickory Nation (start date TBD).
       Molly‟s acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as
host on MTV‟s “House of Style.” In addition to her contract with MTV at the time,
Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract
with Cover Girl Cosmetics joining an elite group of spokeswomen. Furthermore,
the Southern beauty received just as much attention and admiration from her Old
Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue four years consecutively.
      A native of Murray, KY, Sims attended Vanderbilt University with
aspirations of becoming a lawyer until her roommate urged her to submit several
photos to modeling agencies in New York. Before she knew it, NEXT Models
signed Sims and thus began her modeling career. Shortly thereafter, she graced
the covers of Mademoiselle, French and Spanish Vogue, Tear sheet, French
Cosmopolitan and British Marie Claire. In the meantime, Sims was working with
some of the most prestigious photographers in the fashion world including Carter
Smith, Michael Thompson and Raymond Meier.
      Perhaps most recognized for her images on the cover of the
internationally renowned Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2001 throughout
Europe, Molly is also admired by the corporate world. She has been featured in
advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors,
Victoria‟s Secret, M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M.
      Although she resides in Los Angeles, Molly recently purchased a new
apartment in New York, which she considers her second home. In her free time,




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she enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, yoga, and of course taking long
walks with the sweetest friends in her life -- her puppies.


       DANNEEL HARRIS (Bianca), a native of Louisiana, moved to Los
Angeles with a clear passion to entertain. She quickly jumped onto Hollywood‟s
radar, landing recurring roles on “JAG,” “Joey” and “What I Like About You.”
       In 2005 Harris scored the recurring role of vixen “Rachel Gattina” on the
hit CW show “One Tree Hill.” In 2006 she was made a series regular, and her
character became a fan favorite.
       Harris completed two films in 2007, the first being the sketch comedy film
Parental Guidance Suggested with Jamie Kennedy and Michael Cera. The
second is 10 Inch Hero which co-stars Clea DuVall.
       Danneel was seen on the big screen in the hit sequel Harold and Kumar
Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The actress also starred with her Fired Up co-
star Nicholas D‟Agosto in the upcoming comedy Mardi Gras.
       Harris has worked as a model for such companies as Juicy Jeans and Big
Sexy Hair. Her other credits include the comedic short The Plight of Clowana,
“Charmed,” “CSI” and the daytime soap “One Life to Live.”


       ADHIR KALYAN (Brewster) 2009 is poised to be a breakout year for
Adhir Kalyan. The up-and-coming actor will not only appear in a trio of films but
will recur on two different hit television shows. Currently Kalyan can be seen in
the hugely successful Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
       Additionally, Kalyan will star in Dimension‟s Youth in Revolt opposite
Michael Cera and Justin Long. Finally, Kalyan is in production on the comedy
High School opposite Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Michael Vartan and Colin
Hanks about a high school valedictorian who gets stoned, finds himself the
subject of a random drug test and enlists the help of the school‟s resident stoner
to help get him out of the situation.
       Besides the numerous movies that Kalyan will appear in, he will also star
in CBS‟ hit sitcom “Rules of Engagement” alongside David Spade when the show



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returns on March 2nd. Kalyan also recently had a multi-episode guest-starring role
in FX‟s hit show “Nip/Tuck” in which he plays a 17-year old plastic surgeon
prodigy.
       Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Kalyan moved to London to
pursue an acting career. He first appeared as a guest star on the BBC series
“Holby City” and “MI-5.” It was out of London that Kalyan was cast on the CW
series “Aliens in America.” He consistently earned rave reviews for his starring
role on the critically-acclaimed comedy in which he played Raja, a devout
Pakistani Muslim exchange student in Medora, Wisconsin, who tried to assimilate
to the foreign culture while staying true to his beliefs.
       Kalyan currently resides in Los Angeles.




       ANNALYNNE McCORD (Gwyneth) currently stars as “Naomi Clark” in
The CW's new drama “90210.” Well known for her role as the scandalous and
deviant Eden Lord in the award winning drama “Nip/Tuck,” McCord‟s other
television credits include “The O.C.,” “Ugly Betty,” “Cold Case,” “Greek” and “CSI:
Miami.” Film credits include Transporter 2 and the 2007 remake of George
Romero's Day of the Dead. McCord can also be seen in the thriller The Haunting
of Molly Hartley.
       A native of Buford, Georgia, McCord began her career at age 15 with the
renowned Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, and has graced ads for major brands
including Estee Lauder. She currently resides in California.


       PHILIP BAKER HALL (Coach Byrnes) – recognized by many as
Bookman, the library cop from “Seinfeld” – has spent much of his career playing
cops and kingpins, presidents and bureaucrats. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Hall
did some acting in his teens and thought of making a career of it, but after
graduating from the University of Toledo he entered the army instead. When he
returned home, he began a master's degree in literature, but the theater
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         Relocating to California in the early '80s, Hall helped to develop a stage
production at the Los Angeles Theater Center that would forever alter the course
of his career. The play was “Secret Honor,” a one-man show about former
president Richard Nixon. Set in the office of Nixon's Saddle River, New Jersey,
home, where he lived after his resignation from office, the piece was a boozy,
bilious rant against, among others, Castro, Kissinger, and the Kennedys. At one
early performance, director Robert Altman was in the audience and came
backstage to tell Hall he wanted to take the play to New York and make it into a
movie.
         Released in 1983, the film version of Secret Honor captured a tour de
force performance by Hall; though it never achieved mainstream success, it put
him on the Hollywood map. Things ratcheted up even more following his
appearance in a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld.” As Lt. Bookman, Hall stepped into
the realm of mass-audience pop culture, and the impact was huge. After
spending decades as a well-kept secret known primarily to theater hounds in
New York and L.A., Hall became a familiar face thanks to “Seinfeld” and, more
recently, Paul Thomas Anderson.
         Hall formed a friendship with the young, audacious filmmaker in 1992
while he was doing a film for PBS. Anderson was a volunteer production
assistant who approached Hall with a script for a half-hour film. Blown away by
the quality of the script, Hall signed up for the project. The short, Cigarettes and
Coffee, made it to the Sundance Film Festival and earned Anderson plenty of
attention – as well as the funding for his debut feature, Hard Eight. Hall was cast
as an aging gambler who befriends a younger gambler, played by John C. Reilly,
in seedy Reno, Nevada. The film, which co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow, was
critically praised, and helped Anderson set up his 1997 porn-world epic Boogie
Nights. Hall joined the cast as Floyd Gondoli, a businessman who tries to warn
Burt Reynolds‟ Jack Horner of the impending video revolution.
         Hall went on to do more work the following year in such films as Air Force
One, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, and Psycho. In 1999 alone, Hall appeared
in The Insider, Cradle Will Rock, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and in Anderson's



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ensemble piece Magnolia. More recently he has appeared in the box office hit
Bruce Almighty, The Amityville Horror, Zodiac and Rush Hour 3. Hall‟s upcoming
films include The Lodger, Wonderful World and All Good Things.
      In addition to being kept busy by a full work schedule, he and his third
wife, Holly, are parents of a daughter, Anna Ruth. He also has two adult
daughters and four grandchildren.


      JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS (Coach Keith) The New York Times has
called John Michael Higgins “one of the most skilled actors of his generation.” An
incredibly diverse artist, audiences are often surprised by his chameleon like
character changes. The guy who played David Letterman in the highly
acclaimed HBO film The Late Shift is indeed the same guy who played the
flamboyantly gay Shih-Tzu handler Scott Donlon in Christopher Guest‟s
blockbuster comedy Best in Show.
      Currently Higgins is co-starring opposite Selma Blair and Molly Shannon
in the comedy “Kath and Kim,” on NBC. In addition, he can be seen in the
Warner Brothers comedy Yes Man opposite Jim Carrey which is currently in
theaters. Higgins will next appear in Fired Up, a cheerleading themed comedy for
Screen Gems Pictures set for a February 2009 release. Last year, Higgins
starred opposite Vince Vaughn in Fred Claus. He was also recently seen in the
Universal film, Evan Almighty starring opposite Steve Carrell and Morgan
Freeman.
      In addition to his film work, Higgins also recently starred in the Sony pilot,
“The Thick of It,” alongside Oliver Platt. Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development)
created the pilot which was directed by Christopher Guest.
      Michael has also been seen in the Universal film The Break Up with Vince
Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston as well as the latest Christopher Guest film For
Your Consideration, which reunites him with his cast mates from Best in Show
and A Mighty Wind. He previously co-starred in the Sony film Fun with Dick and
Jane opposite Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni as well as David Goyer‟s Blade 3
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       Higgins has also starred in the title role of the Lincoln Center / Broadway
premiere of the A.R. Gurney play Big Bill, a searing drama about the fall from
grace of the great American tennis champion Bill Tilden. Mr. Higgins reprised
this role from his Williamstown Theatre Festival triumph, where he is a popular
fixture.
       Michael also provides countless over-the-top voices for Cartoon Network‟s
Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law and for FOX‟s CGI animated show Game Over.
       Christopher Guest, when planning his comic triumph A Mighty Wind,
asked Mr. Higgins not only to star as Terry Bohner, the color-cultish leader of the
New Main Street Singers, but also to write razor-sharp parody songs and create
the complex vocal and instrumental arrangements for the film and the bestselling
soundtrack. John Michael Higgins also toured to instantly sold-out dates with the
New Main Street Singers at the most prestigious music venues in the United
States.
       Higgins resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.




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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS


       WILL GLUCK (Director, Executive Producer) makes his feature
directorial debut with Fired Up.
       He was the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox television series
“The Loop” from 2005-2007. He also served as supervising producer on the
network series “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and “Grosse Pointe” and
was the creator and executive producer of the Fox television series “Luis,”
starring Luis Guzman. He has also has written films for Universal Studios,
Spyglass Entertainment and Participant Films,
       He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters who are just a tiny
bit ashamed of him.


       FREEDOM JONES (Screenplay by) is a group of spoken word poets
from all across the land who workshopped their one-woman show into Fired Up.
They'd like to thank the green wizard lizard for all their inspiration.


       MATTHEW GROSS (Producer) is president of his film and television
production company, Gross Entertainment. Most recently, Gross produced the
Beatles musical feature Across the Universe, which was nominated for a Golden
Globe. Fired Up, developed by Gross, is based upon his own high school
experience when he and his best friend decided to join the yell squad in order to
attend cheerleading camp to meet girls.
       Gross was executive producer of the television series “Dirty Sexy Money”
starring Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, Billy Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh and Blair
Underwood, which went two seasons (2007, 2008). In 2006, Gross produced the
critically acclaimed and award-winning action series “Day Break.” Gross
Entertainment has an exclusive television production deal with ABC Television,
where he also developed and produced the television pilots “Twenty Questions”
and “Neighbors.” Gross is currently in production on the ABC pilot “I, Claudia”
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       Gross is the former president of production for Kopelson Entertainment,
where he produced Joe Somebody starring Tim Allen. During Gross‟ tenure at
Kopelson, the company produced Devil’s Advocate, A Perfect Murder, U.S.
Marshals, Mad City, Murder at 1600, Don’t Say a Word and Twisted. Matt‟s
responsibilities included the supervision and development of all motion pictures
and television, as well as managing and administrating a staff of 25 employees.
       In addition, Gross was president of Kopelson Telemedia. It was his
inspiration to create a television company at Kopelson, which was officially
launched in 2000. Kopelson Telemedia executive produced the series The
Fugitive starring Tim Daly and Thieves starring John Stamos.
       Prior to working at Kopelson, Matthew was vice president of development
for Wilshire Court Productions, developing and producing 70 films for television.
Among these was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola,
which was originally developed as a film for television but was eventually
produced as a feature.
       Gross began his entertainment career as an actor while attending UCLA
as an economics major, but soon realized his desires lay primarily in filmmaking.
Working his way from production assistant and assistant production coordinator,
Gross then attended the American Film Institute where he received a Masters
Degree in filmmaking. At AFI, he produced five short films and directed a
documentary for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. As a young producer, he was
nominated for an Academy Award® in the Best Live Action Short Film category
for his film Bronx Cheers.
       Matthew Gross was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he continues
to reside with his wife and three children.


       PETER JAYSEN (Producer) is the president of Moving Pictures AMG,
the successful film, television and home entertainment division of Alpha Media
Group he launched to develop and produce branded entertainment properties for
the youth demographic that reflect the tone of the company‟s magazines,
including Maxim, Stuff, Blender and The Week. Jaysen previously served as the



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head of development and production for the company, establishing the Maxim
film label and producing the comedy Mardi Gras with Sony‟s Screen Gems, in
addition to Fired Up.
       Jaysen produced numerous highly-rated television productions for the
company, including the reality-based SuperGroup for VH-1 and All Maxim Team
for ESPN, as well as Maxim Hot 100 for ABC/VH-1, Celebrity Stuff and Maxim’s
Most Awesome for E! Television.
       Previously, Jaysen was a partner and president of development and
production for Creative Light Entertainment, where he was responsible for the
company‟s independent films, cable movies, DVD original projects and
interactive properties. His credits for Creative Light include The Sci Fi Channel‟s
Alien Apocalypse and Man With Two Brains, Showtime‟s Hail Sid Caesar: The
Golden Age of Comedy and Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels for Sony
Home Entertainment. Earlier, Jaysen produced the documentary Body of Work,
which became the basis for Bill Phillips‟ best-selling book Body for Life.
       Jaysen worked in television news and entertainment for many years,
serving as a producer for Dateline NBC. He was nominated for an Emmy®
Award for his work on Silent No More. He also served as a producer for Extra
and was a field director for Entertainment Tonight, where he wrote, produced and
directed entertainment segments. Previously, Jaysen created and produced a
Broadway-based live show sponsored by Entertainment Weekly: “On Stage for
AIDS,” which benefited the American Foundation for AIDS Research. His other
freelance credits include Behind The Music: Nowhere To Hide for VH-1, Women
Aloud for Comedy Central, Lifetime Television‟s Portrait of a Teacher, as well as
serving as a producer for Charlie Rose‟s PBS talk show.
       Jaysen graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts
in English and Communications. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife
and two sons.


       CHARLES WEINSTOCK (Producer) came to the movie business late in
life. For many years, he was a public-interest lawyer in New York, working for



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the city under Mayor Koch and Mayor Dinkins and for a very small, very pious
environmental law firm called Berle Kass & Case. It's difficult for him to explain –
or excuse – his decision to forsake his old line of work for the movie business,
but he'd always loved movies and hoped to make a few good ones.
       Among his producing credits are Fracture, directed by Gregory Hoblit and
starring Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling and David Strathairn; Joe Gould's
Secret, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Ian Holm, Tucci, Susan Sarandon
and Steve Martin; Where the Money Is, directed by Marek Kanievska and
starring Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino; and Sleepover, directed by Joe
Nussbaum and starring Alexa Vega and Steve Carell.
       Weinstock was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated
from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is married to Martine Singer,
executive director of Hollygrove, a nonprofit children's mental health and family
services agency in Los Angeles. They have two children, Alexander (13) and
Caroline (10).


       PADDY CULLEN (Executive Producer) most recently served as
executive producer for Screen Gems‟ This Christmas for director Preston A.
Whitmore II, and for The Brothers Solomon, directed by Bob Odenkirk and
starring Will Arnett, Will Forte and Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live.
       Previously, Cullen teamed with director Peyton Reed to produce the hit
Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, and the romantic comedy
Down With Love, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Cullen‟s
executive producer credits also include Breakin’ All The Rules starring Jamie
Foxx, and My Boss’s Daughter starring Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid.
       Cullen‟s producer credits include working with director Gary Hardwick on
Deliver Us From Eva starring Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J, and The Brothers.
Cullen also served as co-producer on Go, directed by Doug Liman, and as
associate producer on My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts. Cullen
served as a production supervisor on a number of films, including High School
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       MARCY GROSS and ANN WESTON (Executive Producers) formed
Gross-Weston Productions in 1982. The duo have developed and sold many
projects since that time, including features, movies made for television,
miniseries, prime time series, reality series and late night series. Their carefully
molded works address important, contemporary issues in responsible, creative
ways. This dedication to quality has earned them eight Emmy® nominations,
several Christopher Awards, a Humanitas Award and a Golden Halo Award. In
October of 1997 they were awarded the American Film Institute‟s Charles W.
Fries Producer of the Year Award.
       Among the team‟s projects in development are Loss of Innocence for
Lifetime, based on a Vivienne Rycoff book, and The Fountainhead, based on the
novel by Ayn Rand and the 1949 movie starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal.
       Gross-Weston‟s numerous film and television credits include The
Billionaire Boys Club for NBC; Stranger Game for Lifetime; Encrypt, a Sci-Fi
Channel movie about a man living in a demolished future; A Place for Annie
starring Sissy Spacek, Mary Louise Parker and Joan Plowright; and Little John, a
Hallmark Hall of Fame drama. Additional productions include All The Good Ones
Are Married, Invisible Child, Have You Seen My Son, Children of Times Square,
Miss All American Beauty, Always Remember I Love You, Deep Dark Secrets,
The Spree and Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland.




       THOMAS ACKERMAN, ASC (Director of Photography) is a graduate of
the University of Iowa. His first experience in the motion picture industry came
as an officer in the United States Air Force. While assigned to the 600th Photo
Squadron in the Republic of Viet Nam, Ackerman commanded a combat
documentation unit, achieving the rank of Captain before his discharge in 1971.
       Ackerman then took a position with Charles Guggenheim, the Oscar®-
winning documentary filmmaker based in Washington with whom he spent three




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years working on political spots, culminating in the “McGovern for President”
campaign.
      In the early 1980‟s Ackerman devoted himself to commercial shooting and
the emerging phenomenon of MTV. Before the end of the decade he amassed a
list of music video credits that included Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Bob
Seger, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, Ashford and Simpson, the Pretenders,
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan,
the Manhattan Transfer, and many others.
      Ackerman‟s commercial credits as both cinematographer and
director/cameraman include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Chevrolet, Kodak, BMW,
Sprite, Budweiser, Corona Beer, Michelob, McDonald‟s, Toyota, Nestea, Fanta,
Lipton‟s Tea, Hertz, Yamaha Motorcycles, Pepsi, Revlon and Nike, among many
others. He has also photographed special venue productions such as “Water,”
the 65mm 3D attraction at Expo 84 in New Orleans, and “Cinemagique” for
Disney Studios Paris.
      In 1999, Ackerman took the helm as director/cameraman on The Spirit of
Evolution for Zenturio Group UK and Furneuax Stewart. The industry‟s first
360x220 degree “Dome Format” production, it opened as the featured attraction
of the Autostadt Grand Pavillion inaugurated in May 2000 by Volkswagen A.G. in
Wolfsburg, Germany. Shot in the Czech republic, Italy, and South Africa, the film
represents a benchmark achievement in special venue technology.
      Ackerman‟s work is best known to audiences worldwide with his
photography of feature motion pictures. His filmography lists titles such as
Jumanji and Tim Burton‟s classic Beetlejuice, as well as an earlier Burton short,
Frankenweenie. His credits also include Roadhouse 66, Girls Just Want to Have
Fun, Back to School, Dennis the Menace, Baby’s Day Out, True Identity, My
Favorite Martian, Eighteenth Angel, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,
George of the Jungle, The Muse, Beautiful Joe, The Adventures of Rocky and
Bullwinkle, Rat Race, Snow Dogs, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, The Battle
of Shaker Heights, Are We There Yet?, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
Burgundy, Albert Brooks‟ Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,



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Benchwarmers, and Scary Movie 4. His most recent credits include Superhero
Movie, Infestation, and Screen Gems‟ Mardi Gras.


        MARCIA HINDS (Production Designer) is a two-time Emmy® nominee
for her work on the pilot episode of the acclaimed series Six Feet Under, for
which she also won an Art Directors Guild Award, and for the miniseries
Winchell, starring Stanley Tucci as the famed columnist. Hinds was also
nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for her work on Winchell.
        Hinds most recently designed the film John Tucker Must Die, directed by
Betty Thomas. Her other film collaborations with Thomas include I Spy starring
Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, 28 Days starring Sandra Bullock and Viggo
Mortensen, and Can’t Hardly Wait. Additional film credits include Larger Than
Life, The Tie That Binds, Boys and Girls, Josh and S.A.M., The Linguini Incident
and The Public Eye.
        For television, Hinds served as production designer for the telefilms
Border Line and Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501, as well as episodes of The
Loop and Swingtown.


        TRACEY WADMORE-SMITH, A.C.E. (Editor) most recently edited Fool’s
Gold,
directed by Andy Tennant and starring Kate Hudson and Matthew
McConaughey, and the Bob Odenkirk-directed comedy The Brothers Solomon,
starring Will Arnett, Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. Prior to that she edited Sweet
Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey. and the Will
Smith-starrer Hitch. She also served as editor on the independent films London,
winner of the Zenith Award at the Montreal Film Festival; The List, centerpiece
film at the Pan African Film Festival 2007; and Life & Lyrics, which opened the
Edinburgh Film Festival.
        As associate editor, Wadmore‟s credits include Fatherland, Mike Binder‟s
The Upside of Anger, and Open Range for director Kevin Costner.
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Reporter‟s “Next Generation Crafts‟ Class of 2006.” She was born in Sutton,
England, and has been based in the U.S. for the last ten years.


       MYNKA DRAPER (Costume Designer) most recently designed the films
All You’ve Got, Daltry Calhoun starring Elizabeth Banks and Johnny Knoxville,
and Blessed starring Heather Graham. Her other films include The United States
of Leland, The Real Deal, Night at the Golden Eagle and Without Charlie.
       Draper‟s television work as costume designer includes the series
Valentine, The Riches, CSI: Miami and Push, Nevada.


       RICHARD GIBBS (Music by) has composed the scores and written
songs for over fifty feature films and television shows, including Dr. Dolittle, Say
Anything, “Battlestar Galactica,” Queen of the Damned, “The Simpsons,” and
Ten Things I Hate About You. He has also performed on hundreds of records as
a session keyboardist and arranger for the likes of Robert Palmer, Tom Waits,
Aretha Franklin, War, and Melissa Etheridge. He has also served as a record
producer, most recently producing Eisley and Korn. After earning a bachelor's
degree in classical compostion from Berklee College of Music Richard moved to
L.A., where he quickly became in demand as a session and touring keyboardist,
performing on hundreds of records for the likes of Robert Palmer, Tom Waits,
Aretha Franklin, War, and Melissa Etheridge and touring with Chaka Khan and
Tom Jones. After his stint with Mr. Jones he was tapped to join forces with
Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek in Oingo Boingo, recording and touring with that
seminal band for five years. Mr. Gibbs has garnered several awards for his
scores to The Book of Stars, 101 Dalmatians II, Dr. Dolittle, and Big Momma's
House. For more info peruse http://www.richardgibbsmusic.com/
       Richard and his beautiful wife Linda have been married for 26 years and
have three children, Keegan, Riley, and Katelin. Richard is an avid lifelong
surfer, ex-spelling champ, speed chess enthusiast and member of BMI, Mensa,
AAA, SAG, AFTRA, RMA, AFM, Malibu Boardriders, and NARAS - and is a Right
Reverend with the Universal Life Church.



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         His studio, The Woodshed Recorder, is a completely unique state of the
art facility overlooking the Pacific in Malibu - http://www.woodshedrecording.com/




         WENDE CROWLEY (Music Supervisor) has served as the Music
Supervisor for such television shows as, “Cold Case”, “Freaks And Geeks”,
“Undeclared”, “The Loop”, and “What About Brian.” She recently music
supervised the film, The Vicious Kind starring Adam Scott and Brittany Snow
which just premiered at this year‟s Sundance Film Festival. Wende is also the
Senior Director of Film & TV Music for Sony/ATV Music Publishing.


         LISA MILLER KATZ (Casting) has been in casting for over ten years,
casting such projects as TV‟s ”The King of Queens,” “According to Jim,”
“Freddie,” “Still Standing,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Miss/Guided,” and “The
Loop.”




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