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Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Production Notes

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
JEFFERSON SAGE (Production Designer) and Paul Feig have enjoyed numerous collaborations in television and feature film over the years, including Spy and The Heat, as well as the blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids, which garnered Sage an Art Directors Guild Award nomination.

Additional film credits include several films for director Jake Kasdan, including Sex Tape, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The TV Set. His other credits include Ben Falcone's Tammy; Judd Apatow's This is 40, Funny People and Knocked Up; Greg Mottola's Paul; and Harold Ramis' Year One.

In television, Sage's work as production designer includes numerous pilot projects, including "New Girl" for Fox, and Christine Gernon's upcoming ABC series "Speechless." Past series work includes Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks" and its follow-up, "Undeclared." Sage also designed "The Bernie Mac Show."

Sage has a degree in Theatre Arts from the College of William and Mary and continued his studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning an MFA in Set and Lighting Design for the Stage. Sage started his career in New York City as a designer and assistant designer in theatre, opera, ballet, commercials and industrials, before moving into television and feature film work. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.


PETER G. TRAVERS (Visual Effects Supervisor) most recently supervised Sony Pictures Imageworks' contribution to Marvel Studios' global blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel/Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Columbia Pictures' 22 Jump Street, and Warner Bros.' Blended.

Previously, Travers was the visual effects supervisor on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and served in a similar capacity on Columbia Pictures' Here Comes the Boom and Zookeeper, both for director Frank Coraci.

Travers also supervised the Sony Pictures Imageworks team that helped bring Warner Bros.' complex, multi-layered mystery adventure Watchmen to life. In addition to working on Dr. Manhattan, the fully-digital human character, Travers and team worked on hundreds of shots for the time-shifting epic, including such major CG environments as a digital visualization of Mars and a 3D model of New York.

Travers first worked with Coraci as visual effects supervisor on Click. His other Imageworks credits include visual effects supervisor on Zathura, digital effects supervisor on The Aviator and CG supervisor on The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, Stuart Little 2, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone. He joined Imageworks in 1999 to supervise effects animation on Hollow Man which went on to earn an Academy Award® nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Prior to Sony Pictures Imageworks, Travers served as CG supervisor on the 1998 Academy Award® winner for Achievement in Visual Effects, What Dreams May Come. He also served as CG supervisor on Supernova, Star Trek Voyager: Equinox, How to Survive and Little Vampires.

In 1997, Travers formed ShadowCaster Productions, where he helped create the trailer for the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Travers joined the Santa Barbara Studios in 1995 where he was lead technical director on Cosmic Voyage, Star Trek: Lifesigns, Duck Dodgers and Star Trek Cold Fire.

In 1994, Travers worked for Dream Quest Images where he gained production experience working on Crimson Tide and Moses.

Travers got his break in 1993 when he was hired by Wavefront Technologies and began creating effects as a member of the development team for Dynamation.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


JEFFREY KURLAND (Costume Designer) began his career in costume design in New York City. After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in design, he moved to the East Coast to design for the theatre, which soon segued into designing costumes for film when he began designing the stylish films of director Woody Allen.

Kurland has the unique distinction of being the costume designer of 15 films for Woody Allen starting in the late 1970s and going through the mid-1990s. Beyond Allen's films, he has since realized the visual story in film for over 40 productions, collaborating with many renowned directors including Milos Forman, Neil Jordan, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Mann, Nora Ephron, Brad Bird, and Christopher Nolan, to name but a few.

During his career in film, Kurland has dressed a host of leading actors. He has created designs for leading ladies Julia Roberts, Marianne Cotillard, Cameron Diaz, Annette Benning, Diane Keaton, Gena Rowlands, Emma Thompson and Ellen Page. The list of leading men that he has sartorially represented includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. Michael Caine, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons and Leonardo DiCaprio. He received a BAFTA Award, Britain's highest film honor, for his designs for Radio Days and an Academy Award® nomination for his work on Bullets Over Broadway. Kurland was awarded the Costume Designers Guild award for his designs for the film Erin Brockovich and Guild Award nominations for his work on Oceans 11 and Inception. His work has also been recognized through being honored with The Hamilton Timeless Style Award.

Jeffrey Kurland sits on the board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is currently the First Vice President of AMPAS. For the past four years, he has created and produced the Governors Ball for the Oscar® ceremony. In 2013, after many years of negotiation, he succeeded in creating a distinct Costume Design Branch in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has spoken on the art of costume design in numerous symposiums at the Directors Guild of America, AFI, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and UCLA where he also taught for a semester. His design work has been featured in several exhibits around the world. He curated the exhibit 50Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character for the Academy. Kurland's work is featured in the publications Screencraft Costume Design, 50 Designs/50 Costumes: Concept to Character, and Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design. He is currently represented in the exhibition "Hollywood Costume," which began at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and is currently travelling the globe.


THEODORE SHAPIRO (Music) saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 as a nine-year old boy, and afterwards was certain of two things: 1.) he wanted to be an archaeologist, and 2.) he couldn't stop thinking about the music. His plans to be an archaeologist eventually faded, but his interest in film composition did not. He went on to study music, write a musical about a cryogenically frozen head, and play in a neo-disco band called God at Brown University, and then received a Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School. Following Juilliard he began both scoring films and writing commissions for the concert hall, including works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After scoring some notable independent films in New York, including Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, and David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Shapiro was hired to score the hit comedy Old School for director Todd Phillips. He has since become one of Hollywood's most sought after composers.

His recent film work includes Spy, directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy; Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren; The Intern, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway; The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (for which he won an International Film Music Critics Award); Ted Melfi's directorial debut, St Vincent, starring Bill Murray; and Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. He was nominated for an Emmy for his score to the HBO film "Game Change." Other notable work includes the Ben Stiller-directed action-comedy Tropic Thunder; Marley and Me, directed by David Frankel and based on the best-selling novel; The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway; John Hamburg's bromance I Love You, Man; and the Oscar®-nominated animated film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Next up for Shapiro is Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco.

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