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UC alumni in movie credits for creative, executive roles

Creativity credits in vintage films

Authors, producers & composers

Earl Hamner Jr., CCM ’48

Producer, screen writer. 

  • "Charlotte's Web" (2006, credited for writing the original film story)
  • "Charlotte's Web" (1973, wrote the film story for this original animated version)
  • "Spencer's Mountain" ('63, wrote the autobiographical novel of the same name, which was adapted into the movie starring Henry Ford and Maureen O'Hara)
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   ► At right, Hamner conducts '05 master class.

* EarlHamner1997.pdf
Download a copy of UC Magazine's 1997 story on Earl Hamner.

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George Duning, CCM '33

Composer. Nominated five times for an Academy Award and twice for a Golden Globe. More than 400 TV & film credits in all. 

  • “Picnic” (’55, w/William Holden, Kim Novak, Oscar nominated for Best Score)
  • "From Here to Eternity" ('54, w/Burt Lancaster, Oscar nominated for Best Score, Oscar-winner for Best Picture)
  • "The Eddy Duchin Story" ('56, w/Tyrone Power and Kim Novak, Oscar nominated for Best Score)
  • "No Sad Songs for Me" ('50, w/Natalie Wood, Oscar nominated for Best Score)
  • "Jolson Sings Again" ('49, Oscar nominated for Best Score)
  • "The World of Suzie Wong" ('60, w/William Holden, Golden Globe nominated for Best Original Score)
  • "All the King's Men" ('49, Golden Globe nominated for Best Motion Picture Score, Oscar winner for Best Picture)
  • "Bell Book and Candle" ('59, w/Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak)
  • "1001 Arabian Nights" ('59, w/Jim Backus)
  • "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" ('61)
  • "Toys in the Attic" ('63, w/Dean Martin)


Thomas Berger, A&S '48

Author who wrote four novels that have been adapted into the following movies:

  • "Little Big Man" ('70, w/Dustin Hoffman; taken from his 1964 novel)
  • "Meeting Evil" ('12, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Wilson; from his '92 novel)
  • "Neighbors" ('81, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd; from his '80 novel)
  • "The Feud" ('89, from his '83 novel; he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the book)

Creativity credits in contemporary films

Directors & designers. Authors & artists.
Composers & costumers. Producers & presidents.


Movie poster for "Thor: The Dark World"

Robert Elhai, M (CCM) '83

Orchestrator of major films.

  • “Fast & Furious 7” (due out April ’15, starring Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell)
  • “Jupiter Ascending” (due out Feb. 6, ’15, starring Channing Tatum; lead conceptual artist George Hull, DAAP '93)
  • “Queen of the Desert” (’14, starring James Franco, Nicole Kidman)
  • “Before I Go to Sleep” (’14, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth)
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (’14, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Shalhoub)
  • "47 Ronin” (’13, starring Keanu Reeves)
  • “Thor: The Dark World“ (’13, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman)
  • “Now You See Me” (’13, starring Woody Harrelson)
  • "Iron Man 3" ('13, orchestrator, starring Robert Downey Jr.)
  • "The Expendables 2" ('12, orchestrator, starring Sylvester Stallone)
  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" ('12, orchestrator)
  • "The Tempest" ('10, orchestrator of Julie Taymor film starring Alan Cumming)
  • "The Expendables" ('10, w/Sylvester Stallone)
  • "Marmaduke" ('10, w/Owen Wilson)
  • "Law Abiding Citizen" ('09, w/Jamie Foxx)
  • "Public Enemies" ('09, w/Johnny Depp)
  • "Fast & Furious" ('09, w/Vin Diesel)
  • "What Just Happened" ('08, w/Robert De Niro)
  • "Stardust" ('07, w/Claire Danes)
  • "Poseidon" ('06, w/Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss)
  • "Constantine" ('05, w/Keanu Reeves)
  • "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" ('04, w/Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • "Final Cut" ('04, w/Robin Williams)
  • "Open Range" ('03, w/Robert Duvall)
  • "S.W.A.T." ('03, w/Samuel L. Jackson)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ('03 Oscar-nominated film w/Johnny Depp)
  • "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" ('03, w/Cameron Diaz)
  • "Johnny English" ('03, w/Rowan Atkinson)
  • "The Hunted" ('03, w/Tommy Lee Jones)
  • "The Good Thief" ('02, Nick Nolte)
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  • "Frida" ('02 Oscar-winner w/Salma Hayek; won 14 awards and 28 nominations)
  • "K-19: The Widowmaker" ('02, w/Harrison Ford)
  • "The Count of Monte Cristo" ('02, w/Richard Harris)
  • "K-PAX" ('01, w/Kevin Spacey)
  • "X-Men" ('00, w/ Hugh Jackman)
  • "Frequency" ('00, w/Dennis Quaid)
  • "Titus" ('99 w/Sir Anthony Hopkins)
  • "The Sixth Sense" ('99, w/Bruce Willis)
  • "In Dreams" ('99, w/Annette Bening)
  • "What Dreams May Come" ('98, w/Robin Williams)
  • "Sphere" ('98, w/Dustin Hoffman)
  • "Alien: Resurrection" ('97, w/Sigourney Weaver)
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  • "The Devil's Advocate" ('97, w/Al Pacino)
  • "Dante's Peak" ('96, w/Pierce Brosnan)
  • "101 Dalmatians" ('96, w/Glenn Close)
  • "Michael Collins" ('96, w/Liam Neeson)
  • "Jack" ('96, w/Robin Williams)
  • "A Time to Kill" ('06, w/Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock)
  • "The Juror" ('96, w/Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore)
  • "Eye for an Eye" ('96, w/Sally Field, Ed Harris)
  • "Heat" ('95, w/Robert De Niro, Al Pacino)
  • "Waterworld" ('95, w/Kevin Costner)
  • "Batman Forever" ('95, w/Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey)
  • "Outbreak" ('95, w/Dustin Hoffman)
  • "COBB" ('94, w/Tommy Lee Jones)
  • "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" ('94, w/Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt)
  • "The Three Musketeers" ('93, w/Tim Curry)
  • "Demolition Man" ('93, w/Sylvester Stallone)
  • "Alien 3" ('92, w/Sigourney Weaver)


George Hull, DAAP '93

One of Hollywood's top film designers. After beginning film work as a conceptual designer and illustrator, he spent five years as visual-effects art director at Industrial Light and Magic. Because he wanted to be closer to the design process, he then became an independent freelancer. Today, he is usually the lead conceptual artist on films. His work also extends to video games such as Crysis and Black.

  • “Chappie” (due out March 6, ’15, conceptual artist, film starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver)
  • "Jupiter Ascending" (lead conceptual artist for sci-fi epic due out in 2015, starring Channing Tatum; orchestrator Robert Elhai, M CCM '83)
  • "Elysium" (Aug. '13, conceptual designer for this sci-fi action drama starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster)
  • "Cloud Atlas" ('12, senior conceptual designer, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon)
  • "The Amazing Spider-Man" ('12, lead conceptual designer for the current film starring Andrew Garfield)
  • "Battleship" ('12, senior conceptual designer for this film starring Liam Neeson)
  • "Tree of Life" ('11, visual effects concept designer and artist for this meaning-of-life epic, which starred Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, was nominated for three Oscars and won 60 other awards)
  • "Arthur Christmas" ('11, visual development artist for this animated comedy featuring the voice of Hugh Laurie)
  • "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" ('11, w/John Malkovich and Leonard Nimoy; Hull conceptual designer)
  • "Iron Man 2" ('10 w/Robert Downey Jr.)
  • "Legion" ('10 w/Dennis Quaid)
  • "Fantastic Voyage" ('10)
  • "9" ('09 w/Elijah Wood)
  • "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ('09)
  • "Avatar" ('09, w/Sigourney Weaver)
  • "WALL-E" ('08, artist in the animation dept., film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature)
  • "Speed Racer" (Imax version, '08)
  • "The Last Mimsy" ('07)
  • "V for Vendetta" ('05)
  • "Constantine" ('05)
  • "The Matrix Revolutions" (late '03)
  • "The Matrix Reloaded" (early '03, w/Keanu Reeves)
  • "Finding Nemo" ('00)
  • "The Hulk" ('98)
  • "Superman" ('98)
  • "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" ('97)
  • "Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, Special Edition" ('97)
  • "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Special Edition" ('97)
  • "Star Wars, Special Edition" ('96)
  • "Twister" ('96)
  • "Mission Impossible" ('95)
  • "Jumanji" ('95)
  • "Forrest Gump" ('94, Academy Award winner, Best Visual Effects, Best Picture)


Debbie Denise, CCM '73

Visual effects executive producer. Executive VP, Sony Pictures Imageworks. Previously head of production at Industrial Light and Magic.

  • "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ('13, w/James Franco)
  • "Alice in Wonderland" ('10, w/Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter)
  • "Watchmen" ('09)
  • "Valkyrie" ('08, w/Tom Cruise)
  • "Body of Lies" ('08, w/Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe)
  • "Beowulf" ('07, animated)
  • "Open Season" ('07, animated, also in Imax 3-D)
  • "Monster House" ('06, computer animated using performance capture technology, also in 3-D)
  • "Click" ('06, w/Adam Sandler)
  • "Superman Returns" ('06)
  • "The Polar Express" ('04, computer animated using performance capture technology, also in Imax 3-D)
  • "Seabiscuit" ('03, w/Jeff Bridges)
  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" ('01)
  • "Cast Away" ('00, w/Tom Hanks)
  • "What Lies Beneath" ('00, w/Harrison Ford)
  • "Stuart Little" ('99 Academy Award nominee, computer animated)
  • "Snow Falling on Cedars" ('99 Academy Award nominee)
  • "Forrest Gump"* ('94 w/Tom Hanks, Academy Award winner for best visual effects and best picture)
  • "Death Becomes Her"* ('92, w/Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, Academy Award winner for best visual effects)

* She was visual effects producer at Industrial Light and Magic at the time of these two shows.

Read UC Magazine feature on Denise and another alumna, Jessica Scott-Peel, who helped bring us "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

Charlie Bailey, DAAP '71

Model maker, supervisor. Created and/or supervised miniature model work for these films, while working with Kerner Optical and Industrial Light and Magic.

  • "Terminator Salvation" ('09, w/ Christian Bale & Helena Bonham Carter)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ('07, w/Johnny Depp)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" ('06, received Outstanding Models and Miniatures Award from the Visual Effects Society)
  • "War of the Worlds" ('05, directed by Steven Spielberg)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ('03, w/Johnny Depp)
  • "Peter Pan" ('03, w/Lynn Redgrave)
  • "Dreamcatcher" ('03, w/Morgan Freeman)
  • "Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones" ('02)
  • "Jurassic Park III" ('01)
  • "Star Wars-Episode I: Phantom Menace" ('99)
  • "Mars Attacks!" ('96, w/Jack Nicholson)
  • "Jurassic Park" ('93)
  • "Back to the Future III" ('90,w/Michael J. Fox)
  • "Back to the Future II" ('89, w/Michael J. Fox)
  • "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" ('89)
  • "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" ('84)
  • "E.T." ('82)
  • "Poltergeist" ('82)
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ('81)
  • "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" ('80)
* CharlieBailey1997.pdf
Download a copy of UC Magazine's 1997 story on Earl Hamner.

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Dawn Swiderski, CCM ’89

Art director, assistant art director, set designer.

  • “The Gambler” (due out Dec. 19, ’14; art director, starring Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman)
  • “Gone Girl” (’14, art director, starring Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry; also featuring Cooper Thornton, M CCM '92)
  • “Transcendence” (’14, supervising art director, starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman)
  • "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" ('11, starring Daniel Craig)
  • "The Rum Diary" (Oct. '11, w/Johnny Depp; Swiderski art director)
  • "X-Men: First Class" ('11, w/Kevin Bacon; Swiderski supervising art director)
  • "Unstoppable" ('10, w/ Denzel Washington; Swiderski art director)
  • "Angels & Demons" ('09, w/Tom Hanks; Swiderski art director; she was included in the Art Directors Guild's nomination for excellence in production design)
  • "Hancock" ('08, w/Will Smith; Swiderski art director)
  • "Spider-Man 3" ('07, w/Tobey Maguire; Swiderski art director)
  • "Bewitched" ('05 w/Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell; Swiderski assistant art director)
  • "Van Helsing" ('04 w/Hugh Jackman; Swiderski assistant art director)
  • "Bruce Almighty" ('03 w/Jim Carrey; Swiderski assistant art director)
  • "Monkeybone" ('01, w/Brendan Fraser; Swiderski assistant art director)
  • "Galaxy Quest" ('99 w/Tim Allen  & Sigourney Weaver; Swiderski set designer)
  • "What Dreams May Come" ('98, w/Robin Williams; Swiderski set designer)
  • "Patch Adams" (’98, w/Robin Williams; Swiderski set designer)
  • "James and the Giant Peach" ('96, animated w/Richard Dreyfuss; Swiderski set designer)


Brad Look, MFA (CCM) '88

Emmy-winning makeup artist.

  • “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” (due out in ’15,makeup artist, film starring Jennifer Lawrence)
  • “Kitchen Sink” (due out in ’15, makeup artist, film starring Joan Cusack)
  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (’14, make up department head, second unit)
  • “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (’13, makeup artist, film starring Jennifer Lawrence)
  • "Lincoln" ('12, Steven Spielberg movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones)
  • "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" ('12, special makeup effects artist for this unusual movie starring Rufus Sewell)
  • "The Hunger Games" ('12)
  • "We Bought a Zoo" ('11, starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson)
  • "Thor" ('11, directed by Kenneth Branagh, w/Anthony Hopkins)
  • "Dinner for Schmucks" ('10, starring Steve Carell)
  • "Unthinkable" ('10, w/Samuel L. Jackson)
  • "This Is It" (Oct. '09, w/Michael Jackson)
  • "Escape to Witch Mountain" ('09)
  • "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" ('08, w/Harrison Ford)
  • "Cloverfield" ('08)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ('07, w/Johnny Depp)
  • "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" ('06, w/Tim Allen)
  • "Poseidon" ('06, w/Richard Dreyfuss)
  • "Star Trek: First Contact" ('96)
  • "Star Trek: Insurrection" ('98)


* BradLook1997.pdf
Download a copy of UC Magazine's 1997 story on Brad Look.

Randy Edelman, CCM ’69, HonDoc '04

Composer, orchestrator, conductor, score producer, pianist, songwriter. Received BMI’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award, '03, and UC's Kautz Alumnni Master Program award, '13.

  • "Leap Year" ('10, w/John Lithgow)
  • "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" ('08, w/Brendan Fraser)
  • "27 Dresses" ('08)
  • "Balls of Fury" ('07, w/Christopher Walken)
  • "The Last Time" ('06, w/Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser)
  • "The Son of Mask" ('05, w/Alan Cumming)
  • "Surviving Christmas" ('04, w/Ben Affleck)
  • "Gods and Generals" ('03, w/Robert Duvall)
  • "Shanghai Knights" ('03, w/Jackie Chan)
  • "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" ('05, w/Sandra Bullock)
  • "Shanghai Noon" ('00, w/Jackie Chan)
  • "The Whole Nine Yards" (’00, w/ Bruce Willis)
  • "EDtv" ('99, w/Matthew McConaughey)
  • "Dragonheart" ('96 w/ Dennis Quaid)
  • "While You Were Sleeping" ('95 w/Sandra Bullock)
  • "The Mask" ('94, w/Jim Carrey)
  • "Gettysburg" ('93, w/Martin Sheen)
  • "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" ('93, w/Bruce Lee)
  • "The Distinguished Gentleman" ('92, w/Eddie Murphy)
  • "The Last of the Mohicans" ('92, w/Daniel Day-Lewis, nominated for a Golden Globe for best original score)
  • My Cousin Vinny ('92, w/Joe Pesci)
  • Kindergarten Cop ('90, w/Arnold Schwarzenegge)
  • Ghostbusters II ('89, w/Dan Aykroyd & Bill Murray)
  • Twins ('88, w/Danny DeVito & Arnold Schwarzenegger)
  • Dennis the Menace ('87)
  • Happily Ever After ('85)
Randy Edelman headshot

Note: Themes from his "Gettysburg" score are often heard in film trailers and TV shows. One of his pieces of music was used during the '02 and '08 Olympics coverage.


Albert Hague, CCM '42

Tony-winner composer, lyricist and actor.

  • "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" ('00, w/Jim Carrey; Hague composed theme song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch")


Cover of the DVD "Amreeka"

Cherien Dabis, A&S '98

Palestinian American director, producer, screenwriter. Named one of Variety magazine's "10 Directors to Watch in 2009."

  • "Amreeka" ('09, director, producer, writer who won two '09 Cairo International Film Festival awards, '09 Cannes Film Festival Award, '09 Zuirch Film Festival Award; official selection of '11 Intersections Film Festival, '09 Cannes Film Fesitval,  '09 Sundance  Film Festival, 09 New Directors/New Films festival; nominated for two '10 Independent Spirit Awards)
  • "Make a Wish" ('07, director, producer, writer who won won two Aspen Shortsfest Awards, two Cairo International Film Festival for Children Awards, two Chicago International Children's Film Fesival Awards, two Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)

Phil Solomon breathes fire

Solomon breathes fire at a wedding reception.

Philip Solomon, CCM ’93

Stunt performer who also performs at red-carpet and dignitary events for films, including the following. Received CCM's 2010 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" ('11)
  • "Princess and the Frog" ('09)
  • "Ratatouille" ('07)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" ('06)
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ('03)
  • "WALL-E" (featuring Robostilts)
  • "Herbie Fully Loaded" ('05)
  • "The Haunted Mansion" ('03)


Kevin McCollum, CCM '84

Executive producer.

  • "Rent" ('05, starring Taye Diggs, the film version of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical he produced on Broadway)
  • "Jeffrey" ('95, starring Patrick Stewart)

LINK: See his extensive award-winning Broadway credits

''There Will Be Blood'' movie poster

Catherine Wall, DAAP ’83

Assistant costume designer, set costumer and crew. 

  • "Land of the Lost" ('09, w/Will Ferrell)
  • "Yes Man" ('08, starring Jim Carrey)
  • "There Will Be Blood” ('08, w/Daniel Day-Lewis)
  • "The Island" ('05, w/Ewan McGregor)
  • "Ocean's Twelve" ('04, w/George Clooney, Brad Pitt)
  • "Collateral" ('04, w/Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx)
  • "Italian Job" ('03 w/Donald Sutherland)
  • "Solaris" ('02 w/George Clooney)
  • "Ali" ('01 w/Will Smith)
  • "Little Man Tate" ('91, starring Jodie Foster)

LINK: See TV credits.

Scott Bridges working with a camerman.

Scott Bridges, CCM ’96

Producer. Production manager. Writer. Actor.

  • "Doonby" ('12, w/John Schneider; Bridges is production manager)
  • "Lake Effects" ('12, w/Jane Seymour; Bridges is co-producer and unit production manager) See video about the movie.


Elliot Greenberg, CCM ‘01

Editor, assistant producer or production assistant on nine films.

  • “Chronicle” (’12, editor; film was No. 1 in box office weekend of 2-10-12)
  • “Clerks II” (‘06, starring Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck; Greenberg was first assistant editor)

Jimmy Neutron

Jimmy Neutron

Mike Gasaway, DAAP ’93

Oscar-nominated lead-character animator. 

  • “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (’01 Academy Award nominee, best animated film)

LINK: See his Emmy-nominated TV credits.

''Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou'' movie

Guy Miracle, DAAP ’93


  • "Memoirs of a Geisha" ('05, movie won Academy Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design)
  • "Legend of Zorro" ('05, w/Antonia Banderas)
  • "Princess Diaries 2" ('04, w/Julie Andrews)
  • "Spider-Man 2" ('04, w/Tobey Maguire)
  • "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" ('03, w/Cameron Diaz)
  • "Catch Me If You Can” (’02 w/Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" ('00 w/George Clooney)
  • "Blow" (’01 w/Johnny Depp)

LINK: See TV credits.

Jessica Peel-Scott, DAAP ’93

Assistant costume director.

  • "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ('13, starring James Franco)
  • "Cloverfield" ('08)
  • "Georgia Rule" ('07, w/Jane Fonda)
  • "Click" ('06, w/Adam Sandler)
  • "Flightplan" ('05, w/Jodie Foster)
  • "The Princess Diaries 2" ('04)
  • "Spider-Man 2" ('04 w/Tobey Maguire)
  • "Second Hand Lions" ('03 w/Michael Caine, Robert Duvall)
  • "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (’02)
  • "The Princess Diaries" ('01, w/Julie Andrews)

LINK: Read UC Magazine feature about Peel-Scott and a DAAP grad who were critical in the production of the Oz movie.

''Sleepy Hollow'' movie

Scott Leberecht, DAAP '94

Visual effects art director. Now directing and writing independent films. Won prizes in three film festivals.

  • "Sleepy Hollow" ('99, w/Johnny Depp)
  • "Spawn" ('97, w/John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen)
  • "Flubber" ('97, w/Robin Williams)
  • "101 Dalmatians" ('96)

Matthews on the cover of Japan's Swing Magazine in December 2001.

Matthews on the cover of Japan's Swing Magazine in December 2001.

David Matthews, CCM ‘64

Keyboardist, composer and arranger who founded the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and Quintet.

  • “Garbo” (orchestrator, ‘05 documentary with Greta Garbo and Julie Christie)
  • "Space Battlecruiser Yamato" (’94, composed score for ’10 series of 7 animated videos)
  • "Bedtime Eyes" (composer, performed with MJQ, ‘87 Japanese film)
  • “The Fighters” (composer, ’74 documentary starring Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Burt Lancaster)
  • "The Stepford Wives" (orchestrator, ’75)
  • "Parallax View" (composer, ’74, starring Warren Beatty)


Tom Bruehl, CCM '68

Senior vice president for technical operations at Paramount Studios, the last remaining movie studio located in Hollywood. The sprawling 50-acre lot consumes 26 square blocks in the middle of downtown, where it accommodates, among other things:

  • 30 sound stages
  • 140 editing rooms
  • 3 million square feet of office space
  • a submersible parking lot for water scenes
  • a Foley stage for creating sound effects
  • two theaters appropriate for premieres
  • three smaller theaters
  • nine exterior sets

LINK: Read the UC Magazine feature on Tom Bruehl.

Head shot of Cara Hannah Sullivan

Cara Hannah Sullivan, Cler '97, MFA (CCM) '02

Emmy-winning wigmaker, hairdresser.

  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey)


Zach Mueller on site outdoors

Zach Mueller, CCM ’10

Audio engineer for A/D productions. Has worked in Denmark, Portugal, the Netherlands and China.

  • “7 Below” (’12, boom operator, starring Ving Rhames and Val Kilmer) 


Maryan Evans Infield, DAAP '78


  • "Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi" ('83)
  • "Hunt for Red October" ('90, w/Sean Connery)
  • "The Abyss" ('89, w/Ed Harris)
  • "Never Say Never Again" ('83, w/Sean Connery)
  • "Dine" ('84, a David Lynch film)


Darrell Donaldson, MS (Eng) '77

System architect of the digital effects computer system for the following movie:

  • "Titanic" ('97)

Bob Kelley, DAAP '58

Misc. involvement.

  • "My Little Pony: The Movie" ('86, tech adviser)
  • "Rollercoaster" (speaking role in '77 film w/Helen Hunt, Henry Fonda)

LINK: See his note in the Dream Job Update section.

Creativity credits in digital movies


Brian Leitten standing in the middle of picturesque mountains in the West.

Brian Leitten, CCM '01

Producer. Since 2013, has been director of production at Vevo, a music-video website. Former producer at FUSE TV and graphics consultant at Comedy Central.

  • “Tim McGraw: The Exclusive Interview” (’12, Vevo documentary online)
  • “The Last Wild Race” (’11, executive producer, director and editor, VEVO documentary online)


  • Read more about Leitten from his Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award. (Scroll down to the bottom.)
  • See his TV listing.

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-- page compiled by Deborah Rieselman / updated 1-14