Anthony (Luke Wilson) has been discharged from the mental hospital where he was
treated for "exhaustion." To accommodate the fantasies of his lifelong friend Dignan
(Owen C. Wilson), he gets permission to climb down a bed sheet rather than simply walk out the front door.
Thus begins the story of three Texas boys whose lives show that loyalty, friendship and commitment are not always virtues but collectively can sometimes begin to resemble stupidity.
These three friends -- inextricably, if unconventionally, linked -- are searching for
something. Something they often can't articulate or even identify, but they know it's
special. Anthony seeks true love. Bob (Robert Musgrave) yearns for family. Dignan
(Owen C. Wilson) pursues a distinguished position amongst thieves and con-artists.
Anthony, Bob and Dignan will get what they want but in ways they never expected.
Bottle Rocket tells the gently comic story of three devoted, would-be thieves who prove the importance of friendship, honor and duty as they ineptly pursue a life of crime.
Directed by Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket is written by Owen C. Wilson and Wes
Anderson. In addition to Owen C. Wilson, Luke Wilson and Robert Musgrave, the film also stars Andrew Wilson, Lumi Cavazos and James Caan as Mr. Henry. Polly Platt and Cynthia Hargrave are the producers. The executive producers are James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Barbara Boyle and Michael Taylor. Robert Yeoman is the director of photography; David Wasco is the production designer; David Moritz is the editor. The film is co-produced by Ray Zimmerman and L.M. Kit Carson. Karen Patch is the costume designer. Music is by Mark Mothersbaugh.
Bottle Rocket, appropriately, grew out of the friendship between Wes Anderson and Owen C. Wilson. Anderson and Wilson met in a playwriting course at the University of Texas, albeit in a circuitous fashion. "There were about nine people in the class and they all sat around this long table. I sat in the corner, away from the table, and there was another person in that corner, who turned out to be Owen. During the entire class, we never once had a conversation. I wrote a play in that class and the next semester, it was produced, and I asked Owen to be in it."
Anderson can't explain why he decided to approach Wilson, but they hit it off immediately. Among other things, they discovered that they both loved movies, especially the work of Terrence Malick, the writer-director of Badlands and Days of Heaven, as well as the Coen brothers, John Huston and Roman Polanski. Beyond that, they shared a similar sense of humor, an ironic sensibility laced with a profound appreciation for the absurd and ironic. They eventually found an apartment in Austin and from their misadventures as college roommates, Bottle Rocket was born.
"The movie emerged from a certain lifestyle we were living at the time. We were still in college but we'd already finished our required courses, so our existence was a little unstructured. Owen and I were roaming around, constantly doing things, but we weren't exactly focused. It was from that feeling that we started writing the film," Anderson says. "It's about a group of guys who have lots of energy and the urge to do something. They are always planning and trying things, moving around. They have a lot of ambition and grand aspirations; it's just that their direction in life happens to be a little unconventional. They are sincerely trying to accomplish something, they just don't know what."
Although the movie is not literally autobiographical, the film reflects certain experiences that occurred to Anderson and Wilson at the time, especially a bizarre encounter with the landlord. The windows in the apartment they shared in Austin wouldn't shut, due to some defective window cranks, and their landlord steadfastly refused to fix them, despite the tenants' repeated requests. Over a Christmas break, the frustrated roommates decided to prove to their landlord just how dangerous this drafty situation had become by breaking into their apartment, stealing some their stuff and reporting it to the police. The landlord was unimpressed, noting that it looked like "an inside job." While the window cranks remained stuck, the incident became a source of inspiration for Bottle Rocket.
Anderson and Wilson completed their feature length script and set out to shoot it with Owen Wilson starring as the enterprising, self-appointed leader of the trio of friends, Dignan. They enlisted Wilson's younger brother, Luke, to play Dignan's endearing understanding best-friend Anthony, along with actor and friend Robert Musgrave, as their long-suffering compatriot, Bob. The oldest Wilson brother, Andrew, who had produced some corporate videos, had access to film stock and equipment and also appeared as Bob's older sibling and uber-nemesis, Futureman. However, due to a distinct lack of funds, the feature ended up as a thirteen minute black and white short. This short film got the attention of veteran producer Polly Platt by way of Wilson family friend, veteran screenwriter/producer L.M. Kit Carson. "Kit encouraged us to show it at the Sundance Film Festival, and he also sent a video of the short and the script to Barbara Boyle, who showed it to Polly Platt and James L. Brooks," Anderson explains. "We felt incredibly lucky because we'd been trying to make a movie for so long and suddenly it was all happening."
"This film really stands for loyalty, friendship, enthusiasm and having dreams," says
Wilson, referring to the film's themes and how the friends managed to get it made.
Producer Polly Platt, whose credits include The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, concurs: "This film explores the vital importance of friendship, honor and duty but it does so in a unique way. The short was an exuberant, beautiful piece of work and what was extraordinary was the fascinating sense of humor that colored the piece. Droll, self-deprecating and unexpected."
Platt says that it was the writing that attracted her to the project initially. "I heard a new voice in the script. It was just exceptional writing, funny, different, with brilliant,
completely original characters."
With Brooks' help, Platt mounted a production which would allow Anderson the freedom to make the movie he'd envisioned, starring the same actors who had appeared in the short, as well as enlisting top rate talent to fill out the cast and crew. Movie legend James Caan (The French Connection, Misery, Honeymoon in Vegas) joined the cast as seasoned thief Mr. Henry, and Lumi Cavazos, who had captivated American audiences with her starring role in Like Water for Chocolate, was cast as Inez, the woman who instantly wins Anthony's heart.
The film shot on various locations Dallas, including St. Marks High School, a setting that represented particularly sweet revenge for Owen Wilson, who was unceremoniously expelled from the institution in the 10th grade. A self-described trouble-maker as a youth, he had particular sympathy for Dignan, who has a knack for stumbling headlong into trouble.
"Dignan is kind of like a little kid," Wilson explains. "I don't think he does a lot of soul-searching or is very introspective. He is an instinctive person and constantly reacts to things. He is like a 12-year-old; his attention span isn't very long, so he can become sidetracked or diverted very easily. He is very tightly wound and gets tremendously enthusiastic about an idea. He likes to have everybody marching along towards this goal he's set."
It is Dignan's idea to pursue a life of crime ... or, at least, one of petty theft. According to Owen Wilson, however, Dignan's true objective may not be the actual felony. "I don't think he necessarily thinks of himself as a criminal," says Wilson. "He likes to consider himself a leader and forming this band of thieves lets him do that. Of course, he really isn't the leader. His best friend Anthony is the more conscious of the two. He allows Dignan to be the leader out of his generosity of spirit because it's so important to Dignan. Also, I think Anthony respects Dignan's energy and enthusiasm and gets kind of caught up in it."
Luke Wilson agrees with his brother's assessment of Anthony's relationship with Dignan: "I think there is something he really loves about Dignan. They've known each other since they were kids and both of them are sort of outsiders. Dignan really needs someone to listen to all of his speeches and ideas and Anthony recognizes that. Dignan amuses him, but he's also interested in him and genuinely likes him. I think their whole crime thing is related to that, actually. It is never their intention to hurt anybody; it's more like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The robberies, in some ways, express their loyalty and friendship to each other."
Luke Wilson describes Anthony as "...a good person who a little aimless at this point of his life. He is kind of exposed emotionally. He's searching for something substantial and true, and at the beginning of the film the things that are important to him are these people around him, Dignan and Bob." During the course of the movie there are other ambitions he should be shooting for."
Bob, the third of the trio of friends, serves as "...the provider. He provides the car, the house, the money. He is a good supporter, he's enthusiastic but not brilliant, a little intimidated, because he is constantly tortured by his older brother, Futureman. Anthony protects Bob a little bit, but Bob is a perfect person for Dignan to have around because he can push him around and ridicule him," comments Anderson.
"Dignan thinks that Bob tarnishes his Anthony's reputation and prevents them from being taken seriously, when, in fact, it's Dignan who does that," Owen Wilson adds. "I think he kind of likes Bob, but he would never admit it."
Robert Musgrave, who plays Bob, describes him as "...a lost guy. He is really soulful and sweet but afraid, in a lot of ways. He comes from a big family with status, pretentiousness and stuffiness and he's been damaged by that because he's had all that protocol and social ambition shoved down his throat; that is obviously not who he is."
The common thread between the friends is that while they may know what they aren't, they are slightly fuzzy when defining who they are. "They're all kind of misfits and oddballs," says Anderson. "They huddle together because none of them are part of any community, although Anthony is that way by choice. They're basically nice people, wandering souls who latch on to each other and create their own strange, little world."
"It seems that people our age are always represented as somewhat cynical and jaded and we weren't much interested in that," adds Owen Wilson. "They're innocent and ingenuous and funny, hopefully. The important thing is that they have a lot of enthusiasm and commitment and vitality, even if it is a little misplaced."
In effect, Anderson says, they create their own family unit. Indeed, throughout the film, very few members of the friends' families are introduced, with the exception of Anthony's sister Grace and Bob's older brother Futureman (Andrew Wilson). ("That was a bit of type-casting, he plays the mean older brother," Owen Wilson jokes, referring to his own older brother Andrew. "Andrew looks like he is from the future. He's sort of a big, Terminator-looking person.")
"It was a deliberate thing, not to involve too many of their family members, especially their parents," Anderson explains. "Basically, they've either been rejected by their families or they've rejected them. That allowed us to focus on this little world these guys have invented, without any distractions."
This world, Anderson says, is "about five degrees removed from reality, but it is
extremely real to them. They don't have any affectations, they're somewhat vulnerable but they have real goals and genuinely are trying to accomplish something. They're also not afraid to look stupid and that's what I admire about them and what attracts me to these characters."
The appearance of a luminous Mexican housekeeper called Inez disrupts the trio's curious little world, much to Dignan's confusion and dismay. Inez, according to Luke Wilson, "saves Anthony. He falls in love with her instantly and really looks up to her. When he realizes that she loves him too, it's just incredible; it's as if he is a new man. Up until then, he's just been drifting in self-imposed exile, but when he falls in love, that gives him a whole new perspective."
Inez, played by Lumi Cavazos, provided Luke Wilson with the opportunity to assay his first on-screen kiss, an initially traumatic but ultimately rewarding experience. "I got along well with Lumi, so that helped. At first, I wondered, how am I supposed to kiss her? What kind of kiss is this? I knew I was in character, but I didn't want to cross a line with her and offend her," he recalls. "I felt really comfortable with her, though, and it was actually fun."
The relationship between Anthony and Inez was one of the key story points to be
augmented from the short film. Anderson notes that much of what the character Inez became can be attributed to the artist playing her: "Inez became so much more developed when Lumi showed up. Because she speaks Spanish and Anthony doesn't, she doesn't speak much and her personality depends so much on the kind of reactions she has. You instantly sense that Inez is an intelligent and good person. A lot of that is due to the way Lumi played her and what she brought to the character."
James Caan, who has embodied a host of infamous rogues throughout his career, was well-prepared to play the artful Mr. Henry. Dignan characterizes Mr. Henry as a master thief with a crack team of criminal associates -- a charitable description at best.
"Dignan idolized Mr. Henry and thinks, 'This is exactly how I'd like to be.' What
fascinates Dignan about Mr. Henry is that he thinks he has a real sense of style and
confidence. He's the kind of guy a twelve-year-old would admire. Dignan sees that he drives a Jaguar, has all these babes, seems to be very confident, and Dignan is very impressed, but a sophisticated person would see through all of his flash and
"I guess he went to the school of bullcrap," Caan says of Mr. Henry. "He tries to
perpetrate the notion that he is a world traveler, a teacher of everything and yet of
nothing. He is very charming and I don't think he would consider himself a bad guy
because he doesn't really hurt anybody badly. He always plays the odds and they are always stacked in his favor."
Caan enjoyed his experience with the first-time film actors and director, noting that
"...these kids seem to have their heads in the right place. They're talented, funny, nice to be with and are good souls, which is not a common trait to find in this business."
Which is not to say that the team did not ever encounter "creative differences."
"Luke would get irritated with me because I improvised so much during rehearsal,"
recalls Owen Wilson. "He would tell me I had no respect for the script we wrote, but I figured I was allowed to, because I was the co-writer. I didn't consider it improvising, I considered it writing."
"We had some time in pre-production to hone things and to get to know the new crew members. For instance, I hadn't ever worked with our director of photography, Bob Yeoman, so months before shooting began, we met in my office and watched movies every day and discussed our ideas. By the time principal photography started, we were already fairly close," the director notes.
Anderson, in collaboration with Yeoman, shot the entire film with a 27mm lens, which he thought would help underscore the protagonists' quirky, charged personalities, as well as add scope to what is essentially a dialogue-laden, character-driven piece.
"I thought this movie needed a snappier style, faster cutting, because characters' behavior is so weird and energetic. Using a 27mm lens, you get better depth...the thing I hate is when you have a scene shot for the master and the lens is a 35 or 27 and then you cut for the close-up and the lens is a 70 or something and all the background disappears. I wanted to include the background as much as possible, because most of the movie is three guys moving around, talking. A lot of times, one guy is in front of the frame and two guys will be further back and we needed that kind of space on screen to hold everybody."
Anderson and Wilson, when writing the script, envisioned the film in three acts and
Anderson's use of color limns each act. "I wanted the first act of the film to be as colorless as possible, with the exception of Anthony. Anthony is really the central guy, even though Dignan makes everything happen. Anthony is really the central guy, even though Dignan makes everything happen.
Anthony provides the point of view, so we wanted to highlight him. Dignan wears all white, Bob wears mostly black but Anthony wears this bright red jacket and it's almost the first bit of intense color you see in the movie. In the second act of the movie, they arrive at this hotel where everything is going to happen to Anthony, his whole life will change. All these colors bloom here. We searched a long time for this hotel and we found the perfect one, with red doors, lots of oranges and yellows and turquoises. In the third act, when we meet Mr. Henry, the idea was to lose all of those vivid colors and return to the more neutral shades, except that they would be richer, more sophisticated colors, deep greens and purples."
Of course, the exception to this color scheme in the third act is the appearance of the thieves' signature, garish yellow jumpsuits. The whimsical jumpsuits, as well as all the costumes the actors wore, emphasized the bizarre camaraderie between Anthony, Bob and Dignan. "We tried to figure out clothes that wouldn't be cool because I wanted them to be original and to be cool, you have to fit into something," Anderson explains. “These guys are totally separated, they aren't part of any community or culture, really; they're just adrift in their own little world, so we wanted them to have their own style." Anderson jokingly add that "yellow jumpsuits might be borderline cool but they haven't crossed that threshold yet."
Costume designer Karen Patch explains that "Wes did not want a hip look, it was always slightly odd, slightly off. If we got anything that looked trendy, he nixed it. The idea was that some of the things were left over from when they were kids. We used colors that were strange, that had no name. It was definitely challenging and fun, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to the film. We were able to take risks, in terms of creating something new."
The props were also essential in defining the friends' quirky world. "We tried to get
objects that were made between 1975 and 1979, things like a digital watch with a red LED, Boy Scout binoculars, that kind of thing," Anderson notes. "We chose that time period because, in a way, everything they do is in the mindset of somebody who is about twelve years old and that's when Owen and I were twelve."
An avid fan of all kinds of music, Anderson knew the score would be a vital element. Polly Platt noticed that a certain musicality informed his directing style, and comments that "Wes has a lot of internal energy. I saw it sometimes when he rehearsed the boys, he'd start shuffling his feet, he clearly had a beat there. I think he has music in his head."
In Mark Mothersbaugh, the film's composer, Anderson found the perfect partner. A gifted musician with many television shows and movies to his credit, Mothersbaugh is also one of the founders of the punk band, Devo. Devo was famous for its staccato sound and outrageous costumes, which included flower-pot hats, overalls and, yes, yellow jumpsuits.
“When we made the movie, a composer wasn’t attached yet, so the yellow jumpsuit thing was just luck,” Anderson reflects. “He came to a screening and seemed to really get the movie and he contacted us about doing the score.”
A confessed jazz fan, Anderson says that Mothersbaugh brought a “jazzy feel” to the score, in innovative ways. A catchy drum solo, for instance, doesn’t originate from the standard percussion instrument, but from a gourd strung with a beaded net. Mothersbaugh even invited the director to participate in some of the recording sessions. “I got to play little shakers and act like I was part of the band.” Anderson says.
Such an original and offbeat movie demanded an equally evocative title.
“We always wanted to name it after fireworks and Bottle Rocket seemed appropriate,” Anderson explains. “Bottle rockets are the dinky, cheap fireworks that explode but are illegal because they’re so hard to control and are so poorly made. They are the kind of thing that could catch a garage on fire but a neighbor with a garden hose could put it out.”
James Caan elaborates on that metaphor.
“Think about it...what is a bottle rocket? It’s a firecracker that only goes so far. It isn’t a stick of dynamite that’s going to blow everything to bits and attract a lot of attention. You light it and, whoosh, it makes it only about the second or third floor, tops. Then it burns out and falls. That’s what these guys are, bottle rockets. They go only a certain distance and they stop. That’s ok, though, because they’re happy.”
Caan continues: “All these guys want something they don’t have; they want to be
something they aren’t. Anthony wants true love. Bob wants to feel like he’s part of
something. Dignan wants to be a criminal. So, what happens? Anthony gets a girlfriend, Bob gets to be part of a group and Dignan ends up in prison, which is secretly what he wanted all along. So, everybody gets what they wanted, but not in ways they expected.”
ABOUT THE CAST...
OWEN C. WILSON (Dignan, screenplay) met Bottle Rocket director Wes Anderson while both were classmates at the University of Texas at Austin.
The self-described “trouble-maker” attended St. Marks High School in Austin (where some of Bottle Rocket was shot) until the tenth grade when he was kicked out. He finished off the year at Thomas Jefferson School, then went on to attend a New Mexico military academy.
And movie avid fan since childhood, he lists the films of Terrence Malick, the Coen
brothers, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, John Huston and Roman Polanski as some of his favorites.
Bottle Rocket is his first film.
ROBERT MUSGRAVE (Bob) met Owen Wilson five years ago at the Dallas landmark bar/restaurant, Stoneleigh P., shot pool with him and lost $40.00. The two ended up becoming good friends anyway; “Owen was the first person I’d met who was as sarcastic as I was,” Musgrave explains. A year later, Musgrave ended up appearing in Bottle Rocket the short, which led to his starring in the role in the feature film version.
A transplanted West Virginian, Musgrave has tried his luck at stand-up comedy and sketch writing, but gained modest success working as a blues guitarist during the 1980’s both in Dallas and on the road.
LUKE WILSON (Anthony) grew up in Dallas, Texas, with his brothers Owen and
Andrew. Always interested in acting, he performed a bit in high school ,but didn’t pursue the craft in earnest until college. He attended Occidental College, initially drawn to the institution’s sports department, especially track and field. Wilson decided to forego sports for acting after attending a course in which the students read and performed stage works, including some Sam Shepard plays that made an indelible impression upon him. Bottle Rocket is his first film.
A graduate of the Centro Universitario de Teatro at Mexico’s National University, LUMI CAVAZOS (Inez) gained international attention with her performance as the quiet beauty “Tita” who transmits her passion through cooking in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning film Like Water For Chocolate. For her spirited portrayal, she won Best Actress prize at the Tokyo Film Festival (’92) and The Festival de Gramando in Brazil (’93).
Ms. Cavazos most recently finished work on films in Italy (Rebel Souls), Puerto Rico (Manhattan Meringue), and the United States (The Land of Milk and Honey). Before making her film debut in 1989 in Bussy Cortes’ Romelia’s Secret, she starred in several critically-acclaimed Mexican Theater productions, including School for Wives and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
JAMES CAAN (Mr. Henry) has appeared in some of the most popular and acclaimed films ever made, including The Godfather, Funny Lady, Thief, Misery, Honeymoon in Vegas and Flesh and Bone, among numerous others. He directed the film Hide in Plain Sight in which he also starred.
Born in the Bronx, Caan grew up in Queens, NY and attended Michigan State University and Hofstra College. He began his career in the theater, performing at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York before making his off-Broadway debut in La Ronde. His first film was Irma La Douce, in an unbilled performance.
In the early seventies, Caan began to attract critical plaudits, for his television role as the dying football player Brian Piccolo in Brian’s Song and as the volatile mobster Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. He was nominated for an Emmy for the former portrayal and an Oscar for the latter. Other film credits include The Rain People, Rabbit Run, Cinderella Liberty, The Killer Elite, Silent Movie, Comes a Horseman, Chapter Two, Gardens of Stone and Dick Tracy.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS...
Director WES ANDERSON received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the
University of Texas after attending St. John’s High School in Dallas.
An admitted movie fanatic, Anderson always dabbled in filmmaking, shooting Super 8 movies in his spare time and filming shorts to air on the local cable access station in Houston, where he also learned the art of editing. Just before shooting the short film version of Bottle Rocket, Anderson had been accepted to attend Columbia University’s film school, but deferred, in order to make the short, and, ultimately, the feature.
Bottle Rocket is his first film.
Producer POLLY PLATT is executive vice president at James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films. Their association dates to when Brooks was developing Terms of Endearment, his first feature directorial effort. They consulted on several aspects of that film and Platt won an Academy Award nomination as production designer.
Platt, the first woman to become a production designer in the Art Director’s Guild,
designed costumes and sets for such films as The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon,
What’s Up Doc?, The Bad News Bears and A Star Is Born. She was also production designer on Young Doctors in Love, The Man With Two Brains and The Witches of Eastwick.
As a writer, Platt co-conceived the story for the 1968 thriller Targets, wrote the story and screenplay for Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby (as well as serving as associate producer) and adapted William Inge’s novel for the film Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff.
After teaming with Brooks, Platt produced the films The War of the Roses and Say
Anything, and was executive producer on Brooks’ second and third films as a director, Broadcast News and I’ll Do Anything.
A fine arts painter who studied scenic design at Carnegie-Mellon Institute of Technology, Platt began her career in the film business in partnership with her former husband, director Peter Bogdanovich. They have two children, Antonia and Alexandra.
Academy Award winning writer-producer-director JAMES L. BROOKS’ (executive producer) second feature film as a director, Broadcast News, garnered Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay and won the New York Film Critic Circle Award for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director as well as a Writer’s Guild nomination for Best Screenplay. In his feature directorial debut, Brooks won Oscars for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture in adapting Larry McMurtry’s novel Terms of Endearment. For that film, Brooks also won a Best Picture Award from the New York Film Critics Circle; a Best Director award from the Directors Guild; a Writers’ Guild Award for Best Screenplay; and the D W Griffith award from the National Board of Review. He most recently directed Columbia’s I’ll Do Anything starring Nick Nolte.
For his work in television, Brooks has been bestowed with 32 Emmy Award
nominations, winning that award 12 times. He shares responsibility to such acclaimed television programs as The Simpsons, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Rhoda, Taxi, The Tracey Ullman Show and The Associates. He continues to work in television (having most recently developed the animated series The Critic) and in feature film development, both under the auspices of his production company Gracie Films.
As a feature producer, Brooks’ has worked with directors Penny Marshall, for whom he produced Big (in association with Robert Greenhut); Cameron Crowe, who directed Say Anything; and Danny DeVito, who directed War of the Roses.
RICHARD SAKAI (executive producer) began his long association with James L.
Brooks in 1977 when he was hired as a gofer. After directing several episodes and
producing the fifth year of the TV series Taxi, Sakai was named president of Gracie
Films. There he was involved in the production of the films Broadcast News, Big, War of the Roses, Say Anything and I’ll Do Anything. He also produced TV shows The Tracey Ullman Show, the Simpsons, Sibs, The Critic and Phenom.
He is a producer the upcoming motion picture Jerry Maguire from Tri-Star pictures.
BARBARA BOYLE (executive producer) is a partner in (with Michael Taylor) Boyle-Taylor Productions. Their first project, Mrs. Munck, recently completed principal photography. The film’s stars Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, Kelly Preston, Seymour Cassel and Shelley Winters. Boyle-Taylor is also in the midst of producing the film Phenomenon currently in production which stars John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, and Kyra Sedgwick. Future projects include Mutant Message Down Under and Ishmael.
Prior to the creation of Boyle-Taylor Productions, Boyle was president of Sovereign Pictures, which financed and distributed internationally such films as My Left Foot, Cinema Paradiso, Reversal of Fortune, Impromptu, Hamlet and The Commitments. Prior to that, she executive produced Eight Men Out. She also served as executive vice president of production with R. K. O. Pictures, and earlier served as senior vice president of worldwide production at Orion Pictures as chief operating officer of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures.
MICHAEL TAYLOR (executive producer) is a partner in (with Barbara Boyle) Boyle-Taylor Productions Their first project, Mrs. Munck, recently completed principal photography. The film’s stars Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, Kelly Preston, Seymour Cassel and Shelley Winters. Boyle-Taylor is also in the midst of producing the film Phenomenon currently in production which stars John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, and Kyra Sedgwick. Future projects include Mutant Message Down Under and Ishmael.
Prior to the creation of Boyle-Taylor Productions, Taylor was president of Precision Films, which co-financed and produced the films, Blue Steel, directed by Kathryn Bigleow, and Hider in the House. Before that, he was executive assistant to the president of Orion Pictures.
As an independent producer, Taylor produced Jonathan Demme’s Last Embrace and The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper.
ROBERT YEOMAN (director of photography) has served as director of photography on the films Rampage, The Linguini Incident, The Wizard, Drugstore Cowboy, Rented Lips, Dead Heat and Johnny Be Good, among others.
For TV, he shot the TV movies Double Deception, Perfect Harmony and CAT Squad.
DAVID WASCO’s (production designer) career in production design began in 1980 and he has since worked on over twenty films as either production designer or art director including the hit Pulp Fiction and the Academy Award nominee, El Norte. Other credits include Oleanna, Killing Zoe, Night of the Comet, Smooth Talk, Stacking, Rachel River, In Shallow Grave, The Wash, and Twister. His television credits include David Mamet’s A Life in the Theater, the Emmy Award-winning Mariciela and Traveling Man.
Wasco lives in Los Angeles with his wife and frequent collaborator, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, who recently worked alongside him as set decorator on Reservoir Dogs, Killing Zoe, and Pulp Fiction. Experts on Los Angeles architecture, the husband-and-wife team served as set decorators for the hugely successful 1989 Case Study House Exhibit: Blueprints for Modern Living at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
In addition to his work on Bottle Rocker, DAVID MORITZ (editor) served as editor of the MGM film Sleep With Me. He was also assistant director of the film Father of the Bride.
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH’s (composer) extensive credits include the films Revenge of the Nerds II, It’s Pat, The New Age, Flesh Suitcase and the short film Down on the Waterfront.
For television, Mothersbaugh has composed music for the hit TV show Pee-Wee’s
Playhouse, as well as the series Lame Duck, Liquid Television, Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann, Second Chances, South Beach, Sliders, Medicine Ball, Rugrats, The Shaggy Dog, Strange Luck and Hollywood Lives, among numerous others.
Mothersbaugh was also one of the founders of the influential punk band Devo.
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