HYPERGRAPHIA KEY PERSONNEL
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lorenzo DeStefano is a director member of the Directors Guild of America and past member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild. He is producer/writer/director of the upcoming feature film “Hypergraphia”(www.hypergraphiafilm.com), based on “The Inman Diary” by eccentric Boston diarist Arthur Crew Inman (1895-1963), published by Harvard University Press.
“Los Zafiros / The Sapphires – Music From The Edge Of Time”, is DeStefano’s award-winning music feature about the Beatles of 1960s Cuba (Vivendi Filmed Entertainment/Shout Factory, MVD Visual, Ballpark Distribution).
DeStefano produced, directed & edited the acclaimed PBS feature documentary “Talmage Farlow” (MVD Visual), a portrait of the great American jazz guitarist.
SCREENPLAYS include the originals "Finchley Dreams", "Lads", and “"Deep Inside". Adaptations include "Creeps" from a play by David E. Freeman, "Cropper’s Cabin" from the novel by Jim Thompson, and “Appointment in Samarra” (co-writer), from the novel by John O’Hara.
PLAYS include “Shipment Day”, “Providence”, from the screenplay by David Mercer, and “Camera Obscura”, a dramatization of The Inman Diary. Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, “Camera Obscura” received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, both productions by the celebrated English director Jonathan Miller. “The Inman Diaries”, a chamber opera based on DeStefano’s play, by American composer Thomas Oboe Lee, received its world premiere in Boston in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company.
OPERA - “The Inman Diaries”, a chamber opera based on DeStefano’s play, “Camera Obscura”, received its world premiere in Boston in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company.
FICTION includes “Finchley Dreams”, a harrowing tale of murder and modern slavery set in North London, and “The Clifton Incident”, about a young Hollywood couple whose house ceases to be their home when the former owner, a celebrated writer, returns.
NON-FICTION includes the memoir, “Visitations – Finding A Secret Relative In Modern-Day Hawai’i”, “Diary of a Nobody” (The Guardian), the photographic memoir “La Hora Magica / The Magic Hour – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba”, and “Calle Cero – An Encounter with Cuban Film Director Tomas Gutierrez Alea” (Cuba Update).
THEATER DIRECTING includes William Inge's "Natural Affection", Horton Foote's "The One-Armed Man", the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan's "Conversations with the Spanish Lady", and the world premiere of "Twisted Twain", the one-man show by Bill Erwin.
FILM EDITING includes "Dreamscape", “That Championship Season”, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, "The Killing Time" and “Gingerale Afternoon". DeStefano was Supervising Film Editor and a Producer and Director on the ABC/Warner Brothers drama series “Life Goes On”, starring Patti Lupone
PHOTOGRAPHY - DeStefano’s first thematic photographic series was "REST HOMES - HAWAII". His traveling exhibition, "LA HORA MAGICA/THE MAGIC HOUR - Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba"”, has been shown extensively in Cuba as well as in New York, London, Havana, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. His work in Hawai’i and Cuba, in a show titled “Two Islands”, will be exhibited in Honolulu in 2014.
DeStefano is founder and director of The Ventura Film Society in Ventura, California, an alternative cinema cooperative whose mission is to bring people together in the dark.
The gifted cinematographer Barry Markowitz has shot nearly a dozen features and numerous documentaries, shorts and 500 television commercials, working with many of the industry's top directors. His feature credits include "Jayne Mansfield's Car", “Sling Blade", "All The Pretty Horses" and "Daddy and Them" for Billy Bob Thornton, "The Apostle" for director Robert Duvall, "Crazy Heart" for director Scott Cooper, "The Big Bang" and "Two Girls and a Guy" for director James Toback, "Paper Hearts" for director Rod McCall, "Torn Apart" for director Jack Fisher, and "Sonny" for director Nicolas Cage. Barry was inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers in 2005 and lives in New York City.
John Collins has a diverse background in architecture, construction, performance, and design for stage and film. His hands on approach, incredible work ethic and unique vision have kept him in high demand since entering the film industry.
His formal undergraduate education as an architect included a year studying under the talented architects, painters and sculptors at the prestigious Volgograd Academy of Architecture and Engineering in Volgograd, Russia. After architecture school John made the move to San Diego where he spent a year working for architect Tom Grondona as a design/build architect on “The Castle”, an eccentric private residence in Point Loma, California.
He made the transition to the entertainment industry accepting a position working for the Creative Services Department of Sea World San Diego designing, building, sculpting and painting the live shows and theme park attractions.
To further his formal education of theater and film design John moved north to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Design for Stage and Film at the California Institute of the Arts, while simultaneously taking Masters classes at the USC Graduate School of Cinema-Television.
John has a BS in Environmental Design and a Professional degree in Architecture (with honors in writing, and was awarded the “Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis” in the School of Architecture) from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Volgograd Academy of Architecture and Engineering in Volgograd, Russia and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
Sergio graduated with honors from the film program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He was the co-founder and senior editor at Post Modern, a specialty post-production house in Los Angeles. With over twenty years of professional editing experience, he has edited projects ranging from music videos, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, and feature-length films. His projects have won several awards including the Tele, Aurora Platinum, Omni, Communicator, and Imagen awards.
He edited the multi award-winning feature documentary, “Los Zafiros- Music From the Edge of Time” (www.loszafirosfilm.com), produced and directed by Lorenzo DeStefano.
In 2011 he edited a feature length documentary for the History Channel called “Pirate Island” (http://whydah.com/%E2%80%98pirate-island%E2%80%99-documentary-uncovering-pirate-treasures-with-barry-clifford-in-madagascar-premieres-nov-20-on-h2-channel-2/).
In 2010 he co-edited the seven-part documentary series “Moguls and Movie Stars” for TCM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moguls_and_Movie_Stars).
He also edited the feature documentary “Where I Stand-The Hank Greenspan Story”, produced and directed by Scott Goldstein and narrated by Anthony Hopkins (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408343/).
He recently completed a series of multi-screen video exhibitions for the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and The New York Tolerance Center, including a film on the problem of bullying in high schools and a documentary on the life of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
In 2006 he directed and edited a half-hour documentary about the life of the legendary actor, Ricardo Montalban, created especially for the opening of the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood and
later broadcast on KABC.
From 2003- 2006 he was a producer and editor at Sparkhill Productions in Burbank, where he created behind-the-scenes and historical documentaries for Home Video releases of classic Warner Bros., Paramount, and Disney feature films. Projects included “The High and The Mighty”, “Island in the Sky”, and multi-disc sets for Warner’s James Dean and Thin Man collections for Warner Bros., all of which received critical acclaim for their bonus content.
He is currently editing the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens”. For complete credits see (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657571/).
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by Daniel Aaron
Daniel Aaron is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He spent eight years (1977-1985) as editor of “THE INMAN DIARY-A PUBLIC & PRIVATE CONFESSION”, published by Harvard University Press, and is the author of many varied works including “EDGAR ALLEN POE”, “MARK TWAIN: A BIOGRAPHY”, “THE BOSTONIANS”, “STUDIES IN BIOGRAPHY”, “WRITERS ON THE LEFT”, “THE UNWRITTEN WAR - AMERICAN WRITERS & THE CIVIL WAR”, and “AMERICA IN CRISIS - FOURTEEN CRITICAL EPISODES IN AMERICAN HISTORY.” His memoir, “THE AMERICANIST”, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2007.
Professor Aaron has been a dedicated advisor to Lorenzo DeStefano from the inception of both the theatre and film projects based on THE INMAN DIARY and continues to provide solid historical guidance and personal support. He attended the Seattle Repertory Theatre workshop production of DeStefano’s stage adaptation of the diary and participated in post-performance discussions with the audience on the editorial process. He has read every draft of DeStefano’s play and screenplay and served as a consultant to “The Inman Diaries”, a n opera based on DeStefano’s play that was produced in Boston in September 2007. Aaron is also on-camera interviewee and narrator of DeStefano’s documentary-in-progress, “FROM A DARKENED ROOM-THE STRANGE LIFE & TIMES OF ARTHUR CREW INMAN”. He also filmed a segment of “CHRONICLE”, an evening magazine series from Boston’s WCVB Channel 5, covering his ten years of work on The Inman Diary.
At the age of 100, Professor Aaron is a vital link in the chain that binds himself, Arthur Inman and Lorenzo DeStefano in the ongoing legacy that is The Inman Diary.
DEC 2, 2010
Harvard's emeritus faculty operate, in many ways, as the University’s living memory"
By Corydon Ireland
Veteran storyboard artist Giacomo Ghiazza has joined the Hypergraphia team to assist director Lorenzo DeStefano and director of photography Barry Markowitz in previsualizing several visual effects sequences from DeStefano’s script. Giacomo’s extensive feature credits include “Life of Pi” (director Ang Lee), “Knight & Day” (director James Mangold), “Speed” & “Twister” (director Jan deBont), “Starship Troopers”, “Hollow Man” & “Total Recall” (director Paul Verhoeven), “Face Off” & “Windtalkers” (director John Woo), “Mission Impossible 3” (director J.J. Abrams), “Eight Below” (director Frank Marshall), “Disclosure” (director Barry Levinson), “The Lightning Thief” (director Chris Columbus), “Rexx” (director Todd Holland), Robocop 2 (director Irvin Kershner), “Article 99 (director Howard Deutsch), and “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” (director Brad Silberling).