15 names.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, had been a well-known movie director. After working for several years as a child actor, Joseph became better known for starring on the hit television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which he earned two Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards. In addition, the show earned three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Peformance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Prior to his success on television, Joseph had already worked steadily in feature films, debuting in the Robert Redford film A River Runs Through It. He won a Young Artist Award for the latter film. During the 1990s, he also co-starred in the films Angels in the Outfield, The Juror, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Following his work on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Joseph took time off from acting to attend Columbia University. In the early 2000s, he broke from the mold of his television and film comedy supporting roles by appearing in a string of intense dramatic roles, mostly in smaller, independent films such as Manic, with Don Cheadle; Mysterious Skin, for writer/director Gregg Araki; Rian Johnson's award-winning debut film, Brick; Lee Daniels' Shadowboxer; the crime drama The Lookout, which marked Scott Frank's directorial debut; John Madden's Killshot, with Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke; and the controversial drama Stop-Loss, in which he starred with Ryan Phillippe, under the direction of Kimberly Peirce. By 2009, Joseph was officially established as one of the leading men of indie cinema with his Golden Globe-nominated role in the comedy-drama (500) Days of Summer, for which he also received an Independent Spirit Award nod. He also adapted the Elmore Leonard short story Sparks into a 24-minute short film that he directed (Sundance Film Festival 2009).

In 2010, he headlined the indie drama Hesher and also established himself as a mainstream star in Christopher Nolan's Inception. Balancing both independent and Hollywood film, Joseph scored another Golden Globe nod for the cancer drama 50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine and also starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard. He worked again with director Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises (for which he received a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite Movie Actor), and snagged leading roles in both Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp, and Looper, for which he reunited with his Brick director, Rian Johnson, and starred opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. Also in 2012, he played Abraham Lincoln's son Robert in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.

In 2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in his critically-acclaimed feature film directorial debut, Don Jon, from a script he wrote, opposite Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for "Best First Screenplay" for the film. Gordon-Levitt provided the voice of Jiro Horikoshi in the 2014 English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-nominated animated feature The Wind Rises, and appeared in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, in which he played Johnny, a character Miller created for the film.

Gordon-Levitt founded and directs hitRECord, an open collaborative production. hitRECord creates and develops art and media collectively using their website where anyone with an internet connection can upload their records, download and remix others' records, and work on projects together. When the results of these RECords are produced and make money, hitRECord splits the profits 50/50 with everybody who contributed to the final production. hitRECord has published books, put out records, gone on tour and has screened their work at major festivals including Sundance and TIFF. "RegularJOE" (as he's known on the site) is leading the community of over 300, 000 artists in its biggest collaboration yet, a new take on a variety show called "HitRecord on TV!" The half hour series, which Gordon-Levitt hosts, premiered in January on Participant Media's new cable network, Pivot and has been renewed for a second season.

Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome.

His best knows films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), and Your Name (2016).

His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky (1986) by Hayao Miyazaki.

Gorô Miyazaki

Graduated from Shinshu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Goro Miyazaki started his career as a construction consultant, and he designed parks or public institutions. Because his father, Hayao Miyazaki, is a world-famous filmmaker, he always had complex feeling towards his father. He decided not to work for anything related to animation, to avid to be compared with Hayao. However, the turning point came to his life in 1990s, which was the new project of construction of Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. He was in charge of the whole design of the museum, and became the first Managing Director. While Hayao was filming "Hauru no ugoku shiro", Toshio Suzuki, the producer, decided to let Goro direct the next Ghibli movie since he was impressed by Goro's talent of making decisions quickly and properly, and his ability to draw pictures. Therefore he directed "Gedo Senki", which is the first step of his career in the animated movie industry.

Lauren Montemayor

Lauren Elizabeth Montemayor was born in 2005 in Austin Texas. Lauren's first exposure to TV was in 2010 at age 5 as an extra on an episode of NBC's Friday Night Lights. She had a featured role in the short film "Lilia" (2011). Lauren was selected to play the character "Melissa" for her first feature length film titled "Mahogany Sunrise" a.k.a. "Gang Money Run". Lauren has been featured in a Music Video and continues to stay busy with independent film and video shorts as well as TV and motion picture projects. She quickly makes friends on set and loves making her fellow cast members laugh with her impromptu humor. Lauren loves making music as well as creating original characters, mostly inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki.

Toshio Suzuki

Toshio Suzuki is a film producer of anime and a long-time colleague of Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the former president of Studio Ghibli.

Suzuki is renowned as one of Japan's most successful producers after the enormous box office success (in Japan) of many Ghibli films. Suzuki was born in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture in 1948. In 1967 he enrolled at Keio University and graduated with a degree in literature in 1972.

In 1985 Suzuki was also involved with Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg.

In 2014, Suzuki was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as the producer of The Wind Rises, along with Hayao Miyazaki. And in 2017, he was again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as the producer of The Red Turtle.

Hassan Ahmed Raja

Hassan Ahmed Raja is an actor and filmmaker from Pakistan. He was 9 when he first realized his passion for telling stories but, with time, he forgot about it. The moment of realization came when he finished his graduation in Electronics Engineering and dreamed to pursue a career as a filmmaker. He considers theater and radio as the main source of inspiration to turn him into a better performer and storyteller. In future, he plans to write stories and make films that could help in bringing peace and love in the world. As a filmmaker, he considers Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Majid Majidi & Hayao Miyazaki as his biggest inspirations.

Chad Cannon

Chad Cannon is a composer whose style and storytelling interests are quickly launching him to prominence.

His double debut soundtrack releases from 2016 received global recognition: Cairo Declaration, co-composed with Xiaogang Ye, received a Golden Rooster Award - China's highest film award (equivalent to an Oscar) - for Best Music of 2016, while his score to PAPER LANTERNS received a nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary from the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA), alongside Hans Zimmer's Planet Earth II. He also garnered an IFMCA nomination for Breakthrough Composer of the Year, alongside Justin Hurwitz (La La Land). Chad's new symphonic work, Dreams of a Sleeping World, which pairs 10 paintings by Oscar Oiwa with poetry and music featuring chorus with woodwind soloist Mate Bekavac, receives its premiere by the Slovenia Philharmonic in November 2017. Recent concert commissions and collaborations include: Hub New Music, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Peabody Essex Museum, Farallon Quintet, Kyo-Shin An Arts, and the Barlow Endowment.

Fluent in Japanese, Chad works closely with Studio Ghibli legendary composer Joe Hisaishi, acting in 2017 as chief arranger and orchestrator for the world premiere of Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki, which opened in Paris, France, in June. They also traveled together to Hiroshima with the World Dream Orchestra for the premiere of Chad's arrangement from Miyazaki's 1986 classic, Castle in the Sky. Chad also works frequently with orchestrators Tim Williams and Conrad Pope.

With the goal of creating more opportunities for young composers to engage in cultural exchange around the Pacific region, Chad founded the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI) in 2014. The organization has presented collaborative concerts in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore, Okinawa, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, Utah, and Massachusetts, with a tour of mainland Japan planned for 2018. Participants include Davone Tines, Ryu Goto, Kojiro Umezaki, Yuga Cohler, Matthew Aucoin, Rachel Lee Priday, Kah Chun Wong, Jun Hong Loh, and Narong Prangcharoen - some of the most accomplished young classical artists in the world. Chad also worked with violinist Midori Goto on her United Nations-supported Music Sharing charity projects, having led eight tours for her in Asia, including Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Japan, where she and other young artists performed for tens of thousands in refugee camps, schools, hospitals, special needs facilities, prisons, and community centers.

Chad holds degrees from Harvard and Juilliard, and was named a Sundance Fellow in the Composer Labs (Documentary), held at Skywalker Ranch in 2016.

Wahyu Ichwandardi

Indonesian father of art & crafty family.

Believe in Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Dennis Muren, Hayao Miyazaki and their dreams.

Work as Graphic Designer in advertising & TV station, Animator, Stop-motion artist, Illustrator. And social video artist, including Vine & Instagram in social media.

Been working in TV stations for 20 years. Now it's time to change the course: social media.

Yôichi Kotabe

In the 60s he enters Toei Doga (the most important animation studio these days) as animator. Here he formed a team with Yasuo Ôtsuka, Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki and worked together in the animation films "Prince of the Sun: The Great Adventure of Horus" (1968) and "The Mysterious Flying Boat" (1969). In 1968 he is promoted to animation director with the TV series "Magical Sally". In 1972 all the team quits Toei to work within Tokyo Movie Studio, and here Kotabe does the animation direction and/or character design of "Panda Kopanda" and its sequel "Panda Kopanda Rainy Circus" (1973). Later, as a free-lance artist he does the animation direction and character design of the TV series and film "Heidi, the Little Girl of the Alps" (1974), his very first hit, and "Marco, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother" (1976). After a decade of glorious collaborations with Takahata, he joined Nintendo Video Game Company in 1985 as a creative designer and begins to work in the "Pocket Monsters" saga and later in the animation TV series and film conversions.

Anurag Sikder

Born in New Delhi, India, Anurag Sikder is an independent screenwriter and film director. Raised by Bengali parents, Anurag's childhood environment was filled with VHS tapes of legendary cinema, collected from 1965 on wards. As a teenager, Anurag had traveled across India, learning about multiple cultures and ways of expression. In cinema, he cites his influences as Michael Mann, Hayao Miyazaki and Luc Besson.

Ray daSilva

Artist-animator, Ray daSilva attended and later instructed at New York City's world famous School of Visual Arts. From the early '70s when he worked with the celebrated former Walt Disney animator, Shamus Culhane, Ray has been known throughout the industry as a "renaissance" type artist capable of rendering in the classic, smooth Walt Disney style to handling any aspect of the production from concept to finish.

Beginning as a staff, storyboard illustrator and conceptual artist for the major ad agencies in New York City he rapidly moved to hanging up his own shingle as an advertising art service studio supplying comprehensive visuals and story boards for the ad agencies that once employed him. The studio soon grew into a full production service. Ray's talent for visualization and continuity of the story line had led him naturally into the animated film industry.

His initial mentor and employer, Shamus Culhane, said that Ray was "the best natural animator that he ever met." This is a profound statement since Shamus had worked, not just for Disney, but for Max and Dave Fleischer as well as many of the animation pioneers of New York City where animation began in the United States. Ray's work also took him north to Canada where he became a contributor to that nation's outstanding, prizewinning animated films.

Ray's background as a conceptual artist provided an excellent foundation for producing and directing animatic test spots and full animation for television commercials. Due to his long time association with Disney animators, he concentrated his skills and talents on the traditional animation aspect of the business. He holds good international festival recognition. Although he favors traditional animation as is still done by Japan's fabled animator Hayao Miyazaki, at this writing he is moving into computer based work due to pure commercial pressure.

As his star rose in the industry, Ray began to work on entertainment feature films, TV series and home videos as well as spots for the advertising industry as a key animator, background designer and storyboard artist. Ray daSilva is based in New York City.

Ryan K. McNeal

Ryan was born in a small town in Iowa. He studied film at Columbia College Chicago, concentrating in Directing. Minuet (2010) was his first directorial short focused on festival entry.

The Knife Thrower's Apprentice (2011), a short film about following your dreams, was his followup directorial piece. In addition, Ryan has a feature script in the works.

He takes inspiration from authors Alexander Dumas, Umberto Eco, Leo Tolstoy, J.K. Rowling, and filmmakers Tim Burton, Darren Aronofsky, Marc Forester, and Hayao Miyazaki.

Jean Paul Vizuete

Jean Paul Vizuete was born on October 13, 1994 in Panama City, Panama. His father is Ricardo Vizuete, a college biology professor and salsa music composer, and his mother is Elkilia Santos de Vizuete, a psychologist and former reporter. His younger sister is Melanie Vizuete, who's an aspiring actress and a lawyer student.

Jean Paul is a born-storyteller. Since a very early age, Jean began writing fantasy and sci-fi stories for personal entertainment. He wrote stories about mythical worlds and super heroes, which would later serve as an inspiration for many of his most recent works. As he grew older, he started showing a very keen interest on movies, and that's when he started adapting many of his stories into screenplays.

Jean is an avid fan of movies, books and anime. His favorite movies include Inception and The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson's adaption of Tolkien's The Return of the King, and George Lucas' The Empire Strikes Back. His favorite books are J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind. He is known to also be a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, and Hayao Miyazaki's films (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.).

In 2009, Jean (along with his friends Daniel Jaramillo, Gabriel Agudelo and Gian Carlo Angulo) created a film production team for teenagers called Vizu's FIlms. They made a full-length movie called 'El Caballero Blanco', about a super hero that fought corruption in Panama, their hometown. The film premiered with a unique showing on a local movie theater, and was later released on the internet. They later proceeded to produce two more short films before the group was closed.

In 2012, he started publishing through Wattpad his book "Nightwalker: The Wizard's Key", which was completed almost a year later on October of 2013. Currently, the final draft of the first part of the book is still available on Wattpad, but Jean hasn't released any news regarding a full publication of the book, since he insists that he won't rush a release until he has found a proper editor for it. He is currently writing the second entry in the series: "Palace of the Sages".

Jean moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March of 2015, and has being living there since. He is studying Film Production at the Universidad del Cine (FUC). He likes visiting his homeland, Panama, every few months.

Jeff Lenburg

Jeff Lenburg, a writer-producer and television personality, is best known for film and television documentaries, including "I Know That Voice" (2013), "Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty" (2008), and "The Story of the Boys Republic" (1992), and network series and specials, including "E! Mysteries & Scandals" (1999).

Jeff broke into the business writing, producing, and directing various short films, including an adaptation of Willie Nelson's classic song, "The Red Headed Stranger." He trained as a screenwriter under a Director Guild of America-sponsored protégé of Academy Award-winning film director Arthur Hiller and director Richard Donner. As a co-producer, Jeff worked alongside Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, Don Bresnahan. In addition, he served as an adviser to Cartoon Network on its advisory board in the development and acquisition of its on-air programming, including series and specials.

Jeff is also a prolific, award-winning author of more than 30 books, including celebrity memoirs, celebrity biographies, and two national best sellers. His books have been nominated for the American Library Association's "Best Non-Fiction Award" and the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association's "Gold Medallion Award" for "Best Autobiography/Biography," and have been translated in numerous languages.

In his teens, Jeff began interviewing many famous Hollywood personalities and became a frequent contributor to many leading and respected film journals and magazines that published his freelance work.

As one of the nation's premier biographers, Jeff has authored 18 acclaimed celebrity memoirs and biographies. They include: "Renegade at Heart," the autobiography of actor Lorenzo Lamas (of TV's "Renegade" and "Falcon Crest" fame); the eight-book "Legends of Animation" series featuring biographies of Tex Avery, Walt Disney, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Matt Groening, Walter Lantz, John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, and Genndy Tartakovsky; "How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Voice (Or Lose Your Tonsils Trying)" with radio/TV legend Gary Owens; "All the Gold In California and Other People, Places & Things" with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin; "Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake," the only authorized biography of her; "Dudley Moore: An Informal Biography"; "Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood's Antihero"; "Steve Martin: An Unauthorized Biography," and eight-book "Legends of Animation" series.

An acknowledged authority on cartoon animation, Jeff has spent three decades preserving its history. He has penned seven books about the history of this lively art: three editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons," the most comprehensive history on animated cartoons ever produced; "Who's Who in Animated Cartoons," the first-ever international guide to film and television's award-winning and legendary animators; "The Great Cartoon Directors;" and two editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series," the first reference book on animated cartoons ever written. In addition, he is the author of "Career Opportunities in Animation," the most comprehensive career guide written for beginning and experienced animation professionals, for Ferguson Publishing.

In 1993, for his work as an animation historian, Jeff was inducted into the "Cartoon Legends Walk of Fame" in Hollywood along with celebration cartoon icons Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and Friz Freleng.

Jeff is also a foremost expert on the Three Stooges comedy team. A close friend of Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita, he co-authored two books about this wacky comedy trio: "The Three Stooges Scrapbook," indisputably the most complete history of the Stooges ever written, and "Once A Stooge, Always A Stooge," the autobiography of Three Stooges member Joe Besser.

Jeff is also the author of numerous popular references: two editions of "The Facts On File Guide to Research," the most comprehensive guide ever written on the subject of writing and research; and "Baseball's All-Star Game," a definitive game-by-game history of baseball's mid-summer classic.

In addition, Jeff has turned to writing fiction. In 1995, he published his first novel, a classic Hollywood "whodunit," "Scared to Death: A Lori Matrix Hollywood Mystery." During his career, Jeff has interviewed dozens of other major personalities, world figures and headline-makers, including baseball Hall of Famers George Brett and Nolan Ryan, tennis star Chris Evert, former First Lady Betty Ford, and controversial and former New York policeman Frank Serpico.

A popular media figure, Jeff has been featured on more than 100 major-market radio and television programs around the world, including "BBC Live," "CBS Evening News," NBC's "Today Show," "Entertainment Tonight," CNN's "Showbiz Today," and "The Dennis Miller Show," and major magazines and newspapers, including "USA Today," the "Los Angeles Times," the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post."

In recognition of his achievements, Jeff is listed in such prominent references as Contemporary Authors and Men of Achievement, and was awarded the "Journalism Alumnus of the Year Award" by his alma mater, Fullerton College.

Jamie Porazinski

Jamie grew up in central Tampa, Florida. At a young age, she had shown talent in the creative arts involving not only drawing, but music as well. She discovered her path into the character concept field when she was in middle school and was encouraged by family and friends. Large influences in her life mainly focused around three people that had nothing to do with the field; Roney Rodriguez, Jules Cult, and her mother Mida Porazinski. Without this people she believes she would have never gone through with her passion.

Starting out with influences of Akira Toriyama, Hayao Miyazaki, Tim Burton, Walt Disney and many others, she pushed her abilities to make her own unique characters. One character that she had created when she was 10 years old, she holds dear to her heart. Gomon Sun or Ziencora, is a character that represents a part of Jamie. Gomon is an expression of what the artist is in the art world. The character's story and personality represents her life; as the artist grows, so does the character.

15 names.