COLBY PARKER, JR. (Editor) has been a longtime collaborator with filmmaker Peter Berg, with Hancock representing their sixth project together. After working with Berg on his original ABC television series, "Wonderland," he served as an additional editor on the action hit The Rundown, and co-edited both Friday Night Lights and The Kingdom. The pair first worked together on a music video produced in conjunction with Berg's big screen directorial debut, the black comedy Very Bad Things.
Parker grew up in Brooklyn and studied film at SUNY at New Paltz. He began his professional career editing sports segments for WPIX-TV in New York before branching out on his own. He opened his own music video and commercial editing facility, where he cut over 100 videos for such musical artists as Missy Elliot, Green Day, P. Diddy and Alien Ant Farm.
In addition to his feature film work, Parker is also a resident editor at Whitehouse Editorial, one of the industry's top commercial editing houses.
Two-time Academy Award® winner JOHN DYKSTRA (Visual Effects Designed by) came to the entertainment industry from a background in industrial design and still photography. At age 22, he worked as part of a team headed by Doug Trumbull on such films as The Andromeda Strain and Silent Running, designing and building models and doing effects photography.
Dykstra also helped design, build and operate a computer-controlled camera system for the National Science Foundation at UC Berkeley. Equipped with what would later be acknowledged as the foundation of motion control technology, he went back to work for Doug Trumbull in the development phases of amusement park simulator rides and other advanced image-based entertainment schemes.
Dykstra next teamed with Gary Kurtz and George Lucas, with whom he created Industrial Light and Magic, assembling the creative group that would design and build the miniatures and camera systems used to create the Academy Award®-winning visual effects for Star Wars. Dykstra was also presented with the Academy's Technical Achievement Award for the Industrial Light and Magic facility itself.
Following the ground-breaking Star Wars venture, Glen Larson hired Dykstra as a producer and visual effects supervisor on the popular television program, "Battlestar Galactica." Gathering his key players, he founded special effects company Apogee. Using Apple's first personal computers as the basis for its motion imaging systems, the team garnered an Emmy for the series.
Dykstra, Trumbull and the rest of the effects team went on to earn an Academy Award® nomination for their work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Through Apogee, Dykstra contributed visual effects to many feature films and directed commercials, theme park entertainments and video games. Under his guidance, Apogee developed benchmark motion control and blue screen technologies.
Dykstra went on to supervise the visual effects for the Batman series of films including Batman, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and was the visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Stuart Little, subsequently nominated for an Oscar® for its visual effects. In 2000, Dykstra joined director Sam Raimi to design the visual effects for Spider-Man, garnering him another Academy Award® nomination for Best Visual Effects, an award he won four years later for his work on the sequel, Spider-Man 2.
Walden Media has signed Dykstra to direct a feature film, based on a true story, about a male tortoise who becomes a reluctant mother to a baby hippopotamus orphaned during a tsunami.