Born in Croatia, Vanja Černjul earned his first cinematography degree from the Academy of Dramatic Arts at the University of Zagreb in 1991. Graduation coin- cided with the first political and military actions that triggered the Croatian War of Independence. Days after graduation, he pledged his skills to reporting the up- heaval to the rest of the world and joined the ranks of international journalists providing combat footage for international news outlets like BBC, CNN and NBC. The coverage of the conflict took him into hazardous and personally demanding situations that shaped his attitudes towards life, work and aesthetics. In 1995, facing a domestic film industry in collapse and driven by the ambition to become a narrative Director of Photography, Vanja moved to New York and enrolled in the MFA program of the Tisch Graduate School of the Arts at NYU.
He has since photographed 18 feature films, numerous hit television programs and countless other projects with a wide range of collaborators. His feature work has been honored with the Stockholm International Film Festival Best Cinema- tography Award for Rain (Katherine Lindberg, director), the Pula Film Festival Golden Arena for Best Cinematography for Ćaća (Dalibor Matanić, director), and the Avignon/New York Film Festival Kodak Vision Award for The Photographer (Jeremy Stein, director). Vanja has earned two Primetime Emmy Nominations for "Outstanding Cinematography" for his work on NBCs comedy series 30 Rock and the Showtime/Lions Gate TV series Nurse Jackie. His work on the HBO TV series Bored to Death has been nominated for the ASC Award for cinematogra- phy.
Vanja's induction into the Croatian Association of Film Cinematographers (HFS) in 1998, and American Society of Cinematographers in 2013, recognized
his track record of creative and professional excellence.
Vanja Černjul’s recent work includes feature films City Island (Raymond De Fe- litta, director), Violet and Daisy (Geoffrey Fletcher, director) and The English Teacher (Craig Zisk, director) and the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black (Jenji Cohan, creator). Vanja is based in New York City.
Goran Dukić is a Croatian film director, screenwriter and actor best known for writing and directing the 2006 film Wristcutters: A Love Story. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Dukić says that as a child he enjoyed telling stories and was keen to express himself visually, so—not finding painting, writing or theater "dynamic" enough—he became interested in filmmaking and made many amateur short films as a teenager. His 1991 short film Mirta uci statistiku ("Myrtha Learns Statistics") and his 1992 short documentary Posebni gosti ("Special Guests") screened at Croatian film festivals, the latter winning the Oktavijan Award for Best Short Film from the Days of Croatian Film. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in film, later completing a Master of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood, California in the United States.
After relocating to Los Angeles, California, Dukić directed the 2001 short How I Saved the World, and directed and edited the 2002 short The Yellow House. He edited and starred as Brian Riley in the 2004 film Dead Doll.Dukić wrote and directed the 2007 film Wristcutters: A Love Story, based on Etgar Keret's short story "Kneller’s Happy Campers" and about a world in the afterlife reserved for suicide victims. He had contacted Keret immediately after reading the novella and asked for the rights to the story, but Dukić was turned away with Keret telling him that he had other film-adaptation offers from French and German filmmakers and would only give away the rights if he was shown a complete screenplay that he felt did the story justice. Keret was impressed by Dukić's screenplay and gave him permission to make the film. Dukić's main storyline was the same as the original story, but he added many of his own details to the film, such as the characters not being able to smile in the afterworld and the absence of stars in the night sky. In writing the script and directing the film, Dukić says his goal was to "preserve [the novella's] essence but yet to add as much of my own sensibility and vision to make it a personal movie". Dukić's next project is a murder mystery film involving identity crisis, based on his first screenplay, "I Could Be You". He lists his creative inspirations as film directors Luis Bunuel, Robert Altman, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Dušan Makavejev, Jim Jarmusch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Aldrich, Andrei Tarkovsky, Samuel Fuller, Wim Wenders and David Lynch.
Mike Cahill (born 5 July 1979) is an American film director and screenwriter. Mike Cahill was born in New Haven, Connecticut on 5 July 1979. His first forays into filmmaking were with Fisher-Price and VHS camcorders when he was young. After high school, Cahill studied economics at Georgetown University, graduating in 2001. While a student there he formed a close relationship with professional colleague and friend Brit Marling, whom he met at a Georgetown film festival, and the two began working on short films together where Marling would act and Cahill would direct. While still in his senior year at Georgetown, Cahill began interning with National Geographic Television and Film, soon becoming their youngest field producer, editor and cinematographer. He and Marling collaborated on Boxers and Ballerinas (2004), an exploration of the U.S.–Cuba conflict through the lives of four characters, while living in Cuba. Cahill next moved to Los Angeles. There he was taken on as editor for two Sundance features, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man and Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out. 2011 was Cahill's pivotal year. His first feature film as director and screenwriter, Another Earth, about a parallel Planet Earth, was a success at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Cahill currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He has begun working on his next two projects – one a film about reincarnation and the other about "a fashion designer who lives at the bottom of the sea."