Guillermo DEL TORO
After 10 splendid years as a special-effects make-up designer, Guillermo Del Toro went on to become one of the world’s most recognised film directors and a critically acclaimed screenwriter, producer, and novelist. Over his distinguished career, Guillermo has directed a rich variety of films starting with his debut feature, Cronos in 1993. Following its success, he went on to direct other prominent works including Mimic (1997), The Devil's Backbone (2001) Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II : The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015). The Devil’s Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth both received universal critical acclaim and won a plethora of awards worldwide in a great number categories. Pan’s Labyrinth triumphed at the 2007 Academy Awards by winning Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Make-up. Furthermore, the film received the 2007 BAFTA awards for Best Film Not in English, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hair. Guillermo is also a very active producer. His producing works include acclaimed and successful films such as The Orphanage (2007), Julia's Eyes (2010), Biutiful (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), and Mama (2013). He also co-wrote The Hobbit films with Peter Jackson. As a renowned writer, he published the first part of The Strain Trilogy co-authored by Chuck Hogan in 2009. The second and third volume, The Fall and The Night Eternal followed in 2010 and 2011. A series of comic books was adapted from The Strain and was published from 2013 in collaboration with David Lapham and Mike Huddleston. And a TV series based on the books was released in 2014. A fervent advocate of recognising the video game platform as a narrative art-form, Guillermo has worked on a number of gaming projects, the most recent being Death Stranding, a new collaboration with legendary video game auteur, Hideo Kojima. Guillermo is currently developing and directing the second season of the animated TV series, Trollhunters, which he is producing at DreamWorks Animation. The series is the adaptation of the graphic novel Trollhunters penned by Guillermo in collaboration with Daniel Kraus and Sean Murray. The first season was released on Netflix in October 2016 and it is to date the most watched original children’s show ever.