Wars has always been a guiding light for J.C. From his first memories
going to see Return of the Jedi in the theater to meeting
at Skywalker Ranch, his love for everything Star Wars has influenced
all aspects of his life. Growing up, any time he was sick and missed
school, his mom would rent Return of the Jedi for him to watch
Throughout elementaFor Hughes The Force Joe has created the film’s full-size movie poster, as well as illustrated the tie-in prequel comic book.ry school he lived his own Star Wars adventures
using his Kenner action figures. By junior high he had finally acquired
all three of the Original Trilogy movies by recording them off
broadcast TV. Every single night for three years he watched one of the
movies before bed.
In high school he finally figured out what to do with rest of his life
and to no one's surprise - at the urging of editor Chad Peiken - joined
the GBN broadcasting team and started his journey towards becoming a
filmmaker. It was during this time that he also discovered that
filmmaker John Hughes attended the very same high school and set all of
his movies in and around the world J.C. grew up in. The conclusion to
J.C.'s high school career was the SA Wars fan film - a 10-minute
Wars fan film starring the students of Glenbrook North in a bitter
battle against the evil Faculty Empire. This was also the year 1999 and
the hysteria of The Phantom Menace was inescapable. J.C. and
friends purchased advanced charity tickets to see the movie 3 days
early. It was at this screening that he met Rosie O'Donnell who invited
him to her show to compete live in a Star Wars trivia contest. His
reputation followed him to college and was known as one of the UM
(University of Miami) Jedi. He would help to create and act in short
skits from popular movies that ran in the on-campus movie
theater - only each of the main characters was replaced by a Jedi
After college J.C. moved to NYC and in 2005 earned a spot on MTV's TRL
Star Wars trivia contest. After winning the contest he was able to
dream of going to Skywalker Ranch, and saw Revenge of the Sith
weeks early. After the show he had the opportunity to not only meet,
but get a hug from George Lucas.
J.C. spent the next several years as a Producer/Cameraman/Editor for
MLB.com. After attending several World Series, Baseball All-Star Games,
and traveling with many baseball
clubs, J.C. left MLB.com and moved to Los Angeles to keep pursuing his
dream of telling stories through film and video.
Dreher: Producer, Props/Costumes, Social Media
would have just been old enough to see ROTJ in the theater, but
sadly, his parents ruined his childhood by never taking him... Earliest
memories were being freaked out by the trash compactor dianoga in ANH
and wearing out the copy of TESB videotaped off the ABC Sunday Movie.
True fandom started in 1997 with seeing the Special Editions on the big
screen. That led to picking up the Thrawn Trilogy books and reading
almost the entire post-ROTJ EU over the years. In 2007, Ruark attended
his first convention, Celebration IV, and was immediately drawn to the
artists and their fine artwork, which now covers the walls of his home.
Ruark only delved deeper into the artwork and fan community at
Celebration V in 2010. A chance encounter with Director J.C. Reifenberg
during the convention led to a great new friendship, and when J.C.
feedback on his new script, Ruark jumped at the chance to get involved
and offered to help produce the movie. Another friendship from CV with
artist Joe Hogan, led to Ruark bringing Joe on board to do the movie
poster and prequel comic book.
While not having the particular connection to John Hughes that the others of the
production team do, Weird Science is definitely Ruark’s favorite of the
Ruark has degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, and is a
professionally-licensed Hydro-Mechanical Engineer currently working for MWH
Americas, Inc., the top
multi-national engineering consulting firm specializing in "wet
infrastructure". Ruark specifically works on hydroelectric projects
– dams, turbines, generators, cranes, and large valves, etc. Ruark currently
resides in Seattle. While not having specific film industry experience,
Ruark has a special set of skills that in combination with the passion
for Star Wars has been invaluable to the production.
Ruark can be contacted further at email@example.com.
was ten years old when he first discovered Star Wars as he was
flipping through the channels on television and caught a glimpse of
Return of the Jedi. Not long after, a new friend sat him down and
showed him what he had been missing. From then on he was hooked, and
when the Special Edition versions of the originals were released in
theaters in 1997, his fate as a fan was forever sealed. Since then,
Star Wars has been a big part of his life. For years, every Sunday
after church, his parents would take him to visit the local card shop
and buy him a few packs of Decipher’s latest Star Wars CCG expansion,
until he amassed a collection that numbered in the thousands (one of
his favorites being a black border Han Solo from Premiere Limited). In
the spring of 2001, he got the amazing opportunity to visit Skywalker
Ranch, which served to help inspire his decision to become a filmmaker.
Before Steven became aware of the full scope of John Hughes’ work, he
had already enjoyed movies such as Weird Science, Uncle Buck and
Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He discovered classics like The
Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off later than most, but became
an instant fan.
After graduating high school, attending a year of college, and working
a couple of drone-like jobs, Steven decided to move to Los Angeles and
pursue a career in the only field that interested him... film. As soon
as he arrived, he began attending the New York Film Academy at its
Universal City, CA, campus. What followed was a year of total immersion
in all aspects of filmmaking. After classes in writing, producing,
cinematography, directing, and the opportunity to shoot exercises on
the Universal Studios backlot, Steven graduated and began working on
various independent productions around town. He gained experience in
the Lighting, Camera, Art and Assistant Director departments. More
recently, Steven attended UCLA Extension’s Cinematography Program,
taking numerous in-depth and focused classes. He is also a professional
member of Writers Boot Camp.
Currently, Steven is working as the Director of Photography for a
Beverly Hills based studio, lighting and shooting celebrity interviews.
Steve can be contacted further at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yates: Writer, Assistant Editor
Nursery School at the age of 3, Justin was introduced to Star Wars
by his friend Warren and his Kenner action figures. A little bit later
on the Home Alone movies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off changed the way
he viewed the world and high-school attendance policies. His life has
never been the same.
The Star Wars movies and the work of John Hughes opened him up to the
world of cinema and from there he took his obsession to the galaxy of
Boston University where he studied Screenwriting and Film Theory. He
went on to pursue a career in Post-Production having worked as an
assistant editor on such shows as Project Runway and The Real World,
and will soon be joining on to Universal Studios production of
Battleship, also as an assistant editor. Justin has never found
particularly relevant use for the knowledge he acquired from the guides
and expanded universe novels he poured over as a youngster until he ran
into fellow (and by far superior) enthusiast J.C. Reifenberg. Justin
and J.C. together with Steven combined their talents to create the most
amazing fan-film to ever be created. Behold the magic, the glory, the
splendiforousness of HUGHES THE FORCE!
You can find Justin on Facebook and Twitter.
up in the shadow of the "Save Ferris" water tower and attending
Glenbrook North High School on that famed Shermer Road, Chad had always
felt a strong connection to the films of John Hughes. He agrees that a
great day off would have to include a Cubs game and an impromptu Twist
and Shout performance. As far as Star Wars goes, he had always
considered himself a pretty big fan of the films -- until he met J.C.
their freshman year of high school.
J.C. fortunately took Chad on as a Padawan Learner to teach him the
true ways of the force. Soon Chad was hooked -- he even swore off
seafood so he wouldn't eat any relatives of his hero, Admiral Akbar. By
their senior year of high school, just about everything they did
involved Star Wars. For their high school's awards assembly, Chad, J.C.
and another student co-directed a 15 minute short Star Wars fan film
(which you can see on this website) that contained 3D computer special
effects, a cast of almost 100, and the largest budget ever for a high
school student film -- about $27.
After that film and throughout college, Chad's focus shifted to post
production. He is currently a senior managing editor at Nucontext
Creative in Los Angeles. Although his computer program to create the
perfect woman was not completely successful, he came awfully close as
he and his wonderful girlfriend Becky live in Sherman Oaks with plenty
of visits from their beloved furry friend Charlie.
You can see Chad's
current work at www.nucontext.tv
contact him at email@example.com.
& raised in John Hughs' home town of Northbrook, IL Andy
Margolis discovered the piano at age 5. He made the switch to jazz full
time by age 9 and began studying with acclaimed jazz instructor Alan
Swain in Evanston. After earning the highest ratings in the history of
a national high school jazz competition Andy accepted a full
scholarship to Arizona State University. His jazz trio would rise to
the top of the local scene and was tabbed "Best Piano Trio in AZ" by
However, a passion for composing eventually moved him out west to
pursue a career writing music for film. In 2009 Andy's first score to
the silent short film "Butcher Boys" was featured at the L.A. Comedy
Film Festival. In 2010 Andy's first feature documentary "The Wayman
Tisdale Story" won the Audience Choice Award at the Los Angeles All
Sports Film Festival. Andy recently attended the UCLA Extension Film
Scoring Program, which has produced Academy Award winner Michael
Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Lost) and is also a member of (Family Guy)
composer Ron Jones' study group.
Contact Andy further at www.andymargolismusic.com.
Hogan is an up and coming Star Wars artist who couldn't be more
psyched to be a part of "Hughes the Force". As a recent graduate of
the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, he earned his Bachelor's degree
in Fine Arts, majoring in cartooning. He's been passionate about Star
Wars since the ripe age of 8, and 16 years later, he's doing
everything he can to combine drawing and Star Wars to form a career
that will be more powerful than he can possibly imagine.
Since graduating, he's finally getting his foot inside the blast door.
His artwork has recently been featured on TheForce.net's main site and
forum banners, as well as their Celebration V table banner and
contest-winning forum badges for all TFN members attending Celebration
V. He also did badges for Rebelscum's Pre-Celebration V Dinner, as
well as an illustrated flyer. His most recent Star Wars project has
been 262 Star Wars sketch cards to be inserted into Topps Trading
Cards' Star Wars Galaxy Series 6.
For Hughes the Force Joe has created the film's full-size movie poster, as well as illustrated the tie-in prequel comic book.
You can see some of his Star Wars art on JoeHoganArt.com,
or follow him on his often-updated DeviantArt site at XJapanRox.DeviantArt.com!
Christinson: Makeup and Hair Department Head
Initially, Emily's desire and passion for hair and make-up artistry began in the course of high school when
she was recognized for her talents in hair and make-up artistry during school fashion shows which gained her
popularity for special events. At a young age her career had begun. Shortly after obtaining professional training
in hair artistry and cosmetology, she then ventured in a new direction receiving education in make-up artistry.
From fashion, glamour, beauty, and era make-up and hairstyles, Emily can create new and exciting looks time after
time. Traveling around Paris, Italy, and London with a group of young and ambitious photographers and artists just
like Emily, she was able to find her niche in the freelance industry.
Emily loves not only making sure that the hair color, cuts, wigs and extensions appear perfect but she also
loves creating the right makeup for any kind of lighting. Her favorite part of being a freelancer is traveling
to different locations and knowing how to create looks that are conducive to the locations demographic and weather.
She also enjoys breaking down a script and making sure the look fits not only the character but also keeping the
critical eye on continuity throughout the process.
Today, holding her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and have written her senior thesis on the global cosmetic industry,
Emily feels that she is able and willing to take on any challenging projects that grab her attention, Hughes the Force
being one of them. She is able to use the right products to make someone look younger as she specializes in anti-aging,
which came handy with some of the talent in HTF. Emily recognizes each new creation and project taken on as a rewarding
experience that has made a difference in ones look and overall confidence in front of the camera. From men's grooming,
youthful makeup, body airbrushing, and wig styling, Emily enjoyed the collaboration between Director J.C. Reifenberg's
vision for the cast combined with her overall talents to create exactly what he had envisioned.
For more information on how Emily created looks for HTF and to view complete resume and contact info, please view