Kyle Balda is an American film director and animator. He has been working for Pixar for several years and is now working with Illumination Entertainment. His most notable works include popular films like Jumanji, Despicable Me, Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. His mother is Maltese, and he was born in Tucson, Arizona. Although he was studying at California Institute of Arts, he dropped out from college because of a job offer that he received. He started working at Industrial Light & Magic.

His first film as an animator was 1994's The Mask as graphics animator, followed by Jumanji in 1995 where he was animation supervisor and Mars Attack in 1996 as the character animator. He animated Grim Reaper for The Frighteners when he worked at the Weta Digital in New Zealand. Once he started working at Pixar, his works included A Bug's Life (additional animator), Toy Story 2 (directing animator) and Monsters Inc.(animator). He joined Illumination Entertainment in Paris in 2010 and worked as a head layout for Despicable Me.

While working with Illumination, he co-directed the film Titled The Lorax in 2012. Recently, he directed yet another film titled Minions, in 2015 and it grossed over $916 million. Besides direction and animation, Balda lectured at several animation schools and had also worked as a director on several animated short films.

Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a film director, producer, and screenwriter; he works in French Film Industry. Luc Besson was born on 18th March 1959 in Paris, France. His parents were scuba-diving instructors. Luc aspired to become the marine biologist in his childhood as he used to go to several tourist spots with his parents. Later, his parents got separated; by which Luc was affected at a certain point. He was 17 when he developed an interest in making films as he loved writing and taking pictures. He started with making short films. At the age of 18, Luc started doing various jobs in the movie-making line. He assisted the directors Pattrick Grandperret and Claude Faraldo. During that time, he directed many commercials, three of his short film and a documentary. He then went to the US for three years before coming back to Paris. After his return, Luc started his production house, which was named Les Films du Loup initially and was changed to Les Films du Dauphin later. In early 1980's, Luc got known to Eric Serra, who composed the score for Luc’s short film and also some movies in future. Luc has been the writer and producer of the films like ‘Taxi’ (1998-2007), ‘The Transporter’ (2002-2008), ‘Taken’ (1, 2 and 3); ‘Taken 2’ was the highest grossing French Film. He has also done the Jet Li movies like ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ and ‘Unleashed/Danny the Dog’. He has won the Best Director and Best French Director Award for the movie ‘The Fifth Element’ (1997). Luc also earned the nomination for Best Picture Cesar and Best Director Awards for ‘The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc’ and ‘Leon: The Professional’ (1994) respectively. He has also received Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film Critics Prize. Cinema du look movement started in the 1980s till early 1990s; the movement marked the highly visual style movies. The critic, Raphael Bassan, gave this term. Luc was among the three directors to be named in this period, other two being Leos Carax and Jean-Jacques Beineix. Luc’s movies like ‘Subway’ (1985), ‘The Big Blue’ (1988) and ‘Nikita’ (1990) are considered in this movement. Some of the other notable films of Besson are ‘The Lady’ (2011), original title was ‘Dans la Lumiere’; the film was the biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi and ‘Lookout’ (2012) and ‘Arthur and the Invisibles’ starring Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Mia Farrow, David Bowie and Snoop Dogg. Luc has got married four times. In 1986, he married Anne Parillaud, the actress. They have a daughter named Juliette. The couple got separated in 1991. Then he got married to the actress Maiween Le Besco in 1992 and got divorced in 1997; they have a daughter named Shanna. Luc married Milla Jovovich, the actress of his film ‘The Fifth Element’, in 1997 and got separated in 1999. In 2004, he married Virginia Silla, the film producer. The couple has three children namely Satine, Talia and Mao Besson.

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Luc Besson English Actor