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Writer, Director

Barry J. Hershey marked his feature debut as director and co-writer of The Empty Mirror. Hershey studied filmmaking at Harvard, MIT and USC, where he received his MFA in Cinema. He previously directed a number of short films: Odyssey, Filmmaker, Untitled 1987, Lucifer: God's Most Beautiful Angel and Sound of Peace. His recent feature films include Casting About, released by Kino International, and Leading To War.

Producer, Second Unit Co-Director

Jay Roach produced The Empty Mirror, continuing a long association with Barry Hershey that dates back to USC Cinema School. Jay collaborated as cinematographer on Hershey's Odyssey and Sound of Peace. Jay directed all three of the Austin Powers features, Mystery Alaska, as well as Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, both of which he also produced.

Producer, Visual Effects Supervisor

David D. Johnson produced The Empty Mirror and also served as visual effects supervisor. Johnson's production and special effects company, Pacific Vision, is based in South Pasadena, California. Prior to his involvement with The Empty Mirror, Johnson worked with Barry J. Hershey as producer of the short films Sound of Peace and Filmmaker 1987. He also worked on PeeWee's Playhouse. Other credits include the Austin Powers films as well as Meet the Parents, and Meet the Fockers.

Producer, Projection Sequences Editor, Second Unit Co-Director

William Dance has written and rewritten many screenplays and has worked many different production jobs on feature films, commercials, and cable television. He wrote, directed and edited several episodes of the Arts and Entertainment series Combat At Sea prior to joining the crew of The Empty Mirror as projection sequences editor, then second unit co-director, with Roach, and finally as producer.

Director of Photography

Fred Elmes is a distinguished director of photography with many credits in feature films, television films, commercials, and music videos. He has worked extensively with such directors as Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch, shooting Lynch's Palme D'Or winner Wild At Heart as well as Blue Velvet and Eraserhead. Other credits include Ang Lee's The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil, Todd Solondz's Storytelling, and Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York.


Marc Grossman has edited commercials, television shows and feature films since attending film school at UCLA. His association with Zalman King includes stints as editor of the Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries as well as the feature films Wild Orchid, Two Moon Junction and Delta of Venus. Grossman edited one of Jim Carrey's first films, Once Bitten. He recently worked on Project Runway for Lifetime and won two Emmy awards for editing Starting Over for NBC/Universal. His association with Barry J. Hershey also includes the award-winning short, Sound of Peace, and documentaries Casting About and Leading to War.

Production Designer

Tim Colohan made the leap from set decorator to production designer on The Empty Mirror. As set decorator, Tim worked on Boogie Boy, Loved, Coldblooded, Rumpelstiltskin, and Threesome.


Legion is the most recent film release featuring a score by John Frizzell. Some of Frizzell's other credits are Dante's Peak, Alien Resurrection, and The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. In 1996 he scored the hit film Beavis And Butthead Do America.

Costume Designer

Melinda Eshelman's career as a costume designer includes a long association with director Abel Ferrara. She has designed costumes for three of his features: The Blackout, The Addiction, and The Funeral. In 1998 her work was seen on HBO's Poodle Springs. One of her first credits as assistant wardrobe was on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.

Casting Director

Judy Courtney's career as casting director dates back to the 1980's television movie, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. She cast the feature films 84 Charing Cross Road, Black Rainbow, and Jackknife, as well as Victor Nunez's breakthrough films Ruby In Paradise and Ulee's Gold. Ms. Courtney died on October 18, 1998.