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Automat Pictures Produces Four Documentaries For Lions Gate

Documentaries featured on ?The Punisher? DVD release (September 02, 2004)

Automat Pictures, Inc., a multi-award winning DVD Added Value and EPK production company, whose clients include most of the major motion picture studios, has produced four documentaries for client Lions Gate Home Entertainment, which will be featured on the DVD release of ?The Punisher. ?The Punisher DVD will be released to the public on September 7th. The announcement was made today by Laura Nix, co-president, Automat Pictures.

Nix was the producer of the four documentary features, shooting over 120 hours of footage, and working closely with ?Punisher director Jonathan Hensleigh, and producer Gale Anne Hurd. (Note: Avi Arad of Marvel was also a producer.) Regarding Automat Pictures documentaries, Hensleigh said, ?I am super pleased with Lauras work on ?The Punisher. She is hugely talented and very professional. The behind-the-scenes and documentary segments she produced were perfect, and added a tremendous insight into the film. Her materials help this movie ?spring to life on DVD. I am looking forward to working with her again.

Added Hurd, "Automat and Laura Nix brought a cutting edge and innovative approach to the additional footage included in ?The Punisher DVD. Their materials truly bring the viewer 'behind the scenes' into the making of the film. Their cameras caught the action in real time, and were worn by the lead actors and stuntmen, as well as a helmet cam worn by our 1st Assistant Director. I am thrilled with the documentary footage Laura Nix and her Automat team filmed on ?The Punisher set."

The Automat Pictures-produced documentaries include:

"War Journal: On The Set Of The Punisher" (29:30)
A making-of documentary that shows director Jonathan Hensleigh fighting forces of nature, budget and schedule to realize his vision. Included are interviews with Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and Laura Harring.

"Keepin' It Real: Punisher Stunts" (27:15)
An in-depth look at the explosions, crashes and fights featured in ?The Punisher, from the point-of-view of specialty cams strapped onto stuntmen and cars.

"Army of One: Punisher Origins" (12:55)
A doc that traces the evolution and development of comic book character Frank Castle. Includes interviews with several comic book writers and artists, including Garth Ennis, Gerry Conway, John Romita, Sr., Tim Bradstreet, and Steven Grant.

"Drawing Blood Bradstreet Style" (6:10)
Punisher comic book artist Tim Bradstreet shows how he created the dark, gritty artwork that promoted this film.

Regarding the documentaries, Nix said, ?Lions Gate and the filmmakers granted us amazing access to their process, from pre-production to the premiere, allowing us to create in-depth documentaries about every aspect of this film. Anyone interested in watching a real ?nuts and bolts story about how a major action film is made will be interested in watching these docs. Our goal was to offer viewers a special insight into the filmmaking process, giving a real sense of how complex, frustrating and ultimately thrilling it can be for everyone working on a set, both in front of -- and behind -- the cameras.

About Automat Pictures:
Based in Los Angeles, Automat Pictures is a multi-media production company specializing in the production of DVD Added Value, and in the production of EPK (electronic press kit) elements. Co-founded by Jeffrey Schwarz and Laura Nix, Automat Pictures has provided original DVD content to such major releases as the ?Martin Scorsese Collection, the ?Rambo trilogy, ?The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, ?Elf, ?Basic Instinct, ?Charlies Angels, ?Blue Velvet, ?When Harry Met Sally, ?The Silence of the Lambs, ?The Princess Bride, ?Starship Troopers, ?Hedwig and the Angry Inch, ?John Q, and ?Men in Black II, among many others.

Automat Pictures is located at 3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite # 615, LA, CA, 90010. The phone is 213/351-0444, and the web is:


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