KING OF LINELAND
Arthurs Square and Spherius explore the 3rd Dimension
The creators of FLATLAND: THE MOVIE
Seth Caplan, Jeffrey Travis, and Dano Johnson
Austin, TX - 2005
When filmmakers Seth Caplan, Jeffrey Travis, and Dano Johnson were looking for a new, fun educational project to develop, they fondly remembered the novel Flatland which they all read in high school geometry class. Realizing they could make an exciting and thought-provoking adventure to inspire students to think creatively about math and science, they set out on a thrilling multi-dimensional journey.
SETH CAPLAN - Screenwriter, Producer
IMDBSETH CAPLAN is an award winning filmmaker who has produced an acclaimed collection of feature films, animated movies, and documentary programs. He was awarded the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for his film "IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS" which was released in over 100 theaters in the United Stated and over 20 countries internationally. Seth co-wrote and produced "FLATLAND: The Movie", an animated film starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Michael York that has already been seen by over 1 million students around the world and has been licensed by the U.S. State Department and Ministries of Education in numerous countries including The Netherlands, South Korea, and Argentina.
His movies have been featured at film festivals around the world including: The Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, The Edinburgh Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest, Raindance, Woodstock, Istandbul, Bangkok, Krakow, Sarajevo, New Zealand and many more. In addition, his films have been televised on the Sundance Channel, IFC, PBS, Starz and NBC/Universal Sports Network.
Seth has served on the jury for the Austin Film Festival and for the Piaget Independent Producer of the Year award. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute where he was awarded a student Emmy and Academy Award nomination for his thesis film "Duncan Removed".
JEFFREY TRAVIS - Screenwriter, Director
JEFFREY TRAVIS is an award-winning filmmaker. Having originally grown up in Argentina, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin before going on to pursue a film career. He has written and directed over 15 short films, a television pilot presentation for FOX, and several commercials and marketing films for companies like John Deere and Chevron. His short films have been showcased on numerous DVD collections including "Official Best of Fest". Jeffrey was the co-writer and director of FLATLAND THE MOVIE, a successful half-hour animated sci-fi movie starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, and Tony Hale. His feature film debut, the cyber-drama DRAGON DAY, was released in 2013.
DANO JOHNSON - Screenwriter, Director, Animator
DANO JOHNSON studied educational television at the University of Texas at Austin and interned in the Creative Development Department at Sesame Workshop (producers of Sesame Street). After spending three years in the eLearning industry and teaching himself animation software, he founded Collection Agency Films. Dano's political ads have won Emmy, Telly, and Pollie awards and his short films and music videos have won awards at SXSW, Bradford Animation Festival, and Channel Frederator. His proudest achievements are bringing FLALTAND: THE MOVIE and the sequel FLATLAND 2: SPHERELAND into existence to inspire students to think of math & science in new ways.
WILLIAM WALLACE - Executive Producer
WILLIAM WALLACE has played roles in TV shows such as "Beverly Hills 90210", "Baywatch", and "Pensacola: Wings of Gold", and has acted on over 30 films including "The Thin Red Line", "I Am Sam", "Rules of Engagement", and the recently released "The New World". Will has produced, written, and directed numerous award winning films. He is currently a producer at Sunflower Films with Terrence Malick and Edward Pressman in Los Angeles. He is currently producing the Burnt Orange production entitled "The Marfa Lights", and co-producing "Aloft" with Robert Redford. He is executive producing "Flatland : The Movie" starring Martin Sheen and Kristen Bell. Additionally, he recently completed directing the comedic feature entitled "Cake", shot both in Austin and LA.
KAZIMIR BOYLE - Original Score
While working with Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer, Kazimir became proficient in the realm of electronic music production, which helped shape his career as a highly sought after support composer and arranger for feature films and television. In addition to Zimmer, Kazimir has been fortunate to have had opportunities to collaborate with many exceptional musicians including; living legend Quincy Jones, “Slumdog Millionaire” composer A.R.Rahman, James Newton Howard, Craig Armstrong and Emmy winners Jim Dooley and Trevor Morris..
Kaz established Flash Music LLC in Hollywood in 2003. In the years that followed, his composing brought him to Mumbai, Glasgow, London, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville. His musical style combines charm and wit, guided by melody and held together by a artful respect for arrangement. In 2009 he moved his studio to an Echo Park hillside creative compound, where he continues to live his dream.
The Flatland filmmakers relied on the expert advice of our ADVISORY COUNCIL to review the movie and develop worksheets and teaching notes for classroom use:
Thomas Banchoff (left) is an American mathematician specializing in geometry. He is a professor at Brown University, where he has taught since 1967. He is known for his research in differential geometry in three and four dimensions, for his efforts to develop methods of computer graphics in the early 1990s, and most recently for his pioneering work in methods of undergraduate education utilizing online resources.
Banchoff received his Ph.D from UC Berkeley in 1964, where he was a student of Shiing-Shen Chern. Before coming to Brown he taught at Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam.
Professor Jonathan David Farley is the co-founder of Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting. This company, whose co-founder is Dr. Lizzie Burns of the Biochemistry Department of Oxford University, has received international news coverage via the Associated Press, with stories appearing in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, many other papers in the United States and Canada, the Daily Telegraph (the British newspaper with the highest circulation), the Guardian newspaper and the Times Higher Education Supplement in Great Britain, BBC Radioís ìMidweekî program, Readerís Digest in Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Comcastís Nitebeat (which reaches 6.2 million homes) and numerous websites, including the main page of Yahoo.com and Slashdot.
Sarah J. Greenwald is a member of Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting, an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a Women's Studies core faculty member at Appalachian State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialty include geometry, popular culture as it pertains to mathematics, and women and minorities in mathematics. She is a 2005 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Alder Award winner for distinguished teaching and extraordinary influence beyond her own classroom. She co-created simpsonsmath.com and has spoken about the effects of scientific popular culture representations nationwide and on National Public Radio's Science Friday.
L. Charles (Chuck) Biehl teaches in the mathematics department at the Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware, and directs special academic programs. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, and the Tandy Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science. He is a member of many professional organizations. He has played a leadership role in NSF education programs through the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University since 1991, with topics that include computational geometry, computer science, graph theory, cryptography, and network theory. The current focus is on biomathematics, the interface between mathematics and biological sciences. He has written for DC Heath, COMAP, and NCTM. He is a contributing author for Discrete Mathematics in the Schools, jointly published by NCTM and the American Mathematical Society. He has been a contributing author for classroom materials inspired by the mathematics used on the television drama NUMB3RS.
Professionally, John Benson has been teaching mathematics at Evanston Township High School for 37 years. He is head coach of the Evanston Math team, President of The North Suburban Math League, Presidential Awardee in Mathematics, Illinois 1987, and a member of many math organizations. He is currently the President of the Council for Presidential Awardees in Mathematics. He is a contributing author on three textbooks. Last summer, he had the privilege of being the head author for the UCSMP Geometry third edition. He has served as an exam reader and AP consultant for Calculus. He is also an active participant in project excite.
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