Lessons Learned required many talents to bring the film to completion. Here are bios of a few of those talents.
TOBY FROUD, DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER
Toby Froud is a sculptor, fabricator, puppeteer and filmmaker based in Hillsboro, Oregon. His love of puppets began at a very young age after playing Toby, the baby abducted by David Bowie’s Goblin King in the Henson classic, Labyrinth.
Toby, the son of renowned artists/designers Brian and Wendy Froud (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth), has a natural tendency toward puppets and works of fantasy. Together with Heather Henson (daughter of Jim Henson), Toby brings new magic to the world of characters and creatures familiar and beloved by fans of both their parents’ work. Toby’s new film, “Lessons Learned,” echoes with the wonder and charm of yesteryear while telling a fantastic Froudian tale for a new generation of filmgoers.
Toby graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in London and his resumé includes the Muppet Workshop, WETA Workshop, Michael Curry Design and Legacy Effects. He works at Laika Entertainment in Hillsboro, Oregon, as a puppet fabricator for the feature film, ParaNorman, and as a sculptor on the new film, The Boxtrolls.
HEATHER HENSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Heather Henson is Creative Director of IBEX Puppetry and founded the Handmade Puppet Dreams (HMPD) film series in 2005 to celebrate the fresh voices of independent puppetry in the medium of film. Heather encourages her artists to pursue their creative visions as storytellers and serves as executive producer on all HMPD films. Heather, daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson, grew up with puppetry and has a passion for promoting puppetry arts. "Lessons Learned" has very special meaning for her as part of the family legacy and continuing collaboration with the Froud family.
Heather is also well-known for her Environmental Spectacles - original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. With her company IBEX Puppetry, Heather also oversees The Puppet Slam Network, tours galleries of puppet art, and sponsors live puppetry presentations through her series IBEX Presents.
ADAM C SAGER, VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
Having spent much of his own childhood lost in the fantasy worlds of films like Willow, Labyrinth, Darby O'Gill... and Masters of the Universe, it is surreal for Adam to now find himself assisting in the creation of magical realms in which his own children can get lost. Adam brings experience in the digital art of visual effects from over a hundred productions in TV and film, including Henry Selick's Coraline, Jovanka Vuckovic's The Captured Bird (with executive producer Guillermo del Toro), NBC's Grimm and IFC's Portlandia.
Adam is thrilled to be a member of the Stripey Pajama team and hopes Lessons Learned is merely the small beginning to their great things to come.
Adam, his wife Julia, and their four children reside in Milwaukie, Oregon… where they enjoy searching for trolls along the banks of the Willamette River.
MARGARET ANDRES, EDITOR
Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts in drama at the University of California, Irvine before moving to London where she began her editing career cutting television documentaries at the BBC. Margaret then moved to the California Bay Area to be mentored by legendary film editor Vivien Hillgrove (Amadeus, Blue Velvet, The Right Stuff) while assisting her on the feature documentary, Heart of the Sea. She then moved on to the editorial department at Pixar, where she was an assistant editor on Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille. Disney summoned Margaret to edit assist on The Wild, directed by Steve 'Spaz' Williams, known for directing major animation sequences for Jurassic Park, The Abyss, The Mask.
World-renowned stop-motion animation director, Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Coraline) then hired Margaret as the animation editor on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom). Sony Pictures Animation then brought Margaret to Los Angeles for Surf’s Up, directed by Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) and Chris Buck (Frozen, Tarzan).
Margaret then moved to Portland, Oregon to edit assist on Henry Selick's stop-motion feature film, Coraline, for Laika Studios. Currently, Margaret is editing the live-action / computer animated sci-fi series, The New Kind and Richard Bangs "Quests" series. Margaret continues to take on a variety of remote freelance editing work with clients from around the globe.
SCOTT TEBEAU, CINEMATOGRAPHY
Is clapping his hooves to have worked with Toby Froud at Laika studios Portland and offered to contribute as director of photography for Lessons Learned. For nearly three decades Scott has been involved with special effects character design, and notes that his most significant influence in shaping his style and love for characters has been Toby's father, Brian Froud. He remains convinced that dreams can come true when sprinkled with pixie dust…
As an independent filmmaker based out of Portland, Oregon Scott has been writing, directing and producing films since 1994. Originally from Seattle, he moved to LA in 1990 and began a productive career as a special effects make-up artist. He has worked with notable artists such as Greg Cannom, Steve Johnson and Todd Masters on projects such as Coppola’s Dracula (1992), Gods and Monsters (1998) and Six Feet Under (2000). Tebeau’s work investigates existential themes as well as the varied social constructs that shine light on morality and how we assign worth. Invariably, we find his characters plodding through life as they search to find something called home.
In 2001, he won an Emmy for his prosthetic work on Six Feet Under (Season 1). In 2010 completed work on an ambitious 12 part dark comedy series as writer. director, editor, titled Everything Will Be Fine.
He is happy to the kneecaps to be here, now, on the third stone from the sun.