Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro studied and taught film language at the University of Guadalajara. He then went on to establish his own special effects and make-up company, Necropia, in Guadalajara. His career in film began producing and directing, mostly television and short films, in Mexico.
Del Toro’s first major break into Hollywood was with Mimic, a Dimension Films production which he directed and co-wrote and which starred Mira Sorvino. He then went on to direct Blade II and Hellboy I and II, well and truly establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s most sought after directors.
Del Toro wrote, directed and produced Pan’s Labyrinth in association with Telecinco, which premiered to great critical response at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was released domestically by Picturehouse and was nominated for six Academy Awards (it won three -- for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Achievement in Makeup). In addition, the film won 3 BAFTAS and the National Society of Film Critics' Best Film of the Year award. It remains the highest grossing Spanish-language film of all time.
Del Toro is also the co-author of THE STRAIN and THE FALL, parts one and two of the internationally bestselling STRAIN book series.