Where Are They Now?
BOB ROGERS – Producer / Director
Rainbow War producer, Bob Rogers, has a long list of awards for his short films, including Academy Award nominations for the films Rainbow War and Ballet Robotique. Rogers first gained notoriety when he helped produce the 1980 cult classic short film, Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind (1980). Other short films by Rogers include: Aerotest, Impressions de France, Spirit Lodge, Back to Neverland, To Be an Astronaut, On Human Destiny, World Song, Mystery Lodge, Lincoln’s Eyes, The Garden, and Dream Big. In the early 1980s, Rogers also began to produce a series of themed entertainment projects for the Walt Disney Company’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida. The success of these projects took Rogers into the direction of “themed entertainment” and “experience” design, where he has since become one of the foremost leaders in experience based entertainment projects. With his firm, BRC Imagination Arts, Rogers has created some of the most popular and memorable pavilion attractions for world’s fairs in Vancouver (B.C.), Osaka (Japan), Seville (Spain), Taejon (Korea), Aichi (Japan), and most recently for Expo 2010 in Shanghai (China). Beyond the production of exposition attractions for word’s fairs, Rogers and his firm have created permanent themed entertainment attractions. Rogers has produced numerous permanent attractions for both the Disney and Universal theme parks, as well as for the automotive companies: General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen. Bob Roger and BRC Imagination Arts have also produced numerous permanent educational and cultural attractions for institutions, such as NASA’s Space Center Houston, Kennedy Space Center (Florida), Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
ANDY GASKILL – Production Designer
As Production Designer and Co-writer for Rainbow War, Andy Gaskill has a long history with taking fairytale concepts and making them into visualized realities. His other credits include the Disney classics: Tron (1982), The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. Gaskill also worked with Rainbow War producer, Bob Rogers and BRC Imagination Arts, on the short film, Aerotest, for the 1982 World of Motion pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park in Orlando, Florida.
REED SMOOT – Cinematographer
In addition to his role as Director of Photography for Rainbow War, Reed Smoot also worked with the film’s producer, Bob Rogers, on the Academy Award nominated short film, Ballet Robotique (1982), as well as on the short films: To Be An Astronaut, Back to Neverland, and Spirit Lodge. Smoot’s most recent documentary films have had as their subjects some of today’s most popular young musicians such as: Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber.
MARSHALL HARVEY – Editor
Years before editing the film, Rainbow War, Marshall Harvey worked with producer, Bob Rogers, on the cult classic film parody: Closet Cases of the Neard Kind. Rogers and Harvey also collaborated on the short films: Aerotest, Water Engine, On Human Destiny, Spirit Lodge and the Academy Award nominated short film, Ballet Robotique. Harvey has also edited numerous popular movies such as The Burbs, Small Soldiers, and Lake Placid, as well as television movies and series, such as the popular television drama, Dawson’s Creek.
GARY CARRE – The Yellow Boy
The innovator and hero of this fable, Gary Carre, was 20 years old when Rainbow War was filmed. Carre had just come back from a summer in Europe and launched himself into Rainbow War, while trying to keep up his university studies. University, however, eventually won out and once the Rainbow War film wrapped, Gary went on to complete his degree and then entered graduate school. There, Carre met a Mohawk woman named Kahn-Tineta Horn, who inspired him to work in public service. Today, he works for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on Indian residential school claims. In addition to his short career as an actor, Gary Carre has had some amazing adventures over the years – 3 graduate degrees, a summer at the UN in New York, working at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, learning French in Chicoutimi, Quebec, climbing the Great Wall of China, hiking the Grand Canyon, surfing in Maui, biking in Holland, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney and drinking incredible wine in Argentina. Even among all of these colorful life experiences, Gary Carre sill claims that for sheer fun, Rainbow War was a highlight!
SAFFRON HENDERSON – The Red Princess
As the beautiful Red Princess, Saffron Henderson used her charming personality to portray her role in Rainbow War, yet through her entire performance she never uttered a single word. Today, Saffron has a long string of credits where her voice is the star. Saffron has voiced the roles of endless animated characters and video game personalities, such as Castillo in the television animated production of X-Men: Evolution, Lau in the animated productions of King Kong and Lumina in an animated Barbie movie.
GILLIAN BARBER – The Yellow Queen
The role of the Gold Queen in Rainbow War is just one of endless roles for actress Gillian Barber. Barber has a long list of credits for both television and film. She currently is starring in the role of Gertrude in a film version of Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet, which is currently in post-production.
JONATHON PALLONE – The Red King
Following his role as the Red King in Rainbow War, Jonathon Pallone appeared on numerous television series, including several episodes of the long running television series, The Beachcomers. Pallone also appeared on the popular television dramas: Airwolf, 21 Jump Street, and MacGyver. With his natural comedic presence, Pallone has likewise appeared on some of television’s popular prime-time comedies such as: Police Academy and The New Addams Family.
SIMON WEBB – The Blue King
Following his role as the Blue King in Rainbow War, Simon Webb has continued to accumulate a long list of film and television credits. Webb was featured in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy film, Happy Gilmore, as well as in dozens of television movies and popular series episodes that included: The Hitchhiker, MacGyver, The X-Files, The Commish, and Sanctuary.
LORI DUNGEY – Actress at Large
The fantasy lands of Rainbow War were just the beginning for actress, Lori Dungey. Following-up on Rainbow War, Dungey continued to pursue fantasy acting roles in television series such as: Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Young Hercules, and the Power Rangers . Dungey also played the role of Mrs. Bracegirdle in the box office record breaking film: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. For many who follow the Lord of the Rings films, Dungey has become a household name, and makes ongoing celebrity appearances at Europe’s largest annual Fantasy-Convention, RingCon .
COLIN MOCHRIE – Actor at Large
Before his role in Rainbow War, Colin Mochrie was a regular participant with the famous improvisational comedy group, Theatresports. Mochrie has shared the stage with fellow Theatresports alum, Ryan Styles, not just on the Rainbow War film, but also as a cast member on the American primetime television situation comedy, The Drew Carey Show (1995), as well as on both the American and British versions of the comedy improve show Whose Line is it Anyway?
RYAN STILES – Actor at Large
With years of stand-up comedy experience, Ryan Stiles came to the Rainbow War cast through his involvement with the improvisational comedy group, Theatresports. Following his role in Rainbow War, in 1986 Stiles joined the highly acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble in Toronto. In 1990, Stiles moved to Los Angeles to perform with the Los Angeles Second City group. Stiles later had roles in the comedy films Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots Part Deux (1993). His television credits include Parker Lewis (1990), and Mad About You (1992). Stiles also performed as a regular on the The Drew Carey Show, and both the American and British improvisational series, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
As Production Supervisor for Rainbow War, Rick Gordon was also professionally associated with producer Bob Rogers with the Academy Award nominated short film, Ballet Robotique. His involvement with Rogers continues to present day as Gordon and his company, RPG Productions, were greatly involved with the re-mastering of the original Cinemascope version of Rainbow War in High Definition and Blu-ray. Aside from Rainbow War, Rick Gordon has had over three decades of helping to produce specialty format films. Some of the large format, specialty, and IMAX films which Gordon and Bob Rogers have collaborated on include: On Human Destiny, Spirit Lodge, Postcards, and Mystery Lodge. Some of the other large format films that Gordon has been involved with include: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, Roving Mars, Mysteries of Egypt and Fly Me to the Moon 3D.