TWO-SENTENCE HISTORY: DreamWorks’ three principal founders—Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen—were titans of their respective fields; together they wanted to create a new kind of Hollywood studio. Despite turning out a few hits (like Best Picture winner American Beauty) and developing a very successful animation division, DreamWorks now functions as an independent production company (in which an Indian business magnate holds a 50 percent stake). Of the three founders, only Spielberg in involved with the current entity.
MEMORABLE FILMS INCLUDE: Prince of Egypt (1998), Shrek (2001), The Ring (2002) and Tropic Thunder (2008)
THE LOGO: Spielberg always wanted to use an image of a man fishing from the moon—and decided the best way to create that was via CGI. A friend, visual-effects legend Dennis Muren, suggested that Spielberg also consider using a painting and commissioned Robert Hunt to execute the idea. One of Hunt’s alternative versions included the nostalgia-inducing image of young boy fishing (with his son as model for the youthful angler). Spielberg was taken with this concept and a motion version was created at ILM. The accompanying music was specially written by John Williams, whose scores have included Star Wars, Jaws, Superman and the first three Harry Potter films..