STUART BAIRD (director) marks his second assignment in
the director's chair following Warner Bros.' 1996 action hit,
Following graduation from London's University College, with degrees
in economics and international relations, Baird found his first
industry job as a personal assistant to director Lindsay Anderson
during the production of "If..."
He next worked under the tutelage of renowned director Ken Russell
on his Oscarwinning "Women in Love," subsequently
becoming a film editor five years later on Russell's rock opera,
"Tommy." In between, he worked as an assistant editor,
music editor and sound editor on such Russell works as "The
Music Lovers," "Savage Messiah," "The Boyfriend"
and "The Devils." He continued this association with
Russell, "Altered States" being their last collaboration.
He earned his first Oscar nomination for editing the 1978 blockbuster
"Superman," and continued building a respected reputation
on such projects as Fred Zinnemann's "Five Days One Summer,"
Peter Hyams' "Outland" and Michael Apted's "Gorillas
in the Mist," which won him another Oscar nomination. His
ongoing collaboration with director Richard Donner includes editorial
chores on "The Omen," "Ladyhawke," "Lethal
Weapon" and "Lethal Weapon 2," "Radio Flyer"
and "Maverick." He has also worked with producer Joel
Silver on "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," "Demolition
Man" and "The Last Boy Scout."
Between 1990 and 1992, Baird was a fulltime staff editor
at Warner Bros., where he oversaw editing on "Tango &
Cash," "New Jack City" and "Robin Hood: Prince
of Thieves," among other pictures.
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