G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
JON M. CHU
(Director / Producer / Creator) has established himself as a versatile,
original and technologically innovative director working fluidly in
Chu directed the second installment in the hit STEP UP franchise,
having just graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in
2004. His directorial effort earned him a 2008 Teen Choice
Award. Cumulatively, Chu's two STEP UP films have earned over
$310 million worldwide. Chu recently released the 3D
documentary film NEVER SAY NEVER, which tells the story of music
phenomenon Justin Bieber. The film, released by Paramount in
February 2011, grossed over $98 million worldwide.
Chu also created and directs the prolific Legion of Extraordinary
Dancers (LXD), a collective of dancers of all styles. He
recently launched the second volume of "The LXD," the world's first
online dance adventure series through Paramount Digital. LXD
has also performed at the Academy Awards, "So You Think You Can Dance,"
"Conan," the 2010 TED conference, and on the 2010 "Glee" live
tour. Chu is currently developing a new dance-focused YouTube
One of five artistic children, Chu developed his love of music and
dance at an early age. He began making his own Super 8 films
of family vacations and later started shooting short subjects with his
brothers and sisters. By the time he was in high school in
Los Altos Hills, California, he was videotaping weddings, Bar Mitzvahs,
memory videos for school and video yearbooks -- and he knew he was
going to be a filmmaker.
While a sophomore at USC, Chu made the innovative short SILENT BEATS,
which unfolds its story to a tap-dance rhythm soundtrack. The
film went on to win numerous awards, including the Jack Nicholson
Directing Award and the Princess Grace Foundation's Cary Grant Award,
as well as a scholarship for the burgeoning filmmaker to continue his
studies at USC. While at USC, Chu also made the acclaimed
20-minute film WHEN THE KIDS ARE AWAY, a rousing musical exploration of
motherhood that utilized salsa, swing and hip-hop, as well as a
50-piece orchestra and 20-voice student choir. The film soon garnered
widespread interest in Hollywood -- and brought him to the attention of
the producers of STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, who gave him the rare
opportunity to combine his love of inventive dance and filmmaking on
the big screen.
Chu has garnered a significant online presence with the success of "The
Biggest Online Dance Battle in History," featuring the Adam/Chu Dance
Crew, which counts top dancers and celebrities in its ranks.
The brainchild of Chu and STEP UP 3D actor Adam Sevani has grown into a
worldwide phenomenon with over 45 million views online and appearances
on the 2008 Teen Choice Awards and YouTube Live.
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