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CHRISTIAN GUDEGAST (Writer/Director/Executive Producer) is a native of California, born and raised in Los Angeles, where he fell in love with photography and film at an early age. As a young kid, Gudegast was so enthralled with movies that he would sneak into theaters in Westwood and watch everything from Fellini to Jaws, from Cheech and Chong to Stanley Kubrick. Growing up in the entertainment industry, Gudegast loved going to work with his father, Eric Braeden, a German-American film and television actor, known for his work on "Hawaii 5-0," "Gunsmoke," "Charlie's Angels," "The Rat Patrol," Colossus, and Titanic, to name a few. After high school, Gudegast studied extensively under renowned acting coaches Roy London and Daryl Hickman, but soon realized that acting wasn't for him. Later, while at UCLA's Graduate School of Film and Television, Gudegast directed music videos for Los Angeles gangster rap artists such as "Kurupt." Graduating at the top of his class Summa Cum Laude, Gudegast's thesis film, God's Lonely Man, won the prestigious "Best Film Award" that same year. Following graduation, he sold his first screenplay, Black Ocean, to Oliver Stone, which officially launched his screenwriting career.

Today Gudegast is known as one of the industry's most sought after screenwriters, having written for every major film studio and television network in Hollywood, working on major releases such as Speed Racer, and the Dwayne Johnson starrer The Rundown, the Vin Diesel crime-drama A Man Apart, the ancient-Greek war epic Immortals, and the Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman action drama, London Has Fallen, which grossed $205 million worldwide.

In 2009, Gudegast wrote and produced the award-winning documentary, Sequestro, about the kidnapping epidemic in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

In between writing assignments, Gudegast is a passionate still photographer, focusing on urban landscapes. He is also a black belt in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and trains under legendary instructors Rob Kaman, Rigan Machado and Rickson Gracie. Gudegast currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Natasha, and their three daughters, Tatiana, Oksana, and Angelika.

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