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OFFICE SPACE

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Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" makes his live-action feature film directorial debut with OFFICE SPACE, a comedy about the plight of white-collar peons in today's corporate world.

A 20th Century Fox presentation of a 3 Arts production, OFFICE SPACE stars Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston, and is produced by Michael Rotenberg and Daniel Rappaport. Guy Riedel is the executive producer. OFFICE SPACE was written by Mike Judge. The film also stars David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, Alexandra Wentworth and Diedrich Bader. Tim Suhrstedt is the director of photography. Ed McAvoy is the production designer and David Rennie is the editor.

Before there was a Beavis or a Butt-Heat, and long before Hank was "King of the Hill," there was Milton. In 1991, Mike Judge made his first animated short, "just to see if I could synch up my voice with the animation." That short was entitled "Office Space," and it featured the character of Milton, a beleaguered employee endlessly pushed around by management, whose protests and threats go unheard by all around him. The process took approximately seven weeks and Judge did all the voices and music as well as the animation.

After completing the two minute short, Judge sent his work to various animation festivals and television shows, but never expected any positive response. Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by Comedy Central, who were eager to air the piece. His next two shorts, "Huh?" and "The Honkey Problem" were showcased in various animation festivals.

In the fall of 1993, Judge revived the character of Milton and produced three more shorts. Along with the original, they all ran on "Saturday Night Live."

Following his success as the director the animated feature "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America," Judge received various offers to do live action films. Once again, he turned to Milton. "When I did the 'Milton' shorts," says Judge, "I had planned to do other pieces with a whole series of office characters."

Feeling that an entire film based solely around the character of Milton might prove to be somewhat limited, Judge set about expanding the world and work place that Milton inhabits.

"There hasn't been an office comedy in quite a while," Judge adds. "And I can't remember any of them taking place in a tech/computer company environment. I wanted to depict the hundreds of Silicon Valley office parks--white collar worlds that are springing up all over the country." According to Judge, the characters in his screenplay are "very loosely based on people I've either seen or worked with in some of the jobs I've had over the years."

OFFICE SPACE is shooting entirely in Austin, Texas.

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