Gordon introduced Nachmanoff to Roland Emmerich, who was looking for a writer. Emmerich already knew that he wanted to tell a big story about an ecological disaster caused by global warming; Nachmanoff felt it was a great opportunity for a character drama as well. The two hit it off and began working together; three months later, Twentieth Century Fox bought the completed script to THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and the film went into pre-production the next day.
Nachmanoff's path to Hollywood was indirect. He was born in Arlington, Virginia, where his father works in banking and his mother is a school librarian. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Nachmanoff majored in art and English literature. For a research project, he spent a summer traveling with a family circus, and compiled his photographs and stories about the experience into a book. One of his professors pointed out that the project would have been an ideal subject for a documentary film. A year later, Nachmanoff applied to the master's program at USC's School of Cinema-Television. Nachmanoff initially pursued cinematography, winning a scholarship from Eastman/Kodak that helped pay for his tuition. Eventually he wrote and directed his own student film, The Big Gig, which received enough attention to get him an agent and start his professional career. Nachmanoff has also directed the independent film Hollywood Palms, which starred Judge Reinhold and Eric Stoltz.
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