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Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Jeffrey Nachmanoff graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in 1994. He spent a year and a half editing documentaries until producer Scott Rudin optioned his original script Rembrandt's Shadow, a neo-noir thriller set in London's art world. Nachmanoff has worked steadily as a screenwriter since then, writing everything from science fiction to action comedy for various studios and producers. Although none of those projects made it to the screen. One of his screenplays led to his big break: a character-driven espionage piece written for producer Jerry Bruckheimer was sent to producer Mark Gordon as a writing sample and it caught his attention.

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

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