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films by Gemini Productions

THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLARTHE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR
Directed by Gail Willumsen
Produced Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
A one-hour documentary that explores the science in Christopher Nolan’s feature film INTERSTELLAR, broadcast on the Discovery, Science and American Hero channels (Discovery Networks)

MAKING STUFF SAFERMAKING STUFF SAFER
Produced and Directed by Gail Willumsen and Jill Shinefield
Written by Gail Willumsen
One of four episodes in NOVA’s “Making More Stuff” series, hosted by technology columnist David Pogue, this show explores the latest inventions and innovations that make our lives safer.

ULTIMATE MARS CHALLENGEULTIMATE MARS CHALLENGE
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and Written by Gail Willumsen
This one hour special for NOVA (WGBH) chronicles the building and testing of Curiosity, NASA’s extraordinary Mars rover, and its first discoveries on the surface of the Red Planet.

SECRETS OF STONEHENGESECRETS OF STONEHENGE
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and Written by Gail Willumsen
This one hour special for NOVA (WGBH) features the latest excavations in and around the most mysterious monument of prehistory. A whole new vision of Stonehenge and its landscape is coming to light.

  • Best Narration and Best Cinematography, 2011 Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival
  • Prize for the Popularization of Science, 9th International Festival for Archeological Films, Brussels.
  • Selected by the 11th Festival du film d'Archéologie d'Amiens, France
  • Selected by the 2nd Int'l Archaeology Film Festival of Split, Croatia
  • Selected by the XXIII International Festival of Archaeological Film, Rovereto,Italy.

THE MUMMY WHO WOULD BE KINGTHE MUMMY WHO WOULD BE KING
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and written by Gail Willumsen
This one-hour special for NOVA (WGBH's prestigious science series on PBS), explores the posthumous adventures of an Egyptian mummy. After languishing for 150 years in a Niagara Falls freak show, the mummy was recently recognized by scientists as the long lost remains of a pharaoh.

  • Emmy© for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing
  • Prix spécial du jury, 7th International Festival of Archaeological Films, Brussels
  • Special Jury Prix, Beijing International Scientific Film Festival
  • Best Script, The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (plus Honorable Mentions for 'Best Film', 'Best Narration', 'Most Inspirational')
  • Selection for Vedere La Scienza Film Festival, Milan

DELIVERING THE GOODSDELIVERING THE GOODS
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and written by Gail Willumsen
Episode 3 in the six-part series RX FOR SURVIVAL: A GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGE, a co-production of the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, for broadcast on PBS.
Every year, some 17 million people die needlessly, because the benefits of modern medicine and public health simply don't reach them. This film features four innovative health programs that are building "delivery systems" to ensure the health of millions.

  • Emmy© for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form

THE RACE FOR SPACEBLACK SKY: THE RACE FOR SPACE
Produced and directed by Gail Willumsen and Jill Shinefield
Additional Camera and Sound by Jill Shinefield, Gail Willumsen
A two-hour special for Vulcan Productions and the Discovery Channel, in association with Antenna Films, for broadcast on the Discovery Channel. This verité documentary chronicles aviation luminary Burt Rutan's attempt to build the first non-governmental manned space program in history, and culminates with his winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

  • Peabody Award
  • Cine Golden Eagle Award

LOST WORLD OF THE HOLY LANDLOST WORLD OF THE HOLY LAND
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour special for the Nature series, a co-production of WNET/Thirteen and National Geographic Television, for broadcast on PBS. This program celebrates the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian conservation biologists to protect wildlife in the region known as the Holy Land.

  • Finalist Award, 25th International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula LOST WORLD OF THE HOLY LAND
  • Merit Award for Cinematography, Merit Award for Use of Music, 25th Intnl. Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
  • Nominee, Pare Lorentz Award, International Documentary Association
  • Nominee, 2003 Genesis Award, Humane Society of the United States
  • Special Commendation 2004 Genesis Awards, Human Society of the United States

THE EVOLUTIONARY ARMS RACETHE EVOLUTIONARY ARMS RACE
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and written by Gail Willumsen
Episode 4 in the Evolution series, a co-production of WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Clear Blue Skies Productions, for broadcast on PBS. This program explores the ways in which competition and cooperation can be equally important to the survival of a species.

  • Cine Golden Eagle Award
  • Worldfest Houston Intn'l. Film and Video Festival - Platinum Award
  • Omni Intermedia Bronze Award

ANCIENT GRAVESANCIENT GRAVES: VOICES OF THE DEAD
Produced by Jill Shinefield and Gail Willumsen
Directed and written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour National Geographic Special for broadcast on NBC.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the study of mummies and other ancient human remains.




Gail Willumsen - individual credits

LOST SHIPS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN GALAPAGOS
Gail Willumsen, writer - US version
A three-hour special about the geology and wildlife of the extraordinary islands that inspired Charles Darwin; a co-production of the National Geographic Channel and the BBC.

LOST SHIPS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
Produced, Directed and Written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour special about a deep-sea archaeology expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard, for the National Geographic Channel.

THE NOBLE HORSETHE NOBLE HORSE
Produced, Directed and Written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour special about the relationship between horses and humans, for the Nature series, a co-production of WNET/Thirteen and National Geographic Television, broadcast on PBS.

  • First Place: Gold Camera Award, International Film and Video Festival
  • Cine Golden Eagle Award
  • Nominee, 2000 Genesis Award, Humane Society of the United States

VOLCANO!VOLCANO!
Produced and Written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour National Geographic Special for broadcast on NBC, about the mysteries of volcanoes and the mysterious people who study them.

  • Emmy© Award for Writing: Individual Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming

HERODS DYNASTYHEROD'S DYNASTY
Produced and Written by Gail Willumsen
A one-hour episode in the Ancient Mysteries series, a production of FilmRoos for the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E)

  • Cable ACE Nomination, Best Informational Series

30 YEARS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS30 YEARS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS
Produced by Gail Willumsen and Barry Nye
Written by Gail Willumsen
A two-hour National Geographic Special for broadcast on NBC.

  • EMMY© Nomination, Best Informational Special

THE INFINITE VOYAGETHE INFINITE VOYAGE
A series of 20 science documentaries produced by WQED Pittsburgh in association with the National Academy of Sciences, for broadcast on PBS. Gail Willumsen produced and wrote 5 one-hour episodes which garnered the following:

  • EMMY© Nomination, National News and Documentary, Individual Achievement in Writing. ("The Living Clock")
  • President's Award, Best Entry of the 38th annual Columbus Intn'l Film & Video Festival. ("The Living Clock")
  • Certificate of Merit, Chicago Intn'l. Film Festival. ("The Living Clock")
  • 2 Ohio State Certificates of Merit, Natural & Physical Sciences ("The Living Clock" & "A Taste of Health")
  • Segments selected for permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History ("The Geometry of Life")



Jill Shinefield - individual credits

AMERICAS ENDANGERED SPECIES: DONT SAY GOODBYEAMERICA'S ENDANGERED SPECIES: DON'T SAY GOODBYE
Line produced by Jill Shinefield
(with producer and director Robert Kenner)
A one-hour National Geographic Special for broadcast on NBC, about photographers Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager's quest to preserve endangered animals and plants - on film.

  • Emmy© Award - Outstanding Achievement for Cinematography, in Non-Fiction Programming
  • International Documentary Association Award for Best Strand Program
  • Genesis Award, Humane Society of the United States

ANCIENT MYSTERIESANCIENT MYSTERIES and BIOGRAPHY series, on A&E Television, for FilmRoos Productions.
Jill Shinefield was Segment Producer on episodes "Kama Sutra: The Secrets of Sex", "Rites of Death", "Lost Spirits of Cambodia", "Astrology: Secrets in the Stars", "Noah".

SCREAMSCREAM
A music video featuring Janet and Michael Jackson
directed by Mark Romanek
Jill Shinefield, Visual Effects Producer
(with Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Haug)

  • Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video
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