City of Ember


1h 34m 2008

Brief Synopsis

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights--underground. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, this City will only sustain for 200 years. Now Ember is falling into darkness as the generator fails. Despite gro

Film Details

Also Known As
The, cité de l'ombre
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Amalgamated Pixels Inc; Buf, Inc.; Luma Pictures; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Playtone; Summit Entertainment, Llc; Walden Media; Walden Media; West Video
Distribution Company
Fox Walden; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Acme Film; Alfa Films; Belga Films; Bontonfilm; Contender Entertainment; Eagle Pictures; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Forum; Forum Film (Bulgaria); Golden Scene; Gulf Film, Llc; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Icon Uk Group; Independent Films (If); Jaguar Films; Mediapro; Metropolitan Filmexport; Monolith Films Sp. Z O.O.; Nu-Metro; Odeon S.A.; On Pictures; Sam Film; Shaw Organization; Tatra Film; Tuck; United International Pictures; United Motion Pictures (Ump); ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights--underground. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, this City will only sustain for 200 years. Now Ember is falling into darkness as the generator fails. Despite growing concern for the future of their beloved City, Ember's students find themselves confronting the next step in their lives. A rite of passage for all graduates, it is Assignment Day, the day on which the Mayor himself will stand before the graduating students as they choose, by lottery, how they will spend their lives working for their society. Lina, praying with all her might to be a messenger, is devastated to be assigned to the Pipeworks, the vast network of pipes underneath the City. Her classmate, Doon Harrow, who wants more than nothing else to work in the Generator, panics when he pulls the messenger assignment. Doon offers to swap assignments with Lina. She is thrilled and grateful and eagerly changes jobs. Thus, an unlikely friendship is born. Lina finds herself zipping all over Ember, delivering important missives to even more important people, including the mayor himself. At home she cares for her aging and forgetful grandmother, and her baby sister Poppy. When an old metal box is discovered in their closet, Lina's grandmother is overjoyed. Completely sure that the contents of the box are of the utmost importance, she is completely bereft of any memory as to why. Lina manages to jimmy the lock open, and discovers some cryptic papers inside. Unable to piece the papers together, but sure that they are important, Lina resolves to decipher their meaning and enlists Doon's help. As blackouts in the City become more frequent, Lina and Doon realize that the information inside that box could lead to the salvation of their City and their fellow citizens. Now racing against the clock, the two follow the clues, cleverly maneuvering around corrupt politicians and unsavory characters hoping to keep them from their goal: restoring the light in the City of Ember.

Crew

Phil Adams

Stunt Coordinator

David Appleby

Key Grip

Chas Bain

Camera Operator

Terry Bamber

Production Manager

Camille Benda

Assistant Costume Designer

Jon Billington

Art Director

Celia Bobak

Set Decorator

Liz Boston

Makeup Artist

Ross Bradshaw

Art Director

Shane Bunting

Props Buyer

Lisa Byrne

Production Coordinator

Paul Cadiou

Finance Manager

David Cain

Unit Manager

Olivier Cauwet

Visual Effects Supervisor

Eliza Chaikan

Assistant Art Director

Catherine Chase

Editor

Diana Choi

Production Executive

Diana Choi

Executive Producer

Vincent Cirelli

Visual Effects Supervisor

Aron Clayton

Assistant Director

Patrick Clayton

Assistant Director

Julie Connor

Art Department Coordinator

Barry Conroy

Electrician

Birgit Dierken

Assistant Camera

Nicholas Dodd

Original Music

Jeanne Duprau

Source Material

Eric Durst

Visual Effects Supervisor

Lindsay Fellows

Music Supervisor

Peter Field

Camera Operator

Sue Field

Script Supervisor

William Files

Sound Design

Chuck Finch

Gaffer

Tommy Finch

Gaffer

James Foster

Art Director

Andy Gardner

Assistant Camera

Gary Goetzman

Producer

Heather Greenlees

Set Designer

Xavier Pérez Grobet

Other

Xavier Pérez Grobet

Director Of Photography

Tom Hanks

Producer

Alan Harvey

Props

Richard Hicks

Casting

Sallie Jaye

Makeup Designer

Ashleigh Jeffers

Art Director

Susie Jones

Script Supervisor

Kimberly Jorgensen

Visual Effects Producer

John Kirsop

Construction Manager

Martin Laing

Production Designer

Daniel Leahy

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Peter Lindsay

Sound Mixer

Andrew Lockington

Music

Heather Long

Wardrobe

Blake Maniquis

Editor

William Mcphail

Costume Supervisor

Vera Mitchell

Hair

Lindsey Morrow

Assistant Editor

Ruth Myers

Costume Designer

Shaun O'dell

Director Of Photography

Shaun O'dell

Other

Niamh O'loan

Makeup Artist

Ray Perry

Property Master

Douglas Pipes

Music

Alistair Rae

Camera Operator

Alistair Rae

Steadicam Operator

Brendan Rankin

Set Designer

Stephen P Robinson

Sound Designer

David Rubin

Casting

Annabel Schofield

Production Supervisor

John D Schofield

Unit Production Manager

John D Schofield

Executive Producer

Alex Schwartz

Production Executive

Adam P Scott

Editor

Steven Shareshian

Producer

Bonnie Solomon

Production Executive

Zach Staenberg

Editor

Bruce Stambler

Sound Supervisor

Michael Standish

Props Buyer

Gail Stevens

Casting

Michael Stevenson

Assistant Director

Becky Sullivan

Adr

Gary Summers

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Caroline Thompson

Screenplay

Michael Tinger

Post-Production Supervisor

Aisling Toner

Hair

Kit West

Special Effects Supervisor

Ian Young

Props

Film Details

Also Known As
The, cité de l'ombre
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Amalgamated Pixels Inc; Buf, Inc.; Luma Pictures; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Playtone; Summit Entertainment, Llc; Walden Media; Walden Media; West Video
Distribution Company
Fox Walden; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Acme Film; Alfa Films; Belga Films; Bontonfilm; Contender Entertainment; Eagle Pictures; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Forum; Forum Film (Bulgaria); Golden Scene; Gulf Film, Llc; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Icon Uk Group; Independent Films (If); Jaguar Films; Mediapro; Metropolitan Filmexport; Monolith Films Sp. Z O.O.; Nu-Metro; Odeon S.A.; On Pictures; Sam Film; Shaw Organization; Tatra Film; Tuck; United International Pictures; United Motion Pictures (Ump); ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 10, 2008

Released in United States on Video January 20, 2009

Based on the novel "The City of Ember" written by Jeanne DuPrau; published by Random House Books for Young Readers May 13, 2003.

Playtone paid mid-six figures for film rights to the book, which includes an option on a sequel novel.

Released in United States Fall October 10, 2008

Released in United States on Video January 20, 2009