Jerry Schmitz is an independent marketing consultant and publicist whose list of clients include award-winning filmmakers, actors, and production companies. Prior to that, he spent nearly fifteen in the studio system as a marketing/publicity executive and production liaison at Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks SGK, and Sony Pictures Animation/Sony Imageworks. The many books he has contributed to include The Making of Jurrasic Park: The Lost World, Men in Black: Behind the Scenes, The Art and Making of Monster House, and The Art of Open Season. He ghost authored Surf's Up: A True Story for penguin surf icon Cody Maverick (Did you really think an animated character wrote the book?). He lives in Los Angeles.