by Pamela Young, Published December 10, 2013
YPSILANTI: Wesley Coller, a producer at Cruel and Unusual Films in California, will be the Eastern Michigan University commencement speaker Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. at the EMU Convocation Center. An Eastern Michigan alumnus, Coller will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts during the ceremony.
The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the speaker during the regular board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Graduates in the ceremony will represent the Colleges of arts & sciences, business, education, health and human services, and technology. More than 1,850 students are eligible to participate.
As a producer, Coller has worked in collaboration with partners Zack and Deborah Snyder at Cruel and Unusual Films to create groundbreaking feature movies such as the blockbuster 300 (2007), which grossed more than $450 million worldwide, along with the critically acclaimed remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004), Watchmen (2009) and Sucker Punch (2011).
Coller most recently co-produced the new Superman movie, Man of Steel and is executive producer of the sequel, which is in pre-production and will be released by Warner Bros. in June 2015. He also is co-producing 300: Rise of an Empire, scheduled for a March 2014 release.
He also is developing a wide range of creative projects with the Snyders under the Cruel and Unusual banner, including: The Last Photograph; the action-thriller Army of the Dead; and Illusions.
A former Pinckney resident, Coller graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in telecommunication and film and a minor in graphic design. Immediately after graduation, he and his wife, Celeste, whom he met at EMU, moved to Los Angeles and partnered with the Snyders’ production team. He has worked with Zack Snyder on countless commercial projects and throughout Snyder's feature career.
Film industry analysts note that Coller’s skills in telecommunications, film and graphic design have played key creative roles in the production of Cruel's feature films. He brings a modern approach to the development and production processes, thanks to an emphasis on design and progressive digital workflow. His design background also allows him to work collaboratively with various studio departments to develop fresh and exciting visual materials for the marketing and release of Cruel’s projects, and with publishers and product designers creating ancillary materials associated with Cruel's films.
Coller currently residents in Pasadena, California with his wife, Celeste, and daughter, Elliott.