Litza Bixler is a creative expert with a successful 20 year career in film, entertainment, and the arts. A true creative polymath, she has created many innovative theater and live-art pieces, films, paintings, and writings. She’s produced work across a variety of platforms: from stage and screen, to mountains and galleries, and she often fantasizes about making work in alternate realities someday, or possibly in space. She has also choreographed some of the most iconic scenes in film, and worked on numerous award-winning commercials and music videos.
With a keen eye for visual spectacle, Litza has a knack for comedy and emotional nuance, and is known for her quirky, distinctive and engaging style. Her work is embodied and visceral and the transforming body is often her starting point when creating characters and developing narratives.
Litza is also interested in how we tell stories, and how these stories influence the world around us. This love of storytelling paired with a tendency to make things up, has led to her latest incarnation as a writer. Her current writing projects include: a Sci-fi Musical Comedy, a children’s feature film, and a YA Gothic Horror novel.
Litza is adept at balancing the needs of the producer, with the rights of her team, while maintaining a creative vision. She consistently delivers on time, to brief, with intelligence, wit and zero drama.
She has collaborated with a variety of world class actors, artists and personalities, including: Hugh Jackman, David Beckham, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Chris O’Dowd, Nick Frost, Jessica Biel, Sienna Miller, Moloko, Muse, Razorlight, Jessie J, Rafe Spall, Stephen Merchant, Jude Law, and Sam Rockwell.
Her latest work includes two adverts for Mountain Dew (Puppymonkeybaby for the 2016 Super Bowl and Freakchain); Disney’s musical drama The Lodge; the popular TV drama Peaky Blinders; and Man Up, a romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. She was also Choreographic Producer and Dance Fight Choreographer on the salsa film Cuban Fury, and is a frequent collaborator with Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Shaun of the Dead). Other interesting projects include: Speed of Light, a live art piece featuring hundreds of runners in light suits; and Executive Production on Opponent, a short film fusing boxing and dance for Channel Four.
Over the years, Litza has always sought out new challenges. She recently trained as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and is excited to use her wealth of experience and knowledge to help others turbocharge their own creativity.
…one of [Man Up’s] most memorable sequences finds the duo on the dance floor, conducting an argument about Pegg’s failed marriage in the midst of an impressively choreographed dance-off to Duran Duran’s “The Reflex.” “It was just this idea that Tess had, that we all have a dance routine somewhere that we learned unconsciously as youngsters in the discos,” Pegg says, “and that Jack and Nancy, whilst they’re arguing, find this odd synchronization, which kind of hints at the fact that they are very much in tune with each other”
Interview with Simon Pegg & Lake Bell, Flavorwire, 2015
First off (and this is important) cynics need not apply. I say this because Walking on Sunshine approaches its remit with a delightful lack of pretense and seriousness…It’s shameless and hilarious in equal measure. All of the cast know how to handle the musical numbers, with some tracks featuring great dance sequences and choreography.
Review, Walking on Sunshine, Entertainment Focus, 2014
(Frost’s) on-screen relationship with charming Rashida Jones is warm and easy, while his rivalry with the engagingly sleazy Chris O’Dowd (and especially their ‘dance-off’ battle in the office car-park) is one of the high points of the film.
Review, Cuban Fury, Screen Daily, 2014
…there is one stand-out sequence involving a brilliantly choreographed dance-off in a car park that is worth the price of admission.
Review, Cuban Fury, View London, 2014
…where a dozen other Bridget Jones imitators have failed, Simon Pegg and Lake Bell really hit it off. They’re fine partners in quick-witted repartee and goofy dance steps, yet both sympathetically fallible underneath
Review, Man Up, Guardian, 2014
The choreographer from the past few movies returns as well. Litza Bixler. She is wonderful and The World’s End is easily her crowning achievement… In fact, The World’s End can be summed up by the choreography and cinematography.
Review, The World’s End, IHOG, 2013
This gleefully warm-hearted summer delight is silly, sentimental & sexy-the song & dance sequences are joyous and the Italian setting sheer perfection…
Review, Walking on Sunshine, The Mirror, 2014
Litza is one of the most original voices in choreography today: inspired and inspiring. Litza’s work effortlessly combines beauty and strength with storytelling.
Producer (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, Hot Fuzz, In Bruges)
As Choreographic Producer on Cuban Fury, Litza supervised all the choreography throughout the film and helped the Director to transform salsa routines into cinematic set pieces. Litza provided the Director, Editor and DOP with all the information they needed to make the most of each routine. As Lead Choreographer on the Car Park Dance, Litza blew us away with her ability to combine dance with comedy and characterful story telling. The dance fight is a hugely memorable comic routine and one of the most popular scenes in Cuban Fury and we have Litza to thank for that.
Producer (Cuban Fury, The World’s End)
Litza has the best taste in screenplays and is more spot on than any one I’ve worked with in the past. She’s a damn good writer, a brilliant collaborator and the most stunning choreographer if you’re ever in that market. And did I forget to mention, a total pleasure to be around.
Producer / Director (Jolene, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Twister)