First became interested in visual effects at age six (date approximate)
Began making his own films at age ten with a $10 Keystone 8mm movie camera
As a teen, obtained a better camera and began experimenting with stop motion and rear projection
Began work on "The Equinox", a 16mm sci-fi adventure film, during his first year at Pasadena City College; invested $8000 in the project
Completed "The Equinox" which was then picked up by a small distributor who added 40 minutes, had it blown up to 35mm and released in 1970; credited as producer and for special effects; recouped initial investment
Freelance special effect expert
Camera operator, Cascade of California in Hollywood
Joined George Lucas' then new Industrial Light and Magic as a special effects photographer under John Dykstra
Left ILM briefly to work for Douglas Trumbull on special photography segments of the Mothership in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (a fall 1977 release);
First notable feature credit, special effects photographer on Lucas' "Star Wars"
Provided special effects photography under Dykstra (who had left ILM) for the theatrical release of "Battlestar Galactica" (released 1978)
Returned to ILM as work began on "The Empire Strikes Back" (released 1980)
Visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic
Credited for miniature and optical effects photography for "Dragonslayer"
First credit as visual effects supervisor, Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
First TV credit, visual effects for "The Ewok Adventure", a Lucas-produced ABC children's special
Worked on the "Captain Eo" and "Star Tours" attractions at the Disney theme parks
Convinced an initially skeptical Spielberg that the dinosaurs for "Jurassic Park" could be computer-generated by overseeing the creation of a walk cycle for the T-Rex
Green-lighted by Amblin Entertainment to create several additional shots including a dinosaur stampede and several wide-angle sequences of dino herds against a sweeping vista
Impressed Amblin with a computer-generated sequence of the T-Rex walking in daylight
Set up the satelite link that allowed Spielberg to edit the dailies for "Jurassic Park" while on location shooting "Schindler's List"
Credited as "full-motion dinosaur creator" on "Jurassic Park"
Was effects advisor on the box office hits "Twister" and "Mission: Impossible"
Oversaw creation of the dinosaurs in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
Served as special effects supervisor on "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"; shared an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects
Recieved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 3)