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Visual Effects (feature film)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
No one believes that Trevor Anderson is on to something. The science professor''s unconventional hypotheses have put him on the fringe of the academic community. But during an expedition in Iceland, Trevor and his teenage nephew, Sean, accompanied by their beautiful local guide, Hannah, make a breakthrough discovery that launches them on a thrilling adventure into the unknown. As their journey takes them deep beneath the Earth''s surface, they travel through never-before-seen worlds that bring them face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures, stretching the bounds of the visionary scientist''s own imagination.
Team America: World Police (2004) as Special Effects Supervisor
When Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability, learns that a power-hungry dictator is brokering weapons of mass destruction to terrorists, the heroes embark upon a harrowing mission to save the world. To infiltrate the terrorist network, Team America recr
Panic Room (2002) as Special Effects Supervisor
After purchasing a brownstone in New York, a thirty-something divorced woman and her daughter are forced to take advantage of the hidden room- the "panic room" -when intruders break into their home. However, they soon find that what the intruders want is locked in the panic room with them.
Battlefield Earth (2000) as Miniature Special Effects Supervisor
In the year 3000, 1000 years after the Psychlos, an alien race ruled by the ruthless Terl, have conqured Earth. Young rebel Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, comes out of hiding in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado only to find that most of the human race has been killed or turned into "man-animal" slaves wh
Gen-X Cops (2000) as Special Effects Supervisor
When a ruthless Japanese criminal takes control of a massive shipment of explosives in Hong Kong, a rebellious trio of Gen-X cops infiltrate the underground, discovering a sinister plan for a devastating act of terrorism.
Anywhere But Here (1999) as Special Effects Coordinator (Additional Photography Unit)
It is mid-summer 1995 as a 1978 Mercedes zooms down the highway, heading west. Inside sit 14-year-old Ann August and her mother Adele. Against her will, Ann is being moved to Beverly Hills where Adele, stifled by small-town life in Bay City, Wisconsin hopes to make her colorful dreams come true. Ann
Godzilla (1998) as Miniature Special Effects Supervisor (Sight Line Productions/Model & Miniature Photography)
A blinding flash of white light fills the sky above the French Polynesian islands. Giant footsteps plow an ominous path through miles of Panamanian forests and beaches. Ships off the U.S. coast capsize, dragged into a rolling sea where they are instantly demolished. This incessant, inexplicable dest
Volcano (1997) as Miniature Pyro/Mechanical Effects Supervisor (Visual Effects/Miniature Unit)
Los Angeles. It is perhaps best known as the entertainment capital of the world--a sun-kissed golden metropolis of glitz and glamour. To others it represents something very different. Millions more recognize The City of Angels as the unwilling epicenter of virtually every natural disaster--including earthquakes, firestorms and mudslides. Now the city which has become almost a byword for disaster is about to experience its most cataclysmic event ever, one that will ultimately test its ability to survive. A vent in the earth''s crust has unleashed an incredible force of nature. The literally earth-shattering product: an erupting Volcano... and ground zero is L.A.''s famed La Brea Tar Pits. An unprepared Los Angeles is facing its worst nightmare as an endless stream of fiery, deadly lava insidiously creeps across traffic-choked streets while wreaking havoc below ground in the labyrinth of man-made natural tunnels.
Independence Day (1996) as Mechanical Effects Supervisor
It is an ordinary summer day. But then, without warning, something very extraordinary happens. Enormous shadows fall across the land. Strange atmospheric phenomena, ominous and mesmerizing, surface around the globe. All eyes turn upward. The question of whether we''re alone in the universe has finally been answered. And, in a matter of minutes, the lives of every person across the globe are forever changed. With the fate of our planet at stake, the Fourth of July is about to take on an entirely new meaning. No longer will it be an American holiday. It will be known as the day the entire world fought back. The day we did not go gentle into the good night... The day all of us on planet Earth celebrated our independence day.
Clifford (1994) as Special Effects
A devilish 10-year-old boy wreaks havoc when he visits his bachelor uncle in Los Angeles.
Secret Sins of the Father (1994)
A sheriff in a small Nebraska town realizes that his father may be responsible for his mother's death.
Barton Fink (1991) as Special Effects Foreman
Set in 1941, the story focuses on a New York playwright who moves to a seedy L.A. hotel and suffers from writers' block after being recruited to write a wrestling movie for Wallace Beery.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) as Special Effects Supervisor (4-Ward)
Sequel to the sci-fi adventure about a near-indestructible cyborg.
Suburban Commando (1991) as B&B Special Effects Crew
A mercenary from outer space tries to find some peace and quiet on planet earth.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) as Mechanical Effects (Screaming Mad George)
An aspiring journalist falls into the clutches of a feminist coven while investigating a woman's apparent suicide.
Darkman (1990) as Special Effects (4ward)
Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when a gang led by sadistic crime boss Robert G. Durant obliterates his laboratory and leaves Westlake beaten, mutilated and left for dead. An experimental medical procedure saves his life, but Westlake is both physically and psychologically scarred by the event, unable to continue a normal life with his girlfriend. Westlake''s only salvation, and his all-consuming purpose in life, becomes the successful pursuit of the synthetic skin formula. To finance his experiments, he takes on a shadowy, enigmatic identity--Darkman, a phantom figure who terrorizes and steals from criminals in the night. But it is only a matter of time before he eventually crosses paths with Durant, the one responsible for his suffering.
Hired to Kill (1990) as Special Effects
A soldier of fortune must travel incognito in order to free a jailed rebel leader from a Third World island fortress.
Call From Space (1989) as Mechanical Effects
A fantasy about mankind's desire to explore the past, present, and future through prehistoric times, ancient Greece, France during Napoleon, a modern film shoot, and another "Renaissance" set in the future.
Abyss, The (1989) as Special Effects Coordinator (Los Angeles)
A group of civilian divers are pressed into service by the United States Navy to search out and rescue a stricken nuclear submarine.
The Blob (1988) as Post-Production Mechanical Effects
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows.
Bad Dreams (1988) as Special Visual Effects (Fantasy Ii)
A young woman's horrifying visions become reality.
House (1986) as Mechanical Special Effects
Critters (1986) as Modelmaker
Smalltown USA is attacked by furry beings from outerspace.
Vamp (1986) as Special Effects (Image Engineering)
Boy Who Could Fly, The (1986) as Special Effects Technician (Boss Film)
After their father dies, Milly and Louis move to a new neighborhood with their mother. Milly becomes friends with Eric, the boy who lives next door. Eric is autistic and seems obsessed with flight, often climbing up to the roof and holding his arms out as if to fly. Before long, Milly comes to believe that Eric might actually possess an ability that no one else knows about.
Return of the Living Dead, The (1985) as Nuclear Explosion
A horror parody of George Romero''s "Living Dead" trilogy based on a story by John Russo, who coauthored the script to Romero''s original film and shares story rights. Set mostly in a medical supply house owned by Burt (Clu Gulager) and run by Frank (James Karen), the movie details the events of a night in which an experimental nerve gas pioneered by the military leaks and brings the dead back to life.
Star Wars (1977) as Miniatures Explosions
Part IV in a George Lucas epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farmboy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empires most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Puppetoon Movie, The (1987) as Book Photo (George Pal)
"The Puppetoon Movie" is a compilation of George Pal's puppetoon shorts, as well as some new animation.

Film Production - Construction/Set (feature film)

Fantasy Film World Of George Pal (1986) as George Pal Photos
Film is a tribute to the animation world of George Pal.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Source Code (2011)
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he''s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he''s ever known, he learns he''s part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man''s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Skyline (2010)
It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California. But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watch in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (2003)
Allan Quatermain, the world''s greatest adventurer, leads a legion of superheroes the likes of which the world has never seen. Quatermain''s extraordinary League is comprised of Captain Nemo, Dracula vampiress Mina Harker, an invisible man Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Sawyer, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and M--the League''s enigmatic recruiter. The League members are staunch individualists, outcasts in fact, with checkered pasts and singular gifts that have been both blessing and curse. Now they must learn to trust each other and work as a team for the very hope of civilization. With little preparation and no time to lose, they will be transported via Captain Nemo''s extraordinary submarine, the Nautilus, to the frontline of defense: Venice, Italy. There, a masked madman known as the Fantom plans to sabotage a conference of world leaders by setting off a domino chain of explosions, sinking the entire city. The threat is catastrophic, the risks are staggering. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has 96 hours to save the world.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) as Lead Pyro Technician (Digital Domain)
After years of traveling the universe preserving tranquility and promoting goodwill towards humans and aliens alike, the intrepid Starship crew that Captain Jean-Luc Picard has long thought of as his family is breaking up. Officer William Riker has married Counselor Deanna Troi and now Riker will as
Family Under Siege (2002) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor (Miniature Effects Unit)
A man's family is taken hostage by criminals who hope to use information he has to pull a heist.
Impostor (2002) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor (Cinema Productions Services/Visual Effects Miniatures)
The year is 2079. The earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade. Spencer Olham is a lauded government scientist whose latest work promises to save the planet. But suddenly he is accused of being an alien spy, and becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Olham is faced with a tw
Scream 3 (2000)
After surviving numerous attacks by knife-wielding maniacs, Sidney lays low as a telephone crisis counselor in a secluded Northern California compound. Meanwhile, a killer is on the loose on the set of horror movie "Stab 3," a film based on the brutal events of Sidney''s life. As the body count rises, Sidney is eventually lured out of hiding and back to Los Angeles to help the police track down the killer.
Virus (1999) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor (Fantasy Ii Film Effects Inc)
Seeking refuge from a typhoon, the crew of an American tugboat boards a top secret Russian research vessel and finds it infected by an alien life form which regards humans as a virus which must be destroyed at any cost.
Arlington Road (1999) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor
Michael Faraday is a college professor with a special interest in domestic terrorism, an interest all the more personal as his wife was an FBI agent killed by an extremist militia. At first, he gets on well with new neighbors the Langs, but gradually he begins to suspect that Oliver Lang is not what
Mafia! (1998)
As the story of the Cortino family unfolds over nearly a century, young and innocent Vincenzo Cortino is driven from his home in Sicily and forced to swim to America. There he grows up to become the infamous patriarch of a powerful crime family. However, in his twilight years Vincenzo realizes the r
Alien Resurrection (1997) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor (Visual Effects Unit)
After her death (in "Alien3"), Ripley is brought back to life, from cloned DNA, by evil scientists who want to resurrect the alien that died inside her.
No Way Back (1996)
An FBI agent gets caught in the middle of a war between the mob and the Japanese underworld. While the G-man is extraditing a Japanese gangster, the mobster breaks free and forces their plane to land in Arizona. Before they know it, American mobsters, Japanese Yakuza and the FBI are all on their tai
Independence Day (1996) as Miniature Pyrotechnics Supervisor
It is an ordinary summer day. But then, without warning, something very extraordinary happens. Enormous shadows fall across the land. Strange atmospheric phenomena, ominous and mesmerizing, surface around the globe. All eyes turn upward. The question of whether we''re alone in the universe has finally been answered. And, in a matter of minutes, the lives of every person across the globe are forever changed. With the fate of our planet at stake, the Fourth of July is about to take on an entirely new meaning. No longer will it be an American holiday. It will be known as the day the entire world fought back. The day we did not go gentle into the good night... The day all of us on planet Earth celebrated our independence day.
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) as Pyrotechnician (Miniature Unit)
In the two years since they said good-bye, Jesse and Willy have both become part of their own families: Jesse has been adopted by his foster parents, Glen and Annie Greenwood, and Willy has found his own Orca "pod," including his mother and younger siblings, in the seas off the Pacific Northwest. On a camping trip with his foster parents and newly discovered half-brother, Elvis, Jesse finds his old friend, Willy, off the coast, and the two quickly rediscover the us-against-the-world camaraderie that they shared before. But their happy reunion is cut short when an offshore oil spill threatens to trap Willy, his sister and his brother away from their mother and family of whales forever. As the danger moves closer, Jesse must call upon all the trust, loyalty and faith Willy has in him to return Willy--along with his brother and sister--back to their mother in the open seas.
Magic in the Water (1995) as Pyrotechnics
Dr. Jack Black is a sour, tough-talking Seattle talk-show psychiatrist. Divorced and indifferent to his children, Ashley and Josh, he is shamed by his ex-wife into taking his kids on a vacation to Glenorky, a Canadian resort community. The lake there is rumored to contain its own elusive Loch Ness-style monster. Nobody, however, is having a good time until Jack is knocked on the head, suddenly transforming his personality into a loving, caring father. But he also becomes part of a group of men who feel that the gentle spirit of the mythical lake monster, Orky, has inhabited them.
Lord of Illusions (1995) as Pyrotechnics (Fantasy Ii)
It should have been routine. Private detective Harry D'Amour came to Los Angeles to get out of the cold, gray New York winter as much as to solve his latest case. Harry should have known better; nothing was ever routine where he was concerned. Harry's life takes an ominous turn when he stumbles upon
Apollo 13 (1995) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor
When an explosion jeopardizes a moon mission, NASA scientists fight to bring the crew home safely.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) as Pyrotechnics Supervisor
Maniacal techno-expert Travis Dane hijacks a train and converts it into a command center. He seizes control of a satellite super-weapon and threatens to destroy Washington, D.C., unless his one-billion dollar demand is met. Unfortunately for him, however, Casey Ryback happens to be on board, travelling with his niece, Sarah, and is the only man between Dane and the obliteration of three million people.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
In the 21st century, information is the ultimate commodity. In a world where cyberspace is a workaday reality and outlaw hackers thrive, the most valuable information must sometimes be transported by mnemonic couriers--professionals like Johnny who offer the ultimate in security and confidentiality. Johnny contracts to deliver priceless data for a pair of scientists, defectors from Pharmkom, the world''s third largest corporation. The massive upload is too much for the mnemonic implant embedded in Johnny''s brain. With no idea of what he''s carrying, Johnny must find the secret access-codes that allow him to download the information--or die. But data-overload isn''t the only thing threatening his life. The Yakuza, the world''s most powerful crime-syndicate, are working for Pharmakom. Takahashi, the Yakuza sector chief, distrusts his own men; he secretly hires the ruthless bounty hunter known as Street Preacher and orders him to bring in Johnny''s head--cryogenically preserved.
In the Army Now (1994) as Pyrotechniques
A wild ''n'' crazy young Army recruit goes to boot camp.
On Deadly Ground (1994) as Miniature Pyrotechnician Chief (Stetson Visual Services)
After threatening to expose a company for unsafe drilling practices, an oil worker is dumped and abandoned in the wilderness to die. But he is rescued by a tribe of natives who see him as their legendary figure, the Rainbow Warrior.
True Lies (1994)
Marital problems plague an international spy who works for Omega Sector, a top-secret government agency charged with the intervention of nuclear terrorism.
Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
After an aristocratic Louisiana gentleman''s abrupt transformation into a vampire at the hands of a mysterious foreigner, he reluctantly settles into a life of nocturnal domesticity, augmented by the addition of a little girl.
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)
A long-suffering housewife is kidnapped by aliens, becomes radioactive and grows 50-feet-tall, and returns to Earth to seek revenge on her two-timing husband.
Matinee (1993)
Comedy set in Key West, Florida, about a group of teenagers who frequent a Saturday movie matinee during the time of the Cuban missile crisis.
Toys (1992) as Pyrotechnics
Whimsical Leslie Zevo may not have a head for business, but he knows fun. When his dying father leaves the toy company in the hands of Lt. General Leland Zevo, Leslie will have to use the power of imagination to save the company from becoming an arms manufacturer.
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman''''s fight against The Penguin is complicated by the appearance of Catwoman.
Suburban Commando (1991) as Pyrotechnician
A mercenary from outer space tries to find some peace and quiet on planet earth.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Sequel to the sci-fi adventure about a near-indestructible cyborg.
Bat 21 (1988) as Pyrotechnics
During the Vietnam conflict, an American officer is forced to parachute into a North Vietnamese jungle and fend for himself until a rescue operation can be carried out.
Nightflyers (1987) as Pyrotechnics (Fantasy Ii Film Effects)
A mysterious entity is slowly destroying the scientists trapped aboard a spaceship.
Student Confidential (1987) as Pyrotechnics
Masters Of The Universe (1987) as Pyro Technician
He-Man is engaged in an intergalactic battle for the control of the universe with the evil Skeletor. Skeletor intends to conquer the ravaged planet Eternia, the once Utopian state that is ruled by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle. When the dwarf Gwildor performs some magic, He-Man and Skeletor are
Quiet Cool (1986) as Pyrotechnics
Dungeonmaster, The (1986) as Pyro Effects (Stone Canyon)
An evil wizard wanders the galaxy in search of a formidable opponent.
The Terminator (1984) as Pyrotechnic Effects
A deadly robot from the future travels back in time to kill a woman whose son will one day defeat its masters.
Spacehunter (1983) as Pyrotechnics
In 2136, Wolff answers a distress signal from Terra Eleven and agrees to rescue three beautiful maidens from a plague-ridden planet. When the women are kidnapped by henchmen of Overdog, the wicked half-man/half-machine who rules the planet, Wolff takes off in hot pursuit. As he challenges assorted
Empire Strikes Back, The (1980) as Miniature Pyrotechnics
Luke Skywalker and his loyal band team up to do battle with Empire's forces who decide to enact revenge. Luke is taught by the Jedi master Yoda to master the "Force," something he will need when he meets Darth Vader in a startling confrontation.

Cinematography (special)

America Behind Closed Doors (1992) as Additional Camera
A special that features dramatizations of actual events as well as interviews with three people who have had repressed memory experiences so painful that they have been blocked from their conscious minds.

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

Peter Benchley's The Beast (1996)
A giant sea creature lurking off the shores of a coastal community preys on sailors and divers. After a greedy poacher attempts to capture the creature with deadly results, a crew including a fishing boat captain, a Coast Guard Lieutenant and a marine biologist set sail to outwit the monster. Based

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