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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 3, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: Visual Effects ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Tortoise and Hippo (2007)
A cranky old tortoise in India, who at first tolerates a baby hippo because it is a chick magnet, soon develops patriarchal feelings and takes the baby hippo on a dangerous journey home to Africa.
2.
Stuart Little (1999) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
A little guy with a big heart (not to mention whiskers, a little pink nose and a really dapper wardrobe), Stuart searches for a sense of belonging and a place to call home in a decidedly supersized world. When he's adopted by the Littles, a human family, he embarks on adventures with a variety of characters--including his nemesis, family cat Snowbell--and learns the family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles, in the meantime, discover there is a little "Stuart" in all of us--the spunk, spirit and courage to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams despite the odds.
3.
Invaders From Mars (1986) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)

Producer (feature film)

4.
Battlestar Galactica (1978) as Producer
A spaceship full of survivors of a doomed planet are headed to planet Earth. Along the way they encounter villainous robots, threatening to derail their Earth bound journey.

Visual Effects (feature film)

5.
Godzilla (2014)
Storyline is under wraps.
6.
Seventh Son, The (2013)
A young man is chosen to help combat ghosts, witches and evil spirits.
7.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time, working together to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.
8.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
9.
Hancock (2008)
The relationship between a disaffected superhero and a 12 year-old boy.
10.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) as Visual eff des
Two years have passed since the mild-mannered Peter Parker walked away from his longtime love Mary Jane Watson and decided to take the road to responsibility as Spider-Man. Peter must face new challenges as he struggles to cope with "the gift and the curse" of his powers, while balancing his dual id
11.
Spider-Man (2002) as Visual Effects Designer
Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker lives in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the school paper, pining after the beautiful Mary Jane Watson and hanging out with buddy Harry Osborn. On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on arachnids, Peter is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like "spider-sense." Peter first uses his powers to make money, but in the face of a tragedy that hits close to home, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime, taking to heart the words of his beloved Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility." Meanwhile, megalomaniacal businessman Norman Osborn, Harry's father, is undergoing some changes of his own. An experimental formula has gone awry, increasing his intelligence and strength but also driving him insane. He is now the Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch enemy, who will put young Peter Parker's vow to fight crime and help innocent people to the ultimate test.
12.
Stuart Little (1999) as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
A little guy with a big heart (not to mention whiskers, a little pink nose and a really dapper wardrobe), Stuart searches for a sense of belonging and a place to call home in a decidedly supersized world. When he's adopted by the Littles, a human family, he embarks on adventures with a variety of characters--including his nemesis, family cat Snowbell--and learns the family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles, in the meantime, discover there is a little "Stuart" in all of us--the spunk, spirit and courage to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams despite the odds.
13.
Batman & Robin (1997) as Visual Effects
The caped crusader and his cohort Robin battle the villainous Mr. Freeze.
14.
Batman Forever (1995) as Visual Effects Head Supervisor
The caped crusader enlists a junior partner to fight Two-Face and The Riddler.
15.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) as Special Visual Effects Supervisor
An eccentric widower falls in love with a beautiful alien.
16.
Unholy, The (1988) as Special Effects Director (Apogee Productions)
A new priest is assigned to a parish where his predecessors have met violent deaths.
17.
Mac And Me (1988) as Special Visual Effects (Apogee)
A young boy in a wheelchair finds comfort and friendship through an alien wanted by the FBI.
18.
Invaders From Mars (1986) as Special Visual Effects
19.
Lifeforce (1985) as Special Visual Effects
A space exploration crew brings back a human-looking, vampire-like "space girl," who threatens to bring about an armageddon. Perhaps tongue-in-cheek, it is at turns a science fiction, vampire and disaster film
20.
Starflight One (1983)
A hypersonic passenger jet is forced into orbit.
21.
Firefox (1982) as Special Visual Effects Producer
Mitchell Gant, an American pilot, is smuggled into the Soviet Union to steal a new Russian supersonic fighting plane.
22.
Caddyshack (1980) as Special Effects Supervisor
A young caddy strives for success at an exclusive golf club.
23.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) as Special Effects Photography Director
Captain Kirk reassembles his old crew on the newly refit Starship Enterprise and is sent out to investigate a mysterious cloud-like entity.
24.
Avalanche Express (1979) as Special Miniature Effects
When a senior Russian official, Gen. Malenkov (Robert Shaw), decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave (Lee Marvin) is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. Wargrave decides that Malenkov should travel across europe by train, on the "Atlantic Express", in an attempt to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train so that they can discover who the Russian secret agents in Europe are. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin (Maximilian Schell).
25.
Star Wars (1977) as Special Effects Photography Supervisor
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.
26.
Silent Running (1972) as Special Photography Effects
An astronaut guarding the last the Earth's forests defies an order to destroy his precious cargo.

Sound (feature film)

27.
Prayers for Bobby (2009)
After the suicide of her son in 1983, Mary Griffith, a devoutly religious mother who had prayed for her son to be "healed" of homosexuality, becomes a crusader for gay rights and causes.
28.
Will You Merry Me? (2008)
In the spirit of Meet the Fockers....Rebecca, from an upper class Los Angeles family, and Henry, from choir-singing, tradition-bound Midwestern roots, are in love. Henry pops the question just before Christmas and the kids plan on gathering their families for the holidays in order to surprise them w
29.
Holiday Switch (2007)
A week before Christmas, a woman finds herself struggling with bills and life with her blue-collar husband and two daughters. When her high school boyfriend returns to town, she wonders if she made the wrong decision about who to go with to prom.
30.
Family Lost, A (2007)
When a plane crashes in the wilderness, Valerie and her diabetic daughter must struggle to find help with the other survivor of the crash. When Valerie's fiance shows up she thinks they are saved until he kills the other passenger and Valerie realizes that he is only there to retrieve the stolen mat
31.
Matters of Life & Dating (2007)
A woman tries to move on with her life, and enter the dating world after surviving breast cancer and a mastectomy.
32.
Away From Her (2006)
Married for almost 50 years, Grant's and Fiona's commitment to each other appears unwavering. Their daily life is filled with tenderness and humor; yet this serenity is broken by Fiona's increasingly evident memory loss--and her restrained references to a past betrayal. For a while, the couple is ab
33.
Criminal Instinct: The Wandering Soul Murders (2001)
The daughter of university professor Joanne Kilbourn finds the body of a young girl in a garbage receptacle next to her store. When her son's unsuitable girlfriend, Christy, dies after a barbituate cocktail, the police begin to ask the Kilbourns questions regarding the deaths. Both women knew each o
34.
Criminal Instinct: A Colder Kind of Death (2001)
A television crime reporter and former police officer finds answers to her husband's murder six years ago.
35.
Criminal Instinct: Deadly Appearances (2000)
Adaptation of Gail Bowen's novel featuring sleuth Joanna Kilbourn. A university professor suspects foul play when her politician friend dies suddenly at a victory celebration. Joanna Kilbourn, a former cop turned private detective, is drawn into the investigation of the young woman's murder when a p
36.
Criminal Instinct: Love & Murder (2000)
Adaptation of Gail Bowen's novel featuring sleuth Joanne Kilbourn. Sally returns to her home town as a successful artist. Soon after, a young local artist is found murdered. Joanne Kilbourne, a criminologist and Sally's childhood friend, finds Sally is a chief suspect -- until she ends up dead.
37.
Little Men (1998) as Foley Recordist
Set in the post Civil War era, the continuation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, "Little Women," which centers on one of the members of the March family: the spirited Jo, now all grown-up, and her husband Fritz teach a group of young lads about life during their stay at a Boys Town-type school--the Plu
38.
Random Encounter (1998)
Dead set on advancing her career, a young public relations executive suddenly finds herself involved in the murder of her biggest client.
39.
Assignment, The (1997) as Foley Recordist
Cuban-American navel officer Annibal Ramirez is a dead ringer for Carlos "The Jackal" Sanchez. His features are so close to those of Sanchez that he is brutally interrogated as a terrorist while on vacation in Israel. American counter-intellegence agent Jack Shaw and his Israeli counterpart Amos realize they can use Ramirez as bait for "The Jackal." Wanting to serve his country, Ramirez is unsure he can survive the physical and psychological trials he must endure to become like Sanchez. By the end of the training, however, Ramirez knows Sanchez better than anyone alive and enters the world as "The Jackal."

Film Production - Construction/Set (feature film)

40.
Coupe de Ville (1990) as Carpenter
Three brothers travel across country in 1963 to deliver a 1954 vintage car to their father.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

41.
Spontaneous Combustion (1989) as Special Creative Consultant
The story of a man who can make people spontaneously combust simply by coming into contact with them.

Cast (special)

42.
Masters of Fantasy: Joel Schumacher (1997)
Biographic profile of John Schumacher, director of "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981), "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Flatliners" (1990), "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Batman & Robin" (1997). Also includes interviews with industry peers and cast members of "Batman & Robin."

Visual Effects (special)

43.
On the Red Carpet: Oscars 2002 (2002) as Visual Effects Supervisor
Live pre-show report from the 74th Annual Academy Awards presentation.
44.
Shivers (1989) as Special Effects
A single father and his two children move into a house that is occupied by three Revolutionary War ghosts.

Misc. Crew (special)

45.
Astronomer, The (1991) as Assistance
A short film about a seven-year-old girl in a seedy trailer park in the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the night sky is her only escape.

Visual Effects (TV Mini-Series)

46.
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
A musical adaptation of the celebrated Lewis Carroll tales about Alice's fantasy adventures in a land of absurdity and enchantment.

Sound (TV Mini-Series)

47.
Road Rage (2001) as Foley Recordist

Visual Effects (TV Mini-Series)

48.
Amerika (1987)
A seven-part miniseries set ten years after a hypothetical Soviet takeover of the United States. The story relates how the release of a political dissident from prison triggers strong reactions from his estranged family, his childhood friend (now a rising figure in the new regime), the leaders of th
49.
Out on a Limb (1987)
A two-part, five-hour miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's autobiographical book about her journey to the far reaches of self (and in some instances "out of" herself). The film recreates her love affair and international romance with a married man, and the amazing spiritual trek which takes her ar

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