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Special effects artists

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John Dykstra

John Charles Dykstra, A.S.C. is an American special effects artist, pioneer in the development of the use of computers in filmmaking and recipient of three Academy Awards, among many other awards and prizes. He was one of the original founders of Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects and computer graphics division of Lucasfilm. He is well known as the special effects lead on the original Star Wars, helping bring the original visuals for lightsabers, space battles between X-wings and TIE fighters, and Force powers to the screen. He also led special effects on many other movies, including Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Stuart Little, X-Men: First Class, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.

Movies, Art

Mario Bava

Mario Bava was an Italian director, screenwriter, special effects artist, and cinematographer from the "golden age" of Italian horror films. His work kick-started the giallo film genre and the modern "slasher film". His son Lamberto Bava later went on to become a noted horror film director in his own right.


Farciot Edouart

Farciot Edouart, ASC was a motion picture special effects artist and innovator, a recognized specialist and innovator in the area of "process photography", also known as rear projection.


John Cox (special effects artist)

John Cox is an Australian special effects artist who won at the 68th Academy Awards in the category of Best Visual Effects. He won for the film Babe, which he shared his win with Scott E. Anderson, Charles Gibson, and Neal Scanlan.


Jack Cosgrove (special effects artist)

Jack Cosgrove was an American special effects artist. He was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Special Effects.


Mike Mulholland

Mike Mulholland is a special effects artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Movies, Music, Society and lifestyle

Alan Melikdjanian

Alan Melikdjanian, also known by the alias Captain Disillusion, is a Latvian-born independent filmmaker. He is the founder of Amelik Entertainment, LLC, a South Florida-based video production company specializing in unique and inventive films, web series, commercials, and music videos.


Yarrow Cheney

Yarrow Cheney is an American production designer, visual effects artist, director and animator. He is best known for his works as a production designer in Despicable Me 2 (2013), The Lorax (2012) and Despicable Me (2010) for which he received Primetime Emmy and Annie Awards nominations.


Andrew Jackson (visual effects)

Andrew Jackson is an Australian visual effects supervisor. He has worked on various feature films, including 300 (2006), Knowing (2009), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).


Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon was an American visual effects artist. He was born in Budapest, graduated from Hollywood High School and attended UCLA.


Rob Bottin

Robin R. Bottin is a retired American special make-up effects creator. Known for his collaborations with directors John Carpenter, Paul Verhoeven and David Fincher, Bottin worked with Carpenter on both The Fog and The Thing, with Verhoeven on RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct, and with Fincher on Se7en and Fight Club. His other film credits include Legend, Innerspace and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


Lee Zavitz

Leland "Lee" Zavitz was a special effects technician. He was born in Mount Vernon, Washington. His first major impact was for his work on John Ford's 1937 film, The Hurricane. Zavitz's work on the 1950 space fantasy film Destination Moon won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He also worked on films such as Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), The Alamo (1960), Sodom and Gomorrah (1963), The Pink Panther (1963) and John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964). His last film was Sydney Pollack's wartime chiller Castle Keep in 1969.


John Stears

John Stears was a British two-time Academy Award-winning special effects expert. Affectionately known as 'The Real Q' he created James Bond's lethal Aston Martin DB5, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder, the Jedi Knights' lightsabers, the endearing robots R2-D2 and C-3PO as well as a host of other movie gadgets and special effects. He also loves to play cricket.


John Richardson (special effects designer)

John Richardson is a British special effects supervisor. He is best known for his work on the James Bond film series, all the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Aliens (1986). For the latter, he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 1987 ceremony. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for his work on the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011), for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award at the 2012 ceremony.


Christiane Cegavske

Christiane Cegavske is an American artist and stop motion animator.