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Bill Neil was born on September 24, 1939 in Long Beach, California, USA as William Herbert Neil. He is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), The Fifth Element (1997) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See full bio »
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I, Robot
I, Robot Visual Effects
The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element Visual Effects
Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe Visual Effects


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 2006 Superman Returns (visual effects director of photography)
 2004 I, Robot (director of photography: miniature unit)
 2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad (visual effects supervisor)
 2000 Reindeer Games (miniature director of photography: Cinema Production Services)
 2000/I Supernova (visual effects director of photography: Digital Domain)
 1998 Paulie (visual effects director of photography: blue screen unit)
 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies (supervisor: visual effects & videographics team)
 1997 The Fifth Element (supervising visual effects director of photography)
 1996 Matilda (visual effects cinematography)
 1995 Judge Dredd (high speed director of photography: Mass. Illusion - as William Neil)
 1994 Terminal Velocity (director of photography: miniature unit - as William Niel)
 1993 Look Who's Talking Now (director of photography: SPI)
 1993 Matinee (visual effects director of photography)
 1992 Dracula (director of photography: miniature unit)
 1990 Edward Scissorhands (effects director of photography)
 1990 Ghost (visual effects consultant)
 1990 Dick Tracy (director of photography: miniature shoot)
 1988 Vibes (plate photography: Boss Film Corporation - as William Neil)
 1988 Die Hard (director of photography: Boss - as William Neil)
 1987 Masters of the Universe (visual effects director of photography - as William Neil)
 1986 Solarbabies (visual effects director of photography: USA)
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (director of photography: visual effects crew)
 1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side (director of photography: Boss Film Corporation)
 1985 Fright Night (visual effects cameraman: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles)
 1984 2010 (camera operator: Entertainment Effects Group)
 1984 Ghostbusters (chief cameraman: EEG)
 1983 The Right Stuff (effects cameraman: USFX - as William Neil)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (effects cameraman: ILM)
 1982 Poltergeist (effects cameraman: ILM)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (camera operator: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (camera operator: miniature and optical effects unit)
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Alternate Names:

William C. Neil | William Neil | William Niel

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