Creators Of Worlds

by TannhauserGreen | created - 21 May 2018 | updated - 21 May 2018 | Public

1. L.B. Abbott

Visual_effects | The Poseidon Adventure

L.B. Abbott was born on June 13, 1908 in Pasadena, California, USA as Lenwood Ballard Abbott. He is known for his work on The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Logan's Run (1976) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). He was married to Muriel Darby. He died on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

2. Nick Allder

Special_effects | The Fifth Element

Nick Allder was born on February 23, 1943 in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England as Nicholas John Allder. He is known for his work on The Fifth Element (1997), Alien (1979) and The Ritual (2017).

3. Roy Ashton

Make_up_department | The Pirates of Blood River

Australian-born Roy Ashton was the man behind Hammer's most famous monsters of the 1960's. In Britain from 1932, he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in London, and then spent five years with Gaumont British under the tutelage of a German make-up artist from Ufa. In 1942, Ashton qualified for ...

4. Rick Baker

Make_up_department | Planet of the Apes

Rick Baker was born on December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA as Richard Alan Baker. He is known for his work on Planet of the Apes (2001), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Wolfman (2010). He has been married to Silvia Abascal since November 8, 1987. They have two children. He ...

5. Craig Barron

Visual_effects | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Craig Barron is an Academy-Award winning visual effects supervisor, entrepreneur, lecturer and film historian. For more than two decades, Barron has been innovating techniques to create cinematic illusions, contributing to the visual effects on more than one hundred films. Barron has served nine ...

6. John Bell

Visual_effects | Back to the Future Part II

John Bell is known for his work on Back to the Future Part II (1989), Rango (2011) and Jurassic Park (1993).

7. David Berry

Visual_effects | Cocoon

8. Rob Bottin

Make_up_department | RoboCop

Rob Bottin was born on April 1, 1959 in El Monte, California, USA as Robin R. Bottin. He is known for his work on RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Se7en (1995).

9. Ben Burtt

Sound_department | WALL·E

Ben Burtt was born in New York, USA. Though he is a writer, an editor and a director, he is best known for his work as a sound designer. Ben has worked on many Pixar and Star Trek movies and all of the Star Wars movies. He is credited for creating Chewbacca's voice and sounds as well as the voice ...

10. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

11. Greg Cannom

Make_up_department | Vice

Greg Cannom was born in 1951 in the USA. He is known for his work on Vice (2018), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Bicentennial Man (1999).

12. Doug Chiang

Production_designer | Rogue One

Doug Chiang was born on February 16, 1962 in Taipei, Taiwan. He is known for his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Death Becomes Her (1992) and Forrest Gump (1994).

13. Rob Coleman

Visual_effects | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Rob Coleman is a two time Oscar nominee for his animation work on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Stars Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002). He has also been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men In Black (1997) and The Phantom Menace (1999). He spent 14 years at Industrial ...

14. Marcel Delgado

King Kong

Marcel Delgado was born in 1901 in Mexico. After moving to California he took an interest in Art and ultimately met his future friend and mentor Willis O' Brien. His first work was on 'The Lost World', vastly improving the techniques formerly used to make models appear as life-like creatures. ...

15. John Dykstra

Visual_effects | Spider-Man 2

John Dykstra was born on June 3, 1947 in Long Beach, California, USA as John Charles Dykstra. He is known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Spider-Man (2002).

16. Richard Edlund

Visual_effects | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Richard Edlund was born on December 6, 1940 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

17. Peter Ellenshaw

Special_effects | Mary Poppins

Peter Ellenshaw was born on May 24, 1913 in London, England as William Samuel Cook Ellenshaw. He is known for his work on Mary Poppins (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). He was married to Jessie Ruth "Bobbie" Palmer. He died on February 12, 2007 in ...

18. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

19. Scott R. Fisher

Special_effects | Interstellar

Scott R. Fisher is known for his work on Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017) and John Carter (2012).

20. Stuart Freeborn

Make_up_department | Star Wars

Stuart Freeborn was born on September 5, 1914 in Leytonstone, London, England as Stuart W. Freeborn. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was married to ...

21. John Gaeta

Visual_effects | The Matrix

John Gaeta was born in 1965. He is known for his work on The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

22. Steve Gawley

Visual_effects | War of the Worlds

Steve Gawley began his model making career as a student of Industrial Design at the campus of California State University at Long Beach, California. In 1975,while in school,he was recommended for a drafting job at George Lucas' newly formed film company, Industrial Light & Magic. Soon, Gawley ...

23. H.R. Giger

Art_department | Alien

H.R. Giger was born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland as Hans Rudolf Giger. He is known for his work on Alien (1979), Aliens (1986) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). He was married to Carmen Maria Scheifele and Mia Bonzanigo. He died on May 12, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.

24. A. Arnold Gillespie

Special_effects | Forbidden Planet

A. Arnold Gillespie was born on October 14, 1899 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Albert Arnold Gillespie. He is known for his work on Forbidden Planet (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was married to Dora Ingram and Nell Hill. He died on May 3, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Alec Gillis

Special_effects | Starship Troopers

Alec Gillis began his professional career in 1980 at Roger Corman's New World Pictures. While working with future luminaries such as James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd, Alec also attended UCLA Film School. By 1985 he began working for Creature FX legend Stan Winston ("Aliens", "Predator", "Pumpkinhead...

26. Jean Giraud

Art_department | The Abyss

Jean Giraud was born on May 8, 1938 in Nogent, Haute-Marne, France as Jean Henri Gaston Giraud. He is known for his work on The Abyss (1989), Masters of the Universe (1987) and TRON (1982). He was married to Isabelle Giraud. He died on March 10, 2012 in Paris, France.

27. Ray Harryhausen

Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans

When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.

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28. Jim Henson

Actor | The Muppet Show

Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and ...

29. Reg Hill

Art_department | Superman

Reg Hill was born on May 16, 1914 in Surrey, England. He was a producer and art director, known for Superman (1978), Lifeforce (1985) and UFO... annientare S.H.A.D.O. stop. Uccidete Straker... (1974). He was married to Lilly. He died in 1999 in Surrey.

30. Paul Huston

Visual_effects | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Paul Huston was born in 1951. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Battleship (2012) and Iron Man (2008).

31. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

32. Brian Johnson

Visual_effects | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Brian Johnson is a award winning special and visual effects designer and director who for over 40 years provided his services to a multitude of film and television productions.

Johnson's career began in 1957 when he joined Anglo Scottish Pictures after meeting veteran effects artist and skilled ...

33. Joe Johnston

Director | Captain America: The First Avenger

Joe Johnston was born on May 13, 1950 in Austin, Texas, USA as Joseph Eggleston Johnston II. He is a director, known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), October Sky (1999) and The Rocketeer (1991).

34. John Knoll

Visual_effects | Rogue One

John Knoll was born on October 6, 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Pacific Rim (2013) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). He is married to Jennifer Knoll. They have four children.

35. Ernst Kunstmann

Special_effects | Metropolis

After World War II, he became the chief of the Special Effects Department at DEFA.

36. Harry Lange

Production_designer | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Harry Lange was born on December 7, 1930 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany as Hans-Kurt Lange. He is known for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Moonraker (1979). He was married to Daisy. He died on May 22, 2008 in Headington, Oxford, ...

37. Philip Leakey

Make_up_department | The Ipcress File

Philip Leakey was born on May 4, 1908 in London, England. He is known for his work on The Ipcress File (1965), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and The Zoo Gang (1974). He was married to Gladys Leakey. He died on November 26, 1992.

38. Joe Letteri

Visual_effects | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri was born in 1957 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), King Kong (2005) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017).

39. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

40. Lindsay MacGowan

Special_effects | Big Fish

Lindsay MacGowan is known for his work on Big Fish (2003), The Hunger Games (2012) and Total Recall (2012).

41. Shane Mahan

Special_effects | Iron Man

Shane Mahan is known for his work on Iron Man (2008), The Shape of Water (2017) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

42. Pat McClung

Visual_effects | Armageddon

Pat McClung is known for his work on Armageddon (1998), Aliens (1986) and True Lies (1994).

43. Mark 'Crash' McCreery

Visual_effects | Rango

Born to an Air-Force family in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Crash spent his early childhood in the vagabond style of military life. Most of his early training began from observing nature, where he gained a deep appreciation for the natural order of things. He seemed to have developed an ...

44. Ralph McQuarrie

Art_department | Cocoon

Ralph McQuarrie was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Ralph Angus McQuarrie. He is known for his work on Cocoon (1985), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was married to Joan Benjamin. He died on March 3, 2012 in ...

45. Syd Mead

Art_department | Blade Runner

Syd Mead is a former designer for Ford Motor Company, U.S. Steel, and Philips Electronics. After establishing himself as a "Futurist" consultant, he has visualized technology and products for companies like Sony, Chrysler, Mechanix Illustrated, and Playboy. Syd's movie designs have appeared in '...

46. Joshua Meador

Special_effects | Forbidden Planet

Joshua Meador was born on March 12, 1911 in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA as Joshua Lawrence Meador. He is known for his work on Forbidden Planet (1956), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He was married to Libby Alston. He died in August 1965 in ...

47. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

48. Dennis Muren

Jurassic Park

Dennis Muren was born on November 1, 1946 in Glendale, California, USA as Dennis Elmer Muren. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Innerspace (1987) and War of the Worlds (2005). He has been married to Zara Pinfold since July 29, 1981. They have two children.

49. Theo Nischwitz

Special_effects | Das Boot

Theo Nischwitz was born on April 27, 1913 in Berlin, Germany as Theodor Nischwitz. He is known for his work on Das Boot (1981), Super (1984) and Moon 44 (1990). He was married to Katharina Spoliansky and Gertrud Hinz. He died on July 14, 1994 in Munich, Germany.

50. Lorne Peterson

Visual_effects | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Lorne Peterson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is known for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Trek Generations (1994).

51. Jack P. Pierce

Make_up_department | The Brain from Planet Arous

As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts ...

52. Ken Ralston

Visual_effects | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Ken Ralston was born in 1954 in the USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Contact (1997) and Forrest Gump (1994).

53. Carlo Rambaldi

Special_effects | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Carlo Rambaldi was born on September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Alien (1979) and King Kong (1976). He died on August 10, 2012 in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy.

54. Stephen Rosenbaum

Visual_effects | Avatar

Stephen Rosenbaum was born on October 26, 1965 in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Contact (1997) and Forrest Gump (1994).

55. John Rosengrant

Special_effects | Jurassic Park III

John Rosengrant is known for his work on Jurassic Park III (2001), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Jurassic World (2015).

56. Tom Savini

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat ...

57. Eugen Schüfftan

Cinematographer | The Hustler

Eugen Schüfftan moved from his motherland, Germany, to France in 1933 to escape the rising Nazi movement. He moved to the US in 1940 and became a member of Local 644, the East Coast cinematographers chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He invented the ...

58. Alan Scott

Visual_effects | The Hunger Games

Alan Scott is known for his work on The Hunger Games (2012), I Am Number Four (2011) and The Avengers (2012).

59. Dennis Skotak

Visual_effects | Aliens

Dennis Skotak was born on February 15, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).

60. Robert Skotak

Visual_effects | Aliens

Robert Skotak is known for his work on Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and The Abyss (1989).

61. John Stears

Special_effects | Star Wars

John Stears was born on August 25, 1934 in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Thunderball (1965) and The Mask of Zorro (1998). He was married to Brenda. He died on April 28, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

62. Mark Stetson

Visual_effects | The Fifth Element

Since 1995, Mark Stetson has been working as a visual effects supervisor. In 1997, he won a BAFTA (British Academy) Award for visual effects in his debut effort, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. In 2002, he won an Academy Award and his second BAFTA Award for visual effects in Peter Jackson's The ...

64. Richard Taylor

Special_effects | King Kong

Richard Taylor is known for his work on King Kong (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

65. Phil Tippett

Visual_effects | Starship Troopers

Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and includes two Academy Awards; and six nominations, one BAFTA award and four nominations, two Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.

As a child...

66. Don Trumbull

Visual_effects | Star Wars

Don Trumbull was born on May 27, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Donald Edmund Trumbull. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Spaceballs (1987) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He died on June 7, 2004 in Graeagle, California, USA.

67. Douglas Trumbull

Visual_effects | Blade Runner

Legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull, was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture...

68. Frank Van der Veer

Visual_effects | King Kong

Frank Van der Veer was born on June 2, 1921. He is known for his work on King Kong (1976), Flash Gordon (1980) and Logan's Run (1976). He died on January 7, 1982.

69. Chris Walas

Special_effects | The Fly

Chris Walas was born in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The Fly (1986), Enemy Mine (1985) and Gremlins (1984).

70. Albert Whitlock

Visual_effects | Earthquake

Albert Whitlock was one of the most skilled matte artists in the history of motion pictures, with his work seen in more than 500 films and television shows. His very long career began in London in 1929, when, at the age of 14, he was a fetch-and-carry fellow at Gaumont Studios. He went on to build ...

71. Steve 'Spaz' Williams

Visual_effects | The Mask

Steve 'Spaz' Williams was born in Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on The Mask (1994), The Abyss (1989) and Jurassic Park (1993).

72. Stan Winston

Special_effects | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Stan Winston was born on April 7, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Aliens (1986) and Jurassic Park (1993). He was married to Karen Winston. He died on June 15, 2008 in Malibu, California, USA.

73. Tom Woodruff Jr.

Special_effects | Starship Troopers

Tom Woodruff Jr. was born in 1959 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Death Becomes Her (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). He is married to Tami Spitler Woodruff. They have three children.

74. Matthew Yuricich

Visual_effects | Logan's Run

Matthew Yuricich was born on January 19, 1923 in Lorain, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Logan's Run (1976), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Blade Runner (1982). He died on May 28, 2012 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

75. Richard Yuricich

Visual_effects | Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Richard Yuricich was born in Lorain, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Mission: Impossible II (2000).



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