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Born: June 3, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: Visual Effects ...
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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)
A little guy with a big heart, 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 and learns the family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles 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.

Producer (feature film)

4.
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
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.
Shazam! (2019)
Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel, the world's mightiest mortal, when he says the magic word "Shazam!" The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles
6.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
Storyline for this X-Men sequel set in the 1990's centering around Jean Grey is under wraps.
10.
12.
Seventh Son (2015)
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son. Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle
13.
Hateful Eight (Theatrical), The (2015)
For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest
14.
Godzilla (2014)
15.
Django Unchained (2012)
A freed slave tries to rescue his wife from a ruthless plantation owner with the help of a bounty hunter.
16.
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.
18.
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.
19.
Hancock (2008)
There are heroes--there are superheroes--and then there''s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility--everyone knows that--everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock''s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough--as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn''t the kind of man who cares what other people think--until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey, and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock''s greatest challenge yet--and a task that may prove impossible as Ray''s wife, Mary, insists that he''s a lost cause.
20.
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 identities as the elusive superhero Spider-Man and life as a college student. The relationships Peter holds most dear are now in danger of unraveling as he clashes with the powerful, multi-tentacled villain Doctor Octopus aka "Doc Ock." Peter''s life-long yearning for M.J. becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to abandon his secret life and declare his love. In the meantime, M.J. has moved on with her life. She has embarked on an acting career and has a new man in her life. Peter''s relationship with his best friend Harry Osborn has been overshadowed by Harry''s growing vendetta against Spider-Man, whom he holds responsible for his father''s death. Peter''s life becomes even more complicated when he is pitted against a powerful new nemesis, Dr. Otto Octavius--"Doc Ock." Peter must now learn to accept his fate and harness all his superhero talents in order to stop this diabolical madman in his octagonal tracks.
21.
Stuart Little (1999)
A little guy with a big heart, 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 and learns the family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles 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.
22.
Batman & Robin (1997)
The caped crusader and his cohort Robin battle the villainous Mr. Freeze.
23.
Batman Forever (1995)
The caped crusader enlists a junior partner to fight Two-Face and The Riddler.
24.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
An eccentric widower falls in love with a beautiful alien.
25.
Unholy, The (1988) as Special Effects Director (Apogee Productions)
A new priest is assigned to a parish where his predecessors have met violent deaths.
26.
Mac and Me (1988)
The relationship between a young disabled boy and a homesick alien who has been separated from his family.
28.
Lifeforce (1985) as Special Visual Effects
When a space mission involving American and British astronauts encounters an alien craft, the humanoids within are brought aboard the shuttle. Back on Earth, one of the extraterrestrials, who appears to be a gorgeous woman, proceeds to suck the life force out of various Londoners, turning the town into a city of roaming half-dead people. When Tom Carlsen, a surviving astronaut, realizes what is happening, he sets out to stop the ruthless alien presence.
29.
Starflight One (1983)
A hypersonic passenger jet is forced into orbit.
30.
Firefox (1982)
Mitchell Gant, an American pilot, is smuggled into the Soviet Union to steal a new Russian supersonic fighting plane.
31.
Caddyshack (1980)
A young caddy strives for success at an exclusive golf club.
32.
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.
33.
Avalanche Express (1979)
During the cold war, a Soviet biological warfare expert plans to defect to the West. A CIA agent gets the man onboard a European train in order to aid his escape, but the Soviets are determined to stop at nothing to prevent this, including starting an avalanche which envelopes the train.
34.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
In a distant galaxy, a long time ago, young Luke Skywalker assembles his motley crew of allies including space rogue Han Solo and two "droids" -- C3PO and R2D2 -- to rescue Princess Leia, the rebel leader of her planet, from the clutches of the evil Empire as embodied by its enforcer Darth Vader.
35.
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)

36.
Prayers for Bobby (2009)
Mary Griffith is a devout Christian who has raised her children with a conservative religious perspective. When her son, Bobby, reveals that he is gay to his older brother, the entire family dynamic is forever shifted. While Bobby's father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Ma
37.
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
38.
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.
39.
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.
40.
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
41.
Away From Her (2006)
An aging couple faces the wife''''s Alzheimer''''s.
42.
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.
43.
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
44.
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
45.
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.
46.
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.
47.
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
48.
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)

49.
Coupe de Ville (1990)
Three brothers travel across country in 1963 to deliver a 1954 vintage car to their father.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

50.
Spontaneous Combustion (1989)
The story of a man who can make people spontaneously combust simply by coming into contact with them.

Cast (special)

51.
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)

52.
On the Red Carpet: Oscars 2002 (2002)
Live pre-show report from the 74th Annual Academy Awards presentation.
53.
Shivers (1989)
A single father and his two children move into a house that is occupied by three Revolutionary War ghosts.

Misc. Crew (special)

54.
Astronomer, The (1991)
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)

55.
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
56.
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
Sometimes she's too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there's always too much pepper in the soup. Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventure that grows curiouser and curiouser.

Sound (TV Mini-Series)

57.
Road Rage (2001)

Visual Effects (TV Mini-Series)

58.
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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