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Craig Barron (I)


Craig Barron is an Academy-Award winning visual effects supervisor who is also a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and film historian. Barron has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of creating illusions for the past two decades and has contributed to the visual effects on more than 100 films. He was co-founder and head of the visual-effects ... See full bio »

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 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (visual effects supervisor: Magnopus - uncredited)
 2013 After Earth (visual effects supervisor: Tippett Studio)
 2011 Hugo (matte painting supervision and visual effects: Matte World Digital)
 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2011 Mars Needs Moms (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2011 Battle Los Angeles (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2010/I Alice in Wonderland (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2009 My Sister's Keeper (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2009 Terminator Salvation (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2007 The Golden Compass (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2007 Zodiac (visual effects: Matte World Digital)
 2006 Invincible (visual effects supervisor)
 2006 Greece: Secrets of the Past (Documentary short) (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2004 The Work and the Glory (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2004 Catwoman (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2004 The Alamo (visual effects supervisor)
 2003 The Last Samurai (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2003 Down with Love (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2002 The Ring (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2002 Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (Short) (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2002 Murder by Numbers (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2002 Manassas: End of Innocence (Short documentary) (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 The Majestic (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 Jurassic Park III (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 Cats & Dogs (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 The Mummy Returns (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2001 Antitrust (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2000 Dr. T and the Women (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2000 X-Men (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2000 Mission: Impossible II (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 2000 The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1999 The Green Mile (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1999 The Insider (digital matte painter: Matte World Digital)
 1999 October Sky (visual effects supervisor: Matte World - uncredited)
 1998 Mighty Joe Young (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1998/I Soldier (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1998 Return to Paradise (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1998 Armageddon (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1998 The Truman Show (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1998 The Newton Boys (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1998 Great Expectations (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1997 Kundun (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1997 Titanic (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1997 A Simple Wish (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1997 Con Air (matte painting supervisor: Matte World)
 1996 The Evening Star (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1996 Star Trek: First Contact (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1996 The Stupids (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1996 Independence Day (visual effects supervisor: Matte World - uncredited)
 1996 Diabolique (digital effects supervisor)
 1996 Broken Arrow (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1996 Dunston Checks In (visual effects supervisor)
 1995 Casino (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1995 Hackers (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1995 Bushwhacked (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1995 Operation Dumbo Drop (visual effects supervisor)
 1995 Tall Tale (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1994 The Jungle Book (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1994 Clear and Present Danger (director of matte photography: Matte World Digital)
 1994 The Shadow (special visual effects supervisor)
 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (director of matte photography: Matte World)
 1993 Ghost in the Machine (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 Demolition Man (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 Malice (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 The Real McCoy (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 Hocus Pocus (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux (director of photography: mattes) / (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1993 A Far Off Place (visual effects supervisor)
 1993 Sommersby (visual effects supervisor: Matte World - uncredited)
 1992 Lorenzo's Oil (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1992 Dracula (director of matte photography: Matte World)
 1992 Captain Ron (special visual effects)
 1992 Batman Returns (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1992 Far and Away (director of matte photography: Matte World)
 1992 Leaving Normal (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1991 All I Want for Christmas (supervising matte photographer)
 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital - uncredited)
 1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1991 Flight of the Intruder (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1990 Avalon (director of matte photography: Matte World)
 1990 Darkman (visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital)
 1990 Arachnophobia (director of matte photography)
 1990 RoboCop 2 (visual effects supervisor: Matte World - uncredited)
 1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1990 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie) (visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1989 Prancer (special visual effects supervisor: Matte World)
 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ (visual effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1988 Willow (director of matte photography)
 1987 *batteries not included (matte photography supervisor)
 1987 Empire of the Sun (matte photography supervisor - uncredited)
 1987 The Witches of Eastwick (matte photography supervisor - uncredited)
 1986 The Golden Child (matte photography supervisor - uncredited)
 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (matte photography supervisor: ILM)
 1986 Labyrinth (matte photography: ILM)
 1986 The Money Pit (matte photography supervisor - uncredited)
 1985 Enemy Mine (matte photography supervisor)
 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes (matte photography supervisor - uncredited)
 1985 Explorers (matte photography supervisor)
 1985 Cocoon (matte photography supervisor)
 1985 The Goonies (matte camera supervisor: ILM)
 1984 Starman (matte camera supervisor: ILM)
 1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (matte camera supervisor)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (matte camera supervisor: ILM)
 1984 The NeverEnding Story (supervising matte photographer: ILM)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (matte photography: ILM)
 1982 The Dark Crystal (scenic matte photography assistant: ILM)
 1982 Poltergeist (assistant matte photography: ILM)
 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (matte photography assistant: ILM)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (matte photography assistant: ILM)
 1981 Dragonslayer (matte photography assistant: ILM)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (matte photography assistant: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (matte photography assistant: miniature and optical effects unit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Co-author, with Mark Cotta Vaz, of the first comprehensive work on the history of matte painting, "The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting," published by Chronicle Books, 2002.

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Personal Quote:

Linwood felt realistic effects, which have to blend perfectly, were the greatest challenge. Ironically, that work is often unsung, because it's your job to be invisible to the audience. That's the challenge I've always preferred-creating invisible art. It always comes back to that.
  • Regarding Barron's work and the inspiration he found in the effects
of Linwood Dunn, the opticals genius behind "... See more »

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Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Visual Effects Branch) [2005 - ]. See more »

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