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Craig Barron is an Academy-Award winning visual effects supervisor who is also an innovative filmmaker, entrepreneur, and film historian. He was co-founder and head of the visual-effects company, Matte World Digital, and is a member of the Academy Board of Governors, representing the visual effects branch.
Barron's career began with the "Star Wars" visual-effects revolution when he joined Industrial Light + Magic at age 18 (then the youngest person at ILM), and plunged into matte-effects photography for "The Empire Strikes Back." He worked on such landmark productions as "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," and from 1984 to 1988 was supervisor of photography of ILM's matte department. His cinematographic work would ultimately be honored in 2002, when he was named associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
In 1988, Barron co-founded Matte World with matte painter Michael Pangrazio and producer Krystyna Demkowicz. Matte World is devoted to providing matte painting effects to clients throughout the entertainment industry. Later re-named Matte World Digital to reflect new technological tools, the company worked in feature films, television, electronic games, and IMAX large-format productions.
MWD received award nominations for excellence from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA, and in 1990 won an Emmy for outstanding visual effects for the HBO production "By Dawn's Early Light." Barron's company served the vision of such filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and David Fincher, and its feature film work ranges from Oscar-nominated effects for "Batman Returns" to such recent productions as "Zodiac," "The Golden Compass," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," for which Barron won Oscar and BAFTA awards for best visual effects in 2009.
In addition to working as a commercials director, Barron co-produced and directed the science-fiction short, "The Utilizer," and a companion "making of" documentary, both of which were broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in 1996. "The Utilizer" won a number of film-festival awards, including best visual effects at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Barron's interest in the history of visual effects led him to become a founding member of the Visual Effects Society in 1997. He also co-wrote, with Mark Cotta Vaz, the first and only comprehensive work on the history of matte painting, "The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting," which was published by Chronicle Books in 2002. The book has won the outstanding book-on-film award from the Theatre Library Association of New York, and the Golden Pen award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
In 2008, Barron celebrated the 20th anniversary of Matte World Digital, and a personal milestone of having worked on one hundred films. Matte world Digital closed shop in 2012, after 24 years of service. Afterwards, Barron worked at as a VFX supervisor at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California.
As of 2014, Barron will partner with Magnopus, a Los Angeles-based visual effects company.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: C. Barron/L. McElroy
|Krystyna Demkowicz||(30 June 1996 - 26 July 2007) (divorced)|
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- Regarding Barron's work and the inspiration he found in the effects