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Dennis Muren

Dennis Muren was born on November 1, 1946 in Glendale, California, USA as Dennis Elmer Muren. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He has been married to Zara Pinfold since July 29, 1981. They have two ... See full bio »
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 2012 Paranormal Activity 4 (senior creative executive: ILM)
 2011 Super 8 (visual effects supervisor)
 2005 War of the Worlds (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2003 Hulk (visual effects supervisor)
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (visual effects supervisor)
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (visual effects supervisor)
 1997 Deconstructing Harry (creative advisor: ILM)
 1996 Twister (creative advisor: ILM)
 1995 Casper (digital character supervision)
 1993 Jurassic Park (visual effects supervisor: ILM - uncredited)
 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1989 The Abyss (visual effects supervisor: ILM - special version)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (visual effects supervisor)
 1988 Willow (visual effects: ILM)
 1987 Empire of the Sun (additional optical effects)
 1987 Innerspace (visual effects supervisor)
 1987 Star Tours (Short) (visual effects supervisor: ILM - uncredited)
 1986 Captain EO (Short) (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes (visual effects supervisor)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (visual effects supervisor)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (visual effects supervisor)
 1981 Dragonslayer (supervisor of special visual effects: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (effects director of photography: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1978 Battlestar Galactica (special effects photography: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (mothership photography)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (second cameraman: miniature and optical effects unit) / (visual effects supervisor: ILM - 1997 special version)
 1974 Flesh Gordon (effects technician - uncredited) / (special photographic effects - uncredited)
 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (effects assistant - uncredited)
 1970 Equinox (special photographic effects)
 1950 Rocketship X-M (technical consultant: rocket effects - 1979 revised version, uncredited)
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Muren handled the flying-bicycle effects in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). See more »


State-of-the-Art Oscar-winning special visual effects work combining motion-controlled live-action footage with CGI (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), & Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)).

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