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Award winning filmmaker Ben West was born in Sydney, Australia grew up in Papua New Guinea and is now based in Los Angeles. His work illustrates a mastery of comedy with the use of visual effects. The critically acclaimed film FUGU & TAKO represents the evolution of this unique director's vision for storytelling. See full bio »

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Hide Hide Show Show Visual effects (4 credits)
 2012 Mental (visual effects supervisor)
 2012 Fugu & Tako (Short) (visual effects supervisor)
 2008 Freaks (Short) (digital effects)
 2000-2003 Farscape (TV Series) (visual effects supervisor - 62 episodes)
- Prayer (2003) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- A Constellation of Doubt (2003) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- Bringing Home the Beacon (2003) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- Twice Shy (2003) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- Mental as Anything (2003) ... (visual effects supervisor)
Hide Hide Show Show Director (6 credits)
 2012 Fugu & Tako (Short)
 2008 Freaks (Short)
 2007/II Play (Short)
 2005 Debut (Short)
 2005 Late Shift (Short)
 2002 The Arsonist's Riddle (Short)
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 2012 Fugu & Tako (Short)
 2008 Freaks (Short) (writer)
 2007/II Play (Short)
 2005 Debut (Short)
 2002 The Arsonist's Riddle (Short)
 2006 Suburban Mayhem (second unit director)
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 2002 The Arsonist's Riddle (Short) (producer)
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 2007/II Play (Short) (publicist)

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Whilst filming the Japanese mockumentary Fugu & Tako, director Ben West had no idea what the actors were saying. He doesn't understand Japanese. Ben initially relied on the actors interpretation but eventually understood the key to directing was watching the performance rather than listening to the words. The actors eyes and body language were the markers that truly indicated the emotional ... See more »

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