My top 20 favorite special effects artists

by comic_guy87 | created - 15 Feb 2012 | updated - 15 Feb 2012 | Public

My favorite special effects artists in the movie industry in no particular order.

1. Stan Winston

Special_effects | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Stan Winston was born on April 7, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Terminator 2 (1991), Aliens (1986) and Jurassic Park (1993). He was married to Karen Winston. He died on June 15, 2008 in Malibu, California, USA.

2. Tom Savini

Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Tom Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat photographer in Vietnam, Savini saw first-hand the gruesome carnage ...

3. Rob Bottin

Make_up_department | RoboCop

Rob Bottin was born on April 1, 1959 in El Monte, California, USA as Robin R. Bottin. He is known for his work on RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Se7en (1995).

4. Rick Baker

Make_up_department | Planet of the Apes

Rick Baker was born on December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA as Richard Alan Baker. He is known for his work on Planet of the Apes (2001), The Wolfman (2010) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He has been married to Silvia Abascal since November 8, 1987. They have two children. He ...

5. Adam Jones

Special_effects | Jurassic Park

Adam Jones was born on January 15, 1965 in Libertyville, Illinois, USA as Adam Thomas Jones. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Escape from L.A. (1996) and Predator 2 (1990). He has been married to Camella Grace since September 18, 1999.

6. Ray Harryhausen

Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans

When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.

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7. Robert Kurtzman

Make_up_department | From Dusk Till Dawn

Robert Kurtzman was born on November 25, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Pulp Fiction (1994).

8. Phil Tippett

Visual_effects | Starship Troopers

Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and includes two Academy Awards; and six nominations, one BAFTA award and four nominations, two Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.

As a child...

9. Tom Woodruff Jr.

Special_effects | Starship Troopers

Tom Woodruff Jr. was born in 1959 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Death Becomes Her (1992). He is married to Tami Spitler Woodruff. They have three children.

10. Jack P. Pierce

Make_up_department | The Brain from Planet Arous

As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts ...

11. Greg Cannom

Make_up_department | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Greg Cannom was born in 1951 in the USA. He is known for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Fan (2016) and Bicentennial Man (1999).

12. John Carl Buechler

Special_effects | Hatchet

When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first ...

13. Grant McCune

Visual_effects | Star Wars

American special effects wizard and miniature model-making virtuoso. McCune partnered John Dykstra as head of Apogee Inc. between 1978 and 1992. He was chief model maker for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (in which he also had a small acting role as a Death Star gunner), the pilot for ...

14. Chris Walas

Special_effects | The Fly

Chris Walas was born in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The Fly (1986), Enemy Mine (1985) and Gremlins (1984).

15. Stephen Chiodo

Producer | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Stephen Chiodo was born on March 2, 1954 in Bronx, New York, USA as Stephen Joseph Chiodo. He is known for his work on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Team America: World Police (2004) and Critters (1986). He is married to Teresa Willock. They have one child.

16. Charles Chiodo

Writer | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Charles Chiodo was born on May 24, 1952 in Bronx, New York, USA as Charles Anthony Chiodo. He is known for his work on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Team America: World Police (2004) and Critters (1986).

17. Edward Chiodo

Producer | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Edward Chiodo was born on August 25, 1960 in Bronx, New York, USA as Edward Michael Chiodo. He is known for his work on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Team America: World Police (2004) and Critters (1986). He is married to Linda Phannstiel.

18. Roy Arbogast

Special_effects | The Fugitive

Roy Arbogast is known for his work on The Fugitive (1993), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and They Live (1988).

19. Robert A. Mattey

Special_effects | Jaws

Robert A. Mattey was born on June 27, 1910 in New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Jaws (1975), Jaws 2 (1978) and Mary Poppins (1964). He died on January 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

20. Richard Stutsman

Special_effects | The Hurt Locker

Richard Stutsman is known for his work on The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and A River Runs Through It (1992).



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