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Syd Dutton

With an art background, Syd Dutton worked for almost a decade in the matte department at Universal Studios from the late seventies where he learned the technique of motion picture matte painting from resident matte artist Albert Whitlock. Following the retirement of Whitlock in the mid eighties, Dutton and visual effects cinematographer Bill Taylor... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Van Helsing
Van Helsing Visual Effects
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: First Contact Visual Effects
Blade Runner
Blade Runner Visual Effects
Æon Flux
Æon Flux Visual Effects


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 2015/III Let Go (Short) (digital effects)
 2014/I Big Eyes (visual effects art director: Zoic Studios)
 2013 The Bling Ring (visual effects)
 2012 Premium Rush (matte painting consultant: Zoic Studios)
 2012 Lawless (environments supervisor: Zoic Studios)
 2011 The Grey (matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios)
 2011 Straw Dogs (matte painting supervisor)
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie) (visual effects artist)
 2011 Red Riding Hood (visual effects: Zoic Studios)
 2010 How Do You Know (matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios)
 2010 Somewhere (visual effects supervisor)
 2010 Transformers: War for Cybertron (Video Game) (matte painting: Zoic Studios)
 2010 The Karate Kid (matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios)
 2009 Zombieland (matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios)
 2009 Public Enemies (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
 2008/I Defiance (visual effects: Illusion Arts, mass grave matte - as Sid Dutton)
 2008/I Milk (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
 2008 Dewmocracy (Video Game) (visual effects)
 2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2008 John Adams (TV Mini-Series) (matte artist - 7 episodes)
- Peacefield (2008) ... (matte artist: Illusion Arts)
- Unnecessary War (2008) ... (matte artist: Illusion Arts)
- Unite or Die (2008) ... (matte artist: Illusion Arts)
- Reunion (2008) ... (matte artist: Illusion Arts)
- Don't Tread on Me (2008) ... (matte artist: Illusion Arts)
 2008 Drillbit Taylor (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2007 The Bucket List (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2007 Redline (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2006 Charlotte's Web (additional visual effects)
 2006 The Hoax (additional visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2006 Miami Vice (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2006 You, Me and Dupree (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2006 Nacho Libre (visual effects)
 2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2006 The Break-Up (special visual effects)
 2006 Keeping Up with the Steins (special visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 2006 Eight Below (additional visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2006 Annapolis (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (additional matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
 2005 Æon Flux (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
 2005 Casanova (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
 2005 Serenity (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2005 Son of the Mask (additional visual effects)
 2004 Ladder 49 (special visual effects)
 2004 The Village (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2004 The Notebook (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2004 Van Helsing (matte painting supervisor)
 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious (visual effects)
 2003 Bruce Almighty (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2002 The Truth About Charlie (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2002 xXx (visual effects supervisor)
 2002 Blue Crush (visual effects)
 2002 The Bourne Identity (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2002 Undercover Brother (special visual effects)
 2002 Unfaithful (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2002 The Time Machine (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2002 Gerry (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2002 Eye See You (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2001 From Hell (visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2001 The Score (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2001 The Fast and the Furious (visual effects)
 2001 Josie and the Pussycats (special visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 2000 Finding Forrester (additional visual effects: Illusion Art, Inc.)
 2000 The Gift (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 2000 U-571 (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 2000 The Skulls (visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Bicentennial Man (additional matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
 1999 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series) (visual effects - 1 episode)
- Annie (1999) ... (visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 1999/I Ride with the Devil (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1999 Dudley Do-Right (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1999 Bowfinger (visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1999 Brokedown Palace (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1999 Mystery Men (additional title backgrounds: Illusion Arts)
 1999 Muppets from Space (special visual effects)
 1999 Blast from the Past (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1998 Psycho (special visual effects)
 1998 The Mask of Zorro (matte paintings: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1998 Six Days Seven Nights (storm visual effects)
 1998 Black Dog (special visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 1997 The Jackal (special visual effects)
 1997 Trial and Error (optical effects: Illusion Arts)
 1997/I Breakdown (matte painter: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
 1996 Daylight (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1996 Star Trek: First Contact (matte painter: Illusion Art)
 1996 Courage Under Fire (matte painting effects: Illusion Arts)
 1996 DragonHeart (matte painter: Illusion Arts)
 1996 The Birdcage (special visual effects)
 1995 Batman Forever (special visual effects)
 1995 A Walk in the Clouds (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1994 Speechless (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1994 Fatherland (TV Movie) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1994 The Shadow (special visual effects)
 1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (special visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 1993 Addams Family Values (matte painter: Illusion Arts)
 1993 The Age of Innocence (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (matte painter)
 1993 Dennis the Menace (matte paintings)
 1992 Chaplin (special visual effects)
 1992 The Babe (matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
 1992 Newsies (visual effects supervisor)
 1991 For the Boys (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1991 The Addams Family (matte art composites: Illusion Arts)
 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series) (matte artist - 1 episode)
- A Matter of Time (1991) ... (matte artist - uncredited)
 1991 Cape Fear (matte painter: Illusion Arts Inc.) / (special optical effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1991 Life Stinks (matte painter - uncredited)
 1991 Mannequin: On the Move (matte paintings: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1991 Sleeping with the Enemy (visual effects)
 1990 Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (matte artist)
 1990 Graveyard Shift (visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.)
 1990 The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (matte painter: Illusion Arts)
 1989 Glory (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1989 Millennium (matte painter)
 1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (matte artist)
 1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
 1988 Coming to America (matte artist: Los Angeles) / (special visual effects)
 1987 The Running Man (matte shots)
 1987 Spaceballs (matte painting effects - as Sid Dutton)
 1987 Dragnet (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
 1987 The Gate (matte supervisor)
 1987 Critical Condition (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
 1986 The Karate Kid Part II (special visual effects)
 1986 Psycho III (visual effects)
 1986 Dallas: The Early Years (TV Movie) (special visual effects)
 1985 Clue (matte artist)
 1985 Out of Africa (special visual effects: matte paintings - uncredited)
 1985 Real Genius (special visual effects)
 1985 Red Sonja (matte department)
 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (special visual effects - uncredited)
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series) (matte artist)
 1985 Otherworld (TV Series) (matte artist - 2 episodes)
- Village of the Motorpigs (1985) ... (matte artist)
- Rules of Attraction (1985) ... (matte artist)
 1984 The River (matte artist)
 1984 Dune (matte painter)
 1982-1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series) (matte artist - 17 episodes)
- Mourning Becomes Matuka (1983) ... (matte artist)
- A Distant Shout of Thunder (1983) ... (matte artist)
- Boragora or Bust (1983) ... (matte artist)
- Naka Jima Kill (1983) ... (matte artist)
- Last Chance Louie (1983) ... (matte artist)
 1982 Blade Runner (visual effects enhancement: Illusion Arts - 2007 Final Cut version)
 1982 Cat People (matte artist)
 1981 Ghost Story (matte artist)
 1981 History of the World: Part I (assistant matte painter - uncredited)
 1981 Masada (TV Mini-Series) (matte painter - 1981, uncredited)
 1980 The Blues Brothers (assistant matte painter)
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (matte artist)
 1978 The Wiz (assistant matte painter - uncredited)
 1977 MacArthur (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1976 Family Plot (matte artist - uncredited)
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