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Cliffhanger Visual Effects
2010 Visual Effects
True Lies Visual Effects


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 2008 City of Ember (visual effects consultant)
 2007 Meet the Robinsons (Video Game) (lighting and compositing)
 2007 Meet the Robinsons (lighting & composition)
 2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (visual effects second unit director & cameraman - uncredited)
 2002 Scooby-Doo (additional visual effects supervisor - as Neil J. Krepela)
 2000 The Fantasticks (visual effects supervisor)
 2000 Dinosaur (visual effects supervisor)
 1996 Multiplicity (visual effects pre-production consultant: Boss Film Studios)
 1995 Heat (visual effects supervisor)
 1995 Outbreak (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios)
 1989-1995 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
- You, Murderer (1995) ... (director of photography: opening sequence, Boss Film Studios)
- What's Cookin' (1992) ... (director of photography: opening sequence, Boss Film Studios)
- The Man Who Was Death (1989) ... (director of photography: opening sequence)
 1994 The Specialist (visual effects supervisor)
 1994 The Scout (visual effects supervisor: Boss Films)
 1994 True Lies (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Corporation)
 1993 Last Action Hero (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studio)
 1993 Cliffhanger (visual effects supervisor)
 1992 Batman Returns (director of photography: plates, Boss Film Studios)
 1990 Solar Crisis (visual effects producer)
 1989 Fletch Lives (visual effects supervisor)
 1988 Vibes (director of photography: Boss Film Corporation)
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee (visual effects supervisor)
 1987 Date with an Angel (effects director of photography) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1987 The Monster Squad (director of photography: Boss Film Corporation) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1987 Masters of the Universe (visual effects matte department supervisor)
 1986 Solarbabies (visual effects matte supervisor)
 1986 The Boy Who Could Fly (director of photography: Boss Film Corporation)
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (matte department supervisor)
 1986 Legal Eagles (special effects photography)
 1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side (matte department supervisor: Boss Film Corporation)
 1986 Desert Bloom (effects director of photography)
 1985 Fright Night (matte department supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles)
 1984 2010 (matte department supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group)
 1984 Ghostbusters (matte department supervisor: EEG)
 1983 The American Snitch (special optical effects)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (matte photography: ILM)
 1982 The Dark Crystal (scenic matte photography: ILM)
 1982 Poltergeist (matte photographer: ILM)
 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (matte photography: ILM)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (matte photography: ILM)
 1981 Dragonslayer (matte photography: ILM)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (matte photography: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (matte photography: miniature and optical effects unit)
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Neil J. Krepela

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Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1993.

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