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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Waterworld Visual Effects
Demolition Man Visual Effects
The Truman Show Visual Effects


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 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (visual effects supervisor)
 2007 Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (additional visual effects supervisor - as Michael McAlister)
 2006 Eragon (visual effects supervisor - as Michael McAlister)
 2002 Road to Perdition (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 2002 Abandon (visual effects supervisor)
 2002 Orange County (visual effects supervisor - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 2001 Ali (visual effects supervisor)
 2001 Rat Race (visual effects supervisor)
 2000 Thirteen Days (visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Pushing Tin (visual effects consultant)
 1998 The Truman Show (visual effects supervisor - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1996 Michael (visual effects director of photography: SPI - as Mike McAlister)
 1996 Matilda (visual effects consultant - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1995 Get Shorty (visual effects coordinator - as Micheal McAlister)
 1995 Waterworld (visual effects supervisor - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1995 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (visual effects)
 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy (visual effects producer) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (visual effects supervisor)
 1993 Demolition Man (visual effects - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1992 Mr. Baseball (visual effects)
 1991 Rush (plate camera operator - as Mike McAlister)
 1990 Die Hard 2 (visual effects supervisor: ILM - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (visual effects supervisor - as Micheal J. McAlister)
 1988 Willow (visual effects: ILM - as Michael McAlister)
 1986 Howard the Duck (visual effects supervisor)
 1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (TV Movie) (visual effects supervisor)
 1985 The Goonies (visual effects supervisor - as Michael McAlister)
 1984 Starman (director of visual effects photography: ILM - as Michael McAlister)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (chief visual effects cameraman: ILM - as Mike McAlister)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (effects cameraman: ILM)
 1982 Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (TV Movie) (special miniature sequences photographer - as Mike McAllister)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (effects cameraman: ILM - as Mike McAlister)
 1981 Dragonslayer (effects cameraman: ILM - as Micheal McAlister)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (assistant cameraman: miniature and optical effects unit - as Michael McAlister)
 1979 Jason of Star Command (TV Series) (miniatures photographer - 12 episodes)
- Battle for Freedom (1979) ... (miniatures photographer - as Mike McAlister)
- Mimi's Secret (1979) ... (miniatures photographer - as Mike McAlister)
- Little Girl Lost (1979) ... (miniatures photographer - as Mike McAlister)
- Phantom Force (1979) ... (miniatures photographer - as Mike McAlister)
- Face to Face (1979) ... (miniatures photographer - as Mike McAlister)
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Alternate Names:

Michael John McAlister | Michael McAlister | Micheal J. McAlister | Micheal McAlister | Mike McAlister | Mike McAllister

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Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1977).

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