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Joe Viskocil (1952–2014)

Joe Viskocil was born on December 21, 1952 as Joseph William Viskocil. He is known for his work on Independence Day (1996), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He died on August 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »


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Independence Day Special Effects
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 2021 THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus (special effects supervisor) (completed)
 2013 Glow (Short) (spfx supervisor)
 2013 InAPPropriate Comedy (special effects)
 2011 Supah Ninjas (TV Series short) (special effects foreman - 3 episodes)
- Limelight (2011) ... (special effects foreman)
- Subsiders (2011) ... (special effects foreman)
- Two Ton Harley (2011) ... (special effects foreman)
 2011 Source Code (pyrotechnics consultant)
 2010 Love & Vengeance (Short) (special effects)
 2010 Dorito-hibition! (Short) (special effects supervisor)
 2010 Barry Munday (special effects technician - as Joseph Viskocil)
 2010 The Sierra (Short) (special effects)
 2007 An American Tragedy (Short) (special effects)
 2007 Lucifer (Short) (special effects)
 2006 10.5: Apocalypse (TV Mini-Series) (special effects - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... (special effects)
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... (special effects)
 2006 Slip (special effects)
 2004 Team America: World Police (special effects supervisor - as Joseph Viskocil)
 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis (lead pyro technician)
 2002 Panic Room (special effects supervisor - as Joseph Viskocil)
 2000 Battlefield Earth (pyro supervisor)
 1999 Dream Parlor (special effects supervisor)
 1999 Atomic Train (TV Mini-Series) (pyrotechnician - 2 episodes)
- Part 2 (1999) ... (pyrotechnician - as Joseph Viskocil)
- Part 1 (1999) ... (pyrotechnician - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1999 Arlington Road (pyrotechnics supervisor - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1997 Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky (Video Game) (pyrotechnics)
 1997 Alien: Resurrection (pyrotechnics supervisor - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1996 Dinosaur Valley Girls (pyrotechnic effects)
 1996 Independence Day (mechanical effects supervisor) / (pyrotechnics supervisor - uncredited)
 1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (pyrotechnics supervisor)
 1995 No Way Back (second unit pyrotechnics)
 1995 Magic in the Water (pyrotechnician)
 1995 Johnny Mnemonic (pyrotechnic supervisor)
 1994 In the Army Now (pyrotechniques)
 1994 Clifford (special effects - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1994 Monkey Trouble (special effects crew)
 1994 Secret Sins of the Father (TV Movie) (special effects)
 1993 Bikini Squad (special effects coordinator)
 1993 Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (TV Series) (special effects supervisor)
 1992 Passionata (TV Movie) (fire effects coordinator)
 1992 Toys (pyrotechnics: Dream Quest Images)
 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (special effects supervisor: 4-Ward Productions - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1991 Barton Fink (special effects foreman - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1991 Flight of Black Angel (TV Movie) (firearm effects - as Joeseph Viskocil)
 1990 Puppet Master II (Video) (special effects pyrotechnics)
 1990 Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (Video) (special effects)
 1990 Hired to Kill (special effects coordinator)
 1989 Call from Space (Short) (mechanical effects)
 1989 Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (pyrotechnics - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1989 Robot Jox (pyrotechnic coordinator) / (pyrotechnician: second unit, USA)
 1989 The Abyss (special effects coordinator: Los Angeles - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1988 Bat*21 (pyrotechnician)
 1988 The Blob (mechanical effects: post-production)
 1988 Killer Klowns from Outer Space (pyrotechnician - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1987 Masters of the Universe (pyro technician - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1987 Student Confidential (pyrotechnician)
 1986 Quiet Cool (pyrotechnician)
 1986 Inside Out (special effects)
 1986 The Boy Who Could Fly (special effects technician - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1986 Vamp (special effects - as Joseph Viskocil)
 1985 House (mechanical effects)
 1984 Ghostbusters (pyrotechnic supervisor: Staypuft - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Joseph Viscocil | Joeseph Viskocil | Joseph Viskocil | Joseph Viskovil

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He had a hand in various special effects tasks. As a powderman and pyrotechnician he became regarded as the industry's leading expert in creating spectacular looking explosions in miniature.

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