Dennis Muren


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Dennis Muren is the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Creative Director of Industrial Light & Magic. A recipient of nine Oscars for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and a Technical Achievement Academy Award®, Muren is actively involved in the evolution of the company, as well as the design and development of new techniques and equipment. In ... See full bio »

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Won 6 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Jurassic Park Visual Effects
(1993)
War of the Worlds Visual Effects
(2005)
Innerspace Visual Effects
(1987)

Filmography

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 2015 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (creative consultant: Industrial Light & Magic)
 2012 Paranormal Activity 4 (senior creative executive: ILM)
 2011 Super 8 (visual effects supervisor)
 2005 War of the Worlds (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2003 Hulk (production visual effects supervisor)
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (production visual effects supervisor)
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (production visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (visual effects supervisor)
 1997 Deconstructing Harry (creative advisor: ILM)
 1996/I Twister (creative advisor: ILM)
 1995 Casper (digital character supervision)
 1993 Jurassic Park (full-motion dinosaurs) / (visual effects supervisor: ILM - uncredited)
 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1989 The Abyss (visual effects supervisor: ILM - special version)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (production visual effects supervisor)
 1988 Willow (visual effects: ILM)
 1987 Empire of the Sun (additional optical effects)
 1987 Innerspace (visual effects supervisor)
 1987 Star Tours (Short) (visual effects supervisor: ILM - uncredited)
 1986 Captain EO (Short) (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes (visual effects supervisor)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (production visual effects supervisor)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (visual effects supervisor)
 1981 Dragonslayer (supervisor of special visual effects: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (effects director of photography: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1978 Battlestar Galactica (special effects photography: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (mothership photography)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (second cameraman: miniature and optical effects unit) / (visual effects supervisor: ILM - 1997 special version)
 1974 Flesh Gordon (director of special effects - uncredited) / (effects technician - uncredited) / (special photographic effects - uncredited)
 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (effects assistant - uncredited)
 1970 Equinox (special photographic effects)
 1950 Rocketship X-M (technical consultant: rocket effects - 1979 revised version, uncredited)
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Zara Pinfold  (2 children)
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Personal Quote:

[on getting started with the cameras his parents bought him:] "My parents didn't know what I was doing; I didn't know what I was doing. This was in Los Angeles. There was no community, just three or four kids going to each other's houses and shooting film -- not trying to tell a story or anything, just these screwy effects. I didn't think it would amount to anything." See more »

Trivia:

His parents, Elmer Ernest Muren and Charline Louise Muren, gave him his first camera, a $10 Keystone eight-millimeter, when he was 10. He practiced making movies with his friend Rick Baker. See more »

Trademark:

State-of-the-Art Oscar-winning special visual effects work combining motion-controlled live-action footage with CGI (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), & Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)).

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