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Computer Aided Design and Graphics
Los Angeles, California, USA

Visual Effects

Most of my two decades in the entertainment industry have been
designing and building models for Visual Effects.

Member Visual Effects Society. VFX Society

My Visual Effects career began in June 1978. I had taken a class in Architectural Model Making at Cal Poly, Pomona where I was pursuing my Architecture Degree. The instructor was a Visual Effects fan who had sold a few models to Battlestar Galactica and he gave me four phone numbers. One of these numbers connected me to Wayne Smith, who unknown to me, was a Theme Park enthusiast. When I mentioned my 1/1200 scale Theme Park model that I had designed and built, he had to see it. Within a few days, I was working as a model maker on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Over the years, I expanded my skills and started doing Prop Shop and Special Effects. For health reasons, I wanted to get away from the chemicals and dust of model making. In 1990, I began working with CAD, starting with CAD-Key but quickly switched to the more popular AutoCAD ©. I returned to college in 1993 and completed my Design degree in 1994. I returned to Model Making for 15 months to replenish my savings. I spent these 15 months working as Visual Effects Model Maker on Batman Forever and Independence Day - both the box office winners of their respective summers of 1995 and 1996. Three weeks after wrapping on Independence Day, I began my new career of Visual Effects and Computer Specialist Set Designer on Batman and Robin and never looked back. I left Model Making voluntarily to pursue something I liked better and my last two Visual Effects Model Making jobs were top rated projects.

I now have a number of Visual Effects Set Design credits to my name while also working on more conventional set Design.

Designing Miniatures
Designing miniatures.
Visual Effects Set Design
Visual Effects Set Design.
Draconia
Visual Effects models, Special Effects.

Visual Effects Credits

Visual Effects Art Direction Credits.

Ramayan, 1997
Tomy Toys, 1981

Visual Effects Set Design Credits.

The Polar Express, 2003
Shrek, 1997-1998
Batman and Robin, 1996-1997
Outbreak, 1994
Lucky Goldstar, 1992

Visual Effects Model Maker Credits.

Independence Day, 1995-1996
Batman Forever, 1995
Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, 1993
Lucky Goldstar, 1992
Acura Commercial, 1992
Toys, 1992
Batman Returns, 1991
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, 1991
Solar Crisis, 1989-1990
Tales from the Crypt, 1989
Abyss, 1989
Isuzu Commercial, 1988
Child's Play, 1987
Horizons-Choose Your Tomorrow (EPCOT), 1983
Playtex Commercial, 1983
Jovan Dial-A-Tan Commercial, 1981
Tomy Toys Commercial, 1981
Sasson Jeans Commercial, 1981
One from the Heart, 1981
Safari Rally, 1981
Body Heat, 1980
Galactica 1980, 1980
Roadie, 1980
Battlestar Galactica,1979-80
Cheach and Chong's Next Movie 1979
Airport '79, 1979
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 1979

Note: These drawings are presented here for portfolio purposes only. These drawings are not available for sale or to be given away in hard copy or digitally in any scale. I will be happy to show hard-copy during a legitimate job interview for Set Designer.

Visual Effects Resume

Updated: April 30, 2003

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Full Credits

Updated: April 30, 2003

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