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Fantastic Fakery: Adam Chazen

Credit: Pixomondo/HBOCredit: Pixomondo/HBOWorking in visual effects was not the grand plan. With one Emmy win to his credit and another nomination this year, the happy accident has certainly worked out in his favor. Adam Chazen only set out to get a foot in the door toward a career in film.

Mr. Roboto: Mike Elizalde

Eight words changed Mike Elizalde’s life: “I want you to open your own studio.” A special effects and animatronics expert who had done stints with FX legends like Kevin Yagher (Child’s Play, Hellraiser: Bloodline) and Ri

Special Effects Designer

The execution of special effects on stage is a complicated and intricate process; as the audience is live and up-close, directors do not have the luxury of another take, such as in film or television, and there is no polishing in post-production. Instead, all effects must perform correctly the first time and do so repeatedly for each performance. This calls for intense collaboration between design departments, as well as the skill and expertise of a highly trained professional.

Blur Studios

Blur Studios is an Academy Award-nominated visual effects studio located in Venice, Calif. The company’s vast body of work can be seen in feature films, television shows, commercials, video games, and location-based attractions.

Key Makeup Artist

Everyone wears makeup in the movies. Seriously, everyone. The work of a makeup artist on a film or television show is not limited to glam-ing up the leading lady or turning a walk-on actor into a decaying dead body on the autopsy table, the job is also utilitarian and necessary to counteract the negative effects of intensely bright production lighting. Without makeup, all performers on screen would appear pale, washed out, and with facial expressions barely visible.

Industrial Light & Magic

When George Lucas began development on the first film in the Star Wars saga, he concluded that the available filmmaking technology was not adequate to fully realize his vision for the story. As a result, he founded the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects studio in 1975. Two years later, the studio won the Academy Award for visual effects on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. It was announced in October 2012 that Walt Disney Company would purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion.

Optic Nerve Studios

Optic Nerve Studios is a special effects company founded by John Vulich and Everett Burrell and is now owned by special effects makeup artist Glenn Hetrick, judge on the debut season of the Syfy competition show Face Off.

Weta Workshop

The Lord of the Rings trilogy may have been the film franchise that first drew public attention to Weta Workshop—the studio won four Oscars for their work on the films—but the New Zealand shop named after the giant cricket indigenous to New Zealand has been servicing the entertainment industry since its inception in 1987.

Special Effects Supervisor

Computer-generated visual effects have transformed film and television forever, and the applications grow ever more sophisticated. Yet there’s nothing like a live-action fireball resulting from the bad guy’s SUV careening off Mulholland Drive and onto the hillside below. For the real-life disaster drama of explosions, tidal waves, and earthquakes, the film and television industry rely on the talents and training of the special effects team. 

Legacy Effects

Legacy Effects was formed in 2008 out of Stan Winston Studios, after the passing of Academy Award–winning special effects master Stan Winston. Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, Lindsay MacGowan, and Alan Scott partnered to preserve the memory of their late mentor and continue his legacy of stunning special effects.