Steven Spielberg is one of the world's most respected, successful and celebrated filmmakers. He has been associated as director or producer on five of the Top 20 grossing films of all time. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is still the highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada and is surpassed only by Jurassic Park and The Lion King worldwide. He earned his first Directors Guild Award for The Color Purple and the DGA also nominated him for Empire of the Sun, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial , in addition to Schindler's List , for which he also won. For the last four, he was also nominated for Academy Awards.

Spielberg made his feature directing debut on The Sugarland Express. Teamed with George Lucas, who was executive producer, Spielberg directed Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His additional directing credits include Hook and Always . He also co-wrote and co-produced Poltergeist.

With Amblin Entertainment, the production company he formed in 1984, he served as executive producer on more than a dozen films including Gremlins, Back to the Future and its two sequels, An American Tail, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Land Before Time. His Amblin Entertainment most recently produced the films Twister and The Trigger Effect.

He is the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute and the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In October 1994, Spielberg announced the formation of a new multimedia studio, Dreamworks SKG, with his partners in the venture, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

 

Eight-time Academy Award winner Dennis Muren is the senior visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. Murens eight Oscars, the most of any living member of the Academy, are in recognition of his work on Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Judgment Day, The Abyss, Innerspace, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and The Empire Strikes Back. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for Willow, Young Sherlock Holmes and Dragonslayer.

Among Murens credits are The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Twister, Mission Impossible, Casper, Ghostbusters II and Empire of the Sun. Muren, who traces his interest in visual effects to the age of ten when he started making his own films on an 8mm camera, began his career as a visual effects cameraman and worked on such productions as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

 

Stan Winston has won four Academy Awards, three BAFTAs (British Film and Television Academy) and two Emmys for his achievements. He has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars, five BAFTAs and six Emmys.

Winston was nominated for his first Academy Award with Heartbeeps. He then teamed with James Cameron to create The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Winston reteamed with Cameron on Aliens , heading up the films enormous effects unit. He was nominated for an Academy Award and won. In 1987, he earned his third Academy Award nomination for his work on Predator. He won two Academy Awards--one for visual effects and the other for Best Make-up--for his pioneering work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day , for which he produced hundreds of animatronic effects and prosthetic make-up, which defined the design and technology for special make-up effects.

Winston lead his team of artists to his fourth Academy Award, creating the full size dinosaurs in Jurassic Park . Among his other distinguished credits are Neil Jordans Interview with a Vampire, Congo and Batman Returns. Winstons most recently created the creature effects for The Relic and Ghost and the Darkness . He also directed the widely acclaimed short film Ghosts , starring Michael Jackson.

Stan Winston began his career as a make-up artist at Walt Disney Productions. His first television movie, Gargoyles , resulted in his first Emmy Award and a year later, he won his second Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman , in which he aged actress Cicely Tyson to 110. Between 1973 and 1979 Winston was nominated for six Emmys and then moved into feature films, providing the special make-up for The Wiz.

In 1993, he partnered with James Cameron and former ILM principal, Scott Ross, in the creation of Digital Domain, a computer effects company headquartered in Venice, California.

 

Michael Lantieri is one of the motion picture industry's leading special effects artists. An Academy Award-winner for his work on Jurassic Park , he has frequently collaborated with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment on such projects as Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Back to the Future II and III, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, The Flintstones and Casper.

Among Lantieri's other credits are: Flashdance, Fright Night, The Woman in Red, Thief of Hearts, The Last Starfighter, My Science Project, Poltergeist II, Star Trek IV, Twins, The Witches of Eastwick, Bram Stokers Dracula and Death Becomes Her the latter of the two which he did simultaneously. Lantieri's most recent projects prior to The Lost World: Jurassic Park were Mars Attack and Congo. Lantieri is now in preproduction on Steven Spielberg's next project, Amistad.

 

When Phil Tippett was seven years old, his parents took him to see the film "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad," and he nostalgically asserts that the film changed his life.

An innovator who took stop-motion photography to new heights, Tippett's animation for the 1980 film "Dragonslayer" is regarded as one of the best, if not the best example of the art form.

A filmmaker by the age of 13, Tippett was animating TV commercials just four years later, but he put the work aside to earn a B.A. in Fine Arts from UC Irvine.

During the next few years he would develop relationships with such peers as Jon Berg and Dennis Muren, and all would become major figures in special visual effects. Muren, in fact, recommended Phil to the "Star Wars" production team to animate the miniature chess game.

Tippett began work on "The Empire Strikes Back," followed by "Return of the Jedi," the latter earning him an Academy Award.

In 1983, he left to work on his first independent film, "Prehistoric Bear," a 10 minute film which was shot entirely in his garage and took two years to complete. "Prehistoric Bear" recreates life in the late Cretaceous Epoch, 65 to 75 million years ago.

Since opening his own studio in Berkeley, California, Tippett has created 20 minutes of stop-motion animation for a CBS documentary called "Dinosaur!" which won an Emmy for special effects in 1984. His relationship with Lucasfilm continues, and he has provided sequences for the "Ewok" movies, "Howard the Duck," "Golden Child" and "Willow."

His additional projects have included "House II," "RoboCop," "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and "Robocop II" and "III."

For "Jurassic Park," Tippett was a key to the development of the individual dinosaur movements: How did various parts of the body move? How fast? How slow? How coordinated? What would be the most accurate interpretation of each species' physical action and body language?