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Masters of FX by Ian Failes

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11 > Dennis Muren

With films like the original Star Wars trilogy, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Jurassic Park to his name, Dennis Muren has witnessed both the resurgence of classic visual effects in the late 1970s at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and the explosion of digital effects (again at ILM) in the early 1990s. At both junctions he played a critical part in advancing the art and craft of visual effects filmmaking.

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[1] Dennis Muren.

Yet Muren—who holds eight Academy Awards for best achievement in visual effects—came close to not being there. “I’d been working in commercials and I was actually ready to get out ...

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