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15 > Bill Westenhofer

Bill Westenhofer has won two Academy Awards for achievement in visual effects, for The Golden Compass and Life of Pi, with a further Oscar nomination for his work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Those three films, which are just part of Westenhofer’s substantial contributions to the industry, evidence the supervisor’s strong affinity for creating realistic computer-generated characters.

Westenhofer developed a love for animation early on. “I was always drawing and painting as a kid,” he says. “In fact, I made flipbooks in first grade to try to get people’s milk money. I’d grab some paper and staple it together and make little flipbook animations.”

At university, Westenhofer studied computer ...

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