46 – Craig Barron – VFX Guru – ILM, Matte World, Magnopus

For this episode I have a conversation with VFX guru Craig Barron.

Craig started his career in the effects industry as a young man at ILM. You’ll love his story about how he got there. Years later he went on to co-found Matte World and then became creative director at Magnopus.

He began  at ILM in time to work on The Empire Strikes Back. Later he worked for Martin Scorcese on Casino and a million and one movies in between .

Craig also  co-wrote a wonderful book about matte painting called The Invisible Art with Mark Cotta Vaz. It’s a huge, lavish history of that particular part of visual effects and has some of the best reproductions of matte paintings I’ve seen in print. Well worth picking up if you can find it at an affordable price. (It’s currently out of print).

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