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Craig Barron

Creative Director
Los Angeles
Craig Barron has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of matte
painting, contributing to visual effects on more than 100 films. He began his career at ILM, working on such classic films as The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. For nearly a quarter century he ran his own visual effects studio, Matte World Digital, which contributed to such productions as Titanic, Zodiac, Alice in Wonderland, and Hugo. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects on Batman Returns, and won the Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He is co-chair of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council and an Academy Governor representing the Visual Effects Branch. Barron is now the Creative Director of Magnopus, a new media company producing augmented and virtual reality experiences in downtown Los Angeles.