Dennis Muren Biography (1946-)

Full name, Dennis E. Muren; born November 1, 1946, in Glendale, CA; son of Elmer Ernest and Charline Louise (maiden name, Clayton) Muren; married Zara Pinfold, August 29, 1981; children: Gregory, Gwendolen. Addresses: Office: Industrial Light & Magic, P.O. Box 2459, San Rafael, CA 94912.; Contact: c/o American Society of Cinematographers, P.O. Box 2230, Hollywood, CA 90078.

Visual effects director, supervisor, special effects director and supervisor, producer, creative advisor, director, and actor
Birth Details
November 1, 1946
Glendale, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, special effects, and (uncredited) director, Equinox (also known as The Beast), VIP, 1970
  • Effects photographer, The Solar System: Islands in Space, 1972
  • (Uncredited) Effects technician, Flesh Gordon, 1972
  • Mothership photographer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Columbia, 1977
  • Second cameraman: miniature and optical effects unit, Star Wars (also known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode IV--ANew Hope), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Special effects photographer, Battlestar Galactica, Universal, 1978
  • Miniature and optical effects photographer and effects director of photography, The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back),Fox, 1980
  • Miniature and optical effects supervisor, Dragonslayer, Paramount,1981
  • Rocket effects consultant, Rocketship X-M, 1982, revised version (also known as Expedition Moon, 1950)
  • Visual effects supervisor, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (also knownas A Boy's Life, E.T. and Me, E.T., and Night Skies), Universal, 1982
  • Visual effects, Return of the Jedi (also known as Revenge of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars: Episode VI: Revenge of the Jedi), Warner Bros., 1983
  • Visual effects supervisor, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (also known as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death), Paramount, 1984
  • Visual effects supervisor, Young Sherlock Holmes (also known as Pyramid of Fear), Paramount, 1985
  • Visual effects supervisor, Captain Eo, Walt Disney Productions, 1986
  • (Uncredited) Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) visual effects supervisor, Star Tours, Industrial Light & Magic, 1987
  • Visual effects supervisor, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Additional optical effects, Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Special visual effects, Willow, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Visual effects supervisor, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • ILM visual effects supervisor: special edition and additional wave composites (special edition restoration) The Abyss, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • ILM visual effects supervisor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also known as T2 and T2-Terminator 2: Judgment Day), TriStar, 1991
  • Full-motion dinosaur creator and ILM visual effects supervisor, Jurassic Park (also known as JP), Universal, 1993
  • Time Machine restoration crew, Time Machine: The Journey Back, 1993
  • Digital character supervision, Casper, United International Pictures, 1995
  • Visual effects creative advisor, Mission: Impossible (also known as Mission Impossible), Paramount, 1996
  • Creative advisor, Twister, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Visual effects creative advisor, Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, 1997
  • Full motion dinosaurs, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park 2 and The Lost World), Universal, 1997
  • Creative advisor and special visual effects, Deconstructing Harry(also known as Woody Allen Fall Project), Fine Line, 1997
  • Senior visual effects supervisor, Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace (also known as Star Wars: Episode I, Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, and The Phantom Menace), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Visual effects supervisor, Artificial Intelligence: AI (also knownas A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Visual effects supervisor, Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones (also known as Star Wars II), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Nazi spy on the airplane, Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), 1981
  • Himself, The Making of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1998
  • Himself, From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Special effects, The Ewok Adventure (also known as Caravan of Courage and Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure), ABC, 1985
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • "George Lucas: Heroes, Myths, and Magic," American Masters, PBS, 1993
  • Interviewee, Masters of Fantasy: Industrial Light & Magic, Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Himself, Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (also known as Special Effects), NOVA/WGBH Boston, 1996
  • Himself, The Harryhausen Chronicles, AMC, 1998
  • Himself, Ray Harryhausen: Working with Dinosaurs, Channel 4, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in an episode of Cinema Secrets, AMC.

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists, St. James Press, 1996
    • 1997 Current Biography Yearbook, Gale, 1997
    • American Cinematographer, June, 1993, pp. 46-52; July, 1993
    • Boys' Life, August, 1997, p. 48
    • Omni, November, 1993, p. 91

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