Joe Johnston

Director, Visual effects art director, 2nd unit director
Despite having received his start in film as a part of George Lucas' famed visual effects team on "Star Wars" (1977), and eventually directing several high-profile movies himself, Joe Johnston somehow managed to keep a ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1950 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Not Safe For Work 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

October Sky 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

live action director (Director)

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (TV Show)

Director
Sound (6)

Cheers 1992 - 1993, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Sound Effects

The X-Files 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Sound Supervisor

The Huntress 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Sound Editor

Too Soon For Jeff 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Sound Editor

McKenna 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Sound Supervisor

One Woman's Courage (TV Show)

Sound Editor
Art Department (6)

Fish Hooks 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Storyboard Artist

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

art direction 2nd unit (Art Director)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

visual effects art direction (Art Director)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

visual effects art direction (Art Director)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

visual effects art direction (Art Director)

The Ewok Adventure (TV Show)

Production Designer
Visual Effects & Animation (3)

Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

effects illustrator design (Visual Effects)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

effects illustrator design (Visual Effects)
Producer (2)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Production Management (1)

A Boy Called Hate 1996 (Movie)

(Location Manager)
Writer (1)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (3)

Always 1989 (Movie)

aerial sequence designer (Other)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

ultralight sequence design (Other)

Biography

Despite having received his start in film as a part of George Lucas' famed visual effects team on "Star Wars" (1977), and eventually directing several high-profile movies himself, Joe Johnston somehow managed to keep a remarkably low-profile during much of his career. Originally intending to pursue a career in industrial design, Johnston's professional path took an unexpected turn when he answered an ad looking for illustrators to work on a new science fiction movie. That movie turned out to be "Star Wars," and from there Johnston worked as a visual effects director on that film's two sequels, in addition to similar duties on Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). Encouraged by Lucas to try his hand at directing, Johnston enrolled in the University of Southern California's filmmaking program, although he continued to work on various Lucas/Spielberg projects. Shortly thereafter, Johnston was hired by Disney Studios to direct his first feature film, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989). Family-friendly material, filled with special effects became Johnston's stock in trade, exemplified by films like "The Rocketeer" (1991) and "Jumamji" (1995). Even as he made a name for himself as a director, Johnston continued to help fellow filmmakers with visual design work, including creating the initial drawing of the massive automaton for director Brad Bird's "The Iron Giant" (1999). He also managed to deliver a more personal film with the acclaimed "October Sky" (1999), before helming the special effects blockbuster "Jurassic Park III" (2001). Johnston endured a few misfires, taking the reins of the horseracing epic "Hildalgo" (2004) prior to landing the thankless task of salvaging the cursed remake "The Wolfman" (2010). As a filmmaker, Johnston's legacy would be that of a competent director, perhaps too reliant upon visual wizardry. However, as an unsung hero and creative force on some of the most beloved movies of all time, Joe Johnston's lasting impact on cinema was already assured.

EDUCATION

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach , California

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena , California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2011

Directed the Chris Evans as "Captain America: The First Avenger"

2010

First film in six years, the remake of "The Wolf Man," starring Benicio del Toro

2004

Helmed the Disney produced, "Hidalgo"

2001

Directed the sequel, "Jurrasic Park 3"

1999

Directed "October Sky," which is based on former NASA engineer Homer Hickam's memoir, Rocket Boys

1995

Directed the special effects-laden feature, "Jumanji"

1994

Helmed the live action sequences of "The Pagemaster," starring Macaulay Culkin

1993

Directed the an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)

1991

Helmed second feature, the underappreciated "The Rocketeer"

1989

Made feature directorial debut with the effects-driven, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"

1989

Designed aerial sequences for Steven Speilberg's "Always"

1988

Received an associate producer credit on Ron Howard's "Willow"

1987

Served as 2nd unit director on "*batteries not included"; executive produced by Spielberg

1986

Worked as ultralight sequence designer for "Howard the Duck"

1984

Was production designer for the ABC movie, "The Ewok Adventure"

1983

Served as visual effects art director on "Return of the Jedi"

1981

Was visual effects art director on Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

1980

Worked as visual effects art director for "The Empire Strikes Back"

1978

Was effects illustrator for "Battlestar: Galactica"

1977

Served as an artistic director at Industrial Light and Magic

1977

Drew storyboards and sketches for "Star Wars"; received credit as an effects illustrator and designer

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