John Dykstra

Special effects supervisor, Producer, Special effects designer
Modern-day special effects, for all its reliance on computers, digital graphics and ultra high-end technology, owed much of its existence to John Dykstra. One of the first technicians to merge traditional photography ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1947 in Long Beach, California, USA


Visual Effects & Animation (30)

X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Seventh Son 2015 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Godzilla 2014 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

On the Red Carpet: Oscars 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Visual Effects Supervisor

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Designer)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

(Visual Effects)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

visual effects head supervisor (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Shivers 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Special Effects

Something Is Out There 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Special Effects

Mac and Me 1988 (Movie)

special visual effects(Apogee) (Special Effects)

My Stepmother Is An Alien 1988 (Movie)

special visual effects supervisor (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Effects Supervisor

The Unholy 1988 (Movie)

special effects director(Apogee Productions) (Special Effects)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Effects Supervisor

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Special Effects

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Lifeforce 1985 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Firefox 1982 (Movie)

special visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Caddyshack 1980 (Movie)

(Special Effects Supervisor)

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

special effects photography director (Special Effects)

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

special miniature effects (Special Effects)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

special effects photography supervisor (Effects Supervisor)

Starflight One (TV Show)

Special Effects
Sound (20)

Cinemanovels 2014 (Movie)

(Sound Mixer)

Degrassi: The Next Generation 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Sound Re-recordist

Flashpoint 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Rerecording Mixer

Paradise City: Degrassi Goes to Hollywood 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Matters of Life & Dating 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer

A Family Lost 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer

Away From Her 2007 (Movie)

(Foley Recordist)

Road Rage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

Criminal Instinct: A Colder Kind of Death 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

Criminal Instinct: Love & Murder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

Criminal Instinct: The Wandering Soul Murders 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

Criminal Instinct: Deadly Appearances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

Little Men 1998 (Movie)

(Foley Recordist)

The Assignment 1997 (Movie)

(Foley Recordist)

Bridal Fever (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer

Holiday Switch (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer

Prayers for Bobby (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer

Random Encounter (TV Show)

Foley Recordist

The Heat is On (TV Show)

Sound Re-recordist

Will You Merry Me? (TV Show)

Rerecording Mixer
Actor (2)

VH1 Goes Inside: Spider-Man 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Masters of Fantasy: Joel Schumacher 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director (2)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Producer (2)

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Silent Running 1971 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)
Other (2)

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)


Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

special creative consultant (Creative Consultant)


Modern-day special effects, for all its reliance on computers, digital graphics and ultra high-end technology, owed much of its existence to John Dykstra. One of the first technicians to merge traditional photography with developments in electronics, Dykstra created the groundbreaking visual effects for "Star Wars" (1977), which earned him an Academy Award, and inspired a generation of filmgoers and future filmmakers. With his invention of the "Dykstraflex" camera, Dykstra literally turned movie special effects on its head with an electronically controlled moving camera that dove, swooped and twisted around a stationary object. Fiercely independent, Dykstra started his own company, Apogee, which oversaw effects for the original "Battlestar Galactica," (ABC, 1978-79) "Firefox" (1982), while he later created the effects for "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Stuart Little" (1999) after the company folded. With the emergence of CGI, Dykstra stayed ahead of the game with his breakthrough work on the "Spider-Man" films. Thanks to his dedication to constant innovation, Dykstra helped steer a revolution in movie magic at a time when studios were shuttering the aging, in-house effects departments and sending their old school technicians into early retirement.


Chloe Dykstra Actor


Cass McCune

married on September 15, 1996


graduated college



Served as visual effects supervisor for "Spider-Man 2"


Served as senior visual effects supervisor on "Stuart Little"; shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects


Reteamed with Schumacher for the sequel "Batman & Robin"


Served as visual effects head supervisor for "Batman Forever", his most commercially successful project since "Star Wars"


Credited as special creative consultant on Hooper's "Spontaneous Combustion"


First collaboration with horror-fantasy director Tobe Hooper, provided special visual effects for "Lifeforce"


TV-movie debut, provided special effects for ABC's "Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land" (released theatrically overseas as "Starlight One")


Credited as special visual effects producer for Clint Eastwood's "Firefox"


TV series producing debut (with Donald P Bellisario, Paul Playdon and David J O'Connell), "Battlestar Galactica"; also first TV credit as special effects coordinator


Left ILM to start his own special effects company, Apogee (date approximate)


Feature producing debut, "Battlestar Galactica", a re-edited theatrical version of the three-hour TV series pilot (also credited as special effects coordinator)


While serving as the first head of Industrial Light and Magic, credited as the special effects photography supervisor on George Lucas' genre landmark, "Star Wars"


Worked for Berkeley's Institute of Urban Development on a project applying cinematography and visual effects to the construction of miniature cityscape models


Feature debut, credited for special effects photography for Trumbull's "Silent Running"

Served as director of special effects photography for a program entitled "Voyage to the Outer Planets" for the Ruben H Fleet Space Theater in San Diego, California

Worked as a special effects cameraman and industrial designer for special effects expert Douglas Trumbull's Trumbull Film Effects

Reteamed with Trumbull at the latter's Future General company to work on various projects including commercials, theme park attractions and experiments in three-dimensional filmmaking

Worked as a cinematographer shooting miniatures for a psychological study sponsored by the National Science Foundation regarding responses to various architectural forms