A treasure trove of action-packed blockbusters from the 2000s owed their visual splendor to Paul Franklin. Through the VFX company Double Negative, Franklin gifted many a major motion picture series with awards-caliber visuals, contributing his expertise to the James Bond franchise, the "Resident Evil" movies, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the Dan Brown adaptations, and the "Harry Potter" films, among others. Paul J. Franklin was born in Cheshire, England, in 1966. Interested from the get-go in a career in visual arts, Franklin enrolled in Cheshire School of Art and Design, transferring after one year to Oxford University. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in fine art. In 1992, Franklin explored digital design at the video game development company Psygnosis (later named SCE Studio Liverpool) for two years, before graduating to the world of television and film work at the British production facility Moving Picture Company. After cutting his teeth as a computer animator and graphics designer on movies like "Hackers" (1995), the Academy Award-winning "The English Patient" (1996), and "The Borrowers" (1997), Franklin helped to form the visual effects and computer animation company Double Negative, in 1998. Through this company, Franklin worked on a number of blockbusters, the earliest of which were "Pitch Black" (2000), "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000), "Die Another Day" (2002), "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003), and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (2004). Franklin then began what would become a longstanding relationship with superpower director Christopher Nolan, acting as visual effects supervisor on his first Batman film, "Batman Begins" (2005). Soon after, Franklin undertook other high-profile ventures, such as Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and David Yates' "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). He'd continue his relationships with Nolan and Yates, working on "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009), and "Inception" (2010), for which Franklin earned his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award. While Franklin's work on Nolan's next film, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), went unheralded, he found due glory in attachment to his following collaboration with the director: "Interstellar" (2014). Once again, Franklin earned both an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his visual effects work on the Nolan picture.