Richard Edlund

Photographer, Letter designer, Cable car driver
A true pioneer in the age of modern-day special effects, Richard Edlund oversaw the creation of visuals that defined fantasy/sci-fi films for a generation of moviegoers, including the original "Star Wars" (1977) and its ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1940 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Filmography

Producer (65)

A Fatal Caper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

About Face 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Escape 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Horror in the Night 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Last Respects 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Report from the Grave 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Smoke Wrings 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Kidnapper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Third Pig 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

(opening sequence) (Producer)

Came the Dawn 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Creep Course 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Death of Some Salesmen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

House of Horror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Till Death Do We Part 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Two For the Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Well-Cooked Hams 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abra Cadaver 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Carrion Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Easel Kill 'Ya 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Mournin' Mess 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Undertaking Palor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

'Til Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Dead Right 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Fitting Punishment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

For Cryin' Out Loud 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Four-Sided Triangle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Judy, You're Not Yourself Today 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Lower Berth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Mute Witness to Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

My Brother's Keeper 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Television Terror 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Switch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Thing From the Grave 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Three's a Crowd 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Only Sin Deep 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

As Ye Sow (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Confession (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Food For Thought (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Spoiled (TV Show)

Segment Producer

What's Cookin'? (TV Show)

Segment Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (44)

Barely Lethal 2015 (Movie)

(DuMonde VFX) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

21 Jump Street 2012 (Movie)

(duMonde Visual Effects) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Anamorph 2008 (Movie)

Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Bedazzled 2000 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Bedazzled 2000 (Movie)

2nd unit director of visual effects (Visual Effects)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

visual effects plate supervisor(Boss Film Studios) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

visual effects co-supervisor(Boss Film Studios) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Species 1995 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

The Judas Project 1993 (Movie)

special effects producer (Special Effects)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

(Boss Film) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Silver Brumby 1992 (Movie)

(Visual Effects)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

(Boss Film) (Visual Effects Supervisor)

And All Through the House 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Collection Completed 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Lover Come Hack to Me 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

The Man Who Was Death 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Date With an Angel 1987 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Poltergeist II: the Other Side 1986 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

visual effects producer (Visual Effects)

2010 1984 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

(Visual Effects)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

(Visual Effects)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Visual Effects Supervisor

Earth Star Voyager (TV Show)

Visual Effects
Art Department (11)

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Strung Along 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Beauty Rest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

On a Dead Man's Chest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Designer

King of the Road (TV Show)

Production Designer
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

(special water unit) (Director of Photography)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

miniature photography (Photography)

Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

miniature photography (Photography)
Other (1)

The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Visual Effects Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

A true pioneer in the age of modern-day special effects, Richard Edlund oversaw the creation of visuals that defined fantasy/sci-fi films for a generation of moviegoers, including the original "Star Wars" (1977) and its sequels "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983), as well as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) "Poltergeist" (1982) and "Ghostbusters" (1984). Edlund helped build George Lucas' legendary Industrial Light and Magic effects company from the ground up, before moving on and opening his own effects company, Boss Film Studios. A photographer at heart who began his career shooting primitive rock videos with a 16mm camera outside of Los Angeles, Edlund was at the very forefront of a wave of artists who pushed traditional optical effects to their zenith before the arrival of computer-generated imagery. While his films varied, Edlund's work was often characterized by crisp, cool clarity of image, as evidenced by his work on slick blockbusters like "Die Hard" (1987) and "Ghost" (1990). A multiple Academy Award winner, Edlund remained active on several committees and advisory boards, and was honored by the American Society of Cinematographers. For true fanboys and girls of a certain age who devoured every issue of Starlog and Cinefantastique throughout the 1970s and '80s, the name Richard Edlund was well known and well regarded as one of the premier visual effects masters of all time.

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1961 - 1963

US Naval Photographic School

received intensive photography and camera repair training

Milestones

2000

Served as visual effects supervior on the remake of "Bedazzled"

1997

In August, announced closing of Boss Film Studios

1997

Supervised the special effects on "Air Force One"

1995

Credited as producer of the opening sequence of "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"

1990

Credited as visual effects supervisor on "Ghost", first film for Boss Film Studios

1990

Debut as a producer, also provided special effects, "Solar Crisis", a Japanese sci-fi thriller

1989

Debut as director of photography (special water unit), "Farewell to the King"

1988

Gave a series of technical lectures in China and Japan under the sponsorship of Eastman Kodak

1983

Founded special FX company, Boss Films Studios; in addition to being president and CEO, served as producer and designer

1983

Left Industrial Light and Magic

1983

Worked as a designer with Entertainment Effects

1981

Served as visual effects supervisor, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

1980

Credit for special visual effects, "The Empire Strikes Back"

1978

First credit for special effects photography, "Battlestar Galactica"

1977

Feature debut, credited with miniature photography and optical effects, "Star Wars", also first association with George Lucas

1975

Recruited by George Lucas and special effects supervisor John Dykstra as first cameraman on the special FX unit of "Star Wars"; became a founder of Industrial Light and Magic

1973

Returned to Hollywood to work for Bob Abel who was then pioneering visual effects for commercials

1968

Dropped out of Hollywood

Developed an interest in photography

After film school, referred by the Hollywood unemployment office to a job with a small optical effects firm run by Joe Westheimer, ASC; met many of the great cinematographers

Took high school sports photos; had some printed in the Los Angeles Examiner at age 15

Took still photos of rock bands (including many album covers)

Worked on the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" in varying capacities including visual effects, segment producer (opening sequence) and production designer (opening sequence)

Became interested in film during the two years he served in Japan

Produced training films in the Navy

Made small experimental films

Steered to attend the USC School of Cinema by a marine staff sergeant he knew in the Fleet Air Photo Lab

Joined the US Navy after graduating high school

Invented and sold a portable amplifier called "Pignose" that was used by many guitarists

Relocated from Fargo, North Dakota, to Los Angeles where he was raised

Bonus Trivia

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An ardent student of Japanese culture, Edlund speaks Japanese and has an extensive collection of books on Japan's history, culture and art.

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Edlund was honored by Toronto's 1986 Festival of Festivals as part of a "mini-tribute" entitled "Close Encounters" which included film clips and a 30-40 minute question-and-answer session.

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