Creative Director

Craig Barron

CRAIG BARRON has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of matte painting for the last two decades and has contributed to the visual effects of more than 100 films. He began his career at Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on such films as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), Barron went on to start his own visual effects company, Matte World Digital, which created environments for such films as TITANIC (1997), ZODIAC (2007), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011) and HUGO (2011). Barron earned an Oscar® nomination for his work on BATMAN RETURNS (1992) and received an Oscar for Visual Effects for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008). He is the co-author, with Mark Cotta Vaz, of the first comprehensive book about the history of matte painting, The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. Barron is a member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council and an Academy governor representing the Visual Effects Branch. As of 2014, he is the Creative Director of Magnopus (a consolidation of "Magnum Opus"--"Great Work" in Latin), a visual research and development company based in downtown Los Angeles.