Craig Barron has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of illusions for the past two decades and has contributed to the visual effects on more than 100 films.
He began his career at Industrial Light + Magic, where he worked on such classic films as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Barron’s visual effects company, Matte World Digital, conjured environments for such films as Titanic (1997), Zodiac (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Hugo (2011).
Barron received an Oscar nomination for his work on Batman Returns (1992), and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He is a member of the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 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.