Special FX & Creature Design, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Jurassic World, Tremors

WonderFest welcomes first-time guest and Academy Award™ winning special effects and creature designer Alec Gillis!

Alec, along with WF 2009 guest Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founded the Creature FX studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) in 1988.

The duo received an Oscar™ for their work on Death Becomes Her, as well as nominations for Alien 3 and Starship Troopers. They also won BAFTAs and Saturn Awards for the films Starship Troopers and Jumanji.

Alec’s list of movie credits is extensive, and includes almost the entire Alien franchise, Ender’s Game, Predator, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, It, Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice, Tremors and Cocoon, just to name a few!

In addition to making your favorite monsters, Alec wrote and directed Harbinger Down, an all Practical Creature FX feature. He’s also an actor and starred in Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios experimental film, Cooking With Bill.

Alec is also the creature designer for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie, so we know you’ll be roaring with excitement to hear him talk about his work, and the legacy and future of practical effects!

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