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Russell Earl

Visual Effects Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic


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Behind ILM’s Visual Effects for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”


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Russell Earl joined the ranks at ILM in 1994 as a technical assistant on Casper. Since then, he has contributed to a number of blockbuster hits including Mission: Impossible III and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which was awarded the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects in 2006. In 2007, Earl was nominated for two Academy Awards, the first for his work on Michael Bay’s first installment of the Transformers saga and again in 2009 for his work on J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot.

He served as Visual Effects Supervisor on Red Tails, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, directed by Anthony Hemingway and Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel of the same name directed by The Wachowski Siblings. Earl recently supervised visual effects on Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects, and in 2015 Marvel’s Ant-man.

Prior to ILM, Earl worked for Douglas Trumbull putting both his model making skills and digital artistry to use on the Luxor ride film. While in college, Earl interned at VIFX and contributed to feature films such as Patriot Games, Batman Returns, and Toys.

Earl holds an industrial design degree from Rhode Island School of Design.

ILM CREDITS
Feature Films
2015 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – Visual Effects Supervisor
2015 ANT-MAN – Visual Effects Supervisor
2014 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER – Visual Effects Supervisor

  • Academy Award Nomination – Best Visual Effects

2012 CLOUD ATLAS – Visual Effects Supervisor
2012 RED TAILS – Visual Effects Supervisor
2011 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL – Plate Supervisor
2011 SUPER 8 – Visual Effects Supervisor
2009 STAR TREK – Co-Visual Effects Supervisor

  • Academy Award Nomination – Best Visual Effects
  • BAFTA Nomination – Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects Society Nomination – Outstanding Visual Effects

2007 TRANSFORMERS – Associate Visual Effects Supervisor

  • Academy Award Nomination – Best Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Visual Effects

2006 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – Digital Artist
2006 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III – Associate Visual Effects Supervisor

  • Visual Effects Society Nomination – Outstanding Created Environment

2005 STAR WARS: Episode III “Revenge of the Sith” – Computer Graphics Supervisor
2003 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – Sequence Supervisor
2002 TEARS OF THE SUN – Computer Graphics Supervisor
2002 TIMELINE – Technical Director
2002 MEN IN BLACK 2 – Sequence Supervisor
2001 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – Technical Director
2001 PEARL HARBOR – Technical Director
2000 THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE – Lead Technical Director
1999 STAR WARS: EPISODE I “The Phantom Menace” – Technical Director
1998 DEEP IMPACT – Technical Director
1998 DEEP RISING – Technical Director
1997 SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL – Technical Director
1996 MARS ATTACKS! – Technical Director
1996 DRAGONHEART – Assistant Technical Director
1995 CASPER – Technical Assistant