Alec Gillis

Academy Award-winner  Alec Gillis has been making movie history for years! He has created some of your FAVORITE characters including THE ALIEN WARRIOR from Alien 3, Alien Resurection and  ALIEN vs PREDATOR! PLUS other characters include PUMPKINHEAD, the ALIEN from X-FILES THE MOVIE!

 

Alec Gillis was born in 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, and a short time later moved to Orange County, California. By age ten, he was an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction movies. Influenced by films such as PLANET OF THE APES, KING KONG, and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Alec began making his own amateur movies, and by age thirteen had decided that creating creatures for Hollywood was to be his career. Alec's first professional job was on Roger Corman's low budget space-epic, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980). There he worked with many other talented industry newcomers, most notably director James Cameron. The next eight

years were spent first attending UCLA's film school, then working for some of the industry's top names in make-up effects, most notably Stan Winston (ALIENS, LEVIATHAN, ALIEN NATION).

 

It was during his years with Winston that Alec met his future business partner, Tom Woodruff, Jr. In 1988 Alec and Tom left Stan Winston Studio and formed Amalgamated Dynamics, Incorporated. Dedicated to the highest standards of quality in Animatronics and Special Make-up, Alec and Tom have created effects in such films as TREMORS (Universal, 1990) and ALIEN3 (Fox, 1991), for which they were Oscar nominees. In 1993 the duo won the Best Visual Effects Oscar for their work on DEATH BECOMES HER. Other career highlights include animal characters for JUMANJI, Tim Allen's fat make-ups for THE SANTA CLAUSE, and another Visual Effects Oscar nomination for STARSHIP TROOPERS.

 

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