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John Bruno

John Bruno, Academy Award winner and six-time Oscar nominee in the field of visual effects, makes his directorial debut on Virus.

One of the most acclaimed visual effects artists in Hollywood, Bruno won the Academy Award in this field for 1989s The Abyss and was nominated five other times for Ghostbusters, Poltergeist II, Batman Returns, Cliffhanger and True Lies. He was already at work on what could have been his seventh nomination and second Oscar -visual effects supervisor on his friend James Cameron's epic blockbuster Titanic-when he got the opportunity to direct Virus.

Bruno began his film career in the animation department at Disney in 1969. He later worked in makeup design, chalking tip credits like Young Frankenstein and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Still in animation, he worked as a director on the animation classic Heavy Metal.

A stint with George Lucas' ILM followed, where he served as department supervisor for animation effects on Poltergeist, E. T, Star Trek II and Return of the Jedi. He left ILM and co-founded Boss Film Studios, where he supervised effects on Ghostbusters and Poltergeist II, for which he received his first two Oscar nominations.

The Abyss marked the beginning of a ten-year association with Cameron, which went on to include the feature films Terminator 2: Judgment Day True Lies and Titanic. Bruno worked on Titanic in 1995 during its pre-producrion period and had the extraordinary opportunity of being one of only 35 people to make two dives to view the famous ship in its underwater grave.

One of the most ambitious projects of this friendship was Terminator 2-3D, a Universal Studios Florida theme park attraction with multiple 3-D film projectors and interactive live performers, which he co-directed with Cameron.

In between projects with Cameron, Bruno returned to Boss Film to supervise effects on Batman Returns and Cliffhanger, for which he received two more Oscar nominations.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy
Virus
James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge
4-Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Aliens: The Thing / They Live / Village Of The Damned / Virus
James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D
End Of Days / Virus
Big Dick Mechanics
Locker Room Spy Guy
SWAT: Hard Core
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