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Patrick Tatopoulos

Patrick Tatopoulos

Patrick Tatopoulos makes his feature directing debut with Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans.

Previously, Tatopoulos established himself as a distinguished production designer and creator of creature effects. His signature style is recognizable in such successful feature films as I Am Legend, Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Silent Hill, I, Robot, Resident Evil: Extinction, Pitch Black, Independence Day, Dark City, Stargate and Godzilla.

His other credits include 10,000 B.C., Van Helsing, The Chronicles of Riddick, Aliens vs. Predator, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Aquaman, Gallow Walker, The Dead Girl, The Messengers and The Cave.

Tatopoulos also designed the werewolves for director Michael Dougherty's Trick R Treat and special makeup effects for Joel Schumacher's upcoming horror film, Creek. He worked extensively on the horror thriller The Ruins, based on the novel by Scott Smith, and he also designed man-eating plants for The Evil Entities, directed by Carter Smith.

In 2008, Tatopoulos teamed with Samuel Hadida's production team and director Michael Bassett on the action-adventure-fantasy Solomon Kane, based on the comic of the same name. He also collaborated with director Christophe Gans on the action fantasy film Onimusha, based on the video game of the same name.

Tatopoulos has designed several acclaimed music videos, including three for the popular rock band Linkin Park. In the commercial arena, he has collaborated on a series of Mike's Hard Lemonade commercials and designed several Intel Pentium 4 commercials for David Kellogg, featuring the Blue Man Group. Another commercial of note designed by Tatopoulos was a Reebok clones spot for Sam Bayer.

In 2000, The Hellenic Times of New York honored Tatopoulos for his achievement in the film industry at its ninth annual gala event. This led to the establishment of the Patrick Tatopoulos Creative Arts Award Scholarship in 2001, which he has personally presented to deserving students.

Tatopoulos was born in Paris, France, where he lived until the age of 17. He began his studies at the Art Decoratif De Paris; the Art Applique's De Paris and the famous Beaux Art De Paris. Pursuing a career in the fine arts, he moved to Rome, where he spent three years before relocating to Athens. In Greece, Patrick worked as a freelance illustrator for several magazines, restaurants and bars, including Liberis Publications, which handles several fashion and sports magazines. Eventually his passion and interest in motion pictures drew him to the United States, where he began his film career in 1989.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Patrick Tatopoulos Facts

BirthplaceParis, France

Selected Filmography

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection
Underworld Quadrilogy
Underworld Begins
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