Yeatman's conceptual and innovative approach to special visual effects embodies his commitment to high-quality creative, technical and visual performance. He has always been drawn to the visually artistic, the technically complex and the challenge in blending these two worlds seamlessly.
His dramatic use of miniatures and underwater bluescreen photography in the 1989 film The Abyss won Yeatman an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. He was responsible for the visual effects and the photo-realistic 3D character animation for the Jerry Bruckheimer production Kangaroo Jack. He was also visual effects supervisor on the 1998 Academy Award-nominated Mighty Joe Young, as well as the feature films The Rock, Crimson Tide and Armageddon, all produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. In March 2000, Yeatman and the Eastman Kodak Company were honored with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Certificate from the Academy for their joint development of a new visual effects film stock, SFX 200T. Additionally, he has directed special attraction films for Warner Bros. Recreation, Sony Wonder, Imax Corp. and Samsung.
Yeatman attended UCLA where he studied animation and film. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1977, Yeatman joined the effects crew of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an experience which springboarded him into work on the animation and special effects for NBC's Laugh-In specials, Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica. Following this, Yeatman was recruited by the production team of Paramount Pictures for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first of a series of highly successful films based on Gene Roddenberry's television series phenomenon.
It was on this film that he and the co-founders of Dream Quest first met and planned the creation of their own visual effects company in 1979. Dream Quest Images was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 1996 and, in 1999, became The Secret Lab, the digital production studio of Walt Disney Feature Animation.
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