(Director) has established himself as an accomplished director
of major feature films after beginning his career as an Academy
Award®-winning creator of visual effects on some of the highest-grossing
films in history.
The former Austin, Texas resident began his work as a special
effects designer for Lucasfilm Ltd./Industrial Light & Magic
on the film Star Wars. The huge box office success of that
film led to many more film assignments, including visual effects
art director on the blockbuster hits, The Empire Strikes Back
and Return of the Jedi.
The filmmaker went on to share an Academy Award® for special
visual effects for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
He was visual effects art director for Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom, second unit director on Batteries Not Included
and supervisor of the complex serial sequences in Always.
He was production designer on the television film The Ewok
Adventure and its sequel, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
(on which he also served as second unit director).
Moving into filmmaking, Johnston was associate producer of the
fantasy adventure, Willow, before earning his first feature
directorial assignment on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The
international success of that film led to his directing The
Most recently, he directed the adventure/fantasy Jumanji
starring Robin Williams. He also directed the "Princeton,
1916" episode of the television series, The Young Indiana
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