VOLKER ENGEL (visual effects supervisor) served in the
same capacity on Independence Day and won the Academy Award(r)
for his effects efforts. He worked with Roland Emmerich on two
prior occasions, as visual effects supervisor on Moon 44 and on
Universal Soldier, for which he designed an effects sequence taking
place in the Grand Canyon.
Born in Bremerhaven, Germany, Engel studied graphic design in
Stuttgart, where Emmerich's production company, Centropolis, was
based. Eventually, the pair met and, after watching some of Engel's
early 8mm films, Emmerich asked Engel to supervise the effects
crew that would create the shots in his science-fiction film,
Moon 44. After rejoining the director for Universal Soldier,
Engel returned to Germany and taught animation and visual effects
at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. "I love to work with young
people and see their talents grow," he explains, "and
a handful of these former students are now part of my visual effects
team." While teaching in Germany, Engel continued to work
in film and television. He served as visual effects supervisor
on the telefilm, "The Last Cosmonaut," and worked on
the visual effects for Brother of Sleep.
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