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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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