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STEFEN FANGMEIER (Director) received a degree in Computer Science from the California State University of Dominguez Hills in 1983. He worked as a systems programmer and image processing analyst at Aerospace Corporation and scientific visualization project manager at the famed National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) at the University of Illinois.

His first foray into the entertainment industry was when he joined Digital Production (co-founded by Gary Demos and John Whitney Jr. and most famous for their pioneering work on "The Last Starfighter”) in the mid 1980s where he worked in a division that provided computing services for businesses and the scientific community (to help during film and commercials down time).

When Digital Productions closed in 1987 after the Omnibus hostile takeover in 1986, he joined Mental Images, creators of the mental ray rendering engine, where he became Director of Production. At that time mental images had a production division that served and demonstrated the features of mental ray. During his tenure there he met future VFX Supervisors John Nelson (who would work at Imageworks and won the Oscar for "Gladiator”) and John Berton (who would also join him at ILM and last worked on "I, Robot”).

Fangmeier joined ILM in 1990 where his first major project was "Terminator 2: Judgment Day” as a CG shot supervisor. Other credits include such notable projects as "Hook,” "Casper” and "Jurassic Park.” His first project as VFX Supervisor was "Twister” for which he received an Oscar nomination and won the BAFTA. Other projects include "Small Soldiers,” "Saving Private Ryan,” "The Perfect Storm,” "Galaxy Quest,” "The Bourne Identity,” "Signs,” "Dreamcatcher” and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

His last project at ILM was "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.” He won a BAFTA for "Saving Private Ryan,” was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA for "The Perfect Storm” and was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA and VES Award for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” He has also served as Second Unit Director on "Galaxy Quest” and "Dreamcatcher.”


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