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Filmmaker DEAN WRIGHT brings a visual power honed from years as a leading Hollywood effects guru having working on such prestigious projects as TITANIC, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, all Academy Award® winners for their innovative effects work.

Wright also received Academy Award®, BAFTA, a Saturn Award and a Visual Effects Society Award nominations for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor on Andrew Adamson's hit film THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. His work as Visual Effects Supervisor on the follow up, PRINCE CASPIAN, also earned nominations for a Saturn Award and Visual Effects Society Award.

Wright's ascension to the Director's chair was spurred by the additional responsibilities he took on as Second Unit Director for both NARNIA films, as well as the final chapter in the Rings trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

Wright, a Michigan native, enrolled in the University of Arizona film school to pursue a career as a filmmaker. After completing his studies in 1986, he secured his first job on DESPERADO, a movie-of-the-week Western for NBC. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1989, he soon landed work with one of the industry's most prominent directors, James Cameron, on the groundbreaking project, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, which went on to win an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects.

His credits following this include working with such acclaimed filmmakers as Wes Craven (SCREAM), Christopher Guest (ALMOST HEROES), Ron Underwood (HEART & SOULS, SPEECHLESS), Glenn Jordan (NEIL SIMON's JAKE'S WOMEN), Diane Keaton (WILDFLOWER), and Danny DeVito (SUNSET PARK).

Wright returned to the visual effects arena as the VFX Production Manager for Cameron's own VFX house, Digital Domain. Collaborating with Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato, Wright worked on TITANIC, which won 11 Academy Awards® including the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects.

Wright was subsequently promoted to Visual Effects Producer working on WHAT DREAMS MAY COME with Director Vincent Ward and Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Scott Mack. Wright and Digital Domain again helped create cutting edge work with the film going on to earn an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects.

After producing visual effects for other high-profile projects, Wright was hired by The Walt Disney Studios as Head of Production for their newly acquired visual effects facility, Dream Quest Images. During his four-year tenure there (1998-2002), Wright was responsible for the production of all visual effects at the facility, overseeing more than thirty feature films, theme park attractions and animation projects including KANGAROO JACK, REIGN OF FIRE, 102 DALMATIANS, MISSION TO MARS, INSPECTOR GADGET, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (Oscar® nominee), UNBREAKABLE, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, THE SIXTH SENSE, BICENTENNIAL MAN and SHANGHAI NOON, to name a few.

In early 2002, Wright began his work with filmmaker Peter Jackson as Visual Effects Producer for the final two chapters in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy – THE TWO TOWERS and THE RETURN OF THE KING, teaming with Oscar® winning VFX supervisor Jim Rygiel. In 2003, THE TWO TOWERS would be recognized for its revolutionary achievements in Visual Effects with eight Visual Effects Society Awards, the BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award® for Visual Effects.

In 2004, THE RETURN OF THE KING became the second highest grossing film of all time going on to win 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Visual Effects. Wright also won the Visual Effects Society Award in recognition for his work on the film.


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