Award-winning Visual Effects artist at StarFest
Mr. Kramer has worked in the VFX industry for more than 30 years. He spent 12 of those years as a Senior Technical Director and Sequence Supervisor at George Lucas’s company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). He was an integral effects creator for some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, including the Academy Award winning Pirates of the Carribbean II: Dead Man’s Chest. Four other movies he worked on received Oscar nominations for Visual Effects: Twister, The Perfect Storm, Star Wars Episode I and Star Wars Episode II. If you recall the droid factory and the fiery lava planet in Star Wars II and III, the skittering scarab beetles in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the T-Rex and dinosaur stampede in Jurassic Park II, the Quidditch course in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Kraken in Pirates of the Carribbean II, or the Rock Monster in Galaxy Quest, you have experienced an impressive sampling of some of Ed’s many visual effects creations for film and television. He also helped create the Columbia Pictures “Lady with a Torch” logo seen at the beginning of every Columbia Pictures film since 1993.
Ed is currently the Visual Effects Supervisor for Denver-based Bloom Animation, and is a professor of Computer Graphics and Visual Effects for Regis University and the Colorado Film School. Through Bloom, he is also involved in two potential efforts to build large-scale studios in the Denver area. One of these is a feature-film studio with a plan to hire up to 200 animators to create a slate of both traditional and CGI animated films. The vision for the other would be a boutique-style digital 3-D movie production company that would utilize a Pixar-style approach to create virtual sets and locations, together with an elaborate process of virtual storyboarding, to revolutionize how visual effects in feature films are created and to save producers tremendous amounts of money in the process. This effort is being spearheaded by one of the most influential Visual Effects artists in the history of cinema.
At StarFest, Ed will show footage from his many years in CGI, hilighting important milestones in the evolution of the industry. He will also conduct a Q&A to discuss what it was like working at ILM on Star Wars and so many high-profile feature films, and any aspect of his VFX adventures the audience is interested in finding out about. Depending on the progress of the new studio ventures, he may be able to give us a glimpse into Denver’s future as the country’s newest high-tech feature film production center.