Cinefex has confirmed that Michael Owens, who had been at ILM since 1981, will be supervising Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, based on James Bradley's account of the battle at Iwo Jima. VFX will be provided by Digital Domain under the supervision of Matthew Butler.
Flags of Our Fathers chronicles the battle of Iwo Jima and the 6 American Marines who raised the flag there. You can read the Cinefex entry here:
Michael Owens worked for six years as a freelancer in Los Angeles and the Bay Area where he worked on several positions including editor, production manager, assistant cameraman, gaffer and grip for commercials, documentaries and feature films. He joined ILM in 1981, working as a VFX camera assistant on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T. The Extraterrestrial and Return of the Jedi. He would be promoted to VFX Supervisor for The Witches of Eastwick for which he would win a BAFTA for Best VFX. He would also get a BAFTA and VES nominations for his work on Gangs of New York. Other notable projects include Young Sherlock Holmes, Fire in the Sky and Space Cowboys. He also worked as director of photography on several music videos for Morris Day, Thomas Dolby and Rick Springfield, among others. He also worked as director for numerous commercials for such clients as Chevy, Shell, Toyota, Coca-Cola, AT&T, MCI, BMW, Nike, American Airlines and Burger King. His last project at ILM was as plate supervisor on Van Helsing.
We would like to wish all the luck to Michael Owens in all his future endeavors.
Thanks to Jedi for the heads up.