The Empire Strikes Back

Release Date May 21, 1980
Director(s) Irvin Kershner
Client(s) 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Category Film
Credits complete? Yes
IMDB The Empire Strikes Back IMDB page
The Empire Strikes Back

Awards

Academy Award (Oscar) - Best Achievement in Visual Effects Winner
Richard Edlund, Brian Johnson, Dennis Muren and Bruce Nicholson
Awarded: March 31, 1981

Saturn Award - Best Special Effects Winner
Richard Edlund and Brian Johnson
Awarded: January 01, 1981

Credits

Miniature and Optical Effects Unit

Special Visual Effects

Richard Edlund

Brian Johnson

Effects Director of Photography

Dennis Muren

Effects Cameramen

Ken Ralston

Jim Veilleux

Camera Operators

Don Dow

Bill Neil

Assistant Cameramen

Chris Anderson

Selwyn Eddy III
(as Selwyn Eddy)

Rick Fichter

Richard Fish

Paul Huston

Michael J. McAlister
(as Michael McAlister)

Clint Palmer

Jody Westheimer

Optical Photography Supervisor

Bruce Nicholson

Optical Printer Operators

David Berry

Donald Clark

Kenneth Smith

Optical Line-Up

Peter Amundson

Loring Doyle

Warren Franklin

James Lim

Tam Pillsbury

Thomas Rosseter

Mark Vargo

Optical Coordinator

Laurie Vermont

Laboratory Technicians

Tim Geideman

Ed Jones

Duncan Myers

Art Director - Visual Effects

Joe Johnston

Assistant Art Director

Nilo Rodis-Jamero

Stop Motion Animation

Jon Berg

Phil Tippett

Stop Motion Technicians

Doug Beswick

Tom St. Amand

Matte Painting Supervisor

Harrison Ellenshaw

Matte Artists

Ralph McQuarrie

Michael Pangrazio

Matte Photography

Neil Krepela

Additional Matte Photography

Michael Lawler

Matte Photography Assistant

Craig Barron

Robert Elswit

Chief Modelmaker

Lorne Peterson

Modelshop Foreman

Steve Gawley

Model Makers

Charles Bailey

Dave Carson

Michael Fulmer

Rob Gemmel

Paul Huston

Scott Marshall

Pat McClung

Ease Owyeung

Tom Rudduck

Wesley Seeds

Marc Thorpe

Samuel Zolltheis

Animation and Rotoscope Supervisor

Peter Kuran

Animators

Chris Casady

Samuel Comstock

Kim Knowlton

Nina Saxon

Rick Taylor

John Van Vliet

Garry Waller

Diana Wilson

Visual Effects Editorial Supervisor

Conrad Buff

Effects Editor

Michael Kelly

Assistant Effects Editors

Arthur Repola

Howard Stein

Apprentice Editor

Jon Thaler

Production Administrator

Dick Gallegly

Production Secretary

Patricia Blau

Production Associate

Thomas Brown

Production Accountant

Ray Scalice

Assistant Accountants

Laura Crockett

Glenn Phillips

Pam Traas

Production Assistant

Jenny Oznowicz

Transportation

Robert Martin

Still Photographer

Terry Chostner

Lab Assistant

Roberto McGrath

Electronic Systems Designer

Jerry Jeffress

Systems Programming

Kris Brown

Electronic Engineers

Gary Leo

Mike MacKenzie

Lhary Meyer

Special Projects Coordinator

Stuart Ziff

Equipment Engineering Supervisor

Gene Whiteman

Design Engineer

Mike Bolles

Machinists

Greg Beaumonte

Udo Pampel

Draftsman

Ed Tennler

Special Projects

Gary Platek

Supervising Stage Technician

Ted Moehnke (as T.E. Moehnke)

Stage Technicians

William Beck

Ed Breed

Dick Dova

Robert Finley Jr.
(as Bobby Finley)

Edward Hirsh

Leo Loverro

Miniature Pyrotechnics

Thaine Morris

Dave Pier

Joe Viskocil (as Joseph Viskocil)

Optical Printer Component Manufacturer

George Randle Co.

Camera and Movement Design

Jim Beaumonte

Special Optics Designer

David Grafton

Special Optics Fabrication

J. L. Wood Optical Systems

Optical Printer Component Engineering

Fries Engineering

High Speed Camera Movements

Mitchell Camera Corp.

Ultra High Speed Camera

Bruce Hill Productions