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Skotak, Robert

Robert Skotak is a visual effects designer-supervisor, writer, 2nd Unit director.
As someone who was inspired to make motion pictures in the genre of the "fantastic" since age two, Skotak is a recognized film historian of this genre, whose studies continue to add depth and insight to his own extensive experience.

With over 80 feature - primarily - and commercial credits to his name, Robert Skotak has worked as a visual effects supervisor and sequence director for motion pictures for over 30 years, having made his first experimental and educational films while still in high school. He is the winner of two Academy Awards and two British Academy Awards for visual effects as supervisor of "ALIENS" and co-supervisor of "TERMINATOR 2". Along with his brother Dennis, he supervised effects for "THE ABYSS", which won his brother an Academy Award, and did likewise for "BATMAN RETURNS", which was nominated for the honor. He has worked creatively with Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Sam Raimi, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Gore Verbinski, and John Carpenter among many others.

Robert Skotak is a member of the Writers Guild of America with feature script sales to both Paramount and Universal Pictures and has several scripts in development, among them the work in progress Red Fantasies.

Robert Skotak has run his own visual effects company, 4-Ward Productions Inc. - creators of models, matte paintings, digital composites, pyro and other effects for numerous motion pictures - since 1989.

Filmography:

  • CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (in production)
  • STARSHIP TROOPERS 3 (in production)
  • CARMILLA
  • STEPFORD WIVES
  • MADHOUSE
  • TREMORS 4
  • TITANIC
  • TUXEDO
  • HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
  • JOE AND MAX
  • MOUSEHUNT
  • MY FAVORITE MARTIAN
  • X-MEN 2
  • HARD RAIN
  • THE ARRIVAL
  • MARS ATTACKS
  • NO ESCAPE
  • TERMINATOR 2 3-D
  • TERMINATOR 2
  • BATMAN RETURNS
  • DRACULA
  • CAPTAIN RON
  • HONEY I BLEW UP THE KID
  • HEART AND SOULS
  • DARKMAN
  • THE ABYSS
  • TREMORS
  • ALIENS
  • ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK