BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMPUTING STUDIES 1986
Ben Snow is a four time Academy Award nominee (best visual effects), and is currently employed by George Lucas' company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM ) based in San Francisco, California.
On completion of his studies at the University, Ben travelled extensively before working as a "runner" for a computer graphics house in London. He later returned to Australia to set up the computer animation department for a company in Sydney where he worked on commercials and broadcast idents and openers.
Ben left Australia to join ILM in 1994, where his first project was to help create the three-dimensional computer graphics image of the "Enterprise B" for Star Trek: Generations. This version had to intercut seamlessly with the motion control model shot on ILM 's soundstage, one of the first such endeavours for a feature film.
A collection of the feature films Ben has been involved with include:
- Noah (2014)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Iron Man 2 (2010, Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Academy Awards)
- Terminator Salvation (2009)
- Iron Man (2010, Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Academy Awards)
- Van Helsing (2004)
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002, Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Academy Awards)
- Pearl Harbour (2001, Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Academy Awards)
- The Mummy (1999)
- Deep Impact (1998), and many more
In addition to his feature credits, Ben has been instrumental in the research and development required for the groundbreaking images seen in Twister, Deep Impact and Pearl Harbor.