Craig Barron began his career at Industrial Light + Magic, where he worked on such classic films as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Barron’s visual effects company, Matte World Digital, conjured environments for such films as Titanic (1997), Zodiac (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Hugo (2011).
Barron received an Oscar nomination for his work on Batman Returns (1992), and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He is the co-chair of the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Barron is now Creative Director of Magnopus (a consolidation of “Magnum Opus”—”Great Work” in Latin), a visual research and development company based in downtown Los Angeles.