Volker Engel is an Oscar and Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor. He also produced, co-produced and executive produced several films and mini series’.
Most recently he was VFX Supervisor and Co-Producer for Roland Emmerich's White House Down. He is about to start on a sequel to a movie that starts with the word "Independence" - but is not really allowed to talk about it just yet... ;)
Before he became Executive-Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor for Roland Emmerich’s period drama Anonymous (with his long-time business partner Marc Weigert) he was Co-Producer and VFX Supervisor on the 2009 Columbia Pictures production 2012, also directed by Emmerich.
Volker started his film career 22 years ago in Germany as Visual Effects Supervisor for Emmerich’s Moon 44 in 1988 and joined the director after that on Universal Soldier.
Emmerich hired him again in 1995 to supervise the visual effects for the blockbuster movie Independence Day. Volker’s work earned him an ‘Oscar’ for Best Visual Effects in 1996. He then went on to lead a team of 500 artists for Emmerich’s production of Godzilla.
In 1999, he co-founded the production company Uncharted Territory www.uncharted-territory.com in Los Angeles with Marc Weigert to develope and produce feature films. The first of these independent projects was an adventure movie titled Coronado that was released in over 40 countries in 2003.
In 2004 UnchartedTerritory co-produced the four-hour mini series Dark Kingdom – The Dragon King (starring Max von Sydow) that aired on the SciFi Channel.
In 2005 they were producers on the $20 Million six-hour mini series The Triangle (starring Sam Neill and Eric Stoltz) together with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin for the SciFi Channel. It was aired in December 2005 and broke ratings records for the network. They were honored with an Emmy award for “best visual effects in a mini series” by the TelevisionAcademy.
In 1998 Volker received the highest honor for a citizen of his home country, the Order of Merit. He was awarded this medal in Berlin from German President Roman Herzog.
Several years ago he has been given the title of Professor by the Senate of his home state Bremen. He teaches Film and Media Production whenever his schedule allows.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and the Producer's Guild. He is of course also a member of the VES and has served for three terms on the board of directors.
Volker lives in Los Angeles, California.