Join us for a fun episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – a look inside the VFX memorabilia collection of digital production manager and noted VFX historian Gene Kozicki.
For avid visual effects aficionados, that passion for the craft is instilled in the models, props and production artwork. Here’s your chance to go inside some highlights from an exciting VFX collection, rich with history and stories about how the items were made, used, lost – and then found.
An unapologetic child of the STAR TREK/STAR WARS generation, Gene Kozicki has long been fascinated by the process of how movies were made. Many a model kit of the USS Enterprise met a sad fate with lighter fluid and firecrackers as he tried to replicate the imagery he saw on the big screen. Gene started collecting movie memorabilia – specifically VFX related memorabilia – even before he had graduated from USC Film School when he kept some of the models he built for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION as an intern. The collection has grown as he developed relationships with artists and technicians, and also fished items out of the trash that most people (and studios) would generally consider junk. Over the span of his 30-year career, Gene has amassed a significant collection.
Gene has worked on films including TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, TITANIC, both movie versions of POWER RANGERS, and GIGLI. A recipient of the VES Founders Award and Chair of the VES Archives Committee, Gene was instrumental in organizing the VES archives and helping to secure funding to digitize many of our assets. As a VFX Historian, Kozicki is active in the archiving of information, imagery and artifacts from the visual effects industry and regularly consults with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque on retrospectives and conservation.
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