Richard Edlund, Bio
Richard Edlund established his reputation by winning four Oscars for visual effects in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi, and a nomination for Poltergeist. He has received six additional Oscar Nominations, three Academy Scientific and Engineering Awards, two BAFTA Awards and an Emmy.
In 1983, Edlund founded a visual effects company called Boss Film Studios, whose maiden project was Ghostbusters. Until its close in 1997, Boss produced visual effects for thirty-plus movies; notable among them 2010, Die Hard, Ghost, Poltergeist 2, Cliffhanger, Batman Returns, Alien3, Species, Multiplicity, and Air Force One. The company achieved ten Academy Award nominations over a fourteen year period.
Following Boss, Edlund continued to build his credit list as a freelance supervisor, re-uniting with Harold Ramis for the comedy Bedazzled as Visual Effects Supervisor and its 2nd Unit Director. He supervised the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Angels in America for Mike Nichols, supervised sequences in The Stepford Wives for Director Frank Oz, and joined again with the late, great Mike Nichols on Charlie Wilson’s War.
Richard has served as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for eighteen years, was chairman of its Visual Effects Branch for twelve years (from its inception), and has once more returned to chair the Branch Executive Committee. For many years he has chaired the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. In January of 2008, the ASC presented him with its President’s Award in recognition of the contributions he has made to the art and craft of filmmaking. Currently, Edlund is also actively serving on the boards of the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Visual Effects Society.