Krystyna Barron, formerly Krystyna Demkowicz - was an American visual effects executive producer, entrepreneur, visual effects facility owner/manager and inspirational speaker, who began her film career as Co-Founder and Visual Effects Producer for Matte World, Marin County, California, in 1988, later renamed Matte World Digital. Her contributions to visual effects spanned nearly two decades.
Krystyna Barron is the among the first known American woman Visual Effects Producers, having contributed to the visual effects work on 84 films and numerous commercials since 1988, in her capacity as Visual Effects Producer for Matte World Digital. She is also one of the earliest known American woman to own and operate a visual effects studio and simultaneously produce effects.
In 1988, Krystyna inspired the founding of Matte World with the opening of a visual effects studio with Craig Barron. Together inviting matte artist Michael Pangazio to join the team. Matte World was one of the earliest U.S. effects studios and only the second known company to produce primarily visual effects matte shots. Additionally, Matte World Digital became the first company in the industry to apply radiosity rendering to film, in Martin Scorsese's "Casino".
Krystyna has worked on such notable films as Tim Burton's "Batman Returns", Francis Ford Coppola's "Braum Stoker's Dracula", Martin Scorsese's "Casino", James Cameron's "Titanic" and David Fincher's "Zodiac".
Krystyna at the helm of Matte World, from it's inception, in her capacity as visual effects producer and executive producer, completed work on numerous commercials, Michael Jackson's Black or White music video and on 84 feature films. During that period, co-owner Barron received visual effects award Oscar nominations for excellence from the Academy of Motion Pictures and BAFTA and won an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for the HBO production "By Dawn's Early Light" in 1990. Demkowicz received Emmy Honors for her contributions as Effects Producer for "By Dawn's Early Light.”
Other work: Krystyna (Demkowicz) Barron produced the science-fiction short, "The Utilizer," which was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in 199.
Krystyna with then husband Craig Barron worked on numerous historical interviews and licensing aspects of the book Craig Barron co-authored with Mark Cotta Vaz called, "The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting." Published by Chronicle Books in 2002.
In March, 2010 Krystyna received the unique distinction of having been inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame, in the field of Technology, for her contributions to film and the industry.