VFX Supervisor
DNEG - Mumbai


Tim McGovern

Visual Effects Supervisor / Creative Director


Tim began his career, at the inception of digital / computer visual effects, in the otherwise analog VFX industry, doing award-winning, groundbreaking work in VFX and Computer animation.  In addition to winning an Academy Award in 1990 for Digital Visual Effects for the movie, Total Recall, Tim garnered 5 Clios, a Hugo, and a Mobius award.  In 1992, at the creative and technical helm of Sony Picture Imageworks, he grew the company from 8 to 250 employees.  A testament to Tim’s eye for talent is that among the employees he has hired in his career, 4 went on to win their own Visual Effects Academy Awards.

His career began at ABC, where he was recognized for his work in animation and on-air graphic design. He joined the legendary Robert Abel & Associates ( RA&A ) to work with computer-controlled cameras and computer-generated imagery and within six months, was working to create a fifty-five second CG sequence for Walt Disney’s Tron.  During this time, Tim won five Clios, one for a ground-breaking TV commercial called Brilliance aka Sexy Robot. It aired during the Super Bowl in 1985. Sexy Robot was the first time human motion had ever been applied to a computer generated character for television or motion pictures and it created a sensation with the Super Bowl TV audience. Other groundbreaking award winning work done while at RA&A - NBC Sunday Night at the Movies, Benson & Hedge Dreams, Benson & Hedges Power and Hawaiian Punch Chain Reaction.

In 1987, Tim joined MetroLight Studios as a founding member and Head of Production, where he worked with directors James Cameron, David Lynch and Paul Verhoeven.

In 1989, Tim directed the computer animated Skeleton Sequence for Total Recall. This work featured fluid and realistic motion of nine humans and one dog. His work won the 1990 Academy Award For Visual Effects. Tim was the first Visual Effects Supervisor with a CG or digital background to receive an Academy Award.

In 1992, Tim became a founding member, S.V.P. of Creative and Technical Affairs, and Senior Visual Effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.  He grew the company from eight employees to over two hundred and fifty, contributing to over fifty successful feature films, including Speed, WolfIn The Line Of FireJames and the Giant Peach and Johnny Mnemonic. Tim personally supervised Last Action HeroHideawayVirtuosityMoney Train and The Ghost And The and Darkness. While at Sony, Tim also contributed heavily to the creative development of several pictures.

Tim's more recent VFX film work includes; First Man, Antman & Wasp, Dunkirk, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Since leaving Sony, Tim has worked as an independent Visual Effects Supervisor and filmmaker. He has shot for films all over the world, and he has been on business trips to India countless times since 2004, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Antibe, Cannes, Milan, Rome, Montreal, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Amman. Since 2013, Tim has supervised VFX for Hollywood Films in Mumbai. When Prime Focus (India) purchased DNEG ( UK) 2015 , Tim has Supervised the Mumbai portion of many Hollywood top films at DNEG Mumbai. In 2017  Tim got engaged to his now wife and lives in Mumbai and works at DNEG Mumbai, but is also involved in many global organizations and projects.

In December 2007, Tim was appointed to the Steering Committee for the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Tim has been an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society (VES – 4000+ members worldwide) for sixteen of the last twenty years. In January 2007, Tim served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the VES. He was a founding co-chair of the VES Awards Committee 2001-2006. He also produced and presented onstage the Fourth Annual VES Awards Show, which was televised in April 2006. In 2010 he was appointed founding Chair of the VES Committee for Outreach to Developing Regions. In 2015 Tim was asked to include Outreach to Animation and Games to the list of Committee missions. Tim was asked to join the Animated Feature Branch Nominating Committee for the Academy In November 2012 & 2016. Additionally, 2002-2017, he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the President of the San Francisco Academy of Art University and has been a founding Member of the ASC, ADG & VES Virtual Production Committee.

Tim joined his long time collaborator, George Merkert, to form Whisper Pictures, a development and production company focused on Animated Family Films. Tim is the Chief Creative Officer and wrote the screenplay for company’s first motion picture and has four other stories in development.

Tim has given more than sixty talks in the US, Japan, Korea, Europe, Middle East and India on visual effects and animation topics. He has also served as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding visual effects patent issues, as well as for a feature film copyright issue.

Remote Locations for principle / vfx shooting: Rwanda, Jerusalem, Belfast, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Prague, Vancouver, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Badplaas, South Africa, Mexico City,

BA - University of Illinois - Chicago, 1978
Double Major in Graphic Design & Photography, Minor in Art History.
Doctorate of Humane Letters (honorary Ph. D.) - AAU San Francisco.

Academy of Motion Picture Art & Science - Member, VFX Exec Committee, A2020 Diversity Committee.

Role with the VES
Board Member - 2000-2020 ( with off years only by Terming Out )

VES Vice Chair - 2007

VES Awards Committee - 2001-2006 - Founding Co-Chair with Kim Lavery and Chair Jeff Okun - as founding members we setup all aspects of the process and show.

VES Outreach Committee ( founding chair - the creation of the Committee in 2010 - present,  work with VES members in VES Regions to become VES Sections - especially with Washington State, Georgia, France, Germany, India and helped  over the top - Montreal & Toronto.)

Honorary / Consulting Member of the  Membership Committee

Work Experience

CG Animator / Technical Director at Robert Abel & Associates - 1980-1987 VFX Supervisor, CG Animation Director, Head of Production - 1987-1992 Senior VFX Supervisor / SVP of Technical and Creative Affairs - 1992 - 1998 Independent VFX Supervisor - 1998 - 2013 Prime Focus - Mumbai - VFX Supervisor - 2013 - 2015 DNEG - VFX Supervisor - 2015 - present

Film Credits

2020 INFINITE - DNEG Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2019 JUNGLE CRUISE - DNEG Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2019 MEN IN BLACK - IV - DNEG Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2018 TRIPLE-FRONTIER - DNEG Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2018 FIRST MAN - DNEG Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2018 ANTMAN and WASP - DNeg Mumbai Digital Effects Supervisor 2017 DUNKIRK - DNeg Mumbai Visual Effects Supervisor 2015-16 THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War - DNeg Mumbai Visual Effects Supervisor 2015 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Rogue Nation - DNeg Mumbai Visual Effects Supervisor 2013-14 SIN CITY 2: A Dame to Kill For - Prime Focus Visual Effects Supervisor 2011 KRRISH 3 - Bollywood Film Visual Effects Consultant 2010 TROUBLE ON PLANET C - animated feature* Creator / Writer 2009 A BOY, A DOG & A ZEPPELIN - animated feature* Creator / Writer 2008-10 BEYOND RIGHT & WRONG - Documentary Consultant 2008 QUICK GUN MURUGUN Tamil Film Visual Effects Consultant 2007 MINOTAUR - animated feature* Creator / Writer 2006-10 TUSK: HANNIBAL’S FAVORITE ELEPHANT* Creator / Writer 2003-5 A SOUND OF THUNDER - Warner Bros. Visual Effects Supervisor 2001 EQUILIBRIUM - Miramax Visual Effects Supervisor 2000 DOWN - First Floor Features Visual Effects Supervisor 1999 SUPERNOVA - MGM/UA Visual Effects Supervisor 1998 STIGMATA - MGM/UA Visual Effects Supervisor 1997 AS GOOD AS IT GETS - TriStar Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor 1996 THE GHOST & THE DARKNESS - Paramount Visual Effects Supervisor 1995 MONEY TRAIN - Columbia Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor 1995 VIRTUOSITY - Paramount Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor 1994 HIDEAWAY - TriStar Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor 1993 LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW - TriStar Pictures Plate Photography Supervisor 1993 SO, I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER - TriStar Visual Effects Supervisor 1993 LAST ACTION HERO - Columbia Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor 1990 TOTAL RECALL - Carolco Pictures Director of CG Animation 1982 TRON - Walt Disney Pictures Technical Director / Animator

Skills & Titles

Animator, Technical Director, CG Animation Director, VFX Supervisor


1990 Special Achievement Award for the Visual Effects in Total Recall 1988 CLIO Hawaiian Punch - US TV / Cinema Animation - Computer 1987 CLIO Benson & Hedges Gold POWER International TV/Cinema Best Graphics 1985 HUGO Sexy Robot - Chicago International Film Festival Best Special Effects 1985 MOBIUS Sexy Robot - US TV & Radio Commercial Best of Festival 1985 CLIO Sexy Robot - US TV / CINEMA Best Animation-Computer 1983 CLIO 7-Up Pacman - International TV / Cinema Best Beverages 1983 CLIO 7-Up Pacman - International TV / Cinema Best Graphics 1981 CLIO NBC Sunday Night at the Movies - US TV/Cinema Finalist