Visual Effects Supervisor / Second Unit Director - ILM

Scott Farrar joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1981 as a camera operator on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In 1985,  Farrar received an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects for his work on Cocoon, and two years later he was promoted to Visual Effects Supervisor for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  Farrar’s ability to carry out the vision of filmmakers has earned him several additional honors including Oscar® nominations for Backdraft in 1991, A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001 and The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005.  Farrar earned British Academy Award nominations for his breakthrough work on A.I. Artificial Intelligence and his futuristic environments in Minority Report.  In 2007, he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Visual Effects for his work on Transformers.  Farrar was also the Visual Effects Supervisor on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.  Farrar has continued his tradition of working with big name directors on blockbuster franchises including Marc Forster and Gary Ross.  This year he completed the fifth installment in Michael Bay’s billion-dollar franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight.

Prior to coming to ILM, Farrar worked as a freelance cameraman in Los Angeles.  In 1975, he was invited to visit the set of the then unknown Star Wars and saw the first motion control system in action.  Inspired by what he saw, he began work for Robert Abel and Associates, and eventually for Doug Trumbull working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  

A California native, Farrar received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts in Theater Design with an emphasis in Film from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Speaker years: 
2017