CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios

Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Malta. As Stargate's CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his extensive expertise in film, television and visual effects to lead over 200 talented VFX supervisors, producers, CGI artists and technicians.

A graduate of the UCLA graduate school of Fine Arts, Sam has been involved in film and television production for over thirty years. From his first experience as on-set visual effect supervisor on 'Star Trek I' and the groundbreaking 'Max Headroom', to his Emmy Awards for best Visual Effects for TNT's "Battlegound" and NBC's "Heroes", Sam has built Stargate into an international leader in digital imaging for high concept television, feature films and commercials.

Currently working on multiple domestic and international projects, Sam and the Stargate team have created the visual effects for numerous series such as "The Walking Dead", "Heroes", "24", "Grey's Anatomy", "CSI: New York", "Ugly Betty", "ER", "The Event" and "Pan Am". Some of his motion picture credits include supervising and producing the visual effects for feature films such as 'Ghostbusters II', 'Highlander II', 'Naked Gun 33 1/3', 'White Noise' and the upcoming "Phantom".

A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Sam has extensive experience with the latest digital cameras and a wide range of virtual production techniques. Sam consults, tests and shoots with latest digital camera systems from Canon, Arriflex, Sony and RED, including exotic digital hybrid cameras from Lockheed, Weisscam and the Fraunhofer Institute.

As CEO of Stargate Studios, Sam has built a dynamic international network of production partners interconnected with Stargate's proprietary Virtual Operating System (VOS) which seamlessly integrates the entire Stargate global network of VFX studios. In addition, Stargate's "Virtual Backlot" is one of the most extensive stock footage "environment" libraries available.

Sam Nicholson is a member of the ASC, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an IA Director of Photography, a member of the Directors Guild of America and a multiple award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society.

Speaker years: 
2012