Visual Effects Supervisor / Creative Director
Tim McGovern has been doing award-winning, groundbreaking work in the visual effects and computer animation industry for more than twenty years. In addition to an Academy Award in 1990 for Visual Effects in the movie, Total Recall, Tim garnered five Clios, a Hugo, a Mobius, and grew Sony Picture Imagework’s from 8 to 250 employees. A testament to Tim’s eye for talent is that among the employees he has hired, four went on to win their own 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 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, Wolf, In The Line Of Fire, James and the Giant Peach and Johnny Mnemonic. Tim personally supervised Last Action Hero, Hideaway, Virtuosity, Money Train and The Ghost And The and Darkness. While at Sony, Tim also contributed heavily to the creative development of several pictures.
Since leaving Sony, Tim has worked as an independent Visual Effects Supervisor and filmmaker. He has worked on films shot in Vancouver, Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Prague, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, Jerusalem, Kigali and Belfast. Tim has been on business to India more than twenty times, and many times to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, London, Paris, Canne, Rome, Brussels, Tokyo and Montreal.
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 – 3000 members worldwide) for thirteen of the last fifteen 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,. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board to the President of the San Francisco Academy of Art University and serves on the Advisory Board for ICAAT, located in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
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 forty talks in the US, Japan, Korea, Europe, and India on visual effects and animation topics. He has also served as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding visual effects patent issues.
Remote Locations for principle / vfx shooting:
Rwanda, Israel - Palestine, Northern Ireland, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Prague, Czech Republic, Vancouver BC, 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.