Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Creative Head
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston is Sr. Visual Effect Supervisor and Creative Head at the Academy Award® winning visual effects studio, Sony Pictures Imageworks.
For more than three decades, Ralston has taken audiences to unimaginable worlds with his intuitive vision and unparalleled mastery of visual effects.
Ken followed his Academy Award-nominated work as senior visual effects supervisor on Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (3D), with Columbia Picture's MEN IN BLACK III and most recently Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, directed by James Bobin.
Many groundbreaking projects at Sony Pictures Imageworks have benefited from Ralston's artistic acumen including his many collaborations with Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis on the epic BEOWULF (3D), THE POLAR EXPRESS (3D) and CAST AWAY.
Prior to joining Imageworks, Ralston placed his artistic and technical stamp on the films at Industrial Light & Magic. Breaking technological ground, Ralston played a pivotal role in advancing the company's renown.
Ralston has earned an impressive five Academy Awards® including a Special Achievement Oscar® for the visual effects in the 1984 phenomenon, STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - THE RETURN OF THE JEDI. In addition to this, he received Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for his work as visual effects supervisor on FORREST GUMP (which was also awarded the Oscar for Best Picture), DEATH BECOMES HER, the revolutionary, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and Ron Howard's COCOON.
Ralston's other notable film credits include visual effects supervisor on THE ROCKETEER, JUMANJI, STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, DRAGONSLAYER, for which he was also nominated for an Oscar, and all three films from the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, earning an Academy Award® nomination for best visual effects on BACK TO THE FUTURE II.
Ralston's career began at the seminal commercial animation and visual effects company, Cascade Pictures in Hollywood, where he worked on over 150 memorable advertising campaigns in the early seventies. He built sets, sculpted models, animated puppets, created optical effects and stop motion animation for such iconic commercial characters as Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, and The Jolly Green Giant.
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