Course leader Neil Corbould’s first job in Special Effects was in 1978 on ‘Superman The Movie’. This was followed by work on ‘Saturn 3’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘American Werewolf in London’, ‘Victor Victoria’, ‘Pink Floyd the Wall’ and ‘Amadeus’. In 1985, he started work on his first of three Bond films, as a technician on ‘A View to a Kill’ and ‘The Living Daylights’ and he was then given the opportunity of supervising the floor effects on ‘Licence to Kill’. From 1990 to 1996 he worked on many films that included ‘Highlander 2’, ‘City of Joy’, ‘Cliffhanger’, ‘Leon’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island’.
In 1995 he started on ‘The Fifth Element’, which was his first film in the role of Supervisor for which he received a BAFTA. He went on to supervise the science fiction thriller ‘Event Horizon’ which was followed by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’, for which he received a second BAFTA. This was followed by ‘Entrapment’ and the Ridley Scott epic ‘Gladiator’, for which he won an Academy Award.
He also received double BAFTA nominations for ‘Gladiator’ and for ‘The Vertical Limit’ in the same year. This was followed by work on ‘The Mummy Returns’ and then a second collaboration with Ridley Scott on ‘Black Hawk Down’, which was filmed in Morocco.
In 2002, came Roland Emmerich’s ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ in Montreal, which earned him his third BAFTA. ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ followed and in 2005 he travelled to Australia to start work on ‘Superman Returns’. Supervising this film was a dream come true as Neil’s film adventure started on the original Superman movie. For the work on ‘Superman Returns’ the Special Effects team received both OSCAR and BAFTA nominations for their work.
He also collaborated with Ed Zwick on ‘Blood Diamond’ and ‘Defiance’.
In 2012 Neil supervised the special effects on ‘R.E.D 2’ directed by Dean Parisot starting Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta Jones and Anthony Hopkins.
In 2013 he has received his third Academy Award nomination for the special visual effects on ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.
Also in 2013 Neil supervised the special effects on ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’, directed by Brett Ratner which was filmed in Budapest, followed by The Book of Exodus which reunited Neil for a fourth time with Ridley Scott.
2013 also saw the release of “Gravity”, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Neil was part of the visual effects team and supervised the practical effects element of the movie, and was instrumental in the process work of getting Gravity from script to screen, working closely with Tim Webber the visual effects supervisor in creating the ground breaking visual effects for the movie.
So far, Neil has had a long and rewarding career in Special Effects and he is constantly striving for new challenges and goals and is eager to raise the bar in what can be achieved.
In 2014 Neil began work on the squeal to Alice in Wonderland which is title “Alice Through the Looking Glass” directed by James Bobin. This project is a fine example of when special effects meets visual effects. A fantastic combination of both techniques that produce stunning special visual effects.
2015 was a busy year for Neil working on the highly anticipated stand alone Star Wars movie “Rogue One” directed by Gareth Edwards. Neil teamed up with visual effects legend John knoll.
2016 is another busy year for Neil starting with “Alien Covenant” with director Ridley Scott in Sydney Australia followed by “Ready Player One” for Steven Spielberg.
2017 Neil started the year with an Oscar, Bafta and VES award nomination for his work of “Rogue One” A Star Wars Story.
In May 2007 he made his directorial debut filming the pop promo ‘The Price Ya Gotta Pay’ for the band “Saints of Eden”. Recently he produced his first short movie ‘Coward’ directed by David Roddham set in the trenches of the First World War. Neil is in the early stages of producing and directing his first feature film ‘Billingsgate’ about female bare knuckle fighting in the 18th century London.
Neil’s company Neil Corbould Special Effects Ltd is one of the worlds leading special effects companies. The head office at Pinewood Studios and also has workshops and a base at Longcross Studios.
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