Marc Weigert

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Marc Weigert (born June 3, 1970) is a film producer and film/TV visual effects supervisor and 2nd unit director.

Early career[edit]

Weigert was born in Bad Harzburg, Germany. While in Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium, a grammar school in Goslar, Germany, he developed an interest in filmmaking. He moved on to study directing and producing from 1991-1994 at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. There he met Volker Engel, who would later win the Academy Award for the visual effects of Independence Day and become Weigert's business partner in the production company Uncharted Territory, LLC. During his studies, Weigert was visual effects producer for Volker Engel on the television film Der Letzte Kosmonaut, directed by Nico Hofmann. The film won the "Prix Futura". He also produced several commercials and award-winning short films for German TV. Weigert moved to Los Angeles in 1994, after receiving a scholarship from a German producer's association.

Later career[edit]

In 1995, Weigert founded the company Dreamscape Imagery Inc. with his wife Stacey. He became VFX Project Manager for the film Independence Day (1996), for which Weigert created "Digital Assistant for Visual Effects", a project management software to manage, schedule and track the filming of VFX elements. In conjunction with the software, Weigert also developed a design for a visual effects production board, in conjunction with manufacturing company Hollywood Production Boards. Between 1996 and 2000, he created new software versions to include the post-production process. Digital Assistant for Visual Effects has been used for several feature films, including Stuart Little, Alien Resurrection, Flubber, Volcano, Godzilla, Wing Commander, Monkeybone, Bless the Child, and X-Men, as well as on television films and series. Dreamscape Imagery Inc. sold the source code to the Internet company Creative Planet, Inc. in 2000.

As visual effects supervisor for Dreamscape, Weigert worked on a plethora of international feature films, television films, series and commercials, most notably Disney's Flubber, Seven Days To Live, Muppets from Space and The Drew Carey Show. He also worked on several documentaries, earning Dreamscape the CINE Golden Eagle award.

In 1997, Weigert held the master class "action with effects" for the European Film Academy. He also taught digital compositing classes at the Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, was speaker at the iHollywood Forum and the Producers Guild of America (PGA)'s "produced by" conference in Los Angeles.

In 1999, he founded the production company Uncharted Territory LLC with long-time friend and colleague Volker Engel. The first production, and Weigert's first film as a producer, Coronado, was shot in 2001 in Mexico. The film was written by Weigert, Engel and director Claudio Faeh. In 2003, Weigert co-produced the film Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King and served as visual effects director together with Volker Engel. Dark Kingdom, aka Ring of the Nibelungs is based on the same Germanic myth as Richard Wagner's opera series Der Ring des Nibelungen. In-between film productions, Uncharted Territory also created the Intermedia logo animation which premiered before Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and provided visual effects services for Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow in 2004. In 2005, Weigert wrote the screenplay Southern Skies and produced the mini-series The Triangle together with Engel and Kelly Van Horn, for executive producers Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin.

In 2006, Weigert won the Emmy Award for The Triangle.

In 2006, Weigert wrote the screenplay Force Majeure und co-wrote Raising Phoenix and Red Sea with writer Kurt Frey and Volker Engel. He also served as visual effects supervisor on the Canon EOS commercial "Welcome To The Playground". In 2007, he served as visual effects supervisor for Kellogg's and Tropicana commercials, and as vfx producer for Cafe FX, working - amongst other projects - on the Hogwarts castle ride film for the new Harry Potter Island of Adventure at Universal Studios Florida.

In 2008-2009, Weigert co-supervised and co-produced Roland Emmerich's "2012" for Sony Pictures with his business partner Volker Engel.

In 2010, Weigert was executive producer and VFX supervisor for the film "Anonymous", again for director Roland Emmerich. In 2012/13, Weigert was VFX supervisor, co-producer, and 2nd unit director for Emmerich's "White House Down". He led a 70-people strong 2nd Unit for exterior Montreal and Washington, DC shoots, including the iconic car chase between the presidential limousine ("the beast" ) and secret service vehicles on the White House lawn.

In July 2014, Weigert was named President of Method Studios worldwide. Method Studios is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 9 facilities, including New York, London, Vancouver, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Sydney and Melbourne.

Weigert is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) and the Visual Effects Society (VES). He was part of the ASC/ADG/VES subcommittee on Previsualization and the joint committee on virtual production of the ASC,ADG,VES, PGA and Previsualization society. He also writes a blog called "tracking marc" for Animation World Network (AWN) at http://www.awn.com/blogs/tracking-marc.

Awards[edit]

Emmy Award for The Triangle in 2006

Satellite Award for 2012 in 2009

Nominated for two VES awards in 2010 for "2012", one VES award in 2011 for "Anonymous", and one VES award in 2013 for "White House Down"/

Nominated for a Saturn Award in 2010 for "2012"

Nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in 2010 for "2012"

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