Boss Film Studios

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Boss Film Studios
IndustryVisual effects, CGI animation
HeadquartersMarina del Rey, California, United States
Key people
Richard Edlund

Boss Film Studios was a prominent American visual effects company, founded by visual effects veteran Richard Edlund after his departure from Industrial Light and Magic, producing visual effects for over thirty films from 1983 to 1997.[1] Before that period Edlund had worked at ILM on films like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983).


Boss Film Studios (originally Boss Film Corporation) initially undertook two projects, Ghostbusters and 2010, simultaneously. In an effort to get the new venture set up quickly, Edlund acquired Douglas Trumbull's Entertainment Effects Group, taking over their Marina Del Rey facility.

Competition with ILM[edit]

Boss Film soon established itself as one of the largest competitors to ILM contributing to such projects as Die Hard, Poltergeist II, and Big Trouble in Little China.

Edlund and his team chose to compete with ILM technically, continuing EEG's preference for using 65mm film for the creation of their optical effects work. This provided potentially cleaner effects than ILM's VistaVision format due to its much larger negative area.

Boss Game Studios[edit]

Boss Film branched out into video game production through sister company Boss Game Studios. Boss Film also operated a commercial production company producing many television spots for products including Budweiser, Dodge, United Airlines, and DHL.


Boss Film announced it was closing its doors on August 26, 1997, citing the difficulties of sustaining an independent effects house within the competitive environment at the time.[2]


  • Nominated for Best Visual Effects Academy Award 1993 for Alien 3. The named nominees were Richard Edlund; Alec Gillis; Tom Woodruff Jr.; and George Gibbs.
  • Nominated for Best Visual Effects Academy Award 1989 for Die Hard. The named nominees were Richard Edlund; Al Di Sarro; Brent Boates; and Thaine Morris.
  • Nominated for Best Visual Effects Academy Award 1987 for Poltergeist II. The named nominees were Richard Edlund; John Bruno; Garry Waller; and Bill Neil.
  • Boss Film was awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award from the AMPAS in 1987 for the design and development of a Zoom Aerial (ZAP) 65mm Optical Printer. Winners were Richard Edlund; Gene Whiteman; David Grafton; Mark West; Jerry Jeffress; and Robert Wilcox.
  • Nominated for Best Visual Effects Academy Award in 1985 for 2010 (Richard Edlund; Neil Krepela; George Jenson; Mark Stetson) and Ghostbusters (Richard Edlund; John Bruno; Mark Vargo; Chuck Gaspar).

Notable Boss Film alumni[edit]

Facility location[edit]

13335 Maxella Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Boss Film Studios has closed its doors
  3. ^ IT Conversations: Jim Rygiel
  4. ^ Mark Stetson on Making Superman Fly (And Other Neat Tricks) | Film & Video

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