Dan DeLeeuw

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Dan DeLeeuw
OccupationVisual effects supervisor, Second Unit Director
Years active1993–present

Dan DeLeeuw is a visual effects supervisor and second unit director best known for his works on Marvel Cinematic Universe films.[1]

Career[edit]

DeLeeuw began his career in 1993 at Dream Quest Images and started out as a CGI technical director before becoming a digital effects supervisor on such films including The Mask, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Armageddon, Mighty Joe Young and Bicentennial Man. In 1996, Dream Quest was purchased by The Walt Disney Company and in 1999, Dream Quest was subsequently renamed "The Secret Lab".

In 2001, DeLeeuw worked as a co-visual effects supervisor on Reign of Fire alongside fellow DQI & TSL colleague Richard R. Hoover. That same year, Secret Lab closed its doors and DeLeeuw worked at Rhythm and Hues Studios from 2002 to 2011 on films such as Garfield: The Movie, Serenity and the first two Night at the Museum (franchise) films.

In 2012, DeLeeuw worked as a second unit visual effects supervisor on Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, which was released in 2013 and later served as the overall visual effects supervisor on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, released in 2014. In 2015, he received his first Academy Award nomination for his work on the superhero spy thriller alongside Dan Sudick, Russell Earl and Bryan Grill.

In 2015, he collaborated once again with Marvel and the Russo brothers on Captain America: Civil War. The film was a commercial success grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide on a $250 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2016 and received positive reviews.

Through 2016–2019, DeLeeuw returned to collaborate with Marvel and the Russo's for their third & fourth collaborations on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Both films were shot back-to-back rather than simultaneously as originally planned, with filming for Infinity War taking place between January 23, 2017 & July 14, 2017 (reshoots took place between late 2017 & early 2018) and filming for Endgame taking place between August 10, 2017 & January 11, 2018. Approximately 890 hours of footage was shot between both films. Infinity War was made on a budget of $325–400 million and Endgame cost approximately $356–400 million, with the total budget of both films coming out to about $681–800 million. During the first set of reshoots for Endgame, which occurred between early-September 2018 & October 12, 2018, the production split into four units with the Russo brothers taking one each and the other two being supervised by DeLeeuw and one of the film's editors Jeffrey Ford, respectively. Endgame marked the first time DeLeeuw served as a second unit director.

Infinity War was released on April 27, 2018, and Endgame was released on April 26, 2019. Infinity War received praise for Josh Brolin's performance as Thanos, visual effects, action sequences, and emotional weight and became the fourth film & the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records, and becoming the highest-grossing film of 2018 and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time both worldwide and in the United States and Canada. Endgame received praise for its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, & emotional weight, with critics lauding its culmination of the 22-film story and it grossed $2.798 billion worldwide, surpassing Infinity War's entire theatrical run in just eleven days and breaking numerous box office records, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all time from July 2019 until March 2021.

In 2019, Infinity War was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects with DeLeeuw, production special effects supervisor Daniel Sudick, ILM senior supervisor Russell Earl & Digital Domain senior supervisor Kelly Port as the nominees and a year later in 2020, Endgame was nominated in the same category with DeLeeuw, Sudick, Earl & Weta lead supervisor Matt Aitken as the nominees.

Through 2019–2021, DeLeeuw marked his fifth & sixth collaboration with Marvel as a production side supervisor with the first season of the Disney+ series Loki alongside Bradley Parker and as a second unit director on Eternals with Stephane Ceretti as the film's overall supervisor of visual effects.

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As a visual effects artist[edit]

Year Title Director Roles Other notes
1993 The Three Musketeers Stephen Herek Technical director: DQI
1994 The Mask Chuck Russell CGI animator: DQI
The Swan Princess Richard Rich Technical director: DQI
1995 Crimson Tide Tony Scott Digital effects supervisor: DQI 1st of 3 collaborations with producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Dracula: Dead and Loving It Mel Brooks Digital effects supervisor: DQI
1996 The Rock Michael Bay Digital effects supervisor: DQI 1st of 2 collaborations with Bay
1998 Deep Rising Stephen Sommers Digital effects supervisor: DQI
Armageddon Michael Bay Digital effects supervisor: Paris destruction sequence: DQI
Mighty Joe Young Ron Underwood Associate visual effects supervisor
1999 Bicentennial Man Chris Columbus Digital effects supervisor: DQI
2000 102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima Co-visual effects supervisor: TSL
2002 Reign of Fire Rob Bowman Co-visual effects supervisor 1st of 2 collaborations with Bowman
2004 Garfield: The Movie Peter Hewitt Visual effects supervisor: R&H
2005 Elektra Rob Bowman Production visual effects supervisor
Serenity Joss Whedon Visual effects supervisor: funeral sequence: R&H
The Skeleton Key Iain Softley Visual effects supervisor: R&H
2006 Night at the Museum Shawn Levy Visual effects supervisor: R&H 1st of 2 collaborations with Levy
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Shawn Levy Production visual effects supervisor
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black 2nd unit visual effects supervisor 1st of 6 collaborations with Marvel Studios
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Russo brothers Production visual effects supervisor 1st of 4 collaborations with Anthony & Joe Russo

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Visual Effects with Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

2016 Captain America: Civil War Russo brothers Production visual effects supervisor
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Russo brothers Production visual effects supervisor Shot back-to-back with Endgame

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Visual Effects with Dan Sudick, Kelly Port and Russell Earl

2019 Avengers: Endgame Russo brothers Production visual effects supervisor Shot back-to-back with Infinity War. Also second unit director for additional photography

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Visual Effects with Dan Sudick, Russell Earl and Matt Aitken

2021 Loki Kate Herron Production visual effects supervisor With Bradley Parker

As second unit director[edit]

Year Title Director Other notes
2019 Avengers: Endgame Russo brothers Additional photography. Also production visual effects supervisor
2021 Eternals Chloe Zhao Visual effects supervised by Stephane Ceretti
2023 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Films that have not yet been released Peyton Reed Visual effects supervised by Jesse James Chisholm

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (August 10, 2019). "Avengers: Endgame VFX Boss Dan DeLeeuw on Seeing Double of Thanos, Spending Years on the Hulk, and More". Comic Book. Retrieved October 30, 2019.

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