Harold Weed

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Howie Weed
Born Harold S. Weed
(1962-12-23) December 23, 1962 (age 54)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Occupation Visual/special effects artist
Known for Special effects artist

Harold "Howie" S. Weed (born December 23, 1962) is a visual and special effects artist known for his work on Hollywood films and franchises. His most notable works have been Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Weed started his career in films in the 1980s with an uncredited model making job for the film Gremlins.

Star Wars[edit]

Weed has gained a cult following for his involvement with the Star Wars Universe. Weed works with George Lucas' company Industrial Light and Magic[1] and has appeared in Episode IV as multiple characters and worked on multiple Star Wars films behind the scenes with his special effects work.

In the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Star Wars: A New Hope, Weed played Ketwol, a character created with a costume and mechanical stilts.[2]

Also in the re-release, Weeds appeared as the Wampa, replacing actor Des Webb,[3] and then as character Melas.[2]

Webb worked on Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace as a digital model development and construction artist and then Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith as a digital modeler.

Weed has been interviewed for the Star Wars: Insider magazine[4] and Jedi News.[1]

In literature[edit]

Weed appears in:

  • 17th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques[5]
  • Cinefex issues 69-72[6]
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning[7]
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies by R.G. Young[3]
  • Star Wars: The Making of Episode I, The Phantom Menace by Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credit
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Digital Artist
2013 Pacific Rim Digital artist
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Senior digital artist
2012 Battleship Digital artist
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Digital artist
Super 8 Digital artist
I Am Number Four Digital artist
2009 Star Trek Digital models and simultaneous
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Digital modeler and simulator
2007 Transformers Character modeler
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Technical director: Light
2006 Eragon Digital modeler
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Digital modeler
Poseidon Computer graphics modeler
2005 War of the Worlds Modeler and texture artist
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Digital Modeler
xXx: State of the Union Digital artist
The Island Digital models
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Digital modeler
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Digital modeler
Dreamcatcher Digital modeler
2002 Minority Report Digital modeler
The Time Machine Lead digital modeler
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Digital model development
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Digital model development & construction artist
1997 Men in Black Model maker: saucer crash miniature & blue screen unit
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Digital effects artist
1996 Dragonheart Sculptor
1995 Congo Chief model maker: miniatures unit
1994 Star Trek Generations Model maker
The Flintstones Model maker
1993 Fire in the Sky Creature technician
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Model maker
Naked Lunch Anamatonics technician
1990 Bird on a Wire CWI special makeup effects
Look Who's Talking Too Anamatronics
Arachnophobia Anamatronic engineer (creature effects)
RoboCop 2 Chris Walas Inc crew member
1989 Ghostbusters II Character performer
1988 The Blob Designer
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Creature construction
1986 Nutcracker: The Motion Picture Sculptor
House Creature effects
The Fly Fly creature effects
1985 Enemy Mine Special creature effects technician
1984 Gremlins Creature crew
1980/1997 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition Chief creature maker

Incomplete lists of Weed's visual effects works appear on the websites Hollywood.com[9] and the New York Times.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Howie Weed Interview". Jedi News. Retrieved 2 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Harold Weed - Filmography". Cinema. Retrieved 2 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Young, R. G. (2000). The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 191. ISBN 1557832692. 
  4. ^ "Star Wars Insider: Vol. 118". Titan Magazines. Retrieved 2 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ SIGGRAPH (1990). Course notes: SIGGRAPH 1990, 17th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques : Dallas Convention Center, August 6th-10th. 17: 177.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Shay, Don (1997). Cinefex, Issues 69-72. D. Shay. pp. 25; 37; 101. 
  7. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2010). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. p. 38. ISBN 9780786462018. 
  8. ^ Bouzereau, Laurent (1999). Star Wars: The Making of Episode I, The Phantom Menace. Ballantine Publ. Group. p. 152. ISBN 9780345431110. 
  9. ^ "Harold Weed". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014. 
  10. ^ "Harold Weed". New York Times. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014.