John Frazier

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John Frazier was born on September 23, 1944 in Richmond, California. As a child his family moved to Southern California, USA, where he was raised. He attended Canoga Park High School and attended college at Los Angeles Trade-Tech, where he studied high-rise construction and freeway design. In 1963 he began designing special effects props at the Haunted House nightclub in Hollywood. The owner recognized his talents and got him a job in television on NBC. In 1970 he joined Union Local 44 and started working on special effects for motion pictures.

Frazier, in collaboration with Chuck Gaspar invented the "car flipper" which is the industry standard method for flipping static cars on movie sets. He also invented the technique of "rubber glass" for the movie In the Line of Fire, making it safe to use tempered glass pebbles on set without injuring any actors. In collaboration with Mark Noel, he invented the four wire rig for flying heavy objects on movie sets. With Howard Jensen and borrowing from the theater, he came up with the concept of the rain bar.

He was the special effects coordinator on dozens of films and has been honored with Academy Award nominations for Twister, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor and Spider-Man before finally winning an Academy Award in 2005 for Spider-Man 2. He has also won two Clio Awards and a British Academy Award. He currently resides in Southern California, USA.

'Filmography' Special effects (115 credits)

St. Sebastian (special effects) (completed) 
2015 Goosebumps (special effects coordinator) 
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction (special effects supervisor) 
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (special effects supervisor) 
2014 The Better Angels (special effects supervisor) 
2013 The Lone Ranger (special effects supervisor) 
2013 After Earth (special effects supervisor) 
2013 Pain & Gain (special effects supervisor) 
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful (special effects supervisor) 
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man (special effects supervisor) 
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (special effects supervisor) 
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (special effects supervisor) 
2011 Priest (special effects supervisor) 
2011 The Green Hornet (special effects supervisor - as John R. Frazier) 
2010/I Burlesque (special effects supervisor) 
2010 Unstoppable (special effects supervisor) 
2010 Takers (special effects coordinator) 
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (special effects supervisor) 
2010 Hesher (special effects coordinator) 
2009 Armored (special effects supervisor) 
2009 The Stepfather (effects consultant) 
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (special effects supervisor) 
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (effects consultant) / (special effects supervisor) 
2009 Drag Me to Hell (effects consultant) 
2009 Fired Up! (special effects supervisor) 
2008 Seven Pounds (effects consultant) 
2008 Pineapple Express (special effects supervisor) 
2008 Hancock (special effects coordinator) / (special effects supervisor) 
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (special effects supervisor) 
2007 The Kingdom (supervising special effects coordinator) 
2007 Transformers (special effects director) / (special effects supervisor) 
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (special effects director) 
2007 Spider-Man 3 (special effects supervisor - as John R. Frazier) 
2006 Deja Vu (special effects supervisor) 
2006 Poseidon (special effects supervisor - as John R. Frazier) 
2005 Domino (special effects supervisor) 
2005 Stealth (special effects supervisor) 
2005 The Island (special effects coordinator) 
2005 xXx: State of the Union (special effects supervisor) 
2004 Spider-Man 2 (special effects director) 
2003 Bad Boys II (special effects supervisor) 
2003 Tears of the Sun (special effects supervisor) 
2002 xXx (special effects supervisor) 
2002 Windtalkers (special effects supervisor) 
2002 Spider-Man (special effects supervisor) 
2001 Pearl Harbor (special effects coordinator) / (special effects supervisor) 
2000 Prison Life (Short) (special effects coordinator) 
2000 Cast Away (special effects supervisor) 
2000 Almost Famous (special effects supervisor) 
2000 Space Cowboys (special effects supervisor) 
2000 The Perfect Storm (special effects coordinator) / (special effects supervisor) 
1999 The Haunting (special effects coordinator) 
1999 True Crime (special effects coordinator) 
1999 Forces of Nature (special effects supervisor) 
1998 Armageddon (special effects supervisor) 
1998 Hard Rain (special effects supervisor) 
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (special effects consultant) 
1997 Absolute Power (special effects consultant) 
1996 Twister (special effects supervisor) 
1995 The Stars Fell on Henrietta (special effects coordinator) 
1995 Waterworld (special effects coordinator: second unit) 
1995 The Bridges of Madison County (special effects consultant) 
1995 Outbreak (special effects supervisor) 
1994 Speed (special effects coordinator) 
1993 A Perfect World (special effects coordinator) 
1993 In the Line of Fire (special effects supervisor - uncredited) 
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux (special effects coordinator) 
1992 Hoffa (special effects coordinator) 
1992 Mr. Baseball (special effects: Los Angeles) 
1992 Unforgiven (special effects coordinator) 
1992 Basic Instinct (special effects coordinator: Los Angeles) 
1991 Child's Play 3 (special effects coordinator) 
1991 V.I. Warshawski (special effects coordinator) 
1990 The Rookie (special effects supervisor) 
1990 The Magic of David Copperfield XII: The Niagara Falls Challenge (TV Special) (special effects) 
1989 The War of the Roses (special effects supervisor) 
1989 Pink Cadillac (special effects) 
1989 Panic at Malibu Pier (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1988 The Great Outdoors (special effects coordinator) 
1987 Throw Momma from the Train (special effects coordinator) 
1987 Baby Boom (special effects supervisor) 
1987 Gardens of Stone (special effects supervisor) 
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1986 Ruthless People (special effects coordinator) 
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (special effects coordinator) 
1986 Pretty in Pink (special effects) 
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure (special effects assistant) 
1985 Just One of the Guys (special effects) 
1985 The Sure Thing (special effects) 
1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1984 Flashpoint (special effects supervisor)
1984 George Washington (TV Mini-Series) (special effects foreman - 3 episodes) 

- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... (special effects foreman) - Episode #1.2 (1984) ... (special effects foreman) - Episode #1.1 (1984) ... (special effects foreman)

1983 Happy (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1983 Doctor Detroit (special effects supervisor)
1983 Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV Series) (special effects - 3 episodes) 

- Dead Run (1983) ... (special effects) - The Hostage (1983) ... (special effects) - The Shadow Women of Chung Tai (1983) ... (special effects)

1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series) (special effects - 1 episode) 

- Pilot (1982) ... (special effects)

1982 White Dog (special effects supervisor)
1981-1982 Today's F.B.I. (TV Series) (special effects supervisor - 17 episodes) 

- Tapper (1982) ... (special effects supervisor) - Kidnap (1982) ... (special effects supervisor) - Gulf Coast Murders (1982) ... (special effects supervisor) - Bank Job (1982) ... (special effects supervisor) - Surfacing (1982) ... (special effects supervisor)

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1982 American Playhouse (TV Series) (special effects - 1 episode) 

- Working (1982) ... (special effects)

1982 Cry for the Strangers (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1980 Airplane! (special effects) 
1980 Roadie (special effects) 
1979 A Vacation in Hell (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1979 Apocalypse Now (special effects technician - uncredited) 
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (special effects) 
1978 Killers Matinee (Short) (special effects) 
1978 Steel Cowboy (TV Movie) (special effects) 
1978 Starhops (special effects)
1977 Space Academy (TV Series) (special effects - 15 episodes) 

- Johnny Sunseed (1977) ... (special effects) - Star Legend (1977) ... (special effects) - Space Hookey (1977) ... (special effects) - My Favorite Marcia (1977) ... (special effects) - The Cheat (1977) ... (special effects)

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1977 Herowork (special effects) 
1977 Dog and Cat (TV Movie) (special effects supervisor) 
1977 The Hills Have Eyes (special effects)
1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series) (special effects supervisor - 8 episodes) 

- Part IV (1977) ... (special effects supervisor) - Part V (1977) ... (special effects supervisor) - Part VIII (1977) ... (special effects supervisor) - Part VII (1977) ... (special effects supervisor) - Part VI (1977) ... (special effects supervisor)

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1976 The Gong Show (TV Series) (special effects technician - 3 episodes) 

- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... (special effects technician) - Episode #1.34 (1976) ... (special effects technician) - Episode #1.22 (1976) ... (special effects technician)

1972 Return to Peyton Place (TV Series) (special effec

Academy Awards, USA

2014 Won Technical Achievement Award Shared with:Chuck Gaspar Clay Pinney For the design and development of the Pneumatic Car Flipper.

Nominated Oscar Best Achievement in Visual Effects The Lone Ranger (2013) Shared with:Tim Alexander Gary Brozenich Edson Williams

2012 Nominated Oscar Best Achievement in Visual Effects Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Shared with:Scott Farrar Scott Benza Matthew E. Butler

2011 Won Scientific and Engineering Award Shared with:Mark Noel Mark Noel, for the design, engineering, and development, and John Frazier, for his contributions to... More

2010 Won Scientific and Engineering Award Shared with:Mark Noel For the design and construction of the NAC servo winches.

2008 Nominated Oscar Best Achievement in Visual Effects Transformers (2007) Shared with:Scott Farrar Scott Benza Russell Earl Best Achievement in Visual EffectsPirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with:John Knoll Hal T. Hickel Charles Gibson

2007 Nominated Oscar Best Achievement in Visual EffectsPoseidon (2006) Shared with:Boyd Shermis Kim Libreri Chas Jarrett

2005 Won Oscar Best Achievement in Visual Effects Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with:John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2003 Nominated Oscar Best Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with:John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2002 Nominated Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects Pearl Harbor (2001) Shared with:Eric Brevig Edward Hirsh Ben Snow

2001 Nominated Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects The Perfect Storm (2000) Shared with:Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Walt Conti

1999 Nominated Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects Armageddon (1998) Shared with:Richard R. Hoover Pat McClung

1997 Nominated Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects Twister (1996) Shared with:Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Henry LaBounta

BAFTA Awards

2008 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Special Visual Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with:John Knoll Charles Gibson Hal T.

Hickel Best Special Visual Effect Spider-Man 3 (2007) Shared with:Scott Stokdyk Peter Nofz Spencer Cook

2005 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with:John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2003 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with:John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2001 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects The Perfect Storm (2000) Shared with:Stefen Fangmeier Walt Conti Habib Zargarpour Tim Alexander

1997 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects Twister (1996) Shared with:Stefen Fangmeier Henry LaBounta Habib Zargarpour

1995 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Special Effects

Speed (1994) Shared with:Boyd Shermis Ron Brinkmann Richard E. Hollander

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2012 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Shared with: Scott Benza Matthew E. Butler Scott Farrar

2008 Won Saturn Award Best Special Effects Transformers (2007) Shared with: Scott Farrar Scott Benza Russell Earl Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with: John Knoll Hal T. Hickel Charles Gibson Best Special Effects Spider-Man 3 (2007) Shared with: Scott Stokdyk Peter Nofz Spencer Cook

2005 Won Saturn Award Best Special Effects Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2003 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara Best Special Effects xXx (2002) Shared with: Joel Hynek Matthew E. Butler Sean Andrew Faden

2001 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects The Perfect Storm (2000) Shared with: Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Tim Alexander

1999 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects Armageddon (1998) Shared with: Pat McClung Richard R. Hoover

1997 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects Twister (1996) Shared with: Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Henry LaBounta

Gold Derby Awards

2008 Won Gold Derby Award Visual Effects Transformers (2007) Shared with: Scott Benza Russell Earl Scott Farrar Nominated Gold Derby Award Visual Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with: Charles Gibson Hal T. Hickel John Knoll

2005 Nominated Gold Derby Award Visual Effects Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2003 Nominated Gold Derby Award Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with: Danny Cangemi John Dykstra

International Online Film Critics' Poll

2009 Nominated IOFCP Award Best Visual Effects Transformers (2007) Shared with: Scott Benza Scott Farrar Russell Earl Best Visual Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with: John Knoll Hal T. Hickel Charles Gibson

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

2000 Nominated Sierra Award Best Visual Effects Cast Away (2000) Shared with: Ken Ralston Best Visual Effects The Perfect Storm (2000) Shared with: Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Walt Conti

Online Film & Television Association

2008 Won OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Transformers (2007) Shared with: Scott Benza Russell Earl Scott Farrar Nominated OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Shared with: John Knoll Hal T. Hickel Charles Gibson

2005 Won OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2003 Nominated OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2002 Nominated OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Pearl Harbor (2001) Shared with: Eric Brevig Edward Hirsh Ben Snow

2001 Nominated OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects The Perfect Storm (2000) Shared with: Walt Conti Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour

1999 Nominated OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Armageddon (1998) Shared with: Richard R. Hoover Pat McClung

1997 Won OFTA Film Award Best Visual Effects Twister (1996) Shared with: Stefen Fangmeier Habib Zargarpour Henry LaBounta

Online Film Critics Society Awards

2003 Nominated OFCS Award Best Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with: Danny Cangemi John Dykstra

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

2003 Nominated PFCS Award Best Visual Effects Spider-Man (2002) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

2002 Nominated PFCS Award Best Visual Effects Pearl Harbor (2001) Shared with: Eric Brevig Edward Hirsh Ben Snow

Satellite Awards

2014 Nominated Satellite Award Best Visual Effects Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Shared with: Patrick Tubach Scott Benza Scott Farrar

2011 Nominated Satellite Award Best Visual Effects Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Shared with: Matthew E. Butler Scott Benza Scott Farrar

2009 Nominated Satellite Award Best Visual Effects Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Shared with: Scott Farrar Scott Benza Wayne Billheimer

2005 Nominated Golden Satellite Award Best Visual Effects

Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with: John Dykstra Scott Stokdyk Anthony LaMolinara

Visual Effects Society Awards

2010 Nominated VES Award Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Shared with: Scott Benza (animation director) Wayne Billheimer (visual effects producer) Scott Farrar (visual effects supervisor)

2005 Nominated VES Award Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Spider-Man 2 (2004) Shared with: Jim Schwalm James Nagle David Amborn