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From Art School to Avatar: Intention and Strategies

TyRuben Ellingson grew up in his father’s art studio, engaged in drawing, painting, and constructing cardboard “machines”. He earned his MA in 1982 and completed his MFA in 1987. In 1989, Ellingson was hired as a Visual Effects Art Director at the George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on films Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, and Disclosure. In 1995, Ellingson accepted an invitation by Director Guillermo Del Toro to serve as principal designer of the signature creature for Mimic. He again designed for Del Toro on Blade 2 and the Hellboy films. In 2006, Ellingson joined the team at Lightstorm to serve as lead vehicle designer for Director James Cameron’s science-fiction epic, Avatar. Other films to which he has lent his creative talents include Blade Trinity, Signs, Eagle Eye, Surrogates, Priest (2011) and Battle: Los Angeles (2011).


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