Where are they Now? | Adam Howard (’80)

  • Posted February 27, 2023
  • By Caroline Taylor

Adam Howard is a senior Visual Effects Supervisor for feature film, television and theme park projects worldwide. Originally from Melbourne, Australia he attended Scotch College and then Caulfield Institute of Technology / Monash University studying Graphic Design and Illustration.

Adam’s talent as an artist was first spotted by Scotch college art teacher Rick Rowton who encouraged him to follow his passion and become a professional artist. This encouragement was more important that anyone could ever imagine.

Shortly after graduating from Monash, he began working at ABC TV Studios in Melbourne where he became one of the first very small handful of artists in the world creating tv graphics on the now legendary Quantel Classic Paintbox digital paint system. Adam was one of the first artists in the world to recommend using Paintbox as an animation tool and subsequently designed and created animated main titles and sequences for shows Including Countdown, Rock Arena, The D Generation and The Gillies Republic.

Following ABC-TV Adam worked at AAV in South Melbourne as Visual Effects Supervisor, Animator and Compositor on many music videos, commercials and tv series.

In 1990 Adam moved to Los Angeles with the dream of working on Star Trek: The Next Generation, MacGyver and Star Wars. A few months after arriving in LA he became lead animator/compositor at Digital Magic on Star Trek: The Next Generation and later that year was nominated for two Primetime EMMY Awards, both of which he won. The association with Star Trek was a long standing one where he contributed visual effects to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise and two feature films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Whilst working on Star Trek he was nominated nine times for the EMMY Award for and won the EMMY four times. Other projects he worked on at Digital Magic include The Simpsons, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time, Bram Stokers Dracula, The Sandlot, The River Wild, Dumb and Dumber and Cliffhanger.

This work continued at Pacific Ocean Post where he was part of the film unit known as POP Film. Films he contributed to as VFX artist and VFX Supervisor at POP include Star Trek: First Contact, Volcano, Flubber, Apollo 13, The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, Starship Troopers and the Academy Award winning James Cameron film TITANIC.

After leaving POP Film he worked as a freelance VFX Supervisor and artist on films and tv series including Seabiscuit, Monkeybone, Along Came a Spider, Ghosts of the Abyss (again with James Cameron), Spiderman, Will & Grace and That 70’s Show.

In 2003 Adam was invited to join George Lucas’ seminal visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic for a four week gig on Peter Weir’s masterpiece Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. That short job turned into four years as senior artist for George Lucas working on 17 movies including Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Mission Impossible III, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest, Jarhead, War of the Worlds, The Day After Tomorrow, Peter Pan and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Since leaving ILM in 2006 Adam has had a successful career as VFX Supervisor on films, tv and theme park projects including Rush Hour 3, Unknown, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Punisher: War Zone, Season of the Witch, Tower Heist, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, Last Vegas, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday, Birdman (Academy Award winner for best picture), COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, American Idol, The Oscars and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (at Universal Studios Orlando, Hollywood and Tokyo)

He is currently VFX Supervisor for all ten episodes of M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple+ fourth season of SERVANT and will soon begin working on season four of EVIL, on CBS television.

Adam is engaged to American actress, screenwriter and teacher Lorenne Clarke.  His father Ralph Howard (deceased) was Vice Captain of Scotch

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