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Ellen Poon is an acclaimed expert in the high-tech visual effects field with over 25 years of professional experience. Previously, she was Visual Effects Supervisor at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, the film industry's premier production house for high-quality 3D animation and graphics.

Ellen joined ILM sixteen years ago, and her work for the company has included developing cutting-edge digital effects -- on budget and on time -- for some of the most successful feature films of all time including "The Green Mile," "Star Wars -- Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," "Jurassic Park," and "Men In Black." Ellen's computer-generated realization of the miracles in "The Green Mile" and the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" are just some of her many on-screen accomplishments.

One of her projects “Hero” is her first collaboration with Asia Director Zhang Yimou. She brings to her projects a unique combination of inspiration, meticulous technical expertise and fiscal acumen enhanced by a refined creative aesthetic. The film won her the Best Visual Effects at the 2003 HK Film Awards.

Ellen recently switched focus and worked on two fully computer generated films; “Shrek2” and “Madagascar” for PDI/Dreamworks. Since coming out in May 2004, “Shrek2” has broken the all time box office record for an animated film.

Ellen has also worked as a Senior Director of Art Production for Electronic Arts, the biggest game company in the world prior to becoming the founder of Lancet Films. At EA, she worked on one of the best selling EA Sports games "Tiger Woods PGA Tour" 2006 and 2007 on all platforms including XBOX360 and PS3.

Prior to coming to America, Ellen was the head of the 3D Department at Rushes Post Production in London. She also spent four years as Senior Computer Animator and Software Designer at The Moving Picture Company in London. Rushes and MPC are best known for being some of the most prolific commercial, television and film post-production companies in Europe.

 

Ellen headed back to London to work on Inception. This film has become 2011's worldwide blockbuster and has won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.


FILM CREDITS

2010 Inception – Look Development Technical Director

2009 True Legend- Co-producer and Visual Effects Supervisor

2009 The Warrior and the Wolf - Co-producer and Visual Effects Supervisor
2004 Madagascar - Senior Effects Artist [Director: Erix Darnell, Tom McGrath]
2004 Shrek 2 - Senior Effects Artist [Director: Andrew Adamson, K. Ashbury, C. Vernon]
2002 Hero - Visual Effects Supervisor [Director: Zhang Yimou]
1999 The Green Mile - Visual Effects Supervisor [Director: Frank Darabont]
1999 Wild Wild West - Senior Technical Director [Director: Barry Sonnenfeld]
1999 Star Wars: Episode I - Senior Technical Director [Director: George Lucas]
1998 Celebrity - Visual Effects Supervisor [Director: Woody Allen]
1998 Small Soldiers - Co-Visual Effects Supervisor [Director: Joe Dante]
1996 Men In Black - Senior Digital Artist [Director: Barry Sonnenfeld]
1996 Mars Attacks! - Associate Visual Effects Supervisor [Director: Tim Burton]
1995 Jumanji - Computer Graphics Supervisor [Director: Joe Johnston]
1994 Disclosure - Computer Graphics Supervisor [Director: Barry Levinson]
1994 The Mask - Computer Graphics Supervisor [Director: Chuck Russell]
1993 Jurassic Park - Technical Director [Director: Steven Spielberg]
1991 Hook - Animator [Director: Steven Spielberg]

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Folio Magazine Interview

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 11:00am

Interview of Ellen Poon by Global Times in Beijing China

I was consulting on "The Monkey King" which is a classic Chinese fable for 2 months. During that time, I was interviewed by Alec Taggart of Global Times. Here is the article.

http://beijing.globaltimes.cn/people/2011-01/616500.html

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 2:51pm

I am in slideshow!!

Its so cool to find out that a very talented student in animation has done a slide show about me! She even mentioned it in her blog. I feel so famous!!

http://cyfle-anim-jenny.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html…

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Posted on August 23, 2007 at 5:19pm

CNN future summit 2007

Ellen was invited to join CNN International's future summit as one of the panelists. The panel consists of both film and game industries' pioneers and professionals such as Trip Hawkins and Philip Rosedale. The program is being aired during June and July.

To view this one hour program online, go to:…

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Posted on July 26, 2007 at 11:03pm

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 11:52pm on September 28, 2008, Christopher Chen said…
Hi Ellen,

I have heard that you are in Xinjiang Province, China doing the VFX for an epic starring Maggie Q.... any plans to fly to Beijing after the shooting wrap or are you heading back to San Francisco?
At 11:53pm on November 17, 2008, Christopher Chen said…
That's about right, we might have friends in common in the film industry...etc. But actually, who gave me the tip was Andrew Ooi, Maggie Q's agent/manager, who flew over to Urumqi one day before he dropped me an email about it. I kinda heard that came out just a few weeks after Bill Kong "gave up" on Tang Wei, due to brush-up with Chinese Government blacklist b.s...etc. (kinda sad, actually...etc)
At 12:02am on November 18, 2008, Christopher Chen said…
Oops, sorry, forgot to answer your question: I am part-time based in Vancouver and now part-time in Beijing.

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