Craig Barron has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of matte painting for the last two decades and has contributed to the visual effects of more than 100 films. A veteran of George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, where he began his career working on The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Barron’s company, Matte World Digital, created effects for such films as Zodiac (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Hugo (2011). He is currently working on After Earth for Tippett Studio due out later this year. Barron earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Batman Returns (1992) and received an Oscar for Visual Effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He is the co-author, with Mark Cotta Vaz, of the first comprehensive book about the history of matte painting, The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. He is also a member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council and an Academy Governor representing the Visual Effects Branch.