Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Based in CA, USA
Craig “Xray” Halperin is a visual effects artist whose career spans feature film, advertising, location-based entertainment, video games and interactive media. He got his start providing on-set graphics for the TV show “The Fall Guy” in 1983 using an Apple2. He drowned passengers falling off the “Titanic”; added veins to Brad Pitt’s face during his “Interview with the Vampire”; attempted to kill John Conner in “Terminator 2: 3D – Battle Across Time”; crashed planes on “Fight Club”; and hit the Brotherhood of Mutants with optic force blasts on “X-Men 2: X-Men United”.
He was the colorist for digital film scans on “Apollo 13”; led the crowd animation team on Dreamworks’ “Bee Movie”; and worked on visual effects for “Kung Fu Panda”. Craig is currently working at ImageMovers Digital as the crowd animation supervisor and senior Houdini technical director on Bob Zemeckis’ adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" for Walt Disney Studios.
Craig taught at the Gnomon School for Visual Effects in Hollywood and was the Dean of the Digital Hollywood Institute for Media Arts in Santa Monica. He served as the Chair of Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH in 2007 and 2008. When not working, Craig enjoys scuba diving. He has three dogs named Bogie, Stewie and Buster as well as a green iguana named Bob.