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John Andrew Berton, Jr.

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John Andrew Berton Jr.
Assistant Professor, Animation & Visual Effects
Phone: 215.895.2554
john.andrew.berton@drexel.edu


John Andrew Berton, Jr. is one of the most experienced practitioners of digital filmmaking techniques. His successful career as a visual effects supervisor includes twelve years of work with the award-winning visual effects house Industrial Light and Magic, where he created effects for blockbuster movies such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and supervised ILM’s work for Men in Black II, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and Deep Rising. Berton and his crew were nomination finalists at the Academy Awards' Visual Effects Bake-off in 1999 for The Mummy and again in 2002 for Men in Black II. 

He supervised the effects team for the Paramount Pictures’ film Charlotte’s Web, which includes several all-digital animated creatures composited over live action cinematography. Berton is renowned for his work in lighting and rendering Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) to match live action cinematography and creating lighting from scratch to match the tone of the on-set cinematography. His two most recent projects were development on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ project King of the Elves and on-set supervision for the Bollywood feature Krrish 3. Berton is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Visual Effects Society.