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Gawley, Steve

Steve Gawley

Steve Gawley was born in 1952.

In 1954 Gawley lived in Long Beach with his family where he stayed until graduating from college.

  As with most other effects guys, his love for the art came at a very young age and stayed with him until college. Gawley attended California State University at Long Beach where he studied Industrial Design. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and in the same year started working at ILM as one of the first fifteen visual effects guys to work on the original Star Wars.

Gawley lives in Petaluma with his wife, Amy, they have two children, James and Rachel.

My Saga~2017 - Himself
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, East Coast - Exile~2005 (V short) - Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy~2004 - Himself/Model Maker
Special Visual Effects and Animation: ILM~2002 (V doc short) - Himself
Star Tours~1987 - Red Leader
Star Wars~1977 - (uncredited) Death Star Trooper 

Film Art Department
James and the Giant Peach~1996 (lead peach fabricator)
1941~1979 (uncredited miniature painter)

Film Effects
Evan Almighty~2007 (uncredited model/miniature maker: Kerner Optical)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End~2007 (uncredited model maker)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest~2006 (model maker)
Mission Impossible III~2006 (model maker)
Jarhead~2005 (model/miniature supervisor)
xXx: State of the Union~2005 (uncredited model maker)
War of the Worlds~2005 (model/miniature supervisor: ILM)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith~2005 - 
Van Helsing~2004 - Model Effects
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events~2004 (Modelshop Project Supervisor: ILM)
Peter Pan~2003 - Model Maker (ILM)
Hulk~2003 - Model Shop Supervisor (ILM)
Dreamcatcher~2003 - Model Maker (ILM)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones~2002 - Model maker (ILM)
Gangs of New York~2002 - Model Supervisor
Pearl Harbor~2001 - Model Maker
Artificial Intelligence: AI~2001 - Model Supervisor (ILM)
Space Cowboys~2000 - Model Supervisor
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999 - Model Supervisor, Modelshop Project Supervisor 
Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI (SE)~1997 - Model Maker
Starship Troopers~1997 - Model Maker
Men in Black~1997 - Supervising Model Maker (saucer crash miniature and blue screen unit)
Mars Attacks!~1996 - Chief Model Maker
Mission: Impossible~1996 - Model Effects
Star Trek: Generations~1994 - Chief Model Maker (ILM)
Baby's Day Out~1993 - Model Maker
Fire in the Sky~1993 - Model Maker
Jurassic Park~1993 - Chief Model Maker
Death Becomes Her~1992 - Supervising Model Maker
Memoirs of an Invisible Man~1992 - Chief Model Maker
Backdraft~1991 - Model Maker
The Rocketeer~1991 - Supervising Model Maker
Hunt for Red October, The~1990 - Model Maker
Back to the Future Part III~1990 - Supervising Model Maker
Body Wars~1989 (short) (uncredited visual effects modelmaker)
Back to the Future Part II~1989 - Supervising Model Maker (ILM)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade~1989 - Model Maker 
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?~1988 - Supervising Model Maker
Tucker: A Man and his Dream~1988 - Model Maker
Who Framed Roger Rabbit~1988 - Supervising Model Maker
Witches of Eastwick, The~1987 - Model Maker
Innerspace~1987 - Model Maker
*Batteries Not Included~1987 - Model Maker
Empire of the Sun~1987 - Model Maker
Star Tours~1987 - Model Shop Supervisor (ILM) (uncredited)  
Captain EO~1986 (uncredited supervising modelmaker: ILM)
Golden Child, The~1986 - supervising Model Maker
Back to the Future~1985 - Supervising Model Maker
Out of Africa~1985 - Model Maker
Enemy Mine~1985 - Model Maker
Cocoon~1985 - Visual Effects Supervising Model Maker
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock~1982 - Supervising Model Maker
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 - Modelshop Supervisor 
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan~1982 - Model Maker
Poltergeist~1982 - Model Maker (ILM)
Raiders of the Lost Ark~1981 - Model Maker (ILM) 
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 - Modelshop Foreman 
Battlestar Galactica~1978 - (model builder: miniature  and optical effects unit)
Star Wars~1977 - Model Maker 

Film Thanks
Harry Houdini: Magic Among the Spirits~2015 (doc) (special thanks)
The Cliff House & Sutro Heights~2013 (doc) (special thanks)
Sutro's: The Palace at Lands End~2011 (doc) (special thanks)
Empire of Dreams~2004 (V doc) (special thanks)

Film Trailers
Casper~1995 - (modelmaker)

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy~2004 - Himself
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome~2001 - Coffee Shop Patron
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy~1990 (doc short) - Himself

TV Effects
Micronauts~2000 (uncredited visual effects modelmaker)
Star Trek: The Next Generation~1987 - (uncredited modelmaker: Encounter at Farpoint)

AT&T: Kabuki~1996 - Senior Model Maker
Intel: Dolphins/Samba~1995 - Senior Model Maker
Pepsi: Casper Stuck~1995 - Senior Model Maker
   Actual Size
   New Spokesperson
    Prefer Running
Ford Citibank Credit Card: Do More, Get More~1995 - Senior Model Maker
Ford Motors: This is Escort~1995 - Senior Model Maker
Ford Contour: Reflections~1995 - Senior Model Maker
Lincoln Mercury: Perfect Balance~1994 - Senior Model Maker
Illinois Lottery: Bats~1994 - Senior Model Maker
Sprint Worldwide: Pin Orbit~1994 - Senior Model Maker
GMAC Financing~1994
    Burdens - Senior Model Maker
    Financial Squeeze - Senior Model Maker
Malaysia Airlines: Odyssey~1993 - Senior Model Maker
Hewlett Packard: Laser Jet Knievel~1993 - Senior Model Maker
    Power Source - Senior Model Maker
    Library - Senior Model Maker
Nike: Godzilla Vs. Barkley~1992 - Senior Model Maker
Dodge Daytona: Starting Price~1991 - Senior Model Maker
Panasonic: Broadcast System~1990 - Senior Model Maker

Music Videos
Paul McCartney: Off the Ground~1993 - Senior Model Maker

Theme Parks
Body Wars (EPCOT Center)~1989 - Model Maker
Star Trek Attraction (EPCOT Center)~1988 - Model Maker
Star Tours at Disney parks~1987 - Model Shop Supervisor (ILM)
Captain EO: Disneyland - Supervising Model Maker

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Academy Awards:
Nom 1989 Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Back to the Future Part II (shared)
BAFTA Awards:
Rec'd 1990 Best Special Effects for Back tot he Future Part II (shared)
Visual Effects Society Awards:
Rec'd 2006 Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture for War of the Worlds (shared)

Member of the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He was recommended for the job on Star Wars by Joe Johnston

His pick-up truck was used to film the Death Star trench scenes.

One of the few people who will work on all six Star Wars films.

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