ILM: San Francisco
Tim Harrington joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1994 after graduating from the Ringling School of Art & Design with a BFA in Computer Animation. Originally hired for the commercial division, Tim got his start animating for high-profile clients including Pepsi, GTE, and BMW. A project for the latter earned Tim a Gold Clio for his work on a commercial titled “Penguins.”
Harrington quickly moved up the ranks, joining the features department in 1996 as a Senior Animator. He developed a natural talent for creature animation, contributing to some of ILM’s most notable films of the early millennium, including Men in Black, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, and War of the Worlds. In 2002, he was Lead Animator on the Yoda vs. Dooku sequence in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. Harrington again lent his expertise to another classic battle between Yoda and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and has supervised animation on several movies since then, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — for which he designed the elegant movement of the mermaids.