VFX Awards


The “MORF” System

The “MORF” System

Awarded: 1992

Working with Tom Brigham, who developed the original concept and pioneering work, Doug Smythe and the ILM Computer Graphics Department developed and first implemented in a feature motion picture the “MORF” system for digital metamorphosis of high-resolution images.

First used for Ron Howard’s 1988 feature, Willow, this revolutionary system allowed incredible on-screen transformations that would amaze audiences for years to come. The system was later adapted for commercial use and has played a role in literally hundreds of projects.

Academy Award® Winner

Technical Achievement

Doug Smythe