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Backdraft

[Universal Pictures]

Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters in this acclaimed suspense story filled with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever captured on film.

ILM contributed to a number of critical shots for the film — cutting seamlessly with the onset special effects supervisor and cinematographer’s incredible work — and its miniatures, matte paintings, and live action elements were combined to create the magnificent imagery of a burning, collapsing rooftop. The ILM team was honored with an Academy award for Best Visual Effects for their work.

Director: Ron Howard
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Scott Farrar
ILM Visual Effects Producer: Suella Kennedy
ILM Visual Effects Art Director: Paul Huston
ILM Studios: San Francisco