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Early in his career Charles Darby secured his status as a pioneer of the contemporary art of matte painting, not only for his sheer artistry but for being one of the first, if not the first to create matte paintings in a digital format. His groundbreaking work on "Titanic" and Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element" established him as an industry leader ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Minority Report Visual Effects
I, Robot Visual Effects
The Fifth Element Visual Effects
Armageddon Visual Effects


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 2019 Chanda Mama Door Ke (visual effects)
 2015 Jupiter Ascending (creative director)
 2014 Decline of an Empire (visual effects)
 2014 Edge of Tomorrow (creative director)
 2013/I Oblivion (creative director - uncredited)
 2011 Ra.One (creative director)
 2010 TRON: Legacy (creative director)
 2009 Aladin (visual effects supervisor)
 2007 War and Peace (TV Mini-Series) (matte paintings - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... (matte paintings - as Charles H. Darby)
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... (matte paintings - as Charles H. Darby)
- Episode #1.2 (2007) ... (matte paintings - as Charles H. Darby)
 2007 Sunshine (matte paintings)
 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (matte paintings - uncredited)
 2005 Rome (TV Series) (lead matte artist - 1 episode)
- The Stolen Eagle (2005) ... (lead matte artist)
 2005 Shadows in the Sun (matte paintings)
 2004 I, Robot (matte painting design)
 2004 Around the World in 80 Days (matte paintings)
 2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring (matte paintings)
 2002 Equilibrium (digital matte supervisor: 2d & 3d, Digital Firepower)
 2002 Frida (visual effects supervisor: Digital Firepower - as Charles D'Arby)
 2002 S1m0ne (visual effects supervisor: Digital Firepower - uncredited)
 2002 Minority Report (digital matte painting supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2001 Impostor (matte effects supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2001 Original Sin (visual effects supervisor)
 2001 Cats & Dogs (digital matte supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2000 Dungeons & Dragons (visual effects supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2000 Dune (TV Mini-Series) (digital matte supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2000 The Crew (visual effects supervisor)
 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (digital matte supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 2000 Battlefield Earth (digital supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 1999 The 13th Warrior (matte painting supervisor: Cinesite)
 1999 One Man's Hero (digital matte painting supervisor)
 1999 The Matrix (matte painting: Manex Visual Effects)
 1999 Message in a Bottle (matte painter)
 1999 Virus (digital matte supervisor)
 1998 The Thin Red Line (visual effects designer - uncredited)
 1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (matte effects supervisor)
 1998 Practical Magic (matte paintings - uncredited)
 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (matte effects supervisor: Digital Firepower)
 1998 Armageddon (matte painting supervisor: Cinesite)
 1998 The Truman Show (matte paintings - uncredited)
 1998 Primary Colors (digital matte supervisor - uncredited)
 1998 Sphere (digital matte painting supervisor: Cinesite)
 1997 The Postman (digital matte supervisor)
 1997 Titanic (digital matte painter: Digital Domain)
 1997 Red Corner (digital matte artist - uncredited)
 1997 The Fifth Element (digital artist)
 1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow (digital matte artist)
 1997 The Beautician and the Beast (digital matte artist)
 1996 Jerry Maguire (digital matte artist - uncredited)
 1996 Space Jam (digital matte paintings: Cinesite)
 1996 Solo (digital matte artist)
 1996 Bio-Dome (matte painter)
 1995 Waterworld (matte paintings)
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Charles D'Arby | Charles H. Darby

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Visual effects should help form the visual vocabulary of a film, they should make the audiences heart sing in the same way the musical score does. A great effect should make the audience gasp and smile at their sheer audacity.

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