Colin Chilvers

Below is biography from my career in the movie and TV world.  While I still am involved, I like to spend my free time carving and making unique jewelry. I also designed and maintain this web site and take the still photographs of our creations.

If you would like to see any of my video work please visit my web site at www.colinchilvers.com

Colin Chilvers Biography

Born in London, England, Colin trained for his chosen career through Hornsey college of Art.

Working first as a trainee animation director, then a very short time on “2001” in the Art department, he moved on to special effects as a junior in the special effects department of the movie "The Battle of Britain". He worked on many movies as an assistant until given a chance to supervise an MGM movie "Inspector Clouseau" starring Alan Arkin". Supervising effects on "Tommy", "Lisztomania" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" among many others, he was then asked to direct the special effects for "SUPERMAN THE MOVIE", "SUPERMAN" II and III. He was honoured by both the British and American academy with the Special achievement award, OSCAR, for Special Effects on "SUPERMAN THE MOVIE."

 

At the beginning of 1986 Colin joined Michael Jackson to direct his next promotional video "SMOOTH CRIMINAL". Colin and Michael worked together for two years on what became the movie "MOONWALKER". The video "SMOOTH CRIMINAL" received many awards, including, "Best video of the year" from the British music awards.

 

 

Following completion of this project with Michael Colin was called to Toronto to direct the 2 hour TV pilot of "WAR OF THE WORLDS" and subsequently the "WALLS OF JERICHO". Then Colin went to Florida for Viacom where he directed 5 episodes of the TV series "SUPERBOY". He has also directed hundreds of TV commercials and sales promotion films for a diverse spectrum of products including toys, beer, fashion and vacations.

Recently he has devoted much of his time producing and directing effects for highly technical movies, and is also directing commercials, promotional videos, visualizations and designing and producing video content for Web sites and Trans-media . Colin is also on the advisory committee of Niagara College and has an honorary doctorate from Brock University for his contribution to the movie industry.  He was also in Florence, Italy this year to receive a “Legend” award from the Nemo arts Academy.

Colin offers a wealth of special effects knowledge in both Visual and Special effects combined with directorial experience. His unique vision and understanding of the client's wishes, problem solving ability, together with an appreciation of budget and schedule make him a valuable asset to any production.

Colin still maintains an active interest in visual effects through his association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and with 4 nephews and a niece, the Corbould family, who also work in visual effects and between them have 3 academy awards.

Colin has been a guest speaker or judge at the Ontario Science Center, Brock University, Niagara College, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival and the Hamilton Film Festival.

Colin recently received the Nemoland Legend award for his contribution to motion pictures from the Nemo Academy in Florence.

A list of credits are below.

 

CREDITS

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS CO-ORDINATOR

SHOOOT EM' UP

PACIFIER

K-19

DRIVEN

XMEN

BRIDE OF CHUCKY

SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

TOMMY

LISZTOMANIA

200 MOTELS

MOON ZERO II

SATURN III

CONDORMAN

THE INCUBUS

THE WARS

 

 

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS DIRECTOR / 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR

 

SUPERMAN THE MOVIE  (ACADEMY AWARD)

SUPERMAN II  (Also 2nd Unit Director and Miniature Director)

SUPERMAN III  (Also 2nd Unit Director and Miniature Director)

FOLLOW THAT BIRD (Sesame Street)

FRONTIER (Primedia)

 

 

 

MOVIES DIRECTED.

 

MICHAEL JACKSON'S "SMOOTH CRIMINAL" FROM "MOONWALKER" 

HOME BEYOND THE SUN

 

TV SHOWS DIRECTED.

 

PIPI LONGSTOCKING  (ABC Children’s Prime Time )

KINGDOM CHUMS  (Live action)

WAR OF THE WORLDS "THE RESURRECTION" (PREMIER EPISODE 2HRS )

WAR OF THE WORLDS "WALLS OF JERICHO" (I HR EPISODE)

 

SUPERBOY  1/2 HOUR "COUNTDOWN TO NOWHERE"

SUPERBOY  1/2 HOUR "BACK TO OBLIVION"

SUPERBOY  1/2 HOUR "THE FIXER"

SUPERBOY  1/2 HOUR "BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE"

SUPERBOY  1/2 HOUR "ALIEN SOLUTION"

 

PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS DIRECTED.

 

MICHAEL JACKSON 9MIN. "SMOOTH CRIMINAL"

MICHAEL JACKSON 4MIN. "SMOOTH CRIMINAL"

BROS 4MIN. "MADLY IN LOVE"

HOLLY JOHNSON 4MIN. "ATOMIC CITY"

URGENT 

EMO PHILLIPS

ROBOCOP THE TV SERIES

PREMIER CRUISE LINES

CITY OF PORT COLBORNE 

PEEL EMERGENCY SERVICES 

TOWN OF FORT ERIE 

THE MOLINARO GROUP 

 

FORT ERIE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

DOWNTOWN NIAGARA FALLS 

NIAGARA WOODCARVING ASSOCIATION

DON’T FORGET TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH.

SHWEEB TRANSPORTATION

 

 

COMMERCIALS DIRECTED

 

General

Sprite “Pinball”

Aflac “Boatman” :30

Atlantic “engine”

RCA Lightning

Budweiser  “Ladies Nite”

Sony “Rollercoaster”

GWG “mountains”

Premier Cruise Lines “Kansas”

Premier Cruise Lines “Umbrellas”

Jordache “Beach Party”

Spiffits

Zest

Jordache Jeans “Girls”

Jordache Jeans  “Firedance”

Jordache Kids "Frog"

Opel Cars “Birds”

Opel Cars “Gas Can”

Opel Cars “Nuts”

Burger King

Atlantic Oil "Uncover"

Levitz "Bedrooms"

Levitz "Upholstery"

ABB Future Astronauts

Titan

Hertz

Konica "Godzilla"

Nestle Crunch Commuter

Nestle Crunch Supermarket                    

7-11 Coke

7-11 Hot Dogs

NY Newsday

Toshiba 

BMW "Valves"

BMW "Drop"

Labatt’s "Loudspeaker"

Atlantic Oil "Engine"

IBM

The Comeback Cold

Bridgewater Golf Club

The Canada One Outlet Mall

My Top Drawer

 

Boys Toys.

Spiderman Playset

Spiderman “Spidey Alive”

XMEN

Star Wars “Force in your pocket”                

Ultra Force

Dragon Flyz

Micro Machines “Starship Troopers”

Micro Mchines “Men in Black”

Johnny Quest "Hijack"

Game Genie ”Big Brother”

Army Gear “Parachutes”

Micro Machines Race in a case

American Gladiators

Micro Machines Turbo Talkers

Micro Machines Smash ups

Abalone

De Luxe Dragon

Micro Machines Star Wars “Explosion”

Game Genie “Closet”

Whipstick Flyers

Micro Machines  “Road Warrior”

Cruncher Playset

Army Gear

Micro Machines Motor Muncher

Micro Machines Cranker Stunt Mechanics

Spew Crew

Micro Machines Corkscrew Competition

Micro Machines Cruncher

Dragon Flyz "Fist Force"

Micro Machines “Sky Cam Free”                           

Johnny Quest  "One Guy" 

Dragon Flyz "Blazin Battle Screamers"

Dragon Flyz "Doomsday"

 

Girls Toys

Dr Barbie

Cool Shopping Barbie

Working out Barbie

Gymnast Stacey

Flying Princess

Fairy Flyers “Cutest Ones”

Fairy Flyers “Carousel”

Trolls

Pretty Light Sky Dancers

Pound Puppies “So Tiny’

Magic Glow Friends

Baby Loves To Talk

Snap Snap Doll

Peeper Pals

Pound Puppies Your so Tiny

Olympic Gymnast Barbie

Fairy Flyers

My Pretty Doll House