Ken Ralston

Kenneth " Ken " Ralston (born 1954 ) is an American special effects artist.


Ralston began his career as an assistant cameraman in the trick department of Industrial Light & Magic in the production of George Lucas ' Star Wars. In 1980 published sequel The Empire Strikes Back, he was already ascended to the cameraman and subsequently he was appointed head of visual effects in the Dragon Slayer. For this, he received his first Oscar nomination in 1982. In the 1980s he was involved in a variety of science-fiction films, alongside The Return of the Jedi, he worked on several feature films from the Star Trek movie series and the Back to the Future trilogy.

His first Academy Award, the Special Achievement Award he received in 1984 for The Return of the Jedi, he also won the BAFTA Award and the Saturn Award. He received further Oscars for Cocoon, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her and Forrest Gump. In 1996, he left after nearly 20 years ILM and was president of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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