Gene Warren, Jr. was born into the special effects industry. His father Gene Warren, Sr. was one of the driving forces behind Project Unlimited, the first independent contractor for special effects in Hollywood. Along with partners Wah Ming Chang and Tim Baar, Warren provided effects (makeup, practical, miniatures, etc.,) to productions such as The Outer Limits, Kronos, Monster From Green Hell, Tom Thumb, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, and many more before winning the Academy Award™ for Special Visual Effects for George Pal’s The Time Machine.
Gene, Jr. initially set his sights on becoming a stuntman, but horses intimidated him. He started working on shows like I Love Lucy and The Monkees, and finally took the lead at his dad’s company animating “Dopey” the dinosaur for Sid & Marty Krofft’s Land of The Lost in 1974. He honed his craft on productions like Black Sunday, The Winds of War, and Avalanche before starting his own company, Fantasy II Film Effects and taking point position supervising the effects The Terminator, Return of the Living Dead, Critters, Pet Semetary, James Cameron’s The Abyss, Tremors, Stephen King’s IT, and many more before winning his own Oscar® for Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
He dove right back into effects with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Shadow, True Lies, Lord of Illusions, Strange Days, and many many more films and television shows. Fantasy II Film Effects is as legendary a name in the business as Project Unlimited. The Warren family dynasty continues in effects with Gene’s sons Christopher and Gene, III as well as his nephew Jon Warren.
We are amazed that Gene accepted our invitation to come speak and sign at Monsterama! We can’t wait to hear all of his stories and wisdom about helping to create some of our favorite films and television shows. Welcome aboard, Gene!