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Special and Visual Effects Technicians

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The top special effects technicians work for special effects houses. These companies contract with individual film productions; one film may have the effects created by more than one special effects company. Industrial Light and Magic is the top company, having done the effects for such films as Star Wars: Episodes I & II, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pearl Harbor, and Avatar. Other major companies include Digital Domain (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Day After Tomorrow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Iron Man 3), and Rhythm & Hues Studios (Aliens in the Attic, Night at the Museum, Life of Pi, and The Hunger Games). Some special and visual effects technicians own their own effects company or work on a freelance basis. Freelance technicians may work in several areas, doing theater work, film and television productions, and commercials.

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