Robert Short's three decades of outstanding technical, creative and artistic achievement in the field of entertainment have brought to life many of the screens most indelible character icons. Academy Award winner, Robert Short has fostered a unique blend of styles and techniques in the design and creation of his characters. From the outrageous "Beetlejuice" afterlife inhabitants to the enchanting mermaid from "Splash" to the man eating sharks of "Lethal Weapon 4", to the inspirational heart light of “E.T.” and development of the terrifying design of "The Predator".
His latest projects include visual effect supervision for the Lionsgate feature film “Punisher; War Zone”, VFX supervision for the Fox network pilot "Exit Strategy" starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fugua. On set VFX supervision in Mumbai India for NBC's comedy "Outsourced", digital artistry for the new Hawaii 5-0 TV series, the horror film “Parasomnia”, the on set visual effects supervision of NBC’s Emmy nominated series “Surface”, directing and visual effect supervision of the “Shine On Me” music video named by New Yorker magazine as the “best music video of 2008", VFX supervison of the feature film based on the classic Mary Johnston novel "To Have and To Hold" and supervising Herbie the Love Bug’s on set performance in Disney’s “Herbie Fully Loaded”.
Short won his best make-up Oscar for the high-spirited innovative creature effects in"Beetlejuice" which redefined the boundaries of horror and humor. He was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards in best achievement in make-up and best achievement in special effects for "Beetlejuice".
In 1983 he created Robert Short Productions Inc. after independently supervising creature effects for a host films and TV projects including Alligator, Piranha, Close Encounters of the Third Kind Special Edition and The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Through Robert Short Productions design, fabrication and supervision services Short has realized the visions of filmmakers like Ron Howard, James Cameron, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Joel Silver, Tom Shadyak, John Mctiernen, John Davis, Richard Donner and Zach Snyder.
Some of Short's previous credits include Cocoon, Kindergarten Cop, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Cocoon the Return, Little Monsters, Masters of the Universe and The Flash TV series. He also helped I.L.M. reinvent E.T.’s heart light for the enhanced 20th anniversary release of E.T. the Extraterrestrial. His storyboard and visual effects consultant contributions include the the Fox Network series “Vanished”, “Justice” and the Raw Feed/Warner Bros. feature film “Sublime”.
Short has also been active in the gaming industry. The arrival of Sega's Dreamcast System and it's survival/horror "Blue Stinger" game introduced a dozen of Short's highly acclaimed deranged creature designs to the high tech world of computer games where he also contributed to the story concepts behind the horror game “ILLBLEED”.
Short has also pioneered interactive location based entertainment with the creation of the Halloween seasonal live event shows such as Montreal's "Chateau Greystoke" and PHA's "Terrordome". Recently he served as a creative director for Montreal’s “Hollywood Halloween” haunted attraction and is currently developing a series of haunted attractions for one of the legends of rock and roll.
As a WGA writer Short created the story for the Disney Channel Movie of the Week “The Scream Team” starring Eric Idle. His screenwriting credits include "Scared to Death", which won a Saturn Award for best low budget film, "Rage of Honor", the ninja action film starring Sho Kosugi, "Return of the Swamp Thing" and episodes of ABC's “The Renegades” and CBS's “Gavilan” which starred Robert Urich and Patrick Macnee. As a DGA director Short helmed multiple episodes of the syndicated live action series "Super Force" and the American sequences of TWE's "Programmed to Kill", which he also wrote.
Short’s unique background also brought him to the attention of the Universal Studio’s Florida theme park where he and his work were featured daily at the “The Gory Gruesome & Grotesque Horror Make-up Show”. Short is a frequent guest lecturer on film making and visual f/x at University and College film schools around the country and a return lecturer to the Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan, the BKSTS in England and several international film festivals. He lives in Malibu, California with his wife and business partner Barbara Slifka.
As Hollywood acknowledges the growing importance of affordable high quality visual and special make-up effects, Short’s versatility in digital and traditional effects, combined with his background as a writer and director, gives him a unique expertise in delivering the quality and vision demanded by today’s filmmakers.
ROBERT SHORT CREDITS
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISION
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD / ENTHUSE PICTURES
PUNISHER:WARZONE / LIONSGATE
PARASOMNIA / RISING STORM
WHEELMEN TIMBERWOLF PRODS.
EXIT STRATEGY (PILOT) FOX
HAWAII 5-0 CBS
MUSIC VIDEOS "SHINE" OWENS PRODS,
COMMERCIALS HONDA PRELUDE THE END PRODS.
ANTHONY ZUIKER'S "EXECUTION STYLE"
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS / PUPPETEERING
FEATURES HERBIE FULLY LOADED DISNEY PICTURES LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION WARNER BROS. E.T. 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITIION UNIVERSAL LETHAL WEAPON 4 WARNER BROS. ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE WARNER BROS. ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES PARAMOUNT KINDERGARTEN COP UNIVERSAL CLIFFORD ORION JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO WARNER BROS. LITTLE MONSTERS MGM/UA ENID IS SLEEPING VESTRON COCOON:THE RETURN 20th CENTURY FOX BEETLEJUICE WARNER BROS. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CANNON FILMS INC. ROBO-WARRIORS VIACOM/REPUBLIC MUNCHIES NEW HORIZONS NIGHTFLYERS VISTA FILMS ORG. PREDATOR 20th CENTURY FOX COCOON 20th CENTURY FOX PROGRAMMED TO KILL TWE ENT. KILLBOTS NEW HORIZONS RAGE OF HONOR TWE ENT. QUATERMAIN AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD CANNON FILMS INC. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION WARNER BROS. SPLASH DISNEY/TOUCHSTONE CREATURE TWE ENT. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL UNIVERSAL SWORDKILL EMPIRE INT. FIREFOX WARNER BROS. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND WARNER BROS. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 20th CENTURY FOX STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE PARAMOUNT 1941 COLUMBIA GALAXY OF TERROR NEW WORLD PICTURES ALLIGATOR GROUP ONE PRODS. PIRANHA NEW WORLD PICTURES COMA MGM ORCA PARAMOUNT THE SLAYER 21st CENTURY FILMS HALLOWEEN
TELEVISION SURFACE NBC THE PARTY MACHINE TERMITE ART UP UP AND AWAY DISNEY CHANNEL SABRINA DOWN UNDER ABC STAR TREK:VOYAGER PARAMOUNT/UPN INTRUDERS CBS THE FLASH WARNER BROS./CBS TWIN PEAKS LYNCH/FROST/ABC ON THE AIR LYNCH/FROST/ABC SUPER FORCE PREMIERE LTD./VIACOM THE LITTLE MERMAID’S ISLAND/pilot DISNEY CHANNEL MACGYVER PARAMOUNT MARS BASE ONE/pilot CBS PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE CBS THE JIM HENSON HOUR NBC CAPTAIN POWER AND THE LANDMARK ENT. SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE STEVEN SPIELBERG’S AMAZING STORIES AMBLIN’ ENT./NBC RETURN OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. VIACOM/CBS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE NBC MORK AND MINDY PARAMOUNT WONDER WOMAN WARNER BROS. NUTS AND BOLTS/Pilot DAVID GERBER PRODS. REVENGE OF THE SAVAGE BEES ALAN LANDSBURG PRODS SAVAGE SWARM ALAN LANDSBURG PRODS
GAMES BLUE STINGER SEGA TATTOO ASSASSINS DATA EAST PINBALL
SPECIAL PROJECTS/COMMERCIALS CVS PHARMACY BELIEVE/MEDIA PLANET HOLLYWOOD THEME RESTURANTS KEITH BARISH PRODS. THE McDONALD’S MERMAID(SUPERBOWL 84) McDONALD’S. 1984 OLYMPICS ALIEN DAVID WOLPER PRODS. YODA HAND PUPPET(STAR WARS TOY) KENNER TOYS. THE COCA-COLA DOLPHINS GIBSON LEFEBVRE GARTNER ESTRANGED ROCK VIDEO GUNS AND ROSES
FEATURES PROGRAMMED TO KILL/USA Scenes TRANS WORLD ENT. MUNCHIES/Second Unit NEW HORIZONS. RAGE OF HONOR/Presentation reel TRANS WORLD ENT.
TELEVISION SUPER FORCE PREMIERE LTD./VIACOM (Multiple episodes)
LOCATION BASED ENTERTAINMENT VENUES TERRORDOME/HAUNTED ATTRACTION BALDWIN/COHEN ENT. CHATEAU GREYSTOKE/HAUNTED ATTRACTION MONSTER WORLD ENT
FEATURES STICKIES FAST CARRIER PICTS. A-I (Artificial Intelligence) BATFILMS/LIGHTYEAR PROGRAMMED TO KILL TRANS WORLD ENT. RAGE OF HONOR TRANS WORLD ENT. SCARED TO DEATH LONESTAR PRODS.
TELEVISION THE SCREAM TEAM (MOW) DISNEY CHANNEL GAVILAN NBC THE RENEGADES NBC
GAMES BESIEGED (CD-Rom) GROLIER INTERACTIVE
ACADEMY AWARD BEETLEJUICE-BEST MAKE-UP
BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION (BAFTA) BEETLEJUICE-BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION (BAFTA) BEETLEJUICE-BEST MAKE-UP