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Jim Veilleux
Jim Veilleux
Birth name: James Veilleux
Gender: Male
Roles: Visual Effects Supervisor, Star Trek author
Veilleux with Regula I studio model
Veilleux with Regula I studio model

James "Jim" Veilleux was the visual effects co-supervisor (Camera Supervisor) on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with Ken Ralston, while in the employ of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Veilleux expressed a keen interest in computer graphics, and the responsibility of supervising the work done in that department was reverted to him, which included overseeing the work done at the Graphics Group for the Genesis Demo. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 5, p. 19)

Veilleux has (co-)authored two articles on his work for the movie that has appeared in the October 1982 issue of American Cinematographer, and an article on the same subject that was published in Starlog photo guidebook Special Effects, Vol. 4.

While not an ILM employee when that company was founded, Villieux joined shortly after that company's first production, Star Wars, and has contributed, mostly as effects cameraman, to some of the earliest productions of the company, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Dragonslayer (1981) and Poltergeist (1982), being his last involvement with ILM. Prior to ILM, Villieux worked as miniatures cameraman on the television series Jason of Star Command, also working in those years for the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation as an effects camera man, making educational films. One of these was Solar System (1977), on which he cooperated with writer/director Thomas G. Smith [1], and which, catching the eye of ILM's founder, George Lucas, brought both Veilleux and Smith to his attention. [2]

Veilleux has only one other recorded motion picture credit to his name after his ILM years, From Time to Time (1992).

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