Christopher Swift

Special Effects Character Creator, Makeup Effects Artist & Monster Maker, Key Supervisor for Stan Winston Studio & Legacy Effects

BIOGRAPHY

Special effects character creator, makeup effects artist, character designer & monster maker, Christopher Swift, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A self-taught artist, Christopher chose to pursue a career as a special effects creature creator after creating the special makeup effects for his own short films.

Christopher began working for Stan Winston at legendary character creation workshop Stan Winston Studio on TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY where he became a Key Artist and character designer for many years, all the way through Stan’s passing and the establishment of Legacy Effects by Stan's core team, where Christopher works to this day. 

From the animatronic raptors of JURASSIC PARK to the practical IRON MAN suit, Christopher Swift has contributed his character creation artistry to the execution and design of some of the most iconic characters and fantasy creatures of the past quarter century.

As a character designer, sculptor, painter, puppeteer and special effects makeup artist, Christopher has contributed to such projects as JURASSIC PARK 1, 2 & 3, CONGO, THE RELIC, INSTINCT, LAKE PLACID, GALAXY QUEST, T3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, SKINWALKERS, PANDORUM, IRON MAN 1 & 2, AVATAR, G.I. JOE, THOR, and COWBOYS & ALIENS.

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Christopher Swift is one of the finest Character Creation artists and FX Supervisors I've ever had the pleasure to work with. You have much to learn from him.
Shane Mahan
Academy Award nominated Special Makeup and Character Effects designer, Co-Owner Legacy Effects

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