Howard Berger

Academy Award Winning Special Effects Makeup Artist, Monster Maker & Animatronic Character Creator, co-founder of KNB EFX Group

BIOGRAPHY

Academy Award Winning special effects makeup artist, monster maker & animatronic character creator, Howard Berger, grew up in Los Angeles loving movies, special effects makeup and monsters and met his idol, the legendary character creator Stan Winston, when he was 13 years old.

Stan took him under his wing and encouraged him to be an up-and-coming character creation artisan. Stressing the importance of education, Winston promised to give Berger a job at Stan Winston Studio after he graduated high school with the understanding he maintain high grades and prove his attention to detail.

Winston lived up to his promise and hired Berger at 18 years old to work at Stan Winston Studio on PREDATOR, ALIENS and PUMPKINHEAD.

In 1988, Howard co-founded KNB EFX Group, Inc. with Gregory Nicotero and former partner Robert Kurtzman, and over the past 23 years, they have become one of the most prolific Special Makeup Effects and Character Creation studios in Hollywood.

Specializing in character prosthetics, animatronics, creature creation and replica animals, Howard has over 800 feature film and television credits including INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, The TRANSFORMERS Trilogy, KILL BILL 1 & 2, PREDATORS, SPLICE, THE MIST, VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, THE WALKING DEAD, THE GREEN MILE, and TREE OF LIFE to name a few.  

In 2006 Howard earned an Academy Award for Best Makeup for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. He also won the British Academy Award and Saturn Award that same year for the film's prosthetic makeup.

He's recently completed work on the remake of FRIGHT NIGHT with Colin Farrell, THE GREY with Liam Neeson and is currently working on Disney's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

For Howard it's all about educating the next generation of special makeup effects artists and character creators, and encouraging them to continue forward with their wildest dreams and hopes, as he has done. Howard lives in Sherman Oaks, CA with his 3 children Kelsey, Travis, and Jake.

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Between bringing fantastical creatures to life on the NARNIA films or creating good old fashioned gore on DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK...he's a dedicated genius.
Mark Johnson
Producer of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA films, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

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