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Corbould in 2013
24 December 1962|
London, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Special effects supervisor|
|Years active||1978 – present|
Neil Corbould (//; born 24 December 1962) is a British special effects supervisor best known for his work on major blockbuster films such as Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Black Hawk Down. He is the brother of fellow special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and Paul Corbould.
Corbould was born in London. He started his career in Special Effects in 1978 on Superman: The Movie. This was followed by work on Saturn 3, The Elephant Man, An American Werewolf in London, Victor/Victoria, Pink Floyd – The Wall and Amadeus. In 1985, he started work on his first of three Bond films, as a technician on A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights. He was then given the opportunity of Supervising the floor effects on Licence to Kill. From 1990 to 1996 he worked on many films that included Highlander II: The Quickening, City of Joy, Cliffhanger, Leon and Muppet Treasure Island.
In 1995, he started on The Fifth Element which was his first film in the role of special effects supervisor for which he received a BAFTA. He went on to supervise the science fiction thriller Event Horizon which was followed by Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, for which he received a second BAFTA. This was followed by Entrapment and the Ridley Scott epic Gladiator for which he won an Academy Award. He also received double BAFTA nominations for Gladiator and for Vertical Limit in the same year. This was followed by work on The Mummy Returns and then a second collaboration with Ridley Scott on Black Hawk Down, which was filmed in Morocco.
In 2002, came Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow in Montreal, which earned him his third BAFTA. King Arthur and Kingdom of Heaven followed and, in 2005, he traveled to Australia to start work on Superman Returns. For the work on Superman Returns the Special Effects team received both Oscar and BAFTA Nominations for their work.
In May 2007, he also made his directorial debut filming the pop promo "The Price Ya Gotta Pay" for band Saints of Eden.
In 2012, Corbould supervised the special effects on Red 2, directed by Dean Parisot and starting Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins.
Corbould has just[when?] produced his first movie, The Coward, directed by David Roddham. Coward is a moving and insightful drama that takes us from the idyllic pastures of Ireland to the brutal and senseless trenches of the First World War.
Also in 2013, Corbould supervised the special effects on Hercules: The Thracian Wars, directed by Brett Ratner which was filmed in Budapest, followed by Exodus, which reunited him for the fourth time with director Ridley Scott.
Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón was released in 2013. Corbould was part of the visual effects team that supervised the practical effects element of the movie and was instrumental in the process of getting Gravity from script to screen. He worked closely with Tim Webber, the visual effects supervisor, in creating the ground breaking visual effects for the movie.
Corbould is currently looking to direct Billingsgate, set in 1727, which tells a story of a young woman’s brutal journey to womanhood and her fight for survival in the bare-knuckle fighting world of 18th Century London.