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David Allen (I) (1944–1999)

David Allen was born on October 22, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA as David William Allen. He is known for his work on The Howling (1981), Willow (1988) and Ghostbusters II (1989). He was married to Donita Woodruff. He died on August 16, 1999 in Burbank, California. See full bio »

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Known For

The Howling Visual Effects
Willow Visual Effects
Ghostbusters II Visual Effects
Young Sherlock Holmes Visual Effects


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 2020 The Primevals (visual effects) (post-production)
 1996 The Legend of Galgameth (visual effects supervisor)
 1996 Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (Short documentary) (animator: King Kong sequence)
 1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash (visual effects director)
 1996 The Arrival (visual effects - uncredited)
 1994 Puppet Master 5 (Video) (puppet visual effects)
 1994 Shrunken Heads (visual effects consultant: Full Moon)
 1994 Oblivion (effects director: David Allen Productions)
 1994 Bloodlust: Subspecies III (Video) (animation: David Allen Productions)
 1993 Puppet Master 4 (Video) (puppet effects)
 1993 Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (Video) (animator)
 1993 Prehysteria! (animator) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1993 Robot Wars (effects supervisor) / (stop motion animation)
 1993 Freaked (stop-motion animation)
 1992 Doctor Mordrid (animator)
 1992 Demonic Toys (Video) (stop motion animation)
 1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (Video) (stop-motion animator: David Allen Productions)
 1991 Subspecies (Video) (visual effects director)
 1991 Oscar (animated main title - uncredited)
 1990 Puppet Master II (Video) (visual effects supervisor: David Allen Productions - uncredited)
 1990 Crash and Burn (Video) (effects director)
 1990 Bride of Re-Animator (supervisor: David Allen Productions)
 1989 Robot Jox (stop-motion animation) / (visual effects director)
 1989 Puppet Master (Video) (puppet animator) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (stop motion animator: stop motion ant crew)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (character performer: ILM)
 1988 Pulse Pounders (visual effects supervisor)
 1988 Willow (chief puppeteer)
 1987 *batteries not included (rod puppet/stop motion supervisor: ILM)
 1987 Ghoulies II (stop motion animator: David Allen Productions)
 1987 The Dolls (stop motion effects)
 1986 Eliminators (special optical effects - uncredited)
 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes (motion supervisor: pastry sequence: ILM)
 1985 The Stuff (special visual effects)
 1984 Trancers (stop-motion animator - uncredited)
 1984 The Dungeonmaster (visual effects designer)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (visual effects - segment "4", as David Allan)
 1983 The Hunger (stop motion animator: monkey sequence - uncredited)
 1982 Q (special visual effects)
 1981 Caveman (visual effects supervisor)
 1981 The Howling (stop motion animation)
 1980 Witches' Brew (creator: "Lucifer" demon)
 1979 The Day Time Ended (dimensional animation) / (technical advisor: Special Visual Effects Unit)
 1978 Laserblast (animation effects - as Dave Allen)
 1977 The Crater Lake Monster (stop motion supervisor - as Dave Allen)
 1974 Flesh Gordon (special visual effects)
 1970 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (visual effects assistant - uncredited)
 1970 Equinox (special photographic effects)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Did a stop motion animation King Kong for a memorable TV commercial for Volkswagon (1972)

Alternate Names:

David Allan | Dave Allen

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David loved classical music. He played piano. He had a B.A in English literature. When he died he was trying to complete a movie called The Primevals. It is an out growth of his original film project called Raiders of the Stone Ring, which was only a trailer. He was inspired to pursue stopmotion animation by the film King Kong (1933). He also directed a short film entitled The Magic Treasure. See more »

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