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Nick Allder is an English special effects supervisor and coordinator. He started his career as an assistant camera operator and moved, after eight years, into special effects. He has won multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for the science-fiction film The Fifth Element (1997). Allder has worked on the set of high-grossing films such as the epic space opera The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the historical drama film Braveheart (1995).

Nick Allder
Nicholas John Allder

(1943-02-10) February 10, 1943 (age 76)
OccupationFilm special effects artist
Years active1968–present
Susan Penning (m. 1980–1999)



Allder started his professional career as an assistant camera operator, making advertisements. After eight years, he moved on to special effects.[1]


In addition to winning an Academy Award for Alien and a BAFTA Award for The Fifth Element, Allder was nominated for an additional Saturn Award for Best Special Effects for Alien and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for the fantasy film Legend (1985) [2]


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Year Film Genre
1969 Battle of Britain
1969 Moon Zero Two Science fiction
1976 Yellow Dog
1978 The Medusa Touch Supernatural thriller
1975 – 78 Space: 1999 Science-fiction TV series
1979 Alien Science-fiction horror
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Epic space opera
1980 The Sea Wolves War
1981 Nighthawks Thriller
1982 Conan the Barbarian
1982 The Final Option
1982 The Sender
1982 Cosmic Princess
1983 The Return of the Soldier
1983 The Keep
1984 Top Secret!
1985 Legend Fantasy
1985 The Jewel of the Nile
1986 Solarbabies
1987 The Princess Bride
1988 The Rescue
1989 Leviathan
1990 A Chinese Ghost Story II
1991 Shuttlecock
1992 City of Joy
1994 The Professional
1994 MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday
1995 Braveheart Historical drama
1996 Muppet Treasure Island
1997 The Fifth Element Science-fiction
1998 Lost in Space
1999 Cleopatra
1999 The Criminal
2000 Highlander: Endgame
2001 The Lost Empire TV mini-series
2001 Just Visiting
2001 Behind Enemy Lines
2002 Blade II
2003 Shanghai Knights
2003 Underworld
2004 Hellboy
2005 The Cave
2005 An American Haunting
2007 Blood and Chocolate
2007 The Company TV mini-series
2007 The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
2011 Weapon
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D superhero


  1. ^ "Space: 1999 Year One Brochure: Special Effects". Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  2. ^ Awards for Nick Allder on IMDb

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