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Wes Ford Takahashi is an American visual effects animator and animation supervisor who has worked for motion picture visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic.[1] He is known for his special effects work on numerous films; his efforts include animating the time travel sequences for all three films in the Back to the Future trilogy,[2] as well as animating the "boy on the moon" in the DreamWorks logo.[1][3] He is the former head of ILM's animation department.

Wes Takahashi
Wes Ford Takahashi
EducationHampshire College
University of California, Los Angeles
OccupationVisual effects artist and animator
Years active1985–present

Education and careerEdit

Takahashi attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles, both of which enabled him to study computer graphics and animation. He began working at Industrial Light & Magic in the early 1980s and subsequently rose to become the head of its animation department. After essentially ceasing work with ILM in the 1990s, he helped to establish the New Zealand-based effects studio Weta Digital with filmmaker Peter Jackson.[1][3] He has been with International Technological University since 2011 and currently works as the Department Chair of its Digital Arts Faculty.[3]

Along with Charlie McClellan and Richard Taylor, Takahashi received a nomination for Best Special Effects at the 23rd Saturn Awards in 1997 for their work on the 1996 film The Frighteners. Takahashi has acted in minor roles in several Rob Schneider comedy films and served as an external art director for the 2006 video game Eragon.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Subject: Wes Ford Takahashi". Animators' Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ Failes, Ian (21 October 2015). "The future is today: how ILM made time travel possible". FXGuide. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Digital Arts Faculty". International Technological University. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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