Day 71 – Patricia Rose Duigan
Patricia Rose Duigan was a visual effects producer who served in many senior management positions at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) throughout her career. Her first job with ILM was on A New Hope when she joined the production staff when she was 23. Duigan is the woman in the red circle below from this A New Hope ILM group shot.
By 1983 she was the ILM Production Supervisor for Return of the Jedi. I think she’s the woman sitting in the front row of this photo.
Here’s a hilarious story told by Duigan of her ALMOST going to the Academy Awards as well as the story of the beginnings of the ILM daycare center (I’m guessing this occurred while she was their Director of Marketing).
After Return of the Jedi Duigan was an associate producer for the 1984 TV movie The Ewok Adventure. From 1987 to 2007 Duigan produced a variety of TV specials including Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special and The Next Generation’s Impact: 20 Years Later.
In 2008 Duigan teamed up with an off-shoot of ILM called Kerner Optical. With Kerner, Duigan worked as the visual effect executive producer on many effects-heavy films including Terminator Salvation, Avatar, Iron Man 2, and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
Duigan co-authored the 1996 book Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm with Mark Cotta Vaz.
Sources: Industrial Light & Magic: the Art of Special Effects, Memory Alpha Wiki, IMDB.
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