Meet Kevin Pike

Kevin Pike - Behemoth of special effects

Kevin Pike is a colossus in the world of special and visual effects. As an artist he worked on three Star Trek films and on Star Trek: Enterprise. He first worked as custom props special effects artist on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 and in 1982 as special effects artist on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In 1998, Pike worked as visual effects pyrotechnician on Star Trek: Insurrection and in 2005 as special effects technician on the Enterprise fourth season’

Pike made his start into the business by working as labourer and painter on Steven Spielberg’s thriller Jaws in 1975. He also worked in the special effects department on the sharks. He then worked as special effects assistant and technician and propmaker on the television series  The Bionic Woman (1977) and The Incredible Hulk (1977, with Ted Koerner) and many others.

His film work as special effects technician include , Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, with Bob Baker, Ted Koerner, and Robert Short), Jaws 2 (1978) and 1941 (1979).

In the 1980s, Pike worked as special effects artist on Escape from New York (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), the thriller Suburbia (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the comic adaptation The Punisher (1989).

His work on Back to the Future earned him a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in the category Best Special Effects in 1986. Also in 1986, Pike earned a BAFTA Film Award nomination in the category Best Special Visual Effects for Back to the Future which he shared with Ken Ralston. In 1990, he received another Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Special Effects for his work on Moonwalker which he shared with Hoyt Yeatman.

Between 1994 and 1995, Pike worked as special effects supervisor on the short-lived science fiction series Earth 2. He also worked as second unit director on the episodes “First Contact” and “Lessons”. For the pilot episode, Pike won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement – Special Visual Effect in 1995 which he shared with Daniel J. Lombardo and Tim Landry.

Other projects Pike worked on in the 1990s, mostly as special effects supervisor, include Hook (1991), the comedy Beethoven (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), the comedy The Flintstones (1994), Ed Wood (1994), The Puppet Masters (1994), the thriller Eye for an Eye (1996), Fight Club (1999), the television drama A Season for Miracles (1999), and the television series Sparks (1996-1997), The Good News (1998), For Your Love (1998), Malcolm & Eddie (1998), Brimstone (1998), Jesse (1998), and Judging Amy (1999).

Further credits as special effects supervisor include the television series Friends (2000), Will & Grace (2002), Everybody Loves Raymond (2005),  Two and a Half Men (2006),  Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2009) and the movies Scream 3 (2000), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Jurassic Park III (2001),  the comic adaptation Fantastic Four (2005), and the horror film Feast (2005).

Today, Pike works as a screenwriting consultant.

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