Kent Houston - Details


For visual effects supervisor KENT HOUSTON, working on Vertical Limit was a homecoming. A New Zealander who has worked in London, Europe and Los Angeles since leaving home in 1970,

Houston's most recent films are Titus Andronicus, directed by Julie Taymor, and Angela's Ashes, directed by Alan Parker.
He has worked with producer Lloyd Phillips previously on Hoofbeats, The Edge and 12 Monkeys. His other credits as visual effects supervisor include Portrait of a Lady, Fallen, Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, The Butcher Boy and Mary Reilly.

Houston has a long association with director Terry Gilliam, and he has worked on all the Monty Python films: And Now For Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. He has also worked on all of Gilliam's films since his Monty Python days: Brazil, Jabberwocky, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

His first industry job was with an animation company in London, where he operated the animation camera for Gilliam's Monty Python effects. He invested in and helped manage a computer effects company, Computer Film Company (CFC), which adapted a military computer for film work and did the first-ever digital film composite. CFC went on to win technical Academy Awards and secure many patents, and it was a very successful multinational company by the time Houston sold his interest in it in 1997.