Clark James

Special Effects Coordinator

SCRIPT BREAKDOWNS, SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGN, COMPREHENSIVE BUDGETS, CREW COORDINATION, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, FOLLOWUP REPORTS

Clark James has brought his talents to many of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster films, television shows and live stage productions over the past 35 years. His special effects expertise includes miniature special effects, pyrotechnics, dynamic rigging, and interaction with visual effects processes. Also a skilled magician, Clark approaches special effects with a keen attention to details that help sell the overall effect. Vital to his success is his ability to comprehensively organize multiple and complex projects, and deliver on time, safely.

In 2013, Clark was elected to the executive board of the Alliance of Special Effects and Pyrotechnic Operators (ASEPO) who fosters and promotes safe industry practices, and advocates with government regulatory agencies and committees on behalf of its members and industry. He sits on the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Fog & Smoke Working Group, and on the California State Fire Marshal's Special Effects Advisory Committee (SEAC). 

MEMBERSHIPS, LICENSES & TRAINING

• IATSE Local 44 (26 yrs) - Special Effects Classification
• California Pyrotechnic Operator License (31 yrs) - SFX 1st Class
• Federal Explosives License - Type 20, Manufacturer of High Explosives
• DOT HazMat Training Re-Certification (2018)
• Alliance of Special Effects & Pyrotechnic Operators (29 yrs)
• Local 44 Special Effects Training Course (2008-9)
• Cal Fire Special Effects Advisory Committee (1 yr)
• Entertainment Services Technology Association (4 yrs)
• Los Angeles County Fire Safety Officer Training (1994)
• Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (22 Yrs)
• Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (14 Yrs)
• Visual Effects Society (24 yrs)
• Scuba - Open Water (29 yrs)
• Hollywood Magic Castle (40 yrs) - Honorary Lifetime Member
• SAG-AFTRA (30 yrs)

SPECIAL EFFECTS PREP & OPERATION

Wind, Snow, Ice, Cobwebs, Dust, Torches, Sparks, Fire, Explosions, Breakaways, Smoke, Fog, Steam, Rain, Water Effects, Slimes, Dynamic Rigging, Flying, Vehicle Effects, Bullet Effects, Blood Gags, Knives, Arrows, Mechanical Devices, Radio Control, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Stunt Props, Miniatures, Magic Effects and Illusions, Puppets, ...

CUSTOM DESIGN & FABRICATION

Metal Fabrication, Plastic Fabrication, Electro-Mechanical Design, Electronic Circuit Design & Code Writing, CAD, CNC, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting/Etching, Thermoforming, Vacuum Forming, Mold-Making, ...

EQUIPMENT AND ASSETS

Full assortment of gear for fx operations detailed above
Special effects working trailer: loaded with fx gear & fabrication space
Versatile toy trailer: custom loaded to suit projects
Electric flatbed utility cart
Metalworking machines: cutters, formers, mills, lathes, welders, ...
Gen. fabrication machines: shop saws, grinders, sanders, drills, ...
High-quality rigging gear: flying systems, capstan winch, ratchet, ...
Vacuum-forming machines
CO2 Laser cutter/etcher
3D additive printers
Electronics equipment: testers, power supplies, fabrication tools, ...
Moldmaking equipment: mixers, pressure dispenser, vacuum chamber, ...
Air quality monitor systems: theatrical fog, particulate, CO2, O2, CO
Software: Rhino, Solidworks, Sketchup, Proteus, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Excel, Final Cut, After Effects, Logic, ...

THREE DECADES OF TOP SHOWS & PRODUCTIONS

Danger Force
Henry Danger
Fairly OddParents
Game Shakers
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Fosters
Robot Chicken
True Jackson, V.P.
iCarly
Victorious
Lab Rats
Glee
Community
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Enterprise
Outsourced
Rules of Engagement
X-Testers
Prime Suspect
Body of Proof
Rizzoli & Isles
A.N.T. Farm
World's Worst Tenants
Conan O'Brien Show
Up All Night
The Execs
Mad Love
Bridesmaids
Hop
Green Hornet
Iron Man 2
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Squeakquel
Serenity
The Italian Job
Hulk
Haunted Mansion
Looney Tunes
I Spy
The Punisher
Terminal
Criss Angel: Amystika
MGM Grand: Kaleidoscope
Hollywood Magic Castle
Kwikset Locks
USSB Satellite
Levis
Penn & Teller
Opera Pacific
Club Regent Casino
Marina Del Rey Marriott
City of Santa Barbara
Angels & Demons
Star Trek: 2009
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Captain America: The First Avenger
Divergent
AI: Artificial Intelligence
Fantasia 2000
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
Live Free or Die Hard
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
      No Good, Very Bad Day
White House Down
Star Trek: Nemesis
X-Men: The Last Stand
War of the Worlds
Fathom
Lemony Snickets
Spiderman 2
Terminator 3
Minority Report
Fifth Element
Dante's Peak
Titanic
Armageddon
Contact
Chain of Command
Chain Reaction
Terminator II/3D
Apollo 13
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Oceans Twelve
Sergeant Bilko
Venus on the Halfshell
Austin Powers: Goldmember
Runaway Jury
Catch Me If You Can
Zathura
National Treasure
Leagally Blonde 2
Lady Killers
Cabin Boy
Duran Duran
Bette Middler
Yumi
Kiss / Motley Crue
Coldplay
Yani
Barry Manilow
Hollywood Bowl
Neil Young
Meatloaf