Tony McVey

– UK
– Character designer, sculptor, and stop-motion animator.

He started as a model maker in the display division of London’s Natural History Museum before establishing himself in the British film industry as a character designer, sculptor, and stop-motion animator. He worked for Ray Harryhausen on “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”, briefly on “Superman” and on Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”.

He then moved to the US to work at ILM, in the newly created Creature Shop for “Return of the Jedi”, led by Phil Tippett. Following credits there include “Howard the Duck”, “Star Trek 3”, “Gremlins” (with Chris Walas), “Enemy Mine”, “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones”. He later worked for Robert Zemeckis on “Beowulf”, “A Christmas Carol”, and “Mars Needs Moms”.

He collaborated with David Fincher in late 1984, sculpting the “Smoking Fetus” puppet for the American Cancer Society commercial and the head of the chief alien monster for the Rick Springfield music video “Bop ‘Til You Drop”.

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1982. At the Industrial Light & Magic Creature Shop

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1984. Chris Walas and Tony McVey working on “Gremlins”

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1984. Shooting the “Smoking Fetus” commercial for the American Cancer Society (American Cinematographer)


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2009. Concept sculpture for “A Christmas Carol” (Tony McVey)