Chad Atkinson is a veteran Special Effects Artist from Los Angeles who has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. Chads early career started when he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Michigan.
He then moved to Pennsylvania to study Industrial Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he cut his teeth in special effects make up. Upon moving to sunny Los Angeles, Chad was employed by Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. co-owned by Oscar-winning artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. He worked as a mould maker and fabricator on major films such as STARSHIP TROOPERS, ALIEN RESURRECTION, MY FAVOURITE MARTIAN and X-FILES THE MOVIE.
After working with Oscar-winning make-up artist Mathew Mungle on films such as DEEP BLUE SEA and BOWFINGER, he took his talents to the internationally renowned KNB EFX GROUP INC. Under the helm of Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, Chad worked on a series Oscar and Emmy award-winning films such as CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and DUNE. A work opportunity was awarded when Chad took a job in Australia as an on set artist for HBO’s THE PACIFIC.
The series was nominated for an Emmy and won for Best Prosthetics in a TV series. Since moving to Australia in 2009, Chad has formed his own special effects company and has landed key roles heading the prosthetics department for both KILLER ELITE and PATRICK, as well as freelance work on THE LOVED ONES, TERRA NOVA series and the Oscar-nominated film THE HOBBIT