Tim Naylor

Co-founder | Creature Art & Mechanics; Creative Technologies Consultant | ExoTools

Tim Naylor's childhood love for creatures has evolved into a successful career in computer graphics. The 1997 Digital Media grad helped to create the Michael Jackson Hologram at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014, along with dozens of digital characters seen in a range of blockbuster movies.

Tim has worked as a senior rigging technical director and in a variety of other roles at both Digital Domain and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the visual effects arm of Lucasfilm. He's made Megatron move in Transformers, buzzed droids open and closed in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and gave Davy Jones's tentacles the ability to play the piano in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - a film that won Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards in 2007.

Tim also co-founded the San Rafael, California design firm Creature Art & Mechanics, where he and his team worked to develop the next-generation digital creature technology for the entertainment industry. The studio went on to merge with Pulse Evolution, a company specializing in hyper-realistic holograms used in live performances. Since then, he has founded ExoTools, a consulting company specializing in software and pipelines for the entertainment industry.


Michael Jackson Hologram (Billboard Music Awards, 2014), Jack The Giant Slayer, Rango, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Hulk, The Day After Tomorrow

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I was fascinated by what you didn't see on screen – about how the creature needed to look and why it needed to operate the way it did.”
—Tim Naylor
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