James Isaac Biography

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American Jim Isaac began his career in the playhouse, where he wrote, produced and directed numerous original plays.

Years later, Isaac was hired by Lucasfilm to work in the special effects creature shot on the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi (1983). Isaac continued to work as an animatronics technician and key puppeteer on films such as Gremlins (1984), and The Fly (1986). The latter of which earned his team an Oscar for Special Visual Effects.

Isaac moved on to supervising the effects on a series of very successful motion pictures including Arachnophobia (1990), Ace Ventura (1994), Virtuosity (1995) and eXistenz (1999).

In the late '80s, Isaac began an association with producer Sean S. Cunningham, whose projects included the horror film, House II: The Second Story (1987) and the underwater thriller DeepStar Six (1989). After taking over major production duties and directing House III: The Horror Show (1989), Isaac continued to hone his directing skills by working as a second unit director in the films, Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and the video, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998).

At the start of the new millenium, he was asked to return to the creative helm of the tenth film in the legendary Friday the 13th film series, Jason X (2002).

Filmography (director):

Jason X(2002)
House III: The Horror Show (1989)

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