Roger Guyett

ILM Visual Effects Supervisor / Second Unit Director


Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett discusses the visual effects challenges overcome for the intergalactic manhunt portrayed in J. J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”. From the on-set approach to the effects work to constructing a Starfleet and building and destroying future San Francisco and London, Guyett will cover the creative solutions developed for the film.


Roger Guyett joined ILM in 1994 to work on the groundbreaking computer animation in Casper. He was a principal member of the team that produced over forty minutes of 3D character animation, marking the first time in cinematic history that a leading role was played by an entirely synthetic actor.

In 1995, Guyett led the technical direction of key sequences in Dragonheart, where ILM’s proprietary facial animation software brought Draco the CG dragon to life. As computer graphics supervisor on Twister, he oversaw a team of digital artists that created stunning images of one of nature’s fiercest weather events. Three years later, Guyett was recognized with a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his innovative work as co-visual effects supervisor on Saving Private Ryan. For his work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Guyett earned both Oscar and BAFTA nominations and won the Visual Effects Society Award for Best Visual Effects.

Most recently, Guyett was the Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director for J. J. Abrams’ blockbuster re-imagining of the legendary Star Trek franchise. For the 2009 film, Guyett again received Oscar and BAFTA nominations as well as a VES nomination for Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature. For the most recent installment, Star Trek Into Darkness. Guyett reprised his role as Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director.

In 2009, Guyett was named to the PGA ‘Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers List’ by the Producer’s Guild of America which honors those who have made the most vibrant and exciting contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling.

Guyett, born and raised in Great Britain, worked in the video and film post-production industry for eight years. He supervised numerous award-winning commercial, television and film projects for clients such as Ridley Scott and Amblin Entertainment.