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Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company he founded in 1989, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, Malta and Dubai. As Stargate's principal director, cinematographer and VFX supervisor, Sam draws from his extensive expertise in film, television and visual effects to lead over 200 talented producers, CGI artists and technicians.
A graduate of the UCLA graduate school of Fine Arts, Sam has been involved in film and television production for over thirty years. From his first experience as on-set visual effect supervisor on "Star Trek I" and the groundbreaking "Max Headroom," to his Emmy Awards for best Visual Effects for TNT's "Battlegound" and NBC's "Heroes," Sam has built Stargate into an international leader in digital imaging for high concept television, feature films and commercials.
Currently working on multiple domestic and international projects, Sam and the Stargate team support the VFX for multiple series including "The Walking Dead," "Touch," "Dr. Who" and "Dracula." Some of his motion picture credits include supervising and producing the visual effects for feature films such as "Ghostbusters II," "Highlander II," "Naked Gun 33 1/3," "White Noise" and "Phantom."
Sam has extensive experience with the latest digital cameras and is an expert director in the complex world of VFX and virtual production. Sam consults, tests and shoots with latest digital camera systems from Canon, Arriflex, Sony and RED, including exotic digital hybrid cameras from Lockheed, Weisscam and the Fraunhofer Institute.
As CEO of Stargate Studios, Sam has built a dynamic international network of production partners interconnected with Stargate's proprietary Virtual Operating System (VOS) which seamlessly integrates the entire Stargate global network of VFX studios. As a cinematographer, Sam has created Stargate's "Virtual Backlot," one of the most extensive stock footage "environment" libraries.
Sam Nicholson is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a member of the Directors Guild of America, an IA Director of Photography, a Canon "Emeritus Explorer of Light" and a multiple award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society.