Hiroshi KatagiriDirector / Creature effects sculptor
    Hiroshi Katagiri was born in Japan, loved film as a child, showed artistic talent, and moved to the US at age 18 to pursue a career in special makeup effects. He became a primary artist at Stan Winston Studios, mastering the art of sculpture and character creation at a high level, which led to him being a sought-after (creature) designer by Steven Spielberg (3 films – Jurassic Park, A.I., and War of the Worlds), as well as Rob Marshal, Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, and others. His 39 film credits in special effects, and 11 in makeup effects also include such titles as Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien v Predator Requiem, Cabin in the Woods, and The Hunger Games. His TV credits include being part of an Emmy winning team for The X-Files. He is a true fan of the horror genre, and has written and directed several acclaimed horror shorts.
    L: Hiroshi as a boy in Japan; R: as a young artist w Stan Winston Studio

    Hiroshi is dedicated to his craft, loves to work, and also loves to teach. His sculpture seminars are widely attended in both the US and Japan. He is a longtime student of Aikido – a Japanese martial art that teaches one to “unify their life energy”.

    It has been his ultimate dream to now produce and direct a full length feature film that will scare the pants off its audience, and he is thankful for all interest and support.

    Top, L to R: Cabin in the Woods, Zathura, and Hunger Games; bottom - a man of many sculptures, many creatures

    Steven Spielberg telling Hiroshi (far left) he loves his sculpture of David (from A.I., scene where David sees the replications at the robot factory). Looking on, far right – Hiroshi’s boss at the time, the legendary Stan Winston.