Award-winning Hollywood special effects creator to speak at Lycoming College

Award-winning Hollywood special effects creator to speak at Lycoming College

Tom Woodruff Jr.

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Tom Woodruff Jr. ’80, an actor and special effects creator, will discuss his creative work and Hollywood career during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall on the Lycoming College campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Woodruff, a Williamsport native, will share his career path from Lycoming College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater, to Hollywood where he’s acted in and created special effects for dozens of movies. He’ll also share the secrets of his most successful films “Death Becomes Her,” for which he earned an Oscar and two other awards; “Aliens,” which was nominated for numerous awards; and “Starship Troopers,” which won a special affects award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Woodruff’s specialty is on creature design, animatronics and other special effects. He also has acted in numerous films including “Zoo Keeper” as Bernie the Gorilla, and various supporting character roles. His work covers a wide-range of talents including producing, directing, writing scripts and music, and designing make up. He also is featured in a number of movie documentaries.

The presentation is sponsored by the Digital Media Communication (Film and Video Arts) program and the Office of College Advancement.

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