Director: Sidney J. Furie
Cinematography by Ernest Day
Production Design by John Graysmark
Visual effects supervisor: Harrison Ellenshaw
Special effects supervisor: Richard Conway
Supervising matte artist: Peter Ellenshaw
Matte artist assistent: Martin Asbury
Optical effects supervisor: Buena Vista Visual effects: Michael Lloyd
The budget slashing of Superman IV seriously affected the film’s visual effects. Harrison Ellenshaw, who had actually been brought onto the film by director Furie, was ‘very happy and anxious to do it.’ But he quickly discovered that the film’s budget ($17 million) was nowhere close to what the budget had been on any of the first three Superman films ($54 million, $54 million, and $39 million respectively).
Matte painting Maestro Peter Ellenshaw with some of his paintings for Superman IV.
Matte painting assistant Martin Asbury at left and Peter Ellenshaw at right.
Matte painting assistant Martin Asbury.
The real set without the matte painting.