Boyd began his career in in the film industry in 1985 at Apogee Productions. He spent his first 5 years in the business coordinating, producing, supervising and then directing Visual Effects for commercials at Apogee, earning Clio and Mobius Advertising Awards along the way, working with directors including John Dykstra, Tony, Ridley & Jake Scott, Jim Giddens, Mikael Soloman, Jan DeBont, Eric Saarinen, Dominic Sena, David Kellogg, among numerous others.
After co-directing and supervising several commercials with Jan DeBont, Jan asked Boyd to design and supervise the visual effects for his first film, "Speed" ($80M budget, 20th Century Fox). The visual effects on that film earned a BAFTA nomination for Visual Effects and a coveted spot at the Academy Bake Off.
Boyd has since lent his talents as the Overall Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd unit Director to such films as "Batman Forever" ($100M budget, Warner Brothers), "Face Off" ($80M budget, Paramount), "Gone in 60 Seconds" ($90M budget, Touchstone/Bruckheimer), "Pushing Tin" ($60M budget, 20th Century Fox), "Swordfish" ($102M budget, Warner Brothers), "Invasion" ($65M budget, Warner Brothers), "Fantastic Four 2: Rise of Silver Surfer" ($130M budget, 20th Century Fox), and "Poseidon" ($170M budget, Warner Brothers), for which he received a nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Between 2007~2009, Boyd designed all the action sequences and supervised the visual effects for "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" ($175M Budget, Paramount Pictures). This film took nearly two years to complete and has over 1650 visual effects shots.
In 2012, Boyd completed work on "Journey2:The Mysterious Island" ($80M budget, New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers). This was his first foray into native Stereo3D photography and he fell in love with it. Journey 2 also provided additional opportunities for creature animation, 2nd Unit Directing and a wide assortment of “earth shattering” effects. It was also an opportunity to direct Sir Michael Caine, Dwayne Johnson, alongside Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens on motion capture and light stages. More recently, Boyd completed work on Metallica's Through the Never 3D concert and Fantasy film. Motivated by another opportunity to work in Native Stereo3D, Through the Never gave Boyd another chance to explore and master the format while providing world shattering effects for film.
It also helped Boyd maintain a presence in the visual effects arena while he embarked on a development program of his own feature film scripts. Working with Feature Directors such as Mike Newell, Wolfgang Petersen and others has given Boyd a solid foundation on which to launch his own Feature Directing career. And experience in every aspect of creative film making; creating drama, action and futuristic sequences from conception, budget breakdown, lighting and photography, motion capture, CG animation and environments, all the way through to editing and D.I., has helped Boyd master these powerful tools to be a serious director in this era of filmmaking.
Steps are being taken to form a production company to further these efforts.
Boyd is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Directors Guild of America.
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