Screen Team: Animatronics director Paul Trefry

Our new career Q&A series kicks off with Paul Trefry's insight into being an animatronics artist.

Paul Trefry is an animatronics artist and the director of Creature NFX Workshop. You might recognise his recent working making Percival the pelican for Storm Boy (2019). He has also worked with major film directors such as James Cameron, Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott and Baz Lurhmann.

Paul’s career started in 1984 when he enrolled in a Graphic Design Course at Randwick TAFE in NSW. After completing the course, he travelled to England, where he spent time working at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Bob Keen’s Workshop at Pinewood Studios, and creating sculpture with artist Ron Mueck.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports