(born March 12, 1956) is an American
independent filmmaker and former Hollywood visual effects
engineer.Longoria began making movies in 1970 at the age of 14. He made a feature-length 35 mm film
in Enumclaw, Washington
, moved to Hollywood in 1978, with occasional film and theatre work in Portland, Oregon, New York, and Chicago.
Longoria's Hollywood work, (frequently uncredited) begins in the 1980s, as a member of the technical crew on films such as Ghost Busters
, Return to Oz
, and Captain EO
In 1985, he photographed President Ronald Reagan
in the White House for a large-format film documentary.
In 1992, he created 35 mm
projected backgrounds from small-format film and video elements, for Peter Sellars
's production of Paul Hindemith
's Opera Mathis der Maler
, at London's Royal Opera House
, Covent Garden
More recently, Longoria built camera electronics for 1994 film Terminal Velocity
, optically enlarged Charlie Sheen
and Martin Sheen
's Super 8 mm
home movies for 1999 film Five Aces
, and performed hydraulic special effects on 1997 film Dante's Peak
, which had thelargest water dump (650,000 gallons, weighing 5.4 million pounds) in cinema history.
Longoria is a member of the Visual Effects Society
in Hollywood, and focuses now on making his own films.