Sam Longoria

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Sam Longoria (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, 2010, 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.

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