George Merkert has had pivotal roles in the development and management of three production companies. He is deeply experienced in making the difficult decisions required to build and manage enterprises based on creative talent.
George graduated from The Colorado College with a degree in English Literature. He then spent four years working as a cowboy, oil field roughneck and ski instructor to save money for film school. He attended The Film School Of Half Moon Bay after which he joined Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.
During his seven years with Colossal he rose to become Executive Producer and General Manager. Under George’s stewardship, Colossal grew from a tiny, unheralded company into a powerhouse TV commercial, music video animation and motion picture visual effects production company with an international reputation.
Following his tenure with Colossal Pictures George joined MetroLight Studios. At MetroLight he established the company’s production department and was the architect of the company’s cost control systems. Also while at MetroLight he produced the animated Skeleton Sequence for Total Recall which won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
During the formative years of Sony Pictures Imageworks, George held the post of Executive Producer. In this capacity he organized the company’s production department and managed all of the company’s productions. He negotiated or approved all of the company’s deals for creative visual effects and animation services. While with Imageworks George produced visual effects and animation for Starship Troopers. The budget for this work, which George managed, was over US $36 million. Starship Troopers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1998.
George was also Executive Producer for the C.A.F.E. division of PDI (since renamed Dreamworks Animation) where he supervised the production of visual effects and animation for Forces Of Nature, Mission Impossible 2 and The Legend Of Bagger Vance.
In addition to producing visual effects and animation for many motion pictures, George has produced more than 100 TV commercials, music videos and other short films. He has also written and developed several screenplays. George’s writings on his adventures in sports competitions have been widely published on the internet.
The writers of the TV show Breaking Bad named a character after George (“ASAC Merkert”) to acknowledge his contribution to their development of the series’s protagonist character, Walter White.
George serves on the Board of Advisors for Image College of Arts Animation and Technology (ICAAT), an animation and visual effects training company headquartered in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
Additionally, George has given numerous talks on topics of interest to animation and visual effects professionals and students and has served as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
Motion Pictures and Television
Breaking Bad – (creative consultant – uncredited) – Sony Pictures Television
Barbershop 2 – MGM
A Sound Of Thunder – Warner Brothers
Conviction – Paramount & Showtime
Alavandaan – V Creations
The Legend Of Bagger Vance – Dreamworks and Fox
Forces Of Nature – Dreamworks
Stigmata – MGM
As Good As It Gets – TriStar
Starship Troopers – TriStar Nominated for Academy Award For Best Visual Effects
The Ghost And The Darkness – Paramount
Money Train – Columbia
James And the Giant Peach – Disney
Anaconda – Columbia
Die Hard 3 With a Vengeance – Cinergi
Judge Dredd – Cinergi
The Net – Columbia
Virtuosity – Paramount
Johnny Mnemonic – TriStar
Wolf – Columbia
The Pelican Brief – Warner Brothers
My Life – Columbia
In The Line of Fire – Columbia
So I Married An Axe Murderer – TriStar
Total Recall – TriStar Winner of ACADEMY AWARD For Special Visual Effects
MAIN TITLE SEQUENCES – Motion Pictures and Television
Godzilla — TriStar
Peggy Sue Got Married — Zoetrope
Too Far To Go — Zoetrope
One From the Heart — Zoetrope
The Cotton Club — Orion
The Twilight Zone — CBS
Friday the 13th The Series — Paramount Nominated for an EMMY for Best TV Show Open
At The Movies — Tribune Entertainment
Music Television (many)
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
International Institute for Film Financing, Los Angeles – How the Time Got Right for Funding Big Movies With Kickstarter (Kinda Kinda)
FICCI Frames Conference Anatomy Of A Visual Effects Production Seminar in Mumbai, India – How To Make Money In Visual Effects Production
University of Colorado Film School in Boulder, Colorado – How To Have A Career In Motion Pictures
Roy J. Wasson High School Media Studies Department in Colorado Springs, Colorado – How To Make It In Showbiz
Image College Of Arts, Animation and Technology Seminars in Hyderabad, Chennai and Trichur , India – You Can Do It!, an inspirational speech for media students.
Florida Film Festival – Next Art Seminar Presentation entitled They’ll Make Psychos Of Us All! (How Filmmakers Think About The Way Information Technology Influences Our Lives)
NOTABLE ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Three Time Winner US National Inline Downhill Championship 2001, 2002, 2004
Second place North American Inline Downhill Championships 2006
Twenty fourth World Inline Downhill Championships 2007
Thirty seventh World Inline Downhill Championships 2009
Second place North American Inline Downhill Championships 2008
Fourth place North Anerican Inline Downhill Championships 2010
Finished season long points competition in first, second or third place in age group in NASTAR ski racing and invited to NASTAR US National Championship Ski Race 5 conscecutive years.