Vargo, Mark

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Agent—Paradigm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (some sources cite 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210).


Director, cinematographer, special effects artist, optical and visual effects supervisor, and related positions. Boss Films, worked as optical supervisor and director of photography; affiliated with Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Entertainment Effects Group.

Awards, Honors:

Academy Award nomination (with others), best visual effects, 1985, for Ghostbusters; Visual Effects Society Award nomination (with others), best visual effects photography in a motion picture, 2003, for Stuart Little 2.


Film Second Unit Director:

Tin Cup, Warner Bros., 1996.

Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998.

Paulie, DreamWorks SKG, 1998.

Stuart Little 2, Columbia, 2002.

Runaway Jury, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2003.

Garfield (also known as Garfield: The Movie), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

The Ring 2, DreamWorks SKG, 2005.

Film Cinematographer:

Cobb, Warner Bros., 1994.

(With others) North, Columbia, 1994.

Play It to the Bone (also known as Play It), Buena Vista, 1999.

Out for a Kill, TriStar, 2003.

Film Second Unit Director of Photography:

The Net, Columbia, 1995.

Tin Cup, Warner Bros., 1996.

Mouse Hunt (also known as Mouse Trap), DreamWorks SKG, 1997.

Turbulence, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1997.

Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998.

Director of photography for miniature unit, Desperate Measures, TriStar, 1998.

Paulie, DreamWorks SKG, 1998.

The Green Mile (also known as Stephen King's The Green Mile), Warner Bros., 1999.

Stuart Little, Columbia, 1999.

The Patriot (also known as Der Patriot), Columbia, 2000.

Catwoman, Warner Bros., 2004.

Garfield (also known as Garfield: The Movie), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Film Additional Photographer:

Another Day in Paradise, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Cats & Dogs (also known as Felines and Canines, Fighting Like Cats and Dogs, and Like Cats & Dogs), Warner Bros., 2001.

Director of photography for additional photography, Dark Blue, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2002.

Film Director of Visual Effects Photography:

Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989.

Stay Tuned, Warner Bros., 1992.

In the Line of Fire, Columbia, 1993.

Waterworld, Universal, 1995.

Turbulence, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1997.

Film Visual Effects Supervisor:

Moonstruck, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/Universal, 1987.

Flight of the Intruder, Paramount, 1990.

In the Line of Fire, Columbia, 1993.

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (also known as City Slickers: The Legend of Curly's Gold and City Slickers II), Columbia, 1994.

Outbreak, Warner Bros., 1995.

Film Blue Screen Supervisor:

Out on a Limb, Universal, 1992.

Film Optical Supervisor:

Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984.

2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1984.

Fright Night, Columbia, 1985.

The Boy Who Could Fly, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (also known as Poltergeist II), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1986.

Optical Printer Operator:

Poltergeist, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1982.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (also known as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Paramount, 1982, new edition released as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan—The Director's Edition, 2002.

Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi (also known as Return of the Jedi and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1983.

Film Optical Lineup Worker:

Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1980.

Dragonslayer, Paramount, 1981.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), Paramount, 1981.

Film Camera Operator:

North, Columbia, 1994.

Out for a Kill, TriStar, 2003.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

The Day the World Ended, HBO, 2001.

Television Director; Episodic:

Super Force, syndicated, 1990.

"Neila," Superboy (also known as The Adventures of Superboy), syndicated, 1990.

Television Cinematographer; Pilots:

Glory, Glory, 1998.