Volker Engel, President, Uncharted Territory
He started his film career in Germany in 1988 as VFX Supervisor for Emmerich's Moon 44. Emmerich hired him again in 1995 to supervise a team of 325 artists for Independence Day. Volker's work earned him an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1996. He then went on to lead the VFX team for Emmerich's production of Godzilla.
In 1999, he co-founded the production company Uncharted Territory in Los Angeles with Marc Weigert to develope and produce feature films. The first of these independent projects was an adventure movie titled Coronado. He and Marc also co-produced the four-hour mini series Dark Kingdom - The Dragon King and the six-hour Sci-Fi Channel mini series The Triangle together with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin.
In 1998 Volker received the highest honor for a citizen of his home country, the Order of Merit by German President Roman Herzog. He has also been given the title of Professor by his home state and teaches Film and Media Production whenever his schedule allows. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and the Producer's Guild of America. He also has served for three terms as a member of the board of directors and is a member of the Visual Effects Society.
Volker lives in Los Angeles.