Photo by Joe Ripple
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Klein has been an
artist as long as he can remember. He started with pencil and paper —
usually doodling in class rather than paying attention — and moved in a
more formal direction by taking classes in high school and college. He
has studied drawing, painting, and computer graphics. Ironically, he
decided to go with software development rather than art as a career.
Klein has been
interested in filmmaking and special
effects since he was a teenager. Starting with super 8 film and later
video, Klein and his friends have completed several amateur short films
— many being shown at movie conventions. His biggest amateur project, Monster
will hopefully be finished later this year.
In 2002, a mutual
friend introduced Klein to Don
Dohler. Over the period of several months, he and Dohler chatted
on the phone about movies and filmmaking as well as the possibility of
working together at some point. Then, as luck would have it, Dohler and
Joe Ripple realized they needed assistance completing the special
effects for the movie Stakes. Klein gladly jumped in and became part of
the team. After completing Stakes, Klein
again worked with Dohler and Ripple on Vampire
Sisters, taking on the added responsibility of music. He is
currently heading a team of several FX artists for the visual effects
of Crawler; and Klein created and will
animate the CGI title creature for the movie.
•Klein has practiced
Japanese martial arts since 1985.
•His primary tools
for creating computer effects are Lightwave, After
Effects, Illusion, and Photoshop.
•The effect Klein is
most proud of is from Vampire
Sisters, where a
victim is attacked with a roto zip saw.
•Klein’s film and TV
influences include the original Star Trek, Star
Wars and Alien.