Kent Houston

Kent Houston
Forename/s: 
Kent
Family name: 
Houston
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Interview Number: 
551
Interview Date(s): 
7 Jun 2006
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Kent Houston is best known for his work on Casino Royale (2006), Twelve Monkeys (1995) and The Princess Bride (1987). He began in the industry in 1971 as an animation cameraman for Bob Godfrey which was soon followed by an introduction to Director/Designer/Actor, Terry Gilliam and a life-long collaboration. In 1976 Kent founded (with Gilliam) the Peerless Camera Company. Peerless became quickly established as a leading visual effects house and was the first European company to offer Flame and Inferno. A further collaboration with Gilliam was the acquiring of a part-ownership of Computer Film Company, a business which became a world leader in digital image manipulation for the motion picture industry, designing amongst other things, the Northlight film scanner and Keylight compositing software. The CFC interest was eventually sold and the Computer Film Company was historically purchased by Framestore. Kent continues to oversee a thriving Peerless Camera Company while working as a freelance Visual Effects Supervisor.