George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron are familiar names to even the most casual of sci-fi movie fans. And they should be; collectively, this crew has mounted some of the most iconic movies in the history of the genre. But behind the scenes, there are scores of visual effects artists who play an essential role in creating these worlds set in a galaxy far, far away whose names you likely don't know. Until now.

As the X-Men battle Godzilla for this summer's box office domination, we're paying tribute to The Artists Behind Iconic Sci-Fi Films.

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