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      Patrick Tatopoulos

      Patrick Tatopoulos

      Highest Rated: 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Battlefield Earth (2000)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      Patrick Tatopoulos spent the early parts of his life in France and Greece before coming to the United States to build creatures for film special effects departments. After beginning his career on the movie adaptation of the video game "Super Mario Bros.," Tatopoulos was hired to design the appearance of Roland Emmerich's 1994 science fiction action movie "Stargate," which would showcase Tatopoulos' talent for creating worlds. Through his distinctive vision and designs, Tatopoulos quickly advanced to production designer. He created singular looks for spectacular action and science fiction blockbusters like "Independence Day," "Dark City," and "I, Robot." As his career progressed, Tatopoulos became a frequent collaborator with directors Emmerich, David Twohy, and Alex Proyas. In 2003, he was the production designer for director Len Wiseman on the supernatural action movie "Underworld," and this would lead to another fruitful relationship for Tatopoulos. After contributing to the sequel "Underworld: Evolution," also directed by Wiseman, Tatopoulos was given the reins for the third picture in the series. The 2009 prequel "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," which featured actors Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy, was Tatopoulos' first film as a director. In 2011, Tatopoulos began a regular role as a judge for the special effects-themed television reality show competition "Face Off."

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      UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, director Patrick Tatopoulos, writer Len Wiseman, on set, 2009. ©Screen Gems UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, director Patrick Tatopoulos, on set, 2009. ©Screen Gems Face Off, Patrick Tatopoulos, 'Cry Wolf', Season 6, Ep. #14, 04/15/2014, ©SYFY UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, from left: Bill Nighy, director Patrick Tatopoulos, on set, 2009. ©Screen Gems Face Off, Patrick Tatopoulos (L), Neville Page (R), 'Immortal Enemies', Season 3, Ep. #11, 10/30/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, Glenn Hetrick (L), Ve Neill (C), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'Dinoplasty', Season 2, Ep. #9, 03/07/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, McKenzie Westmore (L), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'The Laughing Dead', Season 5, Ep. #11, 10/15/2013, ©SYFY Face Off, Ve Neill (L), Patrick Tatopoulos (C), Catherine O'Hara (R), 'Burtonesque', Season 2, Ep. #8, 02/29/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, Patrick Tatopoulos, Neville Page, 'A Force To Be Reckoned With', Season 3, Ep. #1, 08/21/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Patrick Tatopoulos, Neville Page, McKenzie Westmore, Glenn Hetrick, 'Immortal Enemies', Season 3, Ep. #11, 10/30/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, McKenzie Westmore (L), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'Monster Twist', Season 3, Ep. #7, 10/02/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, McKenzie Westmore (L), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'Monster Twist', Season 3, Ep. #7, 10/02/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, Neville Page, Patrick Tatopoulos, 'Immortal Enemies', Season 3, Ep. #11, 10/30/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, Tom Savini (L), Catherine O'Hara (C), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'Return To Oz', Season 2, Ep. #1, 01/11/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Tom Savini, McKenzie Westmore, Catherine O'Hara, Patrick Tatopoulos, 'Water World', Season 2, Ep. #2, 01/18/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Tom Savini, Ve Neill, Patrick Tatopoulos, Asher Roth, 'Rock Your Body', Season 2, Ep. #3, 01/25/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, Patrick Tatopoulos (L), Neville Page (R), 'Immortal Enemies', Season 3, Ep. #11, 10/30/2012, ©SYFY Face Off, McKenzie Westmore (L), Patrick Tatopoulos (R), 'Guitar Gods', Season 6, Ep. #4, 02/04/2014, ©SYFY Face Off, from left: Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, McKenzie Westmore, Patrick Tatopoulos, Neville Page, 'A Force To Be Reckoned With', Season 3, Ep. #1, 08/21/2012, ©SYFY

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Damsel Production Design - 2024
      72% 93% Zack Snyder's Justice League Production Design - 2021
      39% 95% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Production Design $113.9M 2019
      39% 67% Justice League Production Design $227.0M 2017
      29% 63% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Production Design $330.2M 2016
      46% 51% 300: Rise of an Empire Production Design $106.6M 2014
      31% 47% Total Recall Production Design $58.9M 2012
      29% 63% Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Director $45.8M 2009
      82% 86% Live Free or Die Hard Production Design $134.5M 2007
      17% 72% Underworld: Evolution Production Design $62.3M 2006
      56% 70% I, Robot Production Design $144.8M 2004
      3% 12% Battlefield Earth Production Design,
      Costume Design
      $21.5M 2000
      76% 85% Dark City Production Design $14.3M 1998
      68% 75% Independence Day Production Design $306.2M 1996

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Face Off Judge 2011-2012