"Everybody loves a good story," states Kevin Pike.
Witness his explanation of how he got into the film business:
Over the years, Kevin has garnered several awards and nominations, including an Emmy (1994-95) for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects for "Earth 2," an Amblin/Universal, as well as being considered for an Oscar nomination for his work as Special Effects Supervisor on "Back to the Future," the Amblin/Universal feature. He recently earned a Clio for the Best Special Effects (2000) on a Levi commercial for director, Michael Bay, called "Invisible Man".
At the same time Kevin was demonstrating his expertise in the realm of Special Effects, he formed his own production company, Filmtrix Inc., in 1983 and joined the Directors' Guild of America in 1985. He began directing commercials such as the much-lauded spot for British Petroleum Motor Oil, entitled "Car Crusher," which received a Clio nomination in 1989 for International TV/Cinema Recognition in the Automotive Category, the Houston International Film Festival Silver Award, and an International Monitor Award nomination.
He also has directed Second Unit on some projects (including the award-winning "Earth 2"), along with music videos, industrials, documentaries and title sequences.
His experience over the years has taught Kevin that he likes challenges, the newness, the unknown elements of film-making, and that this is a determining factor in his goal of furthering his career as a Director. As he points out, "I am not afraid of what I don't know. You can learn so much through the experience of the adventure. I am able to grasp the overview of a project and then develop the camaraderie of the crew necessary to meet the goals."
Currently, when in between Special Effects assignments, Kevin is developing feature projects that, ironically, are not what would be considered Special Effects films. When asked about that, Kevin states, "I feel there should be respect for what Special Effects can bring to a film. But a good story is first; and the effects should compliment the story."
Kevin's love for the medium is evident when he observes, "Film is so lasting: our opinions, our work, can be enjoyed and studied for as long as the medium exists. To express the art --to have it experienced -- well into the future, is one of the major attractions the art form holds for the artist's legacy."