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Patrick Tatopoulos is a Actor, Director, Production Design, Costume Designer, Creature Design and Special Effects French

Patrick Tatopoulos

Patrick Tatopoulos
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Nationality France
Birth at Paris (France)

Patrick Tatopoulos is a French-Greek production designer, who lives and works in the United States. His designs have appeared in numerous motion pictures, including Pitch Black, Underworld, I, Robot, The Chronicles of Riddick, Independence Day, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Stargate, Spawn, Godzilla, Stuart Little, I Am Legend, 10,000 BC, and Live Free or Die Hard.

Biography

Né d'un père d'origine grecque et d'une mère française, Patrick Tatopoulos vit ses premières années à Paris où il travaille l'animation et dessine des couvertures de comic book. Il étudie par la suite à l'École des Arts Appliqués, à l'École des Beaux Arts et à l'École des Arts décoratifs de Paris. Patrick Tatopoulos commence à travailler en agence de communication sur Paris puis très vite passe par Rome et la Grèce, où il travaille comme ingénieur artistique pour la publicité. En 1989, il décide de tenter sa chance aux États-Unis. La qualité de son travail dans la publicité sera très vite remarquée par le monde du cinéma. Il vit actuellement à Los Angeles , avec McKenzie Westmore, sa femme.

Sa première expérience hollywoodienne dans les effets spéciaux sera pour l'adaptation du jeu vidéo Super Mario Bros. en 1993. Mais c'est l'année suivante que sa conception artistique prend toute son ampleur en dessinant les costumes et les décors de Stargate, la porte des étoiles (1994). Ce film représente sa première collaboration avec le metteur en scène Roland Emmerich, pour qui il sera responsable des effets spéciaux sur Independence Day (1996) et Godzilla (1998). Dans ce dernier, il prêtera son nom de famille au héros interprété par Matthew Broderick. Il fonde aussi sa propre société d'effets spéciaux, les Tatopoulos Studios, en 1996.

En 1999, il se charge de la conception de la petite souris Stuart Little. De retour à la science-fiction en chef décorateur, il suit l'Australien Alex Proyas dans Dark City (1998) et le retrouve en tant que directeur artistique dans I, Robot en 2003. Tatopoulos continue dans le genre et plonge dans l'univers du criminel intergalactique Riddick dépeint par David Twohy dans ses films Pitch Black (2000) et Les Chroniques de Riddick (2004). En 2007, il se chargera des effets spéciaux de Je suis une légende de Francis Lawrence ainsi que du troisième film de la série Resident Evil.

Sur le tournage de Stargate, la porte des étoiles, il rencontre l'accessoiriste Len Wiseman. Ce dernier fera appel à lui pour les effets spéciaux d'Underworld (2003) ainsi qu'en tant que chef décorateur pour Underworld 2 : Évolution (2006) et Die Hard 4 : Retour en enfer (2007).

En 2009, il devient réalisateur avec Underworld 3 : Le Soulèvement des Lycans, troisième volet de la saga Underworld. Il a aussi fait partie du jury de l’émission de télé-réalité Face Off les deux premières saisons et apparaît encore régulièrement lors de celle-ci. Cette émission est présentée par sa femme McKenzie Westmore et est diffusée sur SyFy ou sur la TNT sur la chaîne Numéro 23.

Best films

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
(Production Design)
Independence Day (1996)
(Production Design)
Justice League (2017)
(Production Design)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
(Production Design)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
(Production Design)
Godzilla (1998)
(Creature Design)

Usually with

Len Wiseman
Len Wiseman
(5 films)
Dean Devlin
Dean Devlin
(5 films)
Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Patrick Tatopoulos (41 films)

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Actor

The Patriot, 2h45
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Origin German
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper, Tchéky Karyo
Roles French Naval Officer
Rating71% 3.599963.599963.599963.599963.59996
During the American Revolution in 1776, Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the French and Indian War and a widower with seven children, is called to Charleston to vote in the South Carolina General Assembly on a levy supporting the Continental Army. Fearing war against Great Britain, Benjamin abstains. Captain James Wilkins votes against and later joins the Loyalists. A supporting vote is nonetheless passed and, against his father's wishes, Benjamin's eldest son Gabriel joins the Continental Army.

Director

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, 1h32
Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Films about viral outbreaks, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Kevin Grevioux, Steven Mackintosh, Kate Beckinsale
Rating65% 3.2500953.2500953.2500953.2500953.250095
The film tells the story of Lucian, the first werewolf born in human form and the first to be called a Lycan. Viktor, a vampire elder, raises the child, and envisions a race of Lycan slaves that could keep guard of the coven's fortress during the day and be used as laborers by the vampires at night. To this end, Viktor demands from the local human nobles a tribute of silver, with which to keep his slaves under control. As Lucian grows up, he and Viktor's daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra) fall in love and begin a secretive intimate relationship in their adult years. Sonja is reckless and insubordinate, and one night Lucian escapes and rescues Sonja from his werewolf brethren. Viktor, despite acknowledging that Lucian saved his daughter, cannot forgive the escape and locks Lucian away.

Art

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 1h58
Directed by Joachim Rønning
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Witches in film, Children's films
Actors Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley
Roles Production Design
Rating66% 3.316863.316863.316863.316863.31686
Cinq années après la conjuration de la malédiction qui pesait sur elle depuis son plus jeune âge, la princesse Aurore, qui règne désormais sur le royaume de la Lande, voit sa main demandée par le prince Philippe. Ce dernier s’apprête à hériter du royaume réunifié suite à la mort du père d’Aurore.
Justice League, 2h
Directed by Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Batman films, Superman films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jared Leto, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller
Roles Production Design
Rating61% 3.053.053.053.053.05
Alimenté par sa foi restaurée en l’humanité et inspiré par le sacrifice de Superman, Batman constate l'arrivée d'éclaireurs extraterrestres — appelés "Paradémons" et attirés par la peur de leurs victimes — et comprend que l'attaque majeure prophétisée par Lex Luthor (dans le film Batman v Superman : L'Aube de la justice) est imminente, or Superman est mort et ne peut plus protéger l'humanité. Conscient de ses propres limites, il contacte Diana Prince/Wonder Woman et tente de former avec elle une ligue de super-héros. Il part retrouver Arthur Curry, dit Aquaman, qui habite à Atlantis, tandis que Diana va approcher Victor Stone, footballeur devenu à moitié machine après un accident et capable d'influer sur les technologies, mais les deux hommes refusent de les aider. Barry Allen, jeune homme doté de super-vitesse, accepte avec enthousiasme l'offre de Bruce Wayne.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2h31
Directed by Zack Snyder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane
Roles Production Design
Rating64% 3.24393.24393.24393.24393.2439
Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked, while another threat endangers humankind.
300: Rise of an Empire, 1h42
Directed by Noam Murro
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Fantasy, Action, Peplum
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Superhero films
Actors Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, Caitlin Carmichael, Callan Mulvey
Roles Production Design
Rating61% 3.099023.099023.099023.099023.09902
Queen Gorgo of Sparta tells her men about the Battle of Marathon, in which King Darius I of Persia was killed by General Themistocles of Athens 10 years earlier. Darius' son, Xerxes, witnesses his father's death, and is advised to not continue the war, since only "the gods can defeat the Greeks". Darius' naval commander, Artemisia, claims that Darius' last words were in fact a challenge and sends Xerxes on a journey through the desert. Xerxes finally reaches a cave and bathes in an otherworldly liquid, emerging as the 8-feet tall "God-King". He returns to Persia and declares war on Greece to avenge his father.
Total Recall, 1h58
Directed by Len Wiseman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about altered memories, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Films based on works by Philip K. Dick, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Anticipation
Actors Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy
Roles Production Design
Rating61% 3.0981453.0981453.0981453.0981453.098145
At the end of the 21st century, Earth is devastated by chemical warfare. What little habitable land remains is divided into two territories, the United Federation of Britain (UFB, located on mainland Europe) and the Colony (Australia). Many residents of the Colony travel to the UFB to work in factories via "the Fall", a gravity elevator running through the Earth's core. A Resistance operating in the UFB seeks to improve life in the Colony, which the UFB views as a terrorist movement.
A Frog in Winter, 17minutes
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Gérard Depardieu, Eriko Takeda, Sabine Lenoël
Roles Art Direction
Rating67% 3.386193.386193.386193.386193.38619
Benjamin, viticulteur, voit sa femme s’éteindre dans ses bras des suites d’une longue maladie. Une seule issue pour lui : la mort. Mais une jeune japonaise, venue spécialement pour la dégustation de son vin, va l’amener délicatement à faire son deuil par une série de symboles et d’échanges entre deux cultures.
Live Free or Die Hard, 2h9
Directed by Len Wiseman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about computing, Films about terrorism, Sécurité informatique, Cyberpunk films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Cliff Curtis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Roles Production Design
Rating70% 3.5468553.5468553.5468553.5468553.546855
The FBI responds to a brief computer outage at their Cyber-Security Division by tracing down top computer hackers, finding several of them have been killed. Taking others into protective custody, the FBI asks New York City Police Department detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) to bring in Matthew "Matt" Farrell (Justin Long), one of the targeted hackers. McClane finally arrives just in time to prevent Farrell from being killed by assassins working for Mai Linh (Maggie Q), a mysterious cyber-terrorist who works for her boss and love interest, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant).
Resident Evil: Extinction, 1h34
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Clonage, La fin du monde, Films about computing, Jeu, Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Zombie films, Films about video games, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Political films, Dystopian films, Films based on video games, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films
Actors Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ramón Franco, Ashanti
Roles Concept Artist
Rating62% 3.100923.100923.100923.100923.10092
Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up disoriented in a mansion. She wanders through the halls, where she defeats several obstacles, including a laser beam obstacle (from the first film) and a giant blade that falls from the ceiling. However, she is eventually killed by a miniature machine gun. Her body is dumped into a pit filled with hundreds of Alice clones. The camera zooms out to show a shack camouflaging the facility's above-ground entrance - with the rest of the facility located underground, surrounded by a high fence and thousands of zombies.
Underworld: Evolution, 1h47
Directed by Len Wiseman
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Films about viral outbreaks, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran, Derek Jacobi, Bill Nighy, Steven Mackintosh
Roles Production Design
Rating66% 3.348863.348863.348863.348863.34886
In 1202, an army led by the three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arrives at a Lycan-ravaged village. Viktor and Amelia capture their target: Markus' brother, William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Despite Markus' defiance, Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.
Eragon
Eragon (2006)
, 1h44
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons, Children's films
Actors Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Garrett Hedlund
Roles Concept Artist
Rating51% 2.550042.550042.550042.550042.55004
Arya, an elf and princess of Ellesméra, runs for her life with a "stone" stolen from the evil king, Galbatorix. She is surrounded by a ring of fire created by a Shade (dark sorcerer) called Durza, and to protect the stone from him she uses her magic to send it to a distant forest, where Eragon (Ed Speleers), a 15-year-old farm boy from the small village of Carvahall in the country of Alagaësia, is hunting for food. When the stone magically appears before him, he takes it to his hometown in hopes of trading it for food. After he brings it home, he realizes it is an egg, as a blue dragon hatches from it. As he reaches to touch the dragon, a magical mark is burned into his palm, magic that is felt all across the land by those who have a connection to legend of the dragon, mainly Arya, a former dragon rider named Brom, and Galbatorix himself. Eragon tries to keep the dragon and take care of it until Galbatorix sends his monstrous minions, the Ra'zac, to capture Eragon and the dragon. Eragon sends the dragon into the sky so she may learn to fly, which she succeeds before she returns to him fully grown due to her magic. She reveals herself to him that her name is Saphira, and that they are able to hear each other's thoughts. After seeing the Ra'zac in town, Eragon hurries home to protect his uncle, but Saphira picks him up and tells him that the Ra'zac are after him. When he gets home, Eragon finds his uncle dead and blaming Saphira, he sends her away. As he mourns over his uncle's body, Brom arrives, and asks Eragon to call his Saphira. After a brief scuffle, Brom implores Eragon to leave town, which they do after Brom sets fire to his uncle's barn, burning his remains.
I, Robot
I, Robot (2004)
, 1h41
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Films about computing, Transport films, Motocyclette, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Children's films, Robot films
Actors Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk
Roles Production Design
Rating70% 3.5484853.5484853.5484853.5484853.548485
In 2035, humanoid robots serve humanity. Humans are protected from the robots by the Three Laws of Robotics. Del Spooner (Smith), a Chicago police detective, distrusts robots after a car crash ended in a robot rescuing him and leaving a preteen girl to die, based on statistical likelihood of survival. After the accident, Spooner received a cybernetic left arm, lung, and ribs, personally implanted by the co-founder of U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men (USR), Dr. Alfred Lanning (Cromwell), who Spooner has befriended.
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis, Kyle MacLachlan, Sonya Walger
Roles Concept Artist
Rating62% 3.1005953.1005953.1005953.1005953.100595
Noah Wyle plays Flynn Carsen, a perpetual college student who has 22 academic degrees. Carsen’s professor kicks him out of college, telling Carsen that he lacks real life experience and needs to experience life outside of college. Carsen’s mother, Margie (Olympia Dukakis), is constantly worried about her son and encourages him to get a job, find a bride, and be happy.
Underworld
Underworld (2003)
, 2h1
Directed by Len Wiseman
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Films about viral outbreaks, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly, Bill Nighy, Sophia Myles
Roles Production Design
Rating69% 3.498113.498113.498113.498113.49811
For generations, a secret war has been waged between vampires and Lycans, an ancient species of werewolf. Selene, a Death Dealer, a vampire specialized in assassinating Lycans, tracks two Lycans. Selene's motivation goes beyond duty; she also wants revenge because, 600 years ago when she was a child, Lycans slaughtered her family. The vampires believe they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader, Lucian, and that they must kill the surviving Lycans. Selene locates the Lycans' den and learns they have developed a new kind of bullet capable of killing the vampires.