Past Projects

1959

      • Born 18/12/1959
      • Age 14 decided after viewing ‘King Kong’ to make creatures for the movies

1978

      • September: Commenced career at props company ‘Animads’, Sydney

1979

      • April: Started own business ‘FX Associates’. Assisted David Pride build Australia’s first motion control camera system

1980

      • February: ‘Mad Max 2′ Feature directed by George Miller – props assistant
      • Various props for TV commercials
      • October: ‘The Return of Captain Invincible’ Feature directed by Phillipe Mora – assistant models and props maker

1981

      • February: Formed own company The Modelshop P/L
      • Various props for TV commercials

1982

      • February: ‘Stanley’ Feature directed by Igor Auzins – props and models

1983

      • January: ‘Sky Pirates’ Feature – specialised prop/model department supervisor
      • June – September: ‘Lorca and the Outlaws’ Feature directed by Roger Christian – specialised prop/model department supervisor

1984

      • Mini series – ‘Land of Hope’, ‘Shout’, ‘Vietnam’ – props maker for the art and wardrobe departments

1985

      • ‘The Blue Lightning’ USA Telemovie – props
      • ‘The Cowra Breakout’ Telemovie – small props, dead bodies
      • ‘Bliss’ Feature – prop tree branch, bee suit, replica awards and dead bodies

1986

      • Various commercials
      • July: Twisties commercial directed by Steven Hopkins – models and creatures
      • August – December: ‘Howling IV – The Marsupials’ USA Feature directed by Phillipe Mora – creature sculptor

1987

      • January – March: Created 26 human heads, 8 body types for ‘First State 88′, exhibition to open The Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre
      • April – May: ‘Dead Calm’ Feature directed by Phillip Noyce, shark sequence directed by George Miller – two animatronic Tiger Sharks *

1988

      • August: ‘Salute of the Jugger’ Feature – prop animals
      • November – December: ‘Something is out There’ USA Telemovie pilot – exploding body & alien insect effects, assisted Rick Baker’s crew.

1990

      • Created the animatronic Looney Tunes characters for the Looney tunes ride at Warner Brothers Movie World, Australia Created the Gremlins for the Great Gremlin Adventure at Warner Brothers Movie World, Australia

1991

      • January: Prototype Kangaroo for Village Roadshow’s ‘Kangaroo Kid’ proposed feature
      • April: Warner Retail Stores USA – 15 major Looney Tunes characters September: Relocated to Queensland and changed company name to John Cox’s Creature Workshop P/L
      • October – April: ‘Kangaroo Kid’ Feature directed by Dean Semler – six animatronic Big Red kangaroos*

1992

      • April: ‘Kangaroo Kid’ shelved. Kennedy Miller shown the results
      • June: Walk-around Batman costume suits for Warner Bros. Movie World
      • July: Costume characters for ‘Sunway Lagoon Park’ in Kuala Lumpur
      • December: Prototype Border Leicester sheep to show Kennedy Miller that it was possible to create a very realistic animatronic animal

1993

      • February: Panadol commercial – animatronic rooster*
      • May – June: ‘Escape from from Absolom’ USA Feature – dead bodies
      • June – December: ‘Babe’ Universal USA Feature directed by Chris Noonan – animatronic farmyard animals – 10 sheep, 3 mice, 6 puppies, 6 chickens and one of the thieves’ dogs*

1994

      • January – June: ‘Babe’ location shoot, Bowral, NSW
      • February: Bundaberg Rum commercial directed by Peter Cherry. 5yr run on television and cinema – 6 animatronic Polar Bears*
      • September: Korean ‘Daewoo’ commercial – 2 animatronic Polar Bears*
      • October: 6 walk-around costume suit characters for Seaworld

1995

      • July – December: Jackie Chan’s ‘First Strike’ Feature – 3 animatronic Gray Nurse sharks and one animatronic Great White shark*

1996

      • March: John Cox receives 1995 Visual Effects Academy Award for ‘Babe’
      • April – June: ‘Equal’ sugar substitute commercial – animatronic dog*
      • June – November: ‘Joey’ Village Roadshow Feature – 6 animatronic baby kangaroos*

1997

      • March: TV series ‘Roar’- realistic prop animal heads
      • March – August: ‘Moby Dick’ Hallmark USA TV mini-series directed by Franc Roddam – 21ft long animatronic silicone whale tail, 12ft long animatronic silicone whale tail and various other whale props*
      • December – March: ‘Gargantua’ Fox USA Telemovie directed by Bradford Mays – 13 various animatronic dinosaur type creatures*

1998

      • March: Gargantua completed.
      • June – September: ‘Pitch Black’ Universal USA Feature directed by David Twohy – 11 complete aliens, various alien body parts and accompanying gizzards*
      • August – December: ‘Komodo’ Scanbox Asia Feature directed by Michael Lantieri – eleven 14ft long animatronic Komodo lizards*

1999

      • January: ‘Silent Predators’ USA Telemovie, John Carpenter script – animatronic Rattlesnakes*
      • March – May: ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch Down Under’ USA Telemovie – two talking white Chinchilla cats*

2000

      • January: John Cox elected to become a voting member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA.
      • August: ‘Crocodile Dundee in LA’ Village Roadshow Feature directed by Simon Wincer – front 2.4 meters of an 8 meter crocodile capable of biting a canoe in half. *
      • September: ‘Ozzie’ Daybreak Flims NZ Feature directed by Bill Tannen – 3 talking animatronic Koalas. Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand*
      • November – June 2001: ‘Scooby Doo’ Atlas Entertainment/Warner Bros. USA Feature directed by Raja Gosnell – a huge cast of well known and new characters from the classic TV series*

2001

      • July – September: ‘Every Dog has it’s Date’ Popular Yield Films Feature directed by James Yuen – an animatronic Golden Retriever dog filmed in Hong Kong*
      • September – February 2002: ‘Inspector Gadget 2′ Disney USA Direct to video Feature directed by Alex Zamm – animatronic, prosthetic and mechanical gadgets for the characters of Inspector Gadget and G2*

2002

      • March: ‘Monsters We Met’ BBC Documentary – animatronic head and shoulders of the giant Australian lizard Megalania and his unfortunate victim, a Diprotodon.
      • April – September: ‘George of the Jungle 2′ Disney. USA Direct to DVD. Feature directed by David Grossman – 5 animatronic Gorilla suits capable of talking and singing and doing their own stunts!*

2002/3

      • August – January: ‘Peter Pan’ Universal. USA Director PJ Hogan’s big budget retelling of the classic children’s story. Animatronic ‘Nana’ the St Bernhard dog. 2 animatronic 100yr old, 1 eyed, 1 legged parrots. A giant 3m hydraulic/animatronic crocodile head capable of opening his mouth 5ft wide to swallow Captain Hook with just one bite*

2003

      • May – December: ‘Racing Stripes’ Alcon Entertainment. USA. Feature directed by Frederick DuChau. A huge menagerie of animatronic talking animals including horse, goat, rooster and zebras*

2004

      • April – September: ‘Siegfried’ Constantin Produktions. Germany. Feature Animatronic pigs*

2005

      • August – November: ‘The Host’ Chungeorahm films. South Korea. Feature*
      • November – February 2006: ‘Rogue’ Emu Creek Productions. Australia. Feature directed by Greg McLean. Animatronic crocodiles*

2006

      • August – November: ’Love story 2050′ Baweja Movies. Mumbai, India. Feature*

2007

      • June – October: ’Nim’s Island’ Walden Media. USA. Feature                           Animatronic turtles, lizards and sea lion*

2008

      • June – July: ’Oceans’ Disney. FRANCE. Documentary

2009

      • February – April: ’Allen’s makes smiles – Snakes’ Zoom Film & Television. Australia. Commercial*
      • April – August: ’Chronicles of Narnia – Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ Walden Media. USA. Feature

2010

      • June – September: ’Maddie & Mike’ Southport Broadwater Parkland. Australia. Public Art
      • August – August 2011: ’Terra Nova’ 20th Century Fox. USA. TV Series * Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
      • Nov – February 2011: Racing CarBlue Eyes’ Cameron Mackintosh Limited. UK. West End Musical*
      • November: ’Justice League Ride’ design Warner Brothers Movie World

2011

      • February – April: ’Allen’s – A day in the park’ Zoom Film & Television. Australia. Commercial*
      • August – September: ’Rising Tide’ for SWELL Sculpture Festival  Winner – Kids Choice Award

2012

      • April: ’Fury Road’ Kennedy Miller. Tattoo lady mannequin from body scan
      • June – April 2013: ‘Animals with Attitude GC Sculpture Trail’     Public Art Project in association with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
      • September: Thomas Tank Engine face Planet Poroductions
      • September: Prototyping parts Unit Bikes

2013

      • January: Machining components for Racing Cars companies
      • March: Machining sculptures for bronze artist
      • May: Machining architectural domes and minarets High Profile Moulding
      • September: Skypirates and Call of Duty displays Popology for EB Games expo

2014 Bio

* John Cox animatronics supervisor