Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) is a special effects company specialized in animatronics and prosthetic make-up headquartered in Chatsworth, California. It was founded in 1988 by Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis, who had both previously worked under Stan Winston at his special effects studio. ADI has provided effects for Alien3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and will also provide effects for the upcoming film The Predator.[1] As well as providing effects work, Woodruff has also portrayed many of the Aliens featured in the films.

In 2013, ADI successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund an independent horror film titled Harbinger Down, which is to be directed by Gillis and produced by Woodruff and will feature Aliens and Alien3 actor Lance Henriksen among its cast. The film is designed to stand as a showcase for exclusively practical creature effects.[2]


  • Aliens director James Cameron had his cast read the Robert A. Heinlein novel Starship Troopers as part of their preparation; ADI would later provide creature effects for the film adaptation of that book, directed by Paul Verhoeven.

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  1. "Twitter - Alec Gillis". Retrieved on 2016-08-17.
  2. "HARBINGER DOWN : A Practical Creature FX Film by Alec Gillis/ADI — Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved on November 5, 2014.