Susan Zwerman

UPM 1st AD, Associate Director

SUSAN ZWERMAN - (DGA UPM/Visual Effects Producer)

Susan is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Visual Effects Society (VES).  She chairs the DGA AD/UPM VFX/Digital Technology Committee.  Over the past 15 years she has planned and hosted numerous technology and visual effects seminars for these organizations.

Her credits appear on more than 50 major films, producing the visual effects for TALL TALE (Disney), BROKEN ARROW (Fox),ALIEN RESURRECTION (Fox),  MAFIA! (Disney), MEN OF HONOR (Fox), THE ONE (Revolution Studios),AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Walden Media and Disney), FAT ALBERT (Fox), THE GUARDIAN (Disney/Touchstone), and VAMPS.  Her other production credits include the acclaimed ALL THAT JAZZ, WISE GUYS, SCARFACE, NIGHTSHIFT, NIGHTHAWKS, and THE FLAMINGO KID.

A special highlight in Ms. Zwerman's career was winning a Grammy Award for "Best Concept Music Video" in 1988 for producing the I'M FAT music video starring Weird Al Yankovic.   This led to her producing the fantasy sequences and music videos of 'Weird Al' in the film UHF.  

In addition, Ms. Zwerman is a well-known seminar leader at many universities, teaching visual effects techniques in the entertainment field.  Ms. Zwerman and Mr. Finance are co-authors of the seminal book on producing visual effects, "The Visual Effects Producer:  Understanding the Art and Business of VFX" .  The book is distributed by Focal Press and is available at



Visual Effects Producer: Vamps; The Guardian (Disney); Fat Albert (Fox); Around the World in 80 Days (Walden Media); Men Of Honor (Fox); Mafia! (Disney); Alien Resurrection (Fox); Broken Arrow (Fox). 1st AD Visual Effects: Tall Tale (Disney). Production Manager: Strays; Mom and Dad Save the World; Firebirds; UHF. Location Manager: Nighthawks; Wise Guys; The Flamingo Kid; Scarface; Nightshift; All That Jazz. Producer: Weird Al "I'm Fat" (music video, Grammy award).


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DGA Quarterly
A big-budget adventure film, such as Around the World in 80 Days, can have hundreds of visual effects shots. Using this as an example, we explore managing the production of VFX work.