Bill Taylor is co-fouder of Illusion Arts with Syd Dutton.

Bill spent 10 years as an optical cameraman; during that time he learned Petro Vlahos' Color Difference composite process from the inventor and became a specialist in blue-screen photography and compositing. After a stint with Linwood Dunn, A.S.C. at Film Effects of Hollywood, Bill moved to Universal Studios to work for another longtime friend and mentor, visual effects artist Albert Whitlock. The Hindenburg, the first film with Whitlock, won the Oscar for Visual Effects; Taylor continued with Whitlock until the latter's retirement in 1984.

In 1985 Taylor and his Matte Artist colleague, Syd Dutton, founded Illusion Arts, Inc. They have credits on more than 160 films.

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Æon Flux (2005) (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
Casanova (2005) (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
Serenity (2005) (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
Ladder 49 (2004) (special visual effects)
The Village (2004) (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts)
The Notebook (2004) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) (visual effects)
Bruce Almighty (2003) (visual effects supervisor)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
The Truth About Charlie (2002) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
xXx (2002) (visual effects)
Blue Crush (2002) (visual effects)
Undercover Brother (2002) (special visual effects)
Unfaithful (2002) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
The Time Machine (2002) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Gerry (2002) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
From Hell (2001) (visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
The Score (2001) (visual effects supervisor)
The Fast and the Furious (2001) (visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) (visual effects)
The Gift (2000) (visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Finding Forrester (2000) (additional visual effects: Illusion Art, Inc.)
Ride with the Devil (1999/I) (special visual effects)
Dudley Do-Right (1999) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Bowfinger (1999) (visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Muppets from Space (1999) (special visual effects)
Blast from the Past (1999) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Psycho (1998) (special visual effects)
The Mask of Zorro (1998) (matte paintings: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Six Days Seven Nights (1998) (storm visual effects)
The Jackal (1997) (special visual effects)
Trial and Error (1997) (optical effects: Illusion Arts)
Breakdown (1997/I) (matte painter: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Daylight (1996) (director of photography: miniature production crew: Illusion Arts) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Courage Under Fire (1996) (matte painting effects)
Dragonheart (1996) (matte painter: Illusion Arts)
The Birdcage (1996) (special visual effects)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995) (special visual effects)
Speechless (1994) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Fatherland (1994) (TV) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
The Shadow (1994) (special visual effects)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) (visual effects co-supervisor)
Addams Family Values (1993) (matte paintings: Illusion Arts)
The Age of Innocence (1993) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) (matte painter)
Dennis the Menace (1993) (matte paintings)
A Far Off Place (1993) (additional visual effects)
Innocent Blood (1992) (special visual effects)
The Addams Family (1991) (matte art composites: Illusion Arts)
For the Boys (1991) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts)
Cape Fear (1991) (matte painting and special optical effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Life Stinks (1991) (matte painter)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) (visual effects)
Frankenstein Unbound (1990) (visual effects)
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990) (matte photography)
Glory (1989) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
Millennium (1989) (matte painting)
DeepStar Six (1989) (optical effects supervisor)
Coming to America (1988) (visual effects co-supervisor)
The Running Man (1987) (matte shots)
Spaceballs (1987) (matte painting effects)
Dragnet (1987) (special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.)
The Gate (1987) (matte photographer)
Psycho III (1986) (special visual effects)
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) (special visual effects)
Clue (1985) (matte photographer: Illusion Arts)
Out of Africa (1985) (special thanks)
Maxie (1985) (ghost visual effects)
Real Genius (1985) (special visual effects)
Red Sonja (1985) (matte department)
"A.D." (1985) (mini) TV Series (matte cinematography)
The River (1984) (matte photographer)
Dune (1984) (matte photography)
Doctor Detroit (1983) (matte photographer)
The Thing (1982) (matte photographer)
Cat People (1982) (matte photographer)
Missing (1982) (visual effects: matte photographer)
Heartbeeps (1981) (matte photographer)
History of the World: Part I (1981) (matte photography) (uncredited)
The Blues Brothers (1980) (matte photographer)
The Island (1980) (matte photographer)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) (matte photography)
The Wiz (1978/I) (matte photographer)
MacArthur (1977) (matte photography)
Airport '77 (1977) (matte photography)
Swashbuckler (1976) (matte photography)
The Hindenburg (1975) (matte photographer) (as William Taylor)
The True Story of Eskimo Nell (1975) (optical effects)
Dark tar (1974) (optical effects) (visual effects consultant)

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