John McLeod began doing special effects in the Bay Area in 1978 with Industrial Light and Magic. Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET, to mention a few, were jobs that inspired him to continue in the world of REAL EFFECTS. It didn’t take long before he launched his own business, McLeodFX. John’s passion for creating special equipment, welding and creating original effects has earned him tremendous experience and respect throughout the motion picture industry. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and has traveled all over the world. He has made over 50 movies and has earned two Emmy Awards for his work in Television. John has created many original pyrotechnic effects and is now a consultant on special real effects of all types. He now operates on Bay Area shows and is available upon request.
A new McLeodFX warehouse and workshop is located in Richmond California. It is loaded with special made wind machines and high quality machine equipment collected over 30 years. The rental business, equipment storage and operations workshop on contracted local shows has been serving local Bay Area producers, directors and other effects companies and operators since 1983. All machine equipment is available for rental to McLeodFX certified clients.
John now resides in Marin County with his wife, Kathy and son, Blair.