Who is Keith Short?
Short has worked on most of the large-scale film productions made in the UK, and helped to create several iconic pieces such as the Batmobile for Tim Burton's Batman, the Ark of the Covenant and the Golden Fertility Idol for Steven Spielberg's film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Emperor Palpatine's chair in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and the Tree of the Dead for Sleepy Hollow.
He has been the head of a department of sculptors on many films including Oliver Stone's Alexander, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Mortal Kombat, The Fifth Element, The Princess Bride, Willow, Highlander and Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
Short studied sculpture at Wolverhampton College of Art and moved to London where he began his career as a stone carver and lettering artist. His early work includes ornate finials for the Henry VII chapel, Westminster Abbey and a relief panel, cast into bronze, of the former Waterloo Bridge, now sited beneath Hungerford Bridge, London. Keith started on feature films in 1978, working on Ridley Scott's Alien and has most recently worked on Prometheus, Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, parts I and II.