My first film job started as a phone call from a former competitor in television graphics work. "Hey Ed, want to check out these new SGI boxes? Oh, and by the way I have got these effects shots to do in a kid’s film. Interested?"
The call came from Mark Lambert, animator / programmer / president of Mind's Eye Graphics. He ran a small animation shop in Richmond VA. At any time, there might be 4 to 6 employees. Many of "Minds Eye" alumni made the logical step to work in the film effects industry at places like ILM, PDI, Weta, Digital Domain and others.
In the film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I did a few 2D morph shots and my favorite shot, a 3D meta-ball effect in Prisms of ooze morphing into evil henchmen.