Mitch Suskin was a visual effects supervisor for Lost. For his work on the episode "Pilot, Part 2", Suskin won the 2005 VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program, along with is colleagues Kevin Blank, Benoit Girard, and Jerome Morin. After work was finished on "The Brig", Kevin Blank stepped down as visual effects supervisor, giving Suskin the position.
Suskin attended University of California, Los Angeles 1974-1978. He worked on the visual effects for several films and television shows, including Poltergeist, Joe Versus the Volcano, Predator, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, and Xena: Warrior Princess. Suskin also had a cameo appearance in the film E.T., in which he yelled "He's got DNA!"
After Kevin Blank stepped down as visual effects supervisor after work was finished on the season three episode "The Brig", he was replaced by Suskin. Suskin moved his office from Burbank, California, to a temporary office in Hawaii to work on the show. Suskin travel back and forth between Burbank and Hawaii, due to the need of a visual effects supervisor in both locations but insufficient funds to do so. Suskin has to "pick and choose episodes I go out to set for." ("Juliet & Sawyer")
Suskin described one of his proudest moments while working on the show is the smoke monster from "The Shape of Things to Come", saying that that episode was their "show-off episode where we got a chance to show what we can do and really make a contribution above and beyond." ("Juliet & Sawyer")
- Interview and article about Suskin and visual effects in Season 4 of Lost
- Interview with Mitch Suskin about Star Trek: Voyager