Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1972, Hiroshi was always interested in watching movies, especially those that featured special effects. When he was 13, he found a book in the local bookstore about special makeup effects. It was the first book published in Japan about effects makeup. This changed his entire view about movies.

At the age of eighteen he moved to the United States to find work in the special effects industry. When he was 19, he started his career working for Screaming Mad George. A year later he was awarded his green card and became a freelance artist involved in character creation for various TV shows and movies.

In 1998, he won the Emmy Award for his work on The X-Files TV series.

Between 2000 and 2006, he worked at the Stan Winston Studio as one of the main artists for several blockbuster movies, such as: A.I., Jurassic Park 3, The Time Machine, Zathura, Doom, and War of the Worlds. Since then, Hiroshi has returned to freelance work and continues to be highly involved in character creation for many movies.

Hiroshi is also following his childhood dream by directing films. He has written and directed three short films. The Horror Theater is currently available on DVD at .

In 2012, Hiroshi started teaching for the Hollywood Special Effects Makeup Study Abroad Program, in Los Angeles. This program invites students to attend from the Amazing School JUR (a special effects makeup school in Japan). Hiroshi has also been invited to teach there every year as a special guest instructor. In January 2014, he was invited to the Delphi Academy-Los Angeles to give middle-school students a sculpting demonstration and discuss his experience in the field.

Since its launch in March 2013, Hiroshi has taught 15 sculpting seminars to over 300 students in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Students who participate in the seminars come from diverse backgrounds. Some are beginners with no experience, while others are professionals in the field of special effects makeup, model sculpture, computer graphics, or beauty makeup. There are students in high school, art school, and college and some who work for video game companies as character artists or character modelers, or for motion picture production companies as concept artist/designers, or 3-D CG character modeler/designer/animators. Classes have even included a jewelry designer and a manicurist. In 2014, it was announced that Hiroshi’s seminars would expand to the U.S.

The seminars are for a small group of students with a focus on individualized instruction so that anyone, at any level of experience, is welcome to participate. You can be a beginner who has never experienced sculpting in clay; a more experienced sculptor, modeler, or computer graphics artist; or even a professional that wants to enhance his/her skills.
2012 1999-2001
Pacific Rim
Scary movie 5
American Horror Story TV Series
Man of Steel
Stan Winston Studio
The Time Machine
Jurassic Park III
2011 1996-2000
Green Lantern
The Hunger Games
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Battle: Los Angeles
The Cabin in the Woods
X-Men: First Class
Teen wolf TV Series
Steve Johnson XFX studio/Optic Nerve Studios
Bicentennial Man
Species II
Stargate" TV Series
The Outer Limits TV Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series
Charmed TV Series
The X-Files TV Series
2007-2010 1992-1996
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Race to Witch Mountain
Blood Creek
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Starship troopers3
Deep Rising
Star Kid
Power Rangers
Escape from L.A
Castle Freak
Crusade TV Series
Babylon 5 TV Series
Guver the Dark Hero
2004-2006 Award
Stan Winston Studio
The Deaths of Ian Stone
Charlotte's Web
War of the World
The Cave
The League of Extraordinary
Return of the Living Dead:Necropolis
The Chronicles of Riddick
1998 Emmy Award "X-files" TV series
The Horror Theater
director / writer : Hiroshi Katagiri
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