Tom worked with a number of small effects companies in L.A. in the early 1980s and then joined Stan Winston’s team on The Terminator. That was the beginning of a five-year period that saw Tom become a key coordinator under Winston, with the opportunity to work on such features as Aliens and Predator as well as TV shows such as Amazing Stories. Tom also portrayed the title characters in Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead and Leviathan. Tom ultimately teamed up with Alec Gillis, and together they wrote, coproduced and directed The Demon with Three Tales, a promotional film for a feature project. Soon after, Tom and Alec formed ADI.
Woodruff joined the Director’s Guild in 1998, and continues to create his own in-house projects with Gillis and sometimes as solo efforts, writing, producing, and directing short films. Tom also continues to perform in a variety of creature and animal roles as lead characters in the features The Thing, Zookeeper, Alien vs. Predator, Evolution, Bedazzled, Hollow Man, Alien Resurrection, Alien3, Jumanji, and The X-Files feature.