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Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Olsen graduated in Electronics Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He started to work as grip for film and television in the late 1980s with credits in the television series The Ray Bradbury Theater, 21 Jump Street, Booker, The Adventures of Black Stallion, The Commish (co-starring Kaj-Erik Eriksen), Nightmare Cafe (1992), and The X-Files (1996, working with directors Kim Manners and Rob Bowman).
Further credits as grip/key grip include the action thriller Arctic Blue (1993), the drama Little Women (1994, with Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst), the television thriller Murder in My Mind (1997), the television series Sleepwalkers (1997, starring Bruce Greenwood), Three (1998, starring Bumper Robinson and David Warner), Strange World (2000), Dark Angel (2001, starring John Savage), and Smallville (2001, starring John Glover), the family comedy Cats & Dogs (2001), the science fiction film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004, with Karl Urban), the drama Brokeback Mountain (2005), the fantasy sequel Underworld: Evolution (2006), the horror comedy Scary Movie 4 (2006), the sequel 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), the science fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), the comic adaptation X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009, with Patrick Stewart and produced by Stan Lee, Bryan Singer, and Ralph Winter), the science fiction sequel TRON: Legacy (2010), the horror sequel Final Destination 5 (2011), the animated film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and the fantasy adventure Seventh Son (2014).
More recently, Olsen worked as key grip on the science fiction film Tomorrowland (2015, written and produced by Damon Lindelof, produced by Jeffrey Chernov, music by Michael Giacchino, cinematography by Claudio Miranda, and production design by Scott Chambliss), the animated film Monster Trucks (2015), and the horror thriller Hidden (2015).