(written from a Production point of view)
Christopher "Chris" B. Schnitzer (born 4 December 1964; age 56) is a visual effects artist who worked as motion control technician and rigger for Image G on the last two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first four seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the first two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Having joined Image G early 1993, his work for The Next Generation has been his earliest recorded credit in the motion picture industry.
Career outside Star Trek
Other credits for Image G include the science fiction comedy Coneheads (1993), the television series Viper, the horror sequel Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), the science fiction television movie The Tomorrow Man (1996), the science fiction comedy My Favorite Martian (1999, starring Christopher Lloyd), the action thriller The Fast and the Furious (2001), the comedy sequel Dr. Doolittle 2 (2001), the science fiction thriller The One (2001), the crime thriller Ocean's Eleven (2001), the comic adaptation Spider-Man (2002), the comedy Scooby-Doo (2002), and the mystery thriller The Ring (2002).
From 2002 on, Schnitzer worked as visual effects production supervisor and director of visual effects for Warner Bros. on projects such as the mystery thriller Ghost Ship (2002), the comedy sequels Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), the comic adaptation Catwoman (2004), the sequel Ocean's Twelve (2004), the remake The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), the thriller Syriana (2005), the romance The Lake House (2006), the crime thriller The Departed (2006), the fantasy film 300 (2006), the crime drama Zodiac (2007), the sequel Ocean's Thirteen (2007), the science fiction thriller I Am Legend (2007), the action film Speed Racer (2008), the comedy Yes Man (2008), the drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), the television movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), the adventure Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010), the fantasy film Clash of the Titans (2010), the comic adaptation Jonah Hex (2010), the sequel Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010), the comedy Due Date (2010), the comedy sequel The Hangover Part II (2011), the crime comedy Horrible Bosses (2011), the horror sequel Final Destination 5 (2011), and the science fiction thriller Contagion (2011).
More recently, he worked as director of visual effects on the sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), the musical Rock of Ages (2012), the family movie Thunderstruck (2012), the fantasy film Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), and the drama The Great Gatsby (2013).