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Christopher M. Bergschneider (born 13 August 1961; age 58) is a special effects makeup artist and prop fabricant who created the Kurlan naiskos prop for the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth season episode "The Chase". The prop later also appeared in the seventh season episodes "Genesis", "Bloodlines", and "Preemptive Strike" and in Star Trek Generations. Bergschneider later worked as mold maker on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek as part of the Proteus Make-up FX Team.
Bergschneider started to work in the entertainment industry in the late 1980s and was throughout the years employed by companies such as S.M.G. Inc., Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc., Obscure Artifacts, and Stan Winston Studios. He worked as special and make-up effects artist and puppeteer on projects such as the horror comedy Society (1989), the science fiction thriller Skeeter (1993), the science fiction sequel Cyber-Tracker 2 (1995), the horror comedy Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), the horror comedy Head of the Family (1996), the horror film Vampire Journals (1997), the horror thriller Virus (1999), the horror comedy Blood Dolls (1999), the fantasy film Retro Puppet Master (1999, with Russ Herpich) and its sequel Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), the science fiction film Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), the science fiction remake The Time Machine (2002), the television series Full Moon Fright Night (2002, starring William Shatner), the television thriller Ring of Darkness (2004), and the horror thriller Dr. Rage (2005).
Beside his work on effects and creatures, Bergschneider himself appeared as an actor, creature performer and puppeteer in several productions including the video game Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996, with Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies, and Robert Rusler), the horror thriller Virus (1999), William Shatner's Spplat Attack (2002), and the horror film Petrified (2006).
More recently he worked on the drama The Brute Killer (2012) and the horror film Zombies Vs. Strippers (2012).