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Daniel Louis Kramer (born 24 February 1969; age 52) is a digital visual effects artist, who, while in the employ of VisionArt Design & Animation, has worked, credited as Technical Director, on several Star Trek productions, more specifically Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: First Contact.

Noticeable contributions of Kramer were his co-builds with Carl Hooper of the CGI models of the Defiant-class and the Danube-class for Deep Space Nine, and the T'Plana-Hath-type for First Contact.

Kramer is a grandson of Star Trek: The Original Series performer Abraham Sofaer.


Hailing from Los Angeles County, California, and a 1991 University of California, Berkeley graduate with a major in Political Sciences, Kramer pursued an entirely different career when he joined VisionArt in 1992 as a digital effects supervisor, just at the time when the company was heavily involved in providing Deep Space Nine with visual effects. Apart from his contributions to Star Trek, Kramer also contributed to the other productions the company was involved with, and accumulated credits for Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), Doctor Dolittle (1998), and Deep Blue Sea (1999).

Upon closure of VisionArts in 2000, Kramer, after a very short tenure at Blu-ray Sales Chart, joined Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc. in the same capacity and continued his visual effects career there, having worked on productions like, Spider-Man (2002), The Polar Express (2004), Watchmen (2009), The Smurfs (2011), Hotel Transylvania (2012), and more recently, Edge of Tomorrow (2015, for which he became a "Best Special Effects" Saturn Award co-nominee) and Ghostbusters (2016).

Over the course of his career, he earned three Visual Effects Society Award nominations as digital effects supervisor, two in different categories for the movie Surf's Up (2007, which he both shared with, among others, former VisionArt co-worker Rob Bredow) and one for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, again sharing it with Bredow, but also with Carl Hooper). Kramer is currently still employed at Imgageworks, which counts among its management team, Ken Ralston.

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