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David Sosalla is a visual effects artist specialized on model work and sculpting.

As part of the Apogee, Inc. staff, he worked on effects, props, and miniatures as model maker and model sculptor on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Among his creations are shapes for the K't'inga class model on which he worked with Bruno George, the heads for the thruster suit models, and mini figures of Montgomery Scott and James T. Kirk used for the Travel pod model. He then worked as model sculptor for Industrial Light & Magic along with Kirk Thatcher on the Ceti eel ear prop seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan though uncredited.

Several years later, Sosalla worked as Creature Supervisor for ILM on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He worked on the creation of the Klingon monster dog while Ken Ralston puppeteered it and created with Tom St. Armand the Kruge puppet.

His, to date, last contribution to the Star Trek franchise was in 1998 when he worked as Visual Effects Supervisor for the company POP Film and POP Animation on Star Trek: Insurrection.


Early in his career while working for Apogee, Inc., Sosalla created models and miniatures for the science fiction film Battlestar Galactica (1978, working with Richard Alexander, David Beasley, David Berry, Mark Cane, Angela Diamos, Don Dow, Patricia Rose Duignan, Richard Edlund, Jonathan Erland, Steve Gawley, Rick Gilligan, Denny Kelly, Peter Kuran, David McCue, Grant McCune, Ralph McQuarrie, Alvah J. Miller, Harry Moreau, Max Morgan, Bruce Nicholson, Lorne Peterson, David Scott, Jonathan Seay, Robert Shepherd, John R. Shourt, William Shourt, Douglas Smith, Michael Sweeney, Ken Swenson, Don Trumbull, Dennis Dorney, and John C. Moulds), the action thriller Avalanche Express (1979, working with David Beasley, John Dykstra, Jon Erland, Bruce Logan, David Scott, Robert Shepherd, and Grant McCune), the thriller Firefox (1982, with Richard Alexander, David Bartholomew, David Beasley, Matt Beck, Cosmos Bolger, Mark Cane, Angela Diamos, Dennis Dorney, Roger Dorney, John Dykstra, Jonathan Erland, Bruno George, Pete Gerard, Rick Gilligan, Richard O. Helmer, Paul D. Johnson, Ann Johnston, Michael Joyce, Denny Kelly, Bruce Logan, Pat McClung, Grant McCune, Dennis Michelson, Michael Douglas Middleton, Alvah J. Miller, Harry Moreau, David B. Nowell, Jerry Pooler, Gary Rhodaback, Steve Sass, Gregory J. Schmidt, David Scott, Robert Shepherd, William Shourt, Douglas Smith, John E. Sullivan, Michael Sweeney, Ken Swenson, Don Trumbull, Gregory Jein, Robert Short, and Denise Shurtleff), the science fiction comedy Spaceballs (1987, with John Eaves, Grant McCune, Tom Pahk, Debbi Nikkel, Christopher S. Ross, and Ron Thornton), and the horror film The Unholy (1988).

Sosalla worked for Industrial Light & Magic as model maker and supervisor on the horror film Poltergeist (1982), the science fiction sequel Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), the horror comedy Gremlins (1984, starring Zach Galligan and Dick Miller), the action adventure Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), the science fiction comedy Coccoon (1985), the science fiction comedy Explorers (1985), the fantasy film Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), and the comic adaptation Howard the Duck (1986).

He worked as model department supervisor for USFX on the action film Top Gun (1986), as visual effects coordinator on the television series The Twilight Zone (1986), as mechanic for Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc. on the horror sequel Critters 2 (1988, starring Scott Grimes), and as miniatures supervisor on the fantasy comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) which earned him a Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Special Effects in 1991. He also worked as special effects supervisor on its sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).

Further credits as visual effects supervisor/ digital effects supervisor for the company Pacific Title/Mirage Digital include the horror film Arachnophobia (1990), the comedy Look Who's Talking Now (1993), the science fiction thriller The Puppet Masters (1994, with Roland Blancaflor, Greg Cannom, Kevin Pike, Larry Odien, and Keith VanderLaan), the thriller Outbreak (1995), the action thriller Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), the comic adaptation Batman Forever (1995), the thriller Heat (1995), the comedy Black Sheep (1996), the thriller Broken Arrow (1996), the thriller Executive Decision (1996), the action thriller Eraser (1996), the action thriller Turbulence (1997), the thriller The Peacemaker (1997), the crime thriller Switchback (1997), the action thriller U.S. Marshals (1998), the comedy My Giant (1998), the action drama Deep Impact (1998), the comedy Doctor Doolittle (1998), and the crime comedy baby Geniuses (1999).

For POP Film and POP Animation, Sosalla worked as digital effects supervisor on the fantasy comedy Mystery Men (1999), the war drama Three Kings (1999, with Tommy Tancharoen), the fantasy drama The Green Mile (1999), the sport comedy Ready to Rumble (2000), the war drama U-571 (2000), the comic adaptation X-Men (2000, starring Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen), the fantasy comedy Little Nicky (2000), and the drama Bounce (2000). For the company R!ot, he worked as visual effects supervisor on the science fiction film Rollerball (2002), the crime drama The Salton Sea (2002), and the science fiction thriller Equilibrium (2002).

Between 2002 and 2009, Sosalla worked as visual effects supervisor for the company Pacific Title on a number of projects including the sequels Blade II (2002), Men in Black II (2002), X2 (2003), and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the thriller Murder by Numbers (2002), the horror film The Ring (2002), the fantasy film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), the comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003, with Scott Rader, Brian Fisher, Don Greenberg, and Brad Kalinoski), the comedy The Girl Next Door (2004), the science fiction film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), the comic adaptation Catwoman (2004), the thriller Collateral (2004), the fantasy sequel Son of the Mask (2005), the crime thriller The Interpreter (2005), the science fiction film Stealth (2005), the comedy The Weather Man (2005), the science fiction film Æon Flux (2005), the action thriller The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, directed by Justin Lin), the fantasy sequels Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), the thriller Shooter (2007), the action thriller Next (2007), the crime drama Mr. Brooks (2007), the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), the thriller Eagle Eye (2008), the action sequel Fast & Furious (2009), and the horror thriller Case 39 (2009).

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