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Digital Domain

Digital Domain is the privately-held, Academy Award-winning computer graphics company which provided visual effects and digital animation for Star Trek Nemesis and 2009's Star Trek. They have produced effects for over sixty other feature films, as well as a number of commercials and music videos.

Based in Venice, California, Digital Domain was started by Scott Ross, former General Manager of ILM, in 1993 and co-founded by James Cameron and Stan Winston. Cameron and Winston left Digital Domain in 1998, and the company was purchased by Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC, in 2006. Wyndcrest's Carl Stork is now Digital Domain's chief executive officer, while former ILM member Mark Miller (who worked on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) is the company's president. Also among Digital Domain's executives is director and producer Michael Bay, who holds a position as co-chair on the board of directors. Clark James was the project lead art Digital Domain from 1995 through 1997 and again in 1998. Others who work or have worked for Digital Domain include Pat McClung and Karen Sickles.

Digital Domain has received three Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its innovative imaging software. In addition, they have won two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for 1997's Titanic and 1998's What Dreams May Come. They also received Academy Award nominations for their visual effects work in 1994's True Lies (their first feature film), 1995's Apollo 13, and 2004's I, Robot. Other awards the company have received include a Grammy Award and MTV Movie Award in the category of Best Music Video for The Rolling Stones' "Love Is Strong", BAFTA Awards for the visual effects in the 1997 film The Fifth Element and the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow, as well as 34 Clio Awards, 22 AICP Awards, and 8 Cannes Lion Awards for their visual effects in commercial advertising.

Besides those listed above, other films on which Digital Domain has worked include Interview with the Vampire (1994), Armageddon (1998), Fight Club (1999), X-Men (2000), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), A Beautiful Mind (2001), xXx (2002), The Italian Job (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Transformers (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Speed Racer (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), 2012 (2009), TRON: Legacy (2010), and Thor (2011). They have worked also on commercials for such companies or products as Adidas, Budweiser, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Disney, Dodge, eBay, Gatorade, Heineken, Michelin, Nike, Lexus, Saab, and Volkswagen and have worked on music videos for such artists as Björk, Busta Rhymes, Creed, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Linkin Park, Michael Jackson, and Nine Inch Nails.

Nemesis crew

Those Digital Domain members who specifically worked on Star Trek Nemesis are listed below.

Star Trek (2009) crew

Those Digital Domain members who specifically worked on 2009's Star Trek are listed below.

Uncredited crew

Unconfirmed crew

  • Howard Cabalfin – Digital Artist
  • Chad E. Collier –Render I/O Administrator
  • R. Matt Smith – Digital Compositor
  • Kristen Swanson – Digital Paint/Rotoscope Artist
  • Hirofumi Takeda – Digital Artist

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