(written from a Production point of view)
Don Lanning (born 2 April 1965; age 55) is a special effects creature designer and sculptor for Hollywood films. He recently worked with the Proteus Make-up FX Team as key sculptor on Star Trek and worked on the characters Keenser and Alnschloss K'Bentayr as well as on the Gorn from the deleted scene.
Lanning has worked frequently with the make-up effects studios KNB EFX Group, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI), and Patrick Tatopolos Designs. His projects for KNB include Vampires, the X-Files movie, Rat Race (starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman), Planet of the Apes (featuring Erick Avari, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and David Warner), Hearts in Atlantis (starring Anton Yelchin), and Vanilla Sky.
For ADI, Lanning lent his skills to films such as The Santa Clause 2 (featuring Michael Dorn), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (featuring Marc Lawrence, Dick Miller, George Murdock, Ron Perlman, and Robert Picardo), and AVP: Alien vs. Predator. The Tatopolos studio employed Lanning's talents for the 2003 film Underworld and its 2006 sequel, Underworld: Evolution, as well as the horror films They and Silent Hill.
Lanning has also worked as a sculptor with Spectral Motion on the films Hellboy (starring the aforementioned Ron Perlman of Star Trek Nemesis), Blade: Trinity, and Fantastic Four. His other projects include Mr. Deeds (starring Winona Ryder), Superman Returns (directed by Bryan Singer), and Team America: World Police.