(written from a Production point of view)
Edward J. Franklin (born 1 October 1965; age 54) is a special effects artist whose work includes several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, and the feature films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Insurrection. He received no credit for his work.
Born as Edward Joseph Frankelstein in the Bronx, New York, USA, he worked in the special effects department on James Cameron's science fiction thriller Aliens (1986, with Jenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston), the horror sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987, with Craig Wasson and Brooke Bundy), the comic adaptation Master of the Universe (1987, starring Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Anthony De Longis), Kathryn Bigelow's vampire horror Near Dark (1987, with Jenette Goldstein), Tim Burton's fantasy comedy Beetle Juice (1988, with Winona Ryder), Brian de Palma's action movie Mission: Impossible (1996), Joel Schuhmacher's comic adaptation Batman & Robin (1997, with John Glover), the television series Space: Above and Beyond (1995-1996, starring Lanei Chapman and Tucker Smallwood) and EZ Streets (1996), and more recently on the television comedy The Last Day of Summer (2007, with Sean Whalen).
Franklin was also the set constructor on the television series Moloney (1996-1997), worked as a visual effects artist on Tim Burton's science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! (1996) and the horror thriller Deep Rising (1998, starring Famke Janssen), served as art department purchaser on the science fiction film Mission to Mars (2000), and appeared as a background actor in the comedy The Benchwarmers (2006).