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Karl J. Martin is a Los Angeles-based digital artist, art director and set designer who created digital graphics for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and designed sets for Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Martin worked as a visual effects model maker on The Rocketeer (1991, starring Billy Campbell), Mom and Dad Save the World (1992, with Terri Garr, Thalmus Rasulala, and Wallace Shawn), Monolith (1993, with Musetta Vander), and Fearless (1993, with John de Lancie).

Beside his work on the Star Trek television series, he also worked as a digital artist on seaQuest 2032, M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994), Space: Above and Beyond (1995), Spy Game (1997), and Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999), Without Warning (1994), Broken Arrow (1996, starring Christian Slater), The One (2001), Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (2001, starring Greg Ellis), and The Sum of All Fears (2002).

His work as set designer features in Final Embrace (1992), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Innocent Blood (1992), The X-Files, seaQuest 2032, and Babylon 5, Ed Wood (1994), The Puppet Masters (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Air Force One (1997), What Dreams May Come (1998), Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Supernova (2000), The Division, She Spies, CSI: Miami, and Lost, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Island (2005), E-Ring, Heroes, Day Break (2006), Deadwood (2006), Wildfire (2007), Eli Stone (2008), Sons of Anarchy (2008), Eleventh Hour (2009), House (2009), Medium (2009), and Avatar (2009), the television revival Wonder Woman (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Battleship (2012, working with William Ladd Skinner and Aaron Haye), That's My Boy (2012), Gangster Squad (2012, with Geoffrey Mandel), Ray Donovan (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2014), and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).

For his work on Avatar, he won an Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild in the category Fantasy Films in 2010, which he shared with fellow Star Trek alumni Robert Stromberg, Dorian Bustamante, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Daphne Yap, C. Scott Baker, Scott Herbertson, Joseph Hiura, Tex Kadonaga, and Gregory Jein, as well as four further Art Directors Guild Award nominations, and three wins for Passengers (2016), Homecoming (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Martin was the production designer on the action film Shadow of the Dragon (1992) and the short films Untitled: 003-Embryo (2002 with Ethan Phillips) and Legion: The Word Made Flesh (2005), and served as art director on The Last Ship (2014), Downsizing (2017), Electric Dreams (2018) and For All Mankind (2019). He had featured cameo roles in Babylon 5 (1998, with Andreas Katsulas, Marshall R. Teague, and Mirron E. Willis) and The One (2001).

More recently, Martin worked as set designer on The Magnificent Seven, Westworld, and Passengers (2016), Geostorm (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), WandaVision (2021), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), and The Mandalorian (2022).

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