(written from a Production point of view)
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, directed by J.J. Abrams.
Martin worked as a visual effects model maker on the comic book adaptation The Rocketeer (1991, starring Billy Campbell), the science fiction comedy Mom and Dad Save the World (1992, with Terri Garr, Thalmus Rasulala, and Wallace Shawn), the science fiction film Monolith (1993, with Musetta Vander), and the drama Fearless (1993, with John de Lancie).
Beside his work on the Star Trek television series, he also worked as a digital artist on the television series seaQuest 2032, M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994), Space: Above and Beyond (1995), Spy Game (1997), and Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999), the television science fiction film Without Warning (1994), the action thriller Broken Arrow (1996, starring Christian Slater), the science fiction film The One (2001), the television movie Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future (2001, starring Greg Ellis), and the thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002).
His work as set designer features in the thriller Final Embrace (1992), the adventure The Last of the Mohicans (1992), the horror comedy Innocent Blood (1992), the television series The X-Files, seaQuest 2032, and Babylon 5, the drama Ed Wood (1994), the science fiction horror film The Puppet Masters (1994), the drama Apollo 13 (1995), the thriller Air Force One (1997), the fantasy drama What Dreams May Come (1998), the horror film Deep Blue Sea (1999), the science fiction thriller The Astronaut's Wife (1999), the science fiction thriller Supernova (2000), the television series The Division, She Spies, CSI: Miami, and Lost, the science fiction films The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Island (2005), the television series E-Ring, Heroes, Day Break (2006), Deadwood (2006), Wildfire (2007), Eli Stone (2008), Sons of Anarchy (2008), Eleventh Hour (2009), House M.D. (2009), Medium (2009), and James Cameron's science fiction blockbuster Avatar (2009), the television revival Wonder Woman (2011), the comedy The Three Stooges (2012), the science fiction film Battleship (2012, working with William Ladd Skinner and Aaron Haye), the comedy I Hate You, Dad (2012), the crime drama Gangster Squad (2012, with Geoffrey Mandel), the television series Ray Donovan (2012), the fantasy sequels The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Mockingjay (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 post-apocalypse thriller series The Last Ship (2014), the science fiction satire Downsizing (2017), the Philip K. Dick series Electric Dreams (2018) and the alternate-history lunar adventure For All Mankind (2019). He had featured cameo roles in the Babylon 5 episode "The Ragged Edge" (1998, with Andreas Katsulas, Marshall R. Teague, and Mirron E. Willis) and in the science fiction film 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).