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Niel R. Wray (born 13 October 1963; age 57) is the visual effects supervisor in the employ of CBS Digital for the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series effort begun in 2006. In the remastered version of the episode "The Menagerie, Part I", he appeared as a Starfleet science division officer in the newly integrated digital matte painting as well as a guard miner in the new scenes from "The Devil in the Dark". Wray is the creator of the Gorn starship, seen briefly in the episode "Arena". In 2012 he started working in the same capacity for the remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was among others responsible for the recreation of the CGI model of the Crystalline Entity, as the original computer files were lost. [1]

The in-universe characters Niel Wray Raymond in TNG: "The Neutral Zone" and Niel Wray in TNG: "Inheritance" were named after him.


Wray was born in Arcadia, California and was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, movie or special for his work on the television film The Winning Season (2004) and the miniseries Into the West (2005, shared with Tim McHugh, Craig Weiss, Chris DeCristo, and Eric Ehemann). He also earned a Visual Effects Society Awards nomination in the category Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program for his work on Kings (2009), which he shared with Ronald B. Moore, Brian Vogt, and Craig Weiss.

Wray also worked as a digital and visual effects artist on the television series The X-Files, Touched by an Angel, Oliver Beene (2003-2004), Skin (2003), and 24 (2004), as well as on the television films Invasion (1997, starring Kim Cattrall, Neal McDonough, and Rosana DeSoto), Fatal Error (1999), Jesus (1999), and Riding the Bullet (2004, which featured Matt Frewer and visual effects coordinator Wendy Ruiz).

His credits as CG Supervisor includes the science fiction film Astronauts (2002), the thriller Locusts (2005, with Natalija Nogulich), and the catastrophe thrillers Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) and Category 7: The End of the World (2005). In the previous one he also appeared as a background actor, a gateway arch tourist.

More recently, Wray worked as visual effects supervisor on the CBS drama series Code Black (2015).


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