(written from a Production point of view)
Robert "Rob" Burman is a makeup artist specializing in special effects makeup on Hollywood films and television programs.
He helped create makeup effects for the films Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and some 300 other films, television shows and commercials.. In addition, Burman and his wife and business partner, Jennifer E. McManus, worked on Star Trek: Insurrection. He returned to the franchise as part of his brother's Proteus Make-up FX Team on the upcoming Star Trek, produced and directed by J.J. Abrams. Burman is serving as the team's mold shop supervisor.
Burman began as a Lab assistant on such films as Cat People, starring Ed Begley, Jr., John Larroquette and Malcolm McDowell. He later became a makeup effects or creature effects artist on such films as The Thing (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), and The Fly (1986), Tremors (1990) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his work on Super Mario Bros., the 1993 film based on the popular Nintendo video game.
In 1994, Burman and his wife team up to form the makeup studio Sticks & Stones FX. Together, they created makeup effects, costumes, puppets and props for such films as The Shadow (1994), Guyver: Dark Hero (1994), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Waterworld (1995), and Flubber (1997).
Outside of Star Trek, Burman has worked with his brother, Barney, on such films as Brain Dead (1990) and Jackass: The Movie (2002). Burman Industries, a supply warehouse for special effects materials was founded in 1989 by their mother, Sandra. Barney and Rob Burman are the nephews of veteran Emmy Award-winning Trek makeup artist Ellis Burman, Jr. and sons of Multiple Emmy Award winner Tom Burman (Nip/Tuck, Planet Of The Apes)
Rob also co-created along with Jennifer, the foam latex prosthetic line they call Rubber Wear that can be found at distributors all over the world.
Rob Burman recently shifted his interests from makeup effects to sculpting. He has created his own sculpting studio, aptly named the Rob Burman Sculpture Studio.