(written from a Production point of view)
Russell Herpich, often credited simply as Russ Herpich, was a special effects technician on Star Trek: First Contact. He is currently working as the makeup lab foreman for the Proteus Make-up FX Team on 2008's Star Trek.
Herpich is an employee at the special effects company Creature Effects Inc., where he has worked on such films as The Arrival, Scary Movie 2, Van Wilder, Seabiscuit, The Last Samurai (written by John Logan), The Alamo, Flicka, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (starring Kristanna Loken, Ron Perlman and John Rhys-Davies) and 300. His most recent work with Creature Effects was The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
In addition, Herpich worked as special effects technician, mechanical engineer and makeup effects artist for the now-defunct company Captive Audience Productions. During his time at Captive Audience, Herpich worked on such films as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scary Movie 4, World Trade Center and Apocalypto. Herpich also worked as a mold maker for Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. on the 2000 film Cast Away.