(written from a Production point of view)
The Third Floor is a Los Angeles-based previsualization studio and one of the two studios which created the previsualization sequences for 2009's Star Trek. Nick Markel, one of the founders of the company, was among the previsualization artists who worked on Star Trek as part of the studio.
The Third Floor was founded by seven of the top previsualization artists from Lucasfilm. The team that would comprise The Third Floor was initially formed in 2002 for the director's cut edition of George Lucas' first film, 1971's THX 1138.  The studio was formally established in 2004, following the team's work on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Since its formation, The Third Floor has provided previsualization shots for several films, including 2007's TMNT (featuring the voice of Patrick Stewart), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (featuring Lee Arenberg and Greg Ellis), Evan Almighty (featuring Jimmy Bennett, Gregg Daniel, Bruce Gray, William Dennis Hunt, Harve Presnell, Tucker Smallwood, and Ruth Williamson), Beowulf (featuring Dominic Keating), The Happening (featuring Alan Ruck), and Meet Dave (starring Eddie Murphy and Gabrielle Union). Before Star Trek, The Third Floor worked with producer/director J.J. Abrams on the 2008 blockbuster, Cloverfield.
The Third Floor's more recent projects have included the films Eagle Eye (produced by Star Trek writers/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) and Valkyrie (directed by Bryan Singer). The company also created previsualization artwork for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and are currently working on that film's sequel, Voyage of the Dawn Trader. Other upcoming films on which The Third Floor is working include James Cameron's Avatar (starring Zoë Saldana), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (featuring numerous Marvel Comics characters), and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
The Team Edit
The team from The Third Floor who worked on Star Trek are:
- Previsualization Supervisor
- Previsualization Artists
- The Third Floor – official site