Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Visual Effects Produced by:INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC
Supervisor: John Knoll
PACIFIC OCEAN POST
Supervisors: Scott Rader and Adam Howard
Supervisor, Joshua Rose
Supervisor: Syd Dutton
MATTE WORLD DIGITAL
Supervisor: Craig Barron
Visual Effects Supervisor: David Takemura
Makeup Designed and Supervised by: Michael Westmore
Borg Effects Produced by: Todd Masters Co.
Jonathan Frakes makes his feature film directorial debut in the eighth film of the legendary STAR TREK film series. STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, the first film of the series to exclusively star the cast of "The Next Generation", is arguably the best film of the series, if not comparable to 1982's STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. For that film, Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar pioneered the use of computer generated imagery with the Genesis sequence. The STAR TREK films have been strong opportunities for ILM to show off its visual effects muscles (ILM worked on every film except I and V). FIRST CONTACT is no exception. The new film includes ILM's best STAR TREK work, which is saying quite a bit.
The film is a rousing adventure, and easily the best STAR TREK film since STAR TREK II. Jonathan Frakes certainly proved his worth with the film as he solidifies himself as a creative force for the STAR TREK franchise. Paramount also should be thanked for giving the film an adequate budget--something at which they failed miserably for the last film. FIRST CONTACT contains many fun surprises, terrific performances, and a fantasic script--and probably is the best effects-filled film of the year.
Official Web Site: http://startrek.first-contact.com
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