David Stipes is a two time Emmy® Award winner with over 30 years of experience in the film industry in various aspects of visual effects and animation.
David worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor on four Star Trek
series: “The Next Generation,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine,” and
“Enterprise”. David championed the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) for Star Trek, which completely changed how the visual effects are created for the shows.
Prior to Star Trek, David created visual effects for a number of science fiction television series including “Buck Rogers,” “Battlestar Galactica,”The Flash,” “V” and “Intruders.”
David also operated his own studio for more than 12 years producing visual effects for such feature films as “Circuitry Man,” “Creepshow,” “Lawnmower Man,” and “Real Genius.” David has had over twenty industry related articles published and is currently an instructor at The Art Institute of Phoenix.
He accepted to share with us some of his photos and tell us more about it.
Buck Rogers in 25th Century” TV show. (1979) I am standing in front of a multi-plane matte painting set-up. Painting is by Dan Curry who later went on to become a Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer on “Star Trek.” This kind of set up allowed layers of glass to slide and provide drifting cloud effects.