Foundation Imaging

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Foundation Imaging
IndustryCGI visual effects studio
FateBankruptcy
Defunct2001
Key people
Paul Beigle-Bryant and Ron Thornton (founders)

Foundation Imaging was a CGI visual effects studio, computer animation studio, and post-production editing facility founded by Paul Beigle-Bryant and Ron Thornton that pioneered digital imaging for television programming using Newtek's LightWave 3D, originally on Commodore Amiga based Video Toaster workstations.

Notable works[edit]

Babylon 5[edit]

Foundation Imaging is best known for their work on the science fiction series Babylon 5, winning an Emmy Award for the pilot episode.

Star Trek franchise[edit]

When the producers of Babylon 5 failed to renew Foundation's contract after the third season,[1] they worked on Paramount's Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ultimately winning two more Emmy Awards for their work on Voyager).

The company also worked on Robert Wise's director's cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This was one of Foundation Imaging's last projects before they shut down.

Batman CG visuals[edit]

While working on Star Trek, the company provided CG visuals for the Warner Brothers direct-to-video animated movies based on the Batman: The Animated Series TV series.

Awards[edit]

  • 1993 Emmy Award – Babylon 5 – Outstanding Individual Achievement In Special Visual Effects:
    • Paul Beigle-Bryant, Computer Imaging Supervisor - Foundation Imaging
    • Shannon Casey, Visual Effects Coordinator
    • Ron Thornton, Visual Effects Designer - Foundation Imaging
  • 1999 Emmy Award – Star Trek: Voyager – Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series:
    • Rob Bonchune, CGI Supervisor - Foundation Imaging
    • Elizabeth Castro, Visual Effects Coordinator
    • Arthur J. Codron, Visual Effects Coordinator
    • Dan Curry, Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor
    • Don Greenberg, Visual Effects Compositor
    • Paul Hill, Visual Effects Compositor
    • Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, CGI Supervisor - Foundation Imaging
    • Ronald B. Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor
    • Greg Rainoff, Visual Effects Artist
    • Mitch Suskin, Visual Effects Supervisor
    • John Teska, CGI Animator - Foundation Imaging
  • 2001 Emmy Award – Star Trek: Voyager – Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series:
    • Robert Bonchune, CGI Supervisor - Foundation Imaging
    • Eric Chauvin, Matte Artist
    • Art Codron, Visual Effects Coordinator
    • Dan Curry, Visual Effects Producer
    • Steve Fong, Visual Effects Compositor
    • Ronald Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor
    • Greg Rainoff, Visual Effects Animator
    • Mitch Suskin, Visual Effects Supervisor
    • John Teska, CGI Artist - Foundation Imaging

Dissolution[edit]

The company was dissolved after work on season one of Star Trek: Enterprise had been completed and the company assets were sold off in a public auction on December 17, 2002 by Brian Testo Associates, LLC.

Legacy[edit]

The company's pioneering work on Babylon 5 popularized using the software package Lightwave 3D on US TV shows for CGI visual effects, which led to it becoming an industry standard throughout the 1990s.

Key animators from the company and Emmy Award-winners Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz and John Teska remain major figures in the visual effects field for their work on shows such as the rebooted Battlestar Galactica and Lost.

Project history[edit]

Movies[edit]

Live action series[edit]

Animated series[edit]

Video games[edit]

DVD[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ron Thornton (2008-03-22). "Ron Thornton Interview". B5Scrolls. Retrieved 2011-01-05.

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