|Industry||CGI visual effects studio|
|Defunct||December 28, 2002|
|Paul Beigle-Bryant and Ron Thornton (founders)|
The company was founded by Paul Beigle-Bryant and Ron Thornton. It pioneered digital imaging for television programming using Newtek's LightWave 3D, originally on Commodore Amiga based Video Toaster workstations.
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.
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.
Star Trek franchise
Foundation Imaging made the exterior views rendered by computer graphics for the Delta Flyer shuttlecraft, from drawings by Rick Sternbach, debuting on Voyager in the "Extreme Risk". They also did the CGI views of the Varro generation ship in the episode "The Disease" for example.
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. Lebowitz also worked with Paramount Plus on the film's 2022 restoration.
Batman CG visuals
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.
- The Jackal (1997)
- Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
- Today's Life (2000)
- The Legend of Zu (2001) (Blood Sea sequence)
- They Crawl (2001)
- Project Viper (2002)
- The Extreme Team (2003)
- Chrome (2005)
Live action series
- Babylon 5 (1993 - 1996) (seasons 1-3)
- Hypernauts (1995 - 1996) (season 1)
- Star Trek: Voyager (1996 - 2001) (seasons 3-7)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997 - 1999) (the season 5 finale, seasons 6-7)
- Young Hercules (1998 - 1999)
- Dawson's Creek (2000) (single episode water effects)
- Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 - 2002) (season 1)
- Twisted Metal: Black (2001) (CG movie and visual effects)
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (DVD director's edition)
- 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
- "Behind the Scenes: ENTERPRISE Visual Effects Ronald B. Moore and Team". Star Trek: The Magazine. Vol. 3, no. 7. November 2002. pp. 4, 50–57.
During the show's first season, Ronald B. Moore worked with CG effects houses Eden FX and Foundation Imaging
- Ron Thornton (2008-03-22). "Ron Thornton Interview". B5Scrolls. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Sternbach, Rick. "Designing the Delta Flyer OCTOBER 2000 ISSUE 18 STAR TREK: THE MAGAZINE".
- Cinefantastique. F. S. Clarke. 1999. p. 47.