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USS Enterprise srudio model filmed at Douglas Trumball's Future Gereal Corporation

Stewart (center foreground) at work on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Dave Stewart (27 August 193716 October 1997; age 60) was a visual effects photographer who worked as director of photography for the photographic effects on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, while employed by Douglas Trumbull's Future General Corporation. For his work he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Effects, Visual Effects in 1980, shared with Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, and Grant McCune.

Born as David K. Stewart in 1937 he was responsible for the UFO photography on Steven Spielberg's 1977 science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind where he worked in the visual effects department of Future General Corporation with fellow artists David Berry, Cy Didjurgis, Don Dow, Jim Dow, Glenn Erickson, Rocco Gioffre, Joyce Goldberg, Larry Albright, Mona Thal Benefiel, David Gold, David R. Hardberger, Alan Harding, Jack Hinkle, Robert Hollister, Thomas Hollister, Paul Huston, Joseph A. Ippolito, Don Jarel, Gregory Jein, Tom Koester, Michael McMillen, Bill Millar, Alvah J. Miller, Harry Moreau, Conne Morgan, Max Morgan, Bruce Nicholson, George Polkinghorne, Robert Shepherd, Scott Squires, Robert Swarthe, Ken Swenson, Don Trumbull, Douglas Trumbull, Hoyt Yeatman, Matthew Yuricich, Richard Yuricich, Gregory L. McMurry, Christopher S. Ross (who was an intern at the time), and Jonathan Seay. Most of them also worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The following years he worked as visual and special effects unit director of photography on Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), Francis Ford Coppola's crime drama The Outsiders (1983), Douglas Trumbull's science fiction thriller Brainstorm (1983), the science fiction film 2010 (1984), the science fiction film Solarbabies (1986), and the thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990).

After his work as miniature photography director on David Fincher's science fiction sequel Alien³ in 1992, Stewart worked as director of photography for Mass Illusion on the science fiction film Judge Dredd (1995) and the action film Eraser (1996, starring Vanessa Williams) and for Boss Film Studios on the action thriller Turbulence (1997) and the action film Air Force One (1997).

Prior to his death in 1997, caused by a heart attack, he completed his work as miniatures cinematographer on the science fiction thriller Event Horizon.

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