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Gene Rizzardi
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Eugene P. Rizzardi

Birth name: Eugene P. Rizzardi, Jr.
Gender: Male
Roles: Model/Prop Maker
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With his transparent Enterprise-E model

With his transparent Enterprise-E model

Eugene "Gene" P. Rizzardi, Jr. is a model maker and special effects artist who oversaw the build of the Borg cube model and built the force perspective Enterprise-D dorsal saucer section for the Star Trek: The Next Generation second season episode "Q Who", while hired by Starlight Effects. He has also constructed the transparent display model of the USS Enterprise-E, seen in Star Trek Nemesis, albeit uncredited. More recently, he worked in the prop shop for 2009's Star Trek.

Rizzardi started his work in the special effects department and as miniature and model maker in the early 1980s when he worked on projects such as the science fiction film Scared to Death (1980, with Carey Howe), the science fiction film Megaforce (1982, with Persis Khambatta), the science fiction television movie V (1983, with Gregory Jein, Scott Squires, Hoyt Yeatman, and David Stipes) and its following television mini series V: The Final Battle (1984), and the television fantasy film The Hugga Bunch (1985) for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in 1985.

Further credits include the horror comedy Critters (1986), the fantasy film Masters of the Universe (1987), the action film Bulletproof (1988), the sequel Rambo III (1988), the horror film The Blob (1988), the horror comedy Army of Darkness (1992), the science fiction film Demolition Man (1993), for Digital Domain the drama Apollo 13 (1995) and the blockbuster Titanic (1997), the science fiction sequel Alien: Resurrection (1997), the science fiction film Godzilla (1998), the drama American Beauty (1999), the horror film Final Destination 2 (2003) and its sequel Final Destination 3 (2006).

More recently he worked as special effects technician on the television series Tell Me You Love Me (2007), the drama Charlie Wilson's War (2007), the romance Lie To Me (2008), the television series Saving Grace (2008), and the action sequel Crank: High Voltage (2009), as prop shop foreman on the comic adaptation Iron Man 2 (2010), and as special effects foreman on the comedy Bad Teacher (2011).

Rizzardi is operating his own model, and prop company, "Modelwerkes Models", founded in 1979 and located in Canyon Country, CA., providing services for motion pictures, television, architectural industry, theme parks, and corporate clients.

Gene Rizzardi is featured in the 2011 documentary Sense of Scale, in which several model makers discuss their craft, and which also features Ron Gress, Greg Jein and Pat McClung.

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