(written from a Production point of view)
Gary Kosko is an Emmy Award-winning Art Director who worked on 2009's Star Trek for director/producer J.J. Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss. Kosko previously worked with Abrams and Chambliss (among many other Star Trek production crew members) on the 2006 Paramount Pictures release Mission: Impossible III.
Kosko began his film art career as a set draftsman on George A. Romero's 1985 zombie thriller, Day of the Dead (starring Sherman Howard). He later worked as property master on another Romero film, 1988's Monkey Shines (starring Stephen Root). Kosko has since been an art director or assistant art director on such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Lorenzo's Oil, Bob Roberts (featuring Lee Arenberg and Ray Wise), Cool Runnings, Philadelphia, Kingpin, The Devil's Advocate, Paramount's Deep Impact (featuring James Cromwell, Denise Crosby, Christopher Darga, Mark Moses, Tucker Smallwood, Kurtwood Smith and Concetta Tomei).
In addition, Kosko has worked on the 1996 film Boys and the 2005 film Guess Who'. Both of these movies star actresses currently working on 2008's Star Trek – Winona Ryder in Boys and Zoë Saldana in Guess Who. Kosko also worked on the 2000 film The Replacements which, like Star Trek, had Jeffrey Chernov as an Executive Producer.
For his work as assistant art director on the 2000 film Wonder Boys, Kosko was nominated for an Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild. He shared this nomination with the film's senior art director Donald B. Woodruff, who later worked on Star Trek Nemesis.
Kosko also worked on two films featuring Star Trek: Enterprise's John Billingsley (both directed by Carl Franklin), the first being Paramount's 2002 thriller High Crimes (starring Ashley Judd, Bruce Davison and Jude Ciccolella). The second film was MGM's Out of Time, released in 2003.
Kosko received his first Emmy Award nomination for his work on the 1992 HBO movie Citizen Cohn, which featured performances by Star Trek alumni Daniel Benzali, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and Jeffrey Nordling. Over a decade later, Kosko earned his second Emmy nomination – and his first win – for Outstanding Art Direction on the HBO series Carnivàle, which starred the likes of Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, John Fleck, John Carroll Lynch, Scott MacDonald, Diane Salinger and John Savage.