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Joe Bauer

Birth name: Joseph Bruce Bauer
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 19 August 1961
Place of birth: Springfield, Missouri, USA
Awards for Trek: 1 Emmy Award
Roles: Visual Effects Coordinator/Supervisor, Model Maker
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...with (2nd right) with colleagues (l-r) Jim Rider, David Stipes and Dan Curry discussing a set-up for "Ex Post Facto"

...with (2nd right) with colleagues (l-r) Jim Rider, David Stipes and Dan Curry discussing a set-up for "Ex Post Facto"
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...building the Kazon carrier vessel forwards enlarged section model for "Caretaker"

...building the Kazon carrier vessel forwards enlarged section model for "Caretaker"

Joseph "Joe" Bruce Bauer (born 19 August 1961; age 53), occasionally also credited as "Joseph B. Bauer", is a visual effects (VFX) coordinator and supervisor. Starting his motion picture industry career in late 1993, he worked, teamed up as VFX coordinator with David Stipes, on three seasons of the Star Trek television franchise, which included the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the first two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Bauer was given the opportunity to hone his skills by serving as a VFX supervisor on two episodes, The Next Generation's "Preemptive Strike" and Voyager's "Resolutions" (coincidentally also his last work for the franchise), without ever being permanently elevated into the position.

Along with the rest of the VFX team, Bauer won an Emmy Award for Star Trek: Voyager's pilot episode "Caretaker" in 1995. For that episode, Bauer made a noticeable contribution when he built the enlarged forward section of the Kazon Predator-class vessel, that was used for the climatic ramming scene in the last act. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 105, p. 59) Aside from this he has tactical operations officer Joe Bauer named after him.

Career outside Star Trek

Following his work on Star Trek, Bauer worked as VFX supervisor on projects such as the action comedy Double Team (1997), the action thriller Knock Off (1998), the mystery thriller The Thirteenth Floor (1999), the thriller Frailty (2001), the horror sequel Final Destination 2 (2003), the fantasy sequel Blade: Trinity (2004), the comic adaptation 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), the science fiction film Outlander (2008), the comic adaptation Get Smart (2008), the family movie Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010), and the horror remake Fright Night (2011).

In 2011 he was the executive producer, writer, and director of the short drama Ambush on which he worked with Eden FX visual effects artist Fred Pienkos. As of 2013 he worked as VFX supervisor on the highly successful television series Game of Thrones, earning him a second 2013 Emmy Award nomination for that series' episode "Valar Dohaeris".

Star Trek credits

Emmy Award

As Visual Effects Coordinator, Joe Bauer has received the following Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects" for his work on Star Trek:

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