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John Goodson

John Goodson in 2009

John Goodson is a model maker and digital model artist for Industrial Light & Magic who worked on three Star Trek films. He was first a model maker on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and then became the model supervisor for Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. As ILM's model project supervisor on First Contact, Goodson supervised the creation of the ten-foot physical model of the USS Enterprise-E that was used in conjunction with a CGI version. Goodson was interviewed for the special feature "Industrial Light & Magic: The Next Generation" on the 2009 DVD release of Star Trek: First Contact.

Goodson's first film project with ILM was Ghostbusters II in 1989, followed by Back to the Future Part II that same year. His subsequent film credits include Die Hard 2 (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), Starship Troopers (1997), X-Men (2000), the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). He was also a concept designer on 1999's Star Trek parody Galaxy Quest and did uncredited work for films like Pearl Harbor (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2003). In addition, Goodson did model work for all three of George Lucas' highly-successful Star Wars prequels. For the first two – Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) – he was credited as a concept model maker; for the last, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he was a digital artist.

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