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Koji Kuramura was a CGI artist for Foundation Imaging and subsequently at EdenFX, after the former went out of business. He worked on numerous episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the tenth feature film Star Trek Nemesis and the Star Trek: New Voyages fan films.

Kuramura's work on Deep Space Nine entailed among others the Defiant-class launch bay [1], and animating the Fire Caves sequence in "What You Leave Behind". For Voyager, his work included constructing the warp nacelle interior for the USS Voyager crash sequence in "Timeless", building the Unicomplex and the damaged Borg sphere in "Dark Frontier". (Star Trek Monthly issue 58) For Star Trek: Enterprise, a noticeable contribution was his CGI build of the USS Defiant. [2] His work earned Kuramura three Emmy Award nominations, one for the Voyager episode "Year of Hell, Part II", and two for the Enterprise episodes "Dead Stop" (that did win him a Visual Effects Society Award) and "The Council".

Outside Star Trek Kuramura worked as a special effects crew member on the short film The Blair Witch Mountain Project in 2002, directed, produced, and starring Ike Eisenmann. Another film as digital artists is the horror thriller Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist in 2005, alongside John Teska.

In 2006, Kuramura was hired by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in order to create visualizations, for which his prior experiences on Star Trek were singularly well suited, of space exploration, or as Kurmura himself has put it, "Our job is to bring some Hollywood pizazz, the wow factor, to everything we do". [3]

After a long absence, Kuramura returned to the motion picture industry, having recently worked as digital modeler on Iron Sky (2012, along with former Foundation Imaging colleague Lee Stringer).

Star Trek awards

Emmy Awards

Kuramura received the following Emmy Award nominations in the category Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series:

Visual Effects Society Awards

Kuramura received the following Visual Effects Society Award in the category Best Models and Miniatures in a Televised Program:

  • 2003 Visual Effects Society Award win for the episode "Dead Stop", shared with John Teska, Pierre Drolet and Sean M. Scott

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