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Rhythm and Hues, also credited as Rhythm & Hues, Inc., Rhythm & Hues Studios, and currently known as Rhythm & Hues Studios, Inc., is a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in creating visual effects, in particular by using the, at the time of its founding, fledgling technique of CGI. The company was founded in 1987 by six ex-employees of Robert Abel & Associates, after the latter went out of business earlier that year. The founding members were, Keith Goldfarb, Pauline Ts'o, John Hughes, Charles Gibson, Frank Wuts and Cliff Boulé, the first three, as of 2012, still running the company.

Rhythm & Hues 1992 company logo

Rhythm's 1991-1992 logo

Bajoran wormhole

The wormhole

Having worked on various productions of Star Trek in their early years, the best known effect they constructed for the franchise, was both the exterior as well as the interior of the Bajoran wormhole for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1992), which was designed by Michael Gibson (not related to the co-founder), and took fourteen weeks to complete. (Cinefantastique, Vol 24 #3/4, p. 124) They also worked on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Galaxy's Child" (1991) and Star Trek: The Experience (1998), for which the company designed and created part of the CGI sequences of The Klingon Encounter ride. The CGI model of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey, they created for the ride, was later appropriated by the studio, for use in the later seasons of the Deep Space Nine television series. On "Galaxy's Child", their first Star Trek contribution, they received credit as Rhythm & Hues, Inc. for creating the computer animation segments of the spaceborne lifeforms.

In the 1990s, the company worked on popular films such as Babe (1995), Spawn (1997), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), The Green Mile (1999), End of Days (1999) , Stuart Little (1999) and X-Men (2000).

They continued their success into the 2000s, and chalked up an impressive list of credits, having worked on productions like, Superman Returns, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, X2, Serenity, X-Men: The Last Stand, Men in Black II, Stuart Little 2, Happy Feet, Charlotte's Web, Night at the Museum, Evan Almighty, The Golden Compass, Alvin & The Chipmunks, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Fast & Furious, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Land of the lost, Aliens In The Attic, The Time Travler's Wife, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hot Tub Time Machine, Marmaduke, The A-Team, Charlie St. Cloud, Knight & Day, Yogi Bear, Red Riding Hood, Hop, X-Men: First Class & Mr. Popper's Penguins.

A highly successful company, Rhythm & Hues' services are still in high demand, and its latest upcoming projects are among others 300: Rise of an Empire (2013) and Kazorn (2014). The company has seen a steady growth over the decades, acquiring in 1999 the VIFX half of Blue Sky/VIFX (directly after that company's involvement with Star Trek: Insurrection), and currently has branches in Mumbai and Hyderabad (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Vancouver (Canada) and Koahsiung (Taiwan).

Staff

The wormhole staff (The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, p. 240):

The Klingon Encounter ride staff [1]:

  • John Butiu - Modeler
  • Ian Hulbert - Digital Artist
  • Alessandro Jacomini - Lighting Artist
  • Suponwich Juck Somsaman - CGI Supervisor

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