(written from a Production point of view)
Robert Swarthe was part of the special animation effects team for the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, garnering the team an Academy Award nomination. His work on the film helped win the team the Saturn Award for "Best Special Effects." He also served a similar function, as the visual effects and animation supervisor, in the science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (starring Teri Garr). During both productions Swarthe was employed by Douglas Trumbull's Future General Corporation.