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Santa Barbara Studios, or SBS for short, was a CGI visual effects company, founded by John Grower in 1990, and located in Santa Barbara, CA. The company's contributions to Star Trek included the bottle sequence during the christening of the USS Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations (Cinefex, issue 61, p. 65), as well as the space-based visual effects for Star Trek: Insurrection, where they worked alongside Blue Sky/VIFX. They also created the D'Arsay archive and comet effects for TNG: "Masks" (their first contributions to Star Trek) and the comet effects for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series title sequence. Subsequently they worked with Dan Curry on the spatial effects in the main title sequence for Star Trek: Voyager and additional CGI effects for the first two seasons.

The CGI for Voyager's title sequence was created by using the company's own in-house developed software called Dynamation which earned developer Jim Hourihan an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 1996.[1]

Outside Star Trek, the company has worked on productions like Spawn (1997), An American Werewolf in Paris (1997), Ghosts of Mars (2001), and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) as well as the critically acclaimed documentary series 500 Nations (1995).

SBS apparently ceased its existence shortly after 2002, as no website is available of the company and no further credits are known, whereas founder Grower has accumulated further credits outside the SBS framework.

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