(written from a Production point of view)
Scott Rader (born 1 April 1972; age 41) is a visual effects artist who worked as visual effects compositor on Star Trek: The Next Generation (while employed at Digital Magic), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. In 1996 he worked for POP Film as digital visual effects supervisor on Star Trek: First Contact. During his time on Star Trek he earned one Emmy Award nomination and won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects for his work on the following episodes:
- 1994 Emmy Award for the episode "All Good Things...", shared with Dan Curry, David Stipes, Michael Backauskas, Adam Howard, and Erik Nash
- 1995 Emmy Award for the episode "Caretaker", shared with Dan Curry, David Stipes, Michael Backauskas, Joe Bauer, Edward L. Williams, Don Greenberg, Adam Howard, Don Lee, Robert Stromberg, John F.K. Parenteau, Joshua D. Rose, and Joshua Cushner
- 1996 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Way of the Warrior", shared with Joshua Cushner, Judy Elkins, Steve Fong, Dennis Hoerter, Adam Howard, Gary Hutzel, Don Lee, Fredric Meininger, Glenn Neufeld, Jim Rider, and Joshua D. Rose
Born as Scottie Thornton Rader II to Finnish parents he spent his childhood in Stockholm, Sweden. Several years later he moved to Los Angeles and started his career in the special and visual effects department. In 2004 he won a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video for his work on Missy Elliott's video "Pass That Dutch", shared with Star Trek Nemesis 3D animation artist Aladino V. Debert.
Beside his work on Star Trek, Rader was an effects compositor on the television science fiction film Journey to the Center of the Earth (1993, along with Don Greenberg, Adam Howard, Simon Holden, Laurie Resnick, Brannon Wright, and Joe White), worked for POP Films as digital compositor on Roland Emmerich's science fiction blockbuster Independence Day (1996), as key compositor for Digital Domain on James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic (1997), and as digital artist on the science fiction film The Fifth Element (1997) and the television thriller The Pentagon Papers (2003, along with Tom Mahoney and Edward L. Williams).
Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as digital effects artist and visual effects supervisor for the company Radium on the comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003, along with David Sosalla, Brian Fisher, Don Greenberg, and Brad Kalinoski), the comedy Are We There Yet? (2005), the science fiction thriller Æon Flux (2005), the comedy The Holiday (2006, with David Sosalla, Antonio Torres, Jeremy Lang, Brian Hanable, Scott Dougherty, and Jamie Baxter), and Mel Gibson's drama Apocalypto (2006).
More recently he worked as digital effects supervisor on the drama Black Snake Moan (2006), as compositing supervisor on the television movie Princess (2008, with Aladino V. Debert), and the fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories (2008).