(written from a Production point of view)
|Birth name:||Sydney Richard Dutton|
|Date of birth:||1 December 1944|
|Place of birth:||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Dutton with his Romulus matte painting|
Syd Dutton (born 1 December 1944; age 69) is a visual effects artist, specialized in matte paintings, who worked on several Star Trek television series and films. Dutton was interviewed on 16 October 2003 for the special feature "The Art of Alien Worlds" on the VOY Season 4 DVD. In this special, he explained several matte paintings for episodes such as TNG: "Devil's Due" and VOY: "Caretaker", as well as the exterior of the Romulan Senate in Star Trek Nemesis. According to the call sheet from Monday 27 January 1992, Dutton was picked up at home at 8:00 a.m. from the transportation department to work on the matte painting for the episode "The First Duty", including location sketches at the Japanese Garden.
Personal and awards
Born as Sydney Richard Dutton in San Francisco, California, Dutton started his career in the matte department at Universal Studios in the late 1970s. He learned from matte expert Albert Whitlock, who provided matte paintings for Star Trek: The Original Series. In 1983, Dutton helped form (along with Bill Taylor) the effects company Illusion Arts, Inc., located in Van Nuys, California, which provided matte paintings for several Star Trek projects. The company was closed in 2009 and Dutton joined the Culver City-based VFX shop "Zoic Studios" as art director and lead matte artist. 
During his time on Star Trek, Dutton earned two Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Achievement in Special Visual Effects:
- 1991 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Best of Both Worlds", shared with Gary Hutzel, Robert Legato, David Takemura, Michael Okuda, Don Greenberg, Erik Nash, Steve Price, Robert Stromberg, Bill Taylor, and Don Lee
- 1991 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", shared with Robert Legato, Gary Hutzel, David Takemura, Patrick Clancey, Steve Price, Michael Okuda, Erik Nash, Bill Taylor, and Don Lee
- 1992 Emmy Award for the episodes "A Matter of Time" and "Conundrum", shared with Dan Curry, Ronald B. Moore, David Takemura, Don Lee, Erik Nash, Peter Sternlicht, Adam Howard, and Robert Stromberg
In 1985, Dutton won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the television mini-series A.D., shared with Bill Taylor and Albert Whitlock. Dutton was also two times nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Special Effects: in 1992, for the horror film Frankenstein Unbound, shared with Bill Taylor, and in 2005, for the fantasy film Van Helsing, shared with Scott Squires and Ben Snow.
At the beginning of his career, Dutton worked as matte artist and special effects artist on feature films such as Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Family Plot (1976, with Albert Whitlock and Bill Taylor), Joseph Sargent's war drama MacArthur (1977), Sidney Lumet's fantasy musical The Wiz (1978), the science fiction television movie Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979, with Scott Squires and David Stipes), the comedy The Blues Brothers (1980), Mel Brooks' comedy History of the World: Part I (1981), the horror drama Ghost Story (1981), the fantasy thriller Cat People (1982, starring Malcolm McDowell), David Lynch's science fiction film Dune (1984, with Brad Dourif and Patrick Stewart), the drama The River (1984), the drama Out of Africa (1985), the fantasy action film Red Sonja (1985), the science fiction adventure Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), the science fiction comedy Real Genius (1985), the thriller Clue (1985), the horror sequel Psycho III (1986), and the action film The Karate Kid, Part II (1986).
Illusion Arts, Inc.
After founding the company Illusion Arts, Inc., Dutton worked with his company on films including the comedy Critical Condition (1987), the comedy Dragnet (1987), Mel Brooks' science fiction comedy Spaceballs (1987), the war drama Glory (1989), the fantasy sequel The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1990), the thriller Cape Fear (1991), the horror comedy The Addams Family (1991, with Christopher Lloyd and Carel Struycken), the comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), the comedy Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1993), Joel Schumacher's comic adaptation Batman Forever (1995), the comedy The Birdcage (1996), the fantasy film Dragonheart (1996), the action thriller Daylight (1996), the action film The Mask of Zorro (1998), the horror remake Psycho (1999), the family movie Muppets from Space (1999), the superhero comedy Mystery Men (1999), the science fiction film Bicentennial Man (1999), Sam Raimi's mystery thriller The Gift (2000), the action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), the mystery thriller From Hell (2001), the science fiction remake The Time Machine (2002), the action thriller The Bourne Identity (2002), the action sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Village (2004), the science fiction film Æon Flux (2005), the fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), the action sequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), the comedy You, Me and Dupree (2006), the remake Miami Vice (2006), and the war drama Defiance (2008).
The last contributions of Illusion Arts, Inc. can be seen in the biopic Milk (2008), the fantasy comedy Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), and the science fiction thriller G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).
Star Trek credits
(This list is currently incomplete.)
- Star Trek films
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - matte painter: Yosemite National Park landscapes
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - matte artist: Camp Khitomer landscape
- Star Trek Generations - matte painter
- Star Trek: First Contact - matte painter: Picard/ Borg cube pull back reveal
- Star Trek Nemesis - special visual effects: matte artist Romulus surface and buildings
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- "Code of Honor" - matte painter: Ligon II surface (Season 1)
- "Angel One" - matte painter: Angel I surface
- "Home Soil" - matte artist: Velara III surface
- "Unnatural Selection" - matte painter: Darwin Genetic Research Station (Season 2)
- "Q Who" - matte painter: Borg cube interior
- "The Ensigns of Command" - matte painter: Tau Cygna V landscape (Season 3)
- "Sins of the Father" - matte painter: Qo'noS surface
- "The Best of Both Worlds"
- "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" - matte painter: Jouret IV surface (Season 4)
- "Family" - matte artist: La Barre landscape
- "Legacy" - matte painter: Turkana IV surface
- "Devil's Due" - matte painter: Ventax II surface
- "Redemption II" - matte painter: Qo'noS surface (Season 5)
- "Unification II" - matte painter: Romulus landscape
- "Unification I" - matte painter: Romulus landscape
- "A Matter of Time" - matte artist: Penthara IV surface
- "The Masterpiece Society" - matte painter: Moab IV surface
- "Conundrum" - matte artist
- "The First Duty" - matte painter: Starfleet Academy/matte supervisor
- "Starship Mine" - matte painter: Arkaria Base (Season 6)
- "Descent" - matte painter: Ohniaka III Research Station
- "Liaisons" - matte artist: Moon landscape (Season 7)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- "Emissary" - matte painter: Bajor landscapes (Season 1)
- "Family Business" (Season 3)
- "Homefront" - matte artist: Starfleet Headquarters (Season 4)
- "The Quickening"
- "Ferengi Love Songs" - matte painter: Ferenginar landscape (Season 5)
- "Prodigal Daughter" - matte artist: Sappora VII surface (Season 7)
- "The Changing Face of Evil" - matte artist: destroyed San Francisco landscape/ Bajor landscape
- "What You Leave Behind" - matte painter: Cardassia Prime surface/ Fire Caves exterior
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Enterprise