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Deep Space 9 CGI

Tsirbas' CGI-rendered Deep Space 9

Aristomenis "Meni" Tsirbas (born 3 July 1967; age 50) is a digital effects artist who worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise at the time employed at Station X Studios. Tsirbas also rendered images for Pocket Books' Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars.

Tsirbas created the digital model of Deep Space 9 that appeared at the end of DS9: "What You Leave Behind". He commented "I really appreciated working on the last shot of Deep Space Nine. I had a bit of a crusade to prove to the visual effects community that digital animation could look as good as shooting real models. And the space station was always a model. But the very last shot on Deep Space Nine is a pullout from inside the station all the way out, which is impossible to do with the model because if you're in that close the detail just isn't there. So I was tasked to build a digital version of the station and then create this cosmic zoom from inside the station then out through the galaxy until you see a nebula. And that was pretty cool". [1]

Tsirbas' computer generated model of Deep Space 9 was later used on the covers of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Millennium novels The Fall of Terok Nor, The War of the Prophets and Inferno, as well as the omnibus edition of the novel trilogy.

Tsirbas has also created visual effects in the films Conspiracy Theory, Titanic, Dogma, and Hellboy. In 2007, Tsirbas directed, wrote and production designed the film Terra.

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