(written from a Production point of view)
David A. Lombardi, Jr. (born 24 November 1973; age 42) is a digital visual effects artist who has worked for several years on several Star Trek productions, while in the employ of a succession of digital effects companies. He has attended the College of Design Art Architecture and Planning and the Industrial Design course at the University of Cincinnati, from which he graduated in 1996.
After a short two-month stint at Pixel Magic, his career began in earnest when he was employed by the newly formed visual effects company Digital Muse as Senior Artist/Digital Effects Supervisor. As such he was instantly involved in the creation of CGI effects for the television shows Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (13 episodes) and Star Trek: Voyager (20 episodes). During these years he has also created CGI models of the Sovereign-class (that was passed over in favor of Santa Barbara Studios' version, but found its way in the trailer of Star Trek: Insurrection and into various licensed print publications) , and the Excelsior-class , extensively used in the later seasons of DS9 and Voyager. During this time he was co-nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series" for DS9: "What You Leave Behind".
In 2000, he followed Muse's founder John Gross, when he left the company due to a hostile takeover, to Eden FX, serving in the same capacity, and where he also worked on the ENT: "Broken Bow" episode (that did receive an Emmy Award, but for which he had not received credit). He left that company in 2001, but not before having received a second Emmy Award co-nomination in the same category for VOY: "Workforce".
After leaving Eden FX, Lombardi has predominantly freelanced for several effects houses (among others Digital Domain, but not during their Star Trek Nemesis involvement), and has worked on productions like Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), Sin City (2005), and more recently on Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Currently, Lombardi is no longer working in the motion picture business and is employed for corporations, operating from his hometown Cincinnati.
Emmy Award Nominations
- 1999 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "What You Leave Behind", shared with Dan Curry, Gary Hutzel, David Stipes, Adam Buckner, Arthur J. Codron, Judy Elkins, Gary Monak, Paul Maples, Steve Fong, Don Greenberg, Paul Hill, Davy Nethercutt, Kevin Bouchez, Gregory Rainoff, Larry Younger, Sherry Hitch, Rob Bonchune, and David Lombardi
- 2001 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "Workforce", shared with Dan Curry, Chad Zimmerman, Paul Hill, Gregory Rainoff, David R. Morton, David Lombardi, John Teska, and Brandon MacDougall