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Digital Muse was a contracted computer-generated effects house responsible for creating the special effects and computer animation used in a number of episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. It was also contracted to do the special effects for the teaser trailer of Star Trek: Insurrection. John Gross served as president of the company.

Founded by Gross and John Parenteau in 1996, after they had acquired the inventory of their former employer Amblin Imaging the company was based in Santa Monica, California. The new company entered into a joint venture with VisionArt Design & Animation in order to serve their main client, Star Trek, more efficiently and operated both companies under the new name. Digital Muse closed down in February 2000 after a decision to sell a portion of the company to an internet company in order to raise capital misfired, resulting in the company being taken over. Gross opted to start over, leaving the company to found Eden FX with Digital Magic's Mark Miller. Digital Muse shut down the following week. [1] [2] The company was working on the seventh season of Star Trek: Voyager at the time; fortunately, however, Paramount Pictures owned the computer models which Digital Muse created, so Gross and his staff were able to simply copy the models onto their server at Eden FX, allowing the studio to continue their work with the franchise. [3] Many of the workers at Digital Muse also quit Muse to join Eden FX.

In its short lifetime, Digital Muse also did effects work for such films as The Devil's Advocate, Spawn, and Battlefield Earth as well as television shows such as Sliders and The X-Files.


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