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Digital Muse was a contracted computer-generated effects house responsible for creating the visual 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.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the company was founded by Gross and John Parenteau in October 1995, after they had acquired the inventory of their former employer Amblin Imaging, which had closed its doors shortly before. 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. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 6, p. 48) 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 backfired, resulting in a hostile take-over of the company. 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 employees 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 (both 1997), and Battlefield Earth (2000) as well as television shows such as Sliders and The X-Files.


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