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Magicam, Inc. was a relatively short-lived company specialized in building miniatures that was located in Los Angeles, California. The company, headed amongst others by vice-president Carey Melcher, was a full subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, who created the company to maintain full control over filming models. The most notable contributions of the company are the models built for Star Trek: Phase II and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, most notably the refit-USS Enterprise. The company was in existence from the mid seventies until 1982, when the shop was closed down and Paramount began using Industrial Light & Magic for the pre-production of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, though, as of 2010, the company was still listed as one of the subsidiaries of current holding company Viacom. [1]

The only credits of the company after The Motion Picture were the TV shows Cosmos (1980, and that earned the company an Emmy Award) and The Greatest American Hero (1981). Upon closure of the company, several employees moved over to Apogee, Inc., that was also one of companies that worked on the visual effects of The Motion Picture.


Part of Magicam's modelshop team

Part of Magicam's modelshop team. From left to right standing, Swansea, Elliot, Gress and sitting, Stetson, Schultz, Simpson and Andy Probert

Part of Magicam's modelshop team working on several studio models of Star Trek The Motion Picture

Busy day at Magicam's workshop. From left to right, Stetson, Simpson, Scott Farrar (visitor), Gress, Gregg, and Bishop in the lower right

Model makers employed at the time of The Motion Picture:

  • Larry Albright - Sub-contractor
  • Peter Anderson - Consultant
  • David Asher
  • Bruce Bishop
  • Brad Bluth
  • Bob Buckner
  • Chris Crump
  • Jim Dow - Chief Model Maker
  • Chris Elliot
  • Nick Esposet
  • Lee Ettelman
  • Joe Garlington
  • Kriss Gregg
  • Ron Gress - Model Painter
  • Paul Olsen - Enterprise painter
  • Rick Gutierrez
  • Dann Linck
  • Chris Miller
  • Tom Pahk
  • Richard Raynis
  • Chris Ross - Model Maker
  • Dennis Schultz
  • Russ Simpson
  • Dick Singleton
  • Mark Stetson - Model Maker
  • Zuzana Swansea
  • Rick Thompson
  • Chris Tietz
  • George Trimmer
  • Paul Turner
  • Steve Wilson

Further reading

  • "The Model Makers at Magicam", David Houston, Starlog, issue 27, pp. 26-30
  • "The Magicam Miniatures Constructed For Star Trek The Motion Picture", James Dow, American Cinematographer, February 1980, pp. 152-155, 178-179, 186

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