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Pixomondo LLC, also known as Pixomondo Visual Effects, is an international digital visual effects (VFX) company and its headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, USA. The company was founded in 2001 by its CEO, Thilo Kuther, in Pfungstadt, Germany.

Pixomondo produces VFX work for film, television and commercial uses. It currently operates studios in Beijing, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Among many other industry awards, the company has won an Academy Award for the film Hugo and several Emmy Awards for the Game of Thrones series. Former Star Trek alumnus Joe Bauer served as the most senior VFX staffer for the latter series. For its work on the Star Trek: Discovery series, the company was nominated for two VES Awards in February 2018.

Star Trek association Edit

Star Trek Into Darkness Edit

The company provided CGI effects for Star Trek Into Darkness, the company's first official involvement with the Star Trek franchise, alongside Atomic Fiction, Digital Caliber, Giant Studios, ILM, and Stereo D, among others.

Pixomondo became the lead visual effects company for the movie, marking the first time that ILM had relinquished that position for a Star Trek film that it was involved with, as much of that company's capacity was taken up by the various Marvel Comics and Star Wars installments of the 2010s.

Star Trek: Discovery Edit

Following CBS' February 2017 decision to remove its own in-house visual effects department, CBS Digital, and outsource the work, Pixomondo became the primary effects house for the Star Trek: Discovery series.

Pixomondo also supplies screen-used 3D studio models to Ben Robinson, the project manager of Eaglemoss Collections' Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection. [1]

Background information Edit

Prior to its first official involvement with the Star Trek franchise, Pixomondo had already served as a refuge for a number of former Star Trek digital artists, after both the Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica live-action franchises had run their courses. After these series concluded, their respective effects houses, Eden FX and ZOIC Studios, were forced to lay off much of their staff, as a consequence.

Digital artists with a strong Star Trek pedigree who found a (temporary) new home at Pixomondo included Robert Bonchune, Pierre Drolet, David R. Morton, and Mitch Suskin. Nevertheless, excepting Drolet's short-lived preliminary contributions to Into Darkness, none of these veterans have worked on Pixomondo's Star Trek commissions, as of 2018.

Instead, employees including Darrell Abney, Jan Adamczyk and Miro Skandera became professionally acquainted with the Star Trek franchise for the first time, when the company secured the commission for Star Trek Into Darkness. Former Pixomondo employee Ante Dekovic is serving as the studio's senior VFX supervisor for Star Trek: Discovery, where he was reunited with many of his former Pixomondo colleagues.

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