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Ray De La Motte (born 1940) served as camera operator on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558" under regular camera operator Kris Krosskove, who was filling in as Director of Photography for Jonathan West.

De La Motte began as an assistant cameraman on films such as The Candidate (1972) and All the President's Men (1976). His first work as a camera operator was the 1977 film Oh, God! Since then, he has operated the camera on such films as Martin Scorsese's acclaimed 1978 music documentary The Last Waltz, Michael Cimino's 1980 western drama Heaven's Gate (featuring Brad Dourif and Terry O'Quinn), the acclaimed 1983 historical astronaut drama The Right Stuff, the 1987 horror comedy The Witches of Eastwick (featuring Carel Struycken), the 1989 comedy Major League (starring Corbin Bernsen), the hit 1991 remake of Father of the Bride, the acclaimed action thriller True Romance (starring Christian Slater and Saul Rubinek, working with Star Trek Nemesis cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball), Tim Burton's 1996 science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! (featuring Paul Winfield), Steven Soderbergh's 1999 crime thriller The Limey, and the 2002 thriller Panic Room. In addition, he was camera operator on two Lethal Weapon films (Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989 and Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998) and two Batman films (Batman Forever in 1995 – featuring Rene Auberjonois – and Batman & Robin in 1997 – featuring John Glover).

In July 1997, while working on the film Mighty Joe Young, De La Motte was injured when a camera crane broke, sending the camera platform he was on crashing down onto Director of Photography (and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home cinematographer) Don Peterman. De La Motte received minor chest and back injuries, while Peterman suffered minor head injuries and a broken arm. The accident caused production to be delayed for two days.

Recently, De La Motte has worked on more television projects, such as HBO's hit mini-series Angels in America and the CBS series Numb3rs. He most recently wrapped up production on the film Charlie Wilson's War for director Mike Nichols, featuring Erick Avari, Cyia Batten, and Brian Markinson in the cast.

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