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(written from a Production point of view)
Richard "Rich" Thorne is a production executive and visual effects supervisor who worked as creative director of the visual effects company Digital Magic during its work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek Generations. His name appeared on an okudagram in the TNG fifth season episode "Violations". As Chief Operating Officer, Thorne was part of the original The Post Group team in the early stages of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Thorne worked as production executive and visual effect supervisor on projects such as The Twilight Zone (1985-1986), the fantasy movie Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), the science fiction film The Arrival (1996), the science fiction sequel Alien: Resurrection (1997), the comedy Doctor Doolittle (1998), the romance Never Been Kissed (1999), the fantasy film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), the action drama Fight Club (1999), the drama Anna and the King (1999), the comic adaptation X-Men (2000, starring Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen) and its sequel X2 (2003), the fantasy comedy Monkeybone (2001), the science fiction remake Planet of the Apes (2001), the comic adaptations Daredevil (2003) and Garfield (2004), the science fiction remake I, Robot (2004), the science fiction film AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), the comic adaptations Elektra (2005) and Fantastic Four (2005), and the comedy The Big Year (2011).
Beside his work as second unit director on the drama Anna and the King (1999), the comedy sequel Dr. Doolittle 2 (2001), the comic adaptation Daredevil (2003), the fantasy film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and the fantasy adventure Dragonball Evolution (2009), Thorne also worked as director on several episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger (1997-1999), the comedy sequel Dr. Doolittle 3 (2006), and the documentary Remember His Name (2010).
In 2002 Thorne directed the drama Mother Ghost for which he received several awards at the Ojai Film Festival, the Marco Island Film Festival, the Long Beach International Film Festival, and the Great Lakes Film Festival. More recently he worked as executive producer on the short comedy Virtually Yours (2011) and as writer and producer on the movie Adventure Christmas (2011).