Soldier On Ron Thornton

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Hollywood Reporter:

Ron Thornton, an Emmy-winning visual effects designer, supervisor and producer who worked on such shows as Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Voyager, has died. He was 59.

Variety:

Thornton is best known for bringing computer-generated imagery (CGI) to television, most notably on the series “Babylon 5.” Following its series pick-up, he formed Foundation Imaging in 1992 with Paul Beigle-Bryant, who would go on to supervise visual effects for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager,” and “Enterprise.” He won a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in visual effects in 1993 for his work on the television film “Babylon 5: The Gathering.”

A funding page is still available for donations to help cover his medical costs.

Soldier On.

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2 Responses to Soldier On Ron Thornton

  1. Wow, this post has been up for months and no comments at all? Normally VFX Soldier posts get a lot of responses, but if it is about someone in the business who gets sick and dies… crickets. No wonder Daniel has given up on this blog.

    I never knew Ron Thornton personally, but he was very well known in the industry as one of the pioneers of CGI visual effects. In fact he was one of the few in VFX who actually was famous, which is almost impossible to achieve these days. Thanks Daniel, for reminding us of his accomplishments.

  2. Bradley Mullennix says:

    Ron Thornton was an amazing man with an incredible feeling for people around him. Sadly I had never worked with him directly, but have crossed paths with him many times over the past 15 years. He was a lead and a mentor to a large section of my own friends in the industry, where he had always been praised.
    Making note that personally had not worked directly with him, however after our first meeting, he would always remember me and take the time to greet and chat for a bit.
    Am really sad for his passing before having the chance to actually get into the trenches with him.
    RIP Ron.

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