Well, ok, just one.
I’ve been working a lot. Which is a good thing. However, it does keep me from doing updates on the ole’ bloggerino… so thanks to those who keep checking on me. (And thanks to the dozens of fascinating russian members of this blog who keep telling me about exciting new ways to buy prescription medications online!)
Todays update is about… you guessed it… ANOTHER Star Trek: TMP ditty.
As a lot of you know, the infamous “Officer’s Lounge” scene in TMP was one of those things that was never gotten “right”… When it was filmed, budget concerns made the set “less than adequate” to show the scale of the ship and its relation to the exterior. During pre and post production, there were ideas to set this scene in the large-windowed lounge behind the bridge on the egg shaped section of the primary hull. Andy Probert did a couple of these concept drawings, one in the “rec-deck” that was later transposed to this officer’s lounge, and rendered in the film with a model.
And this drawing… which was never realized…
When we came to work on the “Director’s Edition” back at the turn of the century… (Ten years ago already!) The idea was to try and get as close to this as possible… what we ended up doing was just putting the nacelles into the existing windows… (due to a couple compounded problems, we were forced at the last minute to use the existing stars… which, yes, resulted in the stars’ vanishing point not being completely aligned to the engine’s vanishing point) Anyway… what we had wanted to do would have, at the time, been a time and budget busting nightmare.
This is what we wanted to do.
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There you have it. It could have worked… if we had a squad of about 20 rotoscope artists work around the clock for about 2 weeks. Nowadays, the tools are easier… and I figure I could do it myself in about half the time.
So, if we do ever get the call from Paramount for the 4K remastering of the Director’s Edition… We stand at the ready.