The sleek, functional, sky-buses known as “Air trams” speed around the city of San Francisco and StarFleet Command Headquarters, delivering personnel and supplies to the bay area facilities.
These vehicles always reminded me of the designs in the Saturday Morning shows like Ark II, or Jason of Star Command… the tapered nose and black front windows must have just seemed like a good fit into the 23rd century world of Star Trek the Motion Picture.
Enjoy these views of the original miniature Air Tram from Star Trek: TMP and the cg tram I made for the shots in the Director’s Edition:
Here is a little pre-production breakdown I did of the Interior Tram Station shot… where the idea was to “open up” the vista a bit and make it a little less claustrophobic with that big wall on the right…
This was not the final shot in the film… this was just a breakdown of elements that were needed when we finally got the film footage imported and stabilized.