As mentioned in a previous article, the Emmy Award winning team at EdenFX love Star Trek. Although CBS decided to go in-house for Star Trek Remastered, the team are still inspired to play with their Enterprise models. Eden sent over some of their ‘fun shots’ as a 40th birthday present for their fellow Trekkies…try not to drool.
NOTE: These are shots being done independently of CBS and Star Trek Remastered.
(click on the pics to see them full sized)
Realism v Respect
Although these shots are just for fun, they do bring up an issue that effects both Star Trek Remastered and Star Trek XI…how ‘realistic’ do you make the classic ships? Eden are quick to point out that their approach for these images is with much more of a ‘realistic’ style, so they feel that it isn’t exactly fair to compare their shots side by side to the recent CBS images (in this article) because CBS have taken a different approach. To date the CBS Team, mostly through David Rossi and Mike Okuda, have made it clear that their approach to Trek Remastered is to change nothing and stick with the original. This highly respectful approach has been applauded by the fans who were worried of a Lucas-like alteration to the plot. However CBS have also decided to update much of the space imagery and make it more ‘realistic’. This of course creates a conflict because if you stay totally loyal and respectful to the original models, shots and especially lighting, then the ships may end up looking a bit out of place in this more realistic space. Take for example the Enterprise orbiting the planet Earth, the more realistic you make the planet, the more realistic one would expect the ship to look, even down to the reflected blue light of the planet on the hull (see first Eden shot). But if you go for ‘respecting’ the original model shot you will have to forgo all that realism. Although everyone agrees that the stories should not be changed, would it be disrespectful to add more realism to the ship models as well as the space environment? Even if CBS sticks with their strict adherence to TOS standard, JJ Abrams should feel no obligation to do so. Abrams and his team have said they will stick with Trek ‘canon’ but does that mean they need to be dogmatic about the SFX? Lets hope they take a good look at this work from EdenFX.
For those that didn’t see it before, Eden did prepare a presentation video with a much more ‘exact’ replica of the original Enterprise model (click image below to launch quicktime movie)
Editors NOTE: For the purposes of comparison TrekMovie.com asked Eden (and another company that pitched to CBS) to create a more ‘apples to apples’ comparison to one of the recently released CBS shots. We will have that for you next week.
And what about those aliens?
Another area that CBS has said they will not touch are the aliens. You will see the Horta and the Gorn in all their rubber suit glory, including visable zippers. CBS have made clear that the original shows in their original form will endure and remain available. So like with the space effects, one wonders why not go ‘all the way’ with the Remastered Edition and give some of the aliens the full treatment. EdenFX remind us that they are ready to go already with a Gorn they made for the ‘In A Mirror Darkly’ arc on Star Trek Enterprise.