Since production on the new Star Trek film began, there have been several reports as to what the interior and exterior of the newly-designed USS Enterprise will look like. Now, comes more clues from someone who actually worked on the sets. Dawn Brown, one of the film’s set designers, tells SyFy Portal that fans should come to the movie prepared for a new look and hopes they will have an open mind. More below (some minor spoilers)
Brown tells SyFy Portal:
I think a lot of hardcore fans are going to freak out. As far as I know, only the exterior of the Enterprise had to stay the same. I don’t know if that came from J.J. or Paramount. … If you see this movie with an open mind and take it at face value, you may have a great time.
Brown naturally could not go into great detail, but she did offer some insight
into the film’s use of green screens.
I’m not a fan of the digital and green screen or blue screen sets. I understand they have their place, but I think it usually looks better when things are physically built. It gives the actors something to react to. The design of the film belongs to the art department, not the visual effects department. I worked on a very large set on ‘Star Trek’ that would have been an absolutely fantastic physical build. But it became a visual effects shot instead. My involvement was reduced to marking out blue screens and platforms. We have so many talented carpenters and scenic artists and sculptors, and I have seen some truly amazing sets. It is a shame to trade their contributions for green screens.
For the full interview, in which Brown also discusses her work on Batman &
Robin and the upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics mini-series Watchmen, see SyFy Portal.
Redecorating the 1701
Although some fans may wish for the NCC-1701 in the new Star Trek to be an exact duplicate of the 1967 design, that isn’t realistic, nor is it consistent with Trek’s past. The ship interior, and especially the bridge has gone through multiple changes over the course of the TV series and the films. When one looks at the bridge from “The Cage” and compares it to the one in the regular series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan it is apparent that Starfleet likes to redecorate every once in a while.
Bridges of the NCC-1701 Enterprise (Cage, TOS, TMP & TWOK)
Brown has worked as an artist and designer on over 30 film and television projects over the last two decades including SeaQuest DSV, Lois & Clark, Charlie’s Angels, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. and Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Solaris. Star Trek is not her first forray into the final frontier. Brown did design work for the 1998 museum exhibit Star Trek World Tour, working under veteran Trek production designer Herman Zimmerman. In addition, Star Trek marks the sixth collaboration between Brown and Keith Cunningham, the film’s supervising art director. They previously worked together on Batman & Robin, Ocean’s Eleven, Solaris, Zodiac and re-shoots for Mr. & Mrs. Smith.More on Dawn Brown at her official site, Memory Alpha,
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