There is another one of those industry trade articles on the making of Star Trek, this time focusing on the digital effects created by Industrial Light & Magic and Digital Domain. Although focusing on technical issues, the article has interesting information (including the sizes of a number of ships), plus there are some nice images not previously released.
The full article is at Society of Digital Artists (cgsociety.org), here are some interesting bits:
- ILM did 800 visual effects shots in six months
- Digital Domain did additional 150 shots in four months
- no traditional models or miniatures used
- shuttle: 30 feet long ( handled by ILM)
- Enterprise: 2,357 feet long (ILM)
- Narada 5 miles long + drill cable also 5 miles (ILM)
- Vulcan jump sequence used 250 shots, (ILM)
- Digital Domain’s work included the engineer bay sequence with pipes
- DD also worked on ‘robocop’ making him more ‘threatening’ and added Keenser’s metallic eyes
Some of the images in the article:
Some of the images at CG Society
To see the images in larger sizes and read more details, go to cgsociety.org.
The CG Society article is actually a couple weeks old, but slipped past our notice until a reader sent in a tip (thanks Carl). If you have seen an interesting article covering the making of Trek we haven’t pointed to, please send in the tip.